Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 28, 2014

Sorry this is like the biggest bummer ever, I have so much I want to tell you about, but I don`t have time this week.  I hope you got the pictures that I sent!

I sent pictures of Nonchan`s baptism!  She was so excited to be baptized. She had read the entire Book of Mormon and memorized all of the Articles of Faith.  She said that she wants to be baptized so she can always follow Jesus Christ.  One of our investigators came to the baptism and it was such a great experience.

I promise the e-mail I send next week will be better.  Mom and Bobby I hope you had a happy birthday!!!!  I LOVE YOUUUUUU!  Can I just tell you....  I love my mission.  I am SO grateful for the Savior, His grace, His mercy and His ability to help me overcome my weaknesses.  Jesus Christ is the only way we can find real and lasting peace.  I will save some of the things that happened this week for next week’s letter.  We have been working so hard and super busy.  We taught over 20 lessons this last week. The church is true!!!  This gospel seriously changes us. Have a good week! I love you! You are always in my prayers.


Okazaki castle with Mayumi and Malom:)

Octopus fried rice. so yummy

Kaiten zushi! we loveeee
One of my favorite families.

Nonchan's baptism.  She was so excited.

FHE with Nomura & Akasaka Families

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014


おはようございます!!!! Helllloooooooo.... So I got a really bad cold last week.  I honestly felt so sick, but I took lots of medicine and I am feeling a lot better right now.  Wednesday I was really sick all day, then we went to eikaiwa and I was able to receive a priesthood blessing. When Suzuki Shimai showed up to eikaiwa, she just looked at me and said no way.  She turned completely mom on me, started feeling for my fever, checking my medicine and made me go home.  When I finally got home, I was just sitting there and next thing I know Suzuki Shimai comes walking through the door with all these things to help me feel better. She goes into our kitchen, makes this cool ice pillow, and starts taking my temperature... Oh my it was seriously the cutest thing ever. She like tucked me in bed and everything! hahaha. She was so worried and concerned and I can`t even express how much love and gratitude I have for her.  I am so grateful she is here to be my missionary mom. :) I ended up losing about 3 kilos (6 pounds) in 3 days, so I was pretty sick. 

Even though I wasn`t feeling too great for the majority of the week, we had SUCH a great week and I have a lot of things I am grateful for.  There were two people that we met on the street by one of the member’s houses that were able to come to church!  One was American, and it was so great to be able to speak to him in English. His friend was Japanese and she had never been to a church before (not to mention a Christian church). When he asked if they could go together she said "sure, what is Easter?"  They don`t know what Easter is in Japan! Nobody! hahaha. As we were sitting in sacrament meeting, the sacrament started to come around and she freaked out and said "what is this?! What am I supposed to do!?"  Throughout church, she just was in complete and total shock.  Every element of it was such a culture shock for her.  Fortunately, Aso Shimai was such a good primary teacher and is really good and explaining things simply, and my Japanese is as simple as you can get, so we were able to try and help her as we ganbarued through church together.  I don`t know if she will come to church again, but at least we were able to help her understand that God lives, we are God`s children, and Jesus Christ is our Savior! 

There are 2 weeks left in the transfer and I think that I might transfer this next one.  I have been in Kariya for 5 transfers and I am sooooo lucky.  Also, can I just tell you... Sister Aso is like 100% afraid of the sun. Most people are so stoked when it is sunny and warm, but she hides from it. Hahaha she is going to die in the summer. Absolutely. 

Well, I love you! Happy Easter Everyone!!!!!

Arm Wrestling Kana kun.  He is so cute.
He arm wrestled me non-stop after dinner
Buddist Temple off the highway
Cookies made by a girl in our ward
Easter candy hunt for a FHE with the Nomuras. Kana kun was running as fast as he could to get all the candy. I thought it was typical behavior of a little boy, but after he had an armful of candy he brought me a piece and shared with every person in the room. I thought that it was such a beautiful example of christlike love and service. To work so hard to give everything to others:) 
Sakura tea with flecks of gold in it. Is that not the fanciest thing you've ever seen? It looks nicer than it tasted. 
Okazaki Zone:) 

We went to this game place with Suzuki Shimai and her friend from America. Bet you never saw a sister with a swing that good? Aso shimai is hilarious.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014

Dear Family!! Helllooooooo. 

I hope everyone is doing good!  I can`t believe that I only have like 6 months left in my mission. I miss you, but I really don`t want to go home.  Every day is super hard, but I wouldn`t change the experiences I am having for anything in the world. I really feel so grateful for the Savior and how much He has helped me to overcome the hard times and to overcome the weaknesses in myself.  We are working so hard and doing the best that we can. 

There is this less active girl in our ward who we have been visiting since I have been here in Kariya. She went to a YSA activity and was a little bit discouraged because she didn`t really understand anything they talked about. The doctrine, the ideas, she felt so sad.  When we met with her that next week, she was so humble and so discouraged, but she said "I want to learn. I want to understand."  She had started to read in the Book of Mormon for the first time and it was really hard for her to understand!  She asked us to study together with her and we are going to teach her the missionary lessons. When we came the next week, she had bought brand new highlighters and pens for her scriptures. She had the biggest smile on her face and was so excited.  We taught her about the plan of salvation and she just started to cry.  We felt the Spirit SO STRONG. She hadn`t known most things about the Plan of Salvation, but when we finished she said "this is true isn`t it?"  She was soooo happy and it was amazing to see the change in her because of the power of the atonement. When I first started visiting her she was happy, but there was something missing. She now has so much hope and is quitting her job so that she can come to church on Sunday. I am seriously so proud of her. 

We taught the family of 5 we met a few weeks ago how to pray this last week!  It was so awesome to teach everyone together and they want to pray as a family to strengthen their relationship. 

We also had a lesson last week with an investigator who had been learning about the church for about 5 years but hadn’t been baptized yet.  As we went to meet with her, she started to talk about how hard the Book of Mormon is to understand.  She said that every time she reads it she just feels so much sadness and guilt because it tells us over and over again to repent. She thought it was scary. So then we talked about the comfort that we can receive from the Book of Mormon as well. We read Mosiah 24:14-16 and she just said "Wow, is there more like this?!" She felt the Spirit so strong and as she started to recognize the love and peace we find in the Book of Mormon, she started to change. At the end of the lesson we asked her if she would read from the Book of Mormon and she said "Yes! with the feeling I am feeling now I am so excited to read it!" She was honestly pushing us out of the door so she could start to read it. hahaha. SO CUTE. 

It is so hard to find people to teach.  Japanese people are sooooo busy and we will stop people on the street or through housing, have an awesome discussion where they have lots of interest, but they are too busy and can`t even meet for 15 minutes. Ahhhhh bummmmmerrrrr.

Well, I love you all! I hope you loved general conference. I LOVED President Uchtdorf`s talk and I am really going to focus on being more grateful. Can I be an Elder and just serve for 2 years? ... Okay... Have a a great week! 

Sister Crofts
Beautiful Park Close to our Apartment

FHE with Nomura & Akasaka Families
We went to a Matsuri
Our Zone