Monday, August 21, 2017

blessed with the best

Just in case you haven't seen the front of this church enough;)

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......

AGE: 20 
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)
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)
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;)



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.
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


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.



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.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017



Coming at you live from Niigata where I have officially become the luckiest missionary in the world. This week I got to go with all my Nagaoka friends (Yuuya, Nathalia, Narumi, Masao), my mission president and his wife, and some of my favorite missionaries to see the biggest fireworks in Japan. You heard me. #1..... With my mission president and his wife...... I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN. BEST THING EVERRRRR. Words cannot describe how amazing it was. I sat there with my jaw on the floor as lights lit up the entire sky. LEGIT THE ENTIRE SKY. I couldn't help but just smile the entire night. Just one of those moments where you are purely happy. I am so so so grateful to be serving in Japan right here right now. THEN. I got to go to two more sets of fireworks with potential investigators and with Mana Chan! Talk about the best week ever? YOU BETCHA.

Okay, also, can I say that Niigata is literally on fire? First of all, it is straight up 84298374929834772798 degrees out here with 428935748% humidity... Do the math.... IT'S HOT. But not only that, potential investigators are just coming out of nowhere. Like wildfires...... ;) IT'S AMAZING. I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK. K, anyways. One way cool thing this past week was that when talking to one of our English students we started talking about God and how He is our actual Father. At first as we talked it didn't seem like there was a tonnnn of interest, but as we kept talking her heart began to change.. Anddddd.... about 20 minutes later when we asked her if she wanted to learn more, she literally started jumping up and down and in her cute English yelled, "Yes please!!!!" God is preparing His children, and He truly can soften their hearts. I HAVE A TESTIMONY OF THAT!



Modersitzki 姉妹

Just the best roll of my life given to me by
the random girl on the train.
Fun Fact: Kindness is at a whole different level here. This past week I was talking to this cute college student and she was telling me she was studying to be a baker. When I told her that's so cool (bc that legit is), she just was like OH! I have these 3 rolls! Sorry, this is my stop, but here! THEN SHE GAVE ME THREE ROLLS THAT WERE THE BEST THING I'VE EVER TASTED. LIKE WHAT IS JAPAN.

Peeps and fireworks
Please just find my mission president and tell me I'm not winning
Pretty sure this is what heaven will look like
Matching shirts with the beloved comp

Zone p-day hike to Yahiko.

Monday, July 31, 2017

masao, tokyo, and a new apartment hollaaaaa

MLC! Sister Training Leaders!
Wow it feels like 10 minutes ago I was typing my last week's email, but at the same time it feels like 40 yearssss ago. Time. I just don't understand.

This week was good! I was able to spend half of it in Tokyo at MLC which was way fun and spiritual and ahhhh I just love it. And then another couple days was spent moving because YOU HEARD ME. OUR OLD SKETCH APARTMENT IS GONE and we now have a new apartment wooooooooo! It's been craziness around here, but it's been fun, so hey. Call that a miracle if you will. ;) 

Now funny thing of the week. Just picture this. Here I am. In this 8474685737 year old apartment cleaning out the closet. There's so much stuff I literally can't move. Like legit. K. Then. I find a random box in the back of the closet.... open it? Probably a 97-year-old roll. A FREAKING DINNER ROLL IN THIS BOX. Bye. That is all I have to say on the subject.

Nowwwww for the real exciting things. Remember my friend Masao from Nagaoka I talked about a few weeks ago? Well. This past Sunday.... HE GOT BAPTIZED. YAYYYYYYYY!!! I got to Skype in and talk after and ahhhh I was so happy. The Nagaoka sisters later told me that after he got baptized he bore his testimony and in it talked about us talking that day so long ago. I almost started crying when I heard that. SO SPECIAL. That was such a huge blessing for me to be able to even play a small part in his conversion. I am so lucky to be a missionary. 

MASAO'S BAPTISM YAY! (Yuuya, Narumi, Masao)
This experience has really taught me that you just never know what type of an influence you can make on someone. We can help people come unto Christ in so many different ways, and as we always look to love and look to serve we can help God help his children. There have been so many people on my mission who have been that influence for me and I am so grateful for each and every one of them. 



Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: There are like 40 different ways to count in Japanese. Depending on whether it's papery, a cylinder, a small animal, or a small item... IT'S ALL DIFFERENT. AKA BLESS THE WORLD 

Angel elders who moved us into our new apartment.
The closet of wonders
idk either
Mana ちゃん selfies as always
Just appreciate this for a sec.

Monday, July 24, 2017

what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger ね?

Sanjo's convert. We get along real well.

Soooo I sent my email last week and then realized that I had been on a mission for a year.... CAN WE JUST GET A BYE AT THAT? Still ちょっと dying and starting to feel WAY OLD. But YAY ONE YEAR (!!!)

Annnnyyyyways.... Well ya know. I'm just gonna be honest. Missions aren't always fun and games. There is a reason why people say they are the hardest things of your life. This week was one of the hardest weeks I have had on my mission. There were many times where I just didn't know what to do, but ya know what? God is real. And He cares. And I have learned so much about how to trust in Him even when I don't understand. And that's why everyone says missions are the best things of your life. THEY ARE. LIKE SERIOUSLY. You learn sooooo much. 

Trainings on trainings on trainings with the zone leaders.
This week we had zone conferences aka President and Sister Nagano came up. HOLY tender mercy. I love them. Like SO much. Buttttt...I want to talk about a little miracle that happened just a few days before that. Let's just say I was having quite the rough day. I didn't know what to do and then randomly my mission president calls me just to see how was doing. WHAT? I know. Angel. He neverrrrr does this, but this time he did. Can you say tender mercy? It was at the exact moment that I needed it and I felt not only his, but my Father in Heaven's love for me SO MUCH. Then, not only that, but I got to see them 2 days later and work with all the elders and sisters in my zone who I just adore. 

Cute little Niigata zone. <33333

I know this may not seem like all that much, but to me it was. It was a tender mercy that I will always be grateful for. God cares about the one, whether it be the investigator, or the missionary. I have a strong testimony of that. 


Fun fact:
-Rain in Niigata is unreal. It was raining SHEETS so they sent warnings out to everyone.... In this past week 3 rivers flooded. RIP to me.

My favorites, Woolley 姉妹, Momoka and Yuki
Please just look how many people are shoved in this train.
Just appreciate it for a second.
When you and your comp kill a really big spider with mold killing spray.
Zone Conference role plays