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FOR ALL RETURNED MISSIONARIES OF THE NORTHERN FAR EAST MISSION MARCH 2015
59th CONTINUOUS ANNUAL REUNION FRIDAY
APRIL 3, 2015
1750 SOUTH 1500 EAST
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84115
EDGEHILL LDS CHAPEL
630 P. M.
INCLUDING CURRY, BEEF TERIYAKI, INARIZUSHI, MISO, SALAD, ETC.!
ALL NFE MISSION RETURNED MISSIONARIES, WHO SERVED IN JAPAN and KOREA, FAMILY (INCLUDING KIDS & GRANDKIDS), AND ANY FRIENDS/GUESTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING ARE INVITED
HOW MUCH? $10/PERSON; $20/COUPLE
Served at 6:30 p.m.
(Note change in price)
NOTE: Terry/Karen Jensen & Family have retired from preparing food after many, many decades of selfless service! Thank you soooooo much through the years!!!
So, this year the meal will be catered by Bamboo Hut.
• Reservations AND money please send to Treasurer
• Mail check and requested number of dinners to:
James R. Howell, Treasurer
1919 Yale Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, Ph#: 801-582-8443
CURRENT TEMPLE PRESIDENTS Seoul Pres. Yong Hwan Lee Nov. 2013
Fukuoka Pres. Masayuki Kinjo Nov. 2012
Tokyo Pres. Ryuichi Inoue Nov. 2012
MISSION PRESIDENTS JULY 2015
KOREA (4 New with asterisks)
Kenneth S. Barrow Busan to 7-2016 Pusan to 7-2014
*R. Craig Sonksen Seoul to 7 -2018
Marshall R. Morrise Seoul South to 7-2016
Yong-InS. Shin Daejoen to 7-2016
*Bradley C. Egan Fukuoka to 7-2018
Phillip K. Welch Kobe to 7-2017
*Tatsuji Ishii Nagoya to 7-2018
Hirofumi Nakatsuka Sapporo to 7-2016 Sapporo to 7-2014
Jeffrey R. Smith Sendai to 7-2016
*Takuji Nagano Tokyo to 7-2018
Takashi Wada Tokyo South to 7-2016
John S. Zarbock Micronesia Guam to 7-2016
New Japan Tokyo Mission President Called
Takuji Nagano, 55, and Kuniko Yasuda Nagano, 4 children, Oak Hills 5th Ward, Provo, Utah Oak Hills Stake, succeeding President L. Todd Budge & Sister Lori Budge. Brother Nagano served as a ward Sunday School teacher, temple ordinance worker, high councilor, branch president, stake Young Men president, stake mission president, ward mission leader, missionary in the Japan Nagoya Mission. Portfolio Manager, Millennium Management.
Born Kuwana-shi, Mie-ken, Japan, to Nobuo Nagano & Toyoko Takano. Sister Nagano served as a ward Primary teacher and temple ordinance worker, a former stake Relief Society president, ward Primary & Young Women president, seminary teacher, & missionary in the Japan Osaka Mission. Born Date-gun, Fukushima, Japan to Yoshikichi Kanno & Yoko Yasuda.
New Nagoya Japan Mission President Replacing 1st Qm. of 70 Kazuhiko Yamashita.
Tetsuji Ishii, 63, and Fumie Ishii, 3 children, Toyohashi Ward, Nagoya, Japan East Stake, Japan Nagoya Mission, succeeding First Quorum of the 70 Kazuhiko Yamashita and Sister Tazuko Yamashita. Brother & Sister Ishii served as senior missionaries in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Bro. Ishii is a former Area 70, stake president, bishop, director of a multi-stake public affairs council, and missionary in the Japan Central Mission. Retired manager of general affairs, overseas procurement, and employee education, Aichi Nikon Company. Born in Hiroshima, Japan to Yuichi Shibata and Hiroko Nakamoto Shigata.
