Thursday, September 30, 2010

More Missionaries--J through Z

There are several of our very wonderful missionaries who were here in the mission when we arrived, but who for one reason or another, didn't get their photos into our blog before they left.  We want everyone to know a little about each one of these great missionaries.  So, alphabetically, here they are, J through Z:

Elder Seiya  Katanuma

Elder Katanuma with President and Sister Traveller

Elder Seiya Katanuma is from Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.  His faithful grandparents are serving at the same time as he is, but in the Hiroshima mission.  He loves classical music, singing, playing, and listening, and he plays trumpet and viola.  He has served as a ward music conductor and ward missionary.  He has a strong testimony of the Atonement and the Gospel.

Elder Clay Marsh

Elder Heaton on left, and Elder Marsh

 Hailing from Salt lake City, Utah, Elder Clay Marsh is the middle brother of five boys.   He swam and was on the Lacrosse team in high school and loves college football
and pro hockey.  He also loves to paint and draw and listen to classical music, especially Mozart.  He is a history buff and learned a lot about Japanese history long before his call.   He plans to attend a good law school and become
a criminal defense attorney.  He says he is loveable, makes people laugh, and has a willingness to be obedient and loyal. 

Elder Michael McClain

Elder McClain, with Elder Eyring in background
From Payson, Utah, Elder Michael McClain has an older brother and a younger sister and brother.  He wants to study secondary education and become a high school teacher.  He enjoys drawing, mountain biking and tennis.  He has a great sense of humor and constantly looks for the good in situations.  He made the decision to serve a mission the day he finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time.  It answered so many questions and brought him peace and happiness, so he wanted to share it.

Elder Stephen Mulder

From Woodland Hills, Utah, Elder Stephen Mulder is the oldest of six children.  His family has lived in Japan for seven months.  He went to Japanese public school during that time.  Elder Mulder enjoys basketball, piano, singing, acting and reading.  He has played the parts of both Joseph Smith and Nephi.  He would like to work for the Church as a career, maybe as a seminary teacher or for LDS Motion Picture Studios.  He can get along with pretty much anyone and loves the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sister Miyabi Nakatsuka

President and Sister Traveller,
Sister Nakatsuka and Sister Ige on right
The way Sister Miyabi Nakatsuka, from Yonago, Tottori, Japan, writes about her family, they sound like the best family in the world.  Sister Nakatsuka loves to cook, bake treats, surprise people and make them laugh.  She also loves singing and being around children.  She loves to meet new people because they are so interesting to know and it expands her views. She is kind, sensitive and optimistic.  Her goal is to be with her eternal family, having a home of her own like her parents' home.

Sister Konami Numata

From left:  Sister Traveller, Sister Kitayama, Sister Rice, Sister Kobashi,
Sister Numata, and Sister Ige
Sister Konami Numata is from Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan.  She has one sister and great parents.  She loves to play violin, piano, and sing.  She enjoys jogging and drawing illustrations, and loves to do it for others to help them or the church.  Her goals are to be a great missionary and have an eternal marriage.  She is very optimistic.  She has had many responsibilities, and feels her personality and God's help have helped her.  Her testimony of the Gospel is burning in her heart.

Elder Takuya Ogasawara

Elder Takuya Ogasawara is from Katou, Hokkaido, Japan.  He was actually called to Brazil, so he was in the Nagoya Mission just until he was able to get his visa.  We were sad to see him go because he was a great missionary.

Elder Kai Onda

Elder Kai Onda comes from a family of six and lives in Ohtaku, Tokyo, Japan.  
Both of his parents were missionaries in Hokkaido and his father has been a mission president.  He loves basketball and was captain of the team during university.  He also enjoys snowboarding and card magic.  He is a good leader and knows 
happiness comes through living the Gospel.

Elder Daniel Orme

Elder Orme is on left, with Elder Eyring and Elder Anderson
Coming to us from Draper, Utah, Elder Daniel Orme is the first missionary to serve from his family.  He has two older sisters and one younger sister.  He is very excited to serve.  His family loves activites like boating, hiking, snowboarding and camping.  Elder Orme has traveled to several foreign countries, but not Japan.  He loves music, and plays piano, guitar and even writes music.  Before his mission, he studied economics and European studies at University of Utah and loves learning. 

