Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week 38 Hodogaya--Week 5

There has been a lot of fun things this week and a miracle! Plus I'm
almost halfway. 😳 November 4th is the big day and it's Sister
Yamaguchi's birthday so we're going out to eat sushi!🍣

Miracle: After Don talked with Ana on Sunday, she called us the next
day and suddenly became super available for a lesson even though
before she was always too busy before! We set an appointment with her
for the next day on Tuesday. We went with Don and had a really good
discussion about the Restoration (which we reviewed because we had
taught it before) and the Plan of Salvation. She still has lots of
concerns but she is more open to having lessons and we are so happy!

Fun Stuff: We went to the Machida Symphony with Hikari chan, visited
Nora and brought her flowers, visited Rie Kugai and brought her a card
and cough drops (she's sick too), and had Zone Meeting- I sat next to
the Slade's who are basically my mission parents. We chatted the whole
time! I love them!

This last Tuesday I caught the sickness that has been plaguing all of
the missionaries in our area for the last month. I was the last one to
catch it, thanks to my stellar immune system (haha jk); however, it
completely knocked me out FridaySaturday, and Sunday. Obviously, my
immune system was not good enough for this one! Being a sick
missionary sucks, period. But because I'm sick, I have been able to
study deeper the history of our church through one of the books
recommended for missionaries called Our Heritage. It's so goodπŸ’•

I discovered that the first pioneer group to leave Nauvoo and start
their exodus to settle the west began on February 4th! That's the day
I entered the MTC and began my journey as a missionary! πŸ˜„✨ I have
found lots of similarities between my feelings about my mission and
the pioneers' feelings about their trek.

For example in one account, a man who had crossed the plains in the
Martin Handcart Company, one day, was in a group of people who began
sharply criticizing the Church leaders for ever allowing the Saints to
cross the plains with no more supplies or protection than a handcart
company provided. It is written of this experience:

The old man listened until he could stand no more; then he arose and
said with great emotion:
'I was in that company and my wife was in it... We suffered beyond
anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but
did you ever hear a survivor of that company utter a word of
criticism?... [We] came through with the absolute knowledge that God
lives for we became acquainted with him in our extremities.
I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness
and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other.
I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I
have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I
cannot pull the load through it... I have gone on to that sand and
when I reached it, the cart began pushing me. I have looked back many
times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one. I knew
then that the angels of God were there.
Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any
minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with
God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to
come in the Martin Handcart Company.'

After reading his words, I felt a deep gratitude for all of the trials
I have experienced in my life and for my mission experience which has
pushed me to my limits in lots of different ways already. But just
like this man, it was through relying on the Lord, in those hard and
difficult instances which brought me closer to him and built my
testimony in my Savior Jesus Christ. We are never alone in our trials.
We always have the help of our Father in Heaven and our Savior.  "I
will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in
your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up" (D&C
84:88). They have bore me through my trials and I promise they will
help you through yours. Just start by asking in sincere prayer for
help. I would never exchange the knowledge and testimony gained from
my trials or my mission experience (so far) for anything. For it is
through hard times, we are humbled and then strengthened πŸ’›

Love Sister Fordiani

1. I made inarizushiπŸ’• (and peanut butter cookies, but I ate those too
fast to get a picture haha πŸ˜‚)
2. Our less active member Sister Nakano dressed me up in her handmade
apron and fitted me with a mask because I was feeling sick. πŸ˜‚ Then
she gave me food to give to my family. But I won't make you guys eat
it because it was gross haha!
3. Sister Yamaguchi has had a flat tire for the last month-ish. So to
fill up her tire, we make pretty frequent trips to Asahi which is the
bike shop near the train station. It's gotten so frequent that it's
pretty embarrassing... "Why not just buy a new tire?" you might ask...
I sure did. Her logic is that, she only has a transfer left and then
she's just going to throw away her whole bike. So this picture is us
in disguise as we go, yet again, to Asahi for air. Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

4. The Machida Symphony!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 37 Hodogaya-- Week 4

This month has been my fourth month in Hodogaya and lemmie tell you,
Japan in October is paradise! The weather is literally so beautiful
every day! And I love my area!

We had a big moment with Ana! Last night our recent convert Don called
me and told me how he walked his dog over to Ana's house and had a
good chat with her. She was nervous that our only intention for coming
over to teach her was to baptize her and she doesn't want to be
baptized! (*palm to the forehead* that was our bad for not making our
purpose clear.) Whoops. But Don resolved tons of her concerns! And he
taught her more about Joseph Smith and the restoration too! He was so
spankin' excited when he called me! I love him so much! Ana wants to
learn more about the church and she wants to study our doctrine. Don
assured me that this is prime! He said that's exactly how he felt when
the Elders first started teaching him. Then he found our for himself
that it was true and he joined the church! Man I'm so proud of Don!

Yesterday a less active member named Nathalie Gomez came to church
too! And the members took such good care of her that I barely had any
time to meet her and talk to her! PRIME! Michelle invited Nathalie to
come to church with her and then all the members talked to her and
introduced themselves! I'm so happy for the ward for being good
fellowshipers and Nathalie said she's coming back next week! That's
all it takes to make people active again! We just gotta get her a
calling and she'll be all set!

We had Elder Yamashita of the Seventy come to our mission! We had a
conference with him all day on Friday and it blew my mind! So awesome!
He was fresh back from conference and from receiving trainings from
the apostles! So imagine the power he had when he delivered his
training! My favorite thing he taught us was that "members don't help
missionaries with their missionary work, missionaries help the members
with their missionary work". That perspective flipped how I thought
about my role as a missionary! If any of you need advice on how to
invite your friends to church, or how to take that initial approach,
or how to do missionary work period, invite the full-time missionaries
in your area over to your house and have them teach you and do roll
plays with you! Sharing the gospel is easy and the only way for the
work to move forward at a more rapid pace is through the members!

