Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week 56: The Spirit: He's the True Converter



Minasan Konnichiwa,

Yep.
Today is about the SPIRIT!
Who is the spirit? Yah well I'm still trying to master him. He's the
one who comforts you when your sad, he helps you make hard decisions
when you stuck, he is the one who whispers in you ear when you are
studying EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE! And you
can't deny he's there with you! Yah, he's the one telling you which
way to go to either go visit one of you investigators or to go see a
less active member who is having a hard time even knowing if the
church is true. He's the one who understands your problems, who tells
you what your doing is in line with Gods, that you can't just want to
cry because if you don't say that prayer together before you go into
that lesson, you won't have the spirit to be with you! And when you go
to church every week and partake of the sacrament, you sing praises of
joy and remember the covenants you have made with HIM! And you feel
his presence and just smile from ear to ear, because that's the best
feeling in the whole world.

Kurashiki is definitely a little peace of heaven on earth. I feel
like all my areas have been just a small peace of what heaven really
feels like. And what does heaven feel like? Well, you really can't
explain. Kurashiki by far has been probably one of the most fast pace
places I have been in. All of Japan is fast pace, but Kurashiki is a
little bit more fast then I guess I'm used to. But, boy is it fun!
Being the only two missionaries in all Kurashiki puts a lot of things
on your shoulders. But there good things. Less actives, members,
investigators, Eikaiwa (English class), you aren't Sharing that with
the Elders but just you and your companion. How lucky are we?! But, as
of right now we really are low on investigators, but lucky for us,
because we are happy finders! We also have been told that our members
are sharing the gospel and are talking about the missionaries coming
over to share the gospel, how nice are they?!

Kurashiki is also like the most kiseki(miracle) area ever! We have
been finding people right and left! We are going to visit one of our
potential investigators tomorrow that we find last week. She told us
how her family is Shinto, but her parents passed away about 2 years
ago and how she is just sad and lonely. But, lucky for us because
Jesus Christ's message is all about hope and love and eternal joy! Met
a guy from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ who actually came up to us while we were giving
out Eikaiwa flyers and asked if we could teach him Japanese and we
said "sure, we will do that." We are going to do the 30/30 program
with him!

This past week I was able to have a great kokan(exchange) with one of
my good friends Quirce Shimai, I have known that girl for so long.
Back in my times in Kyoto. One of the best sister trainig leaders I
have ever had. I learned so much from that girl. I lover her!

This week we have been given more chances to teach about the Plan of
Salvation. We were able to share a little bit about the gospel of
Jesus Christ as well with a referral. I can feel every day the Lords
hand in my life and in the Kurashiki area. We got to listen to the
women's session of general conference. President Uchdorf's talk on the
3 sisters was definitely one to remember. One of my favorite quotes
:"My dear sisters, please let these divine truths sink deeply into
your hearts. And you will find that there are many reasons not to be
sad, for you have an eternal destiny to fulfill."
But, honestly remember friends and family that The spirit is the True
converter. I have realized that on my mission and keep realizing. I am
only an instrument in God's hands, I am a mouth piece for him, and the
spirit is the one who does convert! That is why we baptize converts!
People who are converted to the gospel!

Love you all! Have a great week!

ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™!
ใƒญใ‚ฑใƒƒใƒˆๅง‰ๅฆน

- members
- more members
-Thailand friends(literally came up to us and asked to be friends, and
gave us their phone numbers and said if we ever come to Thailand to
say hi)
-Kokan
-Kaori chan, Quirce Shimai and I
-my beautiful companion and I

Thursday, September 28, 2017

RE: MY DEAREST

Dear Beloved,

My dear, I know it will be a great surprise to you reading from me today as we did not know each other before. I will like you to please take time and go through this mail, it is the situation of things surrounding me that made me to cry out to ask you for an investment assistance in your country there because I never knew things will turn this way after a painful death (assassin) of my beloved husband by his people because of greed.

My Name is Mrs. Felisa Ayers an orphan, I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, I married to Mr. Ayers Paul who worked with the Sonatrach oil and gas as top senior officer before his death and I became sick and very unwell to continue the work that I started with my husband, since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the word of God is against. We were married for 32 years without a child. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $7.3 Million in a bank with my name as the next of kin, presently, this money is still with the Bank.

Recently my doctor told me that I would not last for long periods due to my cancer problem and My late husband's relatives who should have assisted me in this situation are greedy and worldly; since my ill- health they have stolen and converted all of my late husband's properties to their private use simply because I did not have a Child. Living me to battle my sickness alone.

