Tuesday, September 27, 2016

week 8 & GOING TO JAPAN! (aug 17, 2016)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Today is 8 weeks in the MTC! On Friday we got our flight plans and it was basically Christmas in August! We're all so excited and our entire doki will be on the plane together, so that's like 90 missionaries all going to Japan! We have to be at the travel office at 6am and our plane leaves at 11! We'll get to Tokyo at 3pm Japan time then we'll take another plane to Fukuoka and get there around 8pm! It'll be weird to be in Tokyo and know my brother is there! There are also 30 missionaries in our doki going to my brothers mission so it's crazy to think they'll see him!!

Ok to start this email off, I have another kanji to share! Also I think kanji is the coolest thing because there is so much meaning in them! So this is the kanji for Japan- or nihon as they say it: ๆ—ฅๆœฌ. A little side note, since Japan is like the closest country to the international date line, they're the first country to see the new day! So this kanji means sun source because they are the first ones to see the sun each day! Isn't that so cool!! Also, I don't study kanji hehehe our teachers just tell us these things randomly throughout the week ;))

(PS side note, THANK U MOM for the keyboard, emailing is sooooo much better/ easier now!! )

IM GOING TO JAPAN IN FIVE DAYS!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ There are so many emotions- it'll be so sad to say bye to all the wonderful humans here that I've come to love! BUT I'm so excited to get to Japan and start working hard! Yesterday our teacher gave my comp and I a little lesson on how to ride a bike in a skirt! Let's just say I'm probably going to crash ALOT, but that's ok because that'll make for a nice story! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Here are two things I've learned in the MTC that I know can apply to everyone's lives! 1. (As cheesy as it sounds) comparison really is the thief of joy! Nothing good comes from comparing yourself to someone else! I've especially had to remember/ learn this as I've been trying to learn Japanese! It's way hard to be patient, but just don't compare yourself cuz it'll make you sad! 2. I've also learned how crucial it is to rely on God and how crucial it is to thank Him daily for all our blessings. I couldn't do this mission on my own and I know that everything I do is because He is strengthening me. Alma 26:12 is a WONDERFUL scripture about this! Rely on God as your strength! He love you and wants to help you!!

Last night we had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Sister Oscarson who is the General Young Women's President! She's such a cute little lady and had great things to share with us! She shared a lot about how our missions will prepare us for the rest of our lives and how God has a special mission experience for EACH and every one of His missionaries. She shared Proverbs 3:5-6. This scripture has always been one of my favorites! God knows us so much better than we know ourselves. We were with Him for who knows how long before we came to earth. He created our spirits thus He knows what we need. As we have faith in that and put our trust in Him, I know He will bless us!

"When we're following Christ, nothing can go wrong". This is what our teacher always tells us and I love it so much. When we are doing what we need to be doing, we will be blessed. It doesn't means bad things won't happen, it just means that everything will be alright because we have the Savior of the world at our side there to bear us up.
ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚น ใ‚ญใƒชใ‚นใƒˆ ใซ ใ—ใŸใŒใ† ใ“ใจ ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ ็งใŸใก ใฏ ๅผทใ‚ใ‚‹ ใ‚’ ใ†ใ‘ใ‚‹ ใ“ใจ ใงใใ‚‹ ใจใ— ใ„ใพใ™。ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚น ใ‚ญใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใŒ ็งใŸใกใฎ ใ™ใใ„ใฌใ—ใงใ™ ใ ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™。ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚น ใ‚ญใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใŒ   ใ•ใพใฎ ใŠใ‚“ใ“ ใ ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™。ใใ—ใฆ ใ‚ญใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใŒ ็งใŸใกใ‚’ ๆ„›ใ™ใ‚‹ ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™。ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚น ใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใซ ใ‹ใ‚“ใ•ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™。ใ‚คใ‚จใ‚น ใ‚ญใƒชใ‚นใƒˆ ใฎ ๆจก็ฏ„ ใซ ใ‹ใ‚“ใ•ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™。

Sorry this email is short! Today is really the only time we have to pack and get our stuff ready! The next time I email, I'll be coming live from JAPAN! 56 DAYS IN THE MTC wow im gonna miss this place! But not gonna miss dropping my lunch tray (yes that happened yesterday BIG WHOOPS!) ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I love you all so much! Thank you for your love and prayers! & good luck to my cute friends who will be starting college next week♡♡

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“! ♡♡
Pratt ๅง‰ๅฆน

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