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

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
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