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

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! 


                                                                    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