This week was a crazy transfer week but yet so fun! Officially, I am off the island of Okinawa and back on the mainland here in Chikushino which is outside of Fukuoka. I was really sad to leave Futenma (Okinawa) and the people I loved and served with. I love them so much and learned so much from the lovely people of that ward and that area. I was also really sad to leave Sister Torgerson, my amazing companion. But I'm excited for this new adventure here in Chikushino (Fukuoka) with Sister Cordero. All the areas on the mission are so different and they all have amazing things about them and amazing people! Although, it's crazy having to take a plane to your new area, haha. It was also a little hard coming from a tropical island (Okinawa) to a snowy winter wonderland (Fukuoka). It was snowing so hard the first few days but it was SO BEAUTIFUL. This area is gorgeous and the nature is beautiful and the snow was so pretty. The people here are so kind and me and Sister Cordero are already seeing so many miracles!!
In our first few days, the members and people here have been giving me such warm welcomes. I have heard how amazing the members are here in this ward and they truly are! They are so kind and loving and helpful. On our first Saturday here, they had us come make mochi (it's a Japanese treat that's like pounded rice that forms like a gooey paste). It's a yearly tradition for the Japanese to pound mochi every New Years. It was so much fun and we actually had a few less-active come to the activity too! It was way awesome! Then we went out and delivered mochi to members in need or to less actives. It was great seeing the smiles of people receiving the mochi.
Later that night, we went to a Relief Society activity and Sister Cordero accidentally got hot miso soup spilled all over her and it burned her arm. But throughout all the mess and members freaking out and almost taking us to the hospital, me and Sister Cordero were just laughing the whole entire time. Even though everything was literally going wrong, we decided to just smile and laugh through all the mess. If there's one thing I've learned on the mission, it's to just laugh and smile through all the hard times in our life because life is so much harder when we don't laugh!
Anyways, this next week marks a year since I've been on my mission and it's crazy to think that it's already come. As I was just pondering on what I've learned so far as a missionary, I think one of the main things is the importance of the Savior and how He is the center of everything. When we focus our lives on Him and allow ourselves to be an instrument in the Lord's hands, our lifes will always be better and we can find the ultimate joy we are seeking. The Savior is so important and I have learned that we need to follow His example of always showing love and charity to others as well as serving others. When we give our lives to the Savior, we will truly find ourselves. Just as it says in Mark 8:35, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it." I have really learned the importance of this lesson since coming on my mission and serving these wonderful, amazing Japanese people. I love it so so much!
Atwood 姉妹 (Sister)