What of the
When we left Japan,
we shared the names of many of the people we had been nurturing with
Elder Kan and Sister
Yaeko Watanabe who had just be called as full-time missionaries in the
Tokyo Mission. This is an recent exchange with Elder Kan Watanabe about
Dear Elder and Sister Watanabe.
I am so grateful you will be able to meet Sister Yoshioka. Here is what I know. I don't know about her family except what is written below.
As you may remember, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I left our apartment at about 5:45 to walk to Hanamasa. I walked past the New Sanno Hotel.
Many mornings, I noticed a lady with a quiet smile and white gloves pass me. I began to greet her by saying "Ohayo gozaimasu." Over time, she replied with the same greeting her lovely quiet smile. I felt she was a special person. I never stopped to talk to her. Sometimes I just tipped my hat. That is a way of greeting people, especially women.
After buying groceries at Hanamasa, I walked up the hill to Arisugawa Park to pick up garbage. Often I saw the people doing ラジオ体操 (radio exercising)。Later, I noticed she was among them. I would smile and nod to her. She did the same.
One day, probably in late December of last year, I felt I should speak to her. I did and learned who she was. Yoshioka Mitsuko. She was very pleasant. I told her about myself and my wife. I told her we would be leaving to go home soon. She gave me her business card.
The next time I saw her, She approached me and asked if my wife would like to have a kimono. I said I thought she would, but I told her I would ask my wife. Of course my wife said she wanted it.
We arranged to meet near the Meijiya store. We brought her gifts including the Book of Mormon and an explanation of it and I think the Temple brochure. When we met, we explained that we were volunteer missionaries. She said she understood about such things because she was raised in a Shingon Buddhist Temple in either Tochigi or Ibaraki Prefecture.
This woman has a beautiful Spirit. I am praying that she might be the first convert from the people in the park who can become temple workers.
Please teach her who she really is. She has a wonderful heritage of ancestors in Japan. They all need her help. These ancestors became hers the day she was born. Before she was born, however, she lived in the premortal world with us. We were all children of our Heavenly Father. We probably knew each other. I think we liked each other. Perhaps we made promises to find each other upon this earth. Since we are siblings, we must love and care for each other.
But Heavenly Father wanted each of us to be part of an earthly family. He wants us to take special care of our ancestors and relatives on this earth. Each of them is precious to Him. He knows individually and loves them completely. Those who have died are in the World of Spirits. They are learning what is good and true there. They have loving and kind teachers helping them become better people. Heavenly Father wants us to be connected to our ancestors forever. That is why we have temples.
I feel Heavenly Father's love for this good woman. I pray she will feel it deeply and weep a little.
I know the Lord will bless both of you to know what to teach and the timing for each thing to teach to her. He loves her. He knows how to help her. I am sure he will teach you what to do and what to say.
I am grateful for your goodness and worthiness to be guided by the Spirit.
Thank you, Wade W. Fillmore