Feed Me Spiritually (Japan Week51)

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Aubree, Sister Carey, and their ward mission leader.

Aubree, Sister Carey, and their ward mission leader.

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Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Aubree's nametag and scriptures.

Aubree’s nametag and scriptures.

May 3, 2015

On Tuesday, we got a call from a less active, and she wanted to meet about an hour after she called us. When we met she gave us banana
bread and told us “Now that I fed you physically, feed me spiritually.” It was amazing be cause as we talked, she shared with us her
conversion story. It was really touching. She really has such a strong testimony.

We also got to meet with this woman who, she isn’t an investigator yet but, she has potential. Every time we meet we just talk right outside
her door. She always is carrying her dog. She doesn’t talk a whole lot so whenever we have an awkward pause, we just fall back on petting the
dog. We have been trying to not have these awkward pauses but it is so hard!

We have been meeting with our investigator Goto a lot this week. We have been talking a lot about baptism with him. We had an amazing lesson, and we had an awesome member come with us. We watched the video of Christ getting baptized off of our iPad with him and his wife. We all were testifying about it and today he is going to pray about it. After his lesson, we just felt so good, they spirit had been so strong.

I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

I think I will call at like 10:30 next week on Monday for Mothers Day, does that work?

We just got a message form our investigator who had said he would pray about getting baptized, and he said he will!!
He will be baptized in 2 weeks!

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Very Beautiful and Attractive :) (Japan Week 50)

Aubree and a random pug haha :)

Aubree and a random pug haha 🙂

Last P-day sister Carey super glued her fingers together! She had been trying to glue her shoe together. She had been picking some of the extra glue off with her thumb and index finger when she realized that they wouldn’t come apart. She had to pick it apart with tweezers.

On Monday it was also raining in and off. We had an appointment that was about an hour bike ride. We had made it to the appointment with just a little bit of rain. When we finished, the rain had stopped. It was a little cold though so we just put on our rain coats. We were bout 5-10 minutes away from home when it just starts to dump rain. We didn’t put on our rain pants so our skirts just got super wet! Sister Carey’s skirt literally had a puddle of water in it as we biked. It was way fun 🙂

We also found another investigator this week. We have been having a lot of success from doing OYM at the train station recently.

There is a middle school that is right next to our house. We had just left our house when a big group of kids where going home. We all stopped at a stop light. There were three boys that were close to us, and we could hear two of them telling one of them to talk to us. Then he says hello to us, it’s hard for Japanese people to pronounce L, because they don’t have it in Japanese. So it sounds like herro, it’s really cute haha. Then I asked him if he speaks English. He said “no speakie ” while waving his hand back and forth. Then as the light changed, he said “Very beautiful!” It was way funny. The about a minute later, we passed this woman who looked at us biking and said かっこいな which means cool or attractive hahaha, it was an interesting ride to the church.

We had a relief society event that was watching the general woman’s session of general conference. Then we made ice cream sundaes together 🙂

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Today we are going to eat shabushabu:)

Today we are going to go to a recycle shop for clothes. I looked through my clothes when I brought out my summer clothes and I realized that I only had like 4 short sleeve shirts left haha.

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Aubree and Carey Shimai.

Aubree and Carey Shimai.

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The Good Samaritan ( Japan Week 49)

Aubree and Carey Shimai.

Aubree and Carey Shimai.

This week was really great! To start off, we got iPads on Tuesday! They are super useful for studying! I just have everything I need right here. It makes it really easy to cross reference things. We haven’t gotten to use them too much in lessons except to read the scriptures. This week we will probably get more of a chance to use them.

Aubree loves her ipad.

Aubree loves her ipad.

Aubree and the ipad :)

Aubree and the ipad 🙂

On Thursday night we had Eikaiwa (English class). Eikaiwa ends at 8 and after, the ward mission leader takes the missionaries out for donuts. We have to be home by 9 but we also have to take a train to get home. We took a train at 8:41, leaving only a little time to get home. Then when we were at the train station, we ran into a less active! This less active just happened to be so,done who we had been searching for! We had tried visiting her house several times but we couldn’t find it. Turns out she is completely fluent in English. We talked a little about general onference. Then she asked me if I could recite the First Vision in Japanese. I know Heavenly Father helped me to say it. Then she said it to us in English. She was so nice and it was perfect timing. She even told us when we can meet again! It was perfect because, since we had had a lesson we didn’t need to be home until 9:30. It was a blessing.

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Japanese donuts.

