Mako Ketch is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is a missionary serving Japan Fukuoka mission. We would like to share weekly e-mails we receive from her.
Hello! How was your week?! I hope it was awesome! It's way weird that you all met elder Henrie! What a weird miracle! Anyways My week was pretty crazy! The first week of the transfer always is. It went by so fast! I seriously can't even believe that I'm transfer 10. I still feel like I just got here sometimes and now...I'm old! I realized that especially on Thursday at our zone training meeting. I'm the oldest shimai in our whole zone. In fact our zone leader is younger than me... I'm talking transfers, not actual age haha. Although, I think I am the oldest shimai age wise too haha. Anyways. I guess I really fall into the "experienced missionary" category now because at zone training they kept asking me about my past experiences haha. Really though. Most of our zone is transfer 4 or 5 and there are a lot of first transfers too... Everyone is so young. The mission goes by way too fast. I'm seriously in shock. This week was kind of a wake up call for me. I feel like there is still so much more I want to do and want to accomplish before my time is up! I mean of course I still have a lot of time, but I realized just how fast the clock is ticking. Anyways. My new companion, Sister Butikoffer, is way great. She's transfer 4. And it's weird because she thinks I'm like super experienced and she thinks I'm way good at Japanese haha so she always asks me questions about Japanese and I try my best to answer them haha. It's really cool because Yahata is only her second area! So there are still a lot of firsts that she is experiencing with me! And it's way fun. She is so awesome and so up for the adventures. And she liked to bike before her missions so the mountains that we bike up aren't a problem for her at all! Haha. Sister Butikoffer is limited in her Japanese but she studies so hard! When we talk to people or teach lessons she always shares her testimony in simple Japanese, but it is always so powerful! It's always a million times better than anything I say. I learned that gaijin power is real! Haha and people can feel the spirit when we talk to them even if our language isn't perfect or sophisticated. I was really reminded this week that it's not about what we say, it's about the spirit we have when we say it. Alma 37:6 says "that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..." And that's really how I felt this week! We didn't see any huge miracles this week, we didn't find any new investigators but we were able to talk to a lot of really great people that I felt God needed us to talk to. I really felt like me and Butikoffer shimai are really small and simple, but we are bringing to pass great things and I know the Lord is gonna bless us with huge miracles as we keep doing this work! And I'm so grateful! I really spent a lot of time in the past two transfers feeling inadequate and that I just wasn't enough, but sister Butikoffer reminded me that we are enough! As long as we are giving our all to God, We are enough. She's so awesome! And she doesn't even know it yet! Haha. I'm so excited to have this transfer to work with her! And I can't believe the first week is already over! It's crazy fast! Well, I hope you all have a great week! I love you always! This is a picture of almost all of my zone!