Konnichiwhaddup Family!?THIS WEEK HAS JUST FLOWN BY!! Oh my goodness, it`s CRAZY!!! But really fun! and full of just….hilariousness! I gotta tell you! haha!SOLast monday, we went to a flower park with the Watabe`s and that was just a party! I love them so much, it`s nuts! I don`t know what I will do without them in my life! I hope they move back to America after their mission is over! But there was this way crazy roller slide and we wanted to go down SO bad, but…….skirts. We were FOOLS and forgot pants!!!! Who does that!? haha! Not Watabe Shimai. She`s wise. She wore pants, and therefore, went down the giant roller slide and I thought she was going to break her body or something but she made it and we were all very jelly (all of us being me and Itabashi Shimai) and she is now my hero. haha! Anyways, the leaves are changing and so it was super beautiful!!!Then we had family home evening, and one of our investigators has been in China for this past month, but he`s here now (he`s Chinese) but his Japanese name is Cho and he`s 20 and so he came and I really like Cho. He`s awesome! We used to called him Cho san. But this week, we have all officially spiritually leveled up to Cho KYOUDAI!!! (It just means Brother Cho instead of Mr. Cho) haha! Sometimes when he`s not around we refer to him as Bro Cho. I like that one best but……ANYWAYS! We had a good lesson on prayer. HE`S DOING SO GOOD!Tuesday was a solid day of missionary work! Cool experience though, we went to visit the 23 yr old we met a few weeks ago. He was the one wearing the sparkly t-shirt. I shall call him Brother Cool because he just seems like a cool guy! So it was like 8 at night and super super cold, but he came out and talked to us for like at least 30 minutes, maybe more! He was so cold! I felt bad, but we ended up just talking and apparently he`s been talking with one of his friends about whether or not God is real and we ended up sharing Joseph Smith`s First Vision and it was awesome! And talking about the ways we know God exists. It was interesting to hear the way he thinks, but he`s SO open to listening and he`s pretty receptive! He still has doubts about whether or not God exists but we decided to show him `Because of Him` on his phone and it was AWESOME! Man, I get chills every time I see that! You could just tell he felt the Spirit! And afterwards he was sharing how it helped him feel more positive about God!!! He has some pretty good potential!! Super excited to see him again!! Definitely a blessing from the Lord! Oh we also visited a little old lady in the branch with the Watabes and had a mini lesson and I didn`t understand like a word she was saying the whole time bahahaha! You`d think I`d be over those experiences at this point but nope! Still happens all the time! hahaha!Wednesday, spent some good time with Akiyama Kyoudai. He is just the man. I love that guy! If only we could just get him to come to church one time!!! He would be sold on going every week!! It`s still a work in progress, but his heart is just IN it!! We shared `Because of Him` with him too and afterwards he just goes, `Wow….I`m going to watch this video every time I am troubled or sad and I will be comforted.` and I was like YES!! Oh my goodness, if you haven`t see that video, WATCH IT! I hope whoever made that knows all the lives they are blessing!!Thursday we spent most of the helping out Ochi Shimai`s 80 something year old dad harvest his sweet potatoes! Now THAT was fun! Watabe Choro was shoveling way hard, but we were all afraid he was going to throw out his back again so he just started rolling around in the bug invested vines/leaves while we were all digging! It was hilaroius! Cho Kyoudai came to that, too! Good times! Then Ochi Shimai`s nonmember dad ended up coming to church this Sunday! Whoo! Dendo through service! So that was pretty cool!Friday, was zone training meeting in Matsuyama! Which took most of the day with travel, so afterwards we went straight to a pizza party at Ochi Shimai`s house and Cho Kyoudai came and we talked about eternal life. He has some pretty great questions, he does. WHICH WE SHALL ANSWER TONIGHT! Stay tuned! But yeah, that was hilaroius because Ochi Shimai asked us a few days ago what kinda pizza we should make and Itabashi Shimai told her Hawaiian! And that it has ham and pineapple on top! So we get there and there are these GIANT chunks of pineapple on the table and whole mini hot dogs! hhehehe! like just to put a whole hot dog on your pizza! It was hilarious! It took a couple tries to communicate that you cut them first! 