Wednesday, February 25, 2015

E-mail, 2/23/2015

My dear wonderful family,

Happy Monday! How was your week? This week we had Zone Conference and splits with Aomori sisters so some traveling. Plenty of excitement.

Tuesday after study we had a mogi [roleplay] with Tairabune shimai [Sister Tairabune]. So cute. She loves talking.

Wednesday we had Family English Program with Yamashita-san. She prayed on her own! And she really focused during our lesson about Adam and Eve and said “Oh, I should be grateful for them, shouldn’t I? I never knew that!” She’s progressing! Then we had a lesson with Miyaji-san (with Sister Toriabe as a member joint). Miyaji-san was way nervous about having Toriabe shimai [Sister Toriabe] there so she didn’t say much—which was so sad because we were talking about the Atonement and she still doesn’t understand. We need a different member to come or maybe she’s not comfortable enough to have a member there.

Thursday we got up at 4am and left at 5:30 to catch our 6:11 train to Aomori for Zone Conference. Got to Aomori and bought breakfast and then went to the church. Zone Conference was amazing.

Morning Session:
l  Zone Leaders—Satan wants you to feel unworthy because of your weakness and stop there. But the Lord is calling us. Listen and be able to say “Here am I, send me.”
l  President Smith—The result of Samuel’s obedience; the Lord appeared to him. Can we see Him? D&C 88:62-68. If you are single to His glory. We are the Lord’s messengers. He is calling you. Answer and fulfill your calling.
l  Study the gospel in your native language. Love the people. Be worthy. Work diligently.
l  Worried about the fewness of our missionaries. Remembered Gideon’s 300 warriors. 100 good missionaries is better than 1,000. To do that we need to overcome our weaknesses (i.e. our addictive behaviors).
l  Recognize it’s wrong. Confess/Ask for forgiveness. Pray with all energy of heart (love of God and our investigators that is so strong it can help us overcome our addictive behaviors). Live the principle. Partake of the Sacrament: renew commitment. Gift of Holy Ghost to help.
l  Purified: to have the effects of sin removed from our lives. Sanctified: no more desire to do evil.
l  Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Process of Perfection: Pray, scriptures, church à Faith à Repentance à Baptism/Sacrament à Holy Ghost à Endure to the end à Repeat.
l  Sister Smith—Our ancestors can help us. Stretched to the limit—you must break down muscles to build them up. Through the Atonement our natures can be changed. If it looks easy for someone they’ve either passed hard tests or those tests are soon to come. The promise of angels to our aid is real. Sent at the right time to be lifted up or to lift another up. Go to Him for help.
l  Video: Which way do you face?—With the Atonement we can be made whole.

Afternoon Session:
l  Business—iPad Conference 3/21/2015
l  Musical Number—Our district. We sang I Feel My Savior’s Love. Went really well.
l  Elder and Sister Harmon—Great companionships. The more we serve and love the greater our spiritual growth.
l  DVD: Meet the Mormons—So happy we got to watch it!! I loved Brother Gail (he saw the need and responded), Brother Bishnu, and Sister Armstrong (we—missionaries can help people like she was helped!!!).
l  Parting Missionary Testimonies—The missionaries who will leave before the next Zone Conference always are asked to bear their testimonies. Since we only have Zone Conferences every other transfer it was my last Zone Conference. I bore my testimony in Japanese and talked about Moroni 10:32—as your testimony of the Atonement grows your desire to share the gospel increases. Desire to help others. The Savior’s Love.
l  President Smith—To love another person is to see the face of God. Is there anything in the gospel/church that would not make you a better person if you did it?

I got to see Carr shimai [Sister Carr] at Zone Conference!!!!! It made me so happy!!!

We studied after Zone Conference and then went to the Aomori sisters’ apartment and they did a mogi for us. Really good. Then we did planning and goals for splits. Then we surprised Hyodo shimai [Sister Hyodo] with a birthday card and chocolate. She was so happy!

Friday Hyodo shimai and I left for Hachinohe after lunch and study. We had a great conversation with people on the train and then we taught 2 lessons to recent converts (Sugiura shimai [Sister Sugiura] and Kato shimai [Sister Kato]). Then we had FHE [family home evening] activity.

