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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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Feb. 23–JAPAN HERE I COME!

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Sister Companions at the SLC Airport Sister Tyler (rear) Sister Perry (middle) Sister Steere (front)

Kyleigh left for Japan on Monday, Feb. 23. We were able to talk to her when she was at the SLC airport. She said they had a crazy morning. They took a bus to the TRAX station and then took TRAX to the airport–with all of their luggage–at least 30 missionaries going to Japan and ALL of their luggage! Not to mention all of the other missionaries! There was a lot of missionaries leaving that day from the MTC–a lot of missionaries. There were about 30 missionaries that were leaving for Japan that day.

When they arrived at the airport, they were told the flight they were going to connect to in Portland was stuck/cancelled in Texas. So the Lord’s hand was guiding the events, because they were then told the flight the were taking from SLC to Portland would be the connecting flight to Tokyo. Once they arrived in Portland, they would not have get off the plane, they would just refuel, get the connecting passengers, and then leave for Tokyo. So that left them at the airport for a couple of hours. There were so many missionaries leaving that day that Kyleigh could not find a phone to call. We were expecting her call at 7:00 am but we did not get to call until 8:30 am. It was so good to hear her voice and know that she is doing well!

She sounds like she is doing well. She is looking forward to arriving in Japan and getting to work! The group of missionaries would all fly to Japan together and then would part ways in Tokyo. (see above picture of her and her companions at the airport). She said that they would have a 15 hour flight. arriving in Tokyo on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. They would have a 4 hour layover in Tokyo–some of the missionaries would to to Kobe, Fukuoka, etc. She would be the only sister traveling with two elders to Nagoya. They would take a flight to Nagoya, and then a train to meet up with the mission president. We thought we were going to be able to hear from her again when she arrived in Tokyo, but we have not heard from her. We are trusting that she is doing well and getting used to the new culture. We are sure that the last few days have been a whirlwind for her! But she will do well! We are very anxious to hear from her this weekend as the p-day in Japan is Monday, which is our Sunday. The time change will be somewhat hard to remember. Japan is 16 hours ahead of Utah time! Thank goodness for smart phones that allow us to know the time and weather in Japan.

We are very grateful for her sacrifice and for serving the people of Japan. Kyleigh has a very strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and will be a truly AMAZING sister missionary. We are very grateful for her example and for her willingness to be a missionary! 

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WEEK 9–Last week at MTC

DSCN0326We are on our final week here at the MTC! This past week has gone by so fast – honestly, I’m looking back in awe of how fast it went. Here’s what we’ve done for the past little while.

TRAVEL PLANS: we leave FEB 23. We have to be at the travel office at 335 am, and our flight leaves at 830. This is abnormal for Nagoya missionaries, but we are all flying right to Tokyo. Actually, all Japanese missionaries leaving that day (about 20) are on the same flight to Tokyo. We get there at 300 p.m. on Tuesday FEB 24. We part ways there, and i will travel with our elders at 630 p.m to Nagoya, where we will arrive FEB 24 730 p.m.

Thursday: We had the opportunity to go to the temple. It was an insane time trying to get there. First, Sister Steere and I forgot our name badges and realized at the gate of the MTC. So we went back to get those. Then, we got the temple and Sister Perry realized that she had dropped her recommend on the way up. So we retraced our steps and didn’t find it. At this point, we had missed our endowment session at the temple. We went to the front desk of the MTC hoping that someone had brought it in, and by some miracle, someone had turned it in just about 10 minutes prior. It was so amazing. God wanted us to go to the temple. So while we missed the endowment session, we were able to go to a sealing session. It was so special. We got a lot of time to just be in the temple, and just feeling that spirit was incredible.

During our night class, I got to do one-on-one coaching with Watanabe Shimai. It was such a great conversation. I am really really struggling with this language – I’ve never had to work so hard to learn something, and it is just not sticking very well. I told her how frustrated I was that i couldn’t really teach because I can’t speak the language and i can’t understand our investigator. We read Mosiah 26 and talked about how God helps His missionaries. I felt the spirit a ton, and she asked me what God was trying to teach me. I felt this overwhelming impression: teach the way that you do in English. That sounds so simple, but at that point, it just made sense to me. In English, i don’t worry about what I’m going to say. I worry about our investigator, about what they need, about what in the gospel will help them. She told me that’s the way that i need to be teaching then. So that was a focus for me this week. It is still really hard to do, but it’s so important.