😀 Ah, Japan! You`re the best!Saturday was hilarious because we met just the funniest little grammie ever! I may have mentioned her earlier but she is the amazing painter who just let us into her house the first time we came! Anyways, she let us in this second time and we just brought over some pictures of Jesus that we thought she would like to look at because she likes art and man, that turned into like 2 hours of just a bunch of crazy! hahaha! I understood MAYBE 15% of that whole thing! She speaks the craziest ben (dialect) you have ever heard! She is just so so funny! She is 88 years old and just as genki as can be! Not even kidding! But she lives alone and we must have heard every life story she had! I love her though! I just had to finally picture her as my own grandma and be comfortable enough to be like `Grandma! Hey! I want to tell you something!` Because there is just none of those natural pauses in the convesation for you to speak! hahaha! But amazingly, she somehow switched the conversation over to God and in the midst of hearing her stories about the Japanese mafia and all that good stuff, she was sharing with us about how she had felt His guidance in her life and it was awesome! She was pretty funny though, at one point (because she was talking about the pre-earth life…I could understand that! haha!) she goes, `In the pre-earth life I was a samurai!` and I just started laughing! and was like, `Really!?` and she goes, `Yes! Can`t you tell!?` Oh man, she`s just too stinkin` cute! Itabashi Shimai and I just looked at each other like..`Oh boy, another day…another day` haha!Man, I seriously LOVE my mission! Every day is a new adventure!I love the Lord. I love the Book of Mormon. It is so powerful. We have a new mission goal, to read the Book of Mormon as a mission by February! And I am beyond stoked! We are highlighting three things – 1) anytime we see God`s name or Jesus Christ`s name2) all characteristics of the Godhead and 3) anytime one of the members of the Godhead speaksI know the Book of Mormon is true. Since I`ve been on my mission, I don`t really know how to explain it, but the words and the meaning have just….taken on a deeper meaning than before. And I don`t know that that could have happened had I not gone on a mission. They just resonate in a different way in my heart. and I am so grateful for the eternal truths that it teaches. I know the Book of Mormon is truly a gift from God and evidence that He lives and loves us.I invite you all to read it! Every day, even just for 5 minutes – just long enough for you to feel the Holy Ghost and receive that genkiness from heaven every day! It will change your life!Ai shite iru yo!Howard Shimai
Dear Family….You’re all my family 🙂
How are you? Oh man, life’s crazy! So so crazy….this week was really good! Very busy, but I love it! I love Itabashi Shimai so much! She is just the happiest person ever! And so chill! No big deal racing to appointments, having 10 minutes to eat lunch while planning the next lesson! Shoot, she’s just so good and teaching with her is the best! She bears some powerful testimony! I don’t know what I did to deserve it, but I know I am so blessed to be with her! Always a good day! Sometimes it makes me nervous to speak Japanese because she’s fluent but she helps me out! It’s fun!
Other things that happened this week, HALLOWEEN! That was a party! We actually had our church party on Halloween! Way fun! Lots of prep for that this week, but totally worth it! Almost everyone who came were nonmembers!!!! How cool is that!? I was a Care Bear 🙂 Ochi Shimai had a costume that I borrowed. Booyah! haha! and Itabashi Shimai was a cat/fox…..she couldn’t decide! But AWESOME turnout! And one mom from children’s eikaiwa, (English class), came with her kids and she ended up inviting us to a trunk or treat thing on Sunday after church so we went to that with her. It helped our image as missionaries I think! One guy came up to us at the end and goes, “Hey thanks for not being mean!” I was like What??? What does that even mean?? “You’re welcome!” Well shoot! I’m glad he thinks we’re not mean! Anyways, that was funny. Then at the end, we gave the mom a picture of Jesus with a scripture about blessing the children on the back and she was so happy to receive it!!! It felt so good to have someone be happy to receive a picture of Jesus! Small and simple things…..our hope is to be able to start sharing little messages with her family!!
Itabashi Shimai and I challenged each other to eat nasty things……oh boy…..haha! That was fun! I got her some nasty pink pickled garlic! That was pretty bad Muahaha! But hers was worse for me! (or so I think…she eats them on the daily..hahaha!) But they were called like okaka flavored shirasu…….basically sticky mini fish with the eyes and bones……..mmmmmmm! Gotta love it! Can’t say I loved it but…….mah! It was fine! If I didn’t know it was whole baby fish it would have been a little cooler though hahaha!
