Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 27, 2014

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So I am coming to the peak at the MTC. I only have 3 weeks to go after this week. That will go by so fast!! I can’t wait I’m starting to get butterflies just thinking about it : ) I feel like I have made I break- through with learning the language this week. I kinda get it. I’m still far from being good by any means but at least I feel like I’m doing better. I’m hoping I will be prepared enough by the time I get out there.

Monday night my companion Sister Handy broke her permanent retainer by eating a jaw breaker. She was so sad at first and then found out that we would probably be taken to an orthodontics office outside the MTC. She got so excited to go to the outside world. You really do feel so trapped being here for so long. Tuesday we went to the orthodontist and the people there were so nice. The best part was being able to listen to music. It was a nice break away from the MTC.

The weather has been so nice out (except today), we would take our studying materials and study outside. Today it started raining.

I got a letter from President Wada in Japan. He was saying how we will be flying in on a Tuesday (3 weeks from now) and staying a couple of days at the mission home. Wednesday will be orientation and Thursday is when we get our new companionship and shipped to our new areas. That just made it so much more real. We are to pack clothes and things we need for those couple of days in our carry on cause our other baggage will be shipped to our areas.

I feel like Sister Handy and I  have grown much closer. I love her so much. She is so funny. She reminds me a lot of Stasha.

Sunday we had a great devotional. Brother Heaton spoke to us and he talked about why do people convert. He  asked the question, If we weren’t members now would we convert and Why? He had people stand up and asked them to answer the question. Then he had the kids who were converts stand up and tell us why they converted. Then he had the kids who were members, fell away, and then came back to the church stand up and tell us why they came back. It was when those kids stood up that I felt this overwhelming love for them. I was so happy and over joyed that they decided to come back. I knew I was feeling a glimpse of what Heavenly Father feels for those people, when His lost sheep are found again. I had the impression that my job is to try my hardest with the less actives. All souls are precious to God but it is those who have accepted the church and fell away that will have a tougher judgment when they face Christ. It just makes me hurt when I think of those who fell away. Well that was my spiritual insight for the week. Nothing else has really happened. I love you all so so much!!! Keep writing me. I love to hear from you all!!Love Brox Shimai

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February 20, 2014

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Konichiwa, mina san (Hello everyone)

Hello Family,

Another week down and I’m about half way there. It’s getting pretty exciting. I feel like I haven’t progressed any with the language. It is been frustrating but I don’t let myself get to mad. I get the feeling most of the language won’t be learned until I get out there. I just hope my first couple of companions are good with the language.

Sunday Sister Handy and I taught a lesson to our district for Sunday school. We taught about repentance. We did well. I told the story about “The Room” . If non of you have heard of it I suggest finding it. It is so good. Well that talk sparked something with the sister’s in our district. One of them felt a wave of guilt come over her after the lesson. She knew she had some unresolved things to take care of. She thought she could take care of it on her own and so she tried and then pushed it in the back of her mind until Sunday. Well They call me mama Brox in the district because im way older then all of them. The sister came to me to ask for advice. I told her what i felt like she had to do and i took her down to the front desk to call President Johnson and make an Appt right away. She was afraid of being sent home but after talking with her she was ready to accept what the President would have to say. The Talk with President went great and immediately she felt so much better. He had to talk with other priesthood authorities and they prayed about it and felt that they wanted her to stay and finish her mission. She was on cloud 9. When that Sister was done talking with the President the second time, she decided to tell her doryo’s (companion’s) why she was meeting with him. Well her saying something to them made another sister think and She felt a wave of guilt hit her as well. She came to me asking for help because she knew I had Helped the other one and I talked to her. She thought she had everything resolved but there was something still eating at her. I told her to call President Johnson and make an appt. I told them more then that but after talking they felt confident enough to go through with it. She spoke with President today and she told him everything and even that she had gone to a bishop before and he told her that she has to forgive herself and let it go. When she got back from the appt. she gave me the biggest hug and they all are so very happy.

The power of Repentance is amazing and I feel so honored to be the one they came to. My setting apart blessing said that I would be doing that, helping others.

Mom , dad, did you get my letter? My sick day letter? Well to everyone who may not have known because I only wrote mom and dad, but I was sick from sat- mon. Even on Sunday when we gave our talk. I was extremely nauseas, not so much throwing up (all though I did do that a couple of times) but just an unrelenting uneasiness in the pit of my stomach. I didn’t go to the doctor on Sat because I thought it would be gone by the next day. Sunday it was closed and then Monday it was closed. Monday I went to the front desk and called the doctor over the phone. I got some nausea medicine from the front desk with Gatorade and was told that if the pills don’t work and I get worse then i would have to go to the emergency room. well all is well because if that were to happen mom and dad would have gotten a call from me. 🙂 Fortunately the nausea went away but it was a blessing in disguise because that was when I was able to talk to the first sister when she was staying with me so my companion didn’t have to lose a whole day (they switched off). I got sick a couple of days after getting the rest of my shots done. I do think that had something to do with it, and then Valentines day I had so much candy, I think my body refused to let anything in. It just shut down. I’m good now. My health is back to a 100%.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. I had to be sick to be able to talk to that sister. I do see the Lord’s hand in my life everyday. I’m grateful to be here. I’m excited to get out there!! I love you all!! Please write and update me on everything!!! Me and another Elder are the ONLY ones who have not gotten a package :_) hint hint. My companion gets a package every single day almost. It makes all the other missionaries in my district mad :_) ha ha. I don’t mind it too much although I hate that it takes up so much space in the dorm. Plus she squeals like crazy and that gets annoying :_). Well I love you all!!!

