Friday, May 12, 2017

May 8th

May 8, 2017
From Kagoshima

Dear Mom dad and Sasha,

As you know I am in Kagoshima now. And the volcano really is beautiful. The branch members here are like none other. It is full of old people, Nana, they are very gracious and do all they can to serve. It is kind of unusual, but it Kagoshima has a very different scent. Every city I have been to is different, it smells like ash here of course, and I love it.

On my first day here, we were able to make a baptismal date for a woman from the Philippines for June 4th. And then the next day we were able to make one for her ten year old son too. It was such a miracle! Kagoshima would be really fun to visit.

I have only fallen once off my bike and three times since last week! Woo hoooo!

I had break training this transfer. So I am finishing up the training for Countryman Shimai, as well as getting her ready for being a senior companion. She is from Hawaii and really smart, as in Danny smart, she almost has her Bachelors! And she is only 19! She is great and and we have had a lot of fun together as of late.

May 1st

May 1, 2017
From Kagoshima

Hello Sisters and Elders,

First of all, I just wanted to tell you all that Sister Egan and I love you. You are all amazing!! Thanks so much for all of your hard work and effort. Thank you for striving to be strictly obedient missionaries. We are seeing many miracles everyday in the mission. This past week we were able to find over 100 new investigators. We are so happy and thrilled for you. We are so thankful for all the success you are seeing and give all the credit to the Savior. 

Mothers day calls will be coming up in two weeks. I wanted to clarify a few questions that many of you have had in letters to me concerning your calling home.

In the missionary handbook on page 37, it states "that all calls home on Christmas or Mothers day should be kept short, no longer than 30-40 minutes". Please let your family know that we want their help in being strictly obedient and that you will need to be saying goodbye to them between the 30-40 minutes time frame. Please take no longer than 40 minutes. For those missionaries that whose parents are not living together, you may take up to 30 minutes for each call. 

We would like you to call home on your regular p-day Monday May 15 which will be Mothers day in most countries. In Japan, Mothers day is on Sunday May 14th so all of you Japanese Elders and Sisters may call your parents on that day. 

Please keep your calls centered on the work. Share with them the spiritual experiences your are having. Be upbeat and positive. We love you so much.

Kaicho and Shimai

This was from my mission president. Right now, I do not have time to write because I am going to Fukuoka in 4 hours and I still need to pack and say good bye to investigators and such. I love you very much. You might be getting my email tomorrow or next week as an update. I will be going to Kagoshima Kagoshima! And I am going to be partially training a new missionary named sister Countryman. I am very excited and blessed. Lots of love

I am honored to be a missionary and a member here in Japan.

Freed Shimai

April 23rd

April 23, 2017
From Hiroshima

Hello everyone! 

This is Misa Hirose! She got baptized on the 23 of this month! She is such a miracle! I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to teach her from the beginning to baptism! She referred herself; and I cannot wait till she goes to the temple. I cried during the meeting, I was bursting with joy!!! I love Hirose Shimai so much!

Ricardo choro also baptized her!

Love you all!
Thank you for your prayers!
I am honored to be a member and a missionary here in Japan!

Love your daughter, and sister!
Freed Shimai!