One of the Elders ended up showing some potential investigators this short clip called, “Because of Him” It was the first time I’d ever seen it and it was all in Japanese so I couldn’t really read the kanji but, I cannot explain to you how much I love that video……I got chills. Oh my goodness, it just reminded me how much I love Jesus Christ. I love Jesus! He just fills my heart!!! I know He lives! I know He is our Savior and our Redeemer! I love Heavenly Father! I know He knows us! He knows our hearts! He knows my heart. I know He desires our happiness! We are all a part of His family and He wants us all home! I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ and His Atonement! I know those words are true, through Christ, we can start again! We can find peace! And healing! And Happiness! And Life. I want to follow Him. Whatever comes. No matter what happens. I will follow Him.
I love this gospel. Everyone, please, go check out that video! It’s called Because of Him. I promise, you will feel His love.
Hello My Family!!!!! I love you a lot and I am giving you all big hugs right now! So just hug the computer screen or something!
So THE WEEK! Well last Monday we went with the chorotachi and a member, Ochi Shimai to a GIANT slide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need I say more? And then had FHE with one of the chorotachi`s investigators at Ochi Shimai`s house, as tradition continues. We played charades and their investigator had to be a ballerina. It was pretty good:)
So many sweet tender mercies and miracles and I could just feel the Lord working with us a lot this week and preparing the people and leading us and it was just the best, happiest feeling in the world! So Tuesday, we took an hour bus ride over to the farthest island in our area, Omishima, and met with an investigator and her little boy, Ryuki kun. He`s 2 and pretty much the most adorable little boy ever! So we played with him and attempted to teach some English (always makes me laugh when moms want us to teach their babies English….they are BABIES! they just do what they want! haha…particularly Ryuki kun. He`s a sassy one!), but I loved playing with him, I miss that! And so his mom is our investigator, she`s the one we ate the nasty octopus eggs with, she has some serious interest in the purpose of life and we had a really great discussion and SHE IS SO PREPARED!!!! That lesson just …made me happy! It was cool to be able to testify of Jesus Christ and why we need a Savior to be able to make it back to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I LOVE teaching about Jesus Christ SO much! That has probably been one of my favorite things on my mission!! To help people who know nothing about Him build that foundation in who Jesus Christ is and what makes Him so special and important!
After that lesson, we raced back home to make it to another appointment with the little obachan from last week….did I give her a name? Hmm….okay, I’ll name her Shirley, because if she was American, I think she`d be a Shirley. So Shirley is a rockstar and prays everyday to her butsudan (in English, ancestors` shrine, maybe?) but she can totally feel God`s hand in her life and helping her! And it was funny because when we taught her about Heavenly Father and having a body and creating the world and our bodies she was like YEAH!! He totally made my body and my body is so mysterious!! It has to be from God! Look how I can move my fingers! *proceeds to move fingers in front of our faces* `Why yes, yes Shirley, your body is mysterious, and a loving Heavenly Father made you! But like she totally believes everything…but then totally believes her ancestors are god…….but they can`t both be and that is probably one of the biggest challenges is helping people understand the difference between God and their ancestors. and accepting it. But little by little, I think her image will get there as we go!
Then after that, we raced over to the church to teach a lesson to THE COOLEST GIRL IN TOWN! I shall call her Soup Under the Floorboards Shimai because she`s the one we went to deliver soup to my first week here….but that`s a long name….so maybe just Soup Shimai. Only in I do mean that in the most respectful way possible. TrulyJ. We got to teach about Jesus Christ and how we can be cleansed from sin and it was such a happy lesson and she`s a rockstar (more details to follow about her) but basically she`s 24 doing so great and she`s so much fun! and has amazing potential!
On Wed we decided to go over and bring some goodies to a less active investigator, Yano Shimai, and she ended up telling us as we were leaving that she had wanted to call us and meet that day, but she felt bad because it was sudden and didn`t want to bother us so she put the phone down. But then we came!!! And we were like WHOA! Thank you Heavenly Father for leading us to her! It was pretty cool! Then we went back to that golden potential investigator from last week and she let us in and we sat down in her genkan and had a lesson and I`m not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous before this lesson because we just had know idea where to go, but we just said and prayer and led with talking about God and it was AMAZING! The Spirit was so sweet in the lesson and I`m so grateful that Heavenly Father had helped us and even more, that He had prepared her! She listened so sincerely and gave it so much thought before responding to our questions. I just love her so much already and she really seems like she needs God and His love in her life. I`m grateful for the opportunity we had to share just a bit and that she is willing to hear more! So excited to visit again this week! She is tender!
