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Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 23, 2016 - Elder Stevenson taikai! One of the 12!

Hello people!

This week we haven't really been in our area for the whole week, we
are still in Kobe now because we had a huge missionary meeting at
Kobe. 5 hour bus ride from my area. And then a couple of train rides.
This week was really cool though. We finally got to meet with Nery, one
of our investigators. She came to English class, actually a lot of new
faces came, it was really fun this week. And she invited us to come to
her birthday party.  She's so cool and she said she wanted to start
taking the lessons again! Yes! I'm so excited to teach her! And 2 of
our recent converts are bringing friends for us to teach sometime this
week! I'm so pumped!

Anyway, we left our area on Wednesday night and when to Okayama
because we had zone conference. It was really good! I got to translate
again. The zone leaders asked me the day before. I was like sure
sounds good. I forgot that the Assistants to the president were going
to give training, but they came and so did president and his wife. So
I know that experiences from earlier prepare me for things that are
going to come way. Elder Takaku gave training on over coming trials
and having faith and he used the story of Momotoro (peach boy). A
peach was floating down a river and an old couple grabbed it and from
it a boy was born. He grew up to be a great warrior, but his mission
in life was to go to the great mountain and defeat the monster orge.
It seemed hopeless ,but because of the help of his sidekicks (bird,
dog, one more animal I forgot it) and his determination he defied all
odds and won. This was really fun to translate, elder Takaku paused
when he said "oni" (orge) and looked over at me and said "okay?". I
know the word orge in Japanese because I travelled to orge island with
my zone last transfer. The lord works in mysterious ways. I was a bit
nervous to translate even though I'm older now, but that nervousness
never really goes away. I learned so much from the conference.
Something I really felt in my heart during the conference was that
failure is not the end. It's the beginning. It's the beginning to
success. There is a Japanese phrase that means failure is the origin
of success. It's true because often times we stop trying when we fail
when in fact we should use the failure as a motivation to move
forward. I feel like the people who have the most success or smile the
biggest are often times the people who failed the most and experienced
some pretty hard things.

This week we got to hear from an apostle... One of the 12 came...Elder
Stevenson came to our mission! Ah! He was the Nagoya Japan mission
president in 2008, and when he was a missionary he served in the
Fukuoka mission! So He has a great love for Japan and the people. He
spoke in English the whole session ,but occasionally he would break
out into random Japanese and talk, it was so cool! An apostle spoke
my mission language. It was really cool to hear him testify in
Japanese. I know he is truly an apostle of God. He told us that we
were sent here for a specific reason because although we make mistakes
the Lord does not. Maybe we are looking for people ,but there are
people out there looking for us. It was amazing. We got to shake his
hand and everything. Sadly we didn't get to talk to him for very long
because the entire mission was there, but from elder Stevenson and his
wife we could just feel so much love from them even though we didn't
get to talk to them. I got to see my trainee and all my past
companions minus (Bean and Chapman.. Finished their missions, but I
love those two). It was weird ,but really good to see everyone. So
weird to see everyone. I love all the missionaries here, we are all
just kids trying to do something bigger than us and somehow it works
out.  Somehow, I mean through the Lord. His work is larger than just
this mission or this side of the world, his word is spreading I know
it is. God loves us more than we can even imagine, he loves us so
much. I don't even understand all of it ,but I know that he will never
leave me by myself. He's near, he is always near to me.

May 16, 2016 - Locked out

Hey everyone,

It's been a good week in Izumo.  Sometimes I forget that there are so
many Brazilians here and I mistake them for Japanese people. We went
housing this week and we knocked on one door and started talking to
this lady, she looked Japanese spoke Japanese, but no she was
Brazilian. She wasn't interested in what we had to say ,but we let and
said cho cho and she smiled back. That's all the Portugeuse I know
,but I'm glad it made her happy!

So funny thing, on Monday we skyped our families on Monday, all during
that there was people at the church cleaning, like a cleaning company
,so we were moved from room to room and sat on some wet carpet from
time to time. It was good to see my family. Surreal, but good. After
that we went and grabbed some food for the week and headed back to the
church only to discover the church had been locked! Now, we have the
key ,but the funny thing about this church is there are two sets of
doors... -_- the inner doors were locked and all the sets of those
keys were locked inside the church. So we finished p-day outside of
the church. And cancelled family home evening. Come Tuesday, the doors
were still locked we teach English class every Tuesday night and
cannot cancel it, so we called everyone about the key situation and
the only other keys were in Okayama 4 hours away ,but they were in the
process of being sent over here, so we thought we had to cancel
English class. Well yamane kyodai thought different. (He's the English
class coordinator). He thought we could just do class in the cars
because it was raining... Yup. We taught it in his car. It was the
most interesting class I had ever taught.

