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1982-1984 17 Jan 2004
Hi, gang. Just turned on to the site; Interested in finding Darin Carpenter, Bill Mansell, Donaldson, Danny Dearing, Hal Monson, Steve Kent, and others. Not much contact with anyone, but Jimmy Kun from Kushiro; We've been writing back and forth; Sad to discover she's undergoing Chemotherapy for breast cancer, but she has a son and is still in Kushiro, working as a nurse. Check in if you get the urge... God bless. Pat
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Believe! 27 Nov 2003
When I was on my mission in Hokkaido a year and several month ago, we watched a video presentation called `Believe Christ` at every Zone Conference. That short movie contains spiritually up-lifting words about establishing and strengthenning Zion as missionaries and I felt the spirit so strongly every time I saw it. Presdent Larkins produced that video using some words of the modern and ancient prophets and some scriptures.

A couple month ago, there was a fireside in my Ward in Tokyo with Elder Kikuchi, who is now President of the North Asia Area Presidency. He showed us a video presentation called `Believe in Jesus Christ` that he produced with his counselors. To my surprise with joy, that presentation contained some words from President Larkins' `Believe Christ` video in addition to some wonderful spiritually uplifting words regarding the importance of progressing the work in Japan.

The Lord's work is truly moving forward in Japan.
A lot of good things are happenning. The Kagoshima district, which my wife and I currently belong to, is going to become a Kagoshima Stake in a year.

`Believe that as leaders, members, and missionaries are united together and commit themselves to this work, HEAVEN WILL MOVE!`
Yudai Ito Send Email
Pres Hotta 19 Oct 2003
I am writing a book about my experiences as a missionary in Hokkaido and would appreciate any memories you have of President Hotta. . Thanks
John W Donnelly Send Email
Matthew Dong's parents requesting stories 15 Oct 2003
The following request is from Barbra Dong:
I would really appreciate it if anyone who served with Matthew in the Sapporo Mission would write to me with any experiences and stories you had about Matthew. I need to know more about my son. Your information will be a great comfort to me and my family.

Barbra Dong

Jim Dillon Send Email
Moderate quake hits Tokyo [Oct 15, 03] 15 Oct 2003
TOKYO, Japan -- A moderate earthquake has shaken the Japanese capital, Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

The 5.0 magnitude quake, which hit the city at 4:30 p.m. (0730 GMT), shook buildings, witnesses told CNN.

Japan's meteorological agency said there was no risk of tsunami -- potentially dangerous sea waves caused by seismic activity.

The quake was centered just northeast of the capital and had an epicenter about 80 km (50 miles) below the Earth's surface, the agency said.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone areas as it sits atop four moving tectonic plates.

Last month, a powerful 8.0 magnitude quake stuck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, injuring nearly 600 people.

Japan's most deadly quake in recent years was in 1995 when a 7.2 magnitude quake hit the western city of Kobe, killing over 6,400 people.

The Great Kanto earthquake of September 1, 1923, recorded a magnitude of 7.9 wiping out the port city of Yokohama and half of neighboring Tokyo.

More than 140,000 lives were lost in the catastrophe.
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Note from Matthew Dong's Father 14 Oct 2003
The following was provided by Matthew's father, Michael Dong:

To the members, friends and missionaries who knew our son Matthew Dong. I am Matthew's father and was informed by one of your missionary alumni's about this website. I want to write this e-mail to let you know the circumstances surrounding his sudden death.

Let me first tell you all that our family is very grateful to all of you who befriended, worked with, or influenced him for good. Those of you who knew him know that he was a loving young man and would do anything for anyone who needed help. He loved everyone and had malice towards none.

Matthew had been suffering from depression after returning from his mission. He was attending the University of Utah and working at the University Museum of Fine Arts. He was also seeing a counselor about his depression and taking medication. From what we know right now he had a chemical imbalance. For some reason, which is still unclear to us he decided to take his own life in the early hours of September 23rd. This came as a total shock to our family as it seemed he was doing well and things were normal. His girlfriend, roommate, associates and counselor were all surprised at his final action. We are still gathering information from friends and awaiting his medical records in the hope of ascertaining what triggered this event. We may never know the answer but will do all we can to find some answers.