Also fun Friday doing lots of service for member Ochi Shimai, and then also for less active investigator, Ochi Shimai. We were already in our work clothes so we just rode over and told her we were going to pull her weeds (Japanese people NEVER let you serve them!) we just said `WE`RE DOING IT! YOU CAN`T STOP US!` and that was that and it was fun! and good relationship building goin` down!
We also had interviews with Welch Kaicho – always the best and Distric conference for. Way fun riding back and forth with the Watabe couple in their car though. THEY KILL ME! They are so hilarious! We get in the car with Watabe Choro and he goes, `So are you ready to wait for 2 more hours?` *referring to Watabe Shimai talking in the hall with people….sounds like my family! We were talking with her the whole way home and we get off the freeway and cute little Watabe Choro goes, `Whoo! That police car was following me the whole way! I was freaking out!” hahahaha if only you could hear him talk! He`s the cutest little old man! Love them to death!
We got to watch the General Women’s Broadcast by the way. it was so good! But one thing that has been on my mind a lot has been God`s will. Why we want to follow it and why sometimes we don`t follow it And I`ve had a lot of different things on my mind about this….but I guess mainly it’s just that, because I know and trust that God`s will will truly lead to the most happiness for me and everyone around me, I want to follow it. And God has given us agency because He wants us to CHOOSE to follow Him. And that is a learning process, but a necessary one. And pretty much the greatest joy we can feel comes from following God and seeking to do His will. I think about my mission. And all that I`ve learned. And I think about my life. Truly my life is gift from God. This is His and the Lords’ work. Not just my mission, but this life! My life! This work continues beyond these 18 months. it`s not about me…it`s about me relying on the Lord and following His will. Giving Him my life and using it to help further the work and build up His church. that`s why Zinke Kaicho always wanted us to be True Disciples, because true Disciples never die. They don`t just come home and go back to daily life, the way they did before the mission. They continue to LIVE THE GOSPEL JOYFULLY -just like in President Uchtdorf`s talk. I want to choose the Lord every day for the rest of my life. Every day, wake up and say YES! Today is YOUR day! (the Lord`s day)Something Harris Shimai and I made a goal to do this week is just to wake up, high five each other, double handed, and just shout YES! Today, we do it for Jesus! Because it really does make all the difference, each day, the little things. I love the Lord. I pray I can live up to His expectations and be the best for Him.
Have a rockin` week! and just …say YES!
Dearest Family,Hello! How are you? I love you so much! SHOUT OUT TO NATE HOWARD AND HIS MASTERPIECE!!!! I saw the pictures of the house and let me just say, you have some mighty fine taste, my friend. You should get on pinterest. I`d follow you. I`d be your first follower. And Harris Shimai would be your second!!!So anyways….I really only have like 20 mintues……oh gosh! Can I do it? Can I say all the things? I`m worried…..I`m stressing…..I`ll try. HERE GOES! P.S. I kneel as I email because I live in Japan and they email while kneeling here. It makes for good feels in my ashi. Ashi means legs. So anyways, for reals now. This week was super great and I loved it! 😀 Hmm…..OH! So BIG NEWS!!!! Ah, my life was just complete! We had conference with Ringwood Choro (the area president) IN OKAYAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO I GOT TO GO BACK HOME FOR A BIT!!!! wooo!!!! It was the happiest day of my life!! And we actually got to take a bus/train Monday night and stay in the Okayama apartment along with 14 other shimai! THAT was a party! Super natsukashii! (like memory-ish) And conference was SO incredibly good!!! I learned so much and the Spirit was so strong! It is the best feeling! So secretly, I was hoping that Hiraoka Shimai, (my Japanese mom), would somehow know that I would be there with all the senkyoushi…..I didn`t say a word to her though! But….she`s Hiraoka Shimai, so she just somehow knows everything…..so it was the end of the meeting at like 4 o`clock and I was like, `Okay, Heavenly Father, it`s okay, I don`t need to see her` BUT then 2 shimai came up to me and were like, `By the way, there was a woman who went into the Relief Society room and wrote you a note on the board. She said she was your mom.