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.
Hey family! How are you? Ready to go back to school?! This week was a pretty busy week! On Monday we had dinner and a Mogi lesson... Like a pretend lesson... With a member. He gave us some feedback and it was way good! Then we had to bike so fast to get home on time haha. It was scary. And geez we live up three mountains so it's the worst when we have to book it home. But we made it! Tuesday was our typhoon day. A crazy typhoon came through Kyushu so we had to stay inside all day... It was a long day haha. Wednesday we had district meeting! The first one of the transfer! It was way good.... But man, I feel way old. Our district leader is only transfer 5! He's half my age! Haha. But he's way awesome. We talked all about desires and miracles and he committed us to plan a specific miracle we want to see every night at planning. I've gotten that commitment before but I never really did it because I felt like it was silly... I'm prideful, I know haha. But me and Butikoffer shimai decided to give it a try and oh man... It was crazy! So on Wednesday night the miracle we planned for the next day was to be able to make a return appointment with someone. Then the next day we had another Mogi lesson scheduled with a recent convert but we had a lot of trouble getting there so basically our whole afternoon was us going to the lesson and coming home and getting bike problems fixed and I swear we walked like around the world! It was so much walking! We came home for dinner and we were feeling kinda lame because we felt like we wasted our day. But after dinner we went out and housed. We went to these apartment buildings called danchis.... There usually 5 stories tall with no elevator and there's two apartments on each floor. We were so tired from walking all day but we made ourselves climb up a million stairs anyways. We did a couple of these apartments with no luck. But then! We knocked on the tanaka family's door and our miracle happened! We knocked on the door and this little boy answers and then runs and gets his mom. His mom talks to us for a while and because she's a mom with 3 of the most adorable kids ever! We talked about eternal families. Turns out her mom died recently and she had been thinking a lot about what happens to us when we die. Seriously so perfect! Then we asked her if we could come back and she said okay! So we made an appointment to go back at 5:30 on Tuesday! I am so excited! Gosh! It was our miracle! Lately it has been way hard for us to make return appointments and we were feeling way discouraged. But we saw the miracle that we planned for and it was way awesome! This week I learned that miracles really happen. And it's not just of we are lucky. We can be in charge of the miracles we see. It takes work and faith, but if we are willing to put in our best efforts, God will bless us with those miracles. I am so grateful to be a missionary. It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but it's definitely the best thing I've ever done. I'm so grateful to be in Japan! It's such a special place with so many special people just waiting to hear the gospel. Anyways! I love you guys and hope you have a great week!