A Great Confrence Weekend! 総大会は素晴らしかった!

I was so excited to see President and sister Rasmussen at the Sendai Japan Mission Reunion on Friday. We all gathered in a Church building in Salt Lake City, Utah. It seemed like I’d just seen everyone not too long ago. When Alex came it was fun introducing him to other missionary friends I’d admired on the mission.

Then Alex and I drove with his brother and mom to his other brother’s house to spend the weekend with their family. Alex and I woke up early Saturday morning to go take our engagement pictures! Alex’s brother, Anthony, did a great job taking our pictures. We took them out by Utah Lake right as the sun was coming up.

I had really tried to prepare for Conference by coming with personal questions. One of my questions was related to how I can prepare to be a righteous wife and mother. It seemed like so many of the talks were about family and the importance of parenthood.

“Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newly weds”-President Packer

Saturday afternoon Alex and I took the train into Salt Lake and I got to see my good friend Emily Briggs from Jerusalem study abroad 2 years ago. I told Alex on the way to meet up with Emily, “Let’s pray we can run into some Japanese people”. Sure enough, when Alex and I got to the Cristus in the Visitor’s Center on Temple Square, I started to hear the Cristus being played in Japanese. I started to turn around and saw a Japanese family. I went up to them and said, “Are you from Japan?” They said yes and didn’t speak any English. The one grandma started to wipe her eyes as I told her I’d just gotten back from serving a mission in Japan. She took my hand with tears in her eyes saying, “Arigato gozai masu”. I was touched by that little miracle. Heavenly Father will always grant us little tender mercies through out the day.

Alex and I met up with Livia, my good friend from Brazil and her boyfriend Kevin. It was Alex’s first time going to a session. It was a wonderful session and the music was beautiful. Easter Sunday was full of fun as Alex’s mom prepared an Easter egg hunt for the grandkids. I thought of my Savior and how grateful I am for all He’s done for me. He lives!

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We’re Engaged!

So Friday, February 28, I had written the “Love Story” post. Little did I know that Alex would propose two days later on Sunday, March 1!

We're Engaged!

So how’d he do it? In the most perfect way!

It was Sunday evening. Alex and I were at his parents house in Idaho Falls. Alex said he wanted to do some family history at the Visitor’s center by the Temple. We jumped in his truck to head over. Once we walked in the Visitor’s Center, there were sister missionaries happily greeting us. They asked why we’d come, and Alex said to do some family history. One of the sisters said, “Oh we have a new movie on family history we’d love to show you!”. I do love movies, so after listening to the Cristus in Japanese, we headed to the little theater room in the back.

The two sister missionaries gave a little spiritual thought before playing the movie, pushed play, and left the theater saying, “enjoy!”.

As soon as the movie started I knew Alex had made it. It was videos and pictures from when we’d first met in Fall of 2012 all the way to just a few weeks earlier! He’d made our love story into a little movie and I loved it! After it ended Alex got up and said, “There’s still more”. He got down on his knee and began to tell me what I mean to him. As we’re both crying, he asks me to marry him. I say “yes” of course, and as we’re hugging Alex says,

“You’re mom’s watching this all by the way”.

“What?!” I thought. Alex told me in the little tree behind us in the corner was a GoPro camera Alex’s dad had set up so that we could have it all on video. That’s exactly what I’d dreamed of since a little girl, having my proposal taped! Now you probably want to see the proposal video. If you come to our reception July 18, in Eugene, Oregon – or August 1 in Idaho Falls, Idaho – you’ll definitely see it!

As we came out of the room, 6 sister missionaries came surrounding me with hugs and congratulations. They had helped Alex with the proposal and were probably so excited to say they helped a marriage proposal on their missions, I mean I’d be! I was so surprised when we came home to a nice, fancy dinner made by Alex’s mom, Debbie. It was so fun that Alex’s parents were involved in the proposal as well!

Alex is always so thoughtful in whatever he does, and this was just all too perfect!

close your eyes sisters

恋愛小説! Love Story!

