June 26, 2017


Tama, Japan


Harmon Shimai

Dako. Gifts. Chopped.

Had the cutest opportunity to play soccer with a 2 year old. Ahhh his name is Ryoji and he is the smartest little guy you'll ever meet. We are teaching his mom and we were able to talk about gifts of the Spirit in our last lesson. We read through Moroni 10 to talk about how all gifts come from God. At first she was convinced she didn't have any of them, but after talking and helping her understand more, she was able to see that she has many! We are the same, God gave us unique gifts to bless our lives and that of others. Our job is to recognize, cultivate and share those for the benefit of those around us. As we do so we are promised more. She loved it and is so golden ahh I just love this little family! And after we kicked around the soccer ball with Ryoji and the whole time he was saying "dako shitai" which means I want you to hold/cuddle me and it took all mine and Sister Harmon's willpower to not give in! So we settled for a hug when saying goodbye. Broke my heart. 

So things got a little crazy here in Tama and I let my dear Sister Harmon cut off 10 inches of my hair... So yeah feeling like a new person and all that jazz. Apparently I also look more Japanese now, so that's a plus?

Speaking of Sister Harmon, she is from the land of potatoes--Idaho, is incredibly funny, practically a sister, sings and gets songs stuck in my head way easily, is proud of the fact that she is a missionary in Japan and has never tried nattoo (fermented soybeans--not the most delicious thing), despises nuts in anything they are not supposed to be in i.e. desserts, and all around an awesome missionary! Love her to pieces.

Week Mishaps:
-Accidentally almost killed an Elder in our district.
So for Fathers Day last week, we were tying to be good sister missionaries and get the Elders some chocolate. Little did we know that peanuts were in the one we picked and Elder Brown is allergic....blessings of being on a mission, all is ok!

-Japanese Hospital Experiences.
Unrelated to the above story, an infected ear, fast service and learning new fun medical words

-Got caught in a typhoon while housing, our poor umbrellas did absolutely nothing and came home with literally no dry clothes on us. Still way fun and we found 2 referrals for the Elders! 

FOUND MY FAVORITE SCRIPTURE IN ALL OF EVER AND IF THIS DOESN'T MAKE YOU THINK I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL. "For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12 )
Benson 姉妹
Pics1/2: Before and after, aka the scariest moment of my life up till now
3. wheelchair races
4. Hula practice selfies. Also, I hardcore match the curtains 
5. Typhoon season is here!!
6. Yakiniku for Elder Brown's birthday with an investigator who is literally one of the members, has a calling and everything... love him
7. Favorite selfie of the week


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