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.