Sis. Ishii is a former Ward Relief Society President, counselor in a ward Young Women Presidency, family history counselor, Sunday School teacher, and seminary teacher. Born in Toyohashi, Aichi-ken, Japan, to Takashi Ishii and Miyoko Fujiwara Ishii.
New Fukuoka Japan Mission Parents. Bradley C. Egan, 58, and Mikalyn Brundage Egan, four children, Oak Woods Ward, Kaysville Utah Crestwood Stake: Japan Fukuoka Mission, succeeding President C. Samuel Gustafson and Sister Linda K. Gustafson. Brother Egan is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Sunday School teacher, stake young single adult adviser, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Japan Kobe Mission. Amusement park consultant, self-employed. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Doyle Carlos Egan and Shirley Petersen Egan. Sister Egan is a former stake welfare specialist, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, stake young single adult adviser, Cub Scout leader, and nursery leader. Born in Salt Lake City to Michael Brundage and Carolyn Hogan Brundage Stoddard.
New Seoul Korea Mission President R. Craig Sonksen. Richard Craig Sonksen, 63, and Melissa Walborn Sonksen, two children, Dublin Ward, Columbus Ohio North Stake: Korea Seoul Mission, succeeding President Brent J. Christensen and Sister Sharon K. Christensen. Brother Sonksen serves as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, branch president, seminary teacher and missionary in the South Korea Mission. President and owner, The Krema Products Company. Born in Fresno, California, to Arnold Ross Sonksen and Sherma Shurtliff Wade Sonksen.
Sister Sonksen is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, stake Young Women camp director, seminary teacher and Primary music leader. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Bruce Carleton Walborn and Nancy Nims Walborn.
ELDER WILLIAM R. WALKER made EMERITUS (NFE DA,AK, ’64)
OCT. 2014 General Conference
Great Job, Elder Walker!!!
Those Temples are
2013 2014 2013 2014 2014
Stakes 29 29 16 16
Wards 164 164 83 82
Branches 115 115 45 44
Districts 13 13 6 6
Membership 126,981 127,635 86,170 86,719
Missions 7 7 4 4
Temples 2 2 1 1
Area 70’s 5 5 3 3
Guam & Micronesia Membership 9,151. No Area Authorities now.
1 Mission, 1 Stake, 3 Districts, 10 Wards, 27 Branches, 0 Temples
ELDER KAZUHIRO YAMASHITA returns
to 1ST Quorum of the 70 after 2 years experience as Nagoya Japan Mission President.
AREA 70’S JAPAN & KOREA
Duck Soo Bae Katsumi Kusume
Oh Hee Keun Hirofumi Nakatsuka
Chang-Ho Kim Chikao Oishi
Tae Gul Jung Kozo Tashiro
MEGUMI YAMAGUCHI CALLED TO YOUNG WOMEN’S GENERAL BOARD FEBRUARY 2014
As a member of the Young Women General Board, Megumi Yamaguchi seeks to help young women grow in the gospel. She knows she must reach out as the Savior did-one by one. That’s the pattern Megumi Yamaguchi, 43, has been following in her life.
At the time of her call to the Young Women’s General Board, she was serving as Ward Young Women President, having previously served as a Stake Young Women President as well as in other stake & ward presidencies.
With 11 young women in her ward—all of whom are the only Latter-day Saint members in their schools, spread throughout a large geographic region—she finds ways to strengthen them one by one.
“They are special. I want to reach each one of them. When I associate with many girls at one time, sometimes I cannot reach each of them individually. That’s why I try to take time to talk with them individually afterward—so I can reach out to them. I also email them individually, because some of them are under strong temptations. I email every week to see how they are doing.”
The power of ministering “one by one” is something Sister Yamaguchi learned while serving as a missionary in the Japan Sendai Mission. There, she saw how to follow the Spirit to help each individual understand his or her divine nature.
