Kurihara Choro RETURNS to Sendai Mission OCTOBER 24th 2016!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Transfer 5 Week 3

                                                                      Yushun
                                                                       best indian food




                                                                     finally...sun
It was another great week in izumi this week! We ended last week on
kind of a sad note, having kojima kyoudai drop us and then dropping
another investigator. So at the beginning of this week we really got
ourselves motivated and re-dedicated ourselves to give our all. After
p-day ended on Monday we were determined to start off the week right.
The second door we knocked on became a new investigator, we got out a
Book of Mormon and we got 4 lessons! Ive never started off a week like
that my whole Mission! It was just a real tender mercy from the Lord
that made us feel good and brought our morale up!   Also another
awesome thing was that I made contact with one of the home stay kids
that stayed with my parents (yushun) and he came to church yesterday
in izumi! He had gone in Hawaii with my family but this was the first
time in japan. He enjoyed it and stayed for the whole time! He also
mentioned how it was the same as the ward he went to in Hawaii with my
family! We had a good talk and I encouraged him to continue meeting
with Weathered and Watanabe Choro (nagamachi elders). He was saying
that he feels he is still a little young to pursue serious religion
and mentioned maybe getting more into it when he goes to college, but
i promised him that this message and Christ's gospel could bless him
and his family now! We are going to keep in touch and I think he is
going to come to one of the youth activities in the future. I really
believe that God had a hand in placing him with my family and I pray
that he will continue to seek to learn more about this gospel!

We had zone conference this past week as well and it was awesome as
usual! It was the last zone conference we would have with our mission
president and also the last zone conference for the missionaries i
came into this mission with back in 2015! That kind of hit me hard and
made me realize how fast time goes by, especially in the mission
field. I am so grateful or the opportunity to serve the Lord full-time
in proclaiming His gospel.

Hope you have a great week! Thank you for your love and support!


Kurihara Choro



Monday, April 24, 2017

Transfer 5 Week 2


Hello Everybody hope you all had a wonderful week!

 

It was really sad to be dropped by our really awesome investigator

Kojima kyoudai this week. We were meeting with him 3 times a week and

i thought for sure he would be able to be baptized this week. He moved

from Sapporo about a month ago and so when we found him streeting in

shogen he had just gotten here, i think that's why we were promoted to

talk to him. About the second meeting we had with him he brought up

the fact that his boss (he works at a ramen shop) said some negative

things about our church and just church in general. Kojima kyoudai

said that his boss advised him to stop meeting with us and focus on

work. At that time when he first brought it up we asked him if him

meeting with us honestly was negatively affecting his life or keeping

him from working hard in his job, and he of course said no. Well after

one of our really good lessons on prayer (he had just barely tried

praying sincerely the night before and we had him pray with us right

there to ask if the book of mormon and the message we were sharing was

true) he said that he was sorry but he wanted to take a break and not

meet with us for a little bit. He said he wanted to focus on work

since he had just barely started. He also said that he already felt

pretty happy in his life. Of course we did everything we could, I bore

my testimony and with tears in my eyes i promised him that this

message would bless his life. I felt like i was just on my knees

begging and pleading for him to not turn away now. I could tell at

this point that he had already made up his mind and it really was a

sad heart breaking experience. But after he left and we said goodbye,

amongst all the sad feelings i had i did feel this sense of peace. I

knew that i did not leave anything unsaid, i feel that i did

everything i could to help him come and partake of the fruit of the

gospel. I felt peace knowing that this wasn't the end, somewhere down

the line in kojima kyoudai's life i feel that he will be ready to act

on the faith he has.

Amongst this i also recalled one of the things my Dad taught me

growing up, about how sometimes Good is the enemy of Best. In life

there are many "good" things, working hard in a job , providing for a

family, doing community service, and things like that are all very

good things. But if we aren't able to see past those things and

prioritize the "Best" things, our progress is cut short; we become

satisfied with the good, and never getting to experience the full

blessings and promises God has for us. God our Heavenly Father sent

his Son Jesus Christ to show us the way, He taught and showed us what

those "Best" things are.

