It's been a great few days in the Hodogaya area! Once again, my life
is full of adventures, and wonderful things which I have been given. I
have a wonderful companion, Hokanson shimai, and we are wonderful!
Japanese food is getting easier. I think many of you would laugh if
you saw what I eat. ^.^ if anyone had told me that one day I would be
gladly eating Japanese food, I am sure I would not have believed it,
but here I am. Eating squid pizza, and other random foods. (honestly,
the squid pizza was a one time deal. I don't eat it all the time.
Wasn't bad though.)
So, there is a store that has an agreement with Walmart here. It's
called seiyu, and it sells great value stuff too. Like the walmart
brand great value.
So learning lots of new things, about life, about myself, and about
the mission. And I hope I go home a new person, and hope that I don't
stay the same. You can never stay the same. You're always changing.
Just be sure that you're changing for the better, and not for the
worse. But if your desire is the same as the Lord's, He will help you
Man, I have to close up the email, but just remember, you have my
witness that the Book of Mormon is true, and that I know that my
Redeemer lives, and loves each and every one of us. If you need
assurance, just pray, and never stop praying. The answer will come.
Love you all,
>.< sorry! I really want to email everyone, but I'm so out of time! Know that I love you, and would email. I am so grateful for all your emails. I need to be better about spacing out time between individual emails and the main email, but really, forgive me. Here is a peace offering.
Transfer calls came today! When they came, our district was all at the
Tama zoo, looking at the giraffes. Since we were all together, we just
passed the phone all around. I was last. ドキドキ。ワクワク。ワクドキ。。。。but, that
morning, I already knew that I would transfer. I could just feel that
it was going to happen. Don't want to transfer, but I know that God
has plans for me, whereas I can only see the edge of my own
But this week has been a really good week. We spent a lot of time
traveling to visit less active members. Though some weren't
home,others were there, and we were able to visit with them, and see
how they are. Today, at Itoyokado, we were eating lunch at the food
court, and I was waiting for my food, when I look over and there's a
couple that we'd just visited last week! We ended up eating lunch
together! I was so happy!
Talking about miracles, let's talk about Facebook. It's interesting to
use Facebook for missionary work, but I feel that I'm getting used to
the point where it really is helpful, and not stressful.
We had a visit with a family last Sunday, and that was really good.
Also, streeting when you're on a bike is really interesting, because
sometimes, you just stop and talk to someone, and they are at first a
little scared, because it's a random foreigner stopping her bike to
sit and talk with you. But that's the same no matter how you go about
it. The fact that I'm a foreigner never changes, so it's a little
strange for them whenever I want to talk to them.
Or when you're biking behind your companion, and you stop to talk with
someone, and your companion didn't see you stop. So she keeps going,
and eventually realizes you've stopped to talk to someone. And comes
We've had a good deal of rain, but the last few days hasn't been
raining. Which is great! Rain is always great too, because from rain,
you get miracles and rainbows.
Everyone, remember who you are, and remember that if you give yourself
to God He will make of you so much more than what you could make of
yourself. He has said,
"For behold, this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the
immortality and eternal life of man." Moses 1:39
Do your best! Love you all!
Oh! Forgot the place I'm being transferred to. Sorry! My next area
will be Hodogaya. I actually don't know too well where that is, but
I'll be on my way there on Thursday! 楽しみにしています！ (I'm excited!)
Happy (late) Father's Day, everyone! Hope it was enjoyable!
Dear family and friends,
We received the privilege of beginning using Facebook, but in our
training, the technology elder came and helped train us on the proper
use of Facebook, and he started with a parable that I consider very
appropriate. He told us a story of his own past, of when he was in
high school. He was working on a wood project, and had to sand down
all the rough edges, which took a long time. Instead of using a piece
of sandpaper, he decided to use the automatic sander in the school's
woodshop. It was, after all, a much faster and more time effective
tool. But he let the piece of wood slip, and his hand hit the sander.
He told us that it hurt. A lot. But then he explained to us that just
as The Lord is hastening His work, and using this tool- Facebook- to
do it, if we don't know how to use it, it's a very dangerous tool.
With great tools comes great responsibility.
I love it when it rains here! We were in a park today, and we saw a
woman looking over the bridge at the river, overflowing with the water
that came from the last two days (rain straight for 2 days, nonstop)
and we stopped to talk with her. I love nature, and it seemed like a
good place to just sit and think about life, and told her that. She
had actually been thinking about life at the time we came over and
began talking to her. She was really nice, and really great. Rain
began falling in large drops, and I asked if she hated rain, but she
said she likes it. Me too! Luckily, she had an umbrella, but my
companion and I didn't have umbrellas or rain jackets, so we got
entirely soaked, but because we were all having fun in the rain, it
was a really fun experience. Ex had a lot of fun laughing with her in
the rain, and such.
I love rain, but most of all, I love rainbows. When it rains, there's
always a chance that there's a rainbow. Just the same way, through
hard times come the blessings. We can't have one without the other.
We had an art night last week! That was really fun! There were only
nine people who came, but we created something really awesome! And we
got to share an inspiration message at the end, because our theme was
nature. We shared the message that all things we have come from God,
and because He loves us, He created us, and everything around us, and
takes care of us.
Many people who we talk to, when I introduce myself, they may ask
where I'm from. They get people from all over the world, so I could be
from Australia for all they know. But I am from America, which is a
place many of them have been, on homestays or otherwise. I forget
sometimes that I look different, and just think I'm a normal Japanese
person. But I can't think that way and actually be aware of --- hey,
an earthquake just happened! (If you wanted to know) only five seconds
long. Just ended.
The fact is, that when people stare at you, it means they want to talk
to you. I get to talk to a lot of people.
I'll just end this email here. I love everyone! Thanks for all the
support and prayers!
Today, I just pondered the words from the hymn "called to serve". "God
our strength will be!" The reality of that statement is such an
amazing thing to me. Remember where you stand with God. He loves us,
each one of us, so deeply. That I testify of in the name of Jesus
I spent time emailing individuals again! No time for massive family
email! But the work here is going great. Lots of promise in Japan.
Come out here with a spirit to work hard, and with a hope of finding
many people. Working hard. We went to seminary this morning. That was
So, my district leader keeps calling me Elder Blake. :) my cousin is famous.
I sang on Saturday at a talent show. The same song I sang when I had
my farewell. I sang I am A Child of God. I love that song, in Japanese
and in English.
So, not any time, maybe I'll record a quick video and that'll be my
letter today. Love you all!
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."