Takabata

Back to Gokiso! (Japan Week 35)

January 11, 2015

Aubree and her violin :)

Aubree and her violin 🙂

This week went by so fast!

We were really busy because it was the last week of the transfer.

We did get a transfer call….. and all three of us are transferring together to Gokiso! Its a really weird transfer call but we are really excited to stay together. We are sad about leaving Takabata though because no more sisters are going to be there. It will just be four elders. I’m sad because I only got 4 weeks in Takabata total.

On Tuesday Sister Nakamura and Sister Konno had to go to Trainers Training Meeting but since I am not a trainer or a bean, I didn’t have to go. The meeting is in Meito so I got to go with Sister Papenfuss and Sister Murakami for the day 🙂 It was a lot of fun, we went and made a lot of appointments with people and we were able to meet with some really nice less actives.

We also had a Sisters Conference this week! It was so much fun! All the sisters from the mission got together. We first had a really spiritual message from a sister who served in Japan and now lives within our mission. She had a goal to baptize 55people every week! She baptized hundreds of people, in Japan! It was really cool to hear her speak, she gave us a lot of advice about missionary work. Then we had a talent show. Sister Papenfuss and I played “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” together.

Yesterday we had a really a good lesson with one of our investigators. Last year her mother passed away and so we taught her about the Plan of Salvation and how though the gospel they can be together again. We had her lesson a restaurant right during the lunch rush. The cool thing that happened was, none of us even noticed because we felt the spirit so much and we felt so focused on this lesson. At the end of the lessons sister Konno invited her to be baptized. She told us that she doesn’t know if this church is true or not yet. We testified of the truthfulness of it and invited her to pray about it. I have a really good feeling about her. She is really awesome and she always asks us the best questions.

This morning we had a ward activity of making mochi! It was a lot of fun! We got to help with all of it. Its a lot harder than it looks to hit the mochi! The giant hammer like thing is really heavy! It was really cute to see the little kids do it too 🙂

Tomorrow we are moving to Gokiso. We decided that since it is just an hour bike ride away, we will just bike there. Otherwise we have to take apart three bikes, ship them, and then put them together again. So its a lot easier, and more fun, to bike there 🙂

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We have a party that we are going to that is for the New Year.

You’ll think this is funny but one of my favorite foods is shirasu, its a little fish, see if you can find a picture.
I eat it raw with rice and soy sauce for breakfast, and miso soup;It tastes just like string cheese.Its also really good in a rice ball with tuna fish.

I eat sea food every day almost, I eat shrimp everywhere haha.

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Its Mochi, strawberry, and Anko; its called a Ichigodaifuku.

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Aubree and Papenfuss Shimai

Aubree and Papenfuss Shimai

Aubree and Urling Shimai

Aubree and Urling Shimai

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Happy New Year (Japan Week 34)

Aubree and her companions with their fun dip.

Aubree and her companions with their fun dip.

Happy New Year!

Its been a lot of fun spending this time on my mission.

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We got to do a lot of fun things this week.

On Tuesday we went with a big group of members to eat yakiniku. It was a lot of fun! We had been told that we would each pay for ourselves, and we were totally fine with that but when the bill came, one of the members paid for all of us! It was so nice!

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On the 1st in Japan everyone wakes up early to watch the sunrise. We tried to do that but, it was cloudy! We got to go with a member to the biggest Shrine in Nagoya city though. It is called Atsuta shrine. It was so big, and so many people were there! It was really interesting because even if you are not Buddhist you go to a shrine so it was super packed. That night we had dinner at the Bishop’s house. During the first week of the new year, they eat really weird food. Elder Sato and Sister Nakamura forced me to eat fish eggs. It was really gross and not something I want to eat again.

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Yesterday we went to a members house for dinner. They own a Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki shop so they taught us how to make it. It was so good! I had had Okonomiyaki before but I didn’t like it but this time it was the best! Then we got to do two practice lessons with them. Sister Konno and I did a lesson about Joseph Smith and sister Nakamura and a young woman from the ward did a lesson about prayer. It was really good practice because they asked real questions that people could ask. We got a lot of good advice from them.

Today we are going to have our district activity. We are just going shopping in Sakae, which is the biggest part of Nagoya city.

Love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Post offices were closed the 1,2,3.4th of Jan. On the 1st and 2nd like everything was closed.

Okay, we found out that the Brother and sister Ishii will be the ones to replace Elder and sister Yamashita.

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An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

An apartment they were trying to get to.

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Caroling in the Streets (Japan Week 33)

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

Dress up for a nativity.

This week was really fun :) 

This week we had Christmas! 

It was so much fun to be able to do Google Hangout!

Being out in the mission field was really interesting.

A couple from the Gokiso ward took us and the Gokiso Elders out for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, it was so good!

Christmas Dinner with the missionaries.

Christmas Dinner with the missionaries.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Then as a district we went to the busiest part of Nagoya and went caroling on the streets. We had been given cards that were for the new Christmas video the church made. We handed out all of the cards we had! It was a really fun way to do missionary work.