` and I was like NO WAY!!!! SHE CAME!??? and just as I was about to run out to look at the note, she popped her head into the chapel and I was like !!!!! (in my head) and we reunited and it was the happiest time of my life and I saw Hiraoka Shimai and it was the weirdest thing because it felt like I had just seen her yesterday and she was genki and cute and I saw her note and died laughing and man, YOU ALL HAVE TO MEET HER SOMEDAY BECAUSE YOU WOULD LOVE HER TO DEATH!!!!It was a happy day 🙂Then we went home with the senior couple in our area, but they got permission to go out of the area to go to Costco to pick up a few things….and Costco happens to be in HIROSHIMA! (p.s. that is NOT in my mission haha!) So that was ALSO a party! I love Watabe Choro and Shimai! He is Japanese, she was born in Hawaii, but they lived in Utah with their family and have already served a mission in Japan, so they are fluent in Japanese and English but they just crack me up! I love them! Like my own grandparents! We had fun at Costco and it was hilarious listening to Watabe Choro talk about Watabe Shimai. We were walking down the aisles and he goes, `Now let`s hurry before she stops and looks at these cans here, or she`ll just spend all day!!!` It was so funny! So we ended up getting some pizza, too, and ice cream! OH MY GOSH! It is the best ice cream on the face of the planet!! From Hokkaido! Shoot dang! Ain`t got nothin` on BYU Creamery! haha! Way good! and way fun! ….but we may or may not have not gotten home until about 11…..woo! Just breakin` all the rules! ….with permission….hahaha!Bah! Almost forgot, this made me laugh real hard. So they have a Japanese speaking GPS in their car and we were like, `Hey, have you named your GPS?` and they were like no, but you should do it for us! And we were like hmm…..Japanese name or English name??……and we were just like, LET`S GO WITH TAMMIE! Yeeeeeah! Tammieeeee! and Watabe Shimai just laughed and agreed and then like 15 minutes later, the GPS was having some problems recalculating and Shimai goes, `Ganbatte Tammie!` bahahahaha, we were laughing so hard! (ganbatte = work hard)So those were fun days! and we realized the next morning that we had left our bikes down at the train station from Monday so we decided to wake up early and run down there, then bike them back home Wednesday morning! that was fun! Also had a good time doing some housing! We found the COOLEST woman on the face of the planet!! All thanks to Kamisama, (Heavenly Father)! She was so so sweet and open to the message and agreed to meet again! So this week we shall come again! And I am excited! Also, had a few good lessons with some less actives this week! I love reading the Book of Mormon together!Also, went back to visit the genki grandma from last week and she let us in again and we sat down in her genkan and talked about God and she was sharing with us how previously, she had lost something and couldn`t find it, so she decided to pray and then she found it!!! And she was like, `It`s because those two girls came to my house!` and so as she was telling us this, we were like, No way! We didn`t do anything! That was Kamisama! but that made me so happy to hear! She is so cute! And so it begins! I must get a nick name for her! haha! Such a blessing though that we are able to start teaching her! I love teaching more than anything in dendo! It is so fun and just….I think it strengthens everyone involved! I love it!I ended up getting a little sick this week. Nothing to keep us in, but just feelin` a little funny, but Harris Shimai was the KINDEST LADY IN THE WORLD and when I came out of the shower, there was french toast on the table and for that I am eternally grateful! I`m glad you and her mom are becoming friends. I am too, her mom doesn`t know it yet, but I love her already! hahaha! Sadly, we had quite a few people cancel on us this week! But we tried to make the best of it!Yesterday, we were out housing, and ping ponged this obachan and she didn`t have any interest at all. In fact, she had done like this pilgrimage to all the shrines in Japan or something. But we were still good friends and she was probably the nicest little obachan I`ve ever met yet (which is saying something) and was showing us the art she painted and we were like CUTE! and she was like LET ME GIVE YOU SOME CORN POTTAGE! (in her obachan voice) and so we received some elegantly wrapped corn soup as well as pretty much her whole garden of eggplant! hahaha! she came out with some clippers and just WENT TO TOWN! this is no exaggeration! I wish it was! We felt so bad! And we`re totally going back over there again! hahaha!But anyways! It was a great week!I was reading a bit in an old Liahona about President Monson. He is the COOLEST in the world! I love him!! Just reading about all of his service makes me so so happy and makes me want to be better! I love that! And at conference, Ringwood Choro was sharing with us how we can help the wards and branches where we are serving. And he was saying how we should know the ward and the members well enough to know who is NOT there on Sundays. And yesterday, as I was sitting in church, I was looking around, a little sad because the two sisters who had committed previously that week to come, hadn`t come. And as a missionary that`s like, my whole life is just trying to help those people. And it`s easier to notice who`s not there when your branch is only like 25/30 members and your life revolves around reactivation, but it just made me realize how IMPORTANT it is to continue to do that, even when I come home. To look for those who couldn`t come to church that day, and send a quick text or drop by with something, just to say, `we missed you.