Date

June 22, 2016

Area

MTC

Companion

Celeste Barton

Week 4: TO FAMILY

Konichiwa kazoku!
Thank you all so much for your emails, I love them so much and have emotions when reading them :) I also hope you all had a great Father's Day! (Especially you dad ;) ) 

Sister Barton and I taught the lesson in Relief Society last week which was on endure to the end.  Some points I loved were "the Doctrine of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism/sacrament etc) is a CYCLE not a CHECKLIST" and "we cannot endure to the end without Christ".

A spiritual experience which I didn't want to share with the whole email list was this week becoming more Christlike.  I mentioned last week having trouble with patience with the elders and my mom gave me great advice, as well as the branch president on Sunday when I told him.  Something that the branch president said just calmed me and snapped everything into place and I feel so calm and happy now and I haven't fought the chorotachi since and been more patient and kind. The Lord blesses you with attributes if you ASK for them and TRY your best!  Also! Don't suffer alone - we have a great support system with families/the church so ASK FOR HELP because God works through angels.

We've become really close as a zone and it was hard to have our senpai leave but I know that they will be doing great things in Japan!  We had a kickball tournament with them last week and a great last Sunday :)

Also, volleyball and four-square are now my FAVORITE.  During volleyball, our district teases Hill Shimai because she says Black Shimai's name like a Pokemon: like "GO BLACK SHIMAI"!  And so we've been saying: "Go Titel (said like Tidal) USE WATER!" 

It's been a really good week and I'm really trying to be the most obedience missionary.  Our mission president said to the zone leaders: When the other missionaries follow you, <b>they should be following Christ</b>.  I really want to be an example to the other missionaries and also show the Lord that I'm going to be obedient and He can trust me.
--
Sister Atkinson




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