Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Week 52: Katsura must be determined to make everyone sick/ Can you believe it has already been a year?

May 31, 2015

Sorry this weeks email will be a little bit short... We only have about 30 minutes right now to email. Hopefully we will have some time later.

This week has been a little bit of a slow week. After being in Katsura for not even a week, poor Tanda Shimai got sick, with something completely different than anything that either Perry Shimai or I had gotten. She woke up with a terrible migraine on Wednesday, but still did her best to gambaro... to hang in there? I think that is somewhat similar... Anyways, she did her best and was still able to make it through finding, a long bike ride, our lesson, and then another long bike ride back to the church for Eikaiwa. She is SUCH a trooper... Although I feel bad that I didn't just make her lay down and rest. On Thursdayshe woke up and felt even worse, and so we were off to the doctor. The doctor said that it was something to do with some infection or virus or something. Anyways, for whatever reason her stomach and intestines weren't processing anything that she was eating or drinking, and as a result my guess is that the migraine, and the effect on her eyes as well was because of slight dehydration? He gave her some medicine and told her that it would probably just make it worse, but by Saturday she should feel better. By Saturday she was bent over in pain, and so we decided to go back to the doctor, but the office was closed, so we decided that it would just be best to stay inside, and just wait it out, unless it got way worse, and then we would go to the emergency room. Luckily though with some rest, medicine, and a Priesthood Blessing, Tanda Shimai is more or less back to normal. Hopefully whatever it was is now gone. Besides staying inside, and trying to help Tanda Shimai get better, we still able to teach lessons, and go to district meeting. Like I said, she is quite the trooper.

Besides that... Well, I think that is pretty much it. I am grateful for all of you, and hope that you have a wonderful week. I am praying for all of you.

I feel like that was the shortest email I have ever written. Yesterday we had dinner with the K Family, and we shared this video (Sharing Your Beliefs) with them, and talked about the simple ways that we can all share the gospel. This week I encourage you all to think about what you can do to share the gospel with others. :) 

June 1, 2015

Now that I have a little bit more time to think, I remembered something that happened this week. This week I hit my year mark. I have been a missionary for a year. I feel like the year went by way too fast! Because of Tanda Shimai being sick, and needing to rest, I was given lots of time to reflect on the past year. It's amazing to look back and see just how much I have grown. I remember when I first got to the MTC. I think I cried almost every day because learning a new language was so hard. But not just that. I also remember crying because I didn't feel like I knew enough. I had no idea how I was going to ever actually teach a real investigator. I mean, I couldn't even find a scripture on my own. I remember times where I felt like my testimony wasn't strong enough. Now though, I know that I have a testimony. I know that I have a testimony, and every time that testimony is reconfirmed, I have even more of a desire to share it with others. It really is amazing just how much the gospel can change you, and help you to grow. I am so grateful for the gospel in my life, and I can't wait to see what the next 6 months bring. 

 Amanda signing autographs for the high school girls :)

We got this Email this week also.  Receiving random emails from others with pictures of your missionary is just the sweetest thing!  It makes a mama's heart happy!!!

Dear Brother and Sister Robertson,
Today we met the sweetest sister missionary at a ward in Kyoto, Japan.  She was kind enough to interpret for us so we could understand what was being said in a combined Relief Society/Priesthood meeting.  My husband served a mission in Japan 35 years ago.  This is our first time visiting Japan since he returned from his mission.  We just wanted to share this photo with you.  Sister Robertson has the most beautiful smile and spirit.  Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter!

Brother and Sister Casper

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