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2014 Newsletter


NEWSLETTER ­­­­­­­­­­­­ ANNUAL FOR ALL RETURNED MISSIONARIES OF THE NORTHERN FAR EAST MISSION MARCH 2014 FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2014 2014 REUNION 1750 SOUTH 1500 EAST SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84115 EDGEHILL LDS CHAPEL 630 P. M. FULL COURSE JAPANESE FOOD BUFFET, INCLUDING THE MITSUMAME FOR DESSERT WE LOVED WHEN IN JAPAN! 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? Still just $7.50/PERSON!! Please R.S.V.P. intent to attend to: Webmaster Summers at wws1936@msn.com WEBSITE: http://www.mission.net/northern-far-east/index.php ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 2014 KOREA (6 New with asterisks) *Kenneth S. Barrow Busan to 7-2016 Pusan to 7-2014 Brent J. Christensen Seoul to 7 -2015 *Marshall R. Morrise Seoul South to 7-2016 Yong-InS. Shin Daejoen to 7-2016 JAPAN C. Samuel Gustafson Fukuoka to 7-2015 *Phillip K. Welch Kobe to 7-2017 Kazuhiro Yamashita Nagoya to 7-2013 *Hirofumi Nakatsuka Sapporo to 7-2016 Sapporo to 7-2014 *Jeffrey R. Smith Sendai to 7-2016 L. Todd Budge Tokyo to 7-2015 Takashi Wada Tokyo South to 7-2016 *John S. Zarbock Micronesia Guam to 7-2016 JAPAN KOBE MISSION. Phillip Keith Welch, 55, and Julie Nelson Welch, five children, Tokyo 1st Ward, Tokyo Japan South Stake (English), succeeding President Richard G. Zinke and Sister Janna M. Zinke. Brother Welch is a former counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, ward Young Men president, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Japan Kobe Mission. Regional president Asia PAC, Monavie, LLC. Born in Provo, Utah, to Keith W and Veda Renae Reid Welch. Sister Welch is a former stake Primary president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Young Women president, and seminary teacher. Born in Mount Pleasant, Utah, to Glen C. and June Allen Nelson. JAPAN SAPPORO MISSION. Hirofumi Nakatsuka, a member of the Yonago Ward, Okayama Japan Stake. KOREA BUSAN. Kenneth Scott Barrow, 54, and Diane Kay Barrow, five children, Sugar Land 2nd Ward, Houston Texas South Stake: Korea Busan Mission, succeeding President Lynn A. Gilbert and Sister Cindy B. Gilbert. Brother Barrow serves as a stake president and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, Scout master, seminary teacher and missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission. Vice president and general counsel, Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Wylie Ratliff, Jr. and Rosalind Loretta Kelly Barrow. Sister Barrow serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former ward Relief Society president, counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies, Cub Scout leader and ward missionary. Born in Canton, Ohio, to Lawrence Allen and Carol May Kennington Reichenbach. SEOUL SOUTH MISSION NEWLY CREATED JULY 2013 Marshall R. Morrise and Susan L. Morrise, six children,( Korea Seoul South Mission); Lakeside 4th Ward, Provo Utah West Stake. President Morrise is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE MISSION. President and Sister Morrise met with the first two groups called to the Korea Seoul South Mission at the MTC on June 22, 2013. Left to right, front to back: Sisters Hales, Hammerl, Blickenstaff, Goodnough, DeBuse, Florence; Elders Landry, Champion, Breinholt, Miller, Williamson; Sister and President Morrise; Elders Veerothai, Nemelka, Bodily, Pruner. Every sister and elder is great! We love them already! Micronesia Guam Pres. John S. Sarbock is the Owner of John Zarbock Plumbing, Inc. located at 1917 E. Foxmoor Place, Sandy, UT 84092, founded in 2001. GROWTH STATISTICS Japan Korea 2012 2013 2012 2013 Stakes 28 29 17 16 Wards 163 164 93 83 Branches 125 115 46 45 Districts 14 13 6 6 Membership 125,744 126.981 85,041 86,170 Missions 6 7 3 4 Temples 2 2 1 1 Area 70’s 5 5 2 3 Guam & Micronesia Membership 8,464. No Area Authorities now. 1 Mission, 1 Stake, 4 Districts, 5 Wards, 22 Branches, 0 Temples ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ELDER WILLIAM R. WALKER, 1ST QUORUM OF THE 70 (NFE DA,AK, ’64), REPORTS SAPPORO TEMPLE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ”Initial site preparation work and excavating have been done on the Sapporo Temple.  Unfortunately, work has begun slowly on this temple.  With winter not too far away, it is reasonable to assume that not too much significant  work will take place until Spring 2014.       “We are hopeful the temple will be finished and dedicated in 2016.        “It will be a beautiful temple.” Former NFE RM, Elder Walker, is in charge of temple building and reports, “You are right, I’m swamped.” AREA 70’S JAPAN & KOREA KOREA JAPAN Duck Soo Bae Katsumi Kusume Oh Hee Keun Hirofumi Nakatsuka Chang-Ho Kim Chikao Oishi Kozo Tashiro Katsuyuki Otahara KOMATSUS UPDATE Dear Elder McCune, I've been getting your voicemails, and have been meaning to call you!  Evan and I did get to go home for Christmas to see Mom, who is doing okay.  She is 88 and has aged, with forgetting things and not being as sharp, but still the sweet Mother!   Jay is taking great care of her 24/7, and he is a grandpa himself of 6.  So now he has 6 kids and 6 grandkids. Grant also lives there in the condo, and is busy working in the computer/tech/IT world.  Jan will be ending work at her ex-boyfriend's jewelry store where she was for the last 26 years. I'm not sure what she is going to be doing now, it might be hard for her to get a job at 58 (we're all getting older). I'm still happily working for BYU Alumni in the beautiful Hinckley Center, and Evan will hopefully finish his PhD this year.  Although beautiful Hawaii is where we hope to be, with the economy and such, we'll have to see where Evan can find a job after graduation.  We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  I was home when Bro. Nishimoto called Mom, and they had a good conversation. Thank you again for your friendship and caring concern for the Komatsu family! Aloha and love, Jill SISTER PEGGY N. ANDERSEN AND FAMILY ALSO HANGING IN THERE Trudy & husband Rick Olmstead are in Carpentinia, CA. Her husband is a volleyball referee. Valerie lives 3-4 blocks from Sister Andersen. Her husband is Administrative Director at the Provo Missionary Training Center, mainly responsible for assignment of missionaries to wards when they arrive. Doug & wife have now moved into the upstairs and Sis. Andersen has moved downstairs in her home. She says it is good to have Doug upstairs and Valerie only a few blocks away. Sis. Andersen is still working on her autobio-graphy, the most difficult challenge being determining what she should include and what she should leave out since she has so much material accumulated. ELDER HOWARD H. MAETANI IS IN JAPAN WITH HIS WIFE AS ASSISTANT PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR He is a retired Utah District Judge who served a mission in Japan. Around our April 2013 Reunion, he was asked to substitute for a while as the Executive Secretary of the Asia North Area, too, until about July 2013. His wife did full time Public Affairs work until then and now they are back together as Assistant Public Affairs Director. A good kyodai to know. TEL. 03-3440-5689 (Church Office), 090-2143-1355 (Mobile) Retired Utah District Court Judge Assistant Public Affairs Director Asia North Area The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints TEL. 03-3440-5689 (Church Office), 090-2143-1355 (Mobile) ELDER RUSSELL M. NELSON OF THE 12, ELDER TODD L. CALLISTER, PRESIDENCY OF THE 70, AND BISHOP DEAN N. DAVIES, 2ND COUNS., PRESIDING BISHOPRIC, VISIT GUAM, JAPAN, AND KOREA MARCH 2013 Howard H. Maetani, J.D., Assistant Public Affairs Director, Asia North Area, reported, “They went to Guam first and held a leadership meeting broadcast to Japan and Korea. While in Japan, Elder Nelson visited the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Education.” ROBERT BARTON WAITE (NFE PA,DA ‘8/60) REPORTS COUPLE MISSION CALLTO JAPAN KOBE We just received our Senior Couple mission call to serve for eighteen months in the Japan Kobe Mission. We go to the MTC on November 18 for one week and then to Japan. Our primary responsibility will be as Member and Leader Support (MLS) missionaries. Lynne and I are very excited!!! We will miss serving at the Provo MTC but after nearly five years there... it is time to practice what we have been preaching. Robert Waits 9/28/2013 rbwaits@gmail.com 801 362 4948 ARTHUR VERNON “VERN” SMITH (NFE, DA,AK 5/65) AND WIFE TOSHIKO OSHIRO ALSO FLY TO FUKUOKA DENDOBU! They began their couple mission in the Fukuoka Mission Home Office February 2014. Vern is a retired employee of the Salt Lake County Tax Commission. Toshiko is a long time member of the Church from the 1960’s and a retired employee of the Acquisitions Department of the Church Family History Library. They will also serve 18 months. They are long time members of the Dai Ichi Japanese Cultural Ward organized as a branch by