Friday: Sister Steere got to go to Temple Square as an international (from international). The temple was closed, but they got to hang out around temple square for a good majority of the day. It was a really normal class. Hollister Kyodai has been coming in to help us at night, and he’s a really good teacher. He is also one of our investigators, and I like teaching him. He repeats what we mean to say back correctly while we teach, so we can hear it correctly, and that’s really helpful.

We also taught Yoshimi. Her struggle recently has been that she wants to be baptized, her her husbands mother does not want her to, so her husband will not give permission. So we talked to her about bearing her testimony and the importance of bearing testimony. It was a really special lesson.

Saturday: Our custodian that leads our service projects was WAY late. We were holding out on the college rule that says if your teacher is 15 minutes late, you can leave, but we stretched it to 20 minutes. He literally came 2 or 3 minutes before we were going to leave. But that’s alright. Service is actually kind of relaxing. It reminds me of cleaning the Vet clinic sometimes, except we used way better chemicals at work.

We had a Japanese Native sub for one of our classes, but he wasn’t prepared and it basically turned into more study time. It’s been tricky since Medeiros Kyodai left because subs don’t really know what we are doing.

Sunday: It was pretty normal. The rest of our district spoke in sacrament meeting – Perry shimai, Drewes, Smith, and Coleman Choro. It was a nice sacrament meeting, and Pres Butler promised us none of us would speak next week. Apparently, Drewes and Hart Choro have been keeping track of the number of times that everyone has said ‘um’ in their talk. They gave Smith Choro a hard time because he said ‘Um’ 135 times in a 4 minute talk. We all got a good kick out of that. So the Kohai have all week to wonder who it will be from them.

The devotional was by Stephen Allen, who has come once before. It was good. We also went to a movie by elder Holland entitled “missions are forever.” It was so good. He’s so animated and determined for us to make the most out of our missions. It was really inspiring.

Monday: We taught Yoshimi. Her mother-in-law gave her consent for Yoshimi to be baptized. That was really cool. We taught her more about baptism, It was a good lesson for her. And for us too. She is going to be baptized this weekend. One of our zone resources also came in to say goodbye. Wilson Kyodai is going out of town and won’t be back before we leave for Japan. So we took a picture with him and said goodbye. It’s so sad to see all these people leave! But i’m so grateful for them.

Tuesday: Really normal day. We started packing. I had a great experience in personal study. I ready Pres Uchtdorf’s talk about gratitude in the May 2014 ensign. It was so inspiring, you should all read it. It made me want to be tons more grateful, so i wrote down everything that i was grateful for in that moment. It was so great and made me feel so grateful and full of love towards my Heavenly Father. Our Devotional was by Daniel Johnson on God as our Loving HEavenly Father. It was good to hear since we are going somewhere where they have pretty much no perception of God.

Wednesday: A day of lasts: last service in our building, last gym time, last time seeing new missionaries arrive, last TRC. We did a lesson where the sole purpose was to use new grammar principles. It was interesting… We also taught Yoshimi again. We have to get through a few more commandments, and i forgot how many questions she asks. We meant to get through two, but we only got through part of one. But it’s all good. TRC was pretty good too. We taught the same lady we taught last week. It was one of our better TRC lessons, and we taught about the first presidency message in the ensign (also really great and i encourage you to read it).

Thursday: Packing! It’s insane, we only have a few days left.

This week has been incredible. It’s gone by too fast, but it’s so great. I have LOVED the MTC, and i’m sad to leave. But i’m also ready to get out and go to Japan and teach real people! The next time you hear from me, i will be in Japan.

This church is so true. I’m so grateful for the scirptures, and the latter-day scriptures from our prophets.

Lots of love – aishitemasu

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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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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