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Sister Kyleigh Tyler is serving an LDS mission in Nagoya Japan

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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MTC Dec. 24, 2014–first email from MTC

Just a quick note to let you all know that we received our first email from Kyleigh in the MTC. They were able to get a few minutes of time in the computer lab. Her email is below:

Hello Everyone!

This week I am emailing on Wednesday, but for future reference my Preparation Day is on Thursday. Thank you for all of your thoughtful packages and letters on my behalf.

This week has been INSANE! My parents dropped me off on the curb and i was kindly directed through a tour of the campus by an older missionary. We went straight to class and began my intense immersion class. I understood absolutely nothing of what was taught, but that was mostly to be expected. Our district has 5 elders and us three sisters. They have all taken at least three years of Japanese, except for Perry Shimai (sister) so i feel very far behind. The first week was very difficult for me. i have never been so sure of my decision and so doubting my decision as i did that first week. We literally say nothing in English. I’m getting confused on some of it because of the similarities in the Spanish i took (and mom said it would be useful 🙂 ) But I will catch up, and i know the Lord will help me and give us the gifts of tongues. Steere Shimai is incredibly helpful, and we work really well together.

I am in a tri-panionship. My companions are Sister Steere from Melbourne Australia and Sister Perry from Vernal Utah. They are both going to the Kobe mission. We share a room with another tri-panionship that are learning manderin to go to Taiwan. We all get along very well for the most part. it is very hard to be part of a three-some, but it’s rewarding as well.

Here is what we have done for the most part the past week: We get up in the morning for gym time. We typically just walk around the track. We may have a service project, which translates to cleaning the bathrooms. Then we plan for our day. On Mondays we have companionship inventory, which we have already benefited from so much. Then we study alone for an hour, then together for an hour, then we study Japanese. The language is very difficult, but i also feel like i’m learning so much. I can already pray in Japanese. I can mostly testify in Japanese. And i know the spirit us with us helping us learn. We spend most of the time in our classroom, so our district has bonded really well.

The third day in we taught our very first lesson, solely in Japanese. We have an investigator (who is just a member, but we all pretend like he’s real. They are really good actors too.) His name is Hara San. It has been so hard to communicate our lessons to him. Mostly Steere Shimai has to translate to help us understand. I can see how difficult it is to speak to people when you can’t understand them. We are supposed to love our investigators, and i would like to think i do. He asked a question that would have been explained with justice and mercy, but we couldn’t do it in Japanese. I wished so much that i could help him understand the great love and Heavenly Father has for him. We have taught him 3 times since.

Our teacher is amazing. Her name is Watanabe Sensai. She just got back from one of the missions in Japan in June, and we are her second class. I love her so much, she is absolutely in tune with the spirit. I was so frustrated with not being able to understand when everyone else did, but she helped resolve my concerns and has been really trying to help me progress. And i feel like i am progressing.

Sunday Night was the absolute greatest day i have had on my mission. We attended Relief Society where the General Young Women’s President addressed us. We also got to walk up to the temple just to get some fresh air. The temple will be closed for the next few weeks for cleaning and such, so we won’t get to do a session until early January. That night we listened to another devotional by the admn. president and his daughter who just got back from the Fukuoka Mission. Then we watched the movie “Character of Christ” by Elder Bednar. It was by far the greatest talk i’ve ever heard and i encourage you to go find it on the internet if you can (and if you can, send me a copy). But it may not be online at all. He gave it in the MTC a couple years ago. However, it totally changed my whole perspective on Christ and Christlike attributes. It makes me want to be more and more like my Savior Jesus Christ. He is specifically speaking to missionaries, but his message is great for any stage of life.

The beginning of this week has gone much more smoothly. we are now on a real schedule and are getting a lot done. I also feel like we are doing really well, and i feel more confident in the learning. The other missionaries in our Zone take really good care of us. there is one other district that has 4 sisters and 4 elders in our zone. They came in 2 weeks earlier than us. They told us that the first week is so crazy and frustrating, but if we could make it until Sunday we would find out how amazing the MTC really is. They were pretty much spot on. Honestly, i love it here. I have learned so much and the spirit is constantly here!!

Tuesday we had another devotional, and it was amazing. Bishop Stevenson the presiding bishop spoke to us. He has also been the mission president of Nagoya before. He talked about the gifts we could give as missionaries, and he also focused on Joseph Smith. I was thinking how much i personally take my testimony of Joseph Smith for granted because it is just such a part of me. As i read the Book of Mormon and even as I learn more about all he did and sacrificed for the gospel, i just have so much admiration and gratitude towards him. Bishop Stevenson also drew similarities between Joseph Smith and Christ. I am just so grateful for that wonderful gift.

Remember how great a gift God gave us in Jesus Christ. They love you, I love you, and I have to go.

I love you guys! I hope you have a great Christmas! Know that i will, because we are totally focused on Christ here. The MTC has such a special spirit here all the time. Love you!

Sister Kyleigh Ann Tyler

Japan Nagoya Mission

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MTC Arrival

Well, Dec. 17, 2014 finally came. After all of the prep, it was kind of a bittersweet day. She was set apart the night before by President Rosenlund of our Stake and it was a truly beautiful night. The spirit was very strong and we know that this is correct thing for her to be doing.