Tori and Alex’s love story

It started September, 2012 at BYU-Idaho in a photography class. The first day of class I sat next to a handsome, brown haired, greed eyed, twenty-three year old return missionary.  I introduced myself, not realizing that this guy would become my best friend. It didn’t take long for me to fall in-love with Alex Orme. He asked me on our first date to a ukulele concert by recording a video of him singing and playing the Ukulele. I replied with a video dancing and singing in return.

Those two videos started our love for making videos.  Over the next two and a half years we captured our fun times together, and apart. I never would’ve guessed that my love for Alex would grow more being away from him than together. I left for Jerusalem, January 2013 for a four month study abroad, and then on my mission that same year in June.

Alex always encouraged and supported me going on a mission. He wrote me every week of my mission, even when I didn’t have time to reply some P-days. I just couldn’t believe that he would actually wait for me. I thought that for sure some beautiful girl would snatch him right up. It wasn’t until the last four months of my mission that something changed. One day, it just hit me. I was sitting at my desk one morning thinking about all of the thoughtful, kind things Alex had done for me over the past two years. I was overcome with a feeling of deep gratitude and love. Alex came to my homecoming, and drove all the way from Pocatello, Idaho to Eugene, Oregon. Thirteen hour drive. Once I saw him get out of his red pick up truck and walk up my drive way, it was as if we’d never been apart. Now fast forward two months and we still have to do the long distance thing, with Alex working full time in Pocatello at Idaho Central Credit Union and me going to school in Rexburg. But I’ve learned more about Alex than I could have these past two years through letters and e-mails. I love him more each day and I’m so grateful he’s my best friend.

December 14, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,
This is the last letter I will write as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Serving a year and a half in the Japan Sendai mission was my dream come true! I cannot express in words alone the gratitude I now feel for the Lord blessing me to come to Japan.
   I`ll never forget only 3 days before leaving for my mission my dad found a paper with my Japanese family history on it. On that paper was information that my great grandfather, Shichijuro Satou, was born in Fukushima-ken, and my great grandmother, Tora Masuzawa, was born in Sendai. The Lord had a plan for me to come here, a plan I didn`t know about. I served in four areas in the Tohoku, upper North part of Honshu Japan. I loved all my areas! Akita city, Hachinohe, Morioka, and last Aizuwakamatsu! I had seven wonderful Japanese companions and love each one of them! All of the members and investigators mean everything to me. Those who I taught and were baptized, Ishida Ryujiro from Akita, Shion Sasaki from Hachinohe, Hirono kyodai from Aizu are like precious pearls to me. I wasn`t able to find my Satou family, but I realized my family was all around me my whole mission! Every where I walked I saw my Japanese brothers and sisters. We are all part of one big heavenly family who lived with God before we came to this earth. Every person we see, meet, and talk to each day is a precious child of God.
      The Lord has always been my best friend, but I have come closer to Him through times of falling down and Him picking me back up. I love the Lord. As I told people every day about Jesus Christ my love for Him tremendously grew.
        This is not the end, this is only the beginning! My time might be completed as a full time missionary, but I will press forward with a love of God and of all men, feasting upon the words of Christ and continue to share with others about Jesus Christ!
     Love,
Butler Shmai
Tori

December 7, 2014

Last Week of my mission has COME!