Saturday we left at 8 am for Aomori. I talked to a lady who asked me if I worked for a church and I bore my testimony to her and invited her to church and she listened! She didn’t commit to come, but she listened intently! Made me so happy! Then we made a rapid companion exchange at Aomori and got right back on the train to Hachinohe. Studied, ate sushi for lunch, had coordination meeting, a lesson with the Ishita family (on the Book of Mormon—the kids were way rowdy but Ishita-san was focused). Eikaiwa [English class].

Sunday Sae-chan and Shion-chan came to church! We taught Young Womens about talents. So fun! It was Shion-chan’s 1 year baptism anniversary. We gave her a card and she was very excited about it. Potluck after church. Came home and did weekly.

Today we wrote letters and did shopping.

No school ALL WEEK?? What? Do you have to make up all that school? I like that you spent the extra time writing essays, organizing, and reading scriptures. :D I had 4 wisdom teeth. All those firesides sound like so amazing! That’s amazing that you got to hear from Elder Christofferson and Elder Parker, and Elder Soares! All the stake presidencies and bishops in North Carolina—Wow! Mom, that’s such a neat experience you shared! You were prepared!!

No snow! Very windy but not cold. Healthy! Taught some this week—not as much because we were so busy. Iwahashi shimai [Sister Iwahashi] is great! The members in our branch are wonderful! My hair is still really long. I will cut it in March :D.

Well, my dear family, I love you! We had a wonderful week! Zone Conference was amazing! So spiritual! I learned so much and felt the Spirit and have lots of goals of ways I want to level up. I was really touched by all the training and videos, especially Meet the Mormons. Those people are wonderful examples. I was so touched by Brother Gail and Sister Anderson. I want to be like Brother Gail. I want to see needs and respond. I want to be like the member of the church who asked Sister Anderson if she was okay and offered to call the missionaries for her. We can help people like they did! As missionaries and as members! Just being Christ-like. Showing Christ’s love. Really touched my heart. The essence of the Gospel is Christ’s love and as we share the gospel and His love we can change the world.

I love you!!!!!!!!


Your missionary,

Bellows shimai :)

P.S. Do you know Paige's mailing address for me to send her a birthday card?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

E-mail, 2/16/2015

My dear wonderful family,

We had a wonderful week!

Monday night we visited less actives and were able to share a scripture with the first one and then the second one's wife (nonmember) came to the door instead of him and started talking to us and we were able to share a scripture with her and she was super receptive! It made me think of Obuchi shimai [Sister Obuchi] (an RC [recent convert] in Nagamachi). Her conversion story is: the missionary elders went to go reactive her husband and she answered the door. They talked to her about the church and she got baptized. There are miracles waiting for us to find them! Maybe this brother's wife is one of them! 

Tuesday I finished reading the Book of Mormon again. I started it exactly 1 year ago when I was a brand new missionary in Kamisugi. And I finally finished it! What stuck out to me this time was Moroni's attitude--Chapter 10 is so happy--and it's his last words! He'd been through soooo much. But you read Chapter 10 and it has so much hope and joy and love and it just amazed me. He was happy despite his circumstances and it's because of the gospel. Just amazing. I felt: this book is true. No need to ask. It just is. I know it's true. And I'm so grateful for the examples in it--like Moroni! I want so much to become like them! I'm thinking I may try to finish the Book of Mormon again before the end of my mission--we'll see! 

Also Tuesday, the Harmons (senior missionary couple) inspected our apartment during gengo [language study]. They were way cute and friendly and gave us chocolate and chips for passing inspection so we had tacos for lunch! Then we had a mogi [roleplay] with Toriyabe shimai [Sister Toriyabe] at the church on the Atonement. She asked lots of good questions. Then we visited some LAs [less-active members], shared a message about blessings with Takenoko shimai [Sister Takenoko] and then went housing. A 15 year old boy listened.

Wednesday we had a mogi with Koshiboso shimai [Sister Koshiboso] and then prepared for Eikaiwa [English class]. Then another mogi with Kanehama shimai [Sister Kanehama]. Then shuwa [sign language class]. Then DCS [district companionship study?] with our new ward missionary Tairabune shimai [Sister Tairabune]! She has dendo [missionary work] FIRE!! She's been ready and waiting for this calling since she got her patriarchical blessing and has been studying up. So cool! So prepared! One thing she said was "If we didn't have you missionaries the dendo in our branch would stop." That made me think--no! We got to get the members dendoing so much that even if the missionaries leave the dendo won't ever stop! Then visited an LA and gave her a birthday card and treat and were able to share a scripture with her--the first time we've been able to!  Housing. Eikaiwa. Iwahashi shimai [Sister Iwahashi] and I figured out a better way to teach Eikaiwa together and it's awesome!

