Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 14

Hello family! 
So I'm a happy person right about now. Anyone want to take a stab at what I ate for lunch? Mmhmm. Ya. Pizza. Haha. Wayyy to expensive, but not as bad as we thought. Our zone leader just got a call from Wada Kaicho and is getting ETed to the Bu. We're super upset. Haha but enjoyed the pizza as a little woohoo before he leaves today. He bore a powerful testimony about the power behind Heavenly Fathers love. It really is amazing. Have you ever sat down and just thought about how much He loves you? Or what that love can do? The paradox of man blows my mind. Compared to God we are literally nothing. We are the dust of the earth. But to God, we are everything. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. I know that I am His daughter. I know that the people of Japan are His children. He has a plan for each of us. The Light of Christ is real. I've seen it touch and teach the heart of so many. With that light, we can see all that is necessary for us to walk through life. With that light we can return to that God who love us so tenderly, and lead other home with us. 

Shine your light. It's stronger than you know:)
Evans Shimai.

Sent from iJapan

June 9 2015

Hello family!!
Love and miss you all. 
Here's a picture of Marimoto and Mabel Skype!! So this is the BEST! She's Philippino and he's Japanese and they haven't had the best relationship but we can see it growing as they learn about the gospel. They're actually the elders investigators, but now half ours as Mabel need all the lessons again in English cause her English is better than her Japanese. BUT she's obviously best at Tagalog. So recently toget them together we've been sloping with the, just reading the Book of Mormon, they are SO fun together, definitely highlight of week. She reads in Tagalog he reads in Japanese and we read in English, it's AMAZING!!ly difficult..and amazing how the spirit can be there. He is the only one who speaks all three languages.

Japanese prophecies. Wow. There are so many amazing prophecies about the Japanese mission since it opened. It will open up the other orientalist countries(true! Korea!! Here we come all of China!) there will be a Japanese apostle in the 12..WHAT?!?! YOSH!!!

Miracles: Mabel's Skype, meeting people who are interested! Running into people were going looking for. TEMPLE!!! Felt like I was home, feared up quite s bit, it's SO AMAZING how the church is the same EVERYWHERE you go. That no matter where you are, you can find home in the gospel. That has been a wonderful comfort to me here on the otherwise of the world.

Kawaguchi shimai. This is where the challenge comes in. Oh man, so scared and almost excited about this, haha. So Kawaguchi Shimai had almost she wanted to be baptized end o this month, but her husband is super hantai and when she told him he said N O and she couldn't even come to church on Sunday. Super sad. So we just got together with her to see how she's doing with it all, ended up having a REALLY a good discussion where both Fuggle Shimai and I recognized the gift of tongues present in that room. We found out she doesn't have a testimony of the restoration. Okay. Stop right? Haha it was a good thing that this month didn't happen. Haha. So side story, I've been reading the Book of Mormon front to cover during the time I'm being trained. So I had the math figured out that you can read it in 12 weeks by reading a 3chapters a day. Sooooo we challenged Kawaguchi Shimai to do this, then for some reason and some how we said we would do it with Japanese. Need I remind you....I don't speak Japanese. Haha but o committed to it. I told her I'd do it! And now I'm telling you. Man, that's so scary right? But I knew then and I know now that the Lord is going to help me, and her. Together this experience is going to change our lives. So here I want to ask for your help and support in this 12 week challenge. Will you read the Book of Mormon cover to cover with me for he next 12 weeks, with a question like Kawaguchi Shimai's in mind, praying before and after study each day about your question.  Then the day we finish, pray. With all fervency of soul that the our Father in Heaven will answer yours, and each of our questions? Don't worry my challenge gets harder. Will you do this is the language you spoke on your mission? Weather your "mission" was 4 years of high school, or two years in Artemtina, what ever you think your "mission" has been, the language you spoke, will you read with me(read or listen to a recording)? I know this is a challenging all challenges should be.but feel free to change the expectations around to fit your own needs and abilities. I know The lord will bless you in your efforts. We start on Wednesday:) the 11. 

I love you all. Remember as I strive to remember that with the Lord we can do all things.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sister Evans' New Address

Sister Laurel Evans' New Address:

Sister Laurel Evans
Japan Tokyo South Mission
1-7-7 Kichijoji Higashi-cho
Musashino-shi, Tokyo

June 1, 2015

Hello everyone!!!!

I've been in this country for two weeks now!!! Hahaha I'm so new but I'm sure learning to love it. 

everything is jelly here. I've eaten so much jelly. Don't know how I feel about that... Also had kelp and peppers this week😝 good experience. Nasty. 
Crepe yum!!
There's wheels on the tuperwear....
I sleep on a futon! 
When you flush a toilet water comes out the top as a sink to wash your hands...GENIUS!!

