Saturday, October 22, 2011
What wonderful Missionaries Oct 17 - 23, 2011
Missionaries for breakfast? Clements Choro drew dish duty while companion Oobayashi Choro made a power point presentation for the Zone training we had Monday evening.
Monday was a two Zone Preparation Day. The missionaries from the Kumamoto Zone and Kagoshima Zone met here in Kumamoto and enjoyed games and each other for a half a day.
Balloon stomp with a twist---two teams-each team had a King or Queen-when your King or Queen lost their balloon you lost. New "bean" J. Beckstrand from St. George, UT on the piano.
Dodge Ball with a twist. As you are hit with a ball you move to the back of the opposite team. When you can catch a ball you return to your own team.
Zone training Monday night was on having Faith, Hope, and Love.
41 And what is it that ye shall ahope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have bhope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life ceternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.47 But acharity is the pure blove of Christ, and it endureth cforever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
Tuesday we enjoyed a two Zone Leadership Conference and the theme was to focus on the roots of the gospel. If we do that the branches and leaves will grow as they should. We need to pray and read scriptures every day. We need to study the Atonement of Christ and have faith in him.
33 And Christ hath said: aIf ye will have bfaith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is cexpedient in me.
We have so many great missionaries in the two zones! It was good to see all of them again.
Kagoshima and Kumamoto Zone Missionaries.
Yoha Shimai (who dies in two and a half weeks) and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cake. Arigato, Adele for sharing the recipe years ago.
Triffitt and Nishio Choro. They were here in Kumamoto when we first arrived. gomen nasai, Elysse, we thought it was of Triffitt and Watabe Choro.
Wednesday through Friday we traveled to the: Fukuoka Elders, Fukuoka Sisters, Office Elders, Iizuka Elders, Yahata Elders, Kitakyushu Elders, Nakatsu Elders, and Chikushino Elders apartments to check them. The Missionaries are really doing good at keeping their apartments clean! They are all working so hard and helping others.
Gregory and Ushiro Choro, Fukuoka Elders
Uchida and Tingey Shimai, Fukuoka Sisters.
Ikari and Ogita Choro, Yahata Elders cleaning a ceiling vent.
Ogita and Ikari Choro, happy Celestial with no time to buy ice cream as they had a lesson to teach.
Cox and Frazier Choro, Iizuka Elders.
Buckingham and Newman Choro, Kitakyushu Elders, ice cream and apartment supplies.
Farb and Buckner Choro, Nakatsu Elders.
De Jong and Guevara Choro, Chikushino Elders.
Gardens tucked everywhere.
Rice reeds. Closest thing we can find to corn stalks.
Friday night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe with President and Sister Margetts and Elder and Sister Rogers to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We split a 12 oz. New York steak between us and could not finish it. How times and the size of the bellies have changed. Thanks for the money for the steak Mom!
Anniversary gift from the Rogers and Margetts.
Saturday we attended a session at the temple and then officiated the English session. We got home just in time to have a Birthday Party for Oobayashi Choro and meet the new Shimai that had arrived that day, Itohara Shimai from Yamaguchi. She is going to Temple Square on a mission, but has not received her Visa yet. The Shimai had an apartment key and had the cake and ice cream all ready when we arrived just before the Choro.
Clements and Oobayashi Choro, Blau, Ito, Tagawa and Itohara Shimai.
Oobayashi Choro thinks we are going to make a pinata this big.. LOL!
A broken $5 dollar balloon and a Clown.
Today we said goodby to a friend that is leaving tomorrow for the MTC. California, San Fernando Mission you are getting the best! Good luck Stewart Shimai!
Bess, Sayuri and Tom.
Hiroshima Zone this week and then home until after transfers.
We are grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ that makes it so possible to love others and let go of the anger and hurt that cankers our souls. He lives and loves each one of us. His Atonement will heal each of us if we will repent and go forward in obedience and faith.
Dad and Mom
Grandpa and Grandma
Tom and Bess