This past week was a lot of fun!
     Tuesday and Wednesday was my last MLC as Sister Training Leader in Sendai. I had many great experiences and I want to tell you all about them!
The first great experience was regarding Family History! My whole mission I`ve been searching for my Satou family. Anytime I meet a Satou I ask where their family roots are from. Well, On Tuesday in Sendai Kodama shimai and I went to City Hall and did one more check. They couldn`t find anything on Tora Masuzawa. I`ve gone to the City Hall in Aizuwakamatsu and in Sendai but there`s no information. Then the miracle! Wednesday`s MLC meeting, a brother Sugimoto came to talk about Family History. He encouraged us all to make a “My Family“ booklet. After his presentation I was so pumped to do Family History! I talked to him after about how I`ve been trying to find my great grandpa shichijuro Satou who was born in Fukushima-ken. He looked up the information on his computer and told me that he`d send me information.
   My great grandpa shichijuro immigrated in 1905 to Honalu-lu Hawaii at the age of 17 and had 7 children, one of them being my grandma Eyoko. The interesting reason grandpa Shichijuro immigrated is because of the rice famine. There was so rice and little food during that time and many immigrated to have better living. I hope brother Sugimoto can find some information!
  Tuesday evening all of us Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders gathered and went caroling to many Less Actives in Sendai. Brother Heaton, who`s director of the MTC, flew all the way from Provo to join us! He served in Fukouka many years ago and was in the same mission with President Smith. I remember he spoke my first Sunday at the MTC. It was fun seeing him again His daughter ends her mission this week and so that was the main reason he came to Japan. She served in her dad`s same mission! Brother Heaton was in my caroling group. Everyone switched companions, and I was with sister Smith (who lived with me one transfer in Akita!).
The LA family we visited welcomed us right in as soon as we started singing. We all shared with the Tauta family a message that Jesus Christ lives. The miracle was when we sat in their home and talked and laughed with them, they shared that they want to change and become better. In their own words, “I want to be clean“.
    It was amazing to me that we visited this family at the very moment they needed us.
Wednesday for our training, brother Heaton gave us a training. He focused on planning. He said, “Focus on people, not appointments“.
  I think this can apply to all aspects of life. Life is richer and more full when we forget ourselves and focus on others and their happiness.
Kodama shimai and I had lots of lessons planned this last week…all 5 of them canceled last minute! They were all scheduled for Thursday, so our plans changed to finding. During lunch time that afternoon Kodama shimai and I were eating what last food we had, cabbage, tuna…Kodama shimai boiled cabbage and put in the meat. We ate like a poor little couple haha. Kodama shimai was looking depressed as we ate and said, “I used to look forward to lunch and now I`m sick of it“. I told her we should buy more food on p-day and she just looked irrated. I wondered how I could cheer her up. Then after lunch, while washing the dished Kodama shimai came to me and said, “I`m so bored with everything“ in a depressed voice. I swung around and gave her a huge hug saying,
   “Today with be different! We`ll do everything different than how we ususally do!“
She got a huge smile on her face and we started to race washing the dishes to see how fast we could do it. Before I knew it we were laughing and the whole mood changed. I realized that when feeling down, show love! Laughter and play makes sadness go away! No, I did not mean for that to rhyme.
  After we were joking and laughing, we rode our bikes happy, instead of down. We were excited to go greet people on the street and share the Gospel. If things would have been down like before our whole day would`ve been different. I love Kodama shimai and I`m so happy she is playful and fun! It makes everything brighter!
Saturday was Hirono`s baptism!!!
It was wonderful! I know Hirono felt the Spirit and talking to him after I encouraged him to write down his experience in his journal. He said, “I don`t have a journal“. So I am going to get him one before I leave!
He received the Gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday and it was really special!
Well, this last week many fun things planned! CHRISTMAS ZONE CONFERENCE is tomorrow in Yamagata!!! We take a bus tonight to head up there. I remember last ZC was so special!
Love,
Tori
バトラー姉妹

