Thursday, August 27, 2015

Week 2 08/27/2015

This week had a crazy roller coaster of emotions and thoughts. Sunday we had an amazing devotional and it got me thinking a lot about home and my family. I hope all of you guys are doing good. Most days the MTC feels like a prison well actually almost everyday it feels that way! But I'm putting my head down and pushing through the tough times because it's definitely something I need to do. I've already grown so much as a man over the past couple weeks! I'm so thankful for the chance to serve our Heavenly Father and to teach the amazing people of Japan. I was able to have the amazing opportunity to teach Junichi Maeda and to talk with him for 2 hrs. We had the most amazing spirit there with us while we taught him and discussed our church. He's a non member from Tokyo that is living here for business right now. Dad he really really wants to meet you haha. He said when you guys come to get me he's going to come meet up with us and say hi. This experience teaching him really opened my heart and mad me realize that the MTC will end.  Things will get so much better and I'll be out there doing what I do best, talking and relating to people! This journey is going to have it's tough points and it's going to have it's struggles but I'm not here for me! I'm here to serve the Lord and to bring people back to the fukuin (gospel). I'm beyond excited to be out in the field. The other day we did this English gold tag and everyone came back to the room saying wow that wasn't any easier than teaching in Japanese, and I just sat there and was thinking okay that shows that everyone has the weaknesses and their strengths. because I thought the English was amazing and I was able to teach and get to know Sydney our investigator very very well and I could sit and teach her all day.  Nihongo (Japanese) doesn't come easy to me, that's okay though because I know it'll come and the Lord called me on this mission for a reason! I'm so thankful for the role that Heavenly Father plays in my life, and everything that he's done for me. I hope you guys are all doing amazing! I love and miss you guys. Oh and my new companion is awesome! He played football at Bountiful and we connect very well. We are learning Japanese together and helping each other a lot with learning it. We work really well with teaching and doing all that stuff so that's really nice. I'm good on food, my room gets so many packages a day it's crazy haha!! I love when I get hand written letters. I keep them all on top of my closet by my bed. and re read them very often. Choy and Tyson: please keep working hard, that's all I ask of you guys, don't give up on your dreams and don't ever think your dreams are to big. If there is only 1 thing you guys choose to learn from me please please please let it be your work ethic. I took a lot of pride in my work ethic and still do. I hope you two will do the same. It'll bless and help you guys in every bit of life. Also please WRESTLE it's the greatest thing I've ever done with my life. KIA KAHA always and forever. I was able to see Aunt Julee at the Temple today!!! Wow what a Huge tender mercy that was!!! Felt like I was hugging Grandma again and it felt so amazing.  ai shittemas Kazoku ( I Love You)

                                                   Cj and his new companion and Junichi

                                            Elder Cj Packer and Elder Crosby Gull
                                            Elder Cj Packer's district
                                                        Cj and Don

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week one down     08/19/2015

Trials are a compliment to the soul. Either God is trying to strengthen you for his purposes,or, Satan is trying to Destroy you for his. in either case, it shows you are important and worth fighting for!

My P day is today (thursday) we went to the temple and that was amazing. It made me miss going with you guys a ton though. I have had a lot of really cool experiences these past couple of days. Yesterday our zone leaders forgot about a gold tag investigator (non mormon) and he's from Tokyo, I happened to walk out into the hall right when he was about to leave and he said Packer Choro can I talk to you for a sec. He was like I come here every week because I love making the missionaries feel like I like them hahaha. He loves hearing from the missionaries. Him and I talked for probably about an hour about the church and my family. He took a ton of photos with and said he was going to email them to you. I gave him dads email. But he was so kind and loving, he said the Japanese people love it when an American is trying to speak Nihongo so not to worry about learning it good at all. and some of them speak english. I'm starting to get more comfortable here, I just get home sick a lot and miss you guys. I get really frustrated with the language because I'm not good and it and seem to not be getting it very well at all. I'm just keeping my faith is Christ that he will teach me what I need to do to fulfill my purpose. I get my Ipad tomorrow so I'll be able to see your emails anytime so that'll be really helpful and nice, plus I can look up talks and everything. IT's crazy that Choy is driving, I think he needs to drive beasty and workout at treehouse to keep that packer swag going because we all know I repped it hard :) I wish Japanese was easier haha. I now see why people say this is the hardest thing they have ever done in their lives. I guess its probably because this is something completely different than what I am used to doing. I know it is the right thing to be doing though. I get to workout everyday, sometimes we play soccer or volleyball but most times i just go and get SWOLE AF, so tell Choy he better pick it up because I'm still lifting!!! but the heaviest dumbbell they have is 70 :'( it's kind of sad haha.  Dont send anymore food haha I'm trying to watch my weight, I love letters and emails though!!!!! The food here sucks.... We ate at the temple today and that was like a gift from heaven!! I did laundry and I think I even did it right hahaha!!!! I find myself praying every second it feels like, asking for strength, patience, hope, and Christ like love. I get frustrated with myself a lot if you cant tell. Me and the zone leaders are already so tight!! I played football against one of them and we talk a lot about that, Their awesome guys. I love you guys so much 

I'm getting of the computer now, but just know I love you and thank you for being the best mom a son could ask for. Ai shitemasu pristene 
 You are already wonderful missionaries!  I know Japanese people will love and appreciate you very much!!

Hope to see you again at the MTC!!


前田 純一
Cj and Junichi

Cj and his Companion Elder Reber
First Email from Elder Packer       08/12/2015
I love you guys so much!! The first day might have been one of the hardest days emotionally for me in my life hahaha. I cried like a little baby at night. but I know what I am doing is right and its what I should be doing. Mom I cant find my black belt... where did you happen to put it? Japanese is crazy, it's a lot of fun to learn though and I couldn't be happier with it. I saw so many buddies that it was hard to count. Nick Beard and I had a good talk about how hard it can get at times and how all you want to do is give up. I already miss you guys like crazy! I seriously was hold my coin in my hand yesterday screaming in my head Kia Kaha "Be Strong". Its going to take some getting used to that for sure. My companion is  a really cool kid from Springville Utah named Reber Choro. HE LOVES TO TALK... more than me. yes that is possible. as you can imagine I'm a little quiet with everyone. Please tell Choy ( Braxton) I love him and that he better get his but into the gym NOW.   Love you guys so much. Talk to you soon. I might get to email you tonight too, I was suppose to watch this whole video and then leave the lab but obviously I was going to send a quick email ;) Love ya guys, keep it trill in the 801