Sister Erin Rice

Sister Erin Rice is from Morrison, Colorado and is the youngest of four children in her family.  She loves watching and playing soccer, hiking, reading, writing and singing.  She really enjoys learning.  She attended BYU-I before her mission and is majoring in English.  She is thinking about getting a PhD after her mission.  She would like to become an editor or publisher.  She has lots of energy, is light-hearted and loves to laugh, but she also knows how to be serious.  She is also greatly self-motivated.  She is serving a mission because she loves the Lord.  

Sister Yuchika Sakuma

Sister Yuchika Sakuma, from Uji, Kyoto, Japan, has a family of seven.  She is a twin and her sister is also preparing for a mission.  Sister Sakuma enjoys listening to music, watching movies, reading and carpentry.  She attended technical college after junior high school.  She is good with her hands, and loves making things from wood.  She is cheerful and kind and treasures her family.  She enjoys working and is happy even when she has to work late.  The stories of a returned missionary friend
inspired her to serve a mission.

Sister Chalet Severson

Seated from left:  Sister Severson, Sister Nakatsuka, Sister Kumagai,
Sister and President Traveller
Behind:  Elder Wynn, Elder Eckman, Elder Tsutamori, Elder Nelson

Sister Chalet Severson, from Vernal, Utah says she has a truly amazing family.  She has many wonderful things to say about them, in addition to another very special person who she calls her older sister because she is so close to her.  After fulfilling an honorable mission, Sister Severson's desire is to further her career in medicine.  She has been a veterinary technician and would love to become either a veterinarian or a doctor.  She likes to skateboard, play guitar and mandolin, and hang out with loved ones.  She is a good listener, quick to laugh, empathetic of others, loyal, and helpful.  She has a strong testimony.

Elder Kelson Shepherd

Elder Kelson Shepherd is from Alpine, Utah.

Elder Garrett Stevens

West Valley City, Utah is home to Elder Garrett Stevens.  He is the oldest of three children in his family.  He loves music and has been in several bands and choirs.  He plays clarinet and saxophone and sings tenor.  He enjoys boating, hiking and learning.  He has always been serious about school and studies a lot.  But he also loves to have fun with people.  He is a physics major, and may go to medical school.  He loves the Gospel and what it can do for people and has wanted to serve a mission all of his life.

Elder Kyler Tolman

Coming to the mission from American Fork, Utah is Elder Kyler Tolman.  He comes from a large family:  11 children.  He has five brothers and five sisters and he is number 10.  Many of his siblings have served missions.  Elder Tolman enjoys most sports, including football, basketball, mountain biking, snowboarding and camping.  He plans to get a degree in mechanical engineering.  He likes to work hard and finish his day knowing he accomplished a lot.

Elder PaePae Tuipala

Elder Tuipala with President and Sister Baird
Elder PaePae Tuipala is from Auckland, New Zealand, and is the only person who has   served in our mission from New Zealand in at least two years.  He is from Auckland. He enjoys playing rugby and he also loves computers.  He says he mingles well with others and is humble and good at following directions.  He has already studied Japanese for six years in school and has a strong testimony of the Gospel.

Elder Clayton Witt

Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to Elder Clayton Witt.  His parents joined the church as adults, so he is excited to be the first person to serve a mission from his family.  He has two younger sisters.  Elder Witt loves to draw, read books, and he has a special love for dogs.  He also loves to make people laugh, and he uses it to make friends and keep everything upbeat.  He hopes to get a degree in animation at BYU, but he has also thought about being an FBI agent or an English teacher.  He hates to be late, and he won't give up.  When the going gets tough, he always tries to brighten the situation.  He likes to set goals and accomplish them.

Elder Nathan Wood

Elder Freeman, and Elder Wood on right.

Elder Nathan Wood is from way down upon the Suwanee, Georgia River, and he has probably heard that phrase too many times.  His mother is from Australia, and Elder Wood was born there.  Since he was 8, he has lived in New York, Georgia and Utah.  He is the oldest of five children.  Elder Wood has been majoring in English with plans to become a writer, and he enjoys singing and reading. He enjoys figuring out answers to difficult problems and is fascinated by people.  And he loves
the Gospel and the scriptures.

Elder William Wright

Elder Alkonas and Elder Wright, on right, of course.

Payson, Utah is home to Elder William Wright.  There are nine children in his family and he is number five.  He calls his parents heroes.  Elder Wright has his black belt in Martial Arts, is an artist, and likes to do paintballing.  His goal is to publish a book that he is writing.  He doesn't give up easily on things he needs to do.  He loves the Lord deeply and wants to serve well.  

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