Friday, August 29, 2014

JT - Week 1 in the books - Aug 28, 2014



This week was a crazy one to say the least. We spend so much time in the classroom studying the gospel and trying to speak Japanese. It gets really tiring and annoying because the desks are so close together and we have about 15 pounds of books not including our scriptures! I'll attach a picture of all of them, you'll be impressed. My companion and I are starting to get along better. Last Friday we began teaching our first investigator, Hashimoto san. Let me tell you, that was really hard. First off, my companion wasn't putting any effort in planning our lesson, so I basically prepared and taught the whole thing by my self for the first three lessons. I feel like I did a good job given the Japanese that I do know, but the lesson wasn't nearly as good as it could have been if I had my companion's help. Despite what I tell him/ask him, he doesn't listen. He seemed distracted and unfocused and frankly seemed like he didn't want to be there. It was really frustrating me because I'm trying to be my best and I felt like I was trying to drag a big bag of flour around and I was falling behind of my potential. However, after our Tuesday devotional, my companion started to get his head on straight at least a little bit and he was able to help me out in our lessons. Our last two lessons I felt went pretty well in that we got him to commit to read the Book of Mormon and to pray everyday. In our last lesson we invited him to be baptized but he said he didn't know if the Book of Mormon was true and that he wasn't sure whether or not to believe in the Mormon church or the Catholic church. After he said that, I did not know what to say in English let alone try to say anything in Japanese. It's frustrating sometimes but I know that I'll be able to get it if I continue to work hard and that I stay worthy to have the spirit with me. I found that my days become bearable and even enjoyable if I always have a prayer in my heart and that I always have Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in my thoughts and heart.


The members of my district are all so great. I love them so much and we've become such great friends after only a week. They are already like family and we sitll have eight more weeks together. It'll be fun and mentally exhausting at the same time.

The food here is still amazing, but I've been told many times throughout my stay here to never drink the Orange Juice. I can now see why...... It gives you..... bad problems.... so my advice to any preparing for a mission.. DON'T DRINK THE ORANGE JUICE!! :)

I miss you all so much but I know this is where I'm supposed to be. Sunday was such a spiritual day here. We had a devotional where the speaker said blatantly, "this mission is not about you." That was a slap in the face. I feel like I've been focusing a lot on what the benefits would be for me rather than the people that I need to be serving. They talk a lot about our purpose as a missionary. "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and in his atonement, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end." It's not about me. It's about the people I come in contact with and It's about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They have blessed me so much and I need to give all my strength and effort to be able to fulfill our purpose. We also watched a talk by David A. Bednar called the Character of Christ. It was such a mind blowing and deep talk. The main thing he said about the Character of Christ is that "Jesus Christ turns outward when everyone else would turn inward." I want you all to think about that. I know I will strive to be more like my savior especially after listening to this powerful message.
I miss you all so much and I pray that you are all doing well. I'll email again next Thursday!
Love,
Elder JT Lamoreaux

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A history lesson.


Elder Erwin Lamoreaux was married in 1963.  He and his wife, Linda, had 8 children  (4 boys and 4 girls).  All 8 children have married and have had kids of their own.  5 of those kids were born the same year - 1996 - yes, that was when the other 3 Elders Lamoreaux where born. 

from left to right Zach, Weston, JT, Brianna (standing in for her sister Megan who wouldn't be born until August)  and Kimberlee. 
JT and Weston


Zach and Kimberlee were born on the same day. - No they are not twins.  

Here they are, all grown up.  Well sort of.

Here is the whole Lamoreaux Clan




Saturday, August 23, 2014

JT - I'm alive

Aug 22, 2014

Dear family/friends,

I am here at the MTC on my 2nd full day. I'm doing great and I am learning so much already. As soon as you dropped me off I felt like this is where I am supposed to be. They threw us in the classroom right away and the teacher used full on Japanese the whole time. It threw me off but I am now starting to get it. The spirit here is so strong and I have never felt it this often or this much in my life. My companion is Elder Ross from Murray and I feel that we get along well. I think my hardest challenge is learning the Language. Japanese is so hard but I am starting to remember the Japanese that I learned in school.
Just so you know, I'll be staying in the MTC for 9 weeks, not 6. that means that I fly to Japan on about the 20th of October which is just before Weston gets to the MTC.
The food here is great! You don't have to worry about me going hungry because every single meal is like an all you can eat buffet! I am getting so fat here.
My district is awesome. They each have a strong testimony and are all so friendly and likeable. there are 8 elders and 4 sisters in my district and we are all going to Kobe. I feel like we can all get along well and will become like a family. I am the "senior companion" right now and about half way through our stay at the MTC, my companion and I will switch.
Life is so busy here. We are in the classroom at least 9 hours a day. Our P day is on Thursday, but they are allowing us to email our family because they are teaching us how to use the computers right now, so i don't have a lot of time. At the end of each day, I feel so exhausted. It's not physical exhaustion though, it's mental and spiritual. Trying to understand japanese is brain wracking and frusturating at times. I'm just grateful that I know at least a little bit because otherwise I would be so lost. Yesterday, they taught us how to pray in japanese and that is awesome when I understand what I'm saying. I run into a lot of missionaries going to the Philippines and It makes me envious that I can understand Tagalog but I have to learn to understand Japanese, but i know with the lord's help I can get it.
I don't have anymore time but I will email later and will appreciate hand written letters. I love you all so much. I will send pictures on P day as well.

Love,
Elder JT Lamoreaux/ Lamoreaux Choro

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 20, 2014 JT's first day of his mission.




On our way to the MTC we had lunch at Red Lobster.  Then we went to the Provo Temple to say goodbye and to take pictures.





Then it was off to the MTC.  So long Elder Lamoreaux.  See you in two years.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

JT's mission call

We had a contest to see who would could guess where JT would be going.  Everybody's guess was posted on the map.  It had to be a specific mission, not just a country.  That was because everybody was guessing the Philippines (there are 21 mission there).  So who won?  Doesn't really matter, it was just fun to do.




video



Megan Thompson, Brandon Meeves, JT, Gordon Bowns













Elder Erwin Lamoreaux's mission call


Elder Erwin Lamoreaux (Grandpa) started his mission in September 2011.  As you can see here it says the length of service is 24 months.  That would mean that his mission would have been over in September of 2013.  That was not long enough.  So he went online to his mission webpage or whatever it is and extended his mission for another 24 months.  That means he will be serving until September 2015 - one more year, that is if he doesn't extend again.