20 July 2015

Rollin like Sushi

Hello loyal readers!
I'm still in Japan and the gospel is still true and I still love it
all. Thank you so much for letters I have received! They are so
wonderful to read. Post a scripture you have like decently and
recently below! :) mine is Doctrine and Covenants 68:6. Smile be happy
be missionaries!
6 Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with
you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus
Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am,
and that I am to come.
6 元 気を​出し​なさい。​恐れて​は​ならない。主​なる​わたし​は​あなたがた​と​ともに​おり、あなたがた​の​傍ら​に​立つ​から​で​ある。あなたがた​は、わたし、すなわち​イエス・​キリスト​に​ついて、わたし​が​生ける​神の​子で​ある​こと、わたし​が​かつて​おり、今おり、やがて​来る​こと​を​証しなければ​ならない。

13 July 2015

Lovely Lake and Catchy Cuisine

We have just come down from Togakushi Mountain for a magical Party
Day! I mean...preparation day. *coughwink* we had an AMAZING hike to
Mirror Lake, then through the old ninja village, and through the cedar
forest up to this super historical Shinto shrine. It's been a
beautiful, spectacular day to say the least. きれいでしょう
On Tuesday we had Welcome-to-the-Mission Conference for President and
Sister Ishii. They are so fantastic! Of course. But truly, I am so
excited to work with them now. President Ishii says he wants to focus
on the missionaries having a good balance between spirituality and
fun; teaching and service. It'll be stellar time!
Wednesday we had such a good, full dendo day! Thank you for your
prayers, we really feel them. One of highlights was the lesson we had
with one of our long-time investigators. She is really great, but
isn't confident she's ready to be a member. We reviewed the baptismal
interview questions with her and were surprised to hear her bear
testimony about everything it asks about. It was such a special
moment! 祈ります
Thursday Papenfuss Shimai was sick. So we had to stay inside. It was
my first inside day ever and it drove me crazy! After the area book
was updated to death I wanted to go outside and get rejected in
Japanese so badly! Ha ha. We are very grateful for our health. Yay for
summer fevers! めんどくさい
Friday was Zone Training Meeting in Matsumoto. Always a good time! The
Zone Leaders are working really hard to try and make everything
better. お疲れ。
Saturday the highlight was visiting a member, one of the most radical
of people. Her house is full of cool old fashioned Japanese things and
she has a thousand stories to tell. Partway through her visit a man
comes in with this huge tray, the lunch she has ordered us. The are
the prettiest bento boxes you've ever seen. She says what it is, and
Papenfuss Shimai mutters, "I hope you're able to keep it down."
So I open the box, and low and behold, there are four, long EELS
laying across the rice.
I begin my seafood eating tactics immediately. いただきます。Start with the
largest one, use lots of rice, and swallow whole. This only gets me
through the first two, as I'm running out of rice. Next, I try to use
water. Effective at first, but also creates a sort of "swimming down
my throat" type of effect. I the resort to telling myself it's
chicken, but I prove not to be an excellent mental actress. Through
grace bestowed upon my tongue I finish the eels and turn to the
beautiful bowl of miso soup waiting for me on the side. I take a big
long sip of being proud of myself and wait, what's that I taste? Not
miso, that's for sure.
Eel liver soup.
I didn't even know eels HAD livers!!!
Love you! Have joyful days.
Mosiah 18:9 (^_^)

05 July 2015

The Reign of President Ishi Begins 半分おわた

Konnichiwa 😄
Mina wa genki? It's been a beautiful week in the Nagano Japan.
Full of Olympic history, lush mountains, and very kind people!
Monday our beloved President Yamashita completed his assignment as our
mission president. I am going to miss him and Sister Yamashita a lot!
I learned from his example, very strongly about the pure love of
Christ and dedicated discipleship. But President and Sister Ishi have
arrived and we are excited to meet them at Hello Conference tomorrow!
In Fukutoku! So far, everything is far in Nagano. Ha ha. とい
On Tuesday we met a less active member with a really cute nine year
old! The mom also made us scrumptious apricot jam. Apricots and Nagano
soba are currently in season. Yum! Other food ventures this week has
included tomato gelato, basil shrimp sushi, and Sister Papenfuss's
"inside out" chocolate chip cookies. :)
You can infer for yourselves which of those I enjoyed most thoroughly.
On Thursday we went housing and street contacting at the station for a
very very long time! All day, actually. Nagano station is very big and
quite the tourist destination so it was really fun to meet people from
a lot of different places in Japan. Some even from previous areas
Sister Papenfuss has been in. Hooray for referrals! While riding our
bikes a woman in bright green, pinstriped Aladdin pants jogged by and
from our "Konnichiwa!" came back with a high volume and friendly
"Hello!" We were blessed to end up running into her TWICE the next
day. She said she has some interest and questions about Christianity
(what?!) so she wants to meet when she comes back into town next week.
On Friday we went up with Haniura and Eri Shimai to see the famous
Nagano FIREFLIES! They we so stunning. What a cool creation! One of
them actually flew up and around us a few times, and then nestled
itself into my thanks-to-the-humidity very frizzy hair and sat for a
spell. Ha ha! Very cool way to get in touch with nature. We then when
to teach a FHE message and Hanuira Shimai's three-year-old
granddaughter (going on 13) played us a song on the piano, read us a
book about fireflies and discoursed us on the contents of her home.
Too much cute! かわいい
Saturday was INDEPENDENCE DAY!! Which no one celebrates here,
obviously. But Pappenfuss Shimai and I sported the RWB all day! Hooray
for America! We taught a lesson with a less active in the moutains by
this hidden waterfall. Yes, my life is too good to even be a
All Creatures of Our God and King are truly breathtaking! I felt the
spirit very strongly, the love Heavenly Father has for all He has
created. The trees praise God by singing with the wind, the waterfall
by rushing consistently down the cliffs. The mountains by standing
firm and obediently to each of God's commands. That's how we should be
too! As His beautiful creatures.
Love you all. Be happy, be safe, be missionaries! 頑張りましょう!
Sister Brewer