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Sister Kyleigh Tyler is serving an LDS mission in Nagoya Japan

WEEK 16 (April 12, 2015)–Transfers AGAIN! and 6 weeks in Japan!

Sister Missionaries and Sakura

Sister Missionaries and Sakura

Hello dear family! Here’s what this week has looked like:)

Monday: First day of the new transfer! I am now officially on transfer 2! Holy cow I’ve been here for 6 weeks! I still feel like I just got here. I guess that feeling probably never really goes away.

Tuesday: We got to go to the honbu to the trainer’s training for the new trainers. Their beanchans came in on Wednesday. It was super fun. For transfers, all the missionaries transferring meet at an eki in nagoya, and we got to go and see the excitement. And I got to meet new missionaries, which was cool. I love missionaries! And I am one! Sister P and I had to mogi in front of the new trainers, which was super intimidating, but fun. I got to see my doki again! It’s so fun to talk to them, they are just great. They are really just like family. Actually, pretty much everyone you meet as a missionary becomes your family, but you really bond with those you spent literally every day with for 10 weeks.

We had a mogi lesson with a member. They are at home missionaries, so they were pretty hard core. But it was helpful. I couldn’t hear very well, which made it a little hard. But I love members, and yes i’ll probably be saying that in every email I send.

Wednesday: Back to the doctor! This time, they gave me antibiotics because they thought it was a middle ear infection. (or that’s what I got from the Japanese I understood, the pictures they pointed too, and Sister P’s translations). I couldn’t hear anything, which was a little concerning to me. The doctor told me I needed to sleep, so I rested a little at home and we did study and worked with members. Then we got to go with a member to do Dendo with a member! I love member dendo.

We had a lesson with our recent converts, and member who just married into our ward tachiai-ed for us. She’s great, and speaks perfect english because she went on a mission to the states. I feel like I’m going to be like that when I get back too – please let me do missionary work with you!

Thursday: The elders gave me a blessing, and Elder B cannot remember my name, which is funny. I tried to make noodles for our soup for lunch, and it didn’t go so well. Very sticky. And I may or may not have been on medication. I felt like a grown up toddler. Luckily we had DKK and I got to rest a little more. I still wasn’t feeling very good.

Friday: We went back to the doctor. He gave me more pills to help with my hearing. I’m done with hospitals. We had game night, which was basically me passing off Ninja sentences with members, which is actually a lot of fun. some of our members have impeccable English.

Saturday: GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! It finally came! I was so excited, maybe a little too excited for our elders. Wasn’t it fantastic? General conference as a missionary is the best!

Then we tried to do adventure dendo in the dark. Our phone gps doesn’t really work, so it kind of failed, and then Sister P is super skilled at finding houses, so it un-failed and we found the member we were looking for. Always an adventure. Also, my ears started to feel better, so that helped. And I could hear a little better, so yay!

Sunday: MORE GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! I will say more below, but we got to watch it and it was great. Then we had a member lesson, which was good. They have really cute and really little kids, so it wasn’t super focused, but it was nice. Our members really like us I think. I really like them!

So let’s talk conference. How did you all like it? I know that you watched it forever ago, but we just barely saw it yesterday, and I’m so excited about it. What did you learn? What talk was your favorite? I learned so much. I told you about my charity question, and I really liked Elder Eyring’s talk about fasting for God’s Children. His talk also answered my other question about how can I become more trustworthy. He also answered that in saying (and i’m paraphrasing) when he said that God will trust us with His children as we fast for them and serve them.

I was also just super touched by all the talks on the Atonement. I think that I’ve said before that I’m super interested in learning about the Atonement and everything that accompanies it. I am so grateful for that gift and I just love to learn about it. I loved President Uchtdorf’s talk on grace. It was beautiful. I love that posed the question: Are we just going through the motions? Or do we understand how indebted we are to Them? Do we understand Repentance? Do we understand why we keep the commandments? These were just some questions that came to my mind as he spoke. Truly the path of discipleship refines us. It was a great talk.

There were also a lot of talks on enduring to the end – and doing so joyfully. I sometimes get stuck in that limited perspective and forget that we can work hard and be joyful. I sometimes think that “once i get to xyz then I will be joyful. then I will have fun, then we can enjoy ourselves.” And that’s not how it should be. Especially when I look back and realize that I was joyful and happy during those moments. So I really liked the talks about enduring with joy, and having joy in the journey. I really liked Elder Pearson’s talk too. He talked about these 6 aspects, and i hope you will evaluate your own personal progress in these things, just like I have and will continue to do:

  1. Don’t forget to pray! Daily. I remember my sweet mission prep leader who told us never to study without praying, and how simply she put it – “Just don’t do it!” Don’t forget to pray – just don’t do it!
  1. Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.
  1. Press forward with Faith. Remember that the commandments protect us, they don’t restrict us.
  1. The Book of Mormon has spiritual strength. Read the Book of Mormon every day. It is so so essential. My testimony has grown so much from having 1 hour every day to study from the scriptures. Why didn’t I do that before my mission? Start small, but please follow this council to read the Book of Mormon!
  1. Do not be distracted or deceived.
  1. Stay by the tree. Don’t desire the spacious building.

I just loved this. I love conference! So anyone, everyone, what did you like? You don’t have to tell me, but write it down! I hope your questions were answered! I know that mine were, and I got lots of inspiration on what to study and what I need to improve on! Sister P and I were talking about how we love the call to repentance talks because they tell us exactly how we can improve and give so much motivation.

Also I read an awesome talk by Elder Holland this morning, and thought you may want to find it. It’s called ‘the justice and mercy of God.’ if you have a minute:)

I hope you all have an awesome week! It’s definitely hitting rainy season here – lots of rain! The cherry blossoms are kind of leaving. They don’t stay very long. I didn’t fall off of my bike this week, so there’s a plus! Ichinomiya is still really pretty and fun. Being a missionary is still lots of fun. Every day we are preaching this good gospel to people!

I love you lots! Keep up the good work. I’m praying for all of you!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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Week 15 (April 6, 2015)–Sakura, Bike wreck #2, Sick, and PATIENCE!

Sakura Blossoms (aka Cherry Blossoms)

Sakura Blossoms (aka Cherry Blossoms)

Okay, thank you so much for my package! The shorts you sent are great – they work the best so thank you. the spandex-y skirts are not the best for biking. They don’t last very long and get caught in the breaks of my bike. Thank you for my conference book, food, etc.

This week has been awesome. Well, this week has been an awesome test of my patience. I have been sick for a lot of the week. But i’ll get to that later. And that was just a joke. Missionary work is the greatest, even when you are sick.

Monday: I had to replace my bike breaks. My poor bike, i feel like i’m going to be having to fix it a lot over the next 18 months. Yeah, i’m not skilled at riding a bike. We watched this awesome goal setting video that was given by a past Nagoya Mission president. it was one of those videos that just make you want to go out and set goals for the rest of your life that make you a better person. So that’s fun. We are awesome planners now from it.

Tuesday: We went with a less active to see the Sakura blossoms! Oh my good golly goshes (that was for Carson) they are GORGEOUS! Japan is just so pretty. We then tried contacting people on the street by acting like lost gaigin. It didn’t work. But it was super funny. We are only supposed to OYM to women, and we tried asking directions, but she just kind of looked at us and then a guy helped us. So that was a failure. But you have to have some failed attempts before stuff works!  Then we went to Baskin Robins, because on the 31st day of the month their ice cream is 31% off. So that was fun. Ice cream is always fun!

Wednesday: I went on a Kokan again to Fukutoku. This time I was with A. Shimai, who is such a sweetheart. She’s from Hokkaido (Sapporo mission) but speaks super good English. We visited people and the taught their eikaiwa. I was in charge of it because I’m a native speaker of English. I think the students enjoyed it, probably because i can’t speak Japanese and I’m pretty sure they taught me more than what I taught them. Mom wonders what we do – this is it. I’m pretty sure people come just to watch the missionaries interact with each other, because what can I say, we are hilarious. We write stuff on the board, and follow this book, but then we spend the end part of the class playing games. But in Kodomo eikaiwa we just play games and sing songs. So there’s that. It’s a lot of fun, best service ever.