Thursday we had FFEP [Free Family English Program] with Yamashita-san. She kept her commitment to pray--and became a new investigator! We talked about the Creation. Felt the Holy Ghost. Then we had Bibimbap [a Korean dish of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste, soy sauce, or a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions] for lunch on our way to our lesson with Miyaji-san. We taught her about the Atonement. It was sooo hard for her. (Why did he have to take my sins? Why did he have to suffer? Why can't I do it? That's so sad. There's no excuse for making someone else suffer like that. Why was he beaten?) She cried when she said the closing prayer and prayed for us to always have good stuff. She feels the Spirit but don't understand the Atonement yet. That's okay. We'll teach her again next week. She'll get it, but not in just one or two lessons. It's hard to understand. I think it's particularly hard because she has no Christian background. But we'll help her until she understands. 

Biked back to the church and taught Kato shimai [Sister Kato] (RC) about prophets. I love her! Then we taught the Ishita family (FFEP investigators). They focused!! (Miracle for a mom with very genki [energetic] 6-year-old and a 2-year-old). And they are progressing SO WELL! We watched the Restoration and during the video her 6-year-old asked "Mommy, which one is Jesus?" and Ishita-san answered immediately "He's the one on the left. Shh, listen." She knew without asking us! Sugoi [amazing]! We testified of how the Book of Mormon is how we know Joseph Smith is a prophet and of all the blessings we get from the Book of Mormon. I felt the Spirit so strong. Testifying to people this week about how the Book of Mormon is true after I've just finished it is so powerful. The Spirit just flies in and fills the room. It's incredible. 

Friday we had District Meeting. Elder Anderson brought me a new bike (my old one couldn't switch gears). Mine is...interesting. It's like a hybrid of a mama chari [granny’s bike] and a mountain bike. But (maybe because I'm too tall for it) I totally had to hunch over to hold the handle bars and that made my back hurt. So Iwahashi shimai (angel!) swapped bikes with me. So grateful! She said it's a funny bike to ride but it doesn't make her back hurt and the breaks [brakes] are really good. She's about a foot and a half shorter than me so maybe that helps. I'm just so grateful she's willing to ride it! It's so hard to get bikes up here from the honbu [mission home] (5 hours). It would be a pain if Elder Anderson had to bring another bike up here again. Then we (the district) had lunch with Brother Ono to say thank you for being Ward Mission Leader for 3 years (he just got released). Then he did a mogi [roleplay] with us. Then we set up for our Valentines Activity. Finished early so we biked 30 minutes to a LAs house to visit her. She was busy so we went housing close by. Then started back to the church. The minute we started biking back the weather turned INTO A BLIZZARD. We couldn't look forward because of the snow. We both ran into a flagpole (good thing we wear helmets). Got to the church and the holes in our helmets were packed with snow and my skirt was completely white. :8 But people still came to the Valentines' Activity! We rotated between a card making booth, cookie decorating booth, and a photo story booth. (we did the photo booth). Way fun! We taught the spiritual message on love and everyone was super receptive!

Saturday we heart attacked the Elder's apartment and left chocolate for them (the tradition for Valentines in Japan is the girls give to the boys). Then we had a lesson with Sugiura shimai [Sister Sugiura] (RC). Then a lesson with Yagita shimai [Sister Yagita] (active member) on scripture study. Felt the Spirit so strong! She hasn't been reading lately and was feeling like it's okay to miss days of reading. I felt the Spirit so strongly. No! You need to read every day! In 1 Nephi 8 the people who didn't hold continually to the word of God were lost or fell away. We are in the midst of Satan's temptations--we need the word daily! We need it to have the power we need to endure to the end. And conversion's not a normal oil lamp that you can fill up by reading the entire book of mormon in one day. Like the lamps of the 10 virgins it's an oil lamp that you have to fill up daily, drop by drop. I felt the spirit so strongly as we testified and saw it change Yagita shimai's heart. We hugged her goodbye as we finished the lesson and she left smiling and the Holy Ghost said to me: Tell them to read their scripture and pray everyday. So I'm telling you: READ YOUR SCRIPTURES AND PRAY EVERY DAY!

