Monday, June 26, 2017


Maki tells me that Akari ちゃん has turned into me...
I'm not quite sure why ;)

Well. Let's just say this past week may go down in history as one of the craziest weeks of my life. This past Monday I was on Sado, when all of a sudden I got a call from the mission president saying I was needed in Tokyo and that I needed to leave right then.. Sooooo.. that's what I did! I spent the whole week in Tokyo on assignment from President Nagano. I basically hung out with some awesome sisters and my mission president/wife and IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I LOVE TOKYO. (I will live there someday. Mark my words.)

Alsooooooo my mission president is UNREAL and randomly came up to me one night saying, "Hey. If you want to visit Maki tomorrow go right ahead. WHATTTTT!!!!  Best day ever! I got to go back up to Saitama AGAIN and go see her. Seriously, luckiest missionary in the world. Also okay it was so cute. I was talking to Akari (Maki's 4-year-old daughter) and she asked where I lived. I of course told her Niigata, and she pointed over to some buildings in the distance and said, "Is that Niigata?" Close Akari. Close... just about 5 hours away from that, but CLOSE. TOO CUTE. I DIE.

Fam bam. (featuring the buildings Akari thought was
Niigata).. I don't think you realize how much I
love these humans.
But seriously, Maki was the best. We just laughed our heads off forever about our old times and talked about the church and her life. It was like I was home again. She still has some tough things in her life, but I just felt the spirit soooo strong when talking to her that God knows it all. It's okay as long as we're doing all we can. I feel like I always knew that, but I came to learn so much more that God knows each of our "best" and he really will make up for the rest if we give Him what we have. 



Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: Eating in public...... that's just a no. People don't do that. Like ever. You eat in a restaurant or in your house... if you're just walking outside, or sitting somewhere random, it's WAY weird to be eating and everyone gets so awkward. Lol.

Dreams coming true. Splits in Takadanobaba (try saying that 12 times fast)
with Wunderli 
姉妹. night. (Paige, you know the voice).
Wundo 姉妹 and my cute friends Coco and Rino from a college in Tokyo 
(they were more fluent in English than we were... cool.)
Mana ちゃん wearing my clothes... SO CUTE!

This is Marci. There are no words. I can't even.

But THIS I can do! Yum!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

.....not dead......

Badminton in Nagaoka with the CUTEST girls

Sorry! My pday got switched around this week and it's been madness but I AM ALIVE NO FEAR. This week was good. Like way good. Our investigators are progressing and it's AWESOME, it's warm (sometimes hot and humid and you kind of want to melt in a puddle and die) but nonetheless WARM, I had sushi multiple times this week, including one time on the beach (is this even real?) and I get to preach and talk about happiness nonstop everyday. Living the life? Kind of.  

Chillin' on the beach in Sado with the Joetsu elders and their
investigator and the Sado sisters.

Ya know, being a missionary is cool. You teach. All day every day, yet somehow through that teaching you learn the most. I had an experience like that this week. We were teaching Sandy about Joseph Smith. Like I mentioned in prior emails, Sandy soaks stuff up like a sponge. We watched the Joseph Smith video with her and to say I was in chills the whole time would be an understatement. As I spoke I just felt so strong in my heart that this was true... Sandy was practically speechless. The spirit spoke to her and she was soooo amazed by Joseph Smith and his story. I walked away from that lesson knowing that it's true. Missions are hard. They're wayyy hard and stressful but it's true. It's true so it's worth it. 

Birthday sushi with Onoda  姉妹 (homie)
Also... for those of you who read these looking for the funny stuff, this week I was teaching another area's investigator... well, she was flipping out because I could speak Japanese. Like literally flipping out. We would start to talk about the lesson and she would just stop us and be like, "Ya okay, but wait... DO YOU HEAR THIS... SHE CAN SPEAK JAPANESE AND I UNDERSTAND HER!!!!!" Lol. Batchelor 姉妹 and I were dying. But then... it got better. She proceeded to say that I look Hawaiian? Wut. That's definitely a first. I've been told a lot of things on my mish, but Hawaiian? That's a first. So hey everyone. I can speak a little Japanese and I'm Hawaiian. You learn new things every day. 😂




Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: tipping. Not a thing. In fact, people run after you saying you left money if you leave a tip!

Still me in case you were wondering

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I just love being a missionary. That's all.

Moda 姉妹. -By Chihiro
Chihiro is 12 years old. Impressive!

Can't start off this email without wishing a HUGE SWEET 16 S/O TO MY BROTHER. Tater tot! YOU'RE OLD. 16 (!!) ...... also that makes me feel about 400 years old, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAYS! <33

Not only that, but alsoooooo... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD! If any of you know my dad you know what an amazing person heis. Still convinced he's the reason I have any friends. Dad you're the best! Thank you for all you do for me!

