Monday, January 14, 2013

It's snowing in Tokyo! 1/14/13

Hi family!
Sounds like everyone's stressed out at home but in a good way---keeping busy and counting your blessings! I've been hearing a lot about the new Sunday School program for youth and also about all the new sister missionaries! Trina emailed me that this time last year sister applications were 15% and now they're a full half. I love sister missionaries! I'm excited to hear about all the missionaries leaving from our family and our home ward! Missionary service is by far the most meaningful thing I've ever done and an experience that will continue to change the way I live for as long as I live. I've only rarely felt like it was a sacrifice to give up this time---you can't give a crust of bread to the Lord without Him giving you a warm, buttery, fresh-from-the-oven loaf in return---along with enough loaves to feed your family for a year as well as the key to His immensely successful bakery around the corner. I'm sure an apostle said something like that.
I don't really have much to report on this week...forgive me? You get to find out about all the cool stuff Tokyo missionaries do in my journal anyway, albeit a few weeks delayed. Enjoy what I draw, read the church magazines, savor the Book of Mormon, and attend the temple. A few measly requests from your favourite Asia missionary!
Love you all,
Long Shimai

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