“The biggest thing I learned is how to feel, recognize, and follow the Spirit’s promptings. I also learned that when people know they are children of God, they become really strong.” Sister Yamaguchi has kept that same message in her heart as a constant reminder to remain worthy of the Spirit.
As an English interpreter by profession, she’s had the chance to interpret for Church leaders who visit Japan. In those cases, she says, “Brushing up on my language skills isn’t as important as preparing myself spiritually. I have to be worthy,” she says.
“To get ready to feel the Spirit is essential in translation. Without the Spirit, I do not do as well. Whenever the General Authorities come to Japan, I go with them. Sometimes I don’t even know the words, but when I open my mouth, it just comes naturally. It’s really surprising. With the Spirit, I can do that. Without the Spirit, I can’t.
To stay worthy of the Spirit, Sister Yamaguchi has learned to embrace the Gospel, even when it means being different from those around her—something she knows the young women of the Church face each day.
“I used to hate being different when I was young, but now I love to be different from the people in the world. In my work, some people see those differences and request me as an interpreter. They see something and come back. It’s neat.”
She also knows how difficult it is for young women to be Church members in a country with so few members around. But like youth today, she found strength in developing friendships with other young women in the gospel.
“Those friendships from Primary and Seminary still go on,” she says. “Whenever I have a hard time, I have someone to talk to all the time. It’s really nice.”
Sister Yamaguchi has been grateful for the chance to help the young women in her ward find that same strength through living the gospel and through close friendships with one another. “When you come to Church and when you talk with the sisters in the Church,” she says, “you just feel that you’re not alone. It helps.”
WADE FILLMORE SHARES HIS VOLUMINOUS FILES
Here are the URLs. Thanks soooo much, Wade Kyodai!
SCOTT & JOLENE RISER IN MALAYSIA
March 12, 2014: We will not be attending the reunion this year. Sister Riser and I are serving in the Singapore Mission in Malaysia. We know it will be an enjoyable event. Thanks for all you do!
Elder (again) Scott Riser - email@example.com served: ‘61-’64.
DALE & KAREN H. RASMUSSEN
We have recently been called to work in our local Family History Center! Elder Dale Rasmussen, 41 S. Smythe Ave., Rupert, ID 83350 firstname.lastname@example.org - feeling excited. PA ’58 Korea.
GARY ENSIGN FAREWELL
April 23, 2014: I just came from the oncologist this morning and my prognosis is from 3 to 5 months. The tumor is in the tail end of my pancreas and wrapped around several blood vessels and there is nothing they can do except for chemo therapy. That will have to end soon because it is destroying my central nervous system. However, the chemo has kept me alive for the past few months.
I have no worries and my faith in the Gospel is very strong. I do not lose any sleep over my condition, but give my thanks to Him for all of the blessings He has given me over the years. I watch the Book of Mormon discussions & BYU devotional talks at least two hours each day.
Having a strong faith in Christ can carry us through anything. I am very grateful for my testimony in the Gospel. I very much look forward to seeing my wife of 45 years again; thank the Lord we were married in the temple for all time and eternity.
Well, all of you please take care and The Lord‘s blessing be with you. Elder Gary Ensign, NFEM ‘62-‘64 email: email@example.com
PAUL BOWEN, NFE ‘56
Wayne, I just saw Paul Bowen's obituary in today's Deseret News. He was my first (I’m Garth Norman.) missionary companion in Kanazawa in 1956, his last assignment, where we lived with the Noda family (Yoshie Noda Walbeck). He was diagnosed with a brain tumor three weeks ago. He has lived in Brentwood, CA. His grave service was this Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 11:00, Wasatch Lawn Memorial, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. www.oakparkhillschapel.com.
LIONEL & ETSUKO HAURITZ IN BULGARIA
As of October 2014, Lionel and Etsuko HAURITZ, NFE ’64-66, are in the Bulgaria, Sofia, Mission firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLES SCOTT CAUSEY, DA/AK (374) 6/65
Just received a delightful call from Charles Scott Causey, a missing missionary companion. The NFEM Site has him listed as killed in Vietnam. Not so. He is alive and well.
