Mission Purpose



Favorite Scripture

Alma 29:9

I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some sould to repentance; and this is my joy.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


So, my new area is pretty great. Kochi city is pretty decent sized. Its not huge, but I think it might be bigger than Kakogawa. Hayward Choro called me the other day, and he said he liked Kouchi (he was here for some exchanges) and that it reminded him of like, San Francisco. But, smaller than that. If we leave the city of kouchi, however, it gets reallllllllllly rural and like no one is there. Unfortunately, in Japan, going door to door is not very effective, so those really small places are kind of hard to work in.

The Branch is really good, and the people are amazing. They work so hard, and they are so strong in their religion. We had a ward activity the other day where we went to a members house, had dinner, and they did fireworks. as missionaries, we just watched. It was pretty entertaining.

So, Elder Marquez and I haven't had any investigators or any lessons this whole transfer. That is, we hadn't until yesterday! We were planning on teaching a lesson at church to this nonmember that comes to church every week, but he left during sacrament and we didn't have anyone to teach again.... but then, out of the blue, this lady walks into the church and asks if she can learn about God here. We were like "YEAH!" and she shared a ton of things with us, which just proved to us that she was super prepared to meet us. When we asked when she would be able to meet with us, she was like "whenever. any day. Every day. Tomorrow? Tuesday? I'll meet whenever." She was so excited to hear that God has a plan for her. We are going to meet with her tonight! Wish me luck!

Um, other than that, nothing huge has been going on. Lots of training, lots of travel, lots of finding, lots of heat. I learned how to play Japanese chess the other day. I lost, and then I beat Ogasawara choro, the nihonjin in our apartment at it. Then he was like "no. I need to win. Lets play again." We played again today during breakfast and I lost, so he's pretty happy again, but it was funny when I won.

I got a ton of pictures from Michael now that he's a missionary! I'm glad that he finally got out here.

Hmm... how was I prepared to be a missionary? Well, I was always taught from a young age about this church and about Gods plan for me. I've really come to appreciate that fact as I see so many people that have no idea who God even is. I always just had that expectation of becoming a missionary. It was never like "IF I become a missionary...." it was always "When I become a missionary..." Even just Dad bringing us to eat Japanese food helped me prepare for the culture here. Also being taught how to clean, how to wash my laundry, how to cook some things really helped. Watching parents who were active, who lived worthily, went to the temple, prayed with us, went to church with us.... it all just adds up.

Sorry, I'm having a hard time thinking. Is that alright? Well anyway, thanks for all the love and support, as always! I still have those letters that I haven't sent yet. :P Oh well, as soon as I can find my stamps, I'll send them. I pretty much haven't unpacked anything here because our apartment is super small. Well anyway, love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Casper

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


JULY 14, 2013

WOOOOOOOH today is the start of my fifth transfer, and guess what? Headed to Kouchi, the largest area in the Mission. its is the south part of shikoku, the fourth island of Japan. Because its the largest area in the mission, its going to have 4 missionaries there. And my new companion and I will be opening up Kouchi 2. My new companion is.... I DON'T KNOW! Why? Because I'm training a new brand missionary there! Who is this mystery missionary? I don't know. He's still in the MTC right now. But I'll meet him on Thursday! woooohooo. Excited!

Sorry, I don't have a whole bunch of time to write a letter today, because we are going to go to a ward BBQ today, and also because I now have to pack for my transfer. Its been a nice 5 months here in Kakogawa, but I'm excited to leave. Unfortunately, I'm a little nervous to be leading and training, and my Japanese still isn't as good as I want it to be. Its good enough though that I can handle myself being with two Japanese companions. That's right, until Thursday, I have two companions, and they are both Nihonjin.

Um.... This past week was pretty interesting. I contacted a person that I thought was Japanese, but he was from Canada, had lived in Japan for 5 years, and speaks absolutely no Japanese. but he's meeting with us on Wednesday.

Um.... Sorry, I gotta write my mission president. If I have time I'll write you back. But if not, next time I write you will be from Kouchi. Its a branch, and its very inaka. So... housing? bleh. OK, well, see you! Love you!