This week we did a lot of finding. We talked to lots of people with
little success, too bad. Sometimes you have those long weeks or days,
it's just a part of life.
I gave a talk on Sunday. I found out that the mic was too low to hear
me... :( ya I'm bummed I worked pretty hard on it.

Recently I've been learning something on faith. Fear and doubt is the
opposite of faith. It's that simple. If you fear or doubt ,then faith
is dead. You cannot doubt that everything will work out how it's
supposed to and "have faith". 1 it will not because you don't believe
it will 2 it will be like empty faith. Empty faith. Every heard of
that? I often teach people to have faith, but I ask them what do you
have faith in? If you have faith in men, they will fail you, if you
have faith in things, they will fail you. The only thing you must have
absolute faith in is Jesus Christ because he will never fail you. He
will never leave you alone. He is always be with you wether you know
it or not, I promise he is there. Draw until him and he will draw unto
you, and somehow everything will turn out alright. I love my savior
and know he is there even when I it doesn't seem like it. He took
everything and knows how to succor our needs because he experienced it
all. He really did. For you and for me.

Love y'all! Have a great week!

Love sister Fullmer

May 9, 2016 - Hello!

This week has been quiet a week. I felt like we weren't in our area
for so long! I went to Okayama this week by bus. 5 hours by bus. I got
car sick. It's been so long since I've been in a car thus I get really
sick really easily. :( dangit. Anyways, I got to go on a companion
exchange with one of my past companions Uchida shimai. It was really
good, really weird. When I saw her, I talked to her and she said "your
Japanese got way good." Yay! We had zone training meeting. Too, right
after we went out to eat with the STLs Uchida and Nielsen and I left
my iPad at the place we ate at. Good thing we are in Japan and no one
will touch your things. Also the waitress picked it up and I picked it
up at the front. I'm kinda tired today, and also we got locked out of
our own church ,so this is going to be a short email, but I skyped my
family today. It was good, it was surreal though. It's weird when
everything turns into lasts. I've only got a few more lasts, but I'm
not looking forward to ending anytime soon. I love you guys here's
some pictures! ごめんなさい!
Job 27:3-6
3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove
mine integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall
not reproach me so long as I live.
As I was reading job, I was hit by this. I've loved my mission so
much. And I know it doesn't really ever end. I can continue to follow
Christ and be a true disciple of Christ. While I am on this earth, I
will testify of Christ. I will always testify of Christ no matter
what. His atonement saves us from everything. I cannot ever fully
express the deep gratitude I have for the atonement and for everything
it has given to me. It gave me back my life. And it can give anyone
back their life.

Don't eat wasabi flavored stuff.. It's not good

May 2, 2016 - Jasmine :)

Hello all,
This week has been a good one, so last week, our investigator Jasmine
had a baptismal date, so yesterday she was baptized. She's the cutest
most mature spiritual 15 year old that I have ever met. So this week
we finished up teaching her the lessons and yesterday she came to
church and she was baptized!

The first time I met her, we went out with her mom and her for lunch.
Her moms name is Roslyn and she was baptized 4 weeks ago ,so after
that her daughter Jasmine said to the missionaries "I want to be
baptized" and so we had been working with her since then. Jasmine is
so amazing! She is half Japanese half Philipino, she speaks Japanese,
Tagalog,and English. She's fluent in all of them too. I asked her what
her favorite word was in English and she said "faith, because I always
want to be faithful to God". I was so touched by that.. It stuck with
me for a couple of days. It was such a simple answer and yet it was so
profound. I was studying one morning and came across a scripture that
was like a lightning bolt to my heart. As I read it, I just thought of

We went and met her on a rainy day for her last meeting before her
baptism, and when we showed up, she looked at me and said "do you know
Bobby Marley?" "Ya, why? Do I look like him?" I said pointing to my
frizzy messy hair. "Ya...."then she burst out laughing so hard. We
laughed too. So on rainy days I look like bob Marley! Yay.
I shared the scripture with her her during her last meeting before and
she highlighted the word faithful.