The morning of Dec. 17 as I said, was really bittersweet. It was strange to see Kyleigh walk around the house and know that it would be 18 months before she would see this again. A few tears were shed. We had family prayer and we felt the spirit very strongly. Then the time came to say good-bye to the puppies. This was hard. Ariel has been her baby for quite some time and I am sure they will miss each other. Ariel probably doesn’t really know, but I know that Kyleigh did. We will send pics of her while Kyleigh is in Japan.

We drove to Provo. This is generally a long drive to me, but that morning felt like it all went too fast. We had a final errand to run in Provo (a last minute pick up of supplies from the Sister Missionary Mall). We went to lunch at Costa Vida, one of Kyleigh’s favorite restaurants. Probably not going to get too much Mexican food in Japan.

They don’t let you spend too much time at the MTC when you drop off your missionary. In fact, it is much like the airport drop off zone. However, there is a field to the east of the MTC, just in front of the Provo Temple. We went there to say our final good-byes. It really is a beautiful place and there were LOTS of missionaries there, saying their good-byes as well. We walked up to the temple and took pictures. It was very cold, but very fun as well. It was a good time!

We finally had to make our way to the MTC at 2pm. This was very hard. Good-byes are very hard when it comes to your children. It is literally a “drop-off” at the curb of the MTC. There was a very sweet sister missionary there that helped Kyleigh get her luggage and eased her into the MTC and away from her parents. And I am sure she made Kyleigh feel good about being dropped off by her parents. Yes, many tears were shed. It was very hard to see her leave. Lots of prayers were said all the way home from Provo. We know that she will be blessed for serving a mission. We know that she is doing what she wants to do and needs to do. She will be an amazing missionary and the people of Japan will love her and be blessed by her spirit. We are grateful that she is going to serve the Lord in Japan.

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Family “SELFIE” at Provo Temple

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The Call and the Prep

Sister Kyleigh Tyler

Sister Kyleigh Tyler

THE CALL

Kyleigh was very excited to submit her paperwork for her mission. That paperwork was submitted and we waited. After she submitted her paperwork, we had several “contests” of where she would go. There was a family/neighborhood contest, Kyleigh’s work contest, and mom’s work contest. It was pretty fun to see where everyone guessed where she could potentially be called. And we waited.

We had expected that she would get them sooner than later. But the wait went a little longer than expected, so we waited. Kyleigh received her call on Sept. 17, 2014. She was very excited to finally find out the destination. It was just the four of us, Dad, Mom, Carson plus her (and the two dogs) when she opened the call. She was called to the Japan Nagoya mission. The mission is located a little south of Tokyo, around Nagano where the olympics were held. To be quite honest, the call to Japan was NEVER on our radar as her parents, so there was a little surprise on our part. However, we love her mission president and his wife already and we truly love the people of Japan already. We know that she will bless their lives while she is serving there.

We had a feeling she would go foreign, but Japan was not included in what we felt. We think that it is kind of ironic as Kyleigh doesn’t exactly love to fly. She loves to travel, but not fly. Japan is a 17 hour airplane flight–with one transfer. That translates into 2 take-offs and 2 landings. Yep, irony. When she read the call, the realization came that we had only 90 days to prepare as she would be leaving for the MTC on Dec. 17, 2014. That is when the panic set in. 90. days. Not enough time. PANIC!

THE PREP

The preparations were fun and very busy. There are so many words of advice we can give to others about sister missionary preparation. It is not as simple as it is for an elder. There are too many things to consider and we appreciate all of the advice we received on her behalf. There are so many options and there is so much information out there. We went to many stores looking for clothes and the many items listed in the missionary packet. How do you pack 18 months of your life into 2 suitcases? Think about that question. What would you take for 18 months? It would be difficult for anyone. And yes, it was a bit difficult. But she did it. And she will be an AMAZING missionary.

Kyleigh received her endowments in the newly renovated and reopened Ogden Temple on October 18th, 2014, as part of her mission preparation. It was a beautiful day that was so full of the spirit. She was surrounded by her family and we even had the opportunity to have Carson in the temple at the same time doing baptisms for the dead. What an amazing experience for our family.

THE FAREWELL

Kyleigh had her missionary farewell talk in the Clinton 25th ward on November 30, 2014. She was supported by her family, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles and cousins, not to mention the many, many friends we consider part of the “family”. We appreciate everyone’s support of her. You have all influenced her life and who she has become.

There was a little over two weeks of hurried preparation from the time of her farewell until she actually left for the MTC. We celebrated an early family Christmas and checked off a few of the ‘bucket list’ items Kyleigh wanted to do before she left including a temple session in SLC temple, attending Music and the Spoken Word, Ogden City Christmas Village lights, peppermint and eggnog shakes, a lot of Sushi and Chinese food, a trip to Outback, and spending time with her dogs. We had a great time getting everything in order before her departure. We know that she will do great in Japan!

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Welcome to Sister Kyleigh Tyler’s Blog!

Hi all!

We are creating this blog in order to share with you the many adventures of Sister Kyleigh Tyler as she serves her LDS mission in Nagoya Japan. We will update with excerpts from her emails as well as pictures, etc. Because we are getting a late start we will be updating from the beginning (with a few back dated updates). Check back frequently to see her progress and her adventures!

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