Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Week 5 in Tokyo

 Octopus! Oishii! :)
 This is Chana and Ken kun! (Chana is the one who makes curry) today
was Chana's birthday and we took her to sky tree with us! So fun! We
love them!!

This weeks exchanges! This is sister Gongaware, and this is a member
in our ward who loves to feed the missionaries. :)

 Remember that movie we watched ages ago? To toro? Haha I found a store
full of stuff from that movie!
Sister Evanson, sister Trent, and sister Jones! We had a sisters p-day
today, and we went to sky tree! It was too dangerous to go up into the
tower, but we had fun all the same!
 Where's Sister Hubbard!!!haha

 Sister Hubbard has always loved these dolls as I have several from when Daryn served in Japan :)

Janae's companion
This is the Sky Tree in Tokyo. It is the tallest free standing building in the world!


Dear Family,
Today my companion and I are going to Skytree! (I will send you a picture of the big building) we don't have time to email you later tonight, so I am emailing this morning. :) I haven't read any of your emails yet, but I can read them later. It's okay. I hope you are all doing well, and that you are having a wonderful Sunday! It's Monday here, and according to my time clock, you are 15 hours behind me, haha. I hope church was good. :) 

So many exciting things have happened this week! I hope I have enough time to tell you about all of them! 
Last Tuesday, as I mentioned in my email last week, I went to the Tokyo Temple for the first time! It was an amazing experience. The Tokyo Temple is beautiful. Everything in Tokyo is beautiful, but the temple was amazing. I felt so much peace inside. The temple is such a blessing. I love the strength I am able to receive when I am inside. Covenants are so powerful and I'm grateful for them. At the temple I was able to see my MTC district! It was really great to see sister Chapman, sister Lacey, and sister Coughenour! 
It was really awesome! :) After the temple, we finished our new missionary training. It was really great! Today we have less time to email because we are going to sky tree! 

This week, sister Trent and I were able to see some wonderful miracles! I don't have much time, so I'll send you my weekly letter to president budge. 

"Dear President Budge, 

This week has been amazing! I had a wonderful experience in the Tokyo temple and the new missionary training was really great too! I received a lot of answers and impressions both for our investigators and for myself. Thank you for your training! Thank Sister Budge for me too. I loved her training about music at Zone conference. I really enjoyed all of the trainings this week. 
Sister Trent and I have some exciting news!! 
We were able to talk to a few of our investigators this week about baptism. We have set a date with our investigator, K. San, and we talked to M. about baptism! M. expressed great desires for her children to be baptized and said that she wants them to all serve missions! She wants to be baptized too, but right now it seems like an impossible thing in her mind. As sister Trent and I listened, we felt impressed to tell her about some of the feelings we had had during weekly planning. We told her that we had thought and prayed about the possibility of May 31st as a baptism date. We told her how we felt very strongly about this date, and promised her that she could be baptized with her kids on this date. She was in tears as she listened. We talked about some of the prophets in the scriptures who were asked to do hard things-things that seemed to be impossible, but through God's power they were able to do them. We again bore our testimonies and shared personal experiences relating to the impossible becoming possible with God. We decided, together, that we would pray and fast for this miracle. We love her family so much! We are so excited for them. The love we feel in their home is incredible. They are all so prepared! :) I've learned so much from them. We are praying that she will be able to get work off on Sunday's so that she can come to church every week. Right now, she can only come every other week. 
She is going to try and have her kids go every week though. 

This week, Sister Trent and I went on exchanges with the Urayasu Sisters. Sister Gongaware and I had a lot of appointments here in Koiwa. I was a little bit nervous about getting everywhere, traveling by train, and remembering where everything was, but it all worked out really well. :) Between the two of us, we were able to get everywhere we needed to go and to say everything that we needed to say. We were definitely blessed! (Side note to family-- sister Gongaware is only in her 3rd transfer, and I Had to lead out in our area for exchanges. I was definitely blessed! So how we were able to everything.) 
Sister Trent and I also picked up another couple investigators this week, so we will see what happens with them! :) 
I'm still learning lots and I'm so grateful sister Trent has another transfer before she goes home! I think we have a lot of wonderful things that will happen in Koiwa next transfer." 

It has been a good week! :) I'm sorry this email is kind of scatter brained. Thank you Josh for your email! I loved hear from you so much. Thank you Jarom and Jameson! I love you two so much! 

Thank you mom and dad and Jianna! Say hello to Jared for me. I sure love all of you. One last quick thought-I read these quotes this week by president Benson and I wanted to share them...
"Often we spend great effort in trying to increase the activity levels in our stakes. We work diligently to raise the percentages of those attending sacrament meetings. We labor to get a higher percentage of our young men on missions. We strive to improve the numbers of those marrying in the temple. All of these are commendable efforts and important to the growth of the kingdom. But when individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently, these other areas of activity will automatically come. Testimonies will increase. Commitment will be strengthened. Families will be fortified. Personal revelation will flow."

"Oh, my brethren, let us not treat lightly the great things we have received from the hand of the Lord! His word is one of the most valuable gifts He has given us. I urge you to recommit yourselves to a study of the scriptures. Immerse yourselves in them daily so you will have the power of the Spirit to attend you in your callings. Read them in your families and teach your children to love and treasure them. Then prayerfully and in counsel with others, seek every way possible to encourage the members of the Church to follow your example. If you do so, you will find, as Alma did, that “the word [has] a great tendency to lead people to do that which [is] just--yea, it [has] more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which [has] happened unto them.” (Alma 31:5.) 

-President Benson

I know this is true. Diligent study of the Scriptures, or God's word, is one of the most powerful resources for protection in this world. I encourage you to look to some of the past experiences you have had while reading the scriptures, and then to compare these times to your scripture study now. When was the last time you had a meaningful experience in the scriptures? When was the last time you felt God speaking to you directly through them? 
I promise that as you read the scriptures, that you will have the strength you need to be strong in today's world. Keep reading your scriptures :) Remember to ask questions, because questions invite revelation. 
Next week I will try and explain things more. I am doing really well though. :) 
I love you all so much. Thank you for your prayers and for you faith. 
Love always,

Sister Hubbard 

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