Sunday, October 25, 2015

Letter from the Frozen Noodle

Hello everyone! 

I hope you're all getting super excited for Halloween! The leaves are changed and yesterday we had our first snow. Here come fleece lined legging and spikes on your shoes so you don't slip! Yay, everyone loves snow!

This weeks ponderizie scripture is: 
Helaman 3:35
"Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God".  I thought this was very fitting with fast Sunday coming up. 

Funny highlights: I was in the bathroom the other day the the church and I forgot to lock the door whoops and I had my hand on the door to walk out with one of the members starts walking in. When she saw me I thought she was going to cry. She was so embarrassed. I felt bad but it was so funny. Then during planning the other day my companion and I decided to talk in different accents for every paragraph we read it was so funny! I'm really good at an Irish accent. It was super fun!
Special Sapporo nametags

This week has been really good. I've seen so many miracles. The other day we were calling old investigators and we weren't having any success.  We only had time to call one more person and I looked at a random name and said you're going to answer and we are going to meet. Then she answered and we have an appointment for tonight. I'm so excited. 

I was talking to a member the other day about people helping each other. She said she felt like a burden to the ward because they always have to help her but then my companion talked about how people help you to get blessings. Sometimes it's hard to accept help from people. It made me think about myself and if I'm humble enough to accept help from others. I'm so willing to help others but do I in return let others help me? It's something that I want to work on. :)

Seaweed and rice "burrito"!  Yummy!!
I love you all. Continue to look for miracles. Let people serve you.
愛 ❤️You!
(Love you)

Sister Zollinger

P.S. I'm obsessed with sushi. Sushi in America is not sushi. It's fish on rice. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hello Lovelies!


How is everyone doing?
Straightened Hair... Everyone went crazy!
My ponderizeing scripture this week is:  Isaiah 54:10-11
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

I love this so much. Sometimes, actually a lot of the time life is really hard and we face many different challenges and are tossed to and fro but Heavenly Father will never leave us. He will always be there for us when we are struggling. Then we will build up our struggles with sapphires and who doesn't love sapphires?
Funny Highlights: the other day we were ridding our bikes and I didn't see or comprehend that Sister Kempner had stopped to talk to someone and I slammed right into her. On my bike. Scared the lady we were talking to so bad and I almost had a heart attack. Then we were waiting to go do some missionary work with a girl in the ward that got her mission call and there was a bird sitting on the bridge behind me.  I tried to scare it away but it looked right into my soul and started towards me...I screamed. The bird here are fearless! Especially the crows! Then there are these little bugs called yukimushi (snow bugs) tiny delicate little bugs. I got three of them in my eyes on the way to church the other day super gross anyway we were leaving church and one of the members commented on how many there were and said she ends up eating a ton of the, everyday. She said it was delicious. It sounded funnier in Japanese... These bugs though you poke them and they die no joke!
Feeding the Bishop
This week has been super good! I love it here. Last night the missionaries fed the bishop. It was a fun twist. All the missionaries were at the church cooking. The elders made a salad for the first time! Took them it 40 minutes but it was super good! We send them to do the shopping because we didn't have time and they were super stressed and called us like every 10 minutes.  The bishop just got called and he's super nervous so we decided to show him our love and support. It was so much fun! 
Fun Cafe for lunch
I don't really know what to say today but I love you all. The church is true, I know with all my heart it's true! Never stop praying Heavenly Father is listening. Look for miracles everyday and you will see them! Please pray for people to open their hearts to the gospel. Pray for your friends and family. I'm praying for you all and I appreciate everything you do!!

(Love You)


Sunday, October 11, 2015

そうたいかい (General Conference)

The Zone
If you love conference and you know it raise your hand!!  I love, love, love, love, love conference!! It just gets better every time! It so amazing to see the love Heavenly Father has for us!

Funny Highlights: Yesterday we went to a members house for dinner. One of their daughters is 13, she's super cute, I love her to death. She is in love with my hair.  I was standing in line to get my food and I felt something tugging on my hair and I turned around to see she was standing behind me springing all my curls. Then during dinner I put my hair up in a bun and I looked over and her eyes were huge! Like how did you just do that!? So I asked her if she wanted a bun like mine and she got so excited it was the cutest thing ever. So I put her hair in a bun for her. This week the American Family were visited last week, their daughter turned 12 on Wednesday. So Sister Kempner and I decided to go decorate her room for her. When we went to dinner they came to pick us up but Wednesday we were like we can bike there it's no big deal. Little did we remember about this wonderful world we live in that Mountains are so much smaller in a car. Let's just say it look us 40 minutes to bike up and about 5 to bike down...