November 30, 2014

Happy Late Thanksgiving!!!
I actually didn`t remember until the day OF Thanksgiving that it was Thanksgiving haha. We had a meeting with our District and I my assignment was to teach an English lesson for the 3 Japanese missionaries in our District. Once I remembered it was Thanksgiving I decided I`d teach them on the meaning and traditions of the Holiday. I got up and said, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!“
All the American elders paused and said, “OH, that`s today?! I totally forgot!“ It was funny we all had forgotten but we all took turns saying what we were thankful for.
    I feel so blessed to be here in Aizu and also have investigators in Koriyama. The Lord is blessing Kodama shimaia and I to be teaching lots of investigators and finding new investigators. This is the most teaching and finding I`ve seen my whole mission,and with only 2 weeks left! I feel so blessed and I know the Lord trusts Kodama shimai and I.
   We have 7 invesigators! We are teaching two families, the Hoshi family and the Tsunoda`s. We had a lesson with the Tsunoda`s twice this past week! They kept their commitment to pray as a family everyday. Little Chihaya and Noa love praying! Chihaya especially. She shoots her hand straight up when we say, “Who wants to pray?“. The father was in town from work this week and so he was present for both lessons! He sat quietly and listened. Both Kodama shimai and I were happy that he is a father who has joy in his daughters learning about God. Little by little this family is progressing and I feel great things are ahead for them.
   We have a new investigator! Maki! I mentioned her last week, but she`s 20 years old and asked us last week, “So, how can I become a missionary?“ Since then she has had two lesson and is reading the Book of Mormon and said her first prayer at the end of yesterday`s lesson. She said in her prayer, “I want to come closer to Christ“. I was amazing!
   I had a humbling experience this past week.
   Kodama shimai and I both have struggled somewhat with companionship study. It seemed to always have an off feeling and I felt like I was being prideful. One morning this week after companionship and just feeling frustrated we couldn`t have a unified companionship study, I went to the other room and prayed. I felt that I needed to throw away my pride and just say “sorry“. I went back to the other room after a while and put my arms around Kodama shimai and just said, “I`m sorry I was so prideful“. Then Kodama shimai`s heart was softened and she apoligized saying she felt that she had been prideful. Later we had weekly planning and doing companionship inventory we opened up our feelings of wanting to have better companionship study and be more unified in teaching.
    Kodama shimai is so skilled at teaching, and I love watching her teach. Sometimes we both would talk too long and the other companion`s pride would be hurt. I realized I was prideful and told Kodama shimai how sorry I was and I want to be more humble. We both felt the Spirit as we decided we would pray every morning together as soon as the alarm hit 6:30am. Our companionship has always been great, we just needed to have a better companionship study and teach in unity more. I have felt our companionship blossom even more through being open and loving with Kodama shimai! I am so grateful to be her companion!!!
    Once again, I learned that I need to throw away my pride and be humble. I have learned my whole mission that I am always improving and even though I am far from perfect I can always become better through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Every day I can change and become better!
I studied a talk this past week titled, “Bewar of Pride“ by President Ezra Taft Benson. I have read this talk almost every transfer of m mission, but this time something really stuck out to me,
“Unity is impossible for a proud people“
I also loved studying this past General Conference talk “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority“ by Elder Scott.
   He talked about prayer and how we should never believe Satan`s lie that we don`t have time to study the Scriptures. We need to CHOOSE to make time.
The same goes with Family Home Evening. We need to CHOOSE to make time for family every Monday. I remember after studying “The Family, A Procolamation to the World“ in my Family Foundations class at BYU-Idaho 3 years ago, that I made the commitment I would do FHE every Monday with my own family.
We have FHE every Thursday for the single members and this week was hilarious! We played a gesture game and brother Kuriki was trying to pass the gesture of a “Zoo“ to brother Ichikawa. He was jumping up and down flapping his arms and wiggling, it was so funny we all could barel breath we were laughing so hard. I don`t think watching Japanese people doing gesture games will ever get old.
Two more weeks to go!!! I go to Sendai this week for MLC and we have a 30 minute training at Zone Training Meeting on Thursday. Lot`s of lessons planned! we are praying we can set a baptismal date with one of our investigators!
Love,
Tori
Butler shimai

November 23, 2014

I LOVE MY MISSION!