Thursday: Switched back:) We had a lesson with Mu and it was great. I love our investigators so much. She’s has awesome prayers. Listening to investigators pray is so the best thing ever. We did a mogi lesson with a member. Those are fun. And kind of awkward. I’m just not very good at Japanese and it ends up making no sense. But I have the first vision memorized in Japanese, so I can do that.

Friday: We met with this awesome new family that is so sweet. It was the first time I got to speak without the language working against me. It was really good. But I started to get sick, which was unfortunate.

Saturday: We got to watch the women’s general meeting. It was so good! We were the only ones watching it in English, so we popped popcorn. I forgot to write last week about my questions for conferece so here they are : my first one was ‘How can I be more charitable? What is Charity and what does it look like?’  Well President Eyring’s address really answered that for me when he explained that charity never faileth and charity is the pure love of Christ. The pure love of Christ never fails. And that just made me want to emulate the Savior. I’ve been thinking a lot about how as missionaries we are literally representing the Savior, and how incredible that is, and how I really need to work on being worthy of that title.

Since my question was answered before I even really started conference, I thought up another one going into conference (which is this weekend for us). ‘What can I do so that the Lord will trust me? Trust me as His missionary, trust me with His children and with investigators, and just trust me.’ So that’s the question I have for conference. Don’t tell me how it ends!

Sunday: So I called the mission doctor. It took a long time, there’s a reason they tell you in an emergency to get help, then permission. Everyone is busy and it’s hard to get permission first. Also, our mission Pres is in Utah for conference! But he told me to go to the doctor on Monday. I had a double ear infection, and I can’t really hear. But they gave me meds, so hopefully we will be getting better. I wrecked my bike again. Probably a combination of rain, dark, and the fact that my balance was shot because of my ear infections. But it’s okay, I was wearing kappa pants and I could kind of jump off before I fell. I hit a pole. my bad. Then we had a lesson with a member family and it was Amazing! They are great. They have a son who just got off the Kobe mission, and loves hanging out with the missionaries. It was just great. I love when we can feel the spirit that strongly!

Monday: Yes I went to the doctor. It’s all good. Probably. I’m working on getting better. The doc power washed my ears, and gave me meds, so I’m grateful for that. We also had district activity.

My thoughts for this week: I found a great scriptures that basically just describes why i’m on a mission: Alma 36:24. Go read it, it’s great.

Then I’ve been reading in alma and found Alma 37: 38, 40-41, 44. It’s all about the Liahona, and how it works according to the faith of those it is given too.

38 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.

40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.

41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works.They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;

44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass,which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.

1st Nephi 16:28

28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.

I love 40. This is basically the spirit. It leads us according to the faith. It works according to our faith, and diligence, and the heed we give unto it. As we act on the promptings we receive . we qualify to receive more promptings and more light. I’ve thought about this as I think about how to have more charity. As we follow the promptings of the spirit to serve our brethren, we will be led to those who need to hear and need us. I see this a lot. We rarely have things go according to plan, but we are always where we are needed. And that’s a great feeling.

I also like verse 44. It is easy to follow the word of Christ. A lot of times, it may seem hard because we are looking at it from a limited perspective. As we have an eternal perspective, We can see that because the word of Christ leads us to eternal bliss, it is a very straight course, and not that hard to follow. As we are constantly improving, we are continuing on that straight course. I love seeing our investigators (and members too) recognized this. It is amazing.

Sorry, short on time today because we have had lots to do. I love you and hope you are all doing well. I will keep grandma and aunt susan in my prayers. I hope everything is going well..

Lots of love friends!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

More Sakura!

More Sakura!

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Week 14 (March 29, 2015) –MEMBERS, KOKANS, AND RAIN!

Ky in  Kappa Imagine wearing this over a dress, riding a bike, in the rain! FUN FUN!

Ky in a Kappa!
Imagine wearing this over a dress, riding a bike, in the rain! FUN FUN!

Hello everyone! This week has been happy and hard. But the past few days have made me just love being a missionary! I hope everyone back in the states is having fun!

Monday: I made salty banana bread. Yeah, i accidentally used sea salt instead of regular. So it tasted salty. What a bummer. But it was all good. Most of our appointments feel through this day. But that happens as a missionary. Pretty much daily our plans change. But everything is totally in God’s hands. I got a blessing from the elders because I am SO sore from falling of my bike. You wouldn’t think it would hurt that bad. But i’m grateful that we have worthy elders who can do that for us. I’m pretty sure that shimai are never without elders in their area just for that purpose. The priesthood is amazing. I don’t know if I really appreciated it as I should have before my mission. But it is literally the power of God, and it has been restored! And that’s incredible.

Tuesday: I went on a Kokan! That’s exchange by the way. I forgot the English word last week and I think i said transfer. No, it’s an exchange. I got to go to Fukutoku! Our sister training leader came here, and i was with a sister named Sister B. She’s from Idaho. It was really interesting. She had a whole day planned for us, but her bike got a flat tire about an hour in. So we ended up having to walk everywhere, and didn’t get a lot done. But we did get to do a lot of street contacting, which was awesome! I love talking to people. We did get to meet with a recent convert, and we taught about Easter, which was a lot of fun. Then we caught a train down to a city i forgot the name of. We fed the homeless with a bunch of other missionaries and with this volunteer group. It was good. I like my own futon though. It might help that i actually have two futon pads. Okay, we are spoiled. It was fun to be in the city though. We were literally in the city. I’m not in the country, it’s kind of in between, but it felt like the country compared to Fukutoku.

Wednesday: We switched back in the morning. I think we will be doing another Kokan this week and I will be with our sister training leader. We went with T. Shimai (our RS pres) and a nonmember to visit a grave site. The nonmembers daughter was Mormon, but she died a while back. So the missionaries go with her to grave every few months. Japanese graves are awesome. They are so ornate and just beautiful. It was really interesting. they pour water on it, and I’m not really sure why. But it was just cool. Then we went to eat sushi. Sushi is really good, especially in japan. Then we had Eikaiwa. Teaching english is super interesting. Lots of fun.

Thursday: We had district training meeting (DTM) and Pres Y. came. It was really good. The Y’s are really great. DTM is always really intense. We had an appointment with A K, but he didn’t show. We have to have a tachiai to teach him, so sister K was there. So we had a conversation with her. She’s an awesome convert and she has such a strong testimony! I just love our members! We’ve actually visited a ton this week – 11 member families! I don’t even know how we did that, but they have all been so great. I also love visiting the less actives. I once heard someone say that less actives are investigators with a Christian background. I just love visiting them! And they really like us too, which is cool.

Friday: Planning. Weekly planning is so necessary and so long. It’s a struggle between wanting to do it because it’s so necessary and we would die without doing it and not liking it because it’s so long. But it’s good. Then we tried our hand at Mall dendo again. We still aren’t very good at it. It’s really hard to talk to people who are shopping. The elders also told us about this companionship that tried to act super gaigin (foreign) at a mall by eating french fries and ice cream, and the teenagers came up and talked to them. So we tried that. We actually thought it was going to work. it didn’t. But hey, french fries and ice cream. Then we had game night. The elders have been going on Kokans all week because Elder B is the district leader and it’s getting near the end of the transfer. So Elder A from Gifu was with us. It was a blast. He’s super funny, and our members seemed to like how serious he played UNO. So that was good

Saturday: Was just weird. We had transfer calls a week early because Pres Y is going to SLC for conference and won’t be here next week. But we aren’t allowed to know what’s happening with anyone. Ours is pretty obvious. Training is two transfers, so Sister P and I will not be moving. We’ll see about the elders. Our guess is Elder F is transferring and Elder B is getting a beanchan! So we’ll see next week. Then we went with a member – A. Shimai – to do some tracting at the eki. She’s an awesome missionary! We talked with the older couple for almost an hour about the gospel. And that was so cool. Then we went to an IndoCurry place (we eat curry a lot. You should try it, it’s awesome) to eat lunch, and she gave a mormon.org card to our waiter. And he turns to us, and in English says : When do you teach about Jesus? Us: All day every day. Him: Where?? Us: Where ever  Him: Okay, i’ll probably call.

