Ten new missionaries arrived in October 2012 and received their new companions. After a full day of orientation they headed for their new areas with their new companions to teach their first English class.
The missionaries surprised Sister Budge with a "heart attack" in the mission home on her birthday. Each heart had a message from the missionaries; they gave her flowers and made a wonderful cheesecake. It was very thoughtful and a lot of fun. Sister Budge will treasure these messages and the memories forever.
Elder and Sister Aoyagi of the Second Quourm of the Seventy toured the mission from September 17th to September 20th, 2012. They met with all the missionaries in three separate 3-zone conferences. From the top: Fujisawa, Yokohama and Machida zones; Nakano, Musashino and Chiba zones; Saitama, Kiryu and Matsudo zones. Sister Budge celebrated her birthday on September 20th, the last day of the mission tour.
August 2012. The new missionaries arrive safely and are assigned their first companions. Each transfer begins with the sorrow of bidding farewell to the returning missionaries we have grown to love, but ends with the joy and excitement of welcoming new missionaries into the mission.
Last Sunday (August 12, 2012) we visited this group of Portuguese speaking saints who meet in Oizumi which is about two hours North of Tokyo by car. Sister Budge spoke for 15 minutes in Spanish and they loved it. Oizumi in Japanese means a big spring of water, so I made reference to the Waters of Mormon and referred to the place as Morumon no Oizumi. There is a great spirit there and a bright future. We have 4 missionaries there now who speak Portuguese and Spanish.
August 10, 2012. If you look closely I am sure you will find your son or daughter here somewhere. We had a great conference today with all the missionaries in the mission. The theme of the conference was unity. We introduced a new mission song, and held 8 different workshops centered on uniting and focusing our faith, prayers and works on Bringing Souls to Christ.