Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm SO close!

I feel like I just got here a few days ago, but I'm seriously so close to leaving!  It's ridiculous how fast time has flown here at the MTC. 

We finally got to hear from an apostle this week!  Richard G Scott came and spoke to us and he gave me soooo much confidence in learning the language. He gave an apostolic blessing to the whole MTC that we will be able to learn our language to perfection and that we shouldn't worry because the Lord is on our side!  It was an amazing experience hearing from an Apostle of the Lord! 
So this was our Tuesday devotional...so exactly a week ago. Feels like 2 days ago...In our Sunday devotional we were privileged to hear the BYU Men's choir perform and at first I was noticing the 2 guys with beards...and then Elder Sisneros came out of the choir and spoke to us about life and missionary work and I was so happy!  I love Elder Sisneros and it was awesome that I got to hear him speak for a few minutes at the MTC! 

I guess one last thing I could throw in is that the MTC does exercise classes at 6 am for 30 minutes and I actually was able to get up early one day this week to do a yoga class for half an hour....I'm never doing it again, but it was really great for people who enjoy mornings.  Sleep is too valuable.  Don't mind me if when I get home I just hybernate for 2 days straight. haha 

Pictures from the MTC!

Found Sarah!

Grandparents with Madi at the temple!

Axel from the Ann Arbor Stake!

The district!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shinko Tsuyomero

Not a ton to report on this week, just that the MTC is a testimony builder! I'm definitely having my shinko tsuyomeri masu (faith strenthened).  The two BEST devotionals I've had here at the MTC happened on Sunday, the speakers were Mary Ellen Edmunds and Greg Droubay.  Sister Edmund spoke to the Relief Society (all the sisters in the MTC) about how important it is to teach by the spirit, that the gift of tongues is real, and how happiness is the object of our existence! She said that if I do my best the heavens will move to help me with all I can't do and that as long as I'm happy and excited and love the people I'm serving they will flock to me! I believe it, sometimes I feel like the MTC is breaking me and I'm probably not going to be the same person when I come home...and other times I want to rebel and keep the old self!  I get such good advice every single day, I read things in the scriptures every day that I know I need to work on!  I know that I'll get the language and I'll learn how to always have a smile on my face, but I also know it's going to take a lot of effort and hard work.  These things I'm told I need to be doing in order to be an amazing missionary aren't things that happen over night, and I just hope that I can keep that in mind so I can stay patient with myself. 
Today after the temple there was this super cute Japanese woman that my doryo and I started talking to.  She's from Tokyo so she was really excited to talk to us.  She was probably speaking the most simple Japanese she could possibly speak and we still struggled knowing everything she was saying, but for her not speaking a single word of English to us we did pretty good. We gave her a few hugs and she wished us Ganbatte! and we left being more excited for the months ahead of us than we were before we met her. I'm so so so excited and also so so so nervous! I can't believe I'm over half way done, I'm going to be a dai-sempai in one week!  (the "oldest, most experienced" group going to Japan)
Ai shite imasu!
Bagley Shimai   

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Easter Weekend!

Kazoku, konichiwa!

So I've been taking notes of small things that happened during my week so I wouldn't forget anything super important, and the first thing on my list is that the MTC served some chicken parmesan!  haha, I saw it posted on the cafeteria door and was excited because I love chicken parmesan!  I guess I briefly forgot that I was in the MTC and their food is never exciting.  It was probably one of my most disappointing meals because the chicken parmesan at home trumps it by like 40,000. I also wrote on my note during the week that the breakfast burritos also weren't good...for some reason I was really focused on the food this week? 

Anyway, half the elders in my district are being ridiculous about gaining weight, so they're all planning on going on a diet and working out extra hard.  Then one of them turned to the sisters and was like "wow, you're lucky you'll never have to deal with this!"  it was kind of sad and funny at the same time.  So clueless.  But hey, if I gain a few lbs here at the MTC I already know I'll sweat them off first week in the field riding my bike up those crazy Tokyo hills. 

The other day I got to talk to some elders in another Japanese district about rock climbing!  It made me miss it, but it was still fun to chat it up about how awesome it is! 

On Saturday we did a new thing called TRC-Teaching Resource Center, where we go and give a Preach My Gospel lesson to volunteers.  I was really nervous before because we were going to be giving the lessons in Japanese, but they're more like visiting-teaching lessons because the volunteers are usually members of the church.   Once I got in there and started getting to know the people I was teaching it was great! I couldn't really understand what they were saying, but we were able to get our message across.  Two of the people we taught were from Japan, one from Tokyo (her name was Horiuchi, and she was probably 80-some years old...so kawaii), and another was from Nagasaki, her husband was a geijin, so he translated some of what she was saying for us into Eigo...which was helpful!

I'm a sempai now!  Meaning, I'm no longer the newbie of the Japanese missionaries!  We get 63 tomorrow!  Which is a crazy amount of people to be "more experienced" than, they're probably going to ask me questions on how to say things and I'll be like "wa karimasen!" (i don't know!)

On Sunday there was rumor that we would have an apostle speak to us! It ended up being Bishop Cause, the presiding bishop, which I didn't even know we had...oops.  It was an amazing talk and it was a cool experience having the sacrament passed to our whole MTC!  That's 3000 people getting the sacrament at one time, on Easter too.  It was really neat.

Also I think I know what scripture I'd like on my plaque: Alma 29:13. 

Yesterday I had an interesting memory of how much I loved Japanese people when I was in elementary school.  We were able to select any country we wanted to do a report on, I was probably in 4th grade at the time.  But I remember it being such an easy choice because I just thought that Japanese girls were so pretty and I really wanted to research Japan because of that!  Sister Jensen told me an interesting thing about how where we go on our missions could have to do with who we were friends with before we came to earth.  I don't know if that's doctrinal stuff, but it was a cute idea that made me think about how at a young age I was drawn to Japanese people. :)

I'm working on my testimony in Nihongo this week! Hopefully I'll be able to type it up soon!  Write me letters and I'll write you back!  I love you all!!!!! Ai shitte imasu!

Bagley Shimai