Sunday Sae-chan came to church. Mogied with 2 members. Went follow-up housing. First person was busy. I was praying so hard in my heart: Heavenly Father, please help us share the gospel with someone today. The next two people we visited BOTH listened to us! One had read the pamphlet we gave her and we shared a message about the Plan of Salvation and asked if we could come back and the next we shared a scripture with. Prayer totally answered!

Taught 21 lessons this week!

Saw a Hitachi excavator on the way home! Totally felt like it was a message from Heavenly Father saying 'I know you and I love you!'

Read this in my personal study today: "Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have and always will be valiant missionaries. A missionary is a follower of Christ who testifies of Him as the Redeemer and proclaims the truths of His gospel. Sharing with other people things that are most meaningful to us or have helped us."

I know He lives! I love Him and I love bearing testimony of Him.

Have a great week!

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


Your missionary,

Bellows shimai :)

P.S. Happy Valentines Day!
Candice, I love translator headsets and microphones! They are so fun! Like spies! Good luck with your 10-minute lecture!
I love your stories of service Mom!
Good job babysitting Lauren!
Congrats on National Merit Zach! Also Congrats on Lysander! You will have to remind me which one of the comical characters he is. :)
I had Mr. Hultburg for a social studies class! Something having to do with citizenship I think...
We haven't recieved any water bottles for emergency preparedness but all the missionary apartments have at least many liters of emergency water.
Sounds like it was cold in NC this week too!
Do you know the schedule for the Tokyo temple? Do you have to make a reservation? 

I'm excited to live with Paige!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

E-mail, 2/9/2015

My dear wonderful family!!

We had an awesome week! We set a goal to teach 20 lessons and we taught 21! So many miracles!!

Monday we visited Less Actives from a list the ward gave us and found 2 who are okay with us coming back! 

Tuesday it was way cold but we biked to Kie-chan's hospital to visit her but it was closed to visitors because the flu going around. Then we biked to Takenoko shimai [Sister Takenoko] and she let us share a scripture with her about prayer! Then we went housing and met a wonderfully nice old couple who invited us inside and gave us tea [presumably the kind that’s okay!] and cake and talked with us about travel and we talked about why we're missionaries and bore our testimonies and they were very receptive! Then we visited a PI [potential investigator] and taught him about the Book of Mormon but he wouldn't accept a copy. 

Wednesday we [had] shu wa [sign language] class and then a mogi [roleplay] with a member after. She was so nice! Then visited some LAs [less-active members] but they weren't home so we went housing and were able to teach some people! Then we had a lesson with Shion-chan (RC [recent convert]) about the Atonement and God's love and she was really touched. But she's been really not genki [energetic] lately so we're worried about her! She's not reading her scriptures or praying or coming to church often either.

Thursday our investigator called and cancelled but we had a mogi appointment with a member so we taught her. Then went housing for 1 1/2 hour, shared 2 messages and 1 person said she used to do FFEP [Free Family English Program] in Hirosaki and asked for a chirashi [flyer]. So cool! And cold! Then a lesson with Ishita-san about Apostacy and restoration. She kept her commitment to read the pamphlet! Progress! 

Friday we met Brother Maeda (a MTC [Missionary Training Center] TRC [Teaching Resource Center] investigator-actor who lives in America but travels to Japan quite a bit; Iwahashi shimai [Sister Iwahashi] taught him in the MTC) for lunch and a streeting mogi. Such good practice! Came back to the church and had FFEP with Yuri-chan. She had a hard time focusing during the gospel lesson. Then a mogi with Nakajima shimai [Sister Nakajima] and then she jointed our lesson with Kato shimai [Sister Kato] (RC). Sabbath day. The Spirit was so strong! Really good! 

Saturday we had a mogi with the Ward Mission Leader and then a lesson with Sugiura shimai [Sister Sugiura] (RC) on the 10 commandments. Then a mogi with Tanaka shimai [Sister Tanaka] about the Atonement. She was so touched and cried so much. I think her life is stressful right now. I gave her a big hug. She needs love. She wants to dendo [do missionary work] too! So amazing! 