On Friday we went to Gokiso for the first time since I left. For the time being, we are allowed to visit with the investigators that are in Gokiso. It was really weird being back, I got lost haha We eventually got there though haha

On Saturday we went to a year end party with a bunch of former investigators. We all made dinner together and then we played games together and we able to share a message with them.

Yesterday we were able to come back to Gokiso again for a service that we do every week. We got to spent the night at the Gokiso house and it was way fun! The Elders were super nice and put milk in the fridge for us so we could have cereal in the morning.

Its really fun having two companions again. Its a lot different than last time though but I guess that is to be expected. I love getting to be with sister Konno and sister Nakamura, they are such good missionaries and there is so much I can learn from them!

The presents we sent for Aubree's Companions.

The presents we sent for Aubree’s Companions.

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

We stayed the night at the Gokiso apartment last night because had an appointment that was late enough that we couldn’t get back to Takabata in time.

Yeah its nice because we can just bike here, we didn’t today but we probably will next week.

Today we are going back to Takabata and then I am going to get my package from Derek and then we are doing FHE with a bunch of people tonight.

We are going to go to a shrine on 1/1 haha its where everyone goes.

Aubree's Christmas Stocking :)

Aubree’s Christmas Stocking 🙂

His name is Dave Choro, Aubree said she about died when saw his name tag (done by her dad).

His name is Dave Choro, Aubree said she about died when saw his name tag (done by her dad).

Pug Pj.s

Pug Pj.s

Presents

Presents

Presents

Presents

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Missionaries talking to their parents.

Missionaries talking to their parents.

Aubree doing Google Hangout for Christmas.

Aubree doing Google Hangout for Christmas.

Aubree Google Hangout with Derek.

Aubree Google Hangout with Derek.

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree's companion.

Aubree’s companion.

Aubree Google Hangout.

Aubree Google Hangout.

Aubree Google Hangout with siblings and niece.

Aubree Google Hangout with siblings and niece.

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Christmas In Japan

We talked to Aubree at 11am Japan time on Christmas Day ( 7 pm Christmas Eve Idaho time). It was the best part of our Christmas 🙂

These pictures were taken Christmas Eve morning in Japan.

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

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Aubree

Aubree

Aubree with Sister Papenfuss and one of her new companions.

Aubree with Sister Papenfuss and one of her new companions.

One of Aubree's companions talking to their family.

One of Aubree’s companions talking to their family.

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Crazy Week ( Japan Week 32)

This week has been so crazy.

Aubree and her companions.

Aubree and her companions.

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On Tuesday I had an emergency transfer because my companion got really sick. I’m now in Takabata with Sister Nakamura and Sister Konno. It’s kind of an interesting situation because we are still able to visit the investigators from Gokiso. So we are what I like to call Goki-bata. They didn’t close the Gokiso shimai house, next transfer I am going back to Gokiso. So I only get 4 weeks total in Takabata. I guess there is something that I really need to learn here.

This week we saw a really cool miracle 🙂 Last week sister Nakamura and sister Konno OYMed a women and set up a next appointment to meet in front of a circle K. They weren’t able to get her phone number though. The day we were set to meet, it was raining a ton! We waited at the circle K and I wasn’t really sure she would come, but she did! She is super awesome and became an investigator! It was really cool to be able to see this 🙂 We were able to set up an appointment with her on Christmas Day.

This week we also made a ton of sugar cookies with Oba shimai.

Then on Sunday we went caroling with a few members and handed out cookies to everyone. Its a little different caroling in Japan than America. You ask everyone before hand if you can come. Then when you come, you go inside their house to sing and they give you food/cake/tea. It was a lot of fun!

I’m looking forward to talking to you all on Christmas! I’ll be using Google Hangout at 7pm on the 24th, Idaho time.

love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Yes :)(Aubree got her violin finally, for some reason it took a detour to Korea) it is perfect! I have tuned it a ton now so it is all good to go. I am playing a musical number tomorrow for our Christmas taikai.

(Talking about her companions) Yes they are both Japanese, so I speak Japanese 24/7 🙂

Wow! I am looking forward to all the packages 🙂
I am playing violin and sister Nakamura is playing Piano We are playing Be still my soul.

It just snowed that once, then it rained all day the next day and it went away.

Even though they are both Japanese, I am still the smallest.

haha I think my English has gotten a little weird since being on a mission, I always speak really really slow now.

I think in Japanese sometimes, I dream in Japanese most everyday. Its also weird because their are words like 駅 or train station that I only say in Japanese, even when speaking English.

Oh and we found out that we are getting IPads in March, they got pushed back but it is official.

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Sugar Cookies :)

Sugar Cookies 🙂

The Sugar Cookies we helped make.

The Sugar Cookies we helped make.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snow in Japan.

Snowman

Snowman

Snowman

Snowman

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