I've gotten several emails from you all and I really appreciate them (especially stories, pictures and funny things that have happened). This week has been really hard.
President Weaver often says that a mission isn't physically hard but emotionally - and I definitely know that now. Erickson Shimai went home on Tuesday. When she told me on Monday, we walked up to the temple and talked for a while. It was really hard to hear because I love her and I'm going to miss her but I am so proud of her for making that decision. I think I've known that she was going home for a while, at least the Spirit was telling me even if I was denying it. But it was still a bit of a shock and there have been lots and lots of tears, of sadness, comfort and happiness. She is/was my best friend at the MTC. All the senpai shimaitachi got up at 2:00am to send her off.
Her companion, Pierre Shimai, is now companions with Barton Shimai and I, and the transition has been great. I miss Erickson Shimai a lot but she's planning on coming back and meeting us in Japan. I know that the Lord will take care of her <3
Thank you for your prayers! I love you all so much and hope you have a great summer :)Remember that God loves you and will support you. He has supported me and He will support you.