Hello from the land of SAKURA!! 🌸🌸🌸 YES! It is officially spring here in Japan and it is so beautiful! It is warm and sunny and the cherry blossom trees everywhere here in Fukuoka are blooming and it is sooo gorgeous! I'm so lucky to get to do missionary work with pale pink cherry blossoms flowing around me. Literally, my favorite time of year here in Japan! Luckily, Sakura week here isn't rainy like last year. It's so beautiful!!
This week we saw so many miracles!! We met so many awesome people and also got a new investigator!! Woohoo! Her name is Komine and she came to the church building and we gave her a chapel tour and it was so awesome! She has a lot of interest and we also helped her practice her English. She actually worked in Hawaii for a while so she's like so good at English. She also is a professional florist so that's really cool! Literally flowers are everywhere on my mind right now, lol. 🌸🌹🌼
We met this one lady named Yamaguchi and when we were taking to her she talked about how she wanted to be able to know God personally and she asked how she could come closer to God. She felt that some times in her life it seems like God isn't there but when we talked about the nature of God, she really listened and said she wanted to know that God is there. It was a really awesome discussion we had with her and we gave her a Book of Mormon. She actually freaked out because she wondered if it was actually free, lol. We had to explain that we couldn't take money for the book even though she kept trying to hand us 1000¥ (10$).
This week for Eikaiwa (English class) we had a special family history themed Eikaiwa and one of members of the mission presidency came and spoke and did a seminar about finding our ancestors and it was really cool. I had a fun time showing people my family tree and talking about the importance of family history. People said I looked like I would be someone with Swedish ancestors, whatever that means.
We got to have dinner with the Fukami family and they made Chinese food! They also showed us a video of the history of the church in Japan. It was cool seeing the beginnings of the church and comparing to how it is now. Absolutely incredible about how the Lord leads His church.
Anyways, that's all that really happened this week. Recently I have been studying a lot from the Book of Mormon. I have been pondering about Alma and Amulek and about how much faith they had. Their faith is such an example to me and even though they had hard things while they were preaching the gospel, they still had so much faith and continued to endure to the end. No matter what hard things you may be going through, think of Alma and Amulek and the trials they went through and all of the faith in the Lord that they had. I hope we can also remember the simple lessons with in the Book of Mormon. I'm truly grateful for the Book of Mormon!
Anyways, I love you all!! 愛しています！
Love, Sister Atwood