Sunday, November 19, 2017

Heart and Seoul

This past week was really different.  We went to Seoul, Korea for a Mission President's Seminar.
It was wonderful in every way!

It did our heart and soul good!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Mission is Like a Mini-Life

They say that a mission is symbolic of life and we experienced some big milestones this week.
Coming into the mission is like a birth.  There were 16, plus a bonus--a returning elder.

They are partnered with a trainer--a dad or mom figure that shows them the way.

This is my favorite part--a totally sweet time when I'm always impressed with the inspiration that was received to pair the two together. 

As with life, there is lots of teaching and training.  

And of course, food!  LOTS of food!

The missionary learns, grows, becomes a trainer (generation upon generation), grows wiser and finally returns home (dies).

We had 10 deaths.  Yes, it was sad!  But also very wonderful to see what they had become.
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant(s)."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Life is "AWE"-Full Busy

It was an awfully busy week of traveling, interviewing and zone conferences!

We had our first snow, but the beautiful fall weather continues.
This is the path that Kacie walks to the subway every school day.
There are so many beautiful places here.  It's truly awe-inspiring.

An evening walk.  Yes, it's pretty "awe"-some to live on the temple grounds!

Aw, how Kacie loves Halloween!

We had to come check out this awfully strange Lord of the Rings type landmark.
We found out that it was created to celebrate Sapporo's 100th birthday.

It really has been a crazy busy week with little let-up in sight.  Sometimes I just have to think, "All I have to do right now is ______________" to not get too overwhelmed.
But also it is the most AWE-some experience ever that I can't believe that I get to be a part of--
Truly full of awe in every way!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn is Awesome!

It's really beautiful here right now!

We're loving every minute of it, knowing that snow is soon to come.

Preparation Day--Hiking Mt. Moiwa

We enjoyed visiting with our good friend Elder Yamashita

It's so pretty!  I wish I liked fish.

Yes, we really do work. 
We are in the midst of zone conferences and tomorrow we start the next round of 100+ interviews.

Our tallest Elders with our shortest Sister.  Yes!  She is standing.

Fall is our favorite time of year!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

She's 18!

Yesterday our baby celebrated her 18th Birthday.
Her addition to our family was a “meant-to-be” miracle.  She was (and is) the frosting on the cake!!
How we love our Kacie Dayle!
Other highlights of the week include General Conference and our monthly
Mission Leadership Council.
                This is a favorite message from the General Women’s Conference

These are our Leaders—obedient, hard-working and trusted!

Only in Japan-- Wasabi Kit Kats!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sweet is the Work!

          This past week was busy.  It was our 2nd time to have transfers.
              Monday night we had a delightful group of about 78 for Family Home Evening.

            There’s always a fun game, musical number, lesson, group picture and refreshments.
                                Tuesday evening we picked up our 10 new missionaries. 
     They weren’t on their flight, but were able to catch the next plane which arrived an hour later.
Wednesday, there is training, temple session, meeting their new trainers, and a testimony meeting.

                            Thursday after breakfast, they all head out to their new assignments.
The departing missionaries arrive, do a temple session, have their final interview, enjoy a traditional Sukiyaki dinner and have a testimony meeting.
Friday morning after breakfast, we head back to the airport to send our beloved missionaries to their homes.   Then we hurry back to meet any families that have come to personally pick up their missionary. 
Needless to say, it is BIG!  Hours & hours of preparation go into matching new companionships and placing them in the right area.  Lot of food is bought, prepared, consumed and cleaned up. Valiant men and women come and go.   All in all, it is a very sweet time!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Earthquakes, Missiles and a Typhoon


Yes, we’ve been here only 11 weeks and have experienced these 3 things.  We’ve had two earthquakes, two early morning emergency alerts that a North Korean missile was flying over our Island and last Monday Kacie’s school was cancelled for a typhoon.  We are safe and well—and feeling very blessed as we realize that other areas have had terrible tragedies.
We’ve been busy doing regular mission stuff, but have found a few hours the past two Saturdays to have a family outing.  Last week, we decided to enjoy a bike ride and headed down the path right next to our house.  We were surprised that after only a few kilometers we were out of the city and in beautiful mountain terrain.  We loved our time together and enjoyed being out in nature.  

Yesterday, we visited a famous shrine.  There was a children's kendo tournament going on that we got to walk through and experience which was interesting.  Also there was a celebration day when 3,5, and 7 year-old children visit their shrine called Shichi-Go-San.  Families were coming and going and we loved seeing all the children dressed up for this special event.  The Japanese love to celebrate!!

It is always fascinating to learn about other religions.  This sign is posted beside a cleansing area outside of the Shinto Shrine.  We, too, believe that the purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to cleanse us of our sins so that we can live happy lives now and be clean and receive the Savior’s mercy at the day of judgement.  We, too, come before Deity--humbly communicating with our Heavenly Father to receive help to make our way back to Him.  We, too, try to walk beside our Savior down the straight and narrow path by following His example and keeping His commandments.  These truly are the Last Days!  May we all prepare by connecting with Heaven.
This meal is our all-time favorite—gyoza and curry rice!  YUM!

Heart and Seoul

This past week was really different.  We went to Seoul, Korea for a Mission President's Seminar. It was wonderful in every way!...