Monday, April 17, 2017

55th Week in Japan, 4th Area. New Paths.

Week one as a Sister Training Leader and I love it.  I still feel unworthy as a sister Training Leader , and by that I mean I want to become more humble and be able to follow the Spirit more in all I do.  Sister Haroldsen is my new companion and she is wonderful!!  She majored in a English and she is really funny.  She's a great example and we also have something to do.  It makes me even happier to serve the Lord.  In the white [missionary] handbook it talks about how being a leader should be viewed as opportunities to serve others, develop greater love, and learn.  And that's actually what I've been praying for. I hope to learn a lot this transfer and be a clean vessel for the Lord to use for His work.

The Lord really is hastening His work.  More people are coming to mission school and through that more people are being exposed to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
There was an Eikaiwa [English conversation class] student who came to the international ward [congregation] (we have two wards to attend in this area) and we gave her a Book of Mormon and she says she wants to come again and learn to apply the things she learned.  Also, H_____-chan [female].  H_____ is a 20 year old student we met this weekend. I took this out of my weekly letter to the mission president:

We saw amazing miracles happen this weekend. H_____-San [same person listed above] is a sweet spot of the week, and we met with her for a first lesson and she just loves the light that all the members have and the smiling faces and she wants to be happy like that.  We set really good expectations and she recognized the Spirit while we prayed and talked and asked questions and listened.  She said that she would be baptized if she knew that all the things we taught her were true.  I really felt guided by he Spirit.  Sister Haroldsen and I were both inspired and were able to help her understand some doctrine and principles. We have high hopes for H_____!

Also at the international group, an Eikaiwa student, M_____ [another female investigator], came to church.  She first got a *chirashi from her sister who got it from missionaries at a ι…γ‚ŠδΌš [literal, "distribution" -- I am not sure what she is saying here.]。She came to Eikaiwa about 2 months ago and from the spiritual messages had interest in coming to church. She loved it and we gave her a Book of Mormon. She wants to apply the things she learned at church and find happiness!!  So she will probably be coming to Stake Conference [multi congregational Sunday meeting].

I also have a Japanese joke:
Hanataba ni shitemo matomaranai ohana wa naani?
What flower cannot be put into a bouquet?
Answer: bara (rose)
It's a pun. 'Barabara' means scattered.

I hope this flower joke brightened your Spring day!!

Sister Parker ❤️πŸ€—πŸ’•

p.s. some definitions:
Chirashi, also called chirashizushi (けらし寿司) is a Japanese meal. The word "chirashi" means "scattered," so this is basically a big bowl of rice mixed with fish, vegetables, and additional ingredients of your choice.

-chan:  Informal.  This is an endearing female honorific. While it’s most commonly used for children, it’s also used fairly widely among family and friends.

-San:  Formal.  The most common formal honorific is -san, and it translates (approximately) to Ms. and Mr..  It’s used among peers and in public settings, like offices or schools (unlike in the United States., coworkers and fellow students usually refer to each other formally). It’s also used for acquaintances.   You never use this title for yourself; it is not self designated.

For more information on Japanese Honorifics:  see

Pictures!  πŸ˜„❤πŸ€— enjoy!

With a member

another member's baby (Jun-kun!)

 my new companion Sister Haroldsen

a reunion with Sister Boden, former companion (on the right)

 district lunch last transfer 

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