 

Matthew 6:33 reads... "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his

righteousness; and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added unto you."

 

 Sometimes we feel that following Christ and striving for the Best

things means giving up the good things that we love and are definitely

important, but this is not the case at all! In fact as we obey Gods

commandments, follow Christ's example, and seek for the Best things,

we find that everything in our lives gets better! "ALL THESE THINGS"

will be added to us, meaning that everything that makes us happy (as

long as those things aren't bad things haha) will be made better as we

seek the Best things! I know this is true and that God wants our

happiness, not only after this life but in this life as well! I know

that by following Jesus Christ and his teachings we can find that

happiness, peace, and ultimate joy!

 

Have a great week everybody and remember to seek for the BEST things!

 

With Aloha,

Kurihara Choro

 

Since i never uploaded these last week here's some sakura pics! (Also

sorry mom i just realized ive been sending my pictures in the lowest

quality up until now hahah hopefully these are better!)






Monday, April 17, 2017

Transfer 5 Week 1


Hello everybody! Sorry last week i never got to email much so this

ones going to be kinda long but that's ok, i guess it will just take

you a little longer to scroll to the pictures at the bottom... hahah

nah i hope there are some of you that read these, im over hear in

Sendai sharing this message with the people here, but on mondays i

have this short time to also share it with all of you. I just want you

guys to know that you are great, and I really appreciate all of your

love and support!

 

Anyways before i get into Easter i wanted to share a short really

awesome experience! My family has been hosting Japanese exchange

students since i have left on my mission and probably about a month

ago there were two students from Sendai that were staying with my

family. They were able to learn a little about the church and our

message (atta way family doing missionary work! Haha) they went to the

visitor center in Laie and had a great experience there. Anyways they

left and returned to Sendai and after my mom emailed me about them and

i recieved their contact info from the mission home i was able to

contact both of them! Yushun is currently meeting with the

missionaries in the nagamachi area (right next to mine so hopefully in

the future i get to meet him maybe!).  So yea that was way awesome and

was a testimony to me that there are people here in japan who are

prepared and who are searching for truth!

                Also this past week we were able to meet 3 times with our

investigator Kojima and we set a baptism date for him next month! We

hope to meet with him a lot this week too! As Elder Wilson and I have

put more effort and time into planning, the lessons run so much more

smoothly, spirit has been so much stronger, and I feel as though I am

given the words that I should say. Our last lesson with him was one of

the best lessons of my mission.

                Elder Marshall left us to go to Morioka and we really miss that guy

but we know he's gonna do great back in my last zone! Payne Choro the

new Elder in our apartment is great, his first language is Japanese

and he's just a really funny awesome dude haha. Ok thats all the

updates for this week!

 

But anyways, for all of you in America, today is Easter! Today we

celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, his victory over death. On

LDS.org or mormon.org you can watch a new Easter video that just came

out a couple weeks ago titled "Prince of Peace". It is such a powerful

video! The Prince of Peace is one of the many names we have for Jesus

Christ. This Easter I hope that you all enjoy the easter egg hunts,

family gatherings, yummy foods, and all those good things; but I

encourage you all throughout those things to remember the reason we

celebrate Easter; remember Jesus Christ.

 

He came here to earth to teach us and show us the way back to God our

Heavenly Father, to suffer and pay the price for not only our sins,

but all our pains, sickness, and sorrow. He suffered in the Garden of

Gethsemane and after being falsely accused, was scourged and

crucified. He gave up his life freely and took it up again on the

third day. Because He lived again, so will we! By following our Savior

and His teachings we can find true long-lasting peace, comfort, and

happiness. Please take time this Easter Sunday to remember Christ and

learn of Him. I know that the fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel has

been restored, and through His living prophet He leads and guides His

church. I want you all to know that I know Jesus Christ lives, that He

is my savior and yours; and that by turning to Him and relying on His

grace we can be forgiven, cleansed, changed, and ultimately we can

become the sons and daughters of God we were destined to become. Have

a great Easter everyone!