A shimai is thinking about going on a mission, and I hope she does. She’s awesome and she would do so well! Then we had an appointment with the second counselor of the bishopric and his family. He is basically over the missionaries, we work with him a lot. I love them! We got to go with the elders, and we ate dinner and talked about POEM (power of the everday missionary book). We all felt so bad though, because their kids were tired and not really cooperative. and then their daughter knocked over the table and food got everywhere. But it was good. i really like them. Our ward is just awesome. Then we went housing and found this guy who is Muslim and actually came to the door to talk to us instead of using the Kekko box. We talked with him for a little bit, and it was really intense. He had lots of questions. He told us we could come back, but we gave him to the elders to work with. We weren’t really sure if he was actually interested. But it was a really interesting that’s for sure.

Sunday: Amazing day! Church in Japanese. Then we biked to the furthest member from us – she’s 18 miles away from our house just to give you an idea of our biking:).  She wasn’t home, which was kind of a bummer, but everything is totally in God’s hands. We went with the Elders to visit her, and then we decided to go see a family who is part member, on the way home. We got there just as they were getting home. They invited us in. the sister is mormon, but her husband is not. this was the first time he has heard from the missionaries, so he let us teach the first lesson. It was SO SPIRITUAL! It was so cool to teach as a yon nin with the elders and to have her testifying! And he was so nice. It was definitely what we needed to do. It was actually one of my favorite lessons that we have had thus far. It was incredible. and i just love being a missionary. then we visited another member of the bishopric and his family. Remember how i said we visited 11 members this week? We literally saw two or three members a day it felt like. And i have such an appreciation for them!

So i hope you all are prepping for conference! We are all just so excited for it! also, this awesome mormon message came our for Easter. please watch it!!

http://www.mormon.org/easter?cid=HP_FR_3-27-2015_dMIS_fMRMN_xLIDyL1-A_

So this week i’ve been reading in Alma about the amazing missionaries. And this is what I’ve been thinking about. I’m convinced we are all converts or that we all go through conversion. I think about Alma and the sons of Mosiah and Amulek and how they went through conversion. They were church members before, but each of them went through their own conversion. Then i think about King Lamoni and his father that were not church members, but became converts as well. I think we are all on our own path to conversion, whether we are lifelong members or not.  So i thought i’d share what i consider to be mine. People actually ask this question a LOT out here – how do you know the church is true? what made you want to know? So here’s what I tell them (more or less. You know, i still can’t really speak Japanese).

I was 12 or 13 and I honestly wanted to know if God existed. I was born into the church, so I guess I never really questioned it. But I remember wanting to know the answer to that question at that point in my life. And I guess at that point I understood what it means to pray with real intent. I remember sitting in Sacrament meeting one day reading my scriptures as the sacrament was being passed and I read 1 Timothy 4:10-16

10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

11 These things command and teach.

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an exampleof the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

At this point, I felt the spirit so strongly, probably the most I had ever felt up to this point in my life. I wanted to trust and believe in the Savior. I wanted to be a believer, and I wanted to know. Verse 13. 15 and 16 really touched me. It basically gave me the road-map to receiving answers to my prayers. read, meditate, give thyself wholly to them. To me, this meant try living the gospel – really living it. Not just going to church. Really living it. I felt God’s love. I knew that God cared whether or not I knew for myself. He wanted me to know for myself. And He told me how to do it. I wasn’t converted at that moment. But I think that was the beginning of my becoming converted. At that point, I did exactly what i’m asking people to do now – I read the Book of Mormon. I prayed about it. I lived the principles and tried to really find out if this church was true. And I got an answer. I’ve had many answers since then. I know the church is true.

I like answering this question from investigators because I did the same thing i ask them to do and I still do whenever I have a question. Because to some degree, I’m just like them on my search to find answers too. And I know the joy they can experience from doing this.

I’m still on a path to conversion. I’m astonished how I can still read the Book of Mormon and read something that I swear I’ve never read before, that I can learn something I didn’t get before. And I’m so grateful that we can pray again and again about it and still get that positive answer. That’s one of the greatest things to me – Even though we may have already gotten an answer about the Book of Mormon, we can get that positive answer again if we have that real intent.

I hope we are constantly evaluating our path to conversion. Every time we strengthen our testimony and act on those things, we become more converted. I’m so grateful that God does care about us individually. And He does answer prayers.

I hope you all have an amazing week! Keep smiling and Japan! Also, the cherry blossoms should be up this week! pictures to come!

Lots of Love!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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Week 13–AWESOME….but 1st bike wreck! (March 22, 2015)

GYOZA! YUM!

GYOZA! YUM!

This week has been awesome.

Monday: P-day. lots of shopping. Just to help you understand a Japanese shopping store: anything by the Walmart pharmacy in Utah is in the same isle as the dog food and canned veggies in japan. It’s very different. Definitely not a Walmart. And i can’t really read anything. But it’s always an adventure.

Tuesday: We read with G. Shimai. She’s a Less active (LA) and we read the book of mormon with her. I litereally feeel like a two year old. Then we met with K. San. I actually followed a good majority of the conversation, which is special because i usually have no idea what’s going on. I really love K. San. She’s a harder investigator because she knows that it’s true, but has a hard time acting on it. But i really feel so much love for her. We taught the K. Kaz and it was supper scattered. But it’s always so fun to meet with them. They are awesome members! We made Gyoza, which is special japanese food that is like dumplings. I also got my package from my family! I love you all in Utah!

Wednesday: We biked to the member that lives the furthest away from our house, and she wasn’t home, which was kind of a bummer. We met with the Sa’s who live just down the street from us and who we met on the street. They invited us over, and it was so fun. They are amazing people! They are Buddhist. I wish I knew more about that. Sister P. says there are tons of different branches of Buddhism, and she gets a different answers a lot of the times she asks people. But it was so fun to visit with them. We didnt get too far into teaching, it was mostly just a discussion, but they seemed to really like us. And we definitely like them. Elder F. went on a kokan (transfer, split) to Ogaki, but accidentally took their keys. So we met them at the Eki to grab them for Elder B. and the elder who name i forget staying here for the night. Then we had Eikaiwa!

Thursday: It rained! Of course. One day i will take a pic of me in a kappa. We had a lesson with A. Ky. We watched a movie in Spanish and tried to discuss it. It’s hard because he doesn’t really speak Japanese. But he’s awesome! We also did weekly planning! It’s so long. Needed, but long. Also, A. Shimai and S. Shimai came to spend the night because we had a mission conference the next day and they are from WAY up north. A. Shimai was actually in this area right before me with Sister P.! Sister P. trained her too! so that was really fun.

Friday: Mission conference! We went all the way down to Meito and had to leave at 630 am. that was fun. It was on the Ipads we will be receiving soon. That is the info right now, it may change. The conference was on handling technology appropriately. it was basically a call to repentance and stricter obedience, but it was SO good. I left wanting to be an even better missionary. They told us they would be introducing it slowly into the mission, and that all the features we will be using are going to be introduced slowly. I think it will be a good way to assist in missionary work. They really focused on using it as a tool, and not being an ‘ipad missionary.’ They still want missionary work to be about talking face to face with people.