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On Saturday went to visit a less active who’s name we had never heard. It was about an hour and a half bike ride and most of it was uphill. We get to where we are about five minutes from where this lady is when a member pulls up in her car beside us. She asked us where we were going and then we found out that the less active no longer lived there. Then the member was super nice and invited us to her house. I remembered the parable of the Good Samaritan. The member let us in and take a rest and gave us some snacks. Then on the way home, we got lost haha I used the gps in the phone and finally we found our way home. Since I had used the phone so much, it had lost all the battery but, that happened after we were in a place that we knew. When we got home, we were both so tired! We then realize though that we didn’t have the phone. We searched all over and didn’t find it that night, I even checked my basket but it wasn’t there. That night we prayed together and individually to be able to find it. I knew that God can work
miracles, so he could tell us where the phone was. The next morning when I prayed, I had an impression of where the phone was. On my basket, I have a cover, the phone was not in the basket but in the lip of the cover. We went downstairs and it was exactly as had been put in my head. It was mazing that Heavenly Father answered our prayers.

Yesterday we also got a referral from a member. We went to meet with them that night. They weren’t home but we decided to house the whole building. We were able to find a new investigator! She opened the door and told us that she had studied with a church before but hadn’t really felt anything. At the door she had a giant cardboard cut out of an anime character that sister Carey really likes. They started talking about that and the woman let us in. She gave us cake and then we did the whole first lesson. It was really cool 🙂 we were at her house for about an hour! I am really excited to meet with her again 🙂

I love you all!
Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

The ipad is so easy to study with it, I think I am in love with the gospel library app haha. Now we don’t need to carry any books, except the ones to give away. We can take pictures and videos and send them home.

Aubree in the wet weather.

Aubree in the wet weather.

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I Got My Bean Chan! (Japan Week 48)

Aubree with the Relief Society in Kasugai.

Aubree with the Relief Society in Kasugai.

This week was way fun! On Wednesday I got my Bean chan! Her name is Sister Carey and she is from New Zealand! She is so funny! She just has a really fun personality and it makes it way fun to do missionary work together 🙂

We had an awesome experience on Thursday. We had just gotten back from buying sister Carey’s bike and we needed to get something from the apartment. We locked our bikes and got what we needed and came back. I was unlocking my bike and putting on my helmet when I hear sister Carey say “Its not working!” The lock on her bike was jammed. We started messing with it and trying to get it to move. We we doing that for probably 40minutes. We just had to keep going at it because she needed her bike. Then I decided that the only option was to cut it off. We went in the apartment and the only thing we could find was children’s scissors. Obviously they wouldn’t do the job. We prayed and then worked on the lock some more. I was turning the code and just thinking “Heavenly Father we have to go out and work today. We really need this lock to be undone. I have faith that you can unlock it.” Then it came undone! It was amazing, it really was by God’s hand.

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes from Aubree:

Guess who gets an Ipad tomorrow??

I will be able to email from it next week. We can read emails that we get throughout the week but we just have to wait for p day to respond. I don’t think I will be using facebook because they are getting everyone started real basic. At first we just have study materials then we get to use other dendo tools. But it is going slow so I don’t think I will use it.

Sister Carey

Sister Carey

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Aubree and Sister Carey

Aubree and Sister Carey

Aubree and Sister Carey

Aubree and Sister Carey

Aubree and Sister Carey

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The Holy Ghost :) ( Week 47)

This week went by so fast! We were able to have some really good lessons this week.

Since sister Grecco is transferring we were also able to meet with a lot of members and less actives. This week it also rained more days than it didn’t. I like the rain but it made the cherry blossoms go away faster. We were able to go look at them some more this week and it was awesome.

This week one of our lessons went really good. Our investigator had been having problems praying and recognizing the spirit. We had read some scriptures with him and discussed it but when he had prayed before he told us that he hadn’t felt anything. We then explained more about the holy ghost and how answers come. Then we invited him to pray. After he prayed he told us that he felt a quiet feeling. We then told him that that feeling was the holy ghost and it was his answer that God is there. It was really awesome because he told us that he understood.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Aubree didn’t have much time to write this week, because of transfers. She also forgot her camera.

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I’m Pretty Excited To Train ( Japan Week 46)

Aubree :)

Aubree 🙂

Sister Grecco and Aubree decorating eggs.

Sister Grecco and Aubree decorating eggs.

This week we were able to find a new investigator! She used to be an investigator and some how her and the sisters stopped talking. We called her and made an appointment for the next day 🙂 She is way nice. We were able to make a next appointment with her too! We are going to make Takoyaki together at her house.

We also had a really good lesson with our investigator Goto. We read together from Enos about prayer. It was really awesome because his wife is a member and was able to share an experience that she had had with prayer.

