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Sister Kyleigh Tyler is serving an LDS mission in Nagoya Japan

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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