Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dear Friends,
For those of you who may not have heard we will be giving our mission report this Sunday July 12th at the Lone Hollow Ward at 1:00PM.
We will have an open house at our home immediately following sacrament meeting.
We would love to see you there! 
Please click on the link below for DIRECTIONS to the chapel.
2195 East Pepperwood Dr 10900 South
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

 Our wonderful new office couple arrived April 25, 2015.  We are so grateful for all that they do!  During our mission we have been fortunate enough to work with four amazing couples in the office.

These six great new missionaries arrived June 9, 2015. This group is significant, because it is the smallest group to arrive in over a year, and is the 27th and final group we have welcomed while we have been serving.
Here they are with their fabulous trainers.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Special Sealings

 Attending the sealing of this wonderful recently converted couple was a true highlight.
Recently we were able to attend the sealing of this beloved returned missionary sister! A bonus was seeing other returned missionaries there too!
 Some returning missionaries  having some fun with the President.
 This custom leather scripture cover is quite impressive,
(as is the missionary it belongs to)!
 These wonderful sisters in Matsudo went the extra mile for our last zone conference!
We were amazed at how artistic they were with the face cookies!

Japan Reunion

This was our first reunion! We were so happy that so many of our returned missionaries in Japan were able to attend, so that we could see them before we leave Japan in July.
May 30, 2015
 Iris garden at Meiji Shrine.
Believe it or not, this idyllic little spot is in the middle of Tokyo!
This was a fun encounter with some of our missionaries in Arisugawa Park, across the street from the Tokyo temple.  Look closely and you can see the Angel Moroni statue above the trees.
Mission Leadership Council June 4, 2015

These 26 great missionaries left a huge whole in the mission 
and in our hearts when they left on June 12, 2015.
 Niigata and Nagaoka Zones June 15, 2015
 Matsudo North and South Zones June 18, 2015
 Tokyo East and West Zones June 19, 2015
 Kiryu East and West Zones June 23, 2015
Saitama East and West Zones June 24, 2015 
Chiba North and South Zones June 25, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

After an early medical release, we were thrilled to see this fine elder come back with his family five months later, looking hale and hearty!
 Sakura at Shinjuku Gyoen
 The famous camellia tree outside the mission home in all its splendor.
 A late-blooming variety of cherry tree.
 These beautiful trees line the street by the church.
Some 150 koinobori strung across Lake Akaya in Gunma ken - a truly spectacular sight!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

We said good-bye to these beloved missionaries on May 1, 2015.
These dear friends returned home on May 2, 2015
They served tirelessly as our office couple for 18 months, with love and enthusiasm, and are greatly missed.
 These terrific twelve arrived on April 28, 2015
Here they are with their awesome trainers.

 January 2015 Mission Leadership Council, from Niigata.
 February 2015 Mission Leadership Council
 March 2015 Mission Leadership Council
April 2015 Mission Leadership Council

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The last block of the quilt was signed this transfer, so we are now using the edges. 
It is exciting to have it completely filled. In case you're wondering, there are 579 blocks!
 Niigata and Nagaoka Zones March 23, 2015
 Kiryu East and West Zones March 26, 2015
 Chiba North and South Zones March 31, 2015
 Saitama East and West Zones April 7, 2015
 Matsudo North and South Zones April 9, 2015
 Tokyo East and West Zones April 16, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

These 5 elders and 13 sisters returned on March 20, 2015. 
It is always so hard to say good-bye to our beloved missionaries!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 13 great new missionaries arrived March 17, 2015
They were matched up with their awesome trainers

Monday, February 9, 2015

Two shinkansen (bullet trains) nose to nose at Niigata station.
They obviously can go either direction.  These two were linked together.
These 14 fine missionaries returned home on February 6, 2015.  
We welcomed some great new missionaries on February 3, 2015 - 5 sisters and 3 elders. 
 Here they are with their wonderful trainers.

Mission Tour with Elder and Sister Aoyagi

 We enjoyed a wonderful mission tour with Elder and Sister Aoyagi.  We love them very much! They are truly inspiring, and are great examples of discipleship.
 January 28, 2015 in Nakano
Tokyo West, Saitama East, Saitama West, Kiryu East and Kiryu West Zones
January 29, 2015 in Niigata
Nagaoka and Niigata Zones
January 30, 2015 in Chiba
Tokyo East, Chiba South, Chiba North, Matsudo South and Matsudo North Zones