The earthquake was shaky but I wasn`t scared. I`ve experienced so many little one`s it doesn`t phase me anymore. But this past one was a little bigger than most. We were in the Church with the elders having a meeting and the building started to shake. We all went silent and waited for it to pass and then just kept on talking as if it was no big deal haha. In America we would defintiely be talking about it but we`re all used to it I guess haha.
The clock is ticking and every little second counts at this point of my mission!
I can`t believe I only have 3 weeks left in Aizuwakamatsu!
I am so excited to see Hirano san`s baptism on December 6th! I at least get to see one more baptism before I go home! He`s the investigator the elders are teaching that Nakaima shimai and I found housing. He has been truly converted to Christ and it`s been amazing to see!
This past week we had our first lesson with our new investigators, the Tsunoda family! The two cute daughters, Noa and Chihaya loved the lesson! Noa who`s 11, has  a little kids Bible picture book that she ran and got during our lesson to show us. She has read about the Bible stories since she was little and that was cool to see! We have a lesson with them tongiht and they are going to feed us dinner! We will be teaching them on Thursday too!
Kodama shimai and I went to Yamagata to do a split with the sisters there on Tuesday and came back Wednesday. Then the sisters from Iwaki came on Thursday to Friday for a split with us!
The Thursday`s split was so great with Moon Shimai! I remember when I was in Akita exactly one year ago and Moon shimai was my STL at that time. Now I`m her STL. She has always been an inspirational sister missionary to me. We had lots of lessons together on Thursday. We taught Hirano san her second lesson and sister Takase came to do a member joint! It reminded me once again how important it is to always have a member present in the lesson. The lessons are always much more powerful! We shared about the Plan of Salvation.
   It seemed like this past week`s theme has been Plan of Salvation haha! I gave a talk yesterday in Church on the Plan of Salvation. Before my mission I felt like I would really ponder and take a long time to prepare my talks. I would write down a lot of the time word for word what I felt I should say. But now I feel like I can get up with out any notes, just my Scriptures, and share what I`ve prepared heartfully more than before, even though it`s in a different language! I feel like I have more confidence speaking infront of others when I speak in Japanese! haha, I never thought that would happen!
I was able to translate during church for brother Bochi, who`s from Germany. Sister Bochi his his Japanese wife and brother Bochi doesn`t speak any Japanese, just German and English. I used to be really nervous translating because I would mess up and it didn`t sound like natural English. But from being able to sit behind brother Bochi in Sacrament Meeting and translate, I`ve noticed I`ve come to even put enthusiasm and expression in my translating haha. Brother Bochi turned around after and gave me a German candy and said, “You`re very good at translating“ in his cool German accent.
  We have two  more splits this week, Tuesday through Friday. I can`t believe Thursday`s split with Arashiyama shimai will be my last split!
I am excited for this next week! Many exciting lessons planned! We have a girl named Maki from Koriyama who wants to take the lessons! We have our first lesson with her on Friday!!!
Miracles are everywhere.
I love the Lord and I am so grateful for your prayers and love.
Love,
Tori

