Wednesday, July 27, 2016

week FIVE!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
こんにちは みなさん!

It's been another fantastic week here in the MTC! Although sometimes I forget when the weeks start and end! Haha every day seems pretty much blended together! But everyday is honestly so great and I'm way sad my time in Provo is half over!

Today is the start of our sixth week and going to Japan actually seems like a reality now! Sometimes I forget I'm actually going to Japan and not staying at the MTC forever!.... 3.5 WEEKS til 日本 CHEEE!!!

Saturday was a sad day because two sisters from the zone that we all just love so much went home. Their district is leaving for Japan on Monday so it was way sad to see them go. It's amazing how close you grow to the people in your district and zone over such a short period of time! We're all just a big fam and I love them all so much!

So Macfarlane Shimai and I have pretty much reverted to cereal for every meal! Which I'm not complaining about because the have have like every cereal imaginable. One Elder in our district is from Brazil and calls cereal dog food (?!) because apparently it looks like dog food?! We all just get a kick outta him because he always looks so grossed out when we eat it!

Sunday was Pioneer Day and obviously that was a big deal here in Utah/ at the MTC! We had such an amazing and fun devotional! The nashville tribute band came and performed for us. And the MTC choir got to sing a few songs with them! And yes surprise, Macfarlane Shimai and I are in the choir even though I'm pretty sure everyone's ears fall off when I sing lol oh well. But everyone go look up the Nashville tribute band! Wow they are actually so good and it's all about Jesus and happy stuff and I'm kinda obsessed! They're also like in their 40's and 50's so that was way funny!

Teaching lessons in Japanese is such an interesting thing. In our lessons with our investigators I honestly do not understand about 70% of the Japanese that is coming out of their mouths. But someone how I totally feel and know what they are saying. It's all the spirit and it's incredible to see that. But don't get me wrong, I still sit there most of the time with a giant question mark on my face. I just sit there and smile and look confused and try to say something. Haha those times are interesting- like yesterday when Macfarlane Shimai and I had to try and explain what the Lamb of God was from a scripture. We kept forgetting the word for "lamb", so we just started baaaa-ing and that was quite a sight ;).
One of our district goals was to do an English fast yesterday, so only Japanese! We were way good about it up until after lunch, then we kind of gave up. It was way funny though because no one was talking to each other and we're a loud bunch so our teachers thought something was wrong! Nope, just couldn't speak in English!

If there is one thing that is constantly being told to us missionaries, it is the importance of OBEDIENCE. A few days ago with our awesome teacher brother budge, we had a come to Jesus. He basically gave it to us straight that if we are not obedient, we won't be successful and the mission won't change us. And if we are not EXACTLY obedient, we will not see miracles. As a district we went over all the things we need to do better and there were things we needed to change to be exactly obedient. Mainly eating in class whoops, getting to sleep on time, singing real world music, being diligent with time and calling elders/ sisters by their last names only! Seems like all really little things right?! Well it's in those little things where God tests our obedience and our willingness to trust Him! Exact obedience is so hard, BUT I do know exact obedience not only brings blessings but miracles. Obviously we'll still mess up, but that is the beautiful thing of having our Savior Jesus Christ and His atonement.

I love being a missionary. I love being here at the MTC and being able to experience such amazing things daily. I feel so blessed to be aiding in this beautiful work. It is so fulfilling going to sleep each night and feeling dead tired knowing I get to get up again and do it all over again!

I love you all so much! Stay safe and happy!! :):)



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