Having known my condition I decided to hand over this money to someone who will be ready to utilize it the way I am going to instruct herein. This money was deposited by my husband for the future of our children. Now that we did not have any, I decided to give it to charity for the benefit and education of the less privileged/orphans in the society. I grew up as an orphan and I know the pains and sorrow that are associated with it.

I shall be going in for a surgery operations soonest and desire this money to be transferred to you as I do not wish to leave this money in the bank because bankers will misuse it and it will not be in the best interest of the poor and the needy. I need you to carry out this process.

Once I receive your reply I will instruct the bank attorney to write my WILL in your name" that will prove you the present beneficiary of the fund in the bank, which is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

I need your urgent response as I don't know what tomorrow will result,

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Felisa Ayers.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hi dear

Hi dear!
How are you doing? Please did you received my previous email? Reply as soon as possible.
Take care till I hear from you soon.
Best Regards
Mark.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 54: 1 YEAR?!!!






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Dear family and friends,

Konnichiwa all the way from Kurashiki, Japan!
How was everyone's week?

Well, I can't believe it's true, but I have officially hit my one year
mark the other day! I have been a missionary for over a year! How fast
the time flies!! ใญใƒผ but, besides that this week was great!

On Monday night we were housing and found his cute grandma. It was
actually a pretty funny story. So, we ping-ponged her house and no one
answered so we started walking down the street when all of a sudden I
hear the click of a door unlocking and this sweet old grandma pops her
head out and says "nan deshou ka?". I quickly run back, my companion
behind me. We then come up to her "konbanwa, watashitachi wa matsu
jitsu seito iesu kirisuto kyoukai no senkyoushi desu. Watashi wa
roketto shimai desu." (Good evening, we are from the church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. My name is sister Lockett). We then
started talking to her about church and Jesus Christ. She was so kind
and asked us to come in and have a seat. We sat down and she felt like
a bad host, so she asked if she could bring us some matcha(green tea).
We kindly said "I'm sorry we don't drink that." She then asked for
awhile why we wouldn't take her tea, we told her that we believe that
our bodies are holy and that they were given by God. She then went on
how matcha is so good and tasty. She then changed the subject and
asked more about our religion. We told her about the Book of Mormon.
She was a little surprised it was a book from God. We then tried
handing it to her, and said "this is for you," she was stunned "what
for me? How nice! (ๅฌ‰ใ—ใ„๐Ÿ˜Š!!!!) "she then got up and then asked again if
we wanted some more matcha... then we kinda started realizing that
this poor old woman probably had some type of Alzheimer's because she
started repeated herself and asking if we wanted matcha and we gave
her the Book of Mormon like 3 times. She also asked if we were cold,
it was really hot in that room, but apparently since the window was
open she thought it might be cold for us and gave us like 20 million
blankets, I was sweating to death... and then the lady just goes and
says I'm going to go get some matcha! Uhhhhh.... hahaha... it was very
difficult, but we left without drinking her matcha. She is so sweet.

Well on Thursday I hit my one year mark. We decided we wanted to try
doing some studies at Starbucks.. which actually was one of the best
ideas yet. We found one of my favorite people now Kanaka san! He is
just the funniest old man ever. We were studying and this old man just
sits down by us and asks my companion Shumway Shimai what she is
reading. She turns to him and tells him she is reading a church book.
He then asks about where we are from and what we are doing her. We
gave him a little run down of things. He then quietly turns back to
his book and coffee. "Oh darn it" I thought, like this guy was really
nice, I want to talk to him. "What are you studying," I ask. He smiles
"I'm thinking about life." Haha wow... I was not expecting that
answe. For some odd reason that conversation went to exactly no where.
After quite some time, after we had both finished our personal study,
I was praying and hoping that some how I would be able to talk to this
man. And what do you know he then starts talking to us again, and this
time I was ready. We talked for about an hour and a half, about
anything and everything under the sun. We talked about his life, his
job, religion, Buddha, Christ, church... ect... he is actually a way
interested guy he used to work for a company that first came up with
the bottles to hold ketchup and mayo in Japan. Like what? I know...
he's been everywhere, and he dated a Mormon girl, go figure. After
that conversation, he said "I'll see you again soon, I come here
everyday, you both are great and I appreciate what you do, but it's
hard isn't it talking about religion with Japanese people?" I shrugged
"yah, sometimes, but it's worth it." He got up and said "be
patient"in English and left.

