Sunday, March 26, 2017

Letter from Marty -- Okinawa, Japan

We heard from Marty, and he's in Okinawa!
He arrived in Japan his time, Tuesday evening. They stayed at the mission home and after dinner went straight to bed. The next day he had some training and then he stayed another night in the mission home because the next day he was assigned to take another flight to Okinawa where he will be serving in the city of Naha.

So that makes arriving in Okinawa on Thursday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday doing missionary work. He's not on a military base so the speak Japanese and they do a lot of street contacting. They also teach English classes. Sunday he went to church, of course. He said he got to introduce himself to the congregation (in Japanese, of course). And they also taught a discussion to an investigator.

He is 15 hours ahead, so our Sunday afternoon is Monday there -- P-day.

We are in St. George for Spring Break. Dan drove Chris and a few friends and Nick and Miles down on Friday after Nick finished school. Originally, I was going to be with Courtney visiting Univ. of Colorado at Boulder with Courtney Thursday - Saturday and then take a flight to St. George when we got back. But now that she's going to Columbia, we cancelled that trip and she and I enjoyed a girls night the two of us on Friday. Nails, dinner at Settebello, ice cream and watching "Big, Little Lies" back at home. And sleeping in on Saturday! And time surfing for New York housing!

I flew down on Saturday to join the boys and then will head back with Nick and Miles on Monday so Nick can go back to school. Dan will stay with Chris and friends here in St. George while the boys swim, hike and hang out. They love it here. Dan tolerates it. But really, the red rock desert is beautiful. It's warmer than rainy SLC is right now. Happy teenage and children's voices our outside our door where we can here them hanging out at the pool. And we've been reading books, napping, taking walks and just relaxing together. Hard to complain.

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