March 8, 2015


Kurayoshi, Japan


Violette Shimai

These weeks FLY by!...

Supposedly, the first two transfers are the slowest ones on the mission- I don`t believe that for two seconds. These weeks fly by.

Cool experiences from this week-
- On Tuesday, we had a goal to get an `other` lesson- it was 8:00 and we still hadn`t found anyone to teach. We had just returned to the apartment for dinner, but we decided to skip it and go find someone before we had to be back at nine. We prayed about where to go, and my answer was `somewhere by Mr Donuts`. Violette Shimai`s answer was a big apartment building. We put those two together, said `Okay God, we`re not going to wear our kappas (rain pants) because we`re going to get a lesson and not be biking around` and headed to the big apartment building by Mr Donuts. Normally an apartment building is just 40 doors of kekkos (no thank you`s), but this time we found a college kid who wanted to hear about the restoration:) we taught him a quick lesson, prayed with him, and made it back to the apartment on time. He probably won`t call us again, but we reached our goal!
- On Thursday, we were taking a train to Okayama for Zone conference, and I felt like I should bring an English lesson pamphlet along with us. We NEVER see other gaijin (foreigners), so I thought i`d just be carrying it around all weekend. However, right when we got on the train, we walked by an american guy sitting all alone. We went over to talk to him, and it turns our he`s been going through some rough times lately- but, he said he realized now more than ever that God is guiding him, even through the rough times. He didn`t want to get on the train earlier that morning, but I think God was leading him right to us so that he could hear the message in that english Restoration pamphlet I brought that day. I love being able to tell people about their Heavenly Father who loves them beyond belief, who guides them and helps them every day! (and I REALLY love that he spoke english, so I could tell him that!) It was a cool experience:)

Minasan, this gospel is true, and it helps us in every aspect of our lives. One thing i`ve thought about lately is weaknesses. I was reading 2 Nephi 4, which is when Nephi has just been recently called to be the prophet. With this new calling comes a realization of just how imperfect he is (even though in most people`s opinions, Nephi is a pretty awesome guy). When we draw closer and closer to the Lord, we are able to better recognize how perfect he is, and how imperfect we are. But, Nephi doesn`t let these weaknesses and imperfections drag him down- he relies on the Lord to strengthen him. And by doing this, he is able to overcome his weaknesses, and rejoice nonetheless. Sister Allen is recognizing new weaknesses every day that Emie never knew she had- and it`s hard! It`s not a fun feeling. I don`t like being weak. But, the scripture Ether 12:27 has a had a whole new meaning to me as i`ve thought about this subject.

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

I`m learning so much about humility, and i`m thankful for it. I know that by relying on the Lord, I can overcome my weaknesses in language, teaching, and everything else. He`ll help me out:) and he`ll help you out. That`s His favorite thing to do.:)

Minasan, aishiteimasu!

1. Our faith on Tuesday wasn`t quiteeee strong enough to prevent us from getting all wet..
2. Oomae Kyodai is my favorite person, hands down. I flippin love this goofball so much.
3. I guess one could say i`m a fan of panoramas and bikes and beautiful Kurayoshi.


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