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From Returned Missionaries
NFEM 2009 Reunion
FOR ALL RETURNED MISSIONARIES OF THE NORTHERN FAR EAST MISSION
30th ANNIVERSARY! ! ! --JAPAN MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER! ! !
This is the 30th anniversary of the Japan Missionary Training Center. We have processed nearly 5,000 missionaries during that time. Interesting note: 50% were elders and 50% were sisters. We estimate that about 634 have been called to missions outside of Japan.
Missionaries from Brazil & Mongolia
In the last group of missionaries we just had, (January 2009) there was an elder who came from Brazil and a sister from Mongolia. Both were called on missions to Japan. They speak Japanese.
We trained 130 missionaries last year. Of that number, 82% were 2nd, 3rd, and even a few 4th generation members. A strong and powerful base of members is growing in Japan.
Japan Growth in 45 Years
In 45 years, we have gone from 29 branches to 29 stakes;from 7,500 members to 123,321 members; from no chapels to 180 chapels; we now have 163 wards, 14 districts, and 125 branches.
We are having the opportunity to see the fruits of many of your labors. Elder Steven Larsen (DA/AKf63-e66) gave a chirashi to 14 year old Bro. Taira in Okinawa.
Through his efforts, and Dwight Pincockfs (DAf62-e65) efforts, Brother Taira joined the church, and has raised a marvelous family, sent all 5 children on missions, 4 so far are married in the temple. Brother Taira has served in the Stake Presidency and as a Bishop.
Contact Your Converts & Investigators
There are many stories just like this. Thank you for all of your work. Many of the Japanese adult members would like to get in touch with their early missionaries. They remember the name of gtheir missionariesh and the date they were baptized. Letfs follow President Hinckleyfs advice and rekindle those contacts. Get into your journals, find those names, and get in touch with them.
Couple Missionaries Needed
Thanks, George, for your faithful efforts all these years. Please let them know that we could use all the couple missionaries we can get here in Japan! It is a great way to enjoy your retirement! It is safe and therefs no gun-employmenth in the strengthening and building of the kingdom!
Your brother, Jim McArthur(DA/AKf64),Tokyo MTC Cho
MISSION PRESIDENTS JULY 2009
KOREA (3 New with asterisks)
Kenneth W. Jennings, Jr. Pusan to 7-2011
Yong Hwan Lee Seoul to 7-2012
Craig Palmer Burton Seoul West to 7-2010
Alan Gordon Perriton Daejoen to 7-2010
Sherman K. Margetts Fukuoka to 7-2112
Yoshiaki Isa Hiroshima to 7-2011
William R. McIntyre, Jr. Kobe to 7-2011
Bruce Frank Traveller Nagoya to 7-2010
Lee A. Daniels Sapporo to 7-2011
Reid Tateoka Sendai to 7-2011
*Steve Albrecht Tokyo to 7-2112
2008 2009 2008 2009
Stakes 29 29 17 17
Wards 165 163 94 94
Branches 129 125 49 48
Districts 14 14 6 6
Membership 122,442 123,245 80,421 81,251
Missions 7 7 4 4
Temples 2 2 1 1
Area 70fs 5 6 2 2
Guam 1 Area 70 [now part of the Asia North Area]
CURRENT TEMPLE PRESIDENTS
Seoul Pres. Jun Jong Chul
Fukuoka Pres. Ryoushou Nakama
Tokyo Pres. Masayuki Nakano
ASIA NORTH AREA PRESIDENCY
David F. Evans President
Gary Stevenson 1stCounselor
Yoon Hwan Choi 2ndCounselor
Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita was released from the Area Presidency in July, He is still serving as an Area Seventy.
Elder Gary Stevenson arrived on August 3 to serve as the first counselor to Elder Evans in the Area Presidency.
DONfT FORGET – SEARCH YOUR DIARIES FOR THE ADDRESSES OF YOUR INVESTIGATORS AND CONVERTS AND COMMUNICATE WITH THEM! ! !