Saturday night we saw her again for an activity with the ward.
Basketball. So like I said I'm in Brazil ,Brazilians are killer soccer
players. My team was me and elder Madruga(Brazilian elder), brother
Sidney (Brazilian), and Crystal (Brazilian). When we made the team,
they said "ya go Brazil!" Before the game started elder Madruga and
Sidney were playing with the basketball like a soccer ball, attempting
to shoot a basket. And they got it a couple of times. It was pretty
cool actually. Anyways we played the other team and they killed us,
but it was so fun to play. Sidney is the funniest guy ever! When elder
Griffitts guarded him, he picked up his dribble and seemed like he
wasn't going to go any where, but instead of giving up he bounced it
through Griffitts legs, to someone on our team, and he laughed and
said "I beat the big boy! I won!" He did it twice during the game and
at the end of the night said "I won two times tonight!" After the
basketball game we headed to the church and set up the font for Sunday
with the elders and a random Brazilian English class student. His name
is Sato and he looks Japanese, nope, full blooded Brazilian, anyways,
after actives are over he doesn't leave, he usually hangs around until
we leave, well he came to the church and helped us set up the font.
And we all invited him to come to the baptism on Sunday.

Sunday morning: most of you know I am not a morning person, goodness I
know it was through Gods help that I was able to get up at 5:30 am and
go with my companion to the church. We had to fill the font for the
baptism. We only had one hose. And it took about 3 hours to fill it
up. We had to restart the warm water every hour that's why we were
there so early. While the water was running. We slept on the floor. I
cannot tell you how stressful it was, but it was all worth it, to see
her baptized. During the service, her mother shared what her
daughter's favorite scripture was, Alma 38:2 the scripture that I
shared with her. The spirit touched my heart and I couldn't help but
tear up a bit.
She was baptized and it was so great! She kept saying "my special
day.. Not my birthday, but more important than my birthday.." I love
her so much!

Alma 38:2
2 And now, my son, I trust that I shall have great joy in you, because
of your steadiness and your faithfulness unto God; for as you have
commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God, even so I hope
that you will continue in keeping his commandments; for blessed is he
that endureth to the end.

Thus scripture is the definition of Jasmine. Steadfast faith in God
and Jesus Christ and a heart just full of love.

The font after the baptism

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

April 25, 2016 - Oi! I'm in Brazil!

Gaw-eh (what's up... Portuguese slang)
 I'm in Brazil.
When I got my call to Japan I never thought I would cross path with
Brazilian culture. It's the exact opposite and clear on the other side
of the world. Well, I was dead wrong. I get to learn Portuguese now!
Well I don't have to ,but I'm picking some up. "Obrigada" means thank
you. :)

I'm in Izumo.Its clear on the other side of the mission. Very western
part of the mission,  but to be honest it's like a mini Brazil. When I
got here, we walked back from the train station to the apartment and I
said "konichiwa" to some guy walking by and my comp nudged me and said
"he's Brazilian." :0 i can't even tell the difference between Japanese
and Brazilians. So at our church we have the Japanese people's and the
Portuguese speakers. The signs in the church are in Japanese and
Portuguese. What? So there is a company in this area that hires
Brazilians because it's cheaper ,so a ton of Brazilians live here.
That's a little intimidating. I've been learning Japanese for a long
time now, but Portuguese? Doesn't sound anything like it.

Ah brings me to my new companion. She was trained but my Gibson
shimai (my comp 5 transfers ago). Her name is Miyazawa shimai. Half
German half Japanese, all American. She's a doll. I love working with
her! She's a go getter and just a sweet girl. She likes to laugh at my
jokes and we have a lot in common!

I'm now An "old sister missionary" I am transfer 10. :0 that means I
have 3 transfers left. Ah! I feel like I just got here! It's way too
fast! And around August I go home. :( weird. My comp is 5th
transfer... Oh my gosh I remember when I was that young.. I was with
her trainer. It's so weird how the mission connects.

