|Here they are! Welcome, welcome to Elder Yoshizawa, Elder Kaminishi, Elder Matsunaga, Elder Roney,|
Elder Honda, Sister Fujisawa, (Sister and President Baird), Elder Roney, Elder Matsatahti,
Elder K. Baker, Elder Harada, and Elder Kaneko.
|Of course, there was the greeting.|
Sister Fujisawa first.
|And finally, dinner at home with 11 tired missionaries.|
Elder Ellsworth, AP on left, Elder Barney and
Elder Koesashi (commissarian) on right.
Elder Matsunaga (left) with his trainer, Elder Nakanishi
Elder Subaru Matsunaga is from Tokyo, Japan. He is very proud of his mother,
who is deaf and uses sign language. She is a wonderful woman.
He likes to watch movies and make stories and videos. He studied film making
when he was in the US, and also studies editing and script writing. It is both a hobby and a major.
Elder Nakanishi makes friends fast and is positive and friendly.
He became converted to the Church when he traveled to Salt Lake City
and attended General Conference.
Elder Kaminishi (left) with his trainer, Elder Sambongi
Elder Shimon Kaminishi has joined missionary lessons often, and has felt that
missionary work is a gift from God. He has recognized the strong
testimony and great love and power of the spirit. He knows missionary
work is the work of God and that God will help us as we teach.
Elder Kaminishi is from Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan and has been
preparing hard to go on a mission and go to college.
Elder Sambongi plans to be a dentist. His greatest talent and hobby is music.
He plays string bass and was a member of Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
and played with Utah Symphony where he toured in Italy.
Elder Honda (left) with his trainer, Elder Soliai
Elder Soliai hasn't planned his future occupation, but he knows he can
be successful if he remains obedient to the commandments.
He is accepting, humorous and adaptable.
Elder Harada (left) with his trainer, Elder Kuwahara
Elder Kuwahara wants to master English and travel. He enjoys
making people smile and has many friends. He is also
obedient and a good listener.
Sister Fujisawa (left) with her trainer, Sister Stott
Sister Stott plans to become and educator, focusing on elementary students,
but she also likes graphic design. And temple marriage and motherhood
are also in her plans. She is a caring, but also determined person.
Sister Stott always wanted to serve a mission, and when she found out she
had to wait until she was 21, she cried.
Elder Kaneko (left) with his trainer, Elder Kishi
Elder Kishi has a talent for singing, cutting paper into wonderful animals
and shapes, juggling and card tricks. He is cheerful and positive and
makes friends with everyone. Children especially love it when he is around.
He is a hard worker and has a strong testimony.
Elder Seipel (left) with his trainer, Elder Hilyard
Elder Hilyard is a hard worker and loves
to read the scriptures. He says he is shy until he gets to know people
and is good at empathy. He wants to get a degree in science or business
and master in Japanese Language. He was surprised, though,
to be called to Japan.
Elder Roney (left) with his trainer, Elder Shimohara
Elder Jarom Roney, from Heber City, Utah, is the third of six children. Both
of his older siblings are serving missions at the same time as him. Elder Roney
loved growing up in a small town, and has enjoyed travel, sports, board
and card games with his family, but he doesn't care for hiking, hunting and fishing.
Tennis, basketball and badminton are his favorite sports, and he loves to read.
Before his mission, Elder Shimohara was really into computers. He likes building
and taking things apart. In college, he was part of a team that built a small
unmanned submarine. He says he is kind of serious, but when he loosens up,
he is just a normal goofy guy.
Elder Gish would like to become a good father like his own. He would also enjoy
coaching high school baseball or lacrosse. He is outgoing and never nervous.
It is easy for him to meet new people and speak in any size crowd. He is kind
and wants to make people happy. Ever since he was a little boy,
he has wanted to serve a mission.
Elder Baker (left) with his trainer, Elder Finlinson
From Salem, Oregon, Elder Kevin Baker is interested in history, politics and
studying religion. He says they all help to further understanding of why we are here
and how it relates to us today. His other hobbies are reading and playing paino.
Elder Baker plans to enlist in the US Army and attend BYU when he finishes
his mission. He wants to make a difference in the world.
Elder Finlinson says that he thinks he has a small presence despite being tall.
And he doesn't like to talk about himself. He is also a fast learner.
|Elder Yoshizawa (left) with his trainer, Elder Tojo|
Elder Tojo's favorite scripture (D & C 25:12) is about singing hymns.
Singing hymns gives him peace. Elder Tojo has a great smile
and is obedient. He is good with his hands at making things,
like assembling furniture. He also plays guitar.