sisterkyleightylernagoyajapan

Sister Kyleigh Tyler is serving an LDS mission in Nagoya Japan

Week 12– 3 MONTHS!! What???

on April 8, 2015

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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