Spencer W. Kimball in the early 1960’s and made a ward in 1987. It presently meets in the historic Salt Lake Granite Stake Tabernacle where Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley was called as a Stake President. MARCIA ANN LIVINGSTON HALL (NFE DA,AK 64) PASSES Companions: Alice Ilene Cazier (Crandall) | Karla Gammon (Wilcox) | Marilyn Miller Spouse: Marvin 3 Boys - 1 Girl, 15 G'Kids. Marcia Ann Livingston Hall, 71, of Malta, Idaho passed away Sat, Aug 31, 2013. Born Feb. 8, 1942. Raised in Shrewsbury, Mass., and attended Boston University. During her senior year in college, she met the Mormon missionaries and gained a testimony and then served a mission in the NFEM 1964-1966. Attended BYU and taught school in Utah, where she met Marvin Hall. Married SLC Temple- June 17, 1971. Moved to Malta and had 4 children. Here is a BEAUTIFUL slide show Tribute to her. She was truly one of our NFEM Sister Pioneers Please take time to watch: http://youtu.be/bc0aDZrpqzM - Ann’s Slideshow DWIGHT PINCOCK FUFU IN NAGOYA MISSION HOME! Shin ai naru McCune Kyodai, Thank you so much for your inquiry regarding the lost but found Pincock Fufu!  As you are aware by now, I retired from the Missionary Department on the 13th of September 2013, after a 16 year experience that has blessed my life forever.  It has been such a wonderful blessing to be in the presence of so many Christlike men and women who have lifted me to a new level of spirituality and desire to serve more faithfully.   Vellis and I have planned to go to the Holy Land for a long time,  so upon retirement we were able to make that desire become a reality.  It was a life changing event for us, and we will never partake of the sacrament again without being reminded of the sacred experience we had in the Garden of Gethsemane as we held a Fast and Testimony meeting there with the LDS brothers and sisters in our group.  Within a couple of weeks of our return from that trip we were in the MTC on our way to the Japan Nagoya Mission, to serve in any way the Lord could use us,  which turned out to be as Mission Recorder and Comissarian.  Someone once said we should never retire from something, we should always retire to something… so here we are.  All aspects of this calling seem to be beyond my capacity, with my limitations with reading and writing kanji, so we have two great Japanese young missionaries that fill that gap in a wonderful way.  The language is returning in slower than hoped for increments, but we are having a great time.  Working with President and Sister Yamashita who are dear friends since our days in Fukuoka has been a special blessing as well.  It seems like yesterday that we were working together in Fukuoka, but we were called there in 1994, so yesterday seems to come and go these days in 20 year increments.   We are anxiously engaged, “lifting where we stand”.   We will miss our yearly reunion with our missionary family… and will especially miss Terry and Karen Jensen’s culinary prowess, which in my humble estimation is priceless.   Thank you George for your ever stalwart hand in building the kingdom.  Our love to all until we meet again.  Ai wo komete, Elder and Sister L. Dwight Pincock Japan, Nagoya Mission      JAMES A. MCARTHUR AND WIFE DENISE, BECOME PRESIDENT AND MATRON OF NAUVOO TEMPLE! Jim McArthur (NFE DA,AK ’64) and wife Denise became the President and Matron of the Nauvoo Temple in October 2013. They will serve for 3 years. Sister Denise McArthur’s father passed away 4 days after Jim and Denise received the call, leaving Denise the sole remaining member of her family. Pres. McArthur served as Fukuokaa Mission President during the construction and dedication of the Fukuoka Temple 1997-2000 and was instrumental in obtaining a chapel for the Nagasaki Branch Saints.. He later served as the last President of the Tokyo, Japan Missionary Training Center. The McArthurs are long time residents of St. George, UT. Jim developed and ran the Temple View Motor Home in south central St. George on the east side of Main Street. Both Jim and Denise welcome each of us to visit the Nauvoo Temple while they are there through September 2016. There e. mail address is: jmcarthur@infowest.com LaDon D VanNoy (NFE’56-59) returned to his Heavenly Father on January 4, 2014 at the Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Afton, Wyoming, April 23, 1935. 