Then we had training for me and my doki and our trainers. It was so great to see them again. Your doki basically becomes your family, and they are like my brothers. So that was really fun. (doki is who you came to Japan with. I’m starting to forget which Japanese words I’ve defined and what I haven’t. So just bear with me. sometimes words inJapanese are WAY shorter and easier. And I can’t really remember the English word). [Language is coming everyone! YAY!]

Saturday: We went housing and found a kid who wanted us to come back. Kids are great. “Do you or your family want to hear about God?”  “Yeah we do.” We went to eat indocurry with Naan, Which is amazing! We eat curry in the apartment a lot, but this was a resturant. We went with a less active and potential investigator who became an investigator. We taught her at the less active’s house after lunch. Her name is J. and she is awesome. She has such a great desire to follow God. We all felt the spirit so strongly. We finished the lesson and asked her if she would be baptized, and she said yes. She was a little hesitant to set a date because she wants to know more, but we think she is going to come around eventually. She is amazing. I can definitely see how the Lord has prepared her. I love People. We did OYM afterwards and found the funniest couple. They were probably 19 and we stopped them asking if they had a second. The guy goes ‘No we have to catch a train.’ The girl says, ‘No we have a second.’ So we start on our little ‘Watashitachi wa matsu jitsu seito iesu kirisuto kyokai no borunteru desu kedo.’ and she says ‘Sorry, we have a train we have to catch.’ I just love people. My favorite are the people who completely ignore us or who see us and quickly walk the other way, and i am totally serious about that. I have so much love for them. For one, i just think it’s funny, because it’s awkward on their end and not ours for once. And I really see how much they are being prepared by the Lord. And I see how much the Lord loves them. They just aren’t ready yet, but one day they will be. And they probably need the most love.

Then I wrecked on my bike. Yeah, that record lasted long. I still haven’t been hit by a car though. It was dark and I can’t see very well in the dark. I knicked the end of a curb and totally went flying. I’m glad we wear helmets. But i’m pretty sure i bruised my ribs. i have bruises pretty much all over. But it’s all good. Only the first of probably many times I will be not be skilled at riding a bike.

Sunday: Pres. and Sister Y. came to our ward! that was really fun. I didn’t understand a ton, but it was fun. The members really like him. Sister Y. had us do the happy companionship in front of the relief society, which is this list of compliments we give each other every morning. One day i’ll send a picture. They also had a special fireside afterward. President Y. had the missionaries stand up and recite everyone’s name. I was privileged to do it, but he let Sister P. help me. I did pretty well. The ward was really impressed. I think i was too actually. Japanese names can be really tricky. Then we had a member lesson with the Ka’s. I LOVE them so much. You would all love them too. Sister Ka was one of the first one’s I met here, and she is the sweetest.

So this week has been awesome. The language is starting to come a little better. I still can’t speak worth anything, but i’m understanding a lot more. Unless I talk to a grandma. Then i can’t believe i’ve been in Japan for a month.

Here is my thoughts for the week.

This talk was given by David A Bednar last conference. It’s addressed to those who are not members of the church, and it answers the question ‘Why are Mormons so adamant about missionary work?’ It’s excellent, so I encourage you to read it now:

My message is directed specifically to individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will address a fundamental question many of you may have: “Why are Latter-day Saints so eager to tell me about what they believe and to invite me to learn about their church?”

I pray the Spirit of the Lord will help me to communicate effectively, and you to understand clearly, my response to this important question.

A Divine Commission

Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have been and always will be valiant missionaries. A missionary is a follower of Christ who testifies of Him as the Redeemerand proclaims the truths of His gospel.The Church of Jesus Christ always has been and always will be a missionary church. The individual members of the Savior’s Church have accepted the solemn obligation to assist in fulfilling the divine commission given by the Lord to His Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20).

Latter-day Saints take seriously this responsibility to teach all people in all nations about the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. We believe the same Church founded by the Savior anciently has been reestablished on the earth by Him in the latter days. The doctrine, principles, priesthood authority, ordinances, and covenants of His gospel are found today in His Church.

When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries, we are not trying to sell you a product. As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest. We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church. And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do. We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself if the things we are sharing with you are true.

Some of you may respond, “But I already believe in Jesus and follow His teachings,” or “I am not sure if God really exists.” Our invitations to you are not an attempt to diminish your religious tradition or life experience. Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy—and test our message. Just as Jesus beckoned two of His disciples to “come and see” (John 1:39), so we urge you to come and see if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enlarges and enriches that which you already believe to be true.

Indeed, we feel a solemn responsibility to carry this message to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. And that is precisely what we are doing with a force today of more than 88,000 full-time missionaries laboring in over 150 sovereign states around the world. These remarkable men and women help the members of our Church fulfill the divinely appointed and individual responsibility each of us has to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ (see D&C 68:1).

More than a Spiritual Duty

But our eagerness to declare this message is not merely the result of a sense of spiritual duty. Rather, our desire to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with you is a reflection of how important these truths are to us. I believe I can best describe why we are so forthright in seeking to explain our beliefs to you through an experience my wife and I had many years ago with two of our sons.

One evening Susan and I stood near a window in our home and watched two of our little boys playing outside. During the course of their adventures, the younger of the two boys was injured slightly in a small accident. We quickly recognized that he was not seriously hurt, and we decided not to provide immediate assistance. We wanted to observe and see if any of our family discussions about brotherly kindness had sunk in. What happened next was both interesting and instructive.

The older brother consoled and carefully helped the younger brother back into the house. Susan and I had positioned ourselves near the kitchen so we could see what next took place, and we were prepared to intervene immediately if additional bodily harm seemed likely or a serious accident was imminent.

The older brother dragged a chair to the kitchen sink. He climbed up on the chair, assisted his brother onto the chair, turned on the water, and proceeded to pour a large quantity of dishwashing soap onto the scratched arm of his little brother. He did his best to gently wash away the dirt. The reaction of the little brother to this procedure can only be described accurately using language from the holy scriptures: “And they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth” (Mosiah 16:2). And did that little boy howl!

After the scrubbing was finished, the arm was carefully dried with a towel. Eventually the screaming stopped. The older brother next climbed up onto the kitchen counter, opened a cabinet, and found a new tube of medicated ointment. Though the scratches on his little brother were not large or extensive, the older brother applied almost all of the ointment in the tube to the entire injured arm. The screaming did not resume, as the little brother clearly liked the soothing effect of the ointment much more than he appreciated the cleansing effect of the dishwashing soap.

The older brother returned again to the cabinet in which he had found the ointment and located a new box of sterile bandages. He then unwrapped and put bandages all up and down his brother’s arm—from the wrist to the elbow. With the emergency resolved, and with soap bubbles, ointment, and wrappers all over the kitchen, the two little boys hopped down from the chair with bright smiles and happy faces.

What happened next is most important. The injured brother gathered up the remaining bandages and the almost empty tube of ointment, and he went back outside. He quickly sought out his friends and began to put ointment and bandages on their arms. Susan and I both were struck by the sincerity, enthusiasm, and rapidity of his response.

Why did that little boy do what he did? Please note that he immediately and intuitively wanted to give to his friends the very thing that had helped him when he was hurt. That little boy did not have to be urged, challenged, prompted, or goaded to act. His desire to share was the natural consequence of a most helpful and beneficial personal experience.

Many of us as adults behave in precisely the same way when we find a treatment or medication that alleviates pain with which we have long suffered, or we receive counsel that enables us to face challenges with courage and perplexities with patience. Sharing with other people things that are most meaningful to us or have helped us is not unusual at all.

This same pattern is especially evident in matters of great spiritual importance and consequence. For example, an account in a volume of scripture known as the Book of Mormon highlights a dream received by an ancient prophet-leader named Lehi. The central feature in Lehi’s dream is the tree of life—which is a representation of “the love of God” that is “most desirable above all things” and “most joyous to the soul” (1 Nephi 11:22–23; see also 1 Nephi 8:12, 15).

Lehi explained:

“And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.

