Date

May 21, 2017

Area

Nagasaki, Japan

Companion

Sister Macfarlane

Hello from Nagasaki! - Week 9

こんにちは!
Not much happened this week because I was sick with a cold (かぜ in Japanese). But our ward did have a talent show this week and that was super fun! Our two new investigators came and they are so awesome! They both were foreign exchange students in America and one actually stayed with a Mormon family. The other has a twin brother who was a foreign exchange student in Idaho with a Mormon family. They are both so excited to learn the gospel. It's so amazing!
Anyways, I thought I would just reflect a little bit on the past 4 months of my mission so far. If I had to write down every single thing that I learned on my mission so far it would be at least 7 books. (I hope some of you get the reference there!) But anyways, I can say without a doubt that these 4 months have probably been the happiest 4 months of my entire life. But they've also been the hardest 4 months without a doubt. However, would I take back these 4 months? Never. I can't even begin to explain how amazing a mission is. From talking to a sweet mom on the side of the road next to a convience store telling her that her family can live forever, to biking by elementary schools and the little Japanese kids waving and saying "hello!" to you in their limited English skills, to gardening with a 75-year-old lady in the ward and talking about God's plan for us, it's all just so amazing. They say that you are the happiest when you are serving others and hands-down I can attest to that. I have never been happier while going out of my way to give service to all of the people here. I feel my Savior's love whenever I serve someone else. If any of you are having a bad time or going through a rough spot in your life, or if you wonder why God would give you such trials or if you feel lonely or forgotten: just simply serve someone else. How quickly you'll forget about yourself and your problems, it is remarkable, let me tell you. That's really all what Christ's gospel is about: love, "As I have loved you, love one another". It is really the most important thing that we can do. I testify that as we are serving others we can feel God's love and our lives will automaticaly improve. We can all be instruments in the Lord's hands, missionaries or not. I'm sorry this email has sort of been ばらばら(random) but love and service has probably been the most important thing I've learned so far. I plead for all of you to go out of your way and serve another person this week. Everyone involved just gets so many blessings and feels so much happiness.
We went to mensetsus (interviews) with our mission president this week and we spent at least 6 hours on a train that whole day. Going on the train is so fun. When we were coming back from our interviews, the sun was setting over the Japanese countryside and it was probably the most beautiful scene I've ever seen in my life. I'm so so so lucky to be here in this wonderful country, serving these wonderful people. I wouldn't take back this opportuniy for the world. Thank you all for your support and your love!
Until we meet again,
愛しています!
-Sister Atwood




19 comments
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017
Duncan Oryek says:
nice view you had there.
on May 22, 2017


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