Sister Brewer, Sister Kartchner, Elder Watson, Elder Schmeil, Elder Suzuki, Elder Yamamoto, someone's legs and random small candid Japanese child!
Once upon a time a companionship in the best little area in the Japan Nagoya Mission did Weekly Planning as usual but did it for week FIVE and realized this transfer is almost over and that Sister Kartchner has to go back to real life in two weeks like whaaaat? Where did that time go?! Being a missionary is in the holiday season is the bee's knees wearing the cat's pajamas but also totally crazy. There is literally so much wonderful to do every day you are shocked to crawl into the futon every night because it feels like you just got out! On Tuesday we had appointment with one of the cute Kodomo Eikaiwa moms where we talked about the Restoration. She had a lot of great questions about other religions and the divisions and why our church is a thing. She is a great and sincere investigator. And her two kids are so cute!! That night the Japanese Elders also recruited us for their monthly Eikaiwa (this means English class) at a company they do, because the other Elders had a dinner appointment and they need native speakers. It was a little weird because it was all men and they were so confused about the difference between "merry" and "marry" and thought we were all in Japan to try to get married for Christmas. Sigh.
We did a lot of Christmas Caroling to less actives with the members! The Relief Society rocks! They made so many cookies. Here in the mission the Elders call that Shimai Dendo... dropping by with cookies all totsuzen and accidentally sharing a message while we're there. :) It works, what can we say! Everybody needs a little sugar and gospel sweetness. After Skyping on Christmas we made brunch with the Elders! I made some rather mediocre French Toast and Elder Schmeil made some pretty mind-blowing Black Thunder pancakes. We also went for an amazing Sushi lunch at Kunioka Shimai's house! Her ten-year-old son was making gyoza like a pro! Oishikatta!! We're definitely well fed here. Someone will probably have to roll me out of Okazaki.
We found so many new investigators this week! I testify that as you pray sincerely and work hard Heavenly Father will always help you accomplish your goals that align with His will! Holy Hufflepuff, He was just handing us random weird marvelous opportunities to teach new people this weekend. "Merry Christmas Missionaries, here are some of my precious daughters I need you to help teach." God works on His time, aaallll the time, in His ways and I promise you they are miraculous. And joyful.
Today one of our investigators is having us over for a new years meal! Along with many other members this week...again....I hope more mass on my body means more to love because suddenly everyone wants to put an exceeding amount of delicious Japanese food in addition to twice as many chocolate corn flakes in our mouths at all times.
Thank you for all who sent me such sweet Christmas cards, e-mails, and prayers! Your love is felt over here in abundance, I sincerely appreciate it. I love you! So does your Savior, purely and perfectly. Don't forget to pray and remember Him always!
Letters are always lovingly welcome.
Sister Brooklyn Brewer
Aichi 465-0028 JAPAN