Heyo! so i apologize now for my grammatical errors.
So questions to be answered.
Yes i got my card.
Yes my companion is the brown guy with glasses.
Yes my nihongo is getting a lot better.
The time is starting to fly by so much faster.
I also have no microwave nor fridge. And no time.
I love the pictures! And if you could somehow get some from echo lake
that would be awesome for some of my lessons. Tony, bro angle, bro paul
or the young men should have lots of them. I wanna say most of mine are
in my old camera which should be in my nightstand. Thanks for the canned
food and you can send more but yes please do not get great value
brand:) and i will only need two cans.
So this week started off pretty bad. Last thursday night i
blew up at my companion lost my temp., emily can give you details, and
we had a huge arguement. Fortunately with the help of our district
leader, and the lord, we quickly got things worked out and everything is
much better between us. oh i also just met another Elder Swenson right
now from cali. Pretty sweet.
Slowly but surely the week got better. Our lessons got better,
and the spirit was with us more often. I still get a little homesick at
meals but not as bad as i used to. The food is still terrible and for
Dad's satisfaction I have gained 4 pounds. whether is be muscle or fat i
have no clue. but probably fat.
So on Sunday I got a strong prompting from the Holy Spirit.
One of my leaders was talking to me in an interview and I need to tell
you guys especially Emily Katie and Kara about what I have learned here.
I cannot stress enough about how important prayer and scripture
study are. One of the biggest spiritual truths that I have learned here
is that nothing will convert the people of the world except the Spirit.
And the spirit testifies of truth. And the truth it will testify of is
the Doctrine of Christ, which is basically the 4th article of faith plus
endure to the end. Please read your scriptures everyday. Study them.
Especially the Book of Mormon. Nothing will bring more comfort, peace,
and safety than this. I cannot tell you how disapointed i was with
myself when I learned this. I could have had all of these wonderful
spiritual truths when I needed them most. Doing this in connection with
Prayer is also essential. Pour your heart out to your heavenly father.
He will hear and answer your prayers. I cant tell you how many of mine
he has answered just while I have been here at the prison. Ooops:) He
has blessed me with peace, confidence, knowledge, the gift of the
interpretation of toungues, and health. Please do this at least for
I have to go right now I might be able to email one more time
later today but if not I love you all and miss you dearly. Ai shite
This is Elder Swenson and myself.
Behind me with the packages was Borghol Thaus Choro
Hey whats up? I cant believe it is already thursday! Ok so this week even better than last week! Friday I met someone who I
knew. Guess who? Tiffany Newton. The girl who saw me at Disney Land and
we went to efy together! We were both flippin out! It was so hard not to
hug eachother:/ I could only shake her hand. She is going to the Mexico
Puebla mission and is currently there right now. She knew spanish
before her mission so she only had to be at the MTC for 2 weeks.
Unfortunately I didnt have my camera on me at that time:/ Huge regret:/
so I always have it with me now. I have also ran into Jessica a few
times. We saw each other a little over a week after she had gotten here.
I honestly thought it would be easier to find people here but it is
not. It is by the Lord's divine hand you run into people here. Our
schedule is so structured it is hard to see anybody besides your
branch. I also met Eli chambers who is going to hungary, and Jacob
Withers from efy who is going to Lione France. So those little things
really uplift my day. This week with my companion has gotten so much
better. The lord has truly humbled my heart and softened his. Our
lessons with our investigators have also gotten much better. We have
been able to speak more nihongo and less jiberrish.
Horne Choro, Swenson Choro, Provo Temple
This was in the tree outside the residence hall.
Jessica myself and Elder Louis who is in my district and is also going to Sapporo
I am doing much better! My sickness is gone and the Lord has blessed my
life in so many ways. When you turn to him for help he will answer your
prayers. The anxiety was caused by everything being thrown on us all at
once. It was ridiculous how much stuff we literally jumped into. A new
language, an investigator, trying to teach the investigator who has no
christian background, no time for yourself, always having someone
watching your every move, it was frustrating and difficult. But the Lord
is giving me the patience, humility, and strength to endure this trial.
