Friday, May 30, 2014


Kuzoku (Family)!!!!!!!!!

How are you? I'm alive, and loving the MTC. Nihongo is quite possibly the most musikashii (difficult) thing I have EVER done! We taught our first investigator today! It went... swimmingly. SO hard. 

Our P-day is on Thursdays, so I'll definitely write more next week! :) We were given like go (5) minutes to type REALLY fast! :) And my brain is no longer working, so sorry if this is the most scattered email ever. 

My companion is Eyring Shimai! She is the best. We laugh and laugh at everything, so that's good. I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my entire life! Before you ask the obvious question, Hi (yes) she is the grand daughter of President Eyring. :) So that is pretty awesome! :)

Being a missionary is the best, but so musikashii all at the same time. Eyring Shimai and I are attached at the hip, and have to always be within sight and sound of each other. Except when we are going to the bathroom. It's definitely different, but I love it. This afternoon at lunch she was getting tabemono (food) and I turned around and she was gone (which is fine, because we can be separated in the Caf. But we always have to sit next to or across from each other). Anyways, I felt so weird not having her there. And not being able to see her. 

Yesterday we learned how to inori (pray) and akashi (testify). Today we learned how to extend commitments. I am surprisingly less overwhelmed today than I was yesterday, so that is subarashii (great). Haha. To pray, there are a LOT of musikashii words! Like shukufuku shite kudasai (please bless)... Haha! We may or may not laugh every time! 

My distorikuto (district) is awesome. I am the only missionary going to Kobe, everyone else is going to Tokyo South. There are a lot of missionaries in the other distorikuto (part of my zone) that are going to Kobe though. :) 

Well, time to go! Iki masho!!

I love you!!!

Robertson Shimai (Amanda)

PS! Send me LOTS of letters! We love them. Thanks mama for sending me one!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

write me

Email me:

Or you can write me a good old fashioned letter (I especially love these!):
MTC Address
(This will be my address until July 29)
Sister Amanda Katherine Robertson
2007 N 900 E Unit 45
Provo, UT 84602

Japan Address
(This will be my address from July 30-November 2015)
Sister Amanda Katherine Robertson
Japan Kobe Mission
4-6-28 Shinoharahonmachi,
Kobe-shi, Hyogo
657-0067 JAPAN

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Japan Kobe Mission

one week

One month seems like forever, but like barely anytime at all. I leave for my mission in less than a month. I will be a missionary in less than a month. I will report to the MTC a month from today! Well, yesterday. But you get the point. My how time flies! I feel like I just got my mission call in the mail, and here I am leaving so soon.

I remember thinking that 5 months would never go by fast enough, because 5 months is almost half a year, and that is forever! But here we are, with only a month to go, and I couldn't be happier.

Let me tell you guys something that happens when big changes are about to occur. I am filled with so many emotions that I feel like I might explode at any given moment. I don't know whether to cry, or shout for joy, or scream, or dance, or just have a complete and total meltdown. It's a struggle, but totally normal, right? Good. I'm glad you agree with me. Even if you don't, I am going to pretend you do for my sake. Preparing for my mission has been the most stressful, and wonderful thing in the world. There are so many things that I still have to do and by that I mean pack, pack, and pack some more and so little time to do it all. The nice thing about going on a mission though, is that just thinking about it I get so excited! When I am focusing on my mission and teaching the gospel to those around me, I just get so happy! It is the best feeling. But when I start to think about all that I need to get done, and all the things/people that I am going to miss, I start to get a little bit panicky... It's a problem.


Speaking of panicky... Now that I am down to less than one week (I will be reporting to the MTC in 6 days!), things are starting to get real. On Sunday one of the guys getting ready for his mission gave his farewell talk. It wasn't until he started talking that I realized I would be in his place in a week. That I would be up there speaking, and getting ready to leave. While sitting there in the pew, I had a moment of panic. I had a complete meltdown, and all I could think was, "What on Earth am I about to do???"

One of the things that I have learned over that past couple of years, is that I hate speaking in public. I love teaching. When I am teaching I feel so comfortable, but put me in front of a podium in Sacrament meeting and I start to freak out. I get super shaky, and my mind goes blank. It's a problem. Especially when you have to talk for a really long time - like when you have to give your farewell talk. Talk about stress. I'm just going to have to keep reminding myself that missionaries are just regular people. They aren't super heros who never get scared or nervous. And if they can do it? Well, then so can I. At least that is what I keep telling myself. And if I'm wrong? Oh well. Don't tell me. I think I'll feel better about this one if I am in denial. And you know what? It's not going to last forever. It will end eventually, and then I will be on my mission dealing with all sorts of challenges and hard things. But that's okay, because it will be the greatest time of my life.

And until then? I'll just try my best to take deep breaths and not stress out too much.

Robertson Shimai


Random thought

I want to be the best missionary that I can possibly be. From here on out, I am going to put my trust in the Lord (100%, none of this half-way stuff). I can't think of a better way to become closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ, then to take a leap of faith, get out there, and just do it. I am not going to let my insecurities get to me. I am not going to let myself feel uncomfortable, nervous, or scared to share the gospel with those around me, and to follow promptings. I know that as I put my trust in the Lord, he will not let me down.