Here is what happened to him:
Charles Choro joined the Marines in 1969, a year after returning from Japan, & served in Vietnam 15 months.
After returning to Texas, he was a union carpenter for 18-20 years. He then went to college and trained as a respiratory therapist.
He & wife spent 4 years in respiratory therapy on a contract in Saudi Arabia. Now he and Sister Causey are respiratory therapists in San Antonio.
He was one of the hardest working companions
with whom I served, and we had 3 baptisms together. Another contact we made as companions became the Kanazawa Branch President.
Causey & wife live at 129 Cueva Lane,
San Antonio, Texas 78232, mobile: 210.573.5884.
Charles Causey has given us permission to bring him back from the dead. If you know Causey Choro, welcome him back to the living! Niko, niko!
Genki de, Hyrum Anderson Mead, Jr., NFE AK 8/66
KEN E. LAMB DA/AK 6/65
Ken E. Lamb Kyodai/Shimai (NFE ‘65-‘67) are serving a mission in Hiroshima. The mission president has asked them to concentrate on reactivation.
Ken wondered if we knew any missionary who had labored in the Hiroshima chiki and could remember the names or addresses of anyone they had taught? I couldn't think of any. Would it be possible for you to ask if anyone who had labored in the Saijo, Higashi-Hiroshima area could remember names or addresses of someone they taught?
ROBERT & LYNNE WAITS
Lynne and Robert Barton Waits headed to Japan again about Nov 2013… excited and anxious. He said “My Japanese language is beyond rusty and yet our calling is focused on working with members. I have faith but am really putting a lot on the Lord’s shoulders.
801.362.4948 Regards, Lynne & Robert Waits,
NFE AK 5/65 Provo, Utah USA - email@example.com
PAUL HOLBROOK 2:45pm Aug 7
In 2010 while serving in the Tokyo Temple, my wife and I visited Okinawa and spent a day with Stake President Nakaima. He and his counselor took us around Okinawa. I don't remember the counselor's name but he is a walking encyclopedia of Okinawan history. Both of them them speak excellent English.
The missionary quarters and meeting place in Naha is now a parking lot. The quanset hut in Futenma has been replaced with a beautiful chapel. Okinawa will soon qualify for a temple.
Paul Holbrook -firstname.lastname@example.org NFE ‘58-‘61
WILLIS L. WRIGHT
When I was on Okinawa 4 years ago there were 10 Wards in the Naha Stake and three Branches. I don't know what the status of Futenma or the Ginowan Stake.
Willis L. Wright, Okinawa, NFE ’56 1’58
This is the location for SEVERAL stories related to the Northern Far East Mission.
DR. EARL DARRELL HALE, PHD (NFE PA 9/56)
This is the location for SEVERAL stories related to the Northern Far East Mission. I just visited the site and looked at STORIES and noted Elder Darrel Hale (has 32 PAGES of his journal in there, so there is a WEALTH of information for writng your family histories.
Good? Go for it! W. W. Summers
TOM & CAROL TASKER
Exciting News!!! Tom & Carol Tasker have an 18 month mission call to be Records Preservation Missionaries in Christchurch, New Zealand, and we're excited! Mar 30th MTC date for 2 weeks of training.
Tom Tasker 801-232-8221 text ok
Wayne W Summers
7:08am Mar 16
Understand that every person (especially your spouse and children) wants to feel these four things on a daily basis.
More than anything else they want to feel:
Take a minute and honestly ask yourself,
Do I make my spouse/children feel these four things on a daily basis?
PRES. & SIS. PAUL ANDRUS
VISIT UTAH & NFE RM’S
Pres. & Sis. Paul & Frances Andrus visited from Hawaii on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Porter Lane Chapel at 435 West 400 South, Centerville, UT eating a pot luck dinner with former missionaries from their mission.