Sister Grecco is doing a lot better 🙂 We were able to leave the apartment for most of the week. She just needed to rest for part of the day on Tue. and Wed. Now we are just dendoing like normal 🙂

This week we also had transfer calls! We had them a week early because President Yamashita has to go to training in Utah the week that we would normally have transfers. Sister Grecco is going to transfer to Toyama. My next companion is going to be a bean chan. I’m pretty excited to train, I think it will be a lot of fun 🙂

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Yesterday we went in primary and decorated eggs. Two of the kids brought friends with them 🙂 Yeah it was really cool 🙂 They were being missionaries too.They normally don’t dye eggs so it was the first time for them. But they used water that was dyed and then used paint brushes.I told them about easter egg hunts and how you use real eggs but if you can’t find one, in two months or so you can find it from the smell hahaha.

Decorating Easter Eggs

Decorating Easter Eggs

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This week we had transfer calls. Since President Yamashita is a member of the seventy and his assignment as mission president ends in June, he has been called to go to General Conference for training and to receive his new assignment. So we had transfer calls a week early. We still transfer on the 7th though. Sister Grecco is transferring to Toyama. If you remember the word Yama means mountain. I’ve heard from other missionaries that it basically is that. My next companion is a bean chan.

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Faith is Like a Little Seed :) ( Japan Week 45)

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Sisters who stayed in Meito for the Ipad Conference.

Sisters who stayed in Meito for the Ipad Conference.

This week we saw a lot of really awesome things happen!

We were able to meet with a former investigator named Fujishiro san. This week it finally got warm! It was about 70 degrees! Fujishiro san loves to garden. We were talking with her next to her garden and so we asked her about it. She showed us some plants that had just started to grow and she explained that they would grow to get very large. We then were able to teach her the principle of faith by using this as the example. Then we were able to make a next appointment with her! It was really cool 🙂

We got to meet the less active from Gifu again! She is so nice! When she moved from Gifu she lost her Book of Mormon so we gave her a new one 🙂 She was so happy to have it again! We plan to meet with her more.

When we did planning for Saturday we planned to visit this random less active who we had never met before. Normally when this happens, its kind of hard to meet with them because we don’t know their schedule. We also had never been in this part of the city before. We were way surprised by how many hills there were! We had to push our bikes up a bunch of stairs. When we got to her house she came a talked to us for about 10 minutes and made a next appointment with us! We were so happy! It reminded us of D&C 58:2-4. After hard things, you have blessings.

On Sunday before church sister Grecco crashed her bike really bad. We cleaned it up and then went to church. We thought it was fine but when we checked it was really gross. We were then advised to got to the hospital. A member took us! They are so nice! We had an X-Ray taken and she is fine but it just hurts a lot. We will be taking it easy until she feels better.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

We asked Aubree how the Ipad training was and this is what she said “It was good, it mostly wasn’t training, it was just warnings against the dangers of technology. It was way intense. Elder Evans of the seventy came”. We will get the Ipads in a few weeks, they weren’t specific. It will take about 3 months after receiving the Ipad for our mission to be approved for facebook. We also do not get to buy them. They are specially configured by Apple for the church before the church receives them. Also if you try to change it or download an unapproved app the mission president gets an email right away.

Aubree’s companion got in a bike accident yesterday before church. We thought it was fine but when we got home, she was bleeding and had a whole in her knee. we then went to the hospital with a member. This was after we put wrap over it so she could take a shower.

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Grecco Shimai got in a bike accident, but she is ok.

Grecco Shimai got in a bike accident, but she is ok.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai with cookies.

Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai with cookies.

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Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

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Aubree and her companion Grecco Shimai.

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“Wait, that’s my church!” (Japan Week 44)

We had a really good week this week 🙂

Aubree at a restaurant with a member.

Aubree at a restaurant with a member.

On Saturday we went to this Takoyaki shop. One of our less actives goes to that shop really often and so we left a note there for her, inviting her to the special devotional on Sunday. The owner of the shop is really nice and always gives us food. He asked us if we had time and I said “Sure.” Then while we were waiting a woman came and said hi to the owner. When she saw me she asked me why I was in Japan. I showed her my name tag and told her that we are church volunteers. When she read my tag she said “Wait, that’s my church!” It turns out that she was baptized in the river in Gifu area 25 years ago. She went less active and then she moved to Kasugai. She hadn’t talked to the missionaries since she had moved. She told us that she had seen the Elders a few times but she hadn’t talked to them. She was so happy to meet us that she cried! We exchanged phone numbers and she gave us her address. Then we were able to make a next appointment with her for this week. It was so inspiring to me that Heavenly Father really does know where all his children are.

