|Lacey Shimai and Coughanour|
|In Class at the MTC|
|Provo Utah Temple|
I can't believe that I have been here for a month! It makes me sad that I only have 17 months left of my mission. My doryo and I decided that we really need to work harder to have a more successful mission. We don't want any regrets and we only have one shot. This week has been really good and I have learned a lot. I realized that I need to not be so timid in the language and during lessons I shouldn't rely on my notes so much. I think I'm going to try going into a lesson with nothing but scriptures and a Japanese dictionary and see how that works. An elder in the zone said this is why we have the MTC, to make mistakes and learn from them. I learned that its okay to mess up because then I can learn from my mistakes. Took me long enough, huh?
I love my doryo (companion) so much. We learn a lot from each other. We realized that we have been through very similar situations, its almost scary.. We have been able to give each other advice and to learn from each other. The other day we had a good comp inventory. We realized that we have different mindsets on personal and companion inventory. She focuses just on the kyudosha (investigator) and I focus a lot on myself (what I need to do in the lesson). We noticed that she practically plans the lessons during personal study and then when its companion study there is nothing for me to really put in. We discussed this and read in Preach my Gospel and we decided that we both needed to change. I need to focus more on the investigator and she needs to focus more on herself and then we can come up with the lesson during companion study. I love her to death and we are already talking about rooming together in college when we get back from missions.
I love my senseitachi (teachers) so much too. They teach so well in different ways. One day when Olsen Kyoudai was teaching he was telling us about experiences during his mission and one Shimai asked if we have to eat all the food people give us and he had us turn to Alma 8:21-22 and it says,