Date

November 20, 2014

Area

Provo MTC

Companion

Comtois Shimai

I survived my first weeeeeek!!

Konnichiwa!

It's probably a good thing they don't let you have a P-day the first week, because this email would probably be a lot more scatter-brained. I'm still trying to collect my thoughts, so bear with me!

So the first day- Got my nametag (which i was so excited about), met my companion, Comtois Shimai, and the other girls in my room- Hopkins Shimai and Weber Shimai. We all get along really well. Lots of different personalities, but we have fun together. Then, we went to class, where I met the rest of my district! Jenks, Foy, Dana, and Blansett Choro. Man, i LOVE my district. We're going to be best friends by the time our nine weeks are up. Everyone is so funny. It definitely helps keep things fun, because we spend a lot of time studying. My Sensei is named Olsen Kyodai (Brother), and he's a great teacher. He speaks in Nihongo like 97% of the time, but he's good about helping us understand what he's saying. We did an activity where we got to teach three different investigators, and right now i'm really missing getting to teach in english. It's so nice to be able to say what you want to say! But i'll be there eventually.

Whoever suggested that i join the choir knew what they were talking about! I love it. My whole district goes. In a few weeks we're going to be singing "come thou fount" and I am PUMPED.

Nihongo is notttttt easy. It's going to take me a reallyyy long time to get it down. But i'm getting better every day. I can now say a simple prayer without looking at a cheat sheet, and i'm pretty happy about that:) we haven't even gotten into sentence structure or learning the characters yet, but i'm sure i'll feel a lot better about teaching once i can successfully put together a sentence.

On our third day, we met our first investigator, Tsuboyama. She's probably mid twenties, from the phillipines, married to a Nihonjin man. she is SO cute. she doesnt speak any english, so all of our lessons have to be 100% in japanese. We use lots of hand gestures and pictures, haha. Not going to lie, the first lesson was rough. I couldn't understand ANYTHING she was saying. She'd ask questions, but i wouldn't know what she was asking so i couldn't answer. There was a lot of flipping through my dictionary trying to understand, and not a lot of talking/teaching. I was SO frustrated afterwards. Thankfully, Comtois shimai is much more positive than I am. We've taught her 4 more times since then, and each lesson is a little bit better. We're really slow, and we mainly use key words so she probably doesn't know what exactly we're saying, but the spirit has been there more and more each time, and it is amazing.:) Hopefully we can continue to help her learn and increase her faith in Christ.

I think the theme for this week has been "I am weak, but Christ is strong, and it is through him that I can do what he asks of me". I feel sort of like enoch: (moses 6)

31 And when Enoch had heard these words, he bowed himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?

32 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth,and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.

if the text there is really big, sorry- don't know how to fix that. Anyways i don't think people hate me (i hope not haha) but I'm feeling pretty weak and slow with the language. I just need to remember that it is the spirit that teaches, not me. I just have to have enough faith that the Lord will make up the difference if i have the courage to open my mouth and try.

Kazoku o ai shitte imasu (Love my family). The church is true:) You guys are subarashii, this gospel is subarashii, and our Savior is subarashii. (Subarashii=awesome)

Allen Shimai




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