And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also” (1 Nephi 8:11–12; emphasis added).

The greatest manifestation of God’s love for His children is the mortal ministry, atoning sacrifice, andResurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit on the tree can be considered a symbol for the blessings of the Savior’s Atonement.

Lehi’s instant response to partaking of the fruit of the tree and experiencing great joy was an increased desire to share with and serve his family. Thus, as he turned to Christ, he also turned outward in love and service.

Another important episode in the Book of Mormon describes what happened to a man named Enos after his earnest and pleading prayer was heard and answered by God.

He said:

“And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.

“And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.

“And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.

“And I said: Lord, how is it done?

“And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. … Wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.

“Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them” (Enos 1:4–9; emphasis added).

As Enos turned to the Lord “with full purpose of heart” (2 Nephi 31:13), his concern for the welfare of his family, friends, and associates increased simultaneously.

The enduring lesson we learn from these two episodes is the importance of experiencing in our personal lives the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ as a prerequisite to heartfelt and authentic service that stretches far beyond merely “going through the motions.” Much like Lehi, Enos, and our little boy in the story I recounted, we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have felt the anguish associated with spiritual uncertainty and sin. We also have experienced the cleansing, the peace of conscience, the spiritual healing and renewal, and the guidance that are obtained only by learning and living the principles of the Savior’s gospel.

The Atonement of Jesus Christ provides the cleanser necessary to be made pure and clean, the soothing salve to heal spiritual wounds and remove guilt, and the protection that enables us to be faithful in times both good and bad.

Absolute Truth Exists

To you family members and friends who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have attempted to explain fundamental reasons why we are missionaries.

Absolute truth exists in a world that increasingly disdains and dismisses absolutes. In a future day, “every knee [shall] bow” and “every tongue [shall] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10–11). Jesus the Christ absolutely is the Only Begotten Son of the Eternal Father. As members of His Church, we witness He lives and His Church has been restored in its fulness in these latter days.

The invitations we extend to you to learn about and test our message grow out of the positive effects the gospel of Jesus Christ has had in our lives. Sometimes we may be awkward or abrupt or even relentless in our attempts. Our simple desire is to share with you the truths that are of greatest worth to us.

As one of the Lord’s Apostles, and with all of the energy of my soul, I bear witness of His divinity and reality. And I invite you to “come and see” (John 1:39), in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Good Eh? I have been reflecting a lot about my missionary purpose. in Alma 17, there is a great missionary named Ammon who preaches to a king who has no christian background – Just like me!! I love Ammon, He’s an awesome example. The beginning of the chapter focuses on Ammon and his brothers in leaving on their missions. in the mtc we talked about how alma 17:11 was like their missionary purpose

11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

I LOVE this verse! Because this is essentially what i am doing! they went to share the gospel out of a pure love for the Lamanites and they had a desire to share the gospel with them to help them improve their lives. Another thing that is so impressive to me is Ammon’s desire to serve people and every moment in his mission. This this what i’m trying to do now. I’ve been focusing on developing Christlike attributes and am focusing on Charity and Love. King Lamoni is overly impressed with Ammon’s service, and i think that is part of the reason that he was so interested to hear about the gospel. Service and simply loving people is a great way to start being missionaries!

I know my letters and blog reach a lot of people who are not members of this church. I’m so grateful for you in supporting me, honestly it means the world to me. And Just as David A Bednar said: When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries, we are not trying to sell you a product. As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest. We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church. And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do. We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself if the things we are sharing with you are true.

I know they are true. This church means everything to me. I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission. Every day i am blessed to meet great people and improve myself.

I have a challenge for you, each and every one of you that reads this letter: General Conference is on the 3rd and 4th of April. (actually, it’s the next week for me! we get it a week later, and we will be going to ward building to get it in english) Sorry, here is the challenge: Write down one question. Any question. one that you really really want to know the answer too. How can i strengthen my family, How can i be more patient, what does it mean to give service, does God really exist, anything really. Then start praying. Really pray. Then watch General Conference. Preferable the whole thing, but even if it’s just 1 session. I think you will get an answer. Maybe it will be something an authority says. maybe it won’t be anything that they say but it will be a feeling or thought that comes to you. I promise that you will feel the spirit of the Lord as you listen to those 15 men of God speak. They are apostles of the Lord. They are telling us what God wants us to hear. I’ll do this too. And i will let you know how it goes for me. I encourage you to write it down. i testify that God answers prayers. The Lord loves you. And i know He loves me. .

I love this gospel and i love everyone back at home! Keep smiling!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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Blog Status and Moving Forward

So….it is more than apparent that we have been slacking in keeping up the BLOG! Blame it on the parents, NOT the daughter. In my defense, this blogsite had been a little tempermental–like not letting me upload pictures. And when it did, it took almost 24 hours to upload. I have been reassured that this has been corrected. Also, I have been asked to edit the posts rather than just copy and paste (which can take longer than one would think!) Thanks for being patient! Now on to the month’s worth of updates!

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Random Questions Answered (a.k.a. Dad Wants to know……..)

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Dad sent a series of questions to Kyleigh. She sent back some answers. She likes questions, so if you are inclined to ask her, she will let you know! 

Answers to questions (keep them coming, I like questions)

How is the bike riding going?  Fine-ish. I actually really like it. Bikes are blessed forms of transportation. And it’s all flat where i am. So it’s good. I did wreck.

Are you trying to learn the symbols?  How is the language coming this week?  I know the alphabets. Kanji is super difficult and i’m not even going to attempt to learn that for a while.

Where do you email each week?  Internet cafe?  Nope, at the church. they have computers specifically for family history, but we get to use it for email.

Did you get your first package? Yes – thank you! Mom said Dad went to get me poptarts. thanks.

How has the weather been? Wet. Always wet.

How is your bike doing?  Pretty good even though i wrecked it. I think it’s going to be a good one.

We finally got a letter from you president.  It had a cd with it showing you coming off the plane and your testimony in the chapel and you getting your new companion. Yep, i got one too. They call it our ‘bean video.’ i think i told you how we are called beans here. new Missionaries are called  green beans and the majority of missionaries shorten it to greenies. But in japan we take the bean part and they say bean chan.

How is you companion treating you.  Do you get along?  Yes we get along really well. She’s awesome. Super hard worker, super awesome, super sweet, and she loves everyone!

Did she already know Japanese be for she came out?  Yes a good amount, but not really they church words. She learned a lot out here too, but she’s super fluent and our street contacts are always super impressed. Her mom is from Hiroshima.

Your president seem really nice and his wife.  It made mom happy when she gave you a hug….since we cannot. When do you get your new president?  He’s really great. He’s such a sweet guys, and really pushes obedience. We get the new one in June.

Have you got your iPads?  What does it have on them?  Do you have to buy it? We should be getting them in the next few weeks. Right now it’s just the lds app i think, and language learning stuff. They are slowing going to introduce other stuff. it doesn’t sound like we will be buying them, just renting them.

Have the cherry blossom started to bloom?  Not yet. Possibly early April.

I’m in a ward. I have no idea who owns/leases the appartments, but it’s right across from the church which is super convinient. We do have an actual building to meet in. Sister P. is 1/2 Japanese – her mom is from Hiroshima. She knew a lot of Japanese before coming. She was only in the MTC for 2 weeks. She’s amazing, and super deticated. She is an awesome example and just a great missionary. I love her so much. I’m in Ichinomiya city.

The mission is HUGE. Elder C. went the furthest away out of all of us – he’s almost 6 hours by train away from Meito (where the mission home is) I’m about 45 minutes away.

We might have to go to Fukutoku to get english conference. We watch it at a church. We get it a week later. It’s like the super bowl in the mission field we can hardly wait. Also there’s a new easter video coming out on the 28th, watch it! it’s probably fantastic!

Sister Kyleigh Tyler

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Week 12– 3 MONTHS!! What???

I am so sorry for being so behind on updating her blog! I will try to get it fully updated this week! 

