Monday, February 14, 2011
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!
Okay, I know at this point your now looking at your calendar and wondering, wait what day is this? Haha, but yes you are correct it is Monday (or I guess Sunday) and yes it is Valentines Day! Now you may be wondering, oh does Erin get to write specially on holidays? and sadly the answer is "No", it just so happens that this lucky day you get to hear from me is Valentine's Day! So why am I writing on Monday and not Tuesday, well here's some exciting news for you! Tomorrow Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Rasband are coming to Tokyo! YAY!!!
So tomorrow, my normal P-day, we have a mission conference where we will get to listen to them, maybe take a picture with them, shake their hands, who knows...they've told us to be prepared for anything, it all depends on what Elder Holland wants to do. It's going to be really good I think, a little scary though, I'm sure we'll learn a lot about what more we need to do! But more training to be a better missionary, especially by General Authorities, is an amazing opportunity. What's even more exciting is that night, Elder Holland is coming to Kichijoji to speak to the members! I told you Kichijoji is THE place to be! We're expecting people from all over Tokyo to be coming so our church has been a hubbub of craziness as we try to get everything ready, cleaning, setting up tons of chairs, and so on! It's a great opportunity for our investigators too! We've been inviting everyone! Everyone; people on the street, people in Eikaiwa...it's a chance for them to hear a messenger from God, everyone should get the chance to hear it!
So that is in short why we are taking our P-Day today! Good reason isn't it?!
In other news, we have snow in Tokyo! Well sort of... It snowed a lot (all day Friday, and then it's been on and off since then) and if Kichijoji/ Suginami weren't all metal and asphalt it would have stuck (it's on the one or two bushes that you can find in Kichijoji!), just too many people walking around all the time, for it to even have a chance on the ground! I will say though that bike riding while it is snowing is absolutely miserable, so therefore from now on, until I get back, I don't like snow (as devastating as that is to say). However, I just put a smile on my face, sing a happy warm song, and pedal hard! So it's all good, and not too bad!
Also this past week, we had a 3 Zone Conference and I got to see Sister Adams and Sister Lynch!!!! We were the only English speaking sisters there! How lucky that it was us 3!!! It was funny we were talking so fast we definitely got a few, whoa! looks. Haha, it was good to see them!
Love you all!
Sister Erin Benne
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Well Hello Again!
How`s life? From everything it sounds great! Snowstorms, meeting celebrities, missionary firesides! So exciting! I love hearing everything that`s going on in your life and the random stories each of you have! Always so much fun!
So this week we had an earthquake!!!! So exciting! Actually it wasn`t really bad at all, I was just sitting at my desk, studying and then everything started moving, I didn`t realize what it was until Utsumi shimai was like EARTHQUAKE! Haha and then of course I got really excited and she made fun of me and then it was over...not very long, but still cool to feel. Since it was during language study I even learned the word for earthquake, `jishin`, perfect timing, however I think I would have learned the word even if it wasn`t during language study. Anyway I guess I shouldn`t be too happy about earthquakes, every now and then they cause a lot of damage here, so I need to be careful. However this one, as far as I know, you don`t get much outside information as a missionary, didn`t cause any damage.
Today we got to go to the temple again as well! YAY!! That`s why I`m emailing so late, but that`s always a good thing! It`s so nice to have 2 hours where you just can relax and feel the Spirit! The temple's cool, it incorporates Japan culture in the design and decoration!
Japanese is coming along, I still have days when I get really frustrated with what I can`t say, but I know I`m progressing each day, and that the Lord is definitely helping me, so I just need to go at the pace He wants me to be learning at. I can get around pretty well with what I know now, but still have a lot of difficulties when we talk about non church stuff or questions that don`t come up on a regular basis.
Utsumi Shimai as always is doing wonderful! She`s an amazing missionary and example. and so funny. I`ve noticed I`ve started picking up some of her mannerisms, she`s always making funny faces or jumps up and down and waves her arms when she`s excited or has an idea. I tell her everytime, you say Hi to her in a letter or email and so she thinks you all are so nice :)
Well that`s all from here for today!
Love you all so very much!
Thanks for everything!
Sister Erin Benne
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Hello Lovely Family!!!
It's been another fantastic week here in Kichijoji/Suginami! We have our first baptismal date!! and another that is tentative! The official one is for the 20th, with Shimoyachi Ryoko san! She's 20 years old and super cute!!! Please pray that it won't fall through! She's going to need all the help she can get as we work towards that date!
Over this past week, I've really been thinking about what missionary work is all about. Our Zone's motto this transfer is "Be His Hands" and we've talked a lot about figuring out why we're here on a mission, in Japan, in our area, with the companion we have, etc.. And as I've been thinking, I've come to this realization, missionary work is completely and totally, 100%-ly about love. Love and nothing else. We missionaries come out to serve because we love God. We love the message of this gospel that's been given to us and because of that we want to share it with others; others that we love. We have the knowledge that each one of us is a child of God, therefore we are all brothers and sisters. Because we are God's children and He loves us, that should be enough for us to love our fellowmen. We're called on missions to teach that love, to share the love that God has for each of His sons and daughters with people of the world. When we love people, truly love people, we forget about ourselves, we look for opportunities to help others grow and ways to serve them. We become less selfish, and more happy. You can't not feel love and not feel happiness. It's not possible.
Love is the key to missionary work, it's the only way it can be done. Pres. David O. Mckay said, "True Christianity is love in action. There is no better way to manifest love for God than to show an unselfish love for your fellow men. This is the spirit of missionary work." How true that statement is. If we love God, we will love our fellow men.
Let us each try to love each other a little bit more, and I know we will all see miracles in our lives!
Sister Erin Benne
Oh exciting news, February 15 Elder Holland and Elder Rasband are coming to the Tokyo Mission!!