There's just a little Japanese for you - haha. It just says today we are going to the Tokyo temple and this week was interesting - haha. So we ate sushi on Monday with S--and S--. It was fun and they basically treat us like their grand kids - haha. They help us with everything. It's so funny. I'll send you pictures of my first sushi experience. We were able to give them each a Book of Mormon that day. S--was busy but S-- came to church. It went well.  In the second hour we had two  investigators there. The other elders had one too and their investigator speaks English and refuses to speak Japanese - haha. So everyone was speaking English and I had to translate for S--. It was my first time translating. It was so much fun!! Even though  I was not good at it I was still able to translate most of it. I got the ideas across - haha. It felt really good though to be able to help her understand.  Yesterday we ate sukiyaki with them. You make the food while your sitting there. They didn't make us sit seiza thank goodness. My knee can't handle it - haha -  it tasted really good. We meet with them again on Saturday and we are going to try to have them both come to church:) My talk didn't go as well this time. I didn't have much time, just a week, and I only translated it once. So I got up there and started doing it and then I was like, "what was I thinking? This doesn't make sense..." So I just turned my ipad off and talked - haha. It went way better once I did that, I didn't mention either that I was the last speaker and had 20 minutes?!? I saw that and the branch president just smiled. I did it though and after wards he was just laughing because he knew it was really tough - haha. My testimony of Christ grew a lot this week. I love the Gospel. Everyday reading the Book of Mormon and Bible I realize more and more how much it means to me and how my life is centered on the gospel. Everyone time we talk to people I testify to them about eternal families and what the Book of Mormon has done for me in my life. That seems to work the best because they can see how much it means to me. At a testimony meeting one of the less active bore his testimony about prayer and he said that since he's changed his prayers to praying for thanks and others more it has helped him the most, I want to challenge you all to do the same. I can promise you if you do that your prayers will be stronger too:) Sounds like SFA is doing well! That's awesome!The temple was great. I enjoyed it a lot. There was a little bit of japanesey-ness to it too. So cool. There was am amazing picture of Mount Fuji. I'm back in Kisarazu now. It's already transfers again next week!?! I'll get to let you know what's happening next email. I love you all!!!!!!


(Elder Proctor)

Elder Larm and I at the Tokyo Temple

Cool Stone Dog Statue

Sushi Time!!!
 Beautiful Temple

Shibuya - Busy Place

Hello Everyone:

Hey everyone! This week went great. We have been successful at finding people. I have started telling people about my own experiences with the Book of Mormon and feeling the Spirit instead of just introducing it. It has worked so much. They always feel the Spirit then are interested to see if they really can feel God's love by reading and praying.  That has been the key. So let us continue the awesome S-- story. That's longhorn hat guys name. So after email and learning the crazy story with the longhorn hat guy we went to the store.  We ended up needing to go back to the church.  on the way I said, "keep an eye out for the longhorn hat guy." we ran into him by the church.  He was coming back from the dentist.  We talked again and he was completely changed. I dramatically pulled out the email (thanks to the ipads) from his daughter and he was awestruck.  Then I knew his  grandsons name.  He was shocked.  I told him this was not a coincidence.  It was by God. It was so dramatic for him to look at my nametag and say, purokutaa. so awesome.  He agreed to meet again and gave us his address, email, phone number.  He walked away and said I'll call you.  He had a tear in his eye.  We then said bye and prayed a prayer of thanks.  **MIRACLE.** Then we called him later in the week.  He wants to eat sushi with us. Then on Sunday morning we get a text from him that says he would meet us after church.  We met him and his girlfriend.  We showed him around the church and we are eating with him today. He said he had never been in church before. His car has Texas stuff all around it and he has a belt buckle and everything. So funny. It is a miracle. He then gave us a map to his house.  Wow is it awesome.  He is a miracle. I'm so happy that you are all being missionaries at home, that is amazing.  I have a talk next week  on the charity of Christ.  I'm learning new vocab for it this week -  haha.  I'm going to try to return my keyboard today and get the one my companion got.  My enter key and almost the whole left side doesn't work.  S- is the longhorn hat mans name.  He is really nice.  So with speaking Japanese some people I can communicate really well with.  They speak clearly and its easier.  old people are hard though and S- is older haha we are doing our best though so pray for us!!!  I love you all and I hope you had a nice week.  I love you!!! 

