May 8, 2018


Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan


Sister Armstrong

Hello from Fukuoka! - Week 17

Hello everyone from the amazing land of Chikushino! Every week has just been amazing and I feel like I never have enough time to write all the amazing stuff that happens. I guess the biggest news is transfers! Transfers came a week early this transfer BUT I'm being transferrred! I'm going to Okinawa to the big city of NAHA!! Wow! I can't believe I'm going back to Okinawa again! I'm way pumped though! Especially since my next companion is Sister Glathar who I knew back in the MTC! We're already good frineds so this will be a party! Haha! Also I'm becoming a Sister Training Leader (STL) which I still cannot believe but am willing to accept this calling! I can't wait to learn so much and grow even more as an STL. I'll just be awesome :D I'm so sad to leave Chikushino however. I have come to love this area and Fukuoka sooo much and I'm devastated to leave these people here. I'm also so sad to leave Sister Armstrong we have become great friends but I know that she will do great here in Chikushino with her new companion. Fukuoka area will always have a special place in my heart!!
Anyways, last week we got to go to the temple! I love going to the temple and especially Fukuoka temple! It was great feeling the peace that comes from the temple and seeing so many other members and seeing how the temple blesses those all over the world!
On Saturday, it was Boy's Day! May 5th is a holiday where they celebrate kids and have these koi fish flags everywhere and stuff. The Kinoshita family invited us over and we had fun making origami samurai hats. It was so fun.
We also met a college student on the street last week who has interest in family history! It was cool showing her a "My Family" pamphlet and she talked about how much she wants to learn about her ancestors. It was way cool getting to show her my family history as well. Using family history to do missionary work is so effective in so many ways.
On Sunday, we texted the family we are teaching, the Warita family, asking if they wanted to come to church and they shot us a text back saying "We want to come!" Me and Sister Armstrong literally FREAKED out and we were sooo happy! They were seriously about to come but then they texted us saying that their son got sick and we were so devasted but they also said they would come to English class and to church next week so we are excited for them! Literally though missionary life can be a rollercoaster!
This Sunday I also bore my testimony in church. It was my last Sunday in Chikushino so decided to. I talked about Ether 12:27 which talks about becoming strong from our weaknesses. I know that Heavenly Father will show us our weaknesses so that we can be humble. And if we truly do humble ourselves and turn to God (instead of other ways) to help us, He WILL make those weak things become strong. On my mission I have come to learn of my weaknesses and I have learned that as I rely on Him and trust in Him to overcome them and he turns them around into strengths. It's easier said than done but I know that I can trust in Him. He wants to help us to become better. He wants us to become stronger. We just have to let Him. I'm grateful for this opportunity I have everyday to strengthen my faith and testimony. I love this mission and I love my Savior.
Se y'all at an island.
Sister Atwood


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