April 15, 2018


Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan


Sister Armstrong

Hello from Fukuoka! - Week 14

Wow! Such a miracle week!!!! Literally wow, this week was amazing! I don't even know where to begin. First off, it has been rainy and sunny all week and constantly switching weather on us but good thing we always have our rainsuits packed!! Haha, it's fun biking in the rain!
We had an Relief Society activity on making soap and our investigator Komine came! it was a blast making lavender soap. Even though I sucked, Komine and the other members helped haha.
We had a lesson with a member Eguchi shimai. She talked about her conversion experience and it was so awesome! She met the elders and they tired to contact her and help her to read and at first she didn't want anything to do with them but then she decided to read the Book of Mormon and she prayed about baptism and through the Book of Mormon she read a scripture and knew she needed to be baptized. It was such a cool story!
We found a new family that became new investigators!!! They are soooo cute!! It's a Dad and a mom and two kids: one is 5 yrs old and the other is a baby. They are so kinjin (golden investigator). They have so much interest in the gospel and are so sweet! In our lesson, they gave us coffee and we had to tell them that we don't drink coffee or tea and the dad was shocked and was like "What?? Why?" and we explained a little bit about the Word of Wisdom and how it's for our health. And right then he was like "Hmm, that makes a lot of sense. I guess it actually is bad for you" and they really took it in well. They are just such a kind and loving family and I can't wait to teach them more!
We had an amazing lesson with our investigator Komine this week. When we first started teaching her it was mostly just us teaching her English because that's all that she was interested in and was okay with us talking a little bit about our church. However, we gave her a Book of Mormon and asked her to read it. The second time, we came back and taught a little bit about English and then she opened up the Book of Mormon and said that she read some of it and we had a great time explaining more about where the Book of Mormon came from and she had more conviction to read it. WELL, this last week, we went over and she sat down and immediately she brought out the Book of Mormon and she talked about where she read. She reads the Book of Mormon and translates it into English to help her undestand the Japanese more and also to practice her English. But anyways, we sat together and read it and she was asking question after question about what repentance is and what the Holy Ghost means and who is Nephi and SOOO many awesome questions. She was understanding it so well and after we finished the passage, we asked her how she felt when reading the book and she said, "I feel this peace and calm that I have never felt before. Every time I read this book, I have read other books and have never felt this way or have wanted to read more of it." We testified that it was the Spirit and she talked about how she believes it really is something from God. She talked about how she really believes that what is written in the book is true and definitely happened. Me and Sister Armstrong were sitting there just being overwhelmed by the Spirit in that room. I literally felt the Spirit so strong as I was sitting there and at that moment I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. I'm amazed at the converting power of the Book of Mormon. It truly is the word of God. Afterwards, we said how glad we are that we met her and she said "Yes, I really think that it was a mriacle we met each other on the street. It's like God was putting you in my path so that I can find the truth." LITERALLY WOW. What is missionary work?? Amazing! I am still on a spiritual high from that lesson. This work is truly amazing! I'm so grateful to be an instrument in the Lord's hand. This is definitely His work and I love getting to be on the front line helping to bring this joy of the gospel to others.
This work is amazing!!!
Sister Atwood


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