Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jan. 16 -22, 2012, a week of spring in January

What a wonderful and warm week. Monday we hosted a Family Home Evening. Carroll and Uchida Shimai made hot taco rice. We played with the kids and got to know new friends.

Uchida Shimai and Crystal (a potential investigator?)

Bess and Zouza Shimai and her 6 month baby.

Carroll Shimai and Josephine and Zouza Shimai and baby.

Jurika, Uchida Shimai, Simoe holding Tuite, Crystal, Carroll Shimai, Bess, Zouza Shimai and baby boy, Tom, Josephine, Ron and Atu.

Taco Rice!!!

Tuesday was Kumamoto and Kagoshima Zones P-day. We spent the morning playing "taxi" and the afternoon playing with the missionaries.

Notice the pink ball?

Cub Scout Games!!

A game that, if you read the instructions it is easy. If you don't you look a funny following later directions.

Lining up for the relay.

A relay to get missionaries that are going home this transfer up and out the door.

Wednesday we had two Zone Mission Conference. Elder and Sister Ringwood of the Area Presidency taught us. They are the best speakers and people. (picture will come later) Elder Ringwood was Rob and Taralee's Stake President for a year while they were at the University of Utah.

Another great lunch at Conference. The Shimai in the Kumamoto Zone make the best lunches!

Wednesday night we had Eikaiwa and took the students on a Airliner. They learned the phrases they need while boarding, flying and going through Customs. It turned out to be alot of fun!

Passengers enjoying the flight while being served by Carroll Shimai and Brother Sopu.

Pilots McKinney and Clements Choro.

We taught English conversation to a student Monday and Thursday. He is learning fast and brings us a present each time he comes. The people here are so thoughtful!

Friday we went to the Fukuoka Zone and checked apartments.

Celestial Companions Montes de Oca and Kanaida Choro in front of the bakery.

Matsuhashi and Kageyama Shimai in front of their Celestial apartment.

That night we had dinner with Elder and Sister Rogers. We had Shyabu Shyabu. The dinner was delicious and the company even better. That night we went to a new Toyoko Inn down in Tenjin. It was not where the Navi said it was. We drove around the area ten times in the dark and then said a prayer. Tom got out and asked a lady if she knew where it was. She not only knew where it was, she spoke English and gave very good instructions. Another miracle on our mission.

Elder and Sister Rogers in front of the Cafe.

We dipped meat and assorted vegetables in the soup. They were good!

For dessert our waitress put rice, eggs, and spices in the remaining soup.

Saturday we checked three more apartments and stopped at Costco on the way home.

Tingey and Tagawa Shimai in their Celestial apartment.

Neki and R. Stratford Choro with their Celestial apartment reward.

Obayashi and Ushiro Choro with their Celestial apartment reward. Ushira Choro had a wisdom tooth taken out on Friday. Still sore!

Sunday Tom gave the Priesthood lesson. He was blessed by having the Area Public Relations Director Elder Niiyama in attendence. He helped alot with the lesson. We also met a new member of the Kumamoto Ward. Colonel Oaks who is working with Japanese Self Defense Force and is from Tacoma, Washington. He will be here for six months. It is great to have him here!

President Marion G. Romney:

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1980, 90; or Ensign, May 1980, 67).

We believe this to be true! Thank you each of our children and friends who are doing this!!

Grandpa and Grandma
Dad and Mom
Tom and Bess

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