Dear Family and Friends,
I feel impressed to share the amazing experiences I've had this last
week or so. Kofu is so busy it seems that we can't keep up. But that's
a good thing.
The ward members In Kofu are so amazing, and it really feels like
home. The people here are so kind!
So, last week, a volcano in Nagano prefecture erupted. Or so I hear.
In Yamanashi Prefecture, I can't notice any problems except that the
mountains seem a little hazy. Must be ash? I'll put in a picture. Of
Mt. Fuji. :)
On to the most important things, though. Like, what kind of title is
that, Sister Blake?
Well, you see, we had Zone Conference. We were able to learn through
the Spirit so powerfully. Lately, there's something I've been
struggling with since even before my mission, and that is how to to be
bold and loving. I testify that President Wada knows what his
missionaries need to know in order to help these people in Japan to
come unto Christ.
I also testify that you can change now.
Anyhow, I digress. I've learned through a really complicated confusing
lesson that simplicity is how the Spirit speaks to us. Also, I realize
that you cannot skip the fundamentals and expect to be a pro.
So, one of the best ways to teach is from the Book of Mormon, and it
goes like this.
RPLA (Read, Ponder, Liken, Apply). I want to help you know that
through this, lives are changed.
I want to explain this more next week, though, so I can explain it in
The gospel is true. I'm glad I'm in Japan for my mission. I hope to be
as bold as I need to be. I hope you know I love you all, even when my
letters aren't as long or as fancy as you'd want them. I hope you know
how awesome it makes me feel when I get and read your emails!.
Love, sister Blake
Dear friends and family,
Dear Family and friends,
I have been caused to reflect on the opportunities I have been given
as a missionary, in this time, in the mission I am serving. For
example, I can email my friends and family every week, without having
to wait three weeks for a letter to come, for which my family would
wait another three weeks to read my reply. I do not have to use a type
writer to write my letters, and I can read my emails on any given day
of the week, as long as I adhere to the mission rules regarding email.
I have a loving mission president, who trusts his missionaries, and
allows us as much agency as we could possibly hold. We have been given
the advantage of using Facebook to send uplifting messages and posts,
which can not only be seen by those in our areas in which we are
serving, but by those who live across the world! What a gift!
There's a primary song that says, "The Lord has blessed me in many
ways" and I love to count the blessings. As a missionary, life is
rough, but at the same time, The Lord has promised us great joy, if we
will thrust in our sickle without might. These people need what we
have. The time has come for members and missionaries to work together.
The missionaries, though called of God, cannot do it alone.
So, there is a period between the time your transferring companion
gets on a train, and the time your new companion arrives. Usually, you
need to wait with a missionary of your same gender, but if you live in
Kofu... You are so far away, that it cannot be done reasonably. So,
President Wada advises those kinds of situations to be dealt with in
his way: have a member stay with you until your companion arrives. So,
Akamatsu Shimai and I searched for a member who wouldn't be busy in
the middle of the day. And we found Mochitsuki Shimai! She came and we
saw Sister Akamatsu leave on her train for her new area, and then, we
talked about what we were going to do for the hour and a half until my
companion arrived. I had intended to pass out English Class flyers at
the station, and though I thought I would be doing it alone, since
that's missionary work, and she was doing enough by just being there,
she offered to help. We passed out flyers for nearly the entire hour
and a half, until we completely ran out, and had to wait for the
Elders to come to the station. It was so much fun, and we passed out
all the flyers I had! Never underestimate something as simple as just
going and being with a missionary. We need you, so much.
Another blessing that has recently come is this: when I first came to
Kofu, I wanted to clean up the apartment! And now, the bathroom floor
has been fixed, and our tatami was replaced! Wow! It's a totally new
apartment! I can't believe it!
So next week, we get to go to the temple! I'm excited, because next
week is also Zone Conference! やった！
Lots of friends in Kofu! Love this place. The grapes here are the best
in the world! Literally. If I could send some home, I would.
So this time, I'm staying. It's bitter sweet to see Akamatsu Shimai
go, but I know she'll do amazing things in her new area, and I am
blessed to have a friend of mine, Imano Shimai, be my companion for
her last transfer! Wow!
So, I testify that when we work hard, we see miracles. When we give
our all to God, He helps us become what we can become, which is
something greater than we know.
We went an hour and a half drive out to Fushiyoshida, and visited some
members the and did some housing. When we housed, we found a woman who
was the youngest of six, like me, not only that was the same, but so
was much much more! What a miracle I thought! She almost shut the door
on us, but we started talking to her about family history, and I told
her about how my great great grandfather moved to America alone when
he was ten years old, and from there we were able to have a great
conversation. I remember not being able to figure out how I would use
family history in my missionary work, but now I can see that there are
many opportunities here.
Other miracles are many!
Another example is that we had so many people come to our summer
festival! We were so busy that night! I am excited for a new transfer!
Thank you all! Love you,
Dear family and friends,
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."