Sunday I gave a talk in church on the Sacrament. Then we taught gospel principles on the creation and Sae-chan came for Young Womens and we had FFEP with Natsuko-san and she said she'd try to pray on her own.

We saw so many miracles this week! Doing good! Sae-chan came to church! And she asked her parents about permission to recieve the lessons and they said they'd think about it and talk about it more in March. So keep praying for her!

Candice, the Nacy Drew game tester. Nice! I would ask a chemist about essential oils.
I'm glad Lamb of God went so well this week! 
Congratulations on perfect attendance and good grades Lauren!
That's so neat that you got to go to South Carolina for training. The pictures looked really pretty!

I learned so much by preparing that my talk for Sacrament meeting. I talked about how [important] it is for baptized members to remember their covenants and to commit to improve and symbolizes the Atonement. With the bread we remember Christ's bodily sacrifice and resurrection and how we all will be resurrected too. With the water we remember Christ's blood and how he suffered for our sins and through his blood sacrifice we can be free from our sins and made clean if we keep the commandments and repent. By accepting the sacrament we show we accept Christ as our Savior and Redeemer and commit ourselves to improve and recieve all his gospel (including all the ordinances and covenants). If we take the sacrament with these purposes we will be filled spiritually with the Holy Ghost. If we want to we can draw closer to the Lord through the Sacrament. I know that because I have experienced it and have been changed as I take the Sacrament. I am so grateful for this ordinance and for the priesthood holders who are worthy to bring the fruits of the Atonement to us.

I would love a 5 generation chart and stories about the people in it.
No travel this past week or this upcoming week! It snowed a little bit!

Well, I think that's all for this week! I love you all so much! So happy with all you are doing!

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


Your missionary,

Bellows shimai :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

E-mail, 2/2/2015

My dear family,

It's been another wonderful week!

Tuesday we left at 8am to catch our bus to Sendai. We got there around 1pm and went to visit Oikaiwa shimai [Sister Oikaiwa] (the one I taught in Kamisugi). We got a little lost but then found her apartment--and she said she had just gotten home! Tender mercy! We talked and she showed me all of her books--and she still had a picture of me on her bookcase! And she remembered me! We had to go because she had an appointment, but it was so awesome to be able to see her again!! Then we ate lunch and then we bus to the bus stop and talked to the people in line. I met a really nice couple probably in their 60s who had just moved that day to Sendai from Tokyo (for work). I told them I'm a missionary and they were very friendly and nice. Way cool! Then our bus came and we went to the Honbu [mission home] for MLC [mission leadership council]! Theme: Teaching in the Savior's Way. Focus: Becoming teachers like the Savior. Then daily planning and slept at the honbu.

Wednesday was more MLC. I loved Sister King's spiritual message about prayer. She shared different experiences with prayer on her mission and she said "some of the most spiritual experiences on my mission have been hearing someone pray for me." That is so true for me. It made me remember experiences that I've had like that. President Smith talked about how Christ wants us to learn of Him and teach it to His beloved children in Japan. He has called us to bring them the gospel. Our number one responsibility is to live so we can have the Holy Ghost as our guide and companion. So personal study is the most important hour of the day! Then all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders each did a 14 minute training on an aspect relating to the theme. Iwahashi shimai [Sister Iwahashi] and I were first and taught about Spiritual Preparation. Went really well. Things I like and learned:
·  When we feel the Spirit we feel love. 
·  Time spent studying the Book of Mormon is in direct relationship with our ability to teach with power
·  We share our experiences with those we teach and although we experience\d those things those experiences came from God
·  We are called to testify. Prepare to testify before your lessons. We're imperfect but can be strengthened through the Atonement to bear powerful testimony
·  Waitresses don't force feed you--they ask you what you want. That is how we need to teach people. What are they spiritually hungry for? Listen.
·  Inviting people to act allows them to open the door to Jesus Christ. It is how we cry repentance.
·  Promising blessings is like a doctor telling you about a medicine to try
·  Personal conversion is giving up your everything to the Lord for the gospel
·  As we seek Jesus we will become like Him
·  We are the message. Who we are matters
·  Motive of love. We are here to save many souls
Then we came back to Hachinohe and prepared for Zone Training Meeting.

Thursday we had Eikaiwa [English class] with Yamashita-san and taught about the Pre-Earth life and prayer. She said she'd try personal prayer. Then we prepared for Zone Training Meeting.

