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.
Well. it's the first day of Transfer 5!! Seriously so crazy. So you all heard from Chigusa that I transferred. I didn't go too far away. Just a 4ish hour bus ride away from Kumamoto. I will even get to go back a couple of times this transfer for meetings. Anyways. it's kinda funny because Magalogo shimai, we were in the MTC together. She was in Beppu while I was in Shimizu and we just switched places! kinda crazy. Well we get our transfer calls on Tuesday and then we transfer on Thursday so we only really have Wednesday to say goodbye to people. I had to say goodbye to Hiratasan which was so sad! Gosh. But she promised me that she would keep learning and that she would keep praying and that one day she will get baptized! So I know she's gonna be okay. Gosh, then we had a lesson with Kiyomi and Matsuyama shimai and I had to tel them I was leaving and we all just cried. Seriously, Kiyomi is so awesome and she will always have a special place in my heart. Gosh, and Matsuyama shimai has become like my shimizu mom! haha. she helped me so much and we became so close. We also have Eikaiwa on Wednesday so I had to say goodbye to all of my Eikaiwa kiddos who I just really grew to love! Some of them even brought me presents! So my district back in Shimizu was 8 people. 3 of us transferred. Clements shimai went to Okinawa. It was way hard saying goodbye to her because we have been together since the MTC. and Gonzalez choro transferred to Hiroshima. It was sad saying goodbye to him too. Me and him came to Shimizu at the same time! We were together for 6 months! It's weird not having Clements shimai and Gonzalez choro around anymore. My new district is 10 people. Me and my new companion are the only shimai (Sisters). It's way weird. The ward is so tiny. It's not even a ward. It's not even a branch. It's a group and we don't have church on fast sundays haha we have to go to the church in Oita. Also, church is only 2 hours long. It's really interesting. We don't even have a building. We rent this kinda sketch space. But it's great and the members are really awesome. Beppu is a really diverse place. There is a big university here, APU, Asia Pacific University. So there are people from all over. It's way cool. Oh, my new companion is Tseng Shimai, but So shimai in Nihongo (Japanese). She's from Taiwan.. She's 25 years old and joined the church about 2 and a half years ago. she's pretty cool. So far it's okay. It's been kind of hard to adjust. But it will be okay soon. I'm already starting to like it here so it will be great! Gosh, the weird part is that I will probably only have one more area! gosh. the mission goes way too fast. But I love it! Everyday is an adventure. But I can't wait for winter to be over!!! it's so cold! Anyways, I don't have too much to report. We have mostly been doing a lot of planning and So shimiai has been telling me about the area and stuff. It's good so far. Well! I love you guys!! have a good week!