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From Returned Missionaries
Delmont Law served in Japan from 1957 to 1960, all under President Paul C. Andrus. He passed away on January 23, 2007. These entries from his missionary journal were selected by his wife, Miriam who entered the MTC on 9/22/08 prior to serving in the Billings Montana Mission. I have highlighted the entries which refer to Yoshihiko Kikuchi. Note; He stayed good. wf
"These were the entries I found in Del’s journal. The article in the December 1984 Ensign says that Brother Kikuchi was baptized April 6.
I was interested in the fact that the missionaries sold the Book of Mormon to people. I wonder how much they charged for each one. Sometimes Del wrote that they lent the Book of Mormon if they knew the people could just not afford one.
I hope this information is of use to you. I have enjoyed browsing Del’s journal this morning. There was Japanese money which said 50 in the corners. I also have a picture of Brother Kikuchi’s Baptism. There was a large rock formation in the background and some members in the picture." Miriam Law
Feb 16, 1958
I took over for the first Sunday as BP of the Muroran branch. I was scared to death but hope to get used to it as time goes by and I get better language and more experience.
Didn’t have but one cottage meeting set for today so we had a very good day of tracting. We expected to see Elder Theodore Welch and Norman Shumway sitting on the porch waiting for us when we came home but not yet.
We had some scheduled for today but they weren’t any too hot. We did get to publicize the church a little in a stove factory place.
Elders Welch & Shumway came in just when I was about out of words teaching Tojo San and wasn’t getting any response. Then Elder Welch took over and he didn’t get her to say very much more. He gave her a good interview and then told her to come to church instead of going to a job party. Sure was glad to see those elders finally.
Today we tried some new mugi we bought. Elder Welch cooked it. Well, it finally ended up with the name of Zippies. It was still rather hard and tasted like buttons. Elder Shumway ate two bowls.
Elder Porter went with Elder Shumway and I went with Elder Welch. He is one of the best guys I’ve ever known.
Our first cottage meeting was with an old basan. The next one was with Tanaka San, a young boy about 20. He listened good, answered questions, bought a book of Mormon and prayed at the end. Ideal.
We then tracted some more. Then decided to have a street meeting, after our 3:00 pm cottage meeting. I was with a bunch of O Babas. One piped up and said aren’t we pretty. Then another ask if we understood. Elder Welch said yes, the meaning but why she said it we didn’t understand. He then said we weren’t looking at the face, we were looking at the heart.
Our street meeting wasn’t too good so we went along and got cottage meetings for tonight by just talking to bodies that came along on the corner. The four of us bought a gallon of ice cream that sure did taste good. We couldn’t eat it all so we decided to save some for breakfast.
At 8:00 am morning Onodera, Tadaki and Saito San were all baptized. Umetsu Kyodai did two and Elder Porter one. Then Elder Shumway confirmed two and I confirmed Tadaki Shimai
We had a missionary meeting and they gave us what to give for the first lesson on through. Now we teach by attitude. It is really going to open a lot more good cottage meetings for us.
Started off real good with Nakayama Kazoo who will get baptized next Sunday. Then Kanda came over. She bought a Book of Mormon. Very good. We had ten meetings in all. Very good if we can just keep it up..
March 15, 1958
Had Yoshihiko Kikuchi from over on the Point out to church. Good boy but young. (The Point must have been a reference to an area where the people were all fisherman)
Sunday March 23, 1958
Kikuchi Yoshihiko gave $100 to me today for the Komaru hito bito. Then we had a cottage meeting with him. I hope he will be the first person I have taught all the way to baptism. He is really on the ball.
Sunday April 6, 1958
Kikuchi San signed his first or my or our first all the way cottage meeting to baptism. Hope he stays good…