It is very sad and tragic act and we dearly miss him. We want you to all know that we know he is alive with the Savior and that through the atonement of Christ that he will be resurrected and that we will see him again someday. He will be judged by our Heavenly Father by the intent and desires of his heart, which we know are good. Matthew was a good young man and was battling a disease/illness that he could not control. He is in good hands and progressing. We are so thankful for this knowledge and comfort. We are proud of our son and his accomplishments while on this earth.

You can contact me or phone at 425-427-8372 should any of you have further questions or input that would help us in our search for answers.

Thank you again for being there for him and loving him.

Michael & Barbra Dong
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Medical Device Sales Position 14 Oct 2003
I received an email from a Pharmaceutical and Medical company in Minneapolis, MN looking to recruit someone who is fluent in Japanese, understands the culture and has had experience in Medical Device Sales. If you would like to know more, please send me an email and I will pass on further details. This is a very time sensitive opportunity."
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Dong Choro's Death 12 Oct 2003
I was companions with Dong Choro for 5 monthes near the end of my mission. He transfered from Naebo to Shibetsu one month before I left. I then met up with him here at BYU-Hawaii helping out the Japanese 101 class. One special story about him (my tribute to Dong Choro) was that after the first Surviver show came out, a mall in Salt Lake did one where a bunch of people lived in an isolated spot within the mall. Everyone passing by could watch them, and after a month Dong Choro was the last standing and won $25,000. Man the memories we have together. We were really close and had a ton of great experiences together as it was really sad to hear he passed away. So please, if any of you have any info about how he died (The Salt Tribune's article didn't state the cause of death), let me know. -Baker Choro
Greg Alan Baker Send Email
mathew dong 10 Oct 2003
Does anyone know more about elder dong's death? I knew him pretty well and had no idea that he died. It's very sad news as he was always a really happy kid and someone I'll never forget.
scott e holmes Send Email
Matthew Dong's death 09 Oct 2003
September 27, 2002 Salt Lake Tribune, page B7 listed the obituary for Matthew M Dong. He passed away September 23. It mentioned that he served from 1997-1999 in Japan Sapporo Mission
Jonathan Allen Morrell Send Email
Shea Abbott 09 Oct 2003
Speaking of transferring from Osaka to Hokkaido after the '95 quake, I had a companion who also made that transfer - Shea Abbott. Anyone know what he's up to?
Richard Wilcox Send Email
Kansai Daishinsai 08 Oct 2003
This was the earthquake that sent me and half of my mission (Osaka) to other parts of Japan in 1995.

I'll never forget it. Waking up at 5:45am, the walls were shaking, I was bouncing gaining about two feet of air with every bounce,parts of the building were falling off. It was scary. I thought I was through. Fortunately no one in the mission was seriously hurt. Unfortunately, many people that I knew were not. It was a sad time.

I was unhappy to leave Osaka, but came to love Sapporo just as much as Osaka.
Mike Fuller Send Email
senkyoshi search 07 Oct 2003
Does anybody know about Del Drapper choro who served with Munns. I know he was from Stone Mt. Georgia. Send me a line if you know anything.
Steve McIff
Steve McIff Send Email
Apartments and Earthquakes 06 Oct 2003
If you want to know about the Makomanai apartment just ask McBride Choro. I'm pretty sure he is the one who moved the apartment from the HOLE we lived in on the 'bad' side of the Olympic apartments. For those of you who lived in the Rairaku mansion as it was called, I hope you have wonderful memories of the washing machine in the bathtub. You could shower and run a load of whites at the same time...............if you have never seen the place, remind me to bring my video to the next reunion.....