One of the last stories I wanted to share from this week was on
Friday, we had just biked really far out to go see our dendou
shunin(ward mission leader) and share a quick message about missionary
work. On the way back we decided we wanted to house these danchis(
multi-unit apartments). So, we did and the first door we get to was a
Philippino lady and she was so happy we had come, she's Christian and
reads the bible and said she would like to see the Book of Mormon. So,
we are going back and giving her a Book of Mormon in Tagalog! After we
found another lady who was really nice, she was a little bit
interested in the gospel and what not, we then again testified of the
gospel and the Book of Mormon. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she
said she might come to church soon! Wow! Miracles! Our goal for that
day was to talk to 10 people have 10 meaningful contacts! And we had
9! After housing one complex, shumway Shimai and I were really tired.
I said "I'm tired," and then paused "Jesus was probably really tired
too, but he didn't give up." So we housed another danchi. We did 24
flights of stairs, 9contacts, 48 doors, 1 new investigator, 1 Book of
Mormon, and a whole lot of chidashi(flyers). And we still needed that
last contact, so on the way back we talked to this kid about church.
We biked all the way home through rice fields, singing hymns at the
top of our lungs! Haha!
I love being a missionary!

Yesterday was a little crazy... we were told we were going to have
another typhoon. And I didn't know how big it was until we only had 1
hour of church and the rest was cancelled! But, while at church I was
listening to a sister talk. Apparently in the Kurashiki Ward there
quite a few people who come but live like an hour or so away and it's
really hard for them to come but they have some much faith and they
come anyways even though it's long and lots of money, they come. But,
they will be meeting up there from now on... which is really sad
because now the ward will only be about 30 people or so instead of
like 45 people. I'm not really sure numbers but the lady bore her
testimony of how God is so mindful.
While she was bearing her testimony I wrote this- I have never seen so
much faith ina group of Latter-day Saints than the ones in the
Kurashiki Ward in Japan. Traveling 2 hours every eat at a church of so
few. With the faith of these saints and the love they have for their
savior and for each other, it's hard not to see or feel the love of
God.

Alma 26:37!

But, yah the winds were bad, we tried to go sync our areabooks and our
umbrellas broke so we ran back! Hahaha!

We got like 3 texts from the city telling people to find shelter now!

Craziness! But we are okay!

Lockett Shimai

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 53: ๅ€‰ๆ•ท-KURASHIKI

็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŠใฏใ‚ˆใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™!

Well it was my time to leave Yonago, and I didn't go that far either!
I was transferred to the beautiful city of Kurashiki!
And let me tell you it's been nothing but the most amazing miracles on
the planet earth here in Kurashiki!
I'm not in Yonago anymore, I'm not in a big city! Like Yonago was a
city too but we had more rice fields and it was more Inaka (country
side). Kurashiki is a big city, to me!
I also got a new companion her name is Sister Shumway from Lehi, Utah.
She is so cute! I love this girl! She has fire dendou like I haven't
seen before! She brought dendou to a whole new level! When we dendou
together, we are unstoppable. She is so bold and courageous. So, far
being in Kurashiki we have been approached many times by people just
wanting to just talk to us! We were invited to an English class so we
could have more friends in Japan! Like how nice is that?! Thats
literally what the guy said to us he said "oh, I have this English
class I go to each week, please come, I can take you with my wife,
here you can meet more people and have more friends." Of course we
want to go! Haha!! We love friends!

Also the cool thing about Kurashiki is that we get to go to J-kaiwa
(Japanese class) and guess what?! It's free! And even better I get MY
VERY OWN TEACHER!!! Like one on one teaching! Like what? I know! I was
so surprised too! It's like too good to be true, but it's true.. we
went and it's great! We go twice a week and learn Japanese.. great
finding opportunity as well! We now having some Philippine friends and
some Chinese friends! Nihaou!

Kurashiki is sooo amazing , the members are great... Kurashiki just
needs a little work which I am so grateful and happy to do. We don't
have a lot of investigators... but shumway Shimai and I have been
working our tail ends off... we have been walking everywhere because I
don't have my bike yet, but we have been meeting some cool people!

Shumway Shimai and I were talking the other day about rejections...
haha... as a missionary you get rejected a lot! I mean a lot! And some
people take it well and others don't. He trick is to take it with a
smile and keep working hard! Shumway Shimai shared a scripture with me
it's in

Doctrine and Covenants 6:29-31:

29 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this
part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no
more unto you than unto me.
30 And even if they do unto you even as they have done unto me,
blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory.
31 But if they reject not my words, which shall be established by the
testimony which shall be given, blessed are they, and then shall ye
have joy in the fruit of your labors.

And it didn't dawn on me until we talked about it. When we are
rejected we must enjoy the moments. Because sharing the gospel brings
joy! We must rejoice! God is great! Jesus is great! And if they choose
not to follow or listen, that's okay just go find the person that
wants to!

So grateful for the shining moments of being rejected haha!