Pita F. Hopoate Guam 5/2005
Kazuhiko Yamashita Japan 2001
Toru Hotta Japan 4/2004
Ben Kikuchi Japan 4/2004
Tetsuji Ishii Japan 5/2007
Koichi Aoyagi Japan 4/2008
Satoshi Nishihara Japan 4/2008
Hwan Lee Korea 4/2004
Yoon Hwan Choi Korea 5/2007
Elder Yasuo Niiyama(DA/AKf63-f66) was released as an Area 70 after serving since 2002. Elders Koichi Aoyagi and Satoshi Nishihara were called as Area Seventies, increasing the number by 1 in Japan.
In 2008, two chapels were dedicated on the Micronesia Islands of Kosrae and Palau SE & SW respectively from the island of Guam, located in the Asia North Area. Japan & Korea had none.
3 APOSTLES & 1 SEVENTY. VISIT
Elder and Sister Dallin H. Oaks visited in February 2008 and reorganized the Machida Japan Stake Presidency. President Tokuzawa was sustained as the new stake president. Elder Richard G. Scott visited in April and instructed the mission presidents in Seoul, Korea. In November, Elder Dallin H. Oaks & wife traveled to Korea and presided at a Mission Presidentfs Training Seminar in Seoul. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, of the Presidency of the 70 was also present with his wife.
Just last month, February 2009, Elder Russell M. Nelson attended the Fukuoka Japan Stake Conference.
The Honshu Military District, Japan was reorganized.
The Kumamoto Japan Stake Presidency was reorganized in October
The Sendai Japan Stake Presidency and the Saitama Japan Stake Presidency saw reorganization in October;
A new district president was installed in the Nagoya Japan District in October and a new District President for Fukushiyama Japan District was called.
NFEfRS SERVE IN JAPAN (THEREfS MORE NOT LISTED)
Elder Melvin Marker (DA/AKf63-e65) and wife have been called as the Area Executive Secretary and Assistant.
Weston Aoyagi and his wife, Sis. Pamela Yates Aoyagi (DA/AKf64 are missionaries at the Tokyo Temple.
James Kaku (DA/AK e63-e66) and his wife completed their missionary service at the Tokyo Temple.
HIROSHIMA JAPAN MISSION
What is your Hatsuyume ( for t is very meaningful t , ?Is it to return home with honor? To stand before your home ward and testify of the things you learned during your mission? Or is it to master the Japanese language and enhance your ability to communicate with people? Perhaps it is to strive to apply the principles of charity as you seek to love more than be loved? Maybe it is to help your ward or branch, and become a missionary who can create whirlpools? I am sure that you all have had various dreams for the New Year.
Though my dream for the New Year is filled with big goals and desires, the basic words gsmall and simple thingsh will not depart from my mind. This is something that was not touched on much at the past Zone Conference. However, this has been something on my mind since early New Yearfs Day as I hiked the Onaga Mountain with the office staff, offered a special prayer to God, and watched the first sunrise of the New Year. As I watched that first sunrise creep slowly above the distant mountain range, I was overwhelmed with the great majesty of Godfs creations. At that moment I felt the reality of the grand gifts God has given me. I also felt very powerfully that TODAY I can grow and TODAY I can change.
gcAnd thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great thingsh (1@Nephi 16:29). gWherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is greath (D&C 64:34). Through these passages the Lord teaches us a principle that is found repeatedly throughout the scriptures. Those who follow and apply this principle are promised the following blessing. gBehold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last daysh (D&C 64:34).
Last year we all received many blessings from the Lord. I am grateful for these gifts that came from all of your sincere faith and whole hearted efforts. Letfs try and learn the secret of how to personally bring about these blessings from the following examples. – Mission Pres. Yoshiaki Isa
Secret #1:Niihama Version
gWhen I read the Harvester (December 2008) I felt that many missionaries are working very hard. I know that to write this may seem prideful, but when I read, specifically Assignment #1 (Tokushima Elders), I couldnft help but feel that here in Niihama we are united with the members, and likewise we are experiencing a definite, powerful whirlpool. I think that it is very unfortunate that our letters were left out of the last Harvester (Jhaha). Elder Heiner and I are finding prepared people one after another. Of course this is not because of us, but because of the prayers and faith of the members, and more than anything Godfs help. We have indeed become part of the Niihama Branch and are working together with the members. Because we came to Niihama without knowing anything about the area, I understand the Tokushima Elders feelingscIn order to cause a whirlpool in Niihama I think we need to continue doing as we have done. That is, love Niihama, All the members, always expresses to them our desire to help, and after doing all that, work as best we can. I surely believe that our enthusiasm is being conveyedh (Elder Kajihara, Letter to the President, December14, 2008).