Elder Casper
JULY 21, 2013
Greetings from Kouchi! Where is Kouchi, you ask? Just what does my area entail? Well, that, my dear family, is a very good question.
Kouchi is on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. It is located on the south coast, kind of in the middle of the coast. You may be curious to know just how big the area is. Well.... If you look at a map of Japan, look at Shikoku. Now imagine there is a line dividing it half and half, top and bottom. The bottom half is my area! its HUGE!!!!! I'm still not sure what is even in this area at all. Haha. But here in Kouchi city, there is a castle that we are going to today. There is also a tabehodai shabushabu place that we are going to today. :D
It is a very nice branch here, and church was great yesterday! the members are way cool, and I want to do the best I can to help them out.
So, now you are probably wondering just who my companion is. Well, his name is..... Elder Marquez! He's from Mexico! I'll be honest, I didn't expect to be companions with anyone from Mexico! His English is way good though, so there are no language problems. Except for when I speak Japanese. He is very excited to work, and isn't afraid to get out there and talk to people about God and ask for their phone numbers. :P
Its a little weird being here in Kouchi, because we don't have any investigators. There is another companionship here, and they have their investigators, but we "opened" it up as a two companionship area, so we are starting from the ground up. Which is pretty interesting. Don't worry about us though! We have faith that the Lord will guide us to those that will hear us. After all, there are 11 people here in Kouchi that are ready right now to accept the Gospel.
And I also bought a bike! So that's good! Finally riding a bike again is a good feeling.
I'm still pretty nervous to train and stuff, but I'm trying my best. We'll work hard so that we can see some miracles here in Kouchi.
I love you guys! I wrote you all letters last week (very small letters) but I haven't had a chance to send them out. So I'll try to do that this week.
Well, there are only 3 computers here in the place we are emailing, and four of us, so that is a problem. I'll probably end this here. Not much to report on, but I love you guys! I'm surprised by how quickly time is going. Next week is my 8 month mark. That makes it my 1/3rd mark. sanbun no ichi. crazy stuff. Anyway, Love you guys so much! Goodbye!
Elder Casper

Monday, July 8, 2013


June 16, 2013

Hey everyone! Guess what? Its Father's Day! Happy Fathers Day dad! Maa, it’s the day after father’s day here, but still, whatever! It counts alright. :P

This past week was pretty interesting. It rained pretty hard one day, and I crashed my bike because it slipped on some of the wet ground. No bad injuries, just scraped up my hand. And also destroyed my bike light... Oh well, not too bad I guess. :P A lot of our investigator have been hard to reach this past week, so we had lots of finding time. unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t want to listen. We were getting a little discouraged until yesterday, when we started talking to a guy. He had already met missionaries before, but didn’t listen to their message. We invited him to a church tour, and he came with us and it was way good! So we found a new investigator this past week!

Oh yeah, that Facebook guy is such a stud. He’s one of our investigators, and he's way cool. He’s 18, and as of last lesson, he wants to become a missionary. He also wants to be baptized, and the only problem in the way is that he works on Sundays a lot of the time. He wanted to be mine and Hayward長老's friend on facebook, so he added me. He's so cool. :D

Dad! Have fun in Alaska! Take a picture of a bear and send it to Arynn or something. Sounds way exciting.

Um... yeah. Japan is fun. Its way hot now. I'm probably going to take out some money and buy some rain clothes and a new bike light. So if that happens, you know where the money went.

Well anyway, I love you all so much! Have fun this next week! Goodbye!

June 23, 2013

Well, today, We are going to go to Himeji again, so I don't have a ton of time to write you! Sorry!

This next week, we should be having another baptism! Woohoo! Should be a good one.

Um... let’s see... things went pretty good this week. We are working pretty hard here in Kakogawa.

We got a new fridge this week! It was a big surprise. Now we've got like 33% more room, which is good. The other refrigerator was like, as tall as Lauren. :P Pretty tough to fit things in.

Yeah, this past week, it was raining a bit. It is the rainy season, after all.

Guess what? this week, I hit my 7 month mark! How crazy is that? It definitely doesn’t seem like it’s been more than a half a year since I left. crazy stuff. At this rate, I'll be home before I know it. That’s a little scary...

So, this transfer is already half over. Next transfer, I might be becoming a trainer or something! Whoa, kowai!

Are you all studying some japanese? you better. Let’s have secret conversations when I come home, or call home, or something.


Onizuka Choro is a ninja. He's a stud. My Japanese is getting alright. We don't really have any problems communicating. Sometimes we just don’t know how to say a word or something, so we use the cell phone dictionary or my denshi jisho (which I accidentally dropped yesterday and cracked the screen! It still works, but the touchscreen doesn’t now. I feel like Lauren!) to look up a word and show it to each other.

also, we had this experience!