 

Kurihara Choro

                                         Made first poke bowl (thanks to Bro. Kato's recipe)







Japanese Mcdonalds to celebrate baptismal date


                                  Exchange student Yushun meets with missionaries in Sendai
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transfer 4 Week 6


Hello Everybody!

 

 

Kojima the investigator that came to church last week came to watch

general conference with us on Saturday and it was perfect because a

lot of the  Saturday morning talks were about God and his plan of

salvation for us.

 

Elder Wilson and I are staying in Izumi for next transfer! So happy I

get to finish his training him! And so stoked to Continue working with

our investigators! I know we can see some wonderful things here in

Izumi if we keep setting goals to improve and work harder.

Unfortunately we are losing Marshall Choro, he is going to Morioka to

become companions with my previous companion Bruce Choro! Elder Payne

is coming here to become companions with Elder Myers! My auntie Auntie

Yumi, when she served in this same mission served in his moms ward!

 

Ohh my goodness was conference awesome or what?! If you guys haven't

had a chance to at least listen or read some of it please do! I

promise that you will be uplifted!

 

Have a great week!

 

Kurihara choro

 

 

Its warm enough to wear short sleeves! Woohoo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

transfer 4 week 2

Hello Everybody!

Well Elder Wilson and I are still alive and well! Man i have never
been more tired in my life haha its pretty stressful having to take
the lead everyday in all the aspects of being a missionary. The past
three transfers i would have opportunities to take the lead at times
but i would always have a senior nihonjin companion there to back me
up, pick up the conversation when i didnt know where to go from "Hi
excuse me, we are missionaries from the church of jesus christ of
latter-day saints", or take the phone when i had no idea what was
being said on the other side of the line, and things like that. But
now my companion is the one expecting me to be there to back him up,
pick up the conversation, explain what is being said, make the phone
calls, etc. As stressful as it can be at times it is the best thing
ever and we have so much fun going out and doing the work. On the days
where I feel a little low on energy or unmotivated I just make up my
mind before we leave the apartment, to work my hardest and talk to as
many people as we can. And every time i just get excited to go find
people and the work becomes fun because we know we are doing our best.
We saw miracles over the past few days in being guided to find two
people who have interest in learning more about our message.

 Hope you all have a great week!

Kurihara Choro







PIc:1 Koji kyoudai a real brotha, helping us out with role play
lessons and going out to eat good ramen. He's moving away for work :(
PIc2: It was good enough weather to take off the winter coats! (Yes
its still freezing)
PIc3: Ate this ramen shop where we had this spicy ramen with a
japanese pepper that makes your tongue a little numb

Monday, March 6, 2017

transfer 4 week 1 Training!

 
Hello Everybody!
Well the first week of transfer 4 has been great! My new companion
Elder Wilson is from Florida and he is such a nice guy with a good
heart!  Before we picked up the new missionaries from the airport we
had a trainers meeting at the mission home,  In this meeting we
learned of the importance and weight of this assignment of training a
new missionary and how . In the beginning i was super worried and
scared to be training because i felt insufficient in my language
abilities and just knowledge of missionary stuff in general,
especially since the 5 other trainers there were all awesome
experienced missionaries further along in their missions. But
throughout that meeting my fears and worries were replaced with
comfort and excitement. Ive always wanted this experience of training
and now I get to do just that! Before we got to the airport I made up
my mind I was just going to work my hardest and strive to be the best
missionary i could be.

Well, the following day right after we left the mission home I had my
first "oh wow you really don't know what you are doing" experience
haha! So Ive never gone from the mission home to Izumi before so I had
like no clue which subway to take or what stop we were supposed to
stop at. But i called my district leader and after getting instruction
from him we made it home alright.