The Niihama Elders received a referral from a member towards the end of last year, and Brother Kato Kohei (19 years old), a wonderful young man, was baptized on December 28. However, the road to Baptism was not a completely smooth one. The truth is, at first Brother Katofs baptism was scheduled for December 21st. However, at that time they were unable to receive his parentsf permission. Letfs read their letters and find out what happened the following week. I talked about this at the past Zone Conference, but I would like to quote it once more.
gcWe were finally able to meet with Kato-kunfs parents this past week. Kato-kun told us that they were opposed to him joining the Church and he seemed pretty sad about that. Elder Kajihara and I kept good attitudes and promised him that through the power of the spirit that his parents would end up being fine. From that time we began studying in order to prepare for a meeting with his parents. Itfs kind of strange because we were both prompted to read the same place in the Book of Mormon. Alma 20 talks about Ammon meeting Lamonifs father, who was opposed to the Church. As we studied that chapter we found how Ammon had boldly stood before the King of the Lamanites and convinced him through the spirit and power of God that Lamoni was a changed man and that the Church was true. It is in verse 26 that the Kingfs heart softens. The King realized Ammonfs pure desire to help and his love for Lamoni. Through that the King eventually converted himself. When I read that I realized the power that comes from having a pure motive (testimony) and love for our investigators and everyone. We both decided that the most important thing was for Kato-kunfs parents to understand that our motives were pure and that we had a love for their son. After a lot of praying we met with his parents, boldly testified, and did all we could to show our love. At one point in the meeting his mother looked as if she really felt our love for Kato-kun as her eyes welled up. The spirit was really strong and we received permission to baptize Kato-kun next week. It was a really good experience. The power that love has is amazing. I am so grateful to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for always guiding me and helping me when the going gets toughh (Elder Heiner, Letter to the President, December 21, 2008).
Their experience continues.
gYesterday during the baptismal meeting my heart was burning and I truly felt the joy promised to all missionaries in D&C. As I ponder back on Brother Katofs journey to baptism I am in awe at the countless miracles and answers to prayers that there has been. Like any baptism candidate Brother Kato had some obstacles to overcome. Sometimes when things seemed hopeless and all was lost, after a simple sincere prayer, everything miraculously turned out ok. One thing I was also really impressed at was all the help and prayers involved in Brother Katofs conversion. The members, Zone Leaders, Imabari Elders, and Honbu staff, etc. all prayed really hard for Brother Kato and because of that he received Baptism and the Gift of Holly Ghost. What a day for all to rejoice. I am so happy to be a servant of God. We plan on performing another baptism in January, so we plan on working our tails offh (Elder Heiner, Letter to the President, December 29, 2008).
His companion, Elder Kajihara told of similar things.
gIt was a very spiritual time. However, we are not satisfied. In order to push our work forward we have scheduled one more baptism for January 31. We do not yet have anyone with a baptismal date. However, we prayed and decided together. In order to achieve this we must combine our efforts with the members. I really want to be unified and continue working together with everyoneh (Elder Kajihara, Letter to the President, December 29, 2008).
Assignment #1:What do you learn from the example of the Niihama Elders? Letfs think about their examples, their secret, and what we need to do to start whirlpools in our own areas. Then try to actually do those things in your area. Please write about this in your next Letter to the President.
Hiroshima had 12 baptisms in December 2008 – 5 sisters, 4 brothers, 3 unknown gender.
Methods of referral: 4 part member, 2 member, 2 area book, 1 self , 1 housing, 1 streeting, and 1 unknown.