We went to the Eki the other day to dendo, but there was no one there. We found out that there was a matsuri in Himeji, and that everyone was there. We were a little shocked, cause usually its fairly busy around that time, so we didn’t really know what to do. We sat down, said a quick, simple prayer asking the Lord to show us where he wanted us to go. We ended the prayer, looked at each other, and Onizuka長老 asked me how I felt. I never got a chance to reply, because right at that instant, two guys called out to us. We went to talk to them, found out that they had met missionaries before on the street, and we ended up talking with them for like 15 minutes. And then, as we walked back, we kept meeting more and more people who were great contacts. this is all about trusting the Lord. Faith is what leads to miracles. I know that as we trust the Lord, we'll be able to astonish the world!

well, sorry, today was a little scattered. I love you all so much! Why dont you all write me a personal email this week, and then I can reply to those? Alright, see you!


June 30, 2013

So it’s the fourth of July this week? Cool! That really doesn’t mean anything over here though. :P

We had a baptism yesterday! It was way good! kind of funny, because he had to be baptized 5 times before he went all the way under. Other than that, it all went pretty good.

This past week, we were just working hard, teaching people and finding. Usually when we are finding, we go out to the train station right by our apartment and start talking to people there. A lot of people aren’t interested, but there are some people that are really ready to hear our message.

We watched that worldwide training thing yesterday, and it was way good. We are going to get Facebook and stuff, but we haven’t heard anything about when yet. so, still waiting.

I bought a thing so that I can send pictures home, but it won’t work on this computer that I'm typing on. Lucky for me, there are four computers here in the church library. Unlucky for me, the one that the pictures work on is really slow. Oh well, not a problem. Here, hold on just a sec, I'll send some pictures.

Sounds like you are all having a fun time in Utah, although some of that news wasn’t very good news. :( I'm sorry to hear some of that, and I'll keep Camille and Grandpa in my prayers. um... I'm really boring this week and don’t have any cool news or anything.

I got your package! Woohoo! I guess it wasn’t sent by just normal mail or something, so they couldn’t just forward it to me. They gave it to my district leader when he was in Kobe, and then he gave it to me when I saw him next.

Last week, we went to Himeji Castle, and took a tour of it and stuff. Way cool, and they also had a matsuri going on outside too. I ate a really tasty snow cone, and because we were a group of foreigners there, all the kids and yankees were going crazy and wanted pictures with us and stuff. pretty funny.

well, yeah. Sorry. I'm not sure what I should say today. Well, I love you all! When do you plan on moving? :P

Um......... yeah. Also thanks for the Captain Crunch! And the Oreos! and all of it really! :D

well, hope you all have a great week! love you!

Elder Casper

July 7, 2013

Well, it’s been another week! It’s been pretty hot here. They aren’t huge on air conditioning here in Japan. Most rooms just have a tiny cooler in the corner that is decent, I guess. There is only one in our apartment, and its not in the room that we study in. So study gets pretty hot. And also it’s just really hot outside too. Like, 30 degrees. Whatever that means. I have no idea about celcius. :P

So, I suppose the biggest news this week happened yesterday. We got up, got ready for church, and headed out the door. Then as Onizuka 長老 got on his bike, I went to get on mine.... but it wasn’t there. And I haven’t seen it since. Sooooooo...... I don’t know what to do. My bike got stolen, and I don’t really want to buy a new one and then leave, and I don’t really want to walk for the rest of the transfer.... So I don’t know what to do. It had a warranty on it, so I can get a discount on buying a new one, but... I don’t know. So yeah, that stinks... Oh well, I'm sure it'll work out in the end. If we find the person who stole it, we're going to baptize him.

Sounds like everyone is having fun together as a family. Guess what we did for the fourth of July? Nothing. :P but I think things are picking up, because every summer they have crazy matsuris and stuff here in Japan, and I think that season is just starting.

This past week, we were just working like normal. It was a little hard, because lots of our investigators were just not able to meet this week, so it was a lot of finding time, which I'm not very good at still. That’s ok, just practice I guess.

Transfer calls come next week, so this is probably my last full week in Kakogawa. I've been here for almost 1/4 of my mission, which is a little unusual. If I stay, it'll be even more unusual. We'll see what happens though.

Well, I love you all! Have a great week! Stay cool! Hope you all have fun! Love you!

Elder Casper