` I think those little acts go a long way and by doing so, we can better establish the church and build each other up. Missionaries and members alike. I pray I can follow the prophet`s example to reach out to those in need as the Savior.I love you all!!! Have a happy week!Howard Shimai
This week has been SO crazy!!! Like….so fast….but yet…..I feel like I know no life other than Imabari and Harris Shimai….hahaha! It`s been way good though and one of the happiest!So just to start off with a little story I forgot to share from last week. We have an American in our branch – he`s married to a Nihonjin. But he`s probably in his late 40s or so and he just……always seems bummed about something….haha..it`s sad..but the way he is just makes it kind of funny. I`m not being mean, promise! So he comes up to us (all 4 missionaries) on our first Sunday to give us copies of his talk in English and I go `Ohayo Gozaimasu!!` (good morning) and he made a face, shook his head and goes, `It`s gonna take me a while to get used to your voice…..` and I just started busting up laughing! BAH! hahaha! what the heck! hahaha! perfect timing for all the elders to make fun of me…as if they didn`t enough as it is! haha! Anyways….I think he`s warming up to me now! 😀So this week!!! We went to Imabari Jo on Monday!!! (that`s the castle!) it was pretty great 😀 way fun! then had some FHE with a member and some investigators and the chorotachi! I love Harris Shimai more and more each day!! It`s nuts! If this is how good it is after just like….1 week….after 6 or 12 or however long it is….we are just going to be exploding with happiness or something because …..life is just GOOD and I feel so blessed to be with her!Tuesday, we set out to teach this one investigator-to-be, but she couldn`t meet then, so we decided to do some finding around the area. And we ended up finding this sweet little obachan (grandma) who let us into her little genkan (doorway/entryway maybe) and we talked for probably almost an hour and shared about the gospel of Jesus Christ and it was way awesome! She is SUPER genki! like 81 years old, but you would never know it! And she was like, `Eternal life would be great!` and we were like `RIGHT!?` So we are going back this week and I`m excited!! 😀 A miracle from the Lord, for sure! Also, made some pretty hilarious looking cookies to take to investigators. Oh gosh…you`d think we`d get pretty good at baking with all the baked goods we make, but that is just not the case! 😀 Oh well! Also, had some fun contacting and using new words. Like Harris Shimai gave me `owl` to use….so we ping ponged this house and I was like, `Hello, we`re missionaries ..etc etc…Do you like owls? ME TOO! You know what else we have in common? We`re both children of God!…etc etc.` the woman thought that was kind of funny and it made me happy…and I hope it made Heavenly Father happy…haha!Also, quote of the day/another reason why i love Harris Shimai. She was leading us to find an investigator, but couldn`t really remember the way….like 5 times we got lost… hahaha so finally she was just like, `Man…if Janky Randall were a person…….he`d be ME!….` bahahaha we were laughin` so hard! 😀Ah, so Thursday, so much good feels goin` down here in Imabari! I love teaching with Harris Shimai SO much! It just…..flows so good and she`s an awesome teacher! When we speaks, she really gives it thought and it`s meaningful and powerful! What a rockin` example and full of SO much love! One thing I am learning from her is selflessness! She is always so quick to serve! So one of our investigators had to cancel her lesson because of a cold but we were like, `Well…..just so happens we`re making DELICIOUS soup today! Why don`t we bring you some?` *wink wink* but she didn`t respond and we kind of forgot about it all….until about 7 oclock that night when we get a text from her apologizing for not seeing the text earlier but any soup would be appreciated hahaha! Well…..we started booking it home to go make some kind of soup! 😀 And we were like….dang…..all we have is this nasty instant soup……what do we do?? and then Harris Shimai remembers the secret trap door in our floor and it was like one of those, *points finger*`Quick! To the lab!` moments hahaha! And there was mysterious cans of clam chowder and we were like THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER! and we brought some of that over! 