Monday, June 30, 2014

Where It All Began

I totally forgot but a couple weeks ago marked the year mark when I received my call. So crazy how time flies. I remember when I got it and always thinking that something bad would happen to where I wouldn't be able to come to Japan. It was all too good to be true. And now I'm here, spreading and sharing the happiest news the world has ever heard. And today I've been in Japan for 6 months and on the mission for 8 months. Nuts.

Speaking of anniversaries happy 32nd wedding anniversary to the most wonderful parents and examples a sister missionary could ask for. Love you mom and pop! 

And welcome to the world Brielle Vivan Aulick! My sweet little niece was born on the 27th weighing in at 2 lbs and 2 oz. Man was she excited to get to earth. I can't wait to meet you!

So this week I have truly understood and felt the joy of the work. It wasn't exactly one event that made me realize this but rather just looking at my week as a whole. So right now I am area senpai (area senior companion) because my companion came here. So she didn't know anything about the area. But because of that I've really had to rely and take responsibility for receiving revelation for my investigators and such these past couple of weeks because she doesn't really know them that well. So all of my thoughts, and literally every second of these past couple of weeks have been doing something for our investigators. And you know what? I've never been happier. It is amazing what the Lord will do to lift your spirit when you learn not to focus on yourself. I am grateful for this gospel. I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for every day that I have to serve my Lord and my Shepherd. It is His praise that I long to hear at the Second Coming. I love all of you and am grateful for your support, prayers, and love. 

May the good Lord bless and keep you.

Love your Japanese Friend,
Aulick Shimai

Monday, June 16, 2014

Didn't anyone tell you not to listen to rumors?‏

Haha my dear, beautiful Kansans. Just to clear up the apparent rumor that went around, I have not been in a bike accident. I have been 100% healthy since being in Japan. Please, don't fret, life is good in this part of the world. :)

Well we got transfer calls and I am staying in Joyo but, sadly my companion leaving. But we'll be in the same zone still so that's super exciting! My new companion's name is Sister Kerr. I know nothing about her but I am excited to work in this part of the Lord's vineyard with another one of Heavenly Father's daughters. :)

This week was great! We had 2 nonmembers, 3 less-actives and a lot of visitors at church yesterday. And I got to see a baptism! The elder's investigator got baptized and it was awesome. I love seeing people in white! 

This last week we, as a zone had our last meeting with our mission president. He's awesome. I cried. I am really going to miss him. For all of you missionaries, you know Zone Training Meeting? My mission president invented that. Rad right? But I am still excited for our new mission president. He'll be great too!

We're just working hard over here. Nothing really new is happening really. Just loving life as a missionary!

Keep being awesome in America. Eat a hamburger for me or something. And remember that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of you and is there for you every step. Remember Him and I promise your life will be filled with a joy that you've never experienced.

Love you and thank you for all of your love and support!

Love your Japanese friend,
Aulick Shimai