Friday night: we had a ward activity at this sports place. We played
volleyball. Oh man it felt so good to play. The elders where pretty
good too. Except, Elder Griffitts is a bit too good and he scared the
heck out of the kids. Elder Griffitts is big! He just stood there and
stuck his hands straight up and the young kids would cower in fear. He
served a pretty hard serve and he hit it right at me, I wasn't
expecting to be that hard, but I dug it up pretty good. I didn't
realize the huge red ball shape on my arm until After the play, when
he asked me if I was okay, and apologized to me for hitting it so
hard. I looked down and was a bit surprised. It didn't hurt at all! I
was just way happy to be playing volleyball, I didn't even notice. I
tried to talk to some of the kids but learned that of course the ones
I talked to were Brazilians... Ah! But maybe they will teach me some
Portuguese. I sure hope so! That would be so cool!

We had this big meeting thing this weekend like 3 hours away. We got a
ride with a Brazilian family from the church. We showed up to their
house a couple minutes early so we went in when the elders got there,
we were ready to get going ,but they hatada family (Brazilians)
thought different. We sat down and the mother was cooking something
that smelled great and speaking really fast Portuguese. I don't speak
Portuguese at all. I felt like a first transfer. My comp doesn't speak
either ,but one elder in the group does he's from Brazil.(elder
madruga). So he was speaking to them and next thing I knew there was a
Brazilian meal in front of me and a Brazilian family on all sides. It
was so good. It was like this pasta stuff and something else ,but it
was so good. Also they have a ferret. They said I'm the ferret
whisperer. I think. This is going to be an amazing transfer.

"Courage is not limited to the battlefield �c or bravely catching a
thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They
are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one�fs looking, �c
like standing alone when you�fre misunderstood.�h I would add that
this inner courage also includes doing the right thing even though we
may be afraid, defending our beliefs at the risk of being ridiculed,
and maintaining those beliefs even when threatened with a loss of
friends or of social status. He who stands steadfastly for that which
is right must risk becoming at times disapproved and unpopular."
I found this quote on courage. I liked it, so I'm sharing it. I'm
tired, but and this says what it says. I hope y'all like it!

Chow chow

Hermana Fullmer just kidding that's Spanish.

I forgot what it was in Portuguese. :)

April 18, 2016 - Ogre island

"All things work together for good to them that love God." So keep
loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing.
Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."(Tomorrow the
Lord Will Do Wonders among You, Jeffery r. Holland, General

You know life is amazing. It's like a roller coaster, I mean if you
really think about it. I roller coaster that stays the same height and
speed isn't very fun, but when it has really high highs and really low
lows, it becomes a exhilarating experience. First we get on then, we
sit back slowly make our way to the very top and wait till the drop...
We hit the highest point of the coaster, and go way fast and hit the
lows ,but the low part is fun too. Weird huh? The mix of both highs
and lows makes for a fun ride. Like the roller coaster, life is the
same way, the highs we anticipate and it seems like they go too fast,
but the low part goes pretty fast too when we look back at the end of
the ride. It would be impossible to just do drops on a roller coaster
,though it would be fun , we wouldn't get the whole experience. We
have to experience hard things and trials so that we can have the
happy moments. If you never experienced sadness, you wouldn't know
joy. I guess because I have hard stuff, I can say I prefer joy. But
despite everything, we can be joyful, in an circumstance that life
throws at us. There is always something we can be joyous about.
Something I've come to know is that, God is real, he loves us so much
more than we can even comprehend. That's something to be excited
about! "When we have nothing left but God, we discover God is enough"(
quote on my wall. Thanks mom!) So no matter what you are experiencing,
please don't ever forget that you have a father that loves you! Keep
going! Don't ever give up, give in, step down! God is your support!

This week, was pretty good, finally a normal week. No
lice, no party, no weird event just a good week of missionary work. We
teach kids English every week and one of the moms was like what's
upstairs (the chapel) so we did a church tour and took some of them
upstairs and we showed the temple, and they thought it was way cool,
and we invited them to come to church this week.

Laugh yoga. So there was an event at the church that we had called
laugh yoga. How to explain this, I don't know. A woman from the ward
over came and she instructed the class. One of our investigators named
Natsuko came. We found her in the shopping center last transfer and
she really like events she's kinda quirky ,but she's really cool. So
laugh yoga is when you do yoga And then you laugh as you do it,
because it releases bad vibes and bad energy when you laugh. Weirdest
yoga ever! After we finished we took her on a church tour we went up
to the chapel and showed her the chapel and she kept saying wow this
is so cool! It was awesome! As we went about showing her rooms and
stuff I grabbed the keys for the font and we showed her the baptismal
font and the spirit was way strong. we talked about baptism and about
how we can be forgiven. At the end of the tour we asked her to come to
church tomorrow at 10:00am and she said "ahh that's kinda hard.. Maybe
some other time..." My heart broke, I totally thought she would come
on Sunday. Nope... :( then Chiihiro didn't come to church either :((
way sad.

we went to Ogre island today! It was way fun! With part of the zone.

