Monday, September 11, 2017

japanglish and mysterious miracles

KONNICH.
Guitar update: I can now play 4 chords. Holla.


Hellloooooo! This week was AMAZINGGGGGG. I have never felt more effective and happier than this transfer. Every day is such an adventure but I am loving every second. I hit my year mark in Japan this week as well so WOAH at that. 

So a few weeks ago I mentioned my English was getting bad. Which YES it is. But this week one of the funniest things ever happened. Sister Shoji and I are known in our zone for having really good "Japanglish" when we talk to each other. We always talk in Japanese but sometimes slip random English words in visa versa. Neither of us recognize it and so we just communicate in this way, but the Japanese and American elders have started to tell us they can never understand because we speak so fast and just connect all of our words in Japanglish. WE LEGIT CREATED A NEW LANGUAGE HAHAHA. On a phone call this week Sister Shoji told our district leader "metcha ganbatta we". Metcha ganbatta means like we did our best and then normally you would say watashitachi (we).... but she just added it on in English. It made sense to us but the elders were soooooo lost. Now the whole zone is saying it so I mean hey... it works? Lol. I love having a Japanese companion.

Sometimes you have to have dance parties to the Joseph Smith CD.
Now on a little different note.... MIRACLES. One experience that was way cool this week happened in a strange way. Sister Shoji and I have been trying really hard lately to be as worthy as we can to receive any revelation God has to give us. So Tuesday. We got to the train station and were waiting for our train to come to take us to see our 2 investigators in Sanjo when they both right before cancelled. Uhhhh wut. Every missionary's worst nightmare. We decided to pray and have God tell us what He needed us to do because we now had a lot of time we were not planning on. We went to this little park and prayed to the Lord to tell us what He wanted us to do. It was SO cool as we both had ideas pop into our heads immediately. We were so excited to see what the Lord had in store for us because we knew it had to be something big due to the fact that both of our lessons were cancelled that day... Soooo off we went. And I am not kidding, the first 2 people we stopped had interest, one being a family who wanted to know how they could be with each other forever. HELLO. WE CAN HELP WITH THAT. ;) We knew immediately that the Lord had put them in our path. He works in mysterious ways. That's for sure.

Another mysterious way of the week. One of our Eikaiwa students wanted to bring the missionaries Japanese pears (aka the fruit of the tree of life), and so the elders invited her to church saying we would all be there! (Sneaky elders, I know right?;) Well she came. And we had a chance to teach her the Plan of Salvation for the first time. When we told her that she lived with God before this earth and that He loved her and knew her personally, she broke into tears. The knowledge that God is our Heavenly Father really changes things for people.... Saito san got to know about her Heavenly Father because she simply wanted to serve the missionaries and bring us fruit. Talk about mysterious ways...How lucky am I to be a part of this work?


God lives. THE CHURCH IS TRUE

xoxo

Modersitzki 姉妹


Fun fact: In Japan, if you want to call the police it's 119.... not 911. Just opposite... lol wut?

Guitar night in Nagaoka (!!!!)
Shoji Shimai told me to do a chill pose.
(fun fact: these signs talk about Jesus Christ and basically just say
REPENT IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED and things like that. They're
all over Nagaoka and Sado... who knows why lol)
Where do they even come up with these pic ideas?
Our awesome 80-year-old HOMIE investigator who took us to lunch
randomly when we saw here on the street. Ikegame san.... LEGEND.
These pictures have become a tradition.
She forgot her sunscreen and didn't want to get tan soooooo.... mop.

Monday, September 4, 2017

happy happy happy

Today we did weekly planning on the beach.....
Can you say BLESSED?
HEYYYOOOO!

Wow. What a week. We had zone conference and exchanges and district (stake) conference and and and and and and and hahahaha wowzaaaaaaa, I think I might just fall over dead! We've been running around with our heads cut off. But hey at least I am dying happy...? 

So. There are just so many things to talk about but let's just start with this one... KIRIKO SET HER BAPTISMAL DATE WOOOOOO!! We fasted with her and a few bomb members and she decided she thinks she will be ready by November 5th. So it's set! YAYYYY! 🤗

Our investigators are doing good. Remember Haruka? The one who jumped up and down when we asked her if she wanted to learn? Well we taught her about prayer and her face lit up. Before we could even commit her to pray she said, "I will try it!!!" That is one of my favorite things ever. Seeing people get excited about the gospel. Ah. It's the best. I'm legit not going home. Ever.