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In front of a giant dinosaur at the mall. It was so random and it moved. They are apparently all over the place.

Oh my goodness, check this out: Tomorrow (March 17th)  i will have been out on my mission for 3 months. That is insane to think about! I don’t feel like I’ve been out that long at all. In fact, I’ve almost been in Japan for a month. WOW! I just love being a missionary, it’s the greatest thing ever. Here’s what we have done this week.

Monday: We visited with the K family. We talked about he importance of scripture study and prayer, and it went well. The scriptures are so important. If you aren’t already, please start reading the Book of Mormon again. I’ve started again since I’ve been in Japan and it is just great. I have learned so many things already. Sister P. was also getting sick, so we tried to keep it low key and did OYM (Open Your Mouth).

Tuesday: We had a zone conference with President Yamashita in Fukutoku, which is about 30 minutes out of our district. It was an adventure to go outside of the zone. The conference was really good, and it lasted most of the day. Elder J. went home, so we are minus an elder in our district. Now we just have Elder B. and Elder F., who are both really old missionaries and are going home in about two months. We had a meeting with that teenage girl we met on Sunday who was totally prepared to hear the gospel, but her parents are honti (which is Japanese for against, or something like that) so we can’t teach her. It’s quite unfortunate, but the Lord will provide for her. It was also SNOWING on Tuesday, which was really fun to bike in.

Wednesday: We went finding. OYM is fun, i actually really enjoy it. I feel a lot like a missionary when we OYM, even though I can’t really do it and the look at me really weird because I do not speak Japanese. Japanese people are funny. They don’t really talk to people on the streets. At all. The trains are super silent. So when we stop them, you can see the panic expression on their face: “Who are these gaijin and what do they want and how do I stop talking to them.” But they are actually great to talk to when they open up. We had eikaiwa and Y, Chan came. We basically speak English in the class, and she doesn’t know any English. So we sat there teaching each other our language. It was really fun.

Thursday: Sister P. was really sick. She’s an awesome example, because she still wanted to do a bunch of stuff. We decided to go to M. San’s lesson and then come back so she could rest a little bit. It was a cool lesson. I had no idea what was going on, which is pretty typical. But our tachiai (member) started saying something, and I felt the spirit so strongly. It was cool because I was just like ‘i have no idea what youre saying, but i know that she is feeling the spirit because I am, and I hope she is being taught by the spirit.’

Friday: District meeting. It was in Ogaki, which is out of our district, so it was another adventure on the trains. Elder B. started talking with a bunch of high school kids. Our elders are SUPER good at OYM. Apparently the kids/young adults LOVE it when we speak english, and then are really impressed when we can speak japanese too. That’s something i’ve noticed a lot: the people do NOT expect you to be able to talk to them in Japanese. We actually met two girls who were majoring in english during OYM. Then we had an appointment right after and so we stopped by a McDonalds for lunch. It was really good, much better than America. We met with K. San. I had NO idea what was happening at all with her, but apparently they started talking about World War II and Nazis. Then we had game night, which was also really fun.

Saturday: The ward started with things called Benkyokai which is like a study hall for the youth and ward members help them. We can too, but not that effectively. Only two youth showed up. But it was fine. I passed off the Ninja book with a member. I LOVE being with the members. Honestly, i see how valuable with members are in missionary work. And they are simply amazing. So go help the missionaries! I keep thinking about two elders we had a while back when I was in Utah that came by our house a ton, and how involved they were in our ward. That’s honestly how missionary work needs to work. We need the members to help! It’s not nearly as effective to street as it is to receive referrals. Just love the missionaries, because they love you! And if you ever need something, call them! We love to help our members, i’m sure the ones in Utah love to as well. We had a lesson with the K. family. I tried to help with a lot of it, but it wasn’t as successful as I would have hoped. But it was fine. Then we went housing. I love people. We talked on a kekko box with one lady, told her we were missionaries, and she says “hold on one second.” then she comes to the door and goes “I’m not interested in you message, I’m Buddhist, but you guys are so great and I just love you, here’s some candy. Good luck, be safe.” Apparently that happens quite frequently in Japan. We then went to the Eki, but there were tons of drunk people, and it just wasn’t very inviting. So we updated records and made cookies for our neighbors.

Sunday: Church. Church is probably the hardest part language wise. It is 3 straight hours of zero comprehension. But members are fun. Then we went tracting and visited members. We also brought cookies to our neighbors. We have one neighbor we met the other day that was like ‘we live over there if you ever want to come visit us.’ We visited them to bring them cookies, and they said to come back some time around noon and we could come in and talk to them. We haven’t even brought up gospel stuff yet. So hopefully they will be fun. They are an older couple, and they lived in the US. Then we came home and made delicious Japanese food: tonkatsu. It’s basically deep fried pork. We also made deep fried tofu. It was great.

So that’s the week! Now for some spiritual thoughts.

I’ve been reading in Mosiah this week. I LOVE Mosiah 4:10-12. It’s about repentance, and we use it a lot in lessons. i love verse 10, because it says if we believe these things, we need to do them. That’s a problem we have with both of our investigators – they think they believe it, but they are afraid to act on that, which i can understand. But acting is a part of having faith. I love a mormon message by elder bednar about faith and light. Go find it and watch it, there are three mini movies. but he talks about how sometimes we are given just enough light to take a step into the darkness. He compares it to being in fog. You can see just enough in front of you, but you can’t see everything. But if you step just a few steps forward, you can see a little more. A lot of times, that’s how faith works. But it says in D&C 50:24 that as we receive light (and act on light) we receive more light, and that light grows brighter until we understand. Also in Alma 32 it talks about how our faith becomes unshaken in that one thing as we strive to develop and act on our faith in that thing. When i hear that, i always think how we should use that process for every aspect of the gospel, until our faith becomes unshaken in everything!

It also talks about how as we repent (vs 11) we have an amazing promise (vs 12). We can always rejoice and be filled with the love of God, retain a remission of our sins, and grow in the knowledge of God. I LOVE this promise! It shows how valuable and necessary repentance is.

I also read Mosiah 13:3-4, about abinadi! He tells them to stop because he hasn’t finished delivering his message. I thought about how when we are called to something by God (in my case, a missionary, but anything really) God gives us divine help for us to accomplish that calling. He provides a way for us to serve and finish purpose in that calling. That was really comforting for me.

Now for random facts:

Bikes are a blessed form of transportation. They have all the mission benefits of walking, but so much faster.

My Japanese name is Taira (Tyler) which is pronounced (ty – ee- ra) and it is a super common Japanese name here. So it’s funny when i tell people, and they are totally sold on me being Japanese for a split second, until they remember that i’m not. Then they want to know what it is in english, and they can’t pronounce it because of the L. So that’s fun.

I hope you all have an amazing week! Any questions about Japan? Missionary work? It’s amazing you know. And the church is true!

aishiteimasu!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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Week 11–80 Days!! & Futons

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Futons & bedroom

Hello family and friends! I have been on my mission for 80 days! I can`t even believe that I`ve been on my mission for that long, but every day is such a blessing. Japan is amazing – the people here are so incredible – even when they say no, they are so happy and respectful. Japan is beautiful and I love being a missionary.

So here is what the week has been like.

Monday; grocery shopping in Japanese – not easy. Every day I am so grateful that I have a fluent trainer.  We taught the K family again, which was really fun. We did a mock FHE with them. F. San`s other daughter is 15 and hasn’t had any interest in the church, but she came out when we started to play Uno, which was such a huge step for her. She is such a sweet girl and I really see her becoming a great member. Also, F. San is an amazing cook. Actually, lots of the Japanese people are amazing cooks.