I read an awesome article this morning from the December 2014 Ensign
called, "Life More Abundant". The writer talks about how she
discovered ways to live her life more fully and I really loved this
"We ought to take advantage of opportunities that come our way to
travel, serve a mission, accept a calling, increase our education,
learn a new skill, or develop a talent, because the Lord requires us
to do all in our power now to cultivate an abundant life. Elder
Wirthlin declared, “No matter our age, circumstances, or abilities,
each one of us can create something remarkable of his life.”...I have
striven to follow the advice of Sister Kristen M. Oaks, wife of Elder
Dallin H. Oaks, when she counseled young single adults to 'depend on
the Lord, enjoy every opportunity, and delight in the life you have.'"
It's so important that we live life in each beautiful moment taking
advantage of every opportunity the Lord places in our path! As we
trust Him and His plan for us, He'll help us become more than we could
even imagine we'd be! I know He loves us and that through the
atonement we can always more forward and upwards!

Sister Fordiani

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Week 36 Hodogaya Transfer 3 Week 3

We had conference and it was amazing! I gotta be honest though, if I
wasn't reading along in English on my iPad, I would have no idea what
anyone is talking about! But reading along was awesome because I could
highlight all the parts I liked!

This week was pretty busy! We went to Yokohama on Monday and went
sight-seeing. I would have rather gone shopping, but I was the only
one in that mind frame... so instead I picked up a cool Yokohama map
from the information center in the train station and oogled at all of
the cool things to do in Yokohama! I would like to go to the art
museum someday! And we were so close to the ocean! I couldn't see it
though. And we just got a new rule that we can't go to the beach. So I
can't wait to go after my mission!

We visited two member families this week! We went to the Endo's and to
the Takahashi's. They both served us delicious food and I love
teaching members and building their faith through our visits! They
build our faith too through their comments! It's so good!

On Thursday we traveled to Yamate Park where Japan was dedicated for
missionary work by Heber J. Grant, and we had a zone meeting. The
weather was gorgeous so it was really hard to focus! But it was a good

On Friday we had our interviews with President in Yamato. Mine went
great! We discussed the people who we are working with. Lately like
all of our investigators and less active members we've been working
with have had huge trials hit them. So it's been fun to help our
investigators see how the gospel brings peace and purpose when we have
those huge trials. Trials will come, but how we respond makes all the
difference. Will we loose faith or will we cling tighter to the gospel
of Jesus Christ?

Sorry it's short this week!

Love Sister Fordiani
1. A boat museum in Yokohama! It was closed but I still wanted a
picture with the boat! I tried to get Yamaguchi Shimai in there with
me but she told me, "γγ‚‡γ†γΏγŒγͺγ„γ‚ˆ". Hahahaha πŸ˜‚
2. All of us in Yokohama
3. The famous ferris wheel!

4. Zone meeting at Yamate Park

1. Us! Yamate Park!

2. Takahashi Shimai's daughter Hitomi chan❤️

3. Elder Christensen and Elder Phillips at conference πŸ˜‚ Nozomi chan
our investigator stole my iPad and took crazy pictures of everyone!

4. Me and Nozomi chan!

5. Elder Thurman found my picture at the UVU institute building and
sent it to President Wada who gave it to me during interviews! Cool!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 35 Hodogaya Transfer 3 Week 2

Hey everyone! I finally got to see woman's conference yesterday! Japan
is a week behind because we have to wait for conference to be
translated. So I won't be able to watch conference until this Saturday
and Sunday. I'm dying to find out who the new apostles are! So if
you'd like, please shoot me an email and ruin the surprise for me!
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! I'm not one for tv surprises! Just ask my
family haha πŸ˜‰

So this week was awesome! We had the opportunity to teach 2 of our
investigators and one of those lessons was with a member! Yes! Plus
the member family also fed us yakiniku! That means all you can eat
meat and veggies! It was so delicious! I tried pig tongue and liver!
But nothing can beat the deliciousness of chicken hearts! ❤️

Now that your slightly grossed out and uncomfortable... Haha πŸ˜‚ sorry!
We taught Rie Kugai about Jesus Christ, his life, and miracles. She is
the mother with the two little girls who we painted the pink bed for.
Her husband has a lot of faith and we are trying to help her develop
her faith too. It's really hard for her to believe there is a God and
even harder to believe in Jesus Christ. But I have a testimony that as
she reads the Book of Mormon, comes to church, and prays with all her
heart to know if this church is true, she'll develop faith and get an
answer. How incredible is that? It's so simple, yet we have that
promise from our Heavenly Father, we can know the truth for ourselves.
And what's more, we can discover it over and over again!

We taught Rie Arai with Sister Michelle her best friend! We taught her
the plan of salvation! She has a Christian background so her questions
are really good! But my favorite part was seeing her friend Michelle
have the opportunity to bear her testimony to Rie 😊 I mean, it's
great when we as missionaries bear our testimony, but it's so much
more powerful when members and friends bear their testimonies! When
you have the chance to teach your friends, your testimony means so
much more to them! Even if they don't accept the gospel, because we
all have agency and that choice whether or not to accept, I know that
as you share what you know to those around you it will help you grow
even closer in your friendship! Try and see πŸ˜‰

Anyway! That's about all for this week! I'm heading back to Yokohama
today for lunch and shopping, so expect some sweet pictures next week!
Love you all and I love Japan!

Sister Fordiani

Me and Sis Yamaguchi