April 11, 2016 - Indonesians

" A young father was literally sinking. He, his two children, and his
father-in-law had gone for a walk around a lake. When the children
grew hot and tired, the two men decided to put the children on their
backs and swim the short distance across the lake.
      It seemed easy--until the moment when the father began to feel
pulled down, everything becoming so heavy. Water pushed him to the
bottom of the lake, and a frantic feeling came over him. How was he
going to keep afloat--and do so with his precious young daughter on
his back?
     His voice disappeared in the distance as he called out; his
father-in-law was too far away to answer a desperate plea for help. He
felt alone and helpless.
      Can you imagine feeling as alone as he felt, unable to reach
anything to hold on to and struggling in a desperate situation for
your life and your child? Unfortunately, all of us experience some
degree of this feeling when we are in situations where we desperately
need to find help in order to survive and to save those we love.
                        Near panic, he realized that his water-saturated shoes were
weighing him down. While working to stay afloat, he began to attempt
to get his heavy shoes off his feet. But it was as if they were held
on with suction. The laces were swollen with water, cinching the grip
even tighter.
                        In what may have been his last moment of desperation, he managed to
pry the shoes from his feet, and at last the shoes released their
hold, quickly falling to the bottom of the lake. Free from the heavy
weight that had been dragging him down, he immediately propelled
himself and his daughter upward. He could now swim forward, moving
toward safety on the other side of the lake." (Mary Durham. General
conference. Saturday morning session)

When we watched General conference this talk really jumped out to me.
This story hit me pretty hard. I don't know why but this story just
really stuck out to me. I realized two things:  1 Life can drown us.
2 If we are drowning we have to drop what's weighing us down. We are
not meant to suffer in this life, we are not to be in pain, we are
meant to be tested and have experiences. Trials are meant to
strengthen us and to teach us important lessons. However, sometimes I
think we might have unnecessary trials due to our mistakes,mistakes of
others, or perhaps we overwhelm ourselves. If we make a mistake, we
must repent. There isn't anything else to it. Repent and move forward.
Easier said than done, but if we hold on to guilt, remorse, or (hold a
grudge) decided to not forgive ourselves or maybe a person who wronged
us, our shoes are going to drown us. We will become like the father in
the story and be dragged down. How do we drop that weight? How do we
get our shoes loose? Anger, guilt, depression can easily hold us
tightly, and it seems as though we cannot loose the shoes.

2 Nephi 1:
13 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the
sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound,
which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are
carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe.
14 Awake! and arise from the dust, and hear the words of a trembling
parent, whose limbs ye must soon lay down in the cold and silent
grave, from whence no traveler can return; a few more days and I go
the way of all the earth.

We have to wake up. Arise, and loose our shoes, so we don't drown. But
I feel like we sometimes can't with our own power. Unlike the father
in the story we aren't alone, we won't call out in desperation and not
be heard. We have a savior who already experienced the drowning, maybe
for our sake he did drown. But because he experienced that, he knows
how to help us. I remember I joked with one of my companions that I
felt like I was drowning in stress with everything we had to do. And
she smiled and said "well guess what, your lifeguard walks on water."
So when the storms of life hit you hard remember Jesus Christ will
calm the seas and walk out on the water to bring you to shore.

This week we had a companion exchange that wore me out so bad. So
usually we go to the training sister leaders area and do an exchange
for 24 hours then you come back. Well we went there at about 6 o'clock
and went out and about. And then the next day we went out with our
stls until 5ish and then all together we came back and they spent the
night at our apartment and then we went to ztm the next morning.
Probably the longest companion exchange I've ever had. It spanned 3
days. I don't know about some people ,but it took a lot out of me.
Anyways, the first night of the exchange I went with Zhou (pronounced
jo) shimai, she's Chinese and like superwoman I swear. She's fluent in
Chinese, Japanese, and English. She went to highschool in Japan and
then college in America, man she's just awesome. She's younger than me
mission age wise, but she's older than me age wise. She's 22. Super
cool and she was baptized like 2ish years ago. She overall amazing.