Love, Brox Shimai

February 13, 2014

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ImageHola Family!!! I mean konichiwa!!!

Things have been fantastic here at the MTC. Yesterday my companion Sister Handy and I had a humbling experience. We teach the discussions to the teachers who act like investigators. And we have to give them in Japanese. Well we did not prepare as we should have and it showed. We Bombed!!! After we were done with the lesson my companion started crying because we knew we dropped the ball. I mean we really aren’t very good to begin with but when you don’t prepare its even worse!! I have learned my lesson and actually I’m grateful for it because it will help us be better missionaries when we get out there.

I have learned it is all in the journey (preparation) that we really learn. My companion is just a crazy cheese ball who is so outgoing and loving!! I have so much fun with her. I’m definitely the more serious out of the district (it must be my age) ha ha. I really enjoy them though. I tell them they keep me young at heart. I’m known as the girl with all the crazy stories. Sister Taufaga will ask for stories from me all the time. All the girls love the fact that I have kissed Imagine Dragons boy Dan Reynolds. I swear, I will use that were ever I go. I get so many cool points for that one.  They just think I’m crazy.

The language is still a struggle. Sometimes I think I’m going backwards instead of forward. I didn’t get to see Kylan Monday. I was bummed about that. I’m really praying for ALL of you guys!! I love you all so much!! My companion has gotten a package every day this week from her mom. Our room is a mess. She has so much candy and junk food that I have refused to partake of because I am determined not to gain weight while I’m here. She let me have some of her candy to send to the kids for valentines day. I have been so good not drinking any soda.

That is about it for this week. I love you guys!!!

 
Brox Shimai

February 6, 2014

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Hello Everyone,

Well its been great here. the days are long the Japanese is hard and the food stinks but I love it. I cant wait for the day I look back on my mission. 2 weeks down 7 to go. I think it will go by fast from here on out (hopefully).

My companion is Sister Handy. She is a tall red head with a bubbly outgoing personality. We have had a couple of talks because she likes to run away from me. She did it twice and I got sooo mad because she just didn’t think about the consequences and how I could be sent home too. She knew what she did was wrong and we talked it over. Other then that we get along really well. My district is awesome. The boys get a little rowdy and annoying at least 2 to 3 times a day but i still like them. The girls are all fun. Last p-day when we did laundry it was a mad house. Everybody was fighting for a washer and dryer. The Nihongo is coming along. My goal is to finish reading the Book of Mormon in Nihongo because Pres. Hinkley gave a promise that if we were to finish the Book of Mormon in the language we are learning then we will know enough to teach the people you were sent to teach. I don’t think I will get it finished by the time I leave the MTC but I will have it finished not to long in the field. We got girls from Japan in the MTC and they stay in the room right next to mine. They are all going somewhere in the states. I decided to leave each day to its fullest. I’m so grateful everyday to be here (even though I want to be out in Japan), I’m grateful for the learning experience. I have grown close to my Heavenly Father. I know the work I’m doing is amazing work and I’m grateful to be a part of it. I have to sign off now. I love you all!!!

Heather

Brox Shimai

January 30, 2014

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DSC01452Hello Family,

Things here are going great!! The language is hard but I’m getting the hang of it. I have adjusted just fine unlike others who are here. Some missionaries have been struggling with homesickness. I love you all but I’m grateful I don’t have that problem. My mind is in the zone and I’m here to do the work.

Days are LONNNGGG!! Its ruff in that aspect of things. Gym time is precious time. It’s an hour outside of those stuffy classrooms. 9 weeks is going to be ruff. A lot of sitting and struggling with Nihongo (Japanese). But I’m excited to be here and grateful to be learning a language.

I have met some awesome people here from all around the world. There is a sister from Fiji and I told her we’re gonna become the best of friends so that when we are done with our missions I would come visit her. How awesome would that be! So many missionaries are going to Japan and Korea. I’m thinking it’s one last big push for them to hear the gospel because something may happen soon. 😦 Just a thought I and other missionaries had. Don’t worry though. I will be safe. I was promised a husband after this and that can’t happen until i’m home :_)

I heard through the grapevine that Kylan was on campus the other day doing TRC. He volunteered to have the Japanese speaking missionaries practice a lesson on him in nihongo. I was sooo excited to hear that I might run into him sometime in the future. Ky keep volunteering, I’m sure we will run into each other eventually.

Everybody should set up a dear Elder account so I can hear from all of you.
{go to http://www.dearelder.com and create a login and on the right hand sidebar select ‘send a letter to the MTC (provo)’ Contact info you’ll need is just below}

Love you

Heather

Brox Shimai (sister)

Sister Heather Brox
MAR25 JPN-TOKS
2007 N 900 E Unit 29
Provo UT 84602