This week was so awesome!!!! We had a zone conference with Elder Choi from the Seventy, we found so many awesome people, we got my bike fixed after the tire almost exploded (I had to literally carry my bike in my arms down the street because the tire wouldn't spin lol), and on top of that we got 2 NEW INVESTIGATORS!
First off, the zone conference we had with Elder Choi was amazing! He talked to all of us missionaries about how we need to remember who we are each and every single day and what we have been called to do. He especially helped us focus on our potential and how we are special sons and daughters of Heavenly Father and we have divine potential. One thing that really stood out to me that he said was "the Lord doesn't care about where we serve, it's how we serve." The Lord basically doesn't care what rank you are or all your amazing achievements or what calling you have, the Lord only cares about how you served Him and how you served those around you. It really made me think about how I want to try every day to be the best I can be because it's all about how you serve.
We ate with two different members this week and one made us try all this weird Japanese food. The Japanese elder with us didn't even know half of the stuff we were trying. One dish was this whole squid that was dried almost like jerky but was as hard as a rock. It tasted very interesting, haha! But my companion, Sister Cordero, was suffering because she's from Utah and she hates fish and anything that's not casseroles haha. So the member was taking notes of things she didn't like and said he would have them next time so she can begin to like them. He really wanted her to become more Japanese I guess!
We found two new investigators this week! Both are result of our hard missionary work as we found them while tracting or on the street. They are both so solid and have so much interest in our message. The first one has a lot of questions about the Savior's atonement which is not something that Japanese people usually ask about right off the bat. The second had a lot of interest in the Restoration which was so cool! Hopefully we will be able to help them more to understand the gospel and the Savior.
This past week my family asked my to answer some questions for my one year mark and here are my responses:
What has been your biggest lesson learned on your mission?
Definitely how important Jesus Christ is and how He is the center of everything and how He is the reason. I have also learned how important it is to hand our lives over to Him and to be an instrument in His hands. I have learned to focus on the Savior and others.
What has been the most spiritual moment so far on your mission?
When my companion and I knocked on a door and this lady just let us in because it was pouring rain. I had been in Japan a few months and at that time, I was feeling very discouraged as my companion and I was working so hard and not having any success. She spoke in perfect English and told us she knew God is watching over my companion and I and cares for us and how He knows what we’re going through. It was a direct answer to a prayer and a moment where I felt His love. I knew Heavenly Father was watching over me. He answered my prayer from a complete stranger who we never saw again. Also, I feel the Spirit so strong at the baptisms of any of our investigators.
What has been your funniest experience on your mission?
When me and some other missionaries from our district accidentally crashed a wedding in our normal P-day clothes all sweaty from doing a service project, awkward!
What do you like best about the Japanese culture?
I love how selfless the Japanese are and how they are always willing to help others.
What is the weirdest thing that you ate?
Jellyfish or fermented soy beans
What would you tell the youth who are preparing to serve a mission?
Don’t wait to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon! Start now by studying the scriptures and then pray to your Heavenly Father whether or not it is true, your testimony is crucial!
What has surprised you most about being a missionary?
How you can be so tired and exhausted but yet SO HAPPY!
What do you love most about the people you are serving?
The Japanese are very humble, helpful and loving. They are so Chirstlike without even know it.
What is something you will do again after your mission?
I will definitely read the scripture every day and pray for personal revelation. I will also try harder to serve others.
What is something you will never do again after your mission?
Bike up hills on hot summer days! Also, I probably won’t be eating rice for a while.:)
What do you love about your mission president?
I love how he serves and loves the missionaries without ever thinking about himself. He is always so positive and loves the works and works so hard.
Anyways, I love the Savior and this mission and I'm blessed for the opportunity to serve Him here in this amazing country Japan!! 主を愛しています! 伝道に心から感謝しています!! ちくしのエリアは素晴らしいです!!
アトウッド姉妹 (Sister Atwood)