602-966-0210, ladon3@mindspring.com WADE FILLMORE (NFE’PA,DA 3/61) CHECKS IN FROM NEW HOME IN IDAHO When you read what I’m doing below, does it sound like I am the Ward Mission Leader in my Ward? These days as an opening, I ask people I meet, “Do you know the names of your 8 great-grandparents?” So far no one has chosen to be offended. Often, I give them the My Family booklet recently released by the Church. Two things I tell them we all have in common are: 1) We are spirit children of Heavenly Parents who love us. 2) We all have ancestors. Elijah's work of planting in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers is at work in the world. We are trying to help reconnect people to their Father in Heaven and help them make these connections to their ancestors eternal. Best wishes, Wade Fillmore WFillmore@aol.com DR. KENT JOSEPH SADLER, DDS PASSES (NFE,PA,DA4/61) This is to inform Northern Far East Missionaries that my husband of almost fifty years Kent Sadler, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2014. Kent was a dentist in Sainte Genevieve, Mo. He served from 1961-1963 in Japan. I would love to hear from those that served with him, especially Marcus Hamson and Paul Smith. Please email me at nickel.not@gmail.com Sincerely, Penny Sadler 12732 Tall Pine Drive Sainte Genevieve, Mo 63670 573-483-9906 JOHN DUNN CHASE PASSES AT 76 (NFE’PA’57) John Dunn Chase was born May 17, 1937, in Pocatello, Idaho to Carol Dunn and Amos Bennion Chase and passed away October 23, 2013, at age 76, in St. George, UT, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was married 42 years to Kathye Mary Henney. He is a respected father of four children: Jonathan Chase, David (Katie) Chase, Melissa Wells, and Camille (Orlando) Alba. He is the grandfather of Josiah, Sage, and Micah Wells; Lincoln and Scout Chase; and Jayda and Lyla Alba. After graduating from BYU in Economics and Asian Studies, he worked in the insurance field for many years. A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John valued being a member missionary over any other position he held. After serving a mission in the Northern Far East Mission in Japan, John continued the missionary effort by assisting and encouraging countless young men in their desire to serve a mission. He helped bring his good friends, the Watabe family, from Japan to the United States. His picture with his typical great smile, along with then Elder, and future Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, and the Watable family is printed on page 237 of Gordon B. Hinckley Shoulder for the Lord, 1996, Hawkes Publishing Co., SLC, UT, engaging in his typical selfless service to mankind. For years, John and Kathye welcomed numerous people from around the world and off the streets into their home for extended periods of time – a true shepherd of Father’s children. No one was ever turned away. John always had a joke or a story ready to share, and would follow it with a hearty laugh. He was a good man and will be dearly missed. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mapleton North Stake Center LDS Chapel located at 475 North 1600 West in Mapleton, UT. A viewing was held prior the the Memorial Service at 10:00 A.M. A graveside service and dedication of the grave was held following the services at the East Lawn Cemetery, Mapleton, UT. In lieu of flowers, the John Dunn Chase Memorial has been established at Mountain America Credit Union, for those wishing to contribute. Long may the memory of this great man burn in the minds and hearts of his posterity and NFE comrades. NEWS BITES NFE Assoc. President Eugene Till, former Korea Mission President, has been assigned by the Area GA Elder Mike Ringwood to implement the “I am a Mormon” program in Korea. gentill@gmail.com Way to GO! Maeser R. Terry, Enterprise, UT, writes: Just to let you know I’m still alive, working at the store, raising a garden, enjoying life, waiting for the Sapporo Temple to open. We would like to attend the dedication. Family is doing well – just got 12th great-grandchild, Sep. 27, 2013. Health is good but getting older. Thanks for keeping us up to date on NFEM. regnin@yahoo.com Sis. Maloney, out in VA is just about done with the Yamagata Branch History. Norman D. (NFE,PA 1/55) & Luana Shumway are serving a couple mission in the Tokyo Temple. NEWS FROM THE FRONT SAPPORO JAPAN MISSION – Pres. Eric C. Evans. During his last year as president in Sapporo, Pres. Evans has a special eternal companion with extraordinary wisdom in guiding sharers to share with enthusiasm, love, determination, and faith in triumph and even tribulation. The missionaries are