Friday we got up at 4:30 and left at 5:30 and took the 6:11am train to Aomori for Zone Training Meeting. It went really well. Elder Fukuchi gave a great training on becoming the best missionary you can be through positive attitude, believing you can reach your possibilities and having the courage to do what you think is right. We did a 35 minute training on Becoming Teachers like the Savior through spiritual preparation, scripture study, living what you teach, listen/asking inspired questions, love, and personal conversion. Our commitment was to think of one area where you could improve and set a goal for that and do it. Then we had a discussion on helping member dendo [missionary work] fire. Then the Zone Leaders did training on scriptures, experiences, testify, commit, promise blessings (the Savior's Teaching methods). Then we had a meeting with the District Leaders and ZLs [zone leaders] and got feedback and had a discussion on if we as missionaries have the skills to teach all the lesson in 20-30 minutes while focusing on needs and then make a baptismal date. The feedback from on the DLs [district leaders] on that was that we need to focus on the 20[-minute?] lesson goal to be able to do that. 

Then we went back to Hachinohe and had dinner and then had Fun Friday and 3 investigators/potential investigators came. Sister Iwahashi and I gave the spiritual message on personal worth. I think everyone was touched. Then we rode our bikes home in the snow and planned. 

After we planned we got a text from Sae-chan (one of the people who came to Fun Friday) saying how touched she was by our spiritual message and how since she's started coming to church she has started to be able to feel Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love. Iwahashi shimai and I cried! She can feel her Savior's love for the first time! That is incredible!

As I was saying my personal prayers that night I realized halfway through my prayer that I was praying in Japanese and that I didn't want to stop and switch back into English--that it was better in Japanese.

Saturday I studied Jesus Christ and how to teach about Him in personal study. Then we had an activity meeting with the District and then Family English Program with Ishita-san about Jesus Christ. We showed her lots of pictures and she was very interested and asked very good questions. (Does he have a grave? Does he have siblings?) And she's been having personal prayer! Progress! Then we had Eikaiwa.

Sunday Sae-chan (PI [potential investigator]) and Shion-chan (RC [recent convert]) came to church! After church we had a lesson with Kato shimai [Sister Kato] (RC) about obedience and daily scriptures. Then we attended shu wa [sign language] class taught by Terui shimai [Sister Terui]. Then Natsuko-san (Eikaiwa student) came to church for our appointment and we did a little English and then shared a gospel lesson and she became a new investigator! She went to a Catholic high school and she really likes prayer and church but doesn't have a personal belief in God but wants to believe and to come to church! So cool! We were praying that she would become a new investigator and she did! Miracles!

I fasted for Natsuko-san to become an investigator, Miyaji-san to become an investigator, for Sae-chan to recieve permission to take the lessons, to be able to be unified and work well with Iwahashi shimai and the District so we can see miracles together, to be in tune with the Holy Ghost and the will of God, to be able to make good choices to improve and achieve my goals. To become more the better person/missionary God wants me to be.

I want to be a sister scriptorian--to treasure up the truths of the gospel so that they become a part of me that in moments of need can nurture and lift and help those I interact with.

Sister Iwahashi and I made the frightening realization yesterday that we only have 12 weeks left as missionaries. A mission is such a blessing. I don't want to ever leave.

The weather is fine! We always think it is hot whenever we go to a different area so we are very adjusted to Hachinohe's temperatures and the snow is not bad enough for us to need to walk so we are lucky to be able to still be biking! Zach sounds very busy with basketball and rugby and Shakespeare and dating. About many good things! Be a good beehive Lauren! So proud of you Mom with Lamb of God! You are amazing! I hope you are getting enough sleep too. Lauren how is violin? Candice how is cello? Candice your ultimate recipe collection sounds very delicious. I hope I can copy and eat many of the fruits of it. I need your ideas for lesson planning for teaching Kids English class. Candice that's awesome about your dendo french blessing! Good luck with your test! Nice new furniture Lauren and family!

I'm learning more everyday about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and their perfection and identity and love. I know they live and guide this church and will help us to achieve our desire to draw close to them in connection and attributes as we act and believe.

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


Your missionary,

Bellows shimai :) 

Pictures: I got to see Oikaiwa shimai and my MTC sisters this week!