Love you all!

Lockett Shimai!




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Week 53: ๅ€‰ๆ•ท-KURASHIKI





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็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŠใฏใ‚ˆใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™!

Well it was my time to leave Yonago, and I didn't go that far either!
I was transferred to the beautiful city of Kurashiki!
And let me tell you it's been nothing but the most amazing miracles on
the planet earth here in Kurashiki!
I'm not in Yonago anymore, I'm not in a big city! Like Yonago was a
city too but we had more rice fields and it was more Inaka (country
side). Kurashiki is a big city, to me!
I also got a new companion her name is Sister Shumway from Lehi, Utah.
She is so cute! I love this girl! She has fire dendou like I haven't
seen before! She brought dendou to a whole new level! When we dendou
together, we are unstoppable. She is so bold and courageous. So, far
being in Kurashiki we have been approached many times by people just
wanting to just talk to us! We were invited to an English class so we
could have more friends in Japan! Like how nice is that?! Thats
literally what the guy said to us he said "oh, I have this English
class I go to each week, please come, I can take you with my wife,
here you can meet more people and have more friends." Of course we
want to go! Haha!! We love friends!

Also the cool thing about Kurashiki is that we get to go to J-kaiwa
(Japanese class) and guess what?! It's free! And even better I get MY
VERY OWN TEACHER!!! Like one on one teaching! Like what? I know! I was
so surprised too! It's like too good to be true, but it's true.. we
went and it's great! We go twice a week and learn Japanese.. great
finding opportunity as well! We now having some Philippine friends and
some Chinese friends! Nihaou!

Kurashiki is sooo amazing , the members are great... Kurashiki just
needs a little work which I am so grateful and happy to do. We don't
have a lot of investigators... but shumway Shimai and I have been
working our tail ends off... we have been walking everywhere because I
don't have my bike yet, but we have been meeting some cool people!

Shumway Shimai and I were talking the other day about rejections...
haha... as a missionary you get rejected a lot! I mean a lot! And some
people take it well and others don't. He trick is to take it with a
smile and keep working hard! Shumway Shimai shared a scripture with me
it's in

Doctrine and Covenants 6:29-31:

29 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this
part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no
more unto you than unto me.
30 And even if they do unto you even as they have done unto me,
blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory.
31 But if they reject not my words, which shall be established by the
testimony which shall be given, blessed are they, and then shall ye
have joy in the fruit of your labors.

And it didn't dawn on me until we talked about it. When we are
rejected we must enjoy the moments. Because sharing the gospel brings
joy! We must rejoice! God is great! Jesus is great! And if they choose
not to follow or listen, that's okay just go find the person that
wants to!

So grateful for the shining moments of being rejected haha!

Love you all!

Lockett Shimai!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Week 52: I thought I was suppose to learn Japanese?



P.S. I just turned 20! Thanks for all the birthday wishes!




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Dear family and friends,

O-genki desu ka?
bแบกn khแปe không?

What a week it has been. Nothing but working hard and miracles were
brought to past. Something that I have learned on a mission in Japan.
Is that half the time your not teaching in Japanese... I have talked
to people from everywhere around the world. I have met people from the
states, South America, Europe, Africa, Thailand, Australia,
Philippines, India, Nepal, and now from Vietnam.

But, God has enormous plans for us. We just have to have the faith
that everything will work out in the end. This week we have had
miracles come out of nowhere.

I just wanted to share a short miracle since I don't have a lot of
time. On Thursday we were biking back to the church, and we forgot the
keys so we call the Elders. Then they said they were on their way to
the church at that moment guiding a Vietnamese lady to the church. He
had housed into her, she said she had been looking for a church. We
then met her and tried our very hardest to speak a little
Vietnamese... google translate comes in handy. ;) she then started
speaking in Japanese... haha yokatta.
We gave her a church tour and told her about how we love Jesus Christ
and we learn about god and Jesus Christ. She was so interested. I
remembered before she got there that last transfer we got a Vietnamese
Book of Mormon for another Vietnamese lady but then she moved back to
Vietnam, but God has plans for us! So, I called up the other
sisters... we were on exchanges... and told them to grab the Book of
Mormon.
As we were teaching her and walking around the church, the other
sisters showed up at the church and brought the Book of Mormon.
We gave her he Book and got some contact information and she is now
our new investigator! Her name is Zunn!!

I guess I need to learn some more Vietnamese! Haha...! Well... that's
about it for this week.. sorry it's short, talk to you next week! Oh
and I was transferred early for some other reasons talk to you guys
about it later!

Love ใƒญใ‚ฑใƒƒใƒˆๅง‰ๅฆน