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 family! Well as you all know, I transferred. It was way sad saying goodbye to everyone and saying goodbye to horio shimai cause gosh! I love her so much! But I transferred into yahata which is in Fukuoka. It's a good area I think. Kinda weird though. So there's a church building here like close to our apartment! But we go to church in kitakyushu because the branches combined into a ward. Well the kitakyushu building is a 30 minute train ride away. So for us getting investigators to church is way hard. But gosh. There are really a lot of dedicated members. Some members drive an hour or more to go to church every week. It's way awesome to see how much the people here love the gospel. There are a lot of hills in yahata. In fact to get to our apartment we have to bike up two hills haha it's awful. But people are way nice and most of them will stop and listen to us. Way different than hatsukaichi haha. My new companion is Packard shimai. She's from Yakima. We are having kind of a hard time adjusting and becoming like unified because we both loved our companions the last two transfers and we both just have a really different way of doing things so it's been kind of rocky. But it's getting better everyday. She's way nice and we talk a lot which is good. Transfers are always hard but it's good. Our ward is way cool. Everyone is so nice and friendly and a lot of the people in the ward are way good at English haha so that's happy. Especially since Packard shimai and I aren't perfect at Japanese. It's always hard to adjust from having a nihonjin (Japanese) companion that understands everything to having a gaijin companion and having to struggle together to figure things out haha but it's more of an adventure this way. It's kind of crazy because I think this will be my last area. This week I hit my year mark! So crazy, time goes way too fast. Gosh and this is kaichos (Mission president's) last transfer! So in July we will have new kaicho! Which is kinda scary haha not gonna lie. So many changes! Anyways. I'm really excited to be here in yahata it seems like a way good place! Sorry, I don't really have much to tell you about it yet. Oh, horio shimai transferred to miyakonojo. It's really far away haha. She was not excited. Haha. Anyways. Missions are crazy! But the best! Love you guys!