This past week was amazing! We worked so hard and talked to as many
people as we could and we followed the promptings of the spirit. For
the first time in my mission I actually felt guided by the Holy Ghost
while we were out finding. Elder Wilson and I tried really hard to be
sensitive to those promptings even for the little decisions like
"should we go down this street instead of that one? Should we continue
housing this area or walk home a little early to catch some people on
the street?)  We were able to find many wonderful people as a result!
I am not yet fluent in the language, and I still don't know everything
there is to being a missionary, but by consecrating ourselves and
giving our all i know that me and elder Wilson will be able to see
miracles this transfer!
I have a testimony that God never sells us short. Sometimes it may
seem that we are sacrificing so much by trying to be consecrated and
obedient, but God always blesses us a hundred fold!

Have a great week!

Kurihara Choro






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

transfer 3 week 7

Hello Everybody!
   Man I have so much stuff to write about this past week! I know that
its a pain to read my long emails sometimes but this past week was
definitely a special one (but feel free to scroll down to the pictures
at the end hahah)
   So first of all Elder Holland came to our mission on Tuesday! Our
whole mission gathered together in Kamisugi and I was able to see a
lot of old faces. As we all waited for Elder Holland to arrive we sat
reverently and silent in the chapel, the anticipation was unreal! Ive
heard many times of other people's experiences of meeting an apostle
and how they can just feel the spirit so strongly. Man i can honestly
say i felt that, the moment Elder Holland walked in the whole chapel
seemed to light up and the spirit was so strong. Right after Elder
Holland along with our mission president and a member of the Asia
North Presidency (President Chay) walked onto the stand our mission
president went up to the podium and with tears in his eyes said that
"Elder Holland would like to shake all of your hands before we start".
I could feel the love our mission president had for us and how
grateful he was that we could have this special experience. As we all
stood up and waited for our turn to shake the hand of this apostle of
the Lord the spirit was felt even stronger. I got to shake Elder
Hollands hand and tell him my name and where im from, the whole time
he just looked straight into my eyes. Later he would tell us hat he
shook our hands so that he could interview us all and it sure did feel
like that, it felt like he was looking straight into my soul haha.
  My favorite missionary talk of all time was one I read when I first
came here to the Sendai mission titled "miracle of a mission" and it
was given by Elder Holland. In it he talked about how special the
missionary experience is and how much it changed his life. When I read
that talk the first time more than a year ago, I felt the power of his
words and testimony and I wished I could have been present when he
gave that talk. How special it was this past Tuesday to hear Elder
Holland give us a message very similar to that same talk. He slammed
the pulpit and powerfully testified to us of the once in a lifetime
opportunity we have to be representatives of the Jesus Christ full
time. The mission meant everything in the world to him and he wanted
it to be that for us too. It was such a powerful message and many
other things were shared but I can't fit it all in here!
   Next wayy crazy thing! About a month ago our mission president
really instilled in us the feeling of gratitude for being blessed with
the special opportunity of having an apostle come, by urging us to
really prepare ourselves for the upcoming conference. He told us to
really ponder a question that we had, study it out on our own to find
the best answer we could, and bring this question to the conference or
repeat the process to find another question. He gave us this
instruction on the impression that Elder Holland might ask us for
questions at the end of his address to us. And guess what!? He totally
did! He originally planned on using a white board to give us a lesson
on the Book of Mormon, but after the spirit he felt in the meeting
after we sang the EFY medley as a mission, he felt inspired to open
the floor to questions instead!!  I really wanted to come to his
conference prepared with a question so I started preparing and
thinking about a question a few weeks before he came. I was obviously
nervous and scared to raise my hand but I felt the prompting to ask my
question so after the first two questions were asked I propped up my
arm on the armrest of the  pew and wrested my chin on my thumb (to
make that deep in thought kind of look) at the time I thought it was
pretty clever because I was able to get my hand at least half way to
being raised and I still felt inconspicuous. So my thinking was, that
I would stay like this until I could bring myself to raise my hand. As
I was going through this thought process Elder Holland looked right at
me and then pointed! Hands down top 5 scariest moments of my life! I
stood up and asked my question of how we as missionaries can gain a
relationship with the Holy Ghost where we can be guided and inspired
in our everyday missionary work. I didn't receive any crazy new
spiritual techniques or anything, but it was more of being reassured
of answers I had received and things I had been taught previously in
life by my parents : becoming sensitive to the spirit is a process
that comes as we live worthily, seek his companionship and follow the
promptings when they come.