Zone play? Orrrrr elder day plus us? It's chill.
This week was zone conference like I mentioned earlier, so everyone came into town which is always soooo fun. Niigata zone is just something else. We are the furthest zone away from the mission office, and the smallest, so do we sometimes feel like another mission? Ya. But would I have it any other way? No. We have been so united. This transfer is fun too though because we realized at zone conference that every companionship besides Sister Shoji and I are mother/daughter, or father and son relationships. (Aka trainer/trainee).... Nuts. But to make things better, Sister Shoji trained a sister in our zone as well soooooo IS EVERYONE RELATED BUT ME? YEP. I was designated the strange aunt at this zone conference... so there you have it friends. Family. <3333 

Hahaha and with that being said....

THE CHURCH IS TRUE

xoxox

Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: 
This week randomly at 6 in the morning we got a text/alert from the government saying a missile was heading our way from North Korea............. nice. But did we die? Nope. Holla! Niigata is also the closest to North Korea so DOUBLE NICE. 

Please notice the CRAB. Pic win!
Zone conference.

Exchanges with Sister Gray, who came to Japan 3 weeks ago!
Hipster. Am I right?
Practicing.
We literally are so old. This is not a lie. We had to
stop and take a break on the stairs because we were so
tired. TALK ABOUT GRANDMAS!
Just casual face masks... I love Japan.


Monday, August 28, 2017

MIRACLE KIRIKO

Coolest name tag pic. (On the ferry on their way to Sado.)
KONNICH.

Andddddd we're back. Hey everyone. It's me. Still chillin' in Japan and loving every second of life. LEGIT MISSIONS ARE SO AMAZING. I got my death letter from my mission president this week basically telling me this was the last stretch, so put it all out there and give it all to the Lord... Not gonna lie. When I got this email I kind of wanted to throw up knowing my time was coming to an end in just a few short months.... But this also gave me an opportunity to recommit myself to the Lord, and as I have done so, I truly can say I have never been happier.

So there you have my soap box... Hahah! Now. For the MIRACLE OF THE WEEK! This one goes out to my cute investigator Kiriko ちゃん. She is currently 20 years old and has been investigating the church for about a year. We met this week and talked about baptism. She has been way nervous about it, but we committed her to pray to God to know when she needed to get baptized. Now, this was on Wednesday, and when we texted her to follow up on Thursday..... No response. Uh oh. 

Kiriko chan!! YAYAYAYAYAY
Fast forward to Sunday. Kiriko doesn't show up for Sacrament Meeting and we were wayyyy stressed. BUT just in time for Relief Society she walks in. We were way lost. Butttttt. As we sat down with her after church to talk about what had happened, she told us she had been thinking nonnnnn stop about baptism ever since we talked and had been praying so hard. She had an idea. Maybe if she went to another church and felt the same good feelings she felt at our church, she would know it's not time for her to be baptized... So that's just what she did. She went to another church on Sunday morning. But to her surprise, when she went, she just felt this hugeeee strong feeling. Something to the effect of "This isn't your place sister friend..... GET TO YOUR OWN CHURCH!" 

As Kiriko was telling us this she was in tears. She said that this was the first time she felt like she had actually received an answer from her Father in Heaven. AMAZING. GOD IS REAL AND HE WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS. My testimony of that was definitely strengthened this week.

THE CHURCH IS TRUE

xoxoxo

Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: 
- Mayonnaise. It's totally different than American mayo. It's actually good and they eat it on EVERYTHING.

Luckiest STLs on the planet? maybe... Sadooooo
Peeps
When in Japan...
Cute kokoseis
Try to get a jump pic... fail.





Monday, August 21, 2017

blessed with the best

Just in case you haven't seen the front of this church enough;)
(YAY 5 TRANSFERS)
KONNICH!

I can't start out this email without wishing a HUGE happy birthday to my beautiful mother who has a birthday this week... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM I LOVE YOUUUUU! (everyone send her emails and texts and bring her food. she likes chocolate... I'll pay you back later...ありがとう;)

WOW WHAT A WEEK. I don't have much time today buttttttt this week was sooooooooo good. You guys. MY COMPANION. She is a literal angel sent from heaven above. This has legit been one of the funnest weeks of my entire life. I am serious. I LOVE SHOJI SHIMAI. We worked our behinds off this week but spent the whole time laughing. I am soooo grateful for the chance to work with her. 

I thought it would be appropriate for you all to know about this person that I spend every second of every day with, yet never get sick of.... Soooo introducing......