As far as earthquakes go I remember many of them. The Okushiri jishin of 1993, the 8+ earthquake that rocked the Kuril islands in 1994 plus the Nemuro jishin and the Hachinohe jishin in the sendai mission. If you want to see a listing of some of the biggest in Japan and a cool map of japanese earthquakes check here

Hopefully that experience makes us all want to be prepared for the earthquakes we know are coming in the last days.......
Scott D. Pickett Send Email
Matthews choro 06 Oct 2003
I was really sorry to read about Mike Matthews on this message site. He was my trainor in Kitami. He was a great man and I owe him for making me the missionary I was. If anyone has any information on the details of what happened to him please contact me.
Steve McIff Send Email
Mini-Tsunami 04 Oct 2003
My wife is from Hokkaido and she told me that her cousin works for a public swimming pool in Sapporo and that the day after the quake, the pool had to close for maintenance/clean up since the pool water had been thrown up into the dressing rooms by the shaking, essentially a mini-tsunami.
Curtis Roy Strong Send Email
8.0 & 7.0 Jisshin in Hokkaido, 323 hurt, no deaths 26 Sep 2003
Epicenter about 26 miles below the ocean floor and about 60 miles SW of Kushiro down by Urakawa city's neighbor Erimo, the coastal point below Obihiro. Read more here:,2933,98344,00.html
Jim Dillon Send Email
Shitami Kazoku 15 Sep 2003
Hello everyone. For those of you who served in Suehiro: I just heard from Ito (Yamaoto) Megumi Shimai that Shitami Airin Shimai is serving a mission in Honolulu, HI. I know the Shitami's were new to the Suehiro area when I served there, and I believe they lived elsewhere in our same mission. They moved again and I lost track of their family. I'm so excited for Airin chan to be serving now, as she is the oldest of 7 children, I believe. They are a wonderful family, and I just wanted to pass along this wonderful bit of news. The gospel continues to roll forth.
Katie Marie Parkinson/Staten Send Email
Need job? 07 Aug 2003
XanGo( is looking for Japanese speaking customer service agents for night shift. Shift starts 2:30pm and ends 11pm. We need 3 to 4 people A.S.A.P. If you are interedted in,please call me 801-816-8162 or 801-816-8100.Thanks!
Waka Tani Barrett Send Email
Mike J. Matthews Choro passed away 06 Aug 2003
Obituary published in the Deseret News on 8/3/2003.
Michael J.Matthews "My Mike" Loving husband, father, son, grandson,
brother and friend, Mike Matthews, age 36, passed away unexpectedly August
1, 2003. Mike was born Dec 9, 1966 in Logan, UT. He is survived by his
wife, Julie; children, David and Sarah; his dog, Sonny; his father, Larry
(Alayne) Matthews; his mother, Sally (Del) Thompson; siblings, Michele
Sabel, Melissa Matthews, Amber Matthews, Tricia Holden, Shane (Lori)
Holden, Kym (Eric) Cottrell, Eric Thompson, Dan (Sharon) Thompson, Patti
(Ron) Hurst, Mic Thompson; grandparents Howard and Rada Matthews, Chester
and Bessie Sams. Mike graduated from Evanston High School in 1985. He
served in the Japan Sapporo Mission 1986-88. Mike married Julie Bulpitt on
Dec 29, 1990 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mike had a firm testimony of his
Savior Jesus Christ, and served faithfully in the LDS Church in many
leadership, teaching and musical callings. Mike spent his college years at
BYU and then pursued a career in sales. His hobbies reflected his love of
music, basketball and patriotism, and his creativity was evident in all he
did. He will also be remembered for his Elton John impersonations and
being a lifelong Lakers fan. Mike treasured the special relationship he
had with his grandparents. Mike was the light in his children's eyes and
the sparkle in their smiles. Mike was deeply loved and will be missed by
all who knew him. Funeral will be Tues. Aug 5, 2003, 11 a.m., at the
Westland 10th Ward Chapel, 7645 S. 3200 W. Friends may call Mon. 6-8 p.m.
at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Rd, and Tues. at the church one
hour prior to services. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Published in the Deseret News on 8/3/2003.
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