Video of Pres. Andrus and Sis. Andrus was taken of both, including remarks by Pres. Andrus.
LaVerna Andrus Stapler and Vaun Andrus were also there.
President Andrus presided over the Northern Far East Mission longer than any of its 5 presidents, a total of about 6½ years. He served over 2 times the period of a present MP, from November 1, 1955 to June 20, 1962.
INSPIRATION FROM THE FRONT
The FUKUOKA JAPAN MISSION began 2015 by celebrating 15 baptisms/confirmations in December 2014.
The baptisms consisted of 5 brothers and 10 sisters. Four of the 15 baptisms were 2 females and 2 males of non-Japanese descent. The baptisms occurred beginning December 7 and ended December 28. Method of contact is not listed.
However, geographical locations are:
1 Sister from Shimizu
1 Sister from Oita
1 Brother from Ube
2 from Futenma (1 American male, 1 female)
2 from Saijo (1 female, 1 male)
2 from Okinawa (1 female & 1 American female)
1 Brother from Miyako
1 Brother from Takasu
1 American Brother from Gushikawa
1 Brother from Tsuboi
1 American sister from Sasebo
1 Brother from Taniyama
The point which hits the editor is the fact that 26% are not native Japanese. This truly is now an international Church!!!
Pres. & Sis. Gustafson have only 3 months left of their mission. In their January Fukuoka Mission news, Sister Gustafson said, “January is always a great time to brighten our faith, hope, and charity with gratitude, enthusiasm and action. I hope you feel grateful daily for your decision to serve others and to be on a mission. . . Please don’t let anything get you down or get in your way. Working hard is a blessing . . . “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
“[W]e should have no fear to do this very thing. I know He will ‘go before your face.’ . . . “Thank you for your example and love. You have changed my life. Remember, ‘We know which way we face’ in the Japan Fukuoka Mission (2014 Nov. Ensign, p. 9) . . . You are awesome!! Eat your vegetables!”
President Gustafson emphasized “finding the elect.” He said in part, “[W]e spend a lot of time in ‘finding’ activtities. Many are happy to find anyone who will listen . . . no matter how hard to convince them to do so. Too often missionaries resort to pleading and begging people to pray or read. . . .
The Savior clearly states the sheep will hear His voice and follow Him. May I ask that we all focus our efforts on finding the Lord’s elect—ones who will hear His voice . . . I would like to ask each companionship to ask the Lord to reveal to them through revelation where the elect are that are ready to hear.”
KOREA SEOUL MISSION
January 30, 2014 A solar conference re the “Chinese New Year” was held. Slides were shown on public relations. Pres. Christensen talked on hastening.
April 22, 2014 Elder Scott D. Whiting, 1st Qm of 70, and wife conducted a mission tour and trained the missionaries.
April 23-25,2014 Zones came for Elder Whiting training and Elder Whiting answering questions.
May 30, 2014, Pres. & Sis. Cjristensen returned from the Mission Pres. Seminar in Tokyo with Area Pres. Michael T. Ringwood, & Elders Cook & Christopherson from SLC HQ.
May 31, 2014 a combined conference of Seoul & Seoul South Missions with Elder Quintin Cook of the 12, Area Pres. Michael T. Ringwood. Shaking Elder Cook’s hand was special for the missionaries.
July 3, 2014 Combined Zone Conferences with Brother PJ Rogers from the BYU Hawaii Basketball Team who spoke to the missionaries today and tomorrow.
Sept. 6, 2014 Mission Conference in Ward Building. Mission Parents gave great training on prayer as well as Zone Leaders. Korean history and background also given by one of the Assistants.
Oct. 25, 2014 Elder Johnson’s article on missionaries was published at:
Dec, 16-24, 2014 Zone Conferences through-out the mission between the dates above. Christmas was the reason, of course. Training by Assistants on Christlike Attributes was given. Some zones went while others made packages kits for various groups in need. Also, most Zones got to watch some Christmas centered video clips.
