Monday, October 27, 2014

God is in the details

First off I am apologizing for the crappy emails I've been sending lately. I knew they were bad and dull even as I was sending them. I took some advice from my good friend Current Shimai and write about what I learned this week. Hopefully something from what I've learned will help you beautiful people in some way or another. 

This week has been so happy. I love my new companion! Current Shimai is #1. And she's my hero. There's really not much more that needs to be said besides that. It pretty much covers it. And this week marks our 1 year mark of being on the mission. CARAZY. 信じられない. I just can't even believe it. It makes me sad to think of how little time I have left. Yeah I'm not going to think about it. :)

So sometimes on the mission you have these little, what I like to call, "proud mom moments." A couple of weeks ago me and my companion Shin Shimai dropped off some treats for one of our investigators that is always so busy as a surprise. We met this investigator yesterday and she told us that because that made her so happy she did the same to one of her friends a couple of days later. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ. When we see those little steps of progress towards coming unto Him, it makes all of those frustrating moments before hand worth it. 

This week I learned just what is the subject of this email. God is in the details. Lots of times we think that because God is all-powerful that He has to manifest himself in these miraculous ways. And many times He does. But oh how sweet it is when we have the eyes and heart to see His little manifestations of love for us in our day-to-day lives. So lately I have been running low on deodorant and toothpaste (mom this is not a guilt trip, just a story) and so one of the new sisters that is moving in is going home after this transfer has more than she needs of both and is more than happy to share the love. It seems stupid but when I found that out I could honestly feel my Heavenly Father's love! Just the fact that He was aware of my situation, even something as trivial as not having a lot of deodorant or toothpaste, helped me to feel it. But the biggest manifestation of His love that I've felt is the opportunity He has given me to be companions with Current Shimai. She's been kind of sick on her mission and so I've been praying for her a lot to help her receive the things she needs in order to get better. When I saw that we were going to be companions tears filled my eyes as I realized that Heavenly Father answers our prayers. It's taken a year to finally put us together but it's happened. And it has been a huge blessing in my life. 

Don't discount yourself or others if Heavenly Father doesn't give you large miraculous manifestations of His love for you. I like the little evidences even more than the large ones. They help me feel and know that He so aware of me, and so aware of everything in my life. Even the trivial things. Life truly is more beautiful when we realize that God manifests Himself in the little trivial manners of our lives. It helps us to know just how much He pays attention to us. 

God loves you. He loves me. He is our Heavenly Father and we can feel His love every day if we open our hearts and our eyes. I am grateful for all of your love and prayers and I feel them every day. 

Have a happy week! #ROYALS

Love your Japanese Friend,
Aulick Shimai 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It ends folks ...

My companion is going home tomorrow! NOOOOOOOO. I am going to miss her so much! It is just a weird and unhappy reminder that this whole mission thing ends some day. I don't like to think about it. It makes me sad. 

So transfers....I'm staying! And my new companion is the one and only....CURRENT SHIMAI. Everyone remember the most wonderful person on this Earth?! We're best friends and we've been wanting to be companions ever since the MTC. And it's happening folks. We're about to tear it up here in Akashi. And what's even more fun is Akashi Shimai area is turning into a 4 sister area. And the other sister that is coming is SCHEFFLER SHIMAI. She was my companion in Joyo and now we are going to be living together again! I am so stoked. Let's go Akashi. 

This week was good. We had a lot of chances to eat with the members this week since my companion is going home. So I was able to really build some good relationships with the ward. We also made a lot of really good plans to help our investigators progress towards baptism. We're just teaching and finding on this side of Akashi. I love missionary work so much. I wouldn't rather be anywhere else than where I am right now. The church is true and I love all of you so much! Keep it real and happy!

Love your Japanese friend,
Aulick Shimai 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We thank thee o God for a prophet

I am so grateful to have a living prophet on the earth today! To lead and guide us so that we may know what we need to do in order to return to our Heavenly Father. General Conference this weekend was awesome! Made me really happy and seemed to give me just spiritual boost that I needed for this week. :)

This week we had interviews with the mission president. They were awesome! Can I just say that I absolutely love my mission president? He seriously is the best. I have loved how drastically and wonderfully our mission has changed. There seems to be much more love for the people and for the work and most importantly for the Lord. I am grateful to be guided by such wonderful leaders. 

Today we have a typhoon in our midst. The wind and rain is blowing like crazy. Pray for me. :)

This is my last week with my 愛するシン姉妹 (beloved Shin Shimai). She's returning to Korea next week and it breaks my heart! I want to cry! I won't lie and tell you that this transfer has been the easiest with her but I am so grateful that she has been my companion. I have grown to love her so much! 

As far as the work this week we're teaching like crazy and it makes my heart happy! I love teaching! And we're working on helping people progress towards baptism. 

I always love President Monson's addresses at the end of conference. So this Conference was no different. I love how he encouraged us to be a little better, a little kinder. So that is my invitation to all who read this email today. Tomorrow, be a little kinder, be a little better. 

I love you all! Go Royals.

Love your Japanese friend,
Aulick Shimai