receiving a runoff of said wisdom. The sisters evidently have STLs like Zone Leaders specially charged with increasing sister skills and attitudes towards strong leadership and successful sharing, baptism, confirmation, and retention. One set of STLs entitled their recent counsel “Being A Happy and Confident, Missionary”. Sisters Furue and Sugihara, “with love” signed to their counsel, confessed their weaknesses and inadequacies in the weight of their responsibility to guide and set example for the other sisters by sharing the 3 statements of Pres. Uchtdorf in a GC talk a year ago: 1. Do not fear, I am with you; 2. Love one another, as I have loved you; & 3. Be of good cheer. They shared “Heavenly Father hears . . . prayers, knows your trials, and loves you more than you can imagine. You are told to love your investigators, members, and your companions.” Companions are sometimes the hardest out of the 3. You are together 24/7. There might be problems, but when you solve the problems, there is love . . . You are able to unite and see miracles.” A companion wrote a sister little encouraging notes and did little acts of service for her. After the 5th note saying “thanks for always being patient with me, I love you!” the sister realized she was the problem and needed to change. Control & patience ensued! “ Being of good cheer” happened to this sister when she internalized what a track coach taught her in school prior to her mission: Perspectives of running fast are crucial, but also that she was actually competing with herself - not others. This caused her not to be discouraged and to look and see how far she had come. Sister Evans penned her usual marvelous advice by entitling it “Dendo Failure” telling of giving an elderly woman Christmas cookies the woman adored but after enjoying them with appreciation “she brought them back to our car saying she couldn’t eat them.” “Our religion is Buddhism” she said. They were stunned, the first time such had ever happened to Sis. Evans. The daughter-in-law, they guessed, had told the woman she had to return the cookies. Disappointed, they drove to lunch. They noticed another restaurant with Christmas decorations and stopped there. The waitress escorted them upstairs where daylight came “cascading through the window.” They were happy again! “Whatever is expedient in me will be given if ye will have faith,” paraphrasing Moroni 7:33. Continue & Triumph. NAGOYA JAPAN MISSION – Pres. (also Elder) Kazuhiro Yamashita (of the 1st Quorum of the 70). The front cover of the We Are 1 newsletter for the Nagoya Mission, a photo of returning missionaries was displayed on the left and a photo of arrivers on the right. The message is “Be One!” Underneath was a list of baptisms in the mission from October 6 through November 17, 2013, of 8 ranging from age 50 to 13, 3 sisters including the ages of 50, 29, and 35 and 5 brothers of 38, 30, 25, 15 and 13 years of age. For the January 1, 2014 newsletter, the photos of returners and arrivers photos were shown along with 8 additional baptisms from Dec. 1 through December 29, 2013 with 3 sisters ages 30, 26, and 16 and 5 brothers of ages 74, 70, 23, 11 and 9. Photos of baptisms were on the right columns. Pres. Yamashita expounded in each newsletter what I as an editor never have seen in such inspired, exquisite detail and conciseness just about everything a missionary and member needs and should know. Oct./Nov. Letter-taikai, interviews, councils points: 1.Remember missionary purpose – save souls 2.Become Ammon-like Missionaries 3.Open your mouths to all people 4.Importance of recognizing the Spirit 5.Importance of obedience 6.Importance of understanding the atonement power 7.Importance of having a good companionship relation 8.Our own Japan Nagoya Mission culture 5 points: Love, trust, serve the Lord; forget self, we are one Pray, help, encourage, work together, serve-repeat it 9.Prepare well, invite Spirit, speak slowly & clearly, bear testimony from heart, make eye contact Dec. Letter-Return to basics, serve diligently 1.Are we doing all we can? Lengthening our stride? 2.Enlarge our vision? Reflect on prophets’ teachings 3.Anxiously engaged in bringing Restoration to souls 4.Have abiding love & hope, lift up voices to mankind 5.Pray for faith/strength to be more bold in sharing 6. If want to teach more, must talk to more people 7. Let us be reliable, prove worthy of trust. 8. Be Ammon-like missionary with Christ-like attributes
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