October 1, 2017


Futenma, Okinawa, Japan


Sister Sato

Hello from Okinawa! - Week 4

Wow! How is it already October?! Time is flying by so fast. I can't believe I'm turning 20 this week! This mission is going by so fast!
Anyways, Okinawa is great! The entire month of September was really hot but the minute it turned October it started to cool down a little bit! Hopefully it cools down even more in the next few weeks.
This week was awesome! We got to go on military bases a lot this week which is always fun. We got to go on Kadena Air Force base which is HUGE. Around Kadena they have tons of jets and airplanes flying around, it's so neat! Also when we were driving on base and we got to see the hangars with all the military jets. Apparently those are the jets that are currently flying near North Korea's border ... but anyways it was way cool! On another base, we visited a family called the Paulls. A lot of the wives in the military ward are alone for months at a time while their husbands are deployed. So a lot of families have been having us over and it's been great getting to strengthen them a tiny bit while the moms are alone with their kids. We loved spending time with the Paulls and their kids and we shard a short message about the army of Helaman and if they have faith they need not fear. God will be with us and carry us through in our times of need. It was great getting to tell them that when we are faced with something as scary as the possibility as their loved ones going to war, as long as we have faith, we can do anything with God's help!
We also went on junkai (exchanges) with the sister training leaders this week! I got to go with Sister Snow from St. George. We had a lot of fun and met a lot of cool people! One old lady was gardening and she gave us these really small tangerines that were like green and she kept handing them to us. Haha, they were so so sour and I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to eat them while they're green like that but whatever. But despite the crazy adventures that day, we were able to make two return appointments! Around the Kadena military base there are a lot of Americans who live off-base so we knocked into them and I gotta say, it is so weird doing missionary work in English. Shout-out to missionaries in America because it is way harder than I thought! But, it was really good practice and we got to talk to a lot of cool people.
This week we found a new investigator!! His name is Geff and he's from New Zealand. His wife is Japanese and they have two kids. Geff is a strong Baptist and when we first knocked into him he had a lot of questions that were kind of against our teachings but as we talked more he started to warm up and have a lot of interest. This week we showed up at his door and gave him a Book of Mormon and he loved it! We shared with him Moroni 10:3-5 and while he was reading it, he stopped in the middle of the verses and pondered it. He then asked us how me and my companion came to know the Book of Mormon was true. We both bore our testimonies and I could feel the Spirit so strong. After a few more questions and explanations, he asked us if we could come back and we were like "of course!" We are so excited to teach him and his family. We were definitely led to him and we are finding the prepared people to teach the gospel!
I love this gospel and I love being a missionary! この教会は真実です! 沖縄が大好きです! 愛しています!
-Sister Atwood


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