Date

December 4, 2017

Area

Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Companion

Sister Torgerson

Hello from Okinawa! - Week 13

こんにちは!
Wow, how is it already December?? Time is seriously going by so fast. I can't believe that next month will be my year mark on my mission. It's seriously insane. Anyways, I'm excited because it's finally Christmas season. I hope you all have a great Christmas season spending time with loved ones and thinking of the Savior and the great day of His birth.
My companion Sister Sato got transferred to Oroku which is still in Okinawa but in another zone. I will miss Sister Sato! It was sad to see her go but I know she will do great! My new companion is Sister Torgerson and she's from Lehi, UT and we have so much fun together! We literally are already like best friends. We both have the same interests and like the same sense of humor so it's just been a blast these past few days. I'm really excited for this transfer and where it takes us.
Anyways, not much happened this week because transfers were crazy but me and Sister Torgerson had a really cool experience where we found this one guy who had the most interest in the Book of Mormon that I've ever seen. We shared with him the Book of Mormon and we asked him what he thought the purpose of life was and he pondered what it was for a while and was like "I don't know but I want to learn" and we turned to 2 Nephi 2:25 "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." We talked about how it's feeling happiness and he loved that scripture. When Sister Torgerson handed the Book of Mormon to him and said he could have it for free, his eyes lit up and was like "really?" He was so happy to take it and he was like, "thank you so much!" like a genuine thank you. It just made me think how we sometimes may take the Book of Mormon for granted. Do we treasure the Book of Mormon like this random college student who was receiving it for the first time? The Book of Mormon truly is one of the most important things in our lives. We must cherish it above anything else and always remember it's importance. It reminds me of Elder Nelson's talk from the past October general conference where he talked about the Book of Mormon and how we need to ponder sometimes what would our lives be like without the Book of Mormon. I'm definitely so grateful for the Book of Mormon in my life and I can see how it has changed my life and it can change others. I invite all of you this week to ponder about the importance of the Book of Mormon.
Anyways, Futenma is awesome and we are doing great!
Love,
Sister Atwood




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