Sushi on the bday with the besties (Mana and Sister Zundel).

All right now. This week. This week was fun. Let's just say my birthday was sooooo fun. Not because of any parties or anything, but I got to be a missionary and work with so many people that I just adore. I got to go on an exchange with one of my best friends on the mish, Zundel 姉妹 as well, so ya... it was fun! Lol you all know about her by now so I'm sure you can was a blast. We got to meet with so many people. Momoka (from last week's email) told me she wants to come to church, Sumi was able to come get a priesthood blessing and it was just amazing.

One of the highlights of this week was definitely Sandy and her daughter Chihiro. You all remember Sandy right? The one who gave me a nice hot pink mini skirt? YA. Her. So we had a lesson and we were planning on teaching the Plan of Salvation, but then in walks Chihiro ちゃん... Sandy's darling 12-year-old daughter. WHAT! We were able to start teaching Chihiro about who God was and it was soooooooo cool. We watched the video "Earthly Father, Heavenly Father" and the spirit was out of this world. Sandy testified to Chihiro with us and cute 12-year-old Chihiro ちゃん just burst into tears because she felt the spirit so strong. It was a moment I will never forget. 
Chihiro, Sandy, Mana and Ogawa 姉妹 hangin' in YW.
For the past almost year (bye) I have been able to preach about this amazing gospel. As you would expect, Japan is about the furthest thing from a Christian country. People here really don't know God. Like at all. Probably some of my favorite moments of my mission have been when people like Chihiro ちゃん come to understand that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them. It's life changing for them and it has been life changing for me as well. My testimony of that has been strengthened SO much over this past year and I am so grateful to be able to say that I really do know God lives and loves each one of us.

THIS CHURCH IS SOOOO TRUE. I prayed about it....... ;)


Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun Fact:
-The kids in Japan are all still in school... and for those of you high schoolers who complain that school is so long.... their school goes from like 8:30-ish in the morning to like 6 at night... and then they have their sports/clubs/cram schools. Sooooo....... ya. They're beast.

Meet my frenz. (Sister Woolley, Sister Larsen and Sister Wihongi)
Shopping with Kiriko ちゃん
Onoda 姉妹 who brought me flowers for my birthday (!!)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Re: I'm old.... almost.

When the members are

Okay wow. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE BIRTHDAY EMAILS AND LOVE. Seriously feel like the luckiest girl in the world and it's not even my birthday yet. Lol. I have the BEST friends and family EVERRRRRR. Thank youuuuuuuu! 

There is so much I could say, lol, I don't even know where to start. Okay. I will introduce you to another one of my SO PREPARED INVESTIGATORS. I know I talk about a different person each week, but seriously, I just want you all to know how amazing this work is and how many people God is preparing. SERIOUSLY AMAZING. Ahhhhhhh. Okay. Here we go. Introducing............ *drumroll*.............................KEIKO. We met Keiko through another old investigator who randomly met Keiko on the street one day, and when she said she was going to meet two foreigners, Keiko said she wanted to go too! Lol what! Who does that? Foreigner power. What a blessing hahahahahahah. Basically though, Keiko is SO prepared. These words literally came out of her mouth... "I don't know what but I just want to change my whole life... I want a miracle. I also don't think it is a coincidence that we met.... Are you my miracle? Is this church that miracle?" HELLO WHAT. Yes Keiko. Yes it is. Seriously sometimes my jaw never gets picked up off the ground. Like where are these people coming from? SO AWESOME. More updates will follow. Don't you worry;)

Momo and Yuki. The legends themselves.
Also k. I just need you all to picture this and then tell me I don't have the best mission in the world. OKAY. So I have two 13-year-old best friends named Momoka and Yuki who legit are the cutest. We teach them English every day and it is my favorite thing everrrrrrr. So this week they were preparing for the Eiken test which is a giant English test here, and they were reading this one sentence. It said, "Bob really looks like George." Now. These cute Japanese girls have never heard the name George, so the pronunciation went a bit like this "gay-or-gay? gay-or-jay? jay-or-gay?" I was on the floor in tears I was laughing so hard. When they found out how to actually say it too they laughed for like years.Too much joy in this mission I am telling you.  I have a video of it, so if you're interested.... hit me up lol. It's the little things... Right? Missions. I love these things.



Modersitzki 姉妹

Fun fact: People here use umbrellas. When it is hot. And not raining. Why you ask? They like being fair-skinned. So there's that for ya.

Lol... for those who haven't seen fb...
I teach dance now (!!)
I love Japanese English. LONG STRAW FOR DRINKING.
Ohhhhhh. I see now.

Hey look! A casual waterfall at the train station.
More dance pictures.