NAGOYA JAPAN MISSION
Pres. Yamashita emphasized “[T]he Lord is able to do all things for us if we exercise faith in Him. Trust and confidence in the Lord. Faith in Him is a power that will lead you to obey His gospel. To develop & exercise faith, 1) learn the word. Knowing the word will help. 2) Act on what you learn, “experiment” Alma says. 3) Obey. Righteous-ness allows faith to grow. Show belief by following His example. Do what He asks of you . . .”
Ron Mano, Secretary
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Sis. Jacqueline Kartchner, Sis. Kelly Peterson, Sis. Lauren Maughan, Sis. & Pres. Yamashita, Elder Yoshifumi Chiba, Elder Guilherme Moretti, & Elder Jordon Benson NAGOYA JAPAN MISSION Jan. 2015
JAPAN SENDAI MISSION
Pres. Jeffrey R. Smith explained the year-end neighborhood bounenkai the mission was invited to attend means to forget hardships of the past year, reflect on what could have been better, learn from them, forget them and not look back (Luke 9:62.
“If we are facing the Savior, headed towards Him, we are on the perfect peace-path and happiness. Once on the path, cling to the rod and never give up. Never look back. The old version of ourselves is buried. We may hold our heads up in confidence before our Maker.” He said the words of wisdom in the missionaries’ weekly letters are his inspiration.
The Mission Newsletter is called “Challenge.”
Sis. Smith said to remember to think of the Savior each time the missionaries take out their
trash. “Remember His atoning sacrifice is for you. When we repent, the Savior ‘remembers our sins no
more.’” The February 2015 transfer list showed there are about 124 missionaries in the mission’s 5 zones, ie., Aomori, Morioka, Sendai, Sendai South, and Koriyama.
KOREA SEOUL SOUTH MISSION
Pres. Marshall R. Morrise shared with the missionaries some statements copied in 1976 into his missionary journal as follows:
Keep skid-chains on your tongue. Always say less than you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it often counts more than what you say.
Make promises sparingly & keep them faithfully. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind or encouraging word to or about somebody. Praise good work done, regardless of who did it. If criticism is merited, criticize helpfully, never spitefully.
Disordered nerves & bad digestion are a common cause of backbiting.
Don’t be too anxious about getting your just dues. Do your work, be patient, keep your disposition sweet, forget yourself, and you will be respected and rewarded. Be interested in others. Be cheerful. Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. Let your virtues speak for themselves & refuse to talk of another’s vices. Discourage gossip. Be careful of another’s feelings. Pay no attention to ill-natured disposition sweet,
STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE include: 1. Investigator with a baptismal date, 2. Investigators who attend sacrament, 3. Progressing investigators, 4. New investigators, 5. 10 total lessons (with member present), to investigators, to recent converts and LAM’s
Four US, 1 Australia, 1 NZ, & 4 Korea new missionaries arrived (10 total) in February 2015.
There were 17 baptisms in January 2015 (2 not from Korea).
SAPPORO JAPAN MISSION
Pres. Hirofume Nakatsuka put together the newsletter to emulate: A newsletter never before seen by the editor— 25 pages of jam packed inspiration called “The Shepherd” with all of its connotations: 1. Refiner’s Fire, 2. Changing the Guard, “Dendo like a 10th transfer missionary”, 3. Transfer tips, 4. Apartment checks, 5. 184,861 Elect people contacts, 6. Alma O. Taylor group-- 5 Shimai of 8, 7. 11 New Senkoyshi (6 shimai), 8. Baptisms 4 (3 shimai), 9. Miracle Messages 4, 10. 13 RM’s going home, 11. “Family History Can Change the Hearts of the Japanese People” (Liahona 2014, Dec.) Using “Family Tree Fliers” and “My Family” pamphlets. I suggest all missions get a copy of this 25 page newsletter from Pres. Nakatsuka & study!!!
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