How is everyone doing! Just fyi, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't have a lot of time to respond so I will probably write back via letter. Dear Elders are still my favorite though because we get them everyday! Thank you so much for all the love you have sent my way through letters and packages! It really means so much to me!
This week, all the Japanese missionaries that came in with me become what we call Senpai. Thats means we're not longer Kohai (freshman) and become Senpai (juniors). In three more weeks will become Daisenpai (seniors) and will be the next to leave. We're excited for the new Kohai to come in tomorrow!
Last week after I finished my e-mail I mentioned I was singing in the choir for that nights devotional. GUESS WHO CAME?!? RICHARD G. SCOTT!! AHH!! It was so great! The missionaries don't know who the speaker is going to be until it starts. We were singing in the choir so we had great seats! Then when he walked into the room the whole room gasped and stood up! There is a special spirit when an apostale of the Lord enters a room. He talked specificly to the sisters for a short amount of time and was happy to see so much color in the room! He also promised missionaries who were learning another language that if we are diligent and obedient, we WILL MASTER our language. It was a powerful night. The spirit is always here at the MTC. I'm grateful to be here and even though I will be here for a really long time, I am grateful for this experience.
This friday was our first time in the TRC (Training Resource Center). In the TRC volunteers who speak foreign languages come in and missionaries teach them. The person does not pretend to be an investigator, rather they are themselves and acts how they would act. We were asked to teach an overview of the first lesson, (this is all in Nihongo remember?? ahah) It was really scary teaching but we were happy that we got to teacher an Returned Missionary and a girl whose mother is Japanese and she is preparing to leave to her mission in Sapporo Japan in June. We are getting better and teaching lessons. We know how to ask questions that can get people to talk. The only problem is trying to understand what they are saying! We will get to go to the TRC every saturday morning now until we leave.
Because the BYU semester is ending this week some of the teachers schedules have changed so we lost one of our teachers, Kosaka Sensei :( Kanashii desu nee!! He is Japanese and we've taught him from the beginning! He was great at going above and beyond and telling us about culture and how to behave politely. We're really going to miss him. I'll send a picture with him next week. Our new teacher is someone I kind of know through a friend. His name is Fowers Sensei. He is Amerikajin (American) and from Utah. The Daisenpai who had him before us say that he is a wonderful teacher! So even though we're sad to be losing our teacher I'm looking forward to see how Fowers Sensei teaches.
We get a new batch of Nihonjins today!!! youshh!! I love talking to them and spending time with them. It such a great opportunity to have them here! I will miss the ones who left but they are ready to go and they were really sick of our nasty American cafeteria food.
Relief Society here is really awesome. Its like a whole other devotional. A speaker comes and the sisters fill up the building! We sang As Sisters in Zion and the line, "How vast is our purpose broad is our mission if we but fulfill it in spirit and deed..." just pierced my heart as I looked around at all the sister missionaries standing and singing. We may not be perfect, we cannot speak our languages very well, but we have been called by a prophet of God to teach what we know to be true. How grateful I am for this opportunity to serve the Lord. We are heading all around the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that we can return to live with our Father in heaven again someday. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be a full time servant of the Lord and I know that my mission will become the foundation of my life. I know that there are people in Fukuoka waiting to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and through the spirit of the Lord the message will sound familiar to their ears. I pray for them, and I love them.
I love my family with all my heart. I know that I was meant to come to the Earth at this time with this family and experience lifes challenges so that I could serve this mission. There is no place I would rather be. I love you all!
Ai shite imasu!