|Seated from left: Elders Finlinson, Berrett, Gottfredson, Rocha, and Correia|
Standing from left: President and Sister Baird, Sisters Shimoji and Stott
Elder Shane Berrett
|Can you tell Elder Berrett loves children?|
|Elder Berrett, left, and Elder Dinkel|
(Working on solving the world's problems.)
One of Elder Berrett former companions said he is always upbeat and cheerful. Even if he complains, he doesn't really mean it. He is easy to be around. Whatever ward or branch he served in, he gave special attention to the children and they always loved him a lot. He knows how to make other people happy. He also has a soft spot in his heart for dogs.
Elder Kevin Gottfredson
|From left: Elders Koesashi, Gibb, Gottfredson, and O'Hara|
|See the concern in Elder Gottfredson's eyes? This place needs to go.|
Elder Gottfredson is a very hard working missionary who has the ability to keep going, even when in pain. He is good at math, and is also ambidextrous. This exhibits itself when he goes wake boarding; he can do it regular or goofy. But it also shows up when he shoots skeet. He can hold the gun in either his right or left hand, and shoot well. He has been know to shoot out the bulls eye of a target more than once.
Elder Nicholas Correia
Elder Correia is friendly, polite, hard working, and determined. Elder Correia has already had the experience of teaching seminary. He could do it really well now that's he's had missionary experience. When he gets home, Elder Correia plans to study mechanical engineering and possibly teach English as a part time job.
|Elder Correia looks happy to give these two dogs a little love, and|
they look like they are in heaven with him.
Elders Baker (right) and Finlinson in background.
|Does Elder Correia look better in this, or a missionary suit? |
I'd say the missionary suit "suits" him best.
|Elder James and Elder Rocha (right)|
Elder Rocha is peaceful and organized, very friendly, affectionate, and enjoys serving. He doesn't like to sit still. Since he was a child in Primary, he has looked forward to serving a mission. He is nice to everyone he meets. He is very good at soccer and everyone thinks he has a beautiful accent.
Sister Ziona Shimoj
|In front from left: Sisters Shimoji, Eguchi, Yamada, and Takatsu|
Behind: Elders Koesashi, Ellsworth, Ito, and Clark
|Sister Ishihara and Sister Shimoji (right)|
Sister Shimoji is one of the most friendly people you will ever meet. She is warm and happy, and has a gift for making friends. Her eyes usually sparkle with joy. She is also a talented teacher and finder, and has a special ability to love children. Everywhere Sister Shimoji has been on the mission, she has left behind many new and dear friends.
|Sister Stott in front, Sister Fujisawa behind,|
and Meito Ward member Sister Yoneda standing.
Sister Lauren Stott
|Sister Stott and Sister Thayne|
Sister Stott has the distinction of being one of very few missionaries who got to open an area, and she opened two of them. She is a hard worker and very organized. She loves her companions with all her heart. She is also very talented at fixing things, especially things that require a needle and thread, or some good food to make them feel better.
Elder Alex Finlinson
|Just in case you wondered, Elder Finlinson is the one on the left.|
|Elder Finlinson on left, with Elders Heo, Macdonald, and Hilton.|
Elder Finlinson is a very quick learner. One missionary called him a kanji master, because he knows so many kanji. His Japanese language was also very good. One of his former companions said he was always obedient, that he always tried to follow the handbook exactly, and that he got up on time and studied hard. He also learned to work through pain and keep going.
And on the happy end of things:
Here is our new commissarian, Elder Hara, waiting at the airport for our new arrivals.
And we got one more picture at the dragon. We are waiting for a snake, but will we want to take a picture by him? Stay tuned! Meanwhile, what a great-looking group!
|From left: Elder Tsukamoto, Elder Wilson, Elder Ockerman, President and Sister Baird, and Sister Breck|
Sister Tianna Rae Breck
|Sister Breck on left with her new trainer, Sister Fujisawa. |
They will be in Shizuoka.
|And they will be a threesome, with Sister Hunt, right.|
Sister Fujisawa dreams of becoming a teacher because a teacher made such a difference
in her life. She has completed four years of college. She looks forward to
sharing the Gospel with everyone she can. She can feel God's spirit and wants
to share all she learns through the church.
Elder Trevor Ockerman
|Headed to Fukui are Elder Ockerman, left, and Elder Baker|
|Meridian, Idaho is home to Trevor Shawn Ockerman. He has three older siblings and a younger brother. Elder Ockerman loves soccer and would like to be on BYU's soccer team and become a professional athlete. He would like to be a role model to others. Mechanical engineering is also in his future. He loves all sports, and loves to learn new things and strive to be the best at what he does. He is good at making friends of all ages. He knows that the more righteously we live, the better our life will be, in every way.|
Elder Baker says he is outgoing, but can also be quiet at the right time. He loves to learn and immerse himself in work, so he feels that will be a big help on his mission. He has a strong testimony of the Gospel.
Elder Jacob Tsukamoto
|Elder Tsukamoto, along with his trainer Elder Sanderson, will be working in Fuji.|
Elder Sanderson said he is serving his mission because, "The prophet has asked every able young man to serve. I am happy to serve the Lord and share the eternal insight I have with others. I am looking forward to bringing the Gospel to the people of Japan."
Elder Andrew Wilson