Monthly Archives: January 2015

25 January 2015

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Ok I’m loving this area. I was really sad at first to leave Hachioji
but this area is just full of promises. We are working with two little
girls. Megumi 10 yrs old and Nozomi 8 yrs old. I think them alone make
this move worth it. They are so cute. So we can’t actually teach them
because we need permission form their mom. But the mom did give us
permission to do activities with them. So every week we try and do
something with them. The amazing thing about them is that they come to
church every Sunday since the sister missionaries found them in July.
Last Saturday we made no bake cookies and we did teach them how to
pray.( yes with out permission, hopefully it doesn’t bite us in the
butt). But it was so cute because when we first taught them to pray
they were nervous to pray, but after learning and trying it just one
time they want to pray all the time now.  Megumi is more mature and
calm whereas Nozomi has a short attention span. Megumi told us that
she is going to pray all the time now, before bed, before school,
before leaving the house, before meals. It was so cute. And then on
Sunday they wanted to volunteer to pray for everything. They prayed
for the wards shokuji ( mealtime) after church in front of everyone.
Soo cute right?! And since coming to church they participate in
everything. In July they new nothing about God and Jesus Christ and
now they raise their hands in primary to answer the questions. Oh and
e best part is I get to go to primary with them. I LOVE it so much.
Sunday I felt like a proud mom just watching them grow and
participate. They even sang with the primary in sacrament meeting. So
they are basically members they just aren’t baptized. We are going to
try and talk to the mom again and ask for permission to teach them the
lessons.

Then we have Minami 17 yrs old and Hikari 15 yrs old. They are so cute
too! See what I mean about this place? Did I mention I LOVE it? Ha ha.
Any ways, Minami loves missionaries and english. She will come to game
night but as far as real interest in the church I’m not sure. Hikari
on the other hand has been doing personal progress with the sister
missionaries. I was able to teach her for the first time on Saturday
night and we asked her if she wanted to take the actual lessons and
she said yes. I mean she is doing personal progress for goodness sake
I think it’s time to get her baptized! So freakin cute! All of these
girls!!! I really hope I stay here the rest of my mission. I would
really like to see them continue to progress and grow and get
baptized.

So as you can tell I’m doing great! I’m loving my mission and the
people I get to teach! This transfer we have been working harder and
seeing tons of miracles because of it. Pleas pray for these girls. My
goal is to get at least 4 baptisms. I think they are ready. 🙂 any
ways love you everyone.

Brox Shimai

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18 January 2015

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Hello family. How is everyone? I’m good. I have transferred over to
Hodogaya and this place is not as pretty or as cool as my last place
so I’m kinda bummed. But I live close to Yokohama so we will probably
do a p-day or two there every once in a while. My apartment is
awesome. I have a two story apartment so it’s nice and roomie. And it
is only 2 sisters who live there not 4 like the usual circumstance. So
there are some plus’ to this move. So far the ward is great. They are
all really nice. Oh I did go to the doctors the other day. I was sick
2 weeks ago and I had sinus pressure that went into my ear and i got
really dizzy from it. The pressure and the sickness went away but I
still get a little dizzy sometimes so we went and got it checked out.
They said it was nothing to be concerned about. My ear still showed
some stimulation ( I’m wondering if she meant swelling) from the
pressure but they gave me a prescription and sent me on my way. It
should go away but if it continues after 10 days then I will go back
and get another check up. Ohh another down side to this new area I
have moved to is that it is full of hills. I HATE hills!! I hate
biking with hills so I mostly just walk them. These are not hills that
you can just push through it, these hills are like Monsters. They suck
just to walk up them. Oh well. I was able to meet two little girls
that the sisters have been working with. One is 8 and the other is 9.
They come to church every week. The sisters never got permission to
teach them from the parents so we can’t teach them but the mom did
give permission to do activities and church. So of coarse we can work
with that. They walk themselves every Sunday to church. And they are
the cutest things. I’m excited to work with them. Other then that we
need to find people to teach. So we will be doing a lot of finding.
Well family that is about it for now. I love you all!!!