Anyways, we went and visited a member who had gotten in a bad accident
with another recent convert names sayuri. Sayuri is so cute. She's 20,
learning English and just a cute girl. The reason she came with us was
to help build her self confidence. We went to the hospital, as we
pulled up I thought it was a hotel. We walked in and the smell of
sanitizer and latex gloves filled the air. I got a little queasy,
because hospitals and dentist offices freak me out a little. We walked
upstairs, prayed, and walked in. This woman had gotten in a fire
accident. She was burned from her lips down her whole body. I was a
bit in shock and wanted to cry because of how much pain she looked
like she was in. She was happy to see us, and glad to here our
message. We testified of the blessings that the Lord has in store for
her. She said that she is excited for that day and excited to someday
be completely healed. We left the hospital and I was on the verge of
tears, why does he let people suffer like that? I've often thought
about why bad things happen to good people and why bad things happen
in general, but a thought came to me after that. I thought about life
as a test, because it is. If we endure the things that are extremely
hard well, in the end we will receive blessings a hundred fold. I
still don't know why bad things happen, or why people suffer ,but I do
know the lord is mindful of them and of us, we just have to trust him.

Life is like a puzzle, we've got the pieces and we are slowly putting
it together, the picture doesn't make sense because we don't have all
the pieces put together yet, but God made the picture of the puzzle
,so he knows exactly how it's going to turn out.

We left the hospital, and had about 40 minutes, but the
person we wanted to visit lived about 30 minutes away. Would it be
worth it to try and bike over there? Probably not. As we were standing
on the street light, 4 people who were for sure not Japanese people
walked by us. "Hey where are you guys from?" We happily asked. Turns
out they are from Indonesia. They actually told us that they had been
looking for a church to go to this past week. :0 what no way! So we
talked to them and gave them instructions to come to church. We talked
about baptism with them. Man they are so cool! I thought Japanese
names where hard to remember, I honestly can't remember their names at

Sayuri was bummed because she didn't say anything because she was to
nervous and they didn't really speak Japanese. She was really upset
and kept beating herself down about her language skill. I hugged her
and said "guess what, when I first got here I was so scared I barely
said much for awhile, but guess what, I still helped with my small
testimony or my companion when she needed it. You helped me tonight,
you sang hymns while we were coming over here. You gave up time to try
and find people with us! You are awesome!" She was still a bit bummed,
but she said "thanks". As we were biking back I sang there is
"sunshine in my soul today" in Japanese and half butchered the words,
but she sang with me. She wants to be in the Mormon tabernacle choir
someday. The thought popped in my head to tell her "learn the hymns in
English". So I did, I promised her if she did that she would be able
to learn English. She beamed as we said good bye, and I was sad to say
goodbye to her, but her sweet spirit was so good to be around.

Sunday. So Chiihiro came to church! She even bought a skirt! Ah! It
was General conference too. She got to hear the prophet speak!
(General conference is a live broadcast that happens twice a year,
where the prophets and apostles have an opportunity to speak to all
the church members all over the world. We believe that we have a
living prophet on the earth today who leads and guides the church and
he acts as a mouthpiece for God.) we watched General conference in
Japanese with her. My brain was so tired. I actually had a weird
dejavoo? Dejavu? How do you spell that word!? Anyways I had a moment
that reminded me of when I first came to Japan last year at this time.
My first week in Japan, My first investigator that came to church came
to General conference we watched it with her then. I had no idea what
the heck was going on back then. It was cool to sit and listen and be
able to understand a lot of what was being said. However, I learned
that General conference in Japanese is ridiculously hard to understand
because it's super polite. -_- why? Even the Japanese people have a
hard time understanding it. But General conference was amazing!

Mistake of the week:
Despite being an old missionary I still make mistakes all the time. We
went to hanami, and we went with these service people , and me and my
companion were new to the group. The elders do service every week with
this store and we got to just come along. We we did introductions, and
it got to me and I said that we are friends with the elders and the
old guy sitting next to me asked "is he your boyfriend? Because they
way you introduced yourself made it seem like you are dating him." So
I guess I accidentally called the elder my boyfriend. Whoops, but for
the record I said friend the old guy said "the manner in which I said
friend had implications". -_- what does that even mean?!

Anyways love y'all!