Captain Moroni
My ponderizie scripture for the week is 
Alma 46:36 - "And it came to pass also, that he caused the Title of Liberty (In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children) to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites".

I love the image of Hoisting the Title of Liberty. All of us should plant our standards firm in the ground and then raise our Title of Liberty high for all to see. Let the world know what you know and love. Be a missionary and show love to everyone around you. Right before this verse in Alma Moroni runs around asking who will join with him. Who will join him? Who will follow the prophets council from conference and Simplify, Ponderizie, Behold Thy Mother, Repent and Be Clean? Who will hoist their Title of Liberty. So good, I just love prophets, they're the coolest!

Dinner party
Yesterday at dinner there was us, the Domon Family, the Tull Family (the Americans) and the Takahasi Family. The Brother Tull is the only one that knows Japanese in his family, Ai Domon just got back from a mission in Colorado and is the only one that knows English in her family, and the Takahasi family lived in Idaho for a little so they know a little bit of English, and then you have Sister Kemper who's fluent in Japanese and me. There were a lot of Enganese conversations going on. It was super cute. No one got frustrated in the ability or inabilities and everyone helped each other. It was so special. There was so much love and friendship in that house.

Caitlin sent me a letter a little bit ago about her adventures in Africa and something she said in there was super special to me. She said it doesn't matter where you are in the world all you need is love. Love is the foundation of everything. With love we can do anything. Like the Beatles sing "All you Need is Love".  Love after all is the reason we are here. God loves us to he sent us to earth to learn. God loves us so he gave us families. God loves us so he send His Son, who in a single act showed more love than we can comprehend. God loves us, each and every one of us. Also I love you! I love hearing from you! Thanks for everything you do!

(I love you)

(Zoringa Shimai)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Another week in the land of the Rising Sun

Who's excited for General Conference!? Wait just kidding you all already watched it. I get to watch it this weekend! Yay I'm so excited!!

Funny Highlights: the other morning we were running and this guy stopped me and in English, "are you Mormon?" So I said yes gave him a little sphill then he said "are you from Utah" so I said no "I'm from New Mexico in America". So he said "oh okay, goodbye Utah" and then left. It was so funny. I love people English here. It's so fun. Everyone love to practice their English with me! It's the best. Some members even write down their testimonies in English for me! So great!
This day we were coming to the church to email and the RS was having a party and when they saw us they got all excited and took us into this room and gave us food and then let us leave. The members are so great! Then we went to visit this little old lady and on the way there we thought it was going to rain so we brought our rain jackets but it was super hot. When we were leaving her house she looked at me and then down at the jacket I wasn't wearing and took my bag away from me until I put my jacket on. It was so hot I thought I was going to die but this little grandma was taking care of me so don't worry mom :) 

I had my first interview with my mission president this week! I love that man so much. He is amazing! I'm so blessed to be here. So blessed. He asks us to come with questions to make the time more effective. I didn't ask all of my questions but he answered them all in that interview. It was super cool. Yesterday we had a mission wide goal to get 120 new people to church. Sister Kempner and I all still doing a lot of finding but this morning we got the news, exactly 120 people came to church yesterday!! Miracles are real! My companion is a Sister Training Leader which means we go on a lot of splits. So I get to spend one day a week with someone that doesn't know any English yay! It's so hard! But my Japanese is improving so much everyday I learn something new. I'm so thankful for Heavenly Father helping me learn this hard language! The other day I was on splits and I went and taught this lady that new English! But the Sister I was with doesn't know any English. But it was super cool because she told me to bear my testimony in English. We were teaching the lesson and this girl was super upset because her dog had just passed away. It was so special to be able to share with her the things I had learned last week. When I bore my testimony I did it half in Japanese and half in English. The spirit was so strong in that room and it helped me see that it doesn't matter what language you're speaking where you are or what you're doing the gospel is still the same and of the spirit is there everyone will understand. The church is true!

Last note, in my interview I asked tips on how to learn Japanese and he said if a dog can learn Japanese so can you!

I love you all!

(I love you)

(Zoringa Shimai)

Picture of food!  Because food in Japan is great!
Crazy sisters on bikes!
Climbed to a Temple