Policemen on bikes!!
Sky tree town elevators!!
Best burger ever!!!
Sister Lacey and Sister Solomon- right
Dear Family, I received your package this past week! Thank you so much for sending me everything I needed. Also, I am so grateful for all of your beautiful letters to me! They warmed my heart so much and really helped me feel both your love and the Lord's. Some of the things you wrote answered my prayers and it is just another testimony to me that the Lord does know us and is watching over us :) thank you so much. Today has been a way busy day! We traveled to the Tokyo Temple this morning and caught the 11am session with the rest of our zone. The Temple was especially amazing today. I had the opportunity to listen to the session in Japanese because all of the English translation technology was being used. I had never listened to a whole session in Japanese before and so it was a very neat experience for me. To my surprise, I understood almost every word and really took a new perspective on everything. The Spirit and peace within the temple is always so special. I love the Tokyo Temple. After the Temple, Sister Bettridge and I decided we should go and see some of the fun sights in Tokyo for our p-day. After thinking about all the things we could go and do, we decided we would try and go see the Emperors palace! We took some cool pictures and I will send them later. :) After that, we went to go see Skytree tower and that was also really fun! I have been there a few times, but Sister Bettridge never has and so I thought she should probably experience that before she goes home next transfer. It was a lot of fun! We always meet the coolest people while we are traveling on the trains and walking on the streets. There really are prepared people everywhere. :) To answer a few questions, we do a lot of both walking and biking in our Matsudo Area! We eat so much curry! Sister Bettridge is really good at making it so that is especially nice. We also love to go and get Indo curry sometimes! It's one of my favorite foods here. Haha, good old day light savings! I'm not sure that is a thing here in Japan... If it is I have missed it and no one told me because I have been here in Japan for a year now! So crazy! Sister Bettridge and I haven't experienced real daylight savings changes, but recently we have started waking up an hour earlier so that we can finish our studies and be out the door and hour earlier than usual. It's been a neat experiment. We are always so so tired in the morning, but it's so worth it! We always come home in the evening so tired we can barely stand up. We know for sure we have given our all to the Lord and that is the best feeling. Nightly planning is sometimes a struggle, but God is really blessings us both physically and spiritually and we have given Him another hour of availability. I can't believe how fast this transfer has gone! Honestly, time only gets faster on missions... Probably in life too actually, haha. Anyway, let me share some miracles from this past week! We called a woman named Yo San (Chinese) who we met about 3 months ago on our way to Tokyo. When we met her on the train before, and we only had 2-3 minutes to speak with her but we were able to exchange numbers and teach her a little bit about God. It wasn't an out of the ordinary experience, and we tried to call her a little while after, but she never answered. Anyway, When we called her this past week she was so excited! She asked us if she could come to church, and so she came to church this past week! That was a huge miracle. We think she liked church and so hopefully she will be coming back next week. :) We Love her. Okay, my favorite of all from this past week! Sister Bettridge and I had a really raining day yesterday! But, we saw the most amazing miracle as we went out to brave the rain with with our boots and rain gear. We were housing an apartment and had just started the second floor of the apartment when we heard a whole bunch of little voices yelling and shouting just a few doors down from us. I turned to Sister Bettridge excited, and asked her how many kids she thought were in the house.. #probablyafamilywhoneedsthegospel... :) We prayed quickly, asking Heavenly Father to help us connect with whoever was behind the door and then quickly rang the doorbell. A little head popped out the front door as the shouting became louder now that the door was open. He was the cutest little 5 year old ever!! We asked him if his mom was home and he then proceeded to shout her name down the hallway as 3 other little boys spilled out of the door tackling each other to get to us. They were all so cute! The mother finally appeared. She was from the Philippines and as soon as we saw her, we felt a strong connection to her. We began to explain who we were and our purpose as missionaries, but the little boys were so loud it was difficult to explain everything to her. She said she spoke more Japanese than English, but her Japanese was very limited. It was difficult to teach her for this reason as well. It was difficult for us to hear her and explain things because of the situation, but her eyes were zeroed in on us and she didn't once turn to look at the little boys who were tugging and pulling on her. She just lovingly put her hands on their heads and guided them around the genkan while listening to us. She wasn't bothered by the noise at all and she just stood there content listening to us tell her about the restoration. I believe the Spirit helped her hear our words because I could barely hear myself speaking. At one point, the little boys were so loud that I reached into my bag to see if I have anything to distract them. It wasn't that they were being bad, but they were just so loud with their playing. So cute!! I pulled out the picture book of all of you and explained to the little boys that I had two little brothers their age and that I had pictures! One of the little boys took the book and the rest of them crowded around him and began pointing at all of your faces. The room became quieter as we bore our testimonies and ended our short message. Janice, (the mother) told us that she wanted to meet with us and hear more about our church. With tears in her eyes, she told us she had been looking her whole life to find Jesus Christ's true teachings. We also learned that the four little boys were not her only children, but that she had 6 little boys and the oldest one was 9 years old. Pretty crazy! They are a beautiful little family. It sounds like the father is interested in learning about Christianity too, so that is also a huge miracle. I just can't tell you all how much I love this little big family! We are seeing them again tomorrow afternoon, so we are way excited for that. :) Well, I wish I had more time to tell you all about the other amazing things that happen every week. There is a really special joy that comes from being on the Lord's errand. President Monson always talks about how receiving Impressions from the spirit and following them is the sweetest thing in life. I believe that, and President Monson's life sure reflects his desire to always do the Lord's will. Miracles really can happen as we follow the promptings of the Spirit and try our best to live our lives in accordance with God's will. I love this gospel. I love the small tender mercies the Lord is able to give me and the people I serve. I'm grateful for the many blessing which God has blessed you all with as well. Thank you for your letters! I love you all so much. This church is true. Love always, Sister Hubbard