Tuesday, May 27, 2014

E-mail 5/26/2014

My dear wonderful family!

Coming to you from cloudy Japan--we're told rainy season is going to start soon! Should be exciting! I was actually sick this week so I slept a lot. 

We had some cool activities and such!

Monday, we went to Matsushima! It was beautiful! I got to talk to people on the trains--it was really fun. I couldn't understand everything they were saying but Johnson shimai [Sister Johnson] would listen and whisper to me what was going on or questions I should ask in English so I could keep conversations going with them. It was so fun! 

Tuesday we had district meeting.

Thursday we had training from the APs [assistants to the mission president] (about our Area Books) and interviews with Rasmussen Kaicho [President Rasmussen]. It was wonderful.

Saturday we had dinner with the Konno family.

Sorry, I really don't have a lot of time--I got locked out of email for almost our entire email time but I printed off your emails so I was able to read them. :)

Well, since I don't have much time I will bear my testimony. :) I know this church is true! I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. I love Him. He lives. He loves us. Through His gospel we can find true joy and live with our families together forever. I love missionary work! I love sharing the message of this gospel.

I was talking to someone this week about the Atonement and I loved what they said. They talked about how we can use the enabling power of the Atonement in a cycle to become extraordinary. First, pray for the help to do something that you can't do by yourself. And then, when it happens, pray in gratitude. And in this way ordinary people become extraordinary. I hope I can learn how to do that on my mission so that I can do that throughout the rest of my life.

I love you all so much! Thank you for all your emails and love and everything! Sounds like you are up to amazing things! 

Mom, I was reading the talk by President Utchdorf this week too! Zeus is an excellent dog name. Congrats Zach--junior mashall and everything else, holy cow!! Incredible! AND TWICE!! What?? And I love your senior project idea! And going on splits with the Elders!! Wow, 14 youth leaving for missions!! Candice--ii ne! (That's what they have instead of 'like' on facebook in Japanese). I'd love to get a postcard from you in England. :)

I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Your missionary,

Bellows shimai

P.S. I'm really sorry for not writing more but we have to go! I love you!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 30 Pictures

[Brace yourself for picture overload! Maybe she's making up for the last few weeks of no pictures?]