Brox Shimai

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11 January 2015

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So I got transferred. I’m way bummed. I was only in Hachioji for 2
transfers( 3 months) and I love it here. I wanted to stay, and I
thought I was staying so when I got the call that I was transferring I
was way suprised. But on a happy note I am going to be companions with
Ashby Shimai again. She was my companion on my second transfer here in
Japan. I’m excited to be with her again. It will be fun. I’m
transferring to Hodagaya. I’m now on my 8 th transfer and after my 12
th transfer I come home. So it won’t be long. Oh and just an
announcement, it is probably very unlikely but I wanted to put it out
there just in case. If anyone wants to come to Japan to pick me up
they can. But I would need to know probably pretty soon because they
book our flights home 6 months in advanced and they will ask me if any
one is picking me up to prepare for it. I know Kylan wants to come.
But this is the other thing I’m a very poor missionary so if anyone
does come they will have to pay for me too when It comes to the
accommodations and stuff. Just FYI :-)) ( super huge smiley face) ;-)!
Food for thought. Well things here are really good. I can truly say I
love my mission now. It took me a year but better late then never. If
it took me a year to adjust to missionary life I’m scared how long it
will take me to adjust back to normal life. I hear it is always harder
coming home. Ughhhh!  Sigh! It still sucks getting up in the morning
but oh well what can you do. I have more energy these days. I think my
body has finally caught up to the mission schedule now too. The
language is coming. I’m understanding more and being able to
conversation easier so that’s fun. We are working with an investigator
who loves the missionaries and she will get baptized someday but it’s
going to take her a little while longer. She is building her faith and
as soon as she gets that confirmation it won’t be long. She is
awesome. She is struggling with her kids and she told me the other day
something that almost brought tears to my eyes. She said that she has
been looking back on how she raised her kids and she said ” I think I
did it wrong”, I just felt for her at that moment. I told her that’s
why we have Jesus Christ and his atonement. So that things we feel we
did wrong or things we want to improve, we can do it through Him. I
love seeing little changes in her life that bring her closer to God.
Even if she doesn’t quit realize it yet. Mineko is her name. It was
her and Shimizu Shimai ( a less active) who helped really love being a
missionary. I have a testimony of this church. I know it’s true. I
know God and Jesus live. And I hope everyone is preparing themselves
by reading there scriptures and praying day and night. Our kids will
learn good habits from there parents. Let us all be those good
examples and make sure we are creating the habits we want for our
kids. 🙂 ok there is my missionary rant!!! I love you all!!!! Bare
your testimonies as frequently as you can! Help find people who are
ready! Love you so much!

Brox Shimai

4 January 2015

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Hello everyone. How was New Years? My New Years was fun. The Japanese
love New Years. It’s bigger then Christmas. It’s a big deal to see the
first sunset of the year. So that what we did. And I was able to use
my fun new camera and get pictures. I tried to do a time laps but I
don’t know if I did it right so we will see how that works later. I
love my new camera. I haven’t been able to take it on a bike ride yet
because it has been to cold to ride bikes but Im Getting some fun
stuff. This week has been absolutely crazy. We have been to a member
house for lunch and dinner everyday this past week. And since it is
rude not to eat we had to eat A LOT  of food, it’s disgusting how much
we ate. So our diets start Monday 🙂 I never Te breakfast because I
was so full from the day before. I never got to the point of throwing
up but it was close every time. Oh the things we do for the love of
our ward members. I seriously can’t imagine how the missionaries in
America do it. They get fed so much. It makes me very grateful I was
called to Japan. All though they seriously eat a lot too. They just
don’t feed the missionaries very often. It was fun though. The ward
members are great. This year is going to fly by which makes me excited
and sad. I really can’t think about it to much. So excited to be done
and see my family and have a somewhat normal life again, but sad
because my time in Japan as a missionary is coming to an end. I still
have a while, I know, but it has already gone by so fast that half
year is even quicker. Knowing that it’s coming to an end helps me slow
down and appreciate were I’m at in the moment. The people I get to
teach and meet. And the relationship I have with my Father in Heaven
is so much stronger. I’m so grateful for the decision of serving a
mission. I know it’s going to help me and my family beyond what we can
see. And all of you have helped me get here. It was a lot of years of
preparation for me to realize this is were the Lord needs me to be.
But I’m glad I listened to the spirit that day. I’m so grateful for
all of your support and love. I love you all so much!!! I pray for
each and every one of you!!!

Brox Shimai
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