November 16, 2014

 Kodama shimai and I have a new investigator!!! The elders found Yasuyo housing and she`s in mid 50`s and had interest right away. They let us know and set up an appointment for us to go with them and teach Yasuyo a lesson. We got to her housing planning to teach her the Restoration since she asked, “Why does your religion have another Book?“
   We walked in her house and she was so friendly. We got to know Yasuyo a little bit and she told us that she would let the Jehovah Witnesses come in and teach her a short lesson before, but felt that there was something more. We began with a prayer and then I began to tell her how our message`s focus is Jesus Christ. When I asked her what she knew about Jesus Christ she said that she know He Atoned for our sins and died for us and was Resurrected. She talked about how when she first heard that tears filled her eyes and she was so impress that someone would die for her. Us sisters looked at the elders impressed that she had a deep understanding of Jesus Christ and actually a testimony of Him.
  We began to explain how after Jesus Christ established His true Church on the earth according to Godly authority, known as the Priesthood, people had crucified Christ, killed His Apostles and that Authoirty and Christ`s true Church was taken away. We told her how with the records of Christ`s Apostles and all other records in the Bible, many mis-interpretaions were made and many different people created their own Church, but with out that proper authority. Yasuyo seemed to understand it all very well. And then we introduced how in 1820 a 14 year old boy who lived in New York had a burning question of which church was right. And how that boy read in the Bible from James 1:5,
    “If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, and if shall be given to him…“
Then Yasuyo understood that what that boy named Joseph Smith did next was exactly that, he went to a secluded area in the woods by his house and knelt in humble prayer to ask God which Church he should join.
Then elder Suzuki recited Jospeh Smith`s own words in Japanese,
  “ I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head above the brightness of the sun which decended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages; who`s brightness and glory defy all description standing above me in the air.
   One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said pointing to the other,
`Jospeh, this is my Beloved Son, Hear Him“
Yasuyo seemed to deeply ponder as she looked at the picture of Joseph Smith with God the Father and Jesus Christ above him standing in the air with such glory. I always feel the Spirit when I talk of Jospeh Smith`s experience, because even though I wasn`t there, I know it`s true. I feel it`s true every time I tell it. Through Jospeh Smith Jesus Christ`s true Church and that Godly authority, the Priesthood, was once again established on the earth.
   We have our next appointment on Thursday with member sister Takase.
We also have an appointment tonight with the Tsunoda family who came to our Sports activity two weeks ago. They will be doing the 6 week Free English Program to do 30 minutes English and 30 minutes the Church message. It is such an inspired program!
I had a funny experience this past week. After teaching Eikaiwa, English class, in Koriyama us two sisters and the two elders rode back with brother Saito to Aizu. Brother Saito made us all sandwiches for the ride back! We were so grateful because we hadn`t eaten dinner and began to eat. I asked the elders a question while I was eating and all of the sudden the Japanese elder who`s on his 3rd transfer just fresh out swung his head towards me and said, “Butler shimai, talking with your mouth full is very rude. It is not pretty to see and very rude in the Japanese culture. You better be more careful“. Now this elder is always joking arond and sometimes he has a hard sense of humor. The car went silent and it was a little awkward. I barely had said anything and didn`t even have my mouth full. I then said, “Okay elder. I`ll be more careful.“ I couldn`t tell if he was joking but then realized he was dead serios, but he said it in such a strict way I was surprised. Then my companion Kodama shimai with as much sandwich as she could fit in her mouth said, “Elder, this sandwich is delicious isn`t it!“
     He swung his head around and everyone started laughing. I thought, I have the best companion!
Kodama shimai had the best conversation last night during dinner. We talked about the joy we`ve felt in our family`s and we were both getting emotional sharing experiences of memories from our family`s.before our missions.
We were able to teach 12 lessons this past week! 1 of those was to investigator Yasuyo, but the rest were Less actives and members. We will try and teach as many lessons we can in a week!
I know this is the Lord`s work and my love for the Lord grows each day that I share with a stranger, “God loves you“.
Love,
Tori

November 9, 2014

First Week of My Last Transfer

All of us 4 sisters headed to Sendai Wednesday morning. I was a little nervous to meet my new companion but of course excited. As we entered the Train station, we saw where all the missionaries were gathered. I was so happy to see the sisters I was in the MTC with and we encouraged each other to do our best this last transfer. I saw many of my past companions, sister Iwahashi from Akita, sister Kanno from Hachinohe, sister Konishi from Morioka, and I saw my trainer who went home, sister Stevenson. She was smiling with excitement to go home and I hugged her congratulating her. She said “Freedom at last“. I just laughed and then I saw sister King from when we were in Morioka together! I cried when we hugged because she really has been my closest friend on the mission.