Sunday night we had a special devotional with Elder Russell M. Nelson of the quorum of the twelve apostles. He gave the devotional from Tokyo but we were able to have it broadcast to our church building too. He said a lot of things that I really liked. His focus was helping members answer questions about the gospel in a simple way. One thing he said about members getting paid was “We teach for free what Christ gave us for free.” It is so simple and true. Some thing else he said about fasting was “Going hungry to help the hungry is sharing the burden in the Lords way.” He said a lot of simple phrases that can simply explain the gospel in a way that everyone can understand.

At the devotional we had an investigator that came. We asked him at the end which talk he had liked. He told us that he liked the last one(Elder Nelson). When I asked him why he told me that he (Elder Nelson) just had a different feel to him. He felt something when he was speaking. It was so cool to see the spirit testify to him that he was hearing from one of the Twelve Apostles.

I love you all!

Love, sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

All the IPads are in the mission home, we got an email this week telling us that. We are having training on Friday and within the next few weeks will have them. We haven’t been told how they are distributing them just that we don’t get them at the training.

After this I’m just going to practice violin because I we are doing the musical number in front of all the missionaries on Friday.Sister Papenfuss is playing piano and 3 sisters are singing.

Its going good, we have been able to meet with a lot more people recently.

Actually Japanese food doesn’t have as much flavor as American food. Like donuts here are sweet at all.

http://www.lds.org/church/news/elder-ballard-reports-rich-harvest-underway-in-asia?lang=eng

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She’s Running (Japan Week 43)

This week was really good.

Grecco Shimai made this for Aubree for her Birthday.

Grecco Shimai made this for Aubree for her Birthday.

Yesterday we had a really cool housing experience. We were just going along like normal, getting a lot of rejections when we came to the second to last door. On Japanese door bells, they can talk to you through it. When the woman answered, I just did our normal routine, telling her that we are missionaries, we teach about God, has she ever thought about God? Then she told me that she thinks about God when she is grateful or needs help. I then told her that our job was to teach who God is and why were are here on this Earth. I then felt prompted to ask her to meet again. She said yes! We made a next appointment with her for Saturday night! It was really a miracle I think.

We had Zone Conference this week. This time they stressed the need for preparation. We have to prepare more to teach our investigators. We have been trying to do better practice lessons this week, so we can really focus on the spirit instead of worrying about the Japanese.

Here is a funny experience that we had. The other night we were doing OYM on the way home when I stopped this one lady. I started talking to her and I started doing a short lesson 1. Normally after a minute or two they will just tell me they don’t have interest and I will move on. This lady just kept listening and she even answered my questions. I asked if we could meet again and she told me she was really busy. They funny part was, I looked down while I was putting my bag in my bike basket when I heard sister Grecco say “Look! She’s running!” When I looked, she was running away from us down an ally looking back at us as if we were going to follow her. It was the weirdest thing ever but it was so funny.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Aubree made babanana and strawberry snacks.

Aubree made babanana and strawberry snacks.

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Kasugai ( Japan Week 42)

Aubree and her Gokiso companions.

Aubree and her Gokiso companions.

This week was really interesting.

On Tuesday I moved to Kasugai with sister Grecco. Kasugai is a lot smaller than my last area. There is not a lot of people here either. Nagoya is only a 15 minute train ride so most people here work in Nagoya, not Kasugai. It has made OYM a little harder but we are trying hard.

Its interesting having a companion from Argentina. She told me that in Argentina they don’t eat dinner. So everyday she just eats breakfast and lunch. I don’t know how she does it! I still eat dinner though. Since she came to Japan, she has had a rash on her face. She has been going to the doctor a bunch and they finally told us what it was today. She is allergic to the sun! So we will have to get creative in order to cover up all of her skin.

We have an investigator here whos lesson is in Spanish. She can understand Japanese but Spanish is better. During that lesson, sister Grecco taught most of it. I couldn’t understand anything! We taught her about the plan of salvation and she just loves it! She is also reading the book of Mormon.

I love you all!

Love, Sister Thompson

Notes From Aubree:

Its okay, the apartment is so gross. I wanted to die when I first went in haha

The ward is so small I don’t know how it is a ward. It should be a branch haha In relief society there was 11 people including us.

This week was just hard.

The Elders in Gokiso.

The Elders in Gokiso.

Pugs walking down the street in Japan :)

Pugs walking down the street in Japan 🙂

Aburee is 20.

Aburee is 20.

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Pugs walking down the street in Japan :)

Pugs walking down the street in Japan 🙂

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