Japanese got pretty hard on me this week. I felt like there was a lot I couldn't do. But the ward is so good at building me up, making me feel loved. These past few days we've been able to get out and dendo a little more which was really nice. It's funny to think that when we were "not lost" in the dark and in the rain, housing, was when I was the most happy. (It helped that this sweet lady came out and saw us soaking and gave us umbrellas) standing on porches, soaking, asking people to learn of Christ, I remembered that I a missionary! That's AMAZING! I love it. It's crazy. I have no idea what is going on about 90% of the time. But the Lord blesses me to "make weak things strong" there was a cool moment on the train today when I sat down, and simply opened my mouth. I (by myself, for maybe the first time in Japan leading the whole thing), got to talk to a girl who was just heading home from school. In the MTC our "Progressing Investigator"s name was Kitamura San, I learned so much from teaching that kid. He was "baptized" the day we said goodbye to that teacher. With tears in all of our eyes, he made me promise that I would find my Kitamura, my eternal best friend who I can bring to the knowledge of their Redeemer, and Savior Jesus Christ. So on the train, this girl said she DOES believe in God and Jesus Christ. She said she believes that through them we can be happy! I got to testify of that and told her that that is what our message is all about. I asked if she wanted to learn more, and she said YES!! Hahah I freaked out and didn't know what to do, so just smacked Fuggle Shimai "help me!! She wants to learn more!!" Haha I think I really freaked her out. Haha she didn't end up taking the Book of Mormon, or giving us her number. But the cool thing was that her name was Kitamura San. Even though she most likely won't be "My Kitamura" it was a good reminder afterwords that there is someone out there waiting for me to bring them back to the knowledge that we have a Savior, and there IS a plan, more grander than we can imagine. 

 I sure love each of you. Thank you for all of your wonderful examples.
Evans Shimai

Ps. Challenge!! Talk to three people you don't know this week. Smile, and remember the blessings you receive each day
Sent from my iPad

May 28, 2015

Sorry I am posting this late.  Laurel made it safety to Japan and seems to be loving it! Feel free to write her anytime.  Her new address is at the bottom and I will post it separately as well!
Hello family! 
I'm in the place they call the land of the raising sun (very fitting because I keep waking up with the sun long before 6:30) it for sure does not seem real that I am literally on the other side of the world right now! Pretty crazy. The travels were all good and easy! Bangerter, Norris, Suzuki, Watanabe Shimai and I all came in absolutely exhausted, we almost walked right by our President who was standing outside of costumes. We got to the homebu and had spaghetti! Haha no fish! I was pretty excited. The next few days were filled with trainings! I met my trainer sister Fuggle on Thursday! And came to my bean area Kamiooka. We had a lesson right off the bat! It was way good and the spirit was so strong. And she spoke a lot of English so that was super nice. These past few days have been so hard and so good. 
In the words of a fellow missionary here in Japan
Housing is one of those  funny things. Housing is pretty
funny cuz they have a kekko box. You ring the door bell and then they
can see you and talk to you through that box and it's called the kekko
box because they usually say kekko which means no thanks. It's so
Ditto. Hahah we've not really had to much time to house though, just like an hour one day, we've just had so many appointments which has been solo good! The ward here is sooo nice and so helpful. They are all loving and patient and encouraging with my Japanese, this is such a wonderful first area to have. The Lord knows me well. He loves me and is aware. 

I'll answer a question are for those interested
your companion and where is she from? Fuggle Shimai, she's has 3 more transfers from Australia, she has been in this stake her entire mission, haha she loves the people and the language. From Australia.
2. What is your apartment like? So nice! Over a carioki bar so that's fun at night. Haha
3. How many sisters live in your apartment?2
4. How many missionaries are in your zone? Not sure...haha I think 20?
5. What was your first meal? Spaghetti,,,haha
6. Your first lesson??? See above
7. How was your plane ride over?  Good! Haha slept a lot
8. Are any of your batch in your same zone? No:(
9. How is your mission president and his wife? Love them!
10. Do you have any senior couples in your area? Yes but haven't met them
11. How was church? Did they have you share your testimony? Yes hahaha my head hurt at the end of those 4 hours of Japanese. Hahaha
12. Are you in a branch or a ward? Not sure....ward? Hahaha its a good size.

Music😊😊 I get to listen to music now!!!! I love it. Haha

The toilets here are nuts. Seat warmers. Pink sented toilet paper...hahaha

I want you all to know that I love this gospel, I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven. Help the missionaries in your ward, give them your love, they may not remember your name the first few times, but they're trying.
I love you all. This church is so true. Many hugs and kisses.
Evans Shimai

Ps. My homebu address

Sister Laurel Evans
1-7-7 Kichijoji Higashi-cho
Musashino-shi, Tokyo