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From Returned Missionaries

From Ralph Jones

 

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Brother Fillmore:
 
I want you to know that I really enjoy and appreciate the monthly messages you send and look forward to them always. 

I would like to share a recent experience that I had while visiting in Salt Lake City.  My wife Rae and I were staying for a few days with our daughter and her family in Kaysville and rather than being with family all one day we decided to go into the City and see some of the church displays at the Conference Center and also visit the Family History Center.  We decided to take the "Front Runner" from the Farmington station rather than driving on this day.  It was the first time we had taken it.  We got off from the train at the North Temple stop and took the Trax train into Temple Square.

After visiting several places it was getting a bit late so we decided to return to Kaysville.  Mistakingly we took the wrong Trax train and went to the Central Front Runner Station but what an experience and blessing it became.
 

As we boarded the Trax train at Temple Square two ladies also boarded and sat in the seat facing us.  I recognized them as being of Japanese origin so I introduced myself and spoke a few words in Japanese.  They were both surprised and asked where I had learned the Japanese language.  I told them that I had been on a LDS mission in Japan as a young man and that my wife and I had been missionaries together twice in Japan.  Both of these ladies said that they were members of the Church and had also been missionaries for the church.

I told them that on my first mission I had worked as a companion with Elder Makot Fukuda.  They seemed somewhat surprised and said that they knew him very well.  I told them that I was Elder Fukuda's companion in Kanazawa in 1957.  They voiced more surprise as they said that they were both sisters from Kanazawa.  Their maiden names were Noda.  That is when we were all very surprised as I said that Elder Fukuda and I lived with a Sister Noda who was a widow, in her home.  It turns out that the one sister is Kazue Noda Horikami who was on a mission at the same time as I was in Kanazawa and the other sister was Yuri who at the time was about 13 years old.

(This picture of Sister Noda and her daughters was taken by Steven P. Francom in 1962)

In the five or six minutes we had to make this connection I gave them my address and telephone number here in Monroe and I have spoken to Kazue on the telephone and have received two wonderful letters telling a bit about her mother and her family and also telling about being a worker in the Dallas Texas Temple.

What are the chances of making this connection and having this experience after so many years.  I am so grateful that they are very active in the Church and it has certainly strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel.
 
Brother Fillmore, I felt the desire to share this experience with you.  Rae and I still are ordinance workers in the Manti Utah Temple.  It was our pleasure to work on the 100 Japanese names you gave us a few years back.  We don't have much opportunity to do Japanese names in the Manti Temple and that was a good experience.
 
I hope that you and your good wife are well and Rae and I certainly want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Again, thank you for your monthly submissions.
 
Ralph C. Jones