😀 and another miracle in that, we got to meet her boyfriend, who we have been trying to meet for forever apparently and it was AWESOME! Then we had like 15 minutes to make it home in a 25 or so mintue trip and Harris Shimai goes, `Can we make it?` And I`m like, `only if we have super human strength and all green lights.` and so she starts praying out loud just like, `Kamisama, please help us to have super human strength and all green lights.` and the light turns green and we book it and seriously…that is just what God gave us! It was insane!! I was going to die, but we made it JUST intime!! 😀 and as we knelt down to pray for planning, we were just like so tired and I just broke and prayed in English and in the middle of the prayer my companion just started laughing and I was like what?? so confused! And afterwards she goes, `Do you know what you just said?` and I was like `No, what?` `You said, Heavenly Father, thank you for learning us that there were cans of soup under the floor.` hahahaha ah shoot! 😀 Japanese is messing me up! Way fun day though! Grateful for the opportunity to make sacrifices for our investigators and serve!Also, taught the coolest less active brother, Akiyama Kyoudai, on Wednesday. He`s unbelievably awesome. So golden.Some powerful testifyin` in that lesson!P.S. I heard from Weigl Shimai that Deguchi Kyoudai passed the Sacrament on Sunday!!! Rockstar!!!Friday we got to teach a new investigator. I shall call her…..Monique…because I can`t think of anything better right now! But she is AWESOME and shared with us her desire to learn more, but just afraid of believing in something new so quickly. And we just bore testimony and tried to resolve her concern and it was great and she became a new investigator, meeting again next week! I LOVE teaching her! She just soaks it all in! about 35, newly-wed, and the prettiest smile on the planet! Way natural talking with her! Also, did some service that day. In the bushes of DOOM! They were seriously filled with spiders and lizards and jumping crickets and just…..oh man…..oh man…..it was….some kind of party….haha! but happy to help!Oh and Saturday, we went to an island off about an hour away to teach a woman and her baby/meet up with her and a member for lunch…..so it ended up being….welp…..karma haha! I got a letter from Marrietta the other day asking what was the craziest thing I had eaten lately, and I was just like…Hmm…nothing really…..Well, I think Kamisama was laughing at that, because the next day we go to this lunch and the member goes, `Is fish and octopus okay?` and umm….those are the two things that kill us! hahaha! Me – fish. Harris Shimai – octopus. we can do those..but we were like, `YEAH!!!!! OF COURSE!` oh snap…..so I come back to the table from playing with the little boy and some food is there in front of me and ask Harris Shimai, `Hmm…..so….what is this?` and she goes, `It`s scary………` and I just started busting up laughing! ahahaha! like welp…it`s gonna be one of those lunches, isn`t it? I didn`t even ask what it really was. I couldn`t….I couldn`t eat it if I did. Because to me, it looked like a bunch of furry tongues and maybe a whole brain…..or the whole digestive system dissected out and slapped on my plate. I literally swallowed that thing whole! hahaha! So basically it was 2 hours of eating like 50 courses of mysteriousness and lots of water! 😀 but she became a new investigator, so …totally worth it, right? Oh yeah…so I got on the bus to go home and was like, `So dude….what were those things REALLY? and she goes, `Octopus eggs.` and possibly intestines...in their intestine form. sweet. haha! So there you have it! That`s the craziest thing I`ve eaten lately! 😀Then after we got back, we stopped to visit this Chinese couple we found last week. She`s gonna have a baby in January! and I LOVE them!!! The language barrier is…a little something, but nothing the Spirit can`t overcome! They are SOOO cute and it was so fun talking and so much happiness and they became new investigators too! The work as been going really amazing and I am so grateful to God!I love being on a mission SO much! It is like nothing else in the world! Definitely one of the hardest things….but by far, the happiest and most rewarding! I never want it to end! I love so much testifying of Jesus Christ and studying His gospel every day! Truly there is the most joy in living it!There`s a scrippy I love this week, Mosiah 3:19 because it talks about us becoming humble, meek, and submissive like a child. And I love that! And it`s something I know I can work on, but it`s something I have been wanting to share with my investigators, to help them open their hearts up even more to this message and trust in God! Because if we can do that, then the Holy Ghost can teach us these things are true and we can know God! And we can be happy! I love you all! Have a beautiful week!Ai shite imasu!Howard Shimai