Tuesday; We read the Book of Mormon with a less active named G. Shimai. I felt like a toddler because i cannot read fast. It is incredible to listen to natives read though – it sounds amazing!!! We also went tracting and found an older lady who wanted to hear the lessons, but she refused to give us her name. And we are meeting her in the grocery store parking lot. So i will keep you updated on how that goes. We visited members for the rest of the day in the rain. I bought a kappa that fits though, and it was swell. I also bought rain boots, and every time it rains i am so grateful for that. Biking in the dark is a little sketchy, but i haven`t wrecked yet 🙂

Wednesday; we visited a member that speaks ENGLISH!!! She’s actually Filipino, but she speaks great english. It was really fun. She lives out in the country, and it was a beautiful ride to her house. I decided that we aren’t exactly in as city as it could be, but there is a stunning lack of grass that makes everything here look like city, even in the country. We found a park the other day, and it was so out of place because it was all this green in the middle of concrete. We got home and may or may not have had a two minute water fight with the elders (they live in the apartment below us). Basically, they just succeeded in splashing our windows with water. So that was really fun. We teach English for our service, and we had Kodomo eikaiwa at the church. Little kids are crazy. We then taught adult Eikaiwa for the rest of the night. Lots of our members come and are supportive, but we also have a couple of investigators come.

Thursday: we taught a lady named M. San. She’s very smart and has been an investigator for a long time. She wants to be really sure about the gospel before jumping in, but she is really so sweet. And she loves missionaries. We had a tachiai (member present) as well, a couple. They basically helped me learn Japanese. We then taught English at a preschool. We taught the K’s again, and watched a movie about Christ. It didn’t work in Japanese and so we watched it in Spanish. F. San is from Peru, so she understood, but the rest of us were lost.

Friday: We had a lesson with a lady named K. San. She’s really awesome. She another one that just wants to be really sure of her decision before getting baptized. She asked me why i was on a mission and why I was Mormon and it was so incredible. I wished that Japanese wasn’t a problem, because I felt the spirit so strongly as I talked with her, and I hope that she did too. I told her how blessed I was by living the gospel and that i wanted to share it with others. I told her about how even though I was born into the church, I still did exactly what we were asking her to do – read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I told her it was a process for me to gain my testimony and that it would be for her too. But it is so worth the effort that is put into it. It was so great to talk to her, and i hope we get to a point where she will get baptized. Friday nights are game nights at the church for the ward and new investigators etc. All missionaries in Nagoya are supposed to memorize a church phrase book (we call it the Ninja). It’s really long, and we have to do it with our trainer and with members, so I spent game night passing stuff off to members. One member – N. Kyodai – taught me a bunch of other words, and I was trying to remember them because everything in Japanese sounds the same. So I memorized this: yubi kubi kata kita which is finger, neck, shoulder, north. And we both found that hysterical because it makes no sense in English or in Japanese. Something i’m so grateful for though is the love that the members have for missionaries and how much they love “beanchans”. I’m so grateful that they all want to help me with japanese. It makes me realize how many teachers and trainers I actually have. It’s amazing.

Saturday: H. Shimai – a member- took us out for a lunch lesson. We had sushi, which was so good, but she would not stop ordering food. It’s super impolite in Japan to not eat everything that you are given, so we just kept eating. It was SO MUCH food. Also, Japanese sushi is way better than american. So that was an adventure. Then we went tracting in the rain to a mall. We housed too, and found a guy who thought everything was God. We had dinner with another member – the T’s, who also just love missionaries – and the elders were also invited. I did not understand anything. But that’s the fun of being new I guess. They were so sweet though and it was a lot of fun.

Sunday: The K’s were confirmed in Sacrament Meeting and I kind of followed the blessing. It was super good. We got a surprise. One of the youth brought a friend to church, and the friend is SUPER interested in the gospel. The bishop asked us to meet with her this week, and of course we said yes. She is such an incredible girl, and you could see how happy coming to church had made her and how much she needs the gospel. She is 18, though, and in Japan the adult age is 20. we can’t teach minors without parents permission, so we are hoping her parents with give it. The youth that invited her is also an incredible missionary and she is planning on serving a mission! I just love the church – it’s so awe inspiring to see people who have been prepared to hear the gospel.

Then we end to the Eki (train station) to dendo (missionary work). There is no possible way to not be awkward doing eki dendo. So we went up to this couple and it was super awkward, so Sister P was just like “hi, my friend is brand new to Japan, can she practice her Japanese on you?” and they said yes. So i guess if we are going to be awkward, we might as well jump right into it. The guy actually seemed way more interested than the girl. But that was our experience and the eki.

This is my thought for this week: I was reading in 1 Nephi 8 about Lehi’s dream and realized there are 4 groups of people mentioned. Group 1 Vs 17 people who didn’t enter the path Group 2 vs. 21-22 people looking for the path. Group 3 vs 24 people who enter then fall away Group 4 vs 30 people who endure all the way to the end and rejoice in partaking of the fruit.  As i was reading i thought about how the Iron Rod is representative of the word of God aka the scriptures. And basically, the end result of all of these people is how tightly they held to the iron rod. Group 1 didn’t even enter the path. Group 2 were looking, but couldnt find what they were searching for. Group 3 held to the rod but eventually fell away. Group 4 Continually held to the iron rod and didn’t fall away. The difference between group 3 and 4 is how tightly they held to the rod. I imagine group 3 holding with one hand, but also trying to be a part of the darkness around them. Maybe they held on only when they felt they needed the strength. Maybe the held on because Mom and Dad said they had too. Group 4 continually held onto the rod. I imagine these people clinging to the rod, focused solely on the tree in front of them. I hope i can be one of those people. The scriptures really do give us so much strength. I’ve realized that as we teach people who don’t speak much japanese or who don’t understand my japanese. The scriptures guide us. These people can learn the gospel no matter the language. I have come to LOVE the scriptures these past few week. I wish i had studied them the way i do now before my mission. I have gained so much more insight and appreciation for them. Sometimes i wish i could just spend all day reading them instead of just an hour. i hope my investigators can grow to love them as well. I’ve also loved reading the words of the prophets in the Liahona. And i’m so excited for General conference!

Some Japanese things: everything here is small compared to america. Everything. Streets, cars, houses, people. It RAINS. i don’t think i’ve every seen so much rain in my life. it’s beautiful though. I’ve eaten Nato. Look it up. It tastes about as good as it looks. (I thank my parents for making me eat things that i didn’t like. That is a skill that is coming in handy now.) (Especially since she had to eat NATO–HAH!!!)

I hope you all have a great week. I pray for you all the time (we pray a lot here). Being a missionary is hard, but i wouldn’t trade it for anything! The church is so true! Lots of love:

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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Week 10 Pictures–New in Japan

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First apartment in Japan! (Looks like a college apartment!)

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First Bike in Japan! (Look at the Carport–or really Bike-port!)

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First Baptism in Japan

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Week 10–Welcome to Japan!

After waiting a full week–we FINALLY heard from Kyleigh! We were so excited! She made it to Japan just fine and seems to be loving it. We are excited for this new chapter in her life!

A week of LASTS!

Hello from Japan!!!! Ok, i’m seriously struggling to type on this keyboard, so please fix all my typos.

Thursday: We did our last endowment session! It was so great.

Friday: We had in field orientation all day long. It was a presentation that was really helpful, but also really long.

Saturday: We had our last service early in the morning. Our service instructor let us go really early, and that was nice because we had a lot of packing to do. We had our last class with Watanabe Shimai. We taught tithing using cookies, which is really effective. It was sad to say goodbye, she was such a nice teacher. We had a culture class in the afternoon, which was really helpful.

Sunday: Our last sunday! Sister Steere bore her testimony again in sacrament meeting, and the rest of the speakers were Kohai. We watched Character of Christ again, and it is incredible. Honestly, it makes me want to be a better person and to turn outward in the midst of trouble.