The Elder Holland conference was so awesome! I am truly grateful for
the opportunity I had to attend. But even more than that I am grateful
for the opportunity I have to be a missionary, to represent my savior
Jesus Christ and share his gospel with the people here in Tohoku
Japan! Ive grown up my whole life looking forward to these two years,
hearing the wonderful stories and testimonies of my parents who, like
Elder Holland, said the mission blessed and changed their lives more
than they could say. Its not all fun or glamorous and definitely not
all easy, but something about it just makes you happy! I love being a
missionary!
My companion Elder MItabi will be finishing his mission this week and
returning home to Okinawa, this past transfer went by so fast and I
really learned a lot from him. I am looking forward to this next
transfer where I will be training a new missionary! I will be going to
the mission home tomorrow and then picking him up from the airport on
wednesday! Elder Wilson is his name, all i know is that he's from
America haha. Honestly i still cant believe it, ive always looked
forward to the day i could train a missionary because i've felt that
would be such a cool experience but i really didn't expect to do it be
this soon. I feel very inadequate, but I am so stoked as well! I know
that if we give it our all this next transfer Elder Wilson and I will
be able to see miracles!

Have a great week everybody!!

With Aloha,
Kurihara Choro










Hello everybody!

Sorry not much time to email today we spent most of p-day at
Matsushima! Took some funny pictures, ate jelly fish ice cream and
melon pan ice cream sandwiches, and it was great!

But last week was great! I had splits in Furukawa with elder Halverson
and we were able to do a lot of housing and I was able to gain a
little more confidence in opening my mouth and talking with people we
met. Hollands coming to our mission tomorrow!
Have a great week!

With Aloha,
Kurihara Choro

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Transfer 3 week 3






Hello everybody hope the new year is starting off great! Sorry i have 
been bad about emailing lately! 

But things are awesome here in Izumi! I feel like we are always busy 
doing something and the time is flying by like crazy! Missionary work 
is so fun because all of us in the apartment are doing our best and 
striving to work hard and be obedient! We currently have three 
investigators with baptism dates in February which is awesome! We 
hoped that they would all come to church yesterday but atleast one of 
them did! One of the greatest things i learned from this past week was 
having the courage to just open my mouth and say what i am prompted to 
say in the lessons we had. In previous weeks we would be in lessons 
and i would participate a little, but would hesitate and not say 
everything i wanted to because i wasn't sure how to say it in 
japanese. Always after not opening my mouth i would feel super empty 
and disappointed. This past week i made it a goal to act on the 
promptings from the spirit and open my mouth. I was amazed that i was 
able to articulate the things i wanted to say in teaching the 
principles, extending commitments, and bearing testimony! I know that 
the holy ghost is a real and that he bears testimony of God our 
Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. After we are baptized by proper 
priesthood authority we can have the promise to have the Holy Ghost 
with us always if we live worthily and strive to be in tune with him. 
His role is to comfort us, warn us, testify of truth, and even guide 
us to know what we should do. This is so crucial in missionary work of 
course, but also in everyday life! I know that as we continually 
strive to keep ourselves clean and pure,  and seek the companionship 
of the spirit, and act on promptings when we receive them, we will 
receive more and more promptings and our lives will become so much 
more inspired and awesome! 

Also big news the missionary schedule for missionaries worldwide have 
changed! Still not to sure what the exact schedule is for our mission 
as there is some room for mission presidents to adjust schedules to 
meet the needs of specific cultures and regions. But  I am excited to 
see what great things will happen with this new schedule. I love you 
all, have a great week! 