Then I saw my new companion sister Kodama and we hugged and I told her how my prayer was answered that I would get to work with her my last transfer in Aizu. And ever since we`ve been working hard!
As soon as we got to Aizu we prepared for Kids Eikaiwa and a new family came to Eikaiwa! A mom and two daughters, 7 and 11. There the Tsunoda`s. The next day Kodama shimai and I had lots of appoitments. We went to service at the Retirement home with the elders at 2pm, then rode to less active, sister Tachikawa and shared a message with active member sister Haga, then we rode to visit LA sister Otake and then rushed to FHE at the Church.
    Friday was even busier with teaching Izumi in the morning and having two lessons in Koriyama with Maya and Katono san.
Izumi`s lesson was focused on the importance of studying the Book of Mormon in building that relationship with Christ we all need. She mentioned how she feels she doesn`t really have a close relationship with Christ. Kodama shimai and I both feel we need to teach the Hoshi family as a FAMILY not just Izumi san, but Tatsuya always has work through out the week until late. We are going to try and commit this family to come to Church this month of Novemeber and read the BOM every day!
Investigator Maya is progressing! We taught her Joseph Smith and the Restoration. When we showed her a picture of Joseph Smith`s first vision, she said, “Wow, there`s two Gods!“. After explaining that both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, she said she was impressed that they both appeared instead of just one. I hadn`t really thought that deeply about it but then realized that`s another testament of the importance of two witnesses.
   We have two eyes to witness that we can see. Two ears to witness we can hear. God gave us two of many things two symbolize the importance of two witnesses.
Our lesson with Katono san was more focused on listening to her concerns than teaching. I was a little disappointed we didn`t get to teach any doctrine since she only can meet once a week and won`t be able to meet for two weeks. She has only had 3 lessons and is up to reading 1 Nephi 16! She said she would continue to pray before reading and read focusing on the mentioning of Christ.
    In this lesson she mentioned twice how she feels there`s something about this Church and members she can`t describe. She told Kodama shimai, and I and the Koriyama member couple that were jointing how we have this special atmosphere about us. She said,
“When I come to this Church everyone is so happy and smile the same. There`s something different but I don`t know how to explain it. I always feel so good when I come.“
   I felt the spirit so strongly when she said this, because I knew that what she was seeing was the Light of Christ. I have heard others say this before in my life, but not the way Katono said it. She said how she wanted that special thing we have. I realized how open her heart is and how clearly she can define Truth and Light. Since we can`t meet we will txt her through out the week about the readings and just pray that she can have a spiritual experience as she continues to pray and read.
Last night all of us missionaries went to the Takase family`s home for dinner. Our investigators the Hoshi family, Izumi, Tatsuya and 3 year old Yuna were there! The elders gave a great spiritual message on gratitude. Returning missionary sister Gass was there with her brother who flew to spend a week with her in Japan. It was weird seeing Gass shimai with out her name tag and she said she still reaches for it when she introduces herself haha
  Sister Haga and her non-member husband Haga papa were there too! Kodama shimai and I came prepared with a message. We all read the meaning of Lehi`s dream of the Tree of Life and for the first time I saw Haga papa serious. He is super funny and always joking. I`d never see him serious when we`d share a message but this time I think he felt the Spirit. He said the opening AND closing prayer haha! He wanted to pray both times. He is not an investigator yet, but he reads the BOM with sister Haga every day before dinner. She won`t give him dinner until he reads a verse haha.
A lot of information on lessons from this past week but all in all Kodama shimai and I are busy, working hard and it`s a lot of fun with just us two in the apartment!
I love that we both have the same desire to be exactly obedient and same drive to work hard! I think this may be the first time I`ve had this kind of companionship where I feel we can work our hardest as a TEAM.
This past week`s FUN NEWS is we had a SPORTS NIGHT!!! MY FAVORITE!!!
It was by far the best sports night I`d ever been to, out of the very few on my mission. What was awesome was that brother Yoshito, a member, put it together instead of the missionaries. Many investigators, potential investigators, that new family, the Tsunoda`s, all came! We did lots of fun games and I noticed how happy I get after running around. I was so bubbly and realized I hadn`t done something active like that in a LONG time.
I`ll send a few pictures of the Sports Night. We did a relay for one acitvity, where we ran around the gym and had to spin in place and then grab candy with your mouth from a string, it was so fun!
  The best part was Kodama shimai and I got the Tsunoda`s number and they want to do Free Family English Program where we can teach them the Gospel!!!
I believe faith will move mountains. We might need to start alone by first gathering the dirt from the mountain and moving it to one place. But soon enough others will come to help move the dirt piles too and little by little that mountain will move!
Love,
Butler shimai
Tori