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From Returned Missionaries
Merry Christmas to you in 2008 and Happy New Year to you in 2009!
The book Mormon Pioneers of Japanese Ancestry, Their Conversion Stories, was published in March. The first printing of 400 copies was gone quickly. A second printing of 200 copies was published in July. Unfortunately, with my busy life, I have not sent copies to everyone who would like to have a copy.
Addresses have changed for some of our friends so books I have mailed have been returned to me. If you are aware of anyone who wants a copy the prices are now $12 for the Mormon Pioneers book when mailed in the U.S. and $15 to Japan. (I pay the postage). Books are free to those with stories in the book.
I also published a book I call “Popcorn” from the pen of Theodocia H. Atkin, a one hundred page assortment of my writings.
Most of you do not know our children, so this year I won’t go into details about them, except for a big news which happened recently to our youngest daughter, Ruth. Ruth and her husband, Eric, have felt that the Lord intended for them to have more children. Giving birth is very dangerous for Ruth, so they decided to become certified as possible adoptive parents. This is a lengthy and expensive process, During November 2008, instead of being told they could adopt one little newborn baby, Ruth and Eric were contacted by an adoption agency, asking them to seriously consider adopting a family of four children who have spent most of their lives in an assortment of foster care” homes.
After two days of prayerful consideration, Ruth and Eric agreed to adopt these children. The children arrived immediately.This adoption has affected all of us who are close to Ruth and Eric and their children! Everything will be fine eventually. but adjustments will require time and patience.
For the first time in their lives, these children have an opportunity to be really loved and have a good family life. Ruth’s and Eric’s biological children are Hana age 12, Mikenna age 10, 7 year old twins Christian and Noah and Bella who is an adorable 2 year old. Now the family has increased with the arrival of two girls ages 6 and 5, a boy age 4, and a girl age 3.
With the help of the Lord and the support of the rest of us, Eric and Ruth will be good parents to their nine children. I am thankful that my health makes it possible for me to be of some help to them. They live in Queen Creek, Arizona (in the Phoenix area), about three and a half hours by bus or car from Flagstaff. Rather than spend so much time traveling, Ihave been staying down there with them quite a bit of the time. I enjoy building Grandma relationships there.
I am also happy to be back in Flagstaff for a few days. I know our Father in Heaven has confidence in Ruth and Eric. They will trust in Him to help them. Every child is precious to our Father in Heaven. I am thankful that I am a child of God and that you are too.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
If you ever try to reach me and I am not at my home, try my cell phone. The number is 928-853–2247. May the Lord bless you during this wonderful season and throughout the upcoming year. Sincerely, Theodocia Atkin