Hello family and friends!
I'm currently having problems with my email account where I can't send or receive any emails. We're trying to work it out so don't be worried if you don't get a reply from me this week. Sorry that this email is short, since I am using my companion's email account.
It's crazy to think that in 6 months I'll be going home. The time has passed by so fast and I don't know if I'm ready for it to end!!
Anyways, this week we worked so hard and saw so many miracles and also some crazy adventures that we definitely didn't plan for, haha. I guess it's all about going along with the ride! The week started out with snow and cold but then by the middle of the week it got a little warmer like spring and now today we woke up to fresh snow outside. I don't think Chikushino has quite decided what season it's on haha. But luckily I am starting to get accustomed to the snow!! One night, we were knocking on some doors and it was pretty late at night and literally a blizzard was going on around us. Instead of lying on the floor and freezing to death, me and Sister Cordero started to dance and sing "Let it Go" because "the cold never bothered us anyway." 😂 It really helped our mood and we were able to endure to the end that night. Also I think the people we knocked into were able to see our bright and shining faces who just had finished dancing and belting Disney songs in the street!
We had interviews this week with our mission president. I love President and Sister Egan and I'm so grateful for all they do for us. My mission president and I talked about the whole point of missionary work and the most important thing we can do is have "love and charity". The reason why we are doing this work is because we love the people around us and we want them to walk along the path back to our Heavenly Father. When we really focus on Christlike love, we see so many blessings and our character and actions change into something better. That's one of the many lessons I've learned so far while I've been out on my mission.
We had a lot of fun and crazy adventures this week such as bowling with an investigator. Me and Sister Cordero literally sucked so bad but it was SO much fun playing with a bunch of old Japanese grandma's and grandpa's!! They helped our form! 😂 We also went to the bishop's house this week and celebrated this Japanese holiday called Setsubun which is the "last day of winter." You wear demon masks and throw peanuts outside the house to cast away bad spirits and bad things, and then afterwards you eat sushi rolls! Another interesting thing that happened this week, is that we went into this Japanese name stamp-making store. The very nice owner invited us in and she ended up making us stamps for our names in Japanese and we talked to her about the Book of Mormon! Literally every single day is different and so many random things happen but you just have to go along with the ride. Seriously, life is like a rollercoaster. I love every single day of my mission even if sometimes it's cold, and no one listens to us, and you feel discouraged, but when you look at the positive and the things you are greatful for and you just allow the crazy adventures to happen, you end up having a good ride in the end and all the bad things just seem to disappear. It's all about your attitude! Like my MTC companion once told me, "Choose to be Happy!" Seriously, it all come down to choosing to be happy!
Anyways, I love Japan and love this opportunity I have to serve here. 皆さんを愛しています！
Love, Sister Atwood