May 27, 2018


Naha, Okinawa, Japan


Sister Glathar

Hello from Okinawa! - Week 21

こんにちは! Happy Memorial Day!
Hello everyone! I'm loving it down here in Okinawa! The work is moving so fast here and we are so busy and sometimes I feel like I can't keep up but it is fun working really hard and coming home tired every day knowing I did my best.
Well, a LOT happened this week. We were sooo busy we had like barely any time to spare. It first started off with traveling back to Fukuoka to the mission home for a day to attend Missionary Leadership Council. It was fun getting to see Fukuoka again after I just left. I have to say it was a little overwhelming. (It was straight fire and brimstone at sometimes and if you weren't careful, your eyebrows would get singed). Nevertheless, it was sooo spiritual and I learned a ton. One of the things they talked a lot about was obedience and how obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel brings so many blessings. Faith is a blessing of obedience. In order to strengthen our faith we need to be more obedient to Heavenely Father. We also talked a lot about opening our mouths and how we should have no fear to share the gospel. It definitely made me want to have courage and always open my mouth. Since it was our mission president's last Missionary Leadership Council, he bore his last testimony to us and it was so powerful and there was not a single dry eye in the room, let me tell you. It has been such an honor to have such an amazing mission President like President Egan. I have learned so much from him and he has changed my life.
Somehow this week has turned into a sports week, haha. For district meeting, our district leader, Elder Ishimori is obsessed with baseball so for district meeting we all played baseball. It was fun but he also related it to contacting as a missionary and how each contact and each person we meet is like a baseball pitch. We really don't know who we are going to meet but we have to adapt and change the way we missionary work in order to meet each need and help each person (to hit the ball). Sometimes we strike out but sometimes we get a home run. We can't ever lose hope and we have to try and swing at each person we get because we never know which person will be prepared and who won't be. It was a great training and also made me realize how rusty I am at baseball, haha. Also our other sports event was a volleyball activity where we played volleyball and invited a bunch of nonmembers and members and it was awesome! There are so many awesome ways to missionary work.
Our investigator Mayumi is progressing really well towards baptism. Just this week, we had a lesson with her about the Word of Wisdom and we taught her with a member and she had so many questions about it. After we taught her about the Word of Wisdom, she talked about how she was going to stop drinking tea because she knew it was what the Lord wanted her to do. It was so amazing. She has so much faith.
We also got to participate in the LDS national service day here in Japan and a bunch of members down here in Okinawa got together and we walked around Naha picking up trash and cleaning up. It was way hot but sooo fun.
Anyways, this week was great and I love it down here in Naha. I'm so grateful to be a missionary and to help the people down here in Okinawa to come onto Christ. I am learning so much every day and I'm so grateful for Him and I know that this is His work. I know that if we turn to Him, then everything will be okay. I love you all!
Atwood shimai


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