昌子梓姉妹 (SISTER AZUSA SHOJI)
AGE: 20 
HOMETOWN: OSAKA, JAPAN
FAVORITE FOOD: RICE (fun fact: the first time she cried on her mission was when she went to the MTC and the rice was sketchy. she just missed Japanese rice)
FAVORITE COLOR: White
HOBBY: taking pictures (aka prepare yourself for this transfer.....;)
FAVORITE ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION: murmur, abominable (HAHAH can you tell what she studies for language study? BOOK OF MORMONNNNN)
FAVORITE ENGLISH WORDS: peeps, dang it, like, specific (why? no idea hahahaha)
FAVORITE JAPANESE PHRASE: そういう時もあるよね (it happens to the best of us)
FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Ether 12:27 
THINGS SHE WANTS THE WORLD TO KNOW: "I love Jesus... and Sister Modersitzki"

And there you have it folks, my best friend companion that I just love to death and definitely want to take home with me. We have seen so many miracles in just the past few days as companions so I can't wait to see what's around the corner. Also.... I am legit forgetting English so if my emails get a bit weird from here on out.... Just know that the church is still true;)

SAY YOUR PRAYERS

xoxo

Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: 
-If you pass food from chopstick to chopstick here it is like theeeeeee most offensive thing you could do in the world. Also.... never put chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice... that's what you do when someone dies.... So there ya have it!

Just a typical day of FUN
Still not sure what Niigata is, but found the sign round 2!
Purikura with Mana ちゃん
Being white with a Japanese companion.... hehehehe;)
Being Japanese and using these filters even though I'm white.
Before
After
Kouyama Shimai (returned missionary) came to visit and
WOW I was so happy!
This is Marci. I'm not sure what is going on here, but I feel
like it needs to be posted. Don't you think?

Monday, August 14, 2017

to transfer or not transfer... that is the question

HEYYYYYYOOOOOOOO

Welllllll where to begin. What to say. Let's just start with the fact that TODAY WAS TRANSFERS AND GUESSSSS WHAT!!!!! 

I AM STAYING IN NIIGATA FOR A 5TH TRANSFER! YAHOOOOOOOOOO! Words cannot describe how excited and relieved I was when I got the call this morning. I have come to love this area and this calling so much and the thought of leaving just about broke my heart. I was talking to Mana ちゃん about it yesterday she said she would personally call President Nagano to tell him that was not okay. She has become like a sister to me and so I am so excited to have more time here. Sooooooooo here goes transfer 5! WOOOO! 

remember when I hiked a mountain? well we did it round 2....
in 1498249738463987 degree weather. (also sneak peak...
my new comp is the cutie on the left)
NOW. FOR EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS.... MY NEW COMPANION IS JAPANESE! INTRODUCINGGGGGGGGGGGGG..... SHOJI SHIMAI! I don't think I can even explain how much I Iove this human. She is currently serving in Nagaoka, aka my zone, and we are wayyyyy good friends. This transfer is gonna be sickkkkk! I will miss my cute little Batchelor Shimai, who is leaving me for America this week (again.... bye friends), but I am really excited to see what's in store for the next transfer. YAY!

Saki ちゃん!
This week was FULL of miracles. I was just a happy little missionary. One HUGE miracle happens to go by the name of Saki ちゃん. About 3 weeks ago we found her on the train and started meeting with her. She said she was a member of a different church but she was interested in what Mormons believe. YAY. We have now done 2 lessons with her and at the end of the second one we asked her how she felt... She said she felt the spirit... Just as much as she did at her own church. Can I get a BOOYAAAAAA! I was so happy to hear that because before she kept comparing everything to her own church.. This was HUGE! We invited her to church and she was kind of iffy about it but was like when I learn more I think I might want to try and go. HEY THAT WORKS WITH US. We were pumped just hearing that.

BUT. IT GETS BETTER. That night, she texted us...... "Hey what time is church on Sunday again?" OKAY HELLO. WHAT. THENNNNNNNN THIS. "I have time this Sunday... Is it okay if me and my mom come to church??" Hmmmmm let me think about it. YES! To say Batchelor Shimai and I were screaming our heads off would be an understatement. YAYAYYAYAY! 

Saki and her mom not only came to church but now her mom, who has been a member of a different church for 30 years, wants to take the lessons too. CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT MIRACLES FOR A SECOND?

I love my calling. I love this place. Missions. They're truly one of a kind.

SAY YOUR PRAYERS PEOPLE

xoxo

Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun Fact:
-Air conditioners. They don't have ac units that work for the whole house. You have to have a separate air conditioner for each room and they turn them off every time they leave or are in a different room... akaaaaaaaa sometimes I die of heat. It's cool.

Zone peeps and a view
Did we have a typhoon? Maybe. Did we run around in it
for half of our dinner time? ....................maybe.

bff
Naho ちゃん and
AMERICAN HAMBURGERS whaaaaaaa
Bye bye party for Sis. Batchelor and Elder Swenson :'(
Dinner with the Kondos who I adore.