February 4, 2015


Kurayoshi, Japan


Violette Shimai

Crazy Busy...

I love you mom! I`m sorry we plan days poorly, so we don`t ever have all that much time to email. One of these weeks, my companion has to register for classes, so I might have a bit more time, but we always have something going on. I might not even do a mass email, I forgot my planner so I don`t remember what happened this week. I might just send pictures, and you can forward them as you please. I`m so excited that Jenny got to go to the temple! The temple is such a good place to be, that`ll help her and Jeremiah out a lot. The temple is such an awesome place- I wish we had one closer to us so I could tell investigators to go sit on the temple grounds and just think. We`re so lucky to have a temple so close to us.

This week has been a good one. I did splits with an STL in a different city, and the sister I went on exchanges with didn`t speak hardly any english, but it was good because I got a lot of practice. She was too nice to correct me on my bad Japanese though:/ oh well.

We also had interviews this week, and I love President welch and Sister welch. They`re awesome. :)

WE have two investigators right now, Asami and Ayaka. Asami is 41, Ayaka is 18. Both are super awesome, but both have their own things to overcome. Asami has been taught for about 3 months now, but she still doesn`t know if god is even real- ayaka wants to be baptized, but she says her parents want her to wait a few years until shes an adult. We definitely need new investigators, so that`s a goal of ours this week.

This branch is super awesome- the members here make being a member such a big part of their life. It`s awesome. Everyone is so nice and welcoming, and they have the biggest hearts. Our branch is small, but everyone is like a big family. I love it! I need to be better about being friendlier- I sometimes let the fact that I can`t communicate with them at all get in the way with my being their friend. But there`s other ways to show love than through words, so that`s what I`m trying to figure out in the meantime.:) They`re very patient with me, that`s for sure. Hahaha they`re sooo incredibly nice to new missionaries. It`s pretty funny. You can tell they`ve been doing this for a long time.

Life is good:) even when it`s hard, It`s good. I love being a missionary, I love the people here, and I love how many opportunities I have to become better every day!

Nevermind, I don`t have time to send pictures right now. Maybe later today, or if not, next week. Love you, and tell dad and everyone else that I love them:)
1. okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes)
2. clam and sushi
3. I got to see the sea of japan!


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