Saturday, July 20, 2013

 Musashino Zone June 28, 2013
Machida Zone June 28, 2013
 Fujisawa Zone June 27, 2013
Yokohama Zone June 27, 2013

These four zones were the ones that we had to bid painful farewells to when the mission divided. We dearly love and miss all of these missionaries, and wish them the very best as they continue their missions as part of the new Tokyo South Mission.  "Oh, shall we not go on?"  Yes!  But we will not forget these beloved missionaries!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Missionaries are some of the happiest people on earth!  Especially when they're eating.  :)
 May 2013
June 2013

Mission Leadership Councils have now replaced Zone Leader Councils.  Welcome to the new Sister Training Leaders!  This is an exciting change in the mission leadership, and it promises to be very effective.  Working in conjunction with the Zone Leaders, these sisters now have responsibility for all of the sisters in the mission.
 A candid with an Assistant. This couple arrived in May 2013.
This couple arrived in April 2013.

We were happy to have these two new couples in our mission for a few weeks before they were both assigned to the new Tokyo South Mission in July.  They will be wonderful additions to that mission!
 Returned in June 2013

 Returned in April 2013

 Returned in January 2013
Returned in January 2013

We love our Senior Couples!  We are so grateful for their examples and their service, and wish them the best as they continue to serve at home as member missionaries.  We miss them!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 2013.  We were so pleased to be able to welcome these thirteen great missionaries from the Niigata Zone into our mission.  ( The extra two are the Assistants who came with us.) Niigata was formerly in the Sendai mission.  We have known the tallest one in the back since he was a little boy, so that was especially nice to say hello to him!
 Fujisawa, Machida and Yokohama Zones. June 5, 2013
 Tokyo, Musashino and Chiba Zones. June 6, 2013.
Kiryu, Saitama and Matsudo Zones.  June 7, 2013

The Asia North Area President, Elder Michael T. Ringwood and his wife Sister Rosalie Ringwood blessed us with their presence at our mission conferences June 5-7, 2013.  We are so grateful for their love and leadership.  They inspired us, and prepared us well for the upcoming mission split on July 1.
June 2013.  We said hello to 13 brand new missionaries!  Actually there were 25 in this group, but then 12 of them were assigned to the new Tokyo South Mission as soon as they arrived , so we had to say hello-goodbye to them.
June 2013.  We said sayonara to ten of our best missionaries.
May 2013.  It is always so hard to say good-bye to the returning missionaries - they become like sons and daughters to us.
May 2013.  We received a wonderful new group of missionaries!
June 18, 2013.  This was the last temple day before the mission split.  One. . two. . . jump! President Budge had to jump over the wall to get in the picture before the camera timer went off.  He made it!