Monthly Archives: September 2014

29 September 2014

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So this week was probably the busiest week I have had so far on my
mission. We had an appointment everyday and some times two. It was
mostly with members of the ward but with two appointments with members
they brought there friends to introduce us to them and then we met a
new lady on Saturday who needs help learning English for a job. It has
been a week of miracles. We have suffered on contacts but you know
what I don’t care. This week was amazing. Today for p-day we went to
the Tama Zoo. It is a huge zoo and it was only 6 bucks to get in. What
a deal! It was really fun. I have some pictures and a video I will
send. Me and Sister Sorensen get along great! The tutoring is going
great. I love it. But in order to improve more,sister Sorensen and I
have been getting up at 5:30 in the morning to read the BOM together
in Nihongo. We will see how long that lasts 🙂 but so far it’s been
great. With all the new people we met this week we don’t have any who
are seriously interested in the church or interested in taking lessons
but the softening of hearts has to start some where Iam Just happy to
be a part of the role. The area is great. I love my ward. Yesterday we
went and ate a the relief society presidents house. She is so much
fun. I love her. She put pictures up of us on Facebook. There is a
volcanoe somewhere in Japan that is starting to become very active. We
did have an ash warning to keep our doors and windows closed for the
night, but I think it’s to far away. We haven’t seen anything or have
been affected in any way by the volcanoe. Other then that nothing has
been going on. I love you all!!!

Brox Shimai

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22 September 2014

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Sorry family, I don’t really have time to write this week so I will
just send some fun videos and pictures of this last week. We had a
ward festival and they had drummers and dancers. It was a blast. I’m
getting along with my companion pretty well. I’m having fun!!! Oh we
have been preparing pretty hard core for emergency preparedness. this
is speculation, but I guess my Mission President had a dream that
while he was president their was going to be a huge earthquake and
actually all the Japanese talk about how they are suppose to have a
big one soon. But who knows if that will happen. Just know that if it
does happen, not to worry because I will be safe. The Lord always
protects his missionaries. With all the previous major disasters from
before ( Phillipeans and Japan) not one missionary was ever harmed or
lost. I think it would be exciting actually. Don’t get me wrong I
don’t want it happen and I don’t want people to get hurt but if the
earthquake does happen I would love to be here to help clean things
up. I think there would be so many miracles. Funny story, I was on
splits with another sister and we were eating lunch at a place and
talking about the second coming and how there was going to be huge
earthquakes and right in the middle of our conversation every persons
phone In the resturaunt off with warning everyone to get to safety
because of an earthquake and then we felt the earthquake. We both just
looked at each other and started smiling wandering how long do we wait
before we start running to safety. The quake wasn’t to bad and it only
lasted 20 seconds but, man, talk about coincidence. That was my second
earthquake I felt since being in Japan. It was kinda fun. Well I said
I had no time but I managed to write quit a bit. Love you all soo
much!!!

Brox Shimai

15 September 2014

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Hello my people :-),

Im writing super early today, it will probably vary from now on. Well
this transfer is going to be really hard for me. My companion is
actually ok. She hasn’t been to hard to handle yet but we have a new
sister who really pushes my buttons and I feel I might lose it with
her. I’m praying really hard that I can love her and my companion more
and to not be offended by her selfishness but it is so hard. Please
pray for me. I almost lost it this morning with her but I managed to
calm myself down. I’m hoping as time goes on it will get better.  She
doesn’t have the best reputation with other missionaries either. She
is known for being hard to handle. Heavenly Father clearly wants me to
learn patience this transfer and maybe he wants me to learn to not be
so offended. I’m working on it. 🙂 I am not a perfect person nor am I
a perfect missionary but I’m trying to be better. I really hope I
transfer out next transfer. Well other then roommate problems my new
companion, sister Sorensen and I are surprisingly getting along ok.
Yeah there are things that really annoy me but I can more easily roll
them off. We have been working hard and we have been able to meet all
our goals of passing out Book of Mormons and talking to people and
stuff. That has been really neat. My tutoring has been going really
good as well. I’m excited to get better with my Japanese this
transfer. My companion has been great with helping me as well. I love
this ward and these people in my area. They are so awesome and loving
and so helpful. My first companion, Sasaki Shimai, has a twin and her
twin lives in my ward here. She has been so much fun. I love that I
was able to meet her. She is probably the most caring and loving
person I know. We have an investigator who’ s first language is
Spanish. She understands and speaks some Japanese but she struggles
with it at church because they use such hard Japanese. But Sasaki
Shimai will give a lesson and prepare for all of us, so she puts it in
Japanese, English, and Spanish. I just love that she puts so much love
and effort into things for all of us. Well family I think that is all
for this week. Most of it is just me ranting about how hard things
are. I will try and keep my emails more positive 🙂 ok I love you
all!! I will send some pictures and videos
The following pictures are of me and sister Sorensen, Sasaki Shimai
and I, and the last one is of me when I was on splits with two other
sisters, sister Eyring, and sister Gappymayer, and we gave out two
Book of Mormons to two girls. It was way fun.

8 September 2014

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Well we got transfer calls today…… Ughhhh, I’m not very excited.
This next transfer is going to be a hard one. I’m staying on
Tokorozawa but sister Harper and I split up. I’m now a part of
Tokorozawa sisters B, I was Tokorozawa sisters A. My new companion is
Sister Sorenson. In our apartment there was 4 of us and sister
Sorenson was one of them with Sister Lambert as her companion. So I
basically get to stay in my area but I have to move over to a
different companion. I already kind of struggle with sister Sorenson
as it is with just living with her but now I have to be with her 24/7
NOT COOL!  It is going to be hard. Clearly The Lord wants to teach me
patience. 🙂 I’m going to really need your prayers for the next 6
weeks.  I started tutoring this week. I’m excited I think it is really
going to improve my Japanese. Yay!! As far as teaching goes, I asked
Angela if she would ever be baptized and she didn’t say no she just
said she doesn’t think she can keep the commandments after being
baptized. So we have to continue to build her faith and her desire to
follow Christ. Fundi has been in Africa so we haven’t been able to see
him but we did give his wife a short visit. She was happy to see us.
We shared a short video with her in French about motherhood and how it
is a partnership with God. Then we testified of mothers and how great
they are! Well that’s all I really have for this week. Love you all!!!

Heather

My foot is doing better. I have to keep the cast thing on for one more week but it’s good.

1 September 2014

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Sorry family this week was temple week so I will be writing today
instead of yesterday 🙂 this last week was crazy. Our investigator,
Angela, lost her job and got kicked out of her place. She called
members of our ward and asked for help. The members got all of us
together ( we were there more for moral support) and we talked about
how they could help. They found her a place to stay for a month in
another members apartment that they own. And so we were busy moving
her as quick as possible and the Bishop and his wife took her to city
hall to have her apply for welfare. The members have been great. We
are just worried that she will take advantage of them. I don’t think
the members will let her though. One night before the move I called
her and she was in tears because they said she couldn’t take her cat
and that is her family. So I told her I would pray with her and we
did. And then we read the scriptures together. The next day she came
up to me and said thank you for that and they found a family in the
ward that would watch her cat for her. I think the whole week has been
a really good defining moment for her. She came to church and started
making friends with other girls in the ward. Yay! Hopefully when we
ask if she is ready to baptized she will say yes! 🙂 oh and I went
and got my root x-rayed because it was still hurting. It is fractured
and the doctor put a little cast on it. He said it will take three
weeks to heal but I can come back the following week to take the cast
off. I can walk on it just fine, the cast itself is pretty
uncomfortable. Well that’s about all for this week! Love you all

Heather