November 5, 2017


Futenma, Okinawa, Japan


Sister Sato

Hello from Okinawa! - Week 9

Hello from the amazing island of Japan! This week was great and busy as ever! We're continuing to work hard to go about the Lord's work, as Thomas S. Monson said, we're "on the Lord's errand!"
This week we had Halloween which was way awesome! We didn't do any Halloween festivities but saw so many cool miracles! We first had ZTM or Zone Training Meeting. We met together with the missionaries in our zone and talked about faith and working harder towards baptism. One thing I picked up from that was working with all our heart, might, mind, and strength is sooo important in this work. I only have a little time to give to the Lord to serve Him and His children. I realized that I need to give 100% each and every day to this work and run to the finish line. Consecration is one of the most important things in this gospel and I can truly see the blessings when we are truly consecrated to Him. Also, during that meeting I translated the entire meeting for my Japanese companion and it was a little scary at first but was a way good experience to translate Japanese! Shoutout to Sister Sato for putting up with broken Japanese! After the meeting, that night we tracted and knocked on a bunch of houses and since it was Halloween night, we got a little pumpkin basket thing (much like the ones kids use while trick or treating in America) and filled it with candy to give to people. We knocked into a bunch of families with kids who were so happy to see us and to get some candy. Through this we were able to talk to a lot of parents and had so many opportunites that night to share the gospel. We also saw some really cute Japanese kids walking around in costumes and that was way fun. Anyways, while we were walking back to our bikes to go home, there was one house nearby that stood out and even though we didn't have a lot of time, I felt like we really needed to knock it so me and Sister Sato went up and knocked it and it was a young mom and two cute kids and they ended up being Christian! We talked to them for a while and I felt this strong feeling to talk about The Restoration which we usually don't do in a first time contact but I did and me and Sister Sato ended up giving a full Restoration lesson on the spot and this lady really understood it well and had a lot of questions! Afterwards, she invited us to come back and we were so happy! Way cool miracle that we got to see on Halloween night.
Anyways, this week we also had our interviews with our mission president and one thing we have been studying as a mission this transfer is humility and it was really great to get to talk to President Egan about humility and how we all need it desperately every day in our lives. My favorite scripture about humility is Alma 7:23, "And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive." I know that as we try to apply the list of attributes it describes in this scripture, we can become more Christlike each and every day and see so many more blessings in our lives. Humility is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strengh! It is relying on the Lord no matter what happens. It means not wanting do to your will but following the will of the Lord. I have learned that it's not about what I want. It is about what the Lord wants and I have learned to just trust in Him and sometimes just give everything to Him and let Him guide me. I love being able to be on a mission and serve Him humbly no matter how hard sometimes that may be. Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us and will always be there for us. As a young boy said yesterday in sacrament meeting during his testimony: "Heavenly Father loves you, and you should love Him back!"
-Sister Atwood


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