With Aloha, 
Kurihara Choro 




Pic1: Thanks sister Lee for the scarf and beanie!! Its still really cold over here in Izumi and supposed to get more cold next month!!




Here's a regular picture of me and my companion mitabi choro 



                                                             week and play games! 


 haha 


                                                                    Elder Meyers 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Transfer 2 week 5

Hello Everybody! Sorry I missed last week, we pretty much had no email
time due to New Years activities.But thanks for all the birthday
wishes!  But New Years week was way fun although we weren't allowed to
proselyte for like 4 days straight. So mission wide everyone did "deep
cleaning" in the apartment haha that took all day the first day and we
cleaned everything the futons, kitchen, fridge, bathroom, genkan (door
entry), shower, everything! After we were done we did a lot of reading
from 3rd Nephi and studied a lot of japanese. We ate a lot of mochi!
Haha at tsuyoshi kyoudai's house we even ate Nato Mochi!! It wasn't
too bad actually. But yes this was two weeks ago.

This past week we had the second Bean meeting and ZTM back to back
thursday and friday! I love missionary meetings, being surrounded with
so many missionaries is a cool motivating feeling. The meetings were
great and what i took away personally from both of these meetings was
the desire to get more in tune with and following the promptings of
the spirit. After we are baptized by someone having the proper
priesthood authority and we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost we have
the promise of having him as a constant companion if we live worthily.
In missionary work this is so vital because it is really the Holy
Ghost who teaches and speaks to the heart of those we come in contact
with. He is the one who can guide us throughout the day, inspiring us
where we should go, who we should talk to, or what particular message
this particular person needs to hear. The Holy Ghost is one of the
most wonderful gifts God has given to us His children, may we all
strive to obtain this gift first and then continually strive to keep
him with us always.

We received Transfer calls yesterday and unfortunately i am leaving
ichinoseki. I will miss the branch members here so much. I will be
going to Izumi which is in the Sendai zone. It will be a very
different place than here which was very out in the country. The ward
there has 90 regular going members!!! The branch here had like 9 on a
good day! So it will be a different experiece and i am excited to work
with Mitabi Choro who i have met a couple times (once last year and
once when i came back) this will be his last transfer! He just
finished being the AP and from the times i have met him he seems like
a great hard working elder. And he's from okinawa too! Ohh yes an btw
President Whiting is coming to our mission and then Elder Holland is
coming to our mission in February or March !!!! HOw awesome is that!?
President Smith promised us at zone conference that if we are exactly
obedient and have the faith we will have a baptism before Elder
Holland comes. I am excited for this next transfer!


Just to end this weeks email i wanted to express my gratitude for my
dear dog Nala. I was crushed to receive the news a few days ago that
she had passed away. We would always take her to the beach where she
would just run, tear up coconuts, and run some more.  After 10 years
of being with us, she was still so healthy, active, and athletic. I
honestly forgot how old she really was. But after a cancerous
intestinal tumor erupted there were not many options to take but to
let her go. I have attached an obituary my Dad wrote for her that
explains what happened since i was not there. When i said goodbye
before leaving for Japan, I was fully expecting to come back after two
years and take her to the beach again. I am grateful that i took the
time to take her and Boots to the beach whenever i had time this past
year when i was home. We are so sad that she is no longer with us, but
know she is at peace and in a better place.  She was the best dog
anyone could ask for, we love you Nala.

Life is short and we never know how long our time here will be, lets
always live and treat others in a way that we won't regret. Lets love
others and be joyful! Here's a poem i memorized in 6th grade titled
"the Dash" by Linda Ellis. (Not exactly to sure where the indents are
supposed to be)




I read of a man who stood to speak
At a funeral of a friend.
He recited the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represented all the time she had spent alive on earth,
And now, only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and learn and how we've spent our dash
So think about this long and hard, are there things you would like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough and consider what's true and real
And try to understand the way other people feel
And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we've never loved before
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read with you life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say?
About how you've spent your dash.

Love you all,
Kurihara Choro