Monday and Tuesday: Becasue I’m not really sure where the split was, and I kind of missed a day: We woke up bright and early at 3. I swear I weighed my bags at least 50 times. I ended up having to throw out a lot to get under 50. Then the guy at the airport put his foot on the weight to make it go WAY high, and I about had a heart attack. But it was pretty funny. We took the trax to SLC and then another to the airport (with all of our luggage, which was way fun. (Thank you for my duffle bag). We were told that our flight was canceled the pilot from TX didnt get to SLC in time, so our connecting flight at Portland was going to leave w/out us. But they got them to hold it and we left. I’m sorry Carson missed my phone call. My phone card didnt work in Tokyo. We swiched at Narita, and there was NO ONE at the airport. We departed there. We said good-bye to my comps, and I traveled with elders until Nagoya.

It was funny – Elder Coleman went to ask where we were supposed to go because we can’t read anything. He went to a little shop, and was promptly told to go to the ‘gaijin center’ aka the information desk (gaijin is ‘foreigner’). The ride to Nagoya was really rough. The lady I sat next to was not impressed with my Japanese skills, so we talked in English. Once we gathered our luggage we met a whole gang of people from the mission home! It was a lot of fun. I’m actually surprised you didnt get an email from them, because they took pictures. We went to the mission home. The Yamashita’s are great. They are really funny and have a great relationship with each other. They love us, I really feel that. We ate Not-MTC-Food, which was really cool.

Wednesday: We had orientation in the morning, where they told us the rules and about Nagoya. We met our companions! We walked into the church next to the mission home. It was pretty obvious which one was mine. Her name is Sister Patrick. She is incredible, honestly. I have been praying for her for such a long time, and she is just awesome. She has been out about 7 months. She actually just finished training another sister, and now she gets me! I am in the Ichinomiya District in the Fukutoku Zone. (So I invite you now to look at Google maps!) We were on our way to the zone at about 1 p.m. We took trains, which again made me very grateful for my comp. We bought a bike first thing, and I’m glad I had yen on me, because we needed it right away. I hope I got a good one, I couldn’t understand anything that was happening. The one I wanted actually couldn’t have a basket put on, so I chose another that I hope will last. I did get the correct size, and the mission home told us where to get it, so it should be good. I haven’t wrecked yet, so that’s a plus. I have fallen off a few times though. Riding in a skirt is not the easiest thing in the world. We had an appointment straight off. Fa San is the mom – what an amazing person. She quit smoking after being given a blessing, which totally built her strength. Yu Chan is her 9yr old daughter who wants to be a missionary.They were getting baptized on Sunday, which is why we had to meet with them right after I got there. Then we went to Eikaiwa (english class). We teach it as our service each week. It was really fun. It’s held at the church, which we live right across the street from.. It was a full day, but an amazing first day!!

Thursday: We exercise at the church. Resistance bands were an amazing idea. We have 3 elders in our area. They are good elders. It was raining, and so began my experience with kappas. I used one in the apartment that didn’t fit very well, so that was interesting. We will be buying one today. Sister Patrick’s bike popped on our way to an appointment, and we ended up having to walk back home. Bikes are a blessing, let’s just say that. It was actually an adventure walking home, but we missed an appointment. It’s all in the Lord’s hands though. Sis Patrick said things like that happen a lot, and then later we find out  someone we met becasue of it becomes an investigator, or our missed lesson actually gave the investigator more time to feel the spirit and think. So it’s all good. God has a plan for each and every one of his children, and I honestly believe that. We had kids Eikaiwa at a preschool too, and that was so much fun. I felt a little like Marlin on Nemo – ‘your really cute, but I have no idea what you’re saying…’ But they are cute. Then we had a lesson with Am Kyodai. He’s so cool. He’s just got baptized last month. He speaks spanish. so we are using a church spanish book to teach him and lots of movies, and a translator when we can find someone who knows both. It’s just such a testament to me that it isn’t all in the language – it’s all in the spirit. Am kyodai actually baptized that family which was really cool. We taught the restoration, and I got to bear my testimony. I can’t help very much in lessons, but I try. Sis Patrick is amazing! Then we cleaned the font. It was cold! They have room heaters in japan, so if they aren’t turned on, it’s cold. Then we watched the elders fix the bike.

Friday: We studied until lunch time. We went to visit members and on the way Sis. Patrick’s bike went flat again. So we brought it into the shop and went street contacting while it was getting fixed. Sis. Patrick stopped two girls and asked if I could practice my Japanese with them. It was a good way to get them to stop, and while they weren’t interested it was so fun! I LOVE the Japanese people. They are the SWEETEST people I have ever met. They are even nice when they tell you No. We did planning. Weekly planning is really long, but we absolutely need it. We had another appointment with a family, but they were late coming home, so we went housing! The apartments around here have intercoms, so we didn’t really see anyone. They are called Kekka boxes by missionaries because kekka is the word they use to reject you. But it was fun. I kind of rock at getting rejected because I can follow that conversation from beginning to end. I get lost if they say something else, and I let Sis patrick take it. 🙂  I like street contacting though, it’s fun. We had game night at the church for the ward. There was a good turn out. I tried Muchiga, one of the few teas that is allowed. Jake will know. It tastes like cigarette water. It’s made out of wheat, so it also kind of tastes like dirt. I hope I can get used to it!

Saturday: We had a kids eikaiwa reunion. Apparently they used to hold it at a house before the preschool. That was nice. We did more planning. then we went to visit members. We saw Blanca Shimai and Americo Kyodai, who are neighbors. We just met with them for a brief moment outside their houses. Bla Shimai is a less active, but she is from Peru and speaks Spanish, so we could all communicate. Am Kyodai has an outside cat that acts just like a dog. It was so funny to watch.

Sunday: POURING RAIN! We had a long language study aka church. We have a missionary meeting with the ward mission leader before church. Then three hours of me having NO clue what was happening. But it’s all good. I was asked to bear my testimony because I’m new. They had a returned missionary do it too, and one of the elders is new to the area, so he did it as well. It wasn’t a big deal. They all know that I’m new, and they are forgiving of my poor Japanese.

There was a baptism after church! IT WAS AMAZING! It was so cool to see them take that step. I haven’t known them for very long, but I just love them! Am Kyodai performed the baptism, but because he was new, he had to redo both of them because they didn’t go under the water all the way. He also did it in Spanish, because they are from Peru. That was cool. They are being confirmed next week. I just love that people are so prepared to hear the gospel. Fa shimai was actually a referral, but kind of a self-referral because she told her friend she wanted to know more about her church, and the friend contacted us. They were taught all the lessons and baptized in about 2-3 weeks. They are incredible people.

After That we mingled with members. I talked with people, but it basically turned into charades. But it was a ton of fun. I LOVE this ward. They are amazing amazing. I have never seen a ward so involved with the missionaries, and missionaries who are so involved with the ward. The missionaries that have been here can name pretty much everyone in the ward. So it was a lot of fun to talk with them.

Then we met with a member – Hib Shimai. She actually has a son on a mission, so she LOVES missionaries. She speaks pretty good english too. She loves talking though, and we were there for a long time. But she is such a sweetheart.

I LOVE the ward I’m in. They love missionaries here, even the nonmembers and less actives. The ward works so close with the missionaries and supports us so much. It’s so great. They are so patient with me being new, and they are just amazing.

New missionaries are typically nicknamed ‘green beans’ but they call us beanchans in Japan. So that’s fun.

I encourage you all to read ‘The Power of Everyday Missionaries’  It’s such a great book and teaches so many great things. The members here love that book, and we read it for our mission. I also encourage you to read “The atonement and the Journey through Mortality”. By elder Bednar. It’s great.

Ok, Being a Missionary is AMAZING! I keep thinking how incredible it is to be in JAPAN, sharing the greatest thing in the world with people! I am so blessed to be able to be here. My thought this week is just how eager God is to bless us and how much he know us. He is truly aware of every single person in the world, and He loves them, individually, personally. I am so fortunate to be representing Him and Jesus Christ.

Have an Amazing week!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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