Elder Proctor

Neat looking Shrine

Elder Larm at another small Temple

Another Shrine

Our Awesome Apartment - We live on the 2nd Floor

Sweet Looking Bridge

I ate 10 plate fulls - I did America Proud

Another shrine

Two friends we made - Love the "Longhorns" hat!


This was the most successful week of my mission.  Pretty cool experience.  On Thursday we had a lesson with K-- the old man and it didn't go as planned.  We got there and I misunderstood one thing he said and him being an old Japanese man was kind of frustrated.  So we didn't really teach and I got to the apartment that night and just prayed for help.  I just wanted things to go better.  That was Thursday and since then we have found tons of investigators. The first is trilingual 18 year old. Eating with him tonight. On Saturday there literally was a blizzard. The wind was so strong it almost knocked me down once. It was crazy - luckily my companion caught me. We stayed out and worked and found 2 people at their houses.  Then we handed out a couple of copies of the Book of Mormon yesterday and at last found a family last night that we are teaching at 4 today.  I'm excited to teach the M-- family, they have 5 people in their family.  I read the letters about that longhorn hat man. That is amazing that his daughter is in Tyler. I'm going to be looking out for him.  I actually met a kid that had a hoodie that said Texas and Austin on it yesterday too by the way - haha.  So yea, I don't know what you guys did, I guess temple and stuff, but your prayers are working.  I am seeing success.  we taught a man from Ethiopia yesterday and he is reading the Book of Mormon again now.  The ipad is awesome.  I got a keyboard and case for it.  So awesome.  The keyboard is a little weird. I love you all.  My companion is doing great.  He still is obviously new but so am I - haha. We just ganbaro (work hard) through every day.  I'm getting better though because my mind kinda has no choice - haha.  I know this is all true. I love you so much.  Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!!!!

Elder Mason Proctor
Sorry, no pictures this week as my cord is not working for the ipad.

Kon'nichiwa Nihon kara!  こんにちは日本から

This week was great! We had a mission conference with Elder Scott D. Whiting and after the conference with Elder Whiting I told my companion we are changing.  We are not using the "whitewashing" excuse as to why we are having difficulty in our new area (whitewashing is starting a new area).  That day we found a Pilipino family and an investigator named K--  So cool.  The Pilipino lady spoke Japanese for like 5 minutes then said I speak English and started laughing.  So funny.  I don't think they thought we were serious because the times we went to see them, they weren't there but tonight we are visiting them. 
Crazy coincidence.  A guy on the street was wearing a longhorn hat so I stopped and talked to him.  His daughter lives in Tyler?!?!?! of all places! His son is on a mission in Japan.  I asked him if he was a member and he said no.  I tried to set up time with him but he has obviously heard it.  What a crazy coincidence though.  We ran into a Jamaican man.  He was kind of bible bashing but he said he'll come to church.  This past week was stake conference so maybe next week he'll come.  Stake conference was awesome.  Exactly like ours except everything Japanese-haha you know: kids screaming, happy people and everything-haha.  We sang our mission song for the stake.  A lot of them cried.  They pulled out their phones and recorded too haha.  I read D&C 60:2-3 and it has helped me.  Don't waste what you have been given.  I have been speaking a lot more this week to everyone. 
Yesterday for the first time I got to quote the first vision to a man on the street.  Its so funny because I go from rudimentary Nihongo (Japanese) to high level flawless for 30 seconds then back to rudimentary haha.  He liked it though but said he is busy.  We found a former investigator.  I saw two kids on bikes and felt we should go to them .  We tried to catch up but couldn't so turned around.  When we walked back where we were a man ran up and he said are you the Mormons?!?!  I was like yea!  He has read the whole bible and Book of Mormon and studys a lot of religions.  He said Mormon is most correct haha.  So we are teaching him now.  He is like 65 and I can never understand old people but I can understand him.  I think Heavenly Father has something planned for us because I can understand him and he is the only old man I can. 
I love you all and know that you mean the world to me.  Ill send some pictures.  I went to the top of the Kisarazu monument this morning for exercise.  I love you!!!!  We get ipads on Wednesday!!!  Yoshi!!!!  Getting my stuff for it today. 

Elder Proctor
Tai Chi class in the park - cool!
Yummy Shrimp!