January 19, 2017


Provo MTC


Week 01: I'M ALIVE! (First letter from MTC)

Hey guys! I am going going going!! Everything has been go go! It is crazy our sensitachi (teachers) started talking in Ni Hongo (japanese) from the second we walked in the classroom so nothing made sense whatsoever....and good to find out that every class will be in 100% Ni Hongo so please send prayers so that I will be able to understand what in the world they are telling us.

So tomorrow we are teaching our first investigator Ota Tatsuya. In Ni Hongo. for 30 minutes. again please send prayers cuz my doryotachi (companions--I am in a trio Powell Shimai and Jensen Shimai) and I are freaking out just a tad. It's all good though we'll make it work!

So yesterday was crazy with all the orientation and they were not lying about the books. HEAVY AND LOTS. I saw sister Palmer and it was such a fun time!! The day literally dragged on, it felt like a month. Sleeping was okay, it was freezing in our room though so that was really fun. This morning wasn't too hard to wake up and get going and we had lots and lots of PCL (personal companionship language study) but it actually went by really fast.

Ni Hongo is going to be crazy. I feel like I should know a lot more by now but I can ask a couple questions and tell someone that I am a missionary from the LDS Church and that I have a message to share with them. I have also been nicknamed "Ben Ben" Shimai because Jensen and Benson rhyme and when Powell Shimai tried to talk to one of us we couldn't tell who she was talking to.

The MTC is all what I expected but at the same time nothing that I expected. Part of me dies a little inside when I remember that I have 9 more weeks in here and sitting in the long classes make me pretty antsy. But it will all be worth it in the end right?? I have to keep reminding myself that I am here for a purpose and that my time is not my own right now. I am trying all I can to learn Ni Hongo and PMG and how to better teach but it will take some time to get it all down.

My district is pretty fun it seems! We are all still trying to get to know each other which is fun and I feel like we have some awesome people. There are only about 5 of us that will be headed to Tokyo South out of 24. We will all love it and it is honestly so weird to hear myself talking in Ni Hongo. My brain is still thinking in Spanish and it keeps slipping into my vocabulary haha. So I am speaking Spanese right now, makes it interesting.

How could I forget?? I RAN INTO SISTER CARTER AND I LITERALLY ALMOST STARTED CRYING I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE HER!! A friendly face does wonders. I will get a picture with her next time we see each other!

Also dad, I met an Elder Cheng from Taipei! He lived right where you served and you might know his dad Cheng Lee Kuan and mom Chang Shu Min??? anyways it was really cool to meet him!
Also met my Brother!! Elder Benson is headed to Paris France and I got a pic with him and his comp elder cheng! so fun!

Send my love and thanks along to Laken, Lexi, Riley, Colette, and Nicole for coming to lunch with me and being there to drop me off. I love them all so so much and my heart hurts that I am away from all of them but it will be such a fun reunion when I see them all again!!

Fam, I love you all so so much and know that your Kamisama loves you more than anyone in the world. He made the world for us. We are here to do are best and rely on Him and trust me, I will be doing that every single day I am here. And for the rest of my life. I love you and I can't wait to see your faces in a quick 18!!

----Benson Shimai
So scatterbrained I am sorry:)


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