Sister Jena Anderson

Sister Jena Anderson
Entered the MTC December 28th, 2011 and left for Kobe, Japan March 12th!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I AM HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey fam!!!! This is supposed to be super short... BUT! I'm safe in Japan, we got here last night, I'm on a mission, feeling a little jet lagged... ha ha!  I had my first contact with JAPAN!  We had lunch at a World Buffet and as we were leaving, a Japanese guy ran up and wanted a picture with me... ha ha! He thought the blonde sisters were so beautiful ha ha... we are not in Kansas anymore, one of our sisters keeps saying... "we are the minority!" I LOVE THE JAPANESE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We might get to go TRACT today, wow I am so excited. I love this work, Japan feels just like home, I realized that I have BEEN TO THIS CHURCH and by the mission home... some Japenese memories just came floating back from our trip! And... this is getting longer than 25 words.... THE CHURCH IS TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot WAIT to share it with the beautiful people of Japan.
Loving you forever!!!!!!!! Your blessed blonde daughter :) (with a Japanese nametag!)

Dear President and Sister Zinke,
The time has finally come!  Our daughter will be arriving at your door step - 
so excited to meet you and so ready to get to work.  We are thrilled that 
she was called to the Japan, Kobe mission, and will have the opportunity
to serve the Lord there, and be one of yourmissionaries. Thank you for your
dedication, your example, your enthusiasm, your love of the missionaries
and missionary work, and for all you are doing to build the kingdom in Japan.  
Thanks also for your wonderful blogs!!!
We have a small favor to ask. If possible, could you print the following letter 
and give it to her for us when you see her?  
Scott and Angelle

Dear Sister Anderson - our sweet, beloved daughter!

YOU ARE THERE!!! You are in Japan!!!!! Wow...did you think this day would
ever come?  By now you have more than likely met President and Sister Zinke -
what a blessed day!  
We hope your flight was without incident and a lot of fun!  Did you sleep at all
on the plane or were you too excited? We can't wait to hear who your new
companion is, and where you will be serving in your first area. Wherever it is,
 it will be the perfect place to begin your adventure in the land of the rising sun.
We love Japan, and love it more now that you are there!
We hope you feel our prayers for you, and that you know how much we love and
adore you.  And admire you.  And think you are the best!!! And we are crazy
about you!  And we are so proud of you (the good kind of pride) :).  And we are
so happy for you!  You have worked hard to be standing (or sitting) where you are
right now, and we hope you soak in every minute of this momentous moment!
Is time standing still for you right now???  Does it seem real????
There are undoubtedly many, many people in this beautiful country who have been
prepared to meet you and have you teach them. What a thrilling thought! And you
are up for it!
President Hinckley said: "The message has always been the same...Missionary
 work has never been easy, and yet the joyful rewards cannot be equaled by any
other experience. Anything as precious as the gospel of Jesus Christ is worthy of
all the effort and sacrifice of time and means employed to teach it...The biggest 
challenge facing a missionary today is to forget himself and lose himself in the work...industry is at the heart of missionary work. This has not changed since
the time of the Savior. 
He said, “… whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same
shall save it.” (Mark 8:35.) That is particularly true with missionary work. The greatest challenge has always been to go before the Lord in prayer and ask for strength and capacity and direction, and then go out and
go to work. The Lord has declared: “If therefore thine eye be single [to my glory],
 thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22.)
So...go for it young lady!  We have confidence that you will go for it with
 all your heart and soul as you did in the MTC...and that you will share
 your incredible love of the Savior and His gospel with all you meet.
We know that you will share the light you have been given - the light
you brought with you to this earth - with enthusiasm and love. Go forth with
 confidence and joy!  

Joseph Smith proclaimed:

“No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions
may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may
defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent,
till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every
country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be
accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” (HC 4:540)

We are so blessed to have our daughter proclaiming the truth in Japan.
We love you forever and know that you are in the Lord's hands. You are
His servant and He will lead, guide, protect, and comfort you.  We know
that you will be blessed in ways you can't even imagine - for it has been
so from the beginning of your mission. Right? Right!


With deep gratitude and immense love,
Your Mom and Dad back home in Utah...

Dear Brother and Sister Anderson,

Your beautiful daughter has arrived safe and sound in Kobe Japan!
She is so happy and we are delighted to have her as one of our 
sweet sister missionaries.  
We were happy to copy your letter for her and she has received it! 

Thank you for your kind note and gift of chocolate!  We love chocolate
(and especially chocolate mint)!  We appreciate so very much your support.
 We truly feel that we have such wonderful and obedient missionaries -
we feel blessed to be serving with them.

Thank you for sharing your daughter...we look forward to getting to know
her better!  

Much love,
Sister Zinke
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