The side bag is a little small but will most definitely work well in
the field. Is it water proof? Oh and thanks for all the food it was so
nice to eat something that I knew wouldn't cause me to be sick. The
Character of Christ talk by Elder Bednar
is an hour and a half long talk, and I guess you can only see it at the
MTC. You would love it to death. If you can find it great, if not, I
guess you will have to serve another mission! My schedule consists of
waking up at 6:00 being ready by 7 for morning devo. breakfast, 3 hours
of study/ class lunch, 3 hours of study or class, gym, dinner, class or
devo till 9:30 go to residence hall, write in journal go to bed and
repeat. I have no time to do anything. At all. Not even on P day. We
have a lesson to teach tonight so we have to prepare for that lesson
during laundry time. Oh yeah and I can only reply through email on
thursdays so if you want you guys can hop on the computer at around 1:00
and maybe ill be on. I cannot leave the mtc to go to BYU so you guys
will have to take care of my card. My pin is 11000050 and call Wells
Fargo to let them know ill be in Japan. Send me the card in the mail as
well. The scarf is awesome i didnt realize how much warmer it could make
me. (Sorry Im kinda jumpy in my writing i dont have
time to plan this email out). We taught our second investigator last
night and it was a lot different than our other one. This guy is a bored
teen who just likes to hang out with the missionaries. So we need to
make him excited about the gospel. I can pray in Japanese and give a
very short testimony and that is about it so far. But it is getting
better. We have no sisters in our district, which kinda sucks cause I
see elders all day, but the district I have is awesome. I have a feeling
that I may be the new district leader for the next three weeks, but
thats ok. Im gonna end this but I should be able to get back on one more
time today to let you know of anything else I have forgotten. I love
you guys so much and miss you! Just do one thing for me. In all of your
prayers, ask Heavenly Father to give me the gift of tongues. This will
enable me to learn the language faster so I can invite more to come unto
Christ. Thank you so much!
Thanks for sending the letters and the box of goodies! These
last few days have been quite rough. the first two days was ok until at
the end of the second day they told us we already had a japanese
investigator we had to teach:/ i felt so under prepared and lost. The
MTC is a lot different then what i had imagined it to be. It is
overwhelming and frustrating. They expect you to do so much in so little
time. My companion's name is Elder Velasquez. He is Italian and part
gypsy. Single kid. Many previous religions and likes to do things
differently. Although I am Senior companion I havent been able to put my
foot down too many times on things that I do not agree with. My
District is pretty awesome. We do not have any shimai= sisters in the
district but we have 9 elders. I like them all but I have to admit I do
not always like my comp. Its rough cause he views things
differently and hasnt had any brothers or sisters. Being a single kid
isnt always the best. Then to make things worst I had the worst
homesick, anxiety, stress, panic attack. I was a mess. I couldnt focus, i
couldnt feel the spirit, i got myself sick, and everything was
collapsing on top of me. So I Elder Velasquez the next morning suggested
that I should have a blessing to help me overcome my hardships and my
chest cold. I agreed and the experience turned out to be really
spiritual and uplifting. But the next nights i broke down again and I
had to talk to some of the Senseiis we have teaching us. Hitten senseii
helped me out a lot. He told me some very comforting words which helped
me to have the courage to tell someone in my branch presidency tuesday
night. Brother Stevenson interviewed me gave me some tips on how to
handle the stress and suggested I see a counselor. I feel like a wimp. I
didn't think I would even feel homesick till like 2 weeks
had passed by. Fortunately the next day we had a great lesson with
chirstina san due to the fact of us working together and having the
spirit with us. We taught her that God loves her and that he wants her
to be happy. And although our Nihongo was bad we wanted her help her.
That really changed a lot of the lesson compared to the other two
earlier failures we had. The rest of the day went much better without
homesickness or anxiety. Then this morning we went to the temple which
was awesome! The provo temple is very beautiful on the inside. I would
have replied sooner but due to the new year the prep day changed to
Thursday instead of Tuesday. And hey don't worry if you write me too
much! Its ok to write me. Oh yes send the garments and my scarf. And any
food cause the food here is terrible. Plus tell Emily not to see me. if
i see her it wont be good for me at all. The homesickness sucks a lot.
Good news though, my Japanese is getting a lot better
then I thought it would. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways since I
have been here at the MTC. With all that has happened I have still been
able to feel the spirit and that has been the biggest blessing. You
guys might be getting notified of my "health conditions" after I see a
counselor. Bishop too. They wont send me home but I am gonna be missing
class time to see the counselor. Im slowly getting used to the schedule
and im doing laundry right now. Oh if you send me any packages send them
in twice the size of the camera box you sent me. Then that way I can
use the same box to send back some stuff I dont need. Yes I do have to
get rid of the back pack and get a side bag. If you could find a
waterproof one and send it to me that would be great! I love you guys
and the bags in my room are toss away clothes and give away clothes. You
will be able to tell the difference. Everything else in baskets or on
the bed clean and mine. Cancel my
debit card and send me the new one as well and if you could call the
bank and tell them ill be in japan for two years. And after I walked off
the curbside they gave me books and i dropped off my suitcases on the
top floor of the residence hall and went straight to class to learn
Nihongo. First day was so busy. Had meetings, talked to real, (not for
sure if they are actors or not yet), and learned a few of the rules. To
be honest though after I left the curbside I wish I would have hugged
all of you one more time. I truly miss you all and wish I could have
spent more time with you. But the field is ripe and ready to harvest and
the Lord has called me to the work. Oh yeah and my missionary plaque
scripture is Mosiah 5:2. And if you guys can possibly find the talk by
Pres Bednar Character of Christ it is the best talk ever. He only gave
it at the MTC so idk if you will be able to find it. Changed the way I
act around others and think of things. I wish I
could write you more but until next thursday!