Sunday, March 20, 2011

All of the Sendai missionaries arrived safely in Sapporo within approximately 24 hours of hearing the decision of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to relocate the Sendai and Tokyo Missions’ missionaries. It was a major undertaking with miraculous results to gather all of the missionaries in the Sendai area, charter buses, secure train tickets, purchase airline tickets and deliver them safely to Sapporo. Many of them arrived with only the clothes on their backs and their backpacks. Others brought most of their belongings. The last group arrived late on Thursday evening with President and Sister Tateoka and Elder and Sister Choi.

On Friday morning, the missionaries were able to gather together as an entire mission and say goodbye to President and Sister Tateoka. President Tateoka has the priesthood keys for most of the members in Sendai who were most severely impacted by the recent events. Elder Choi informed the missionaries that the priesthood keys for the missionaries have now been transferred to President Daniels and the Sapporo Mission. This will allow President and Sister Tateoka the ability to dedicate their full time attention to the extensive needs of the members. We then had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with the Sendai Missionaries and quickly came to appreciate the strength of their testimonies, their dedication to the gospel and their musical talent. They will be great additions to the work in Sapporo.

On Saturday, we brought in all of the Sapporo Missionaries to Sapporo and had a Mission Conference. It was wonderful to have all of the missionaries together. We discussed the missionary work in Sapporo, introduced the new missionary structure and announced each individual transfer. Planning this transfer was another witness to us that the Lord is in charge of this work and continues to lead and guide our efforts – right down to the individual missionary. The two missions are now completely integrated with a Zone Leader from each mission leading the zones and actually more District Leaders from the Sendai Mission than the Sapporo Mission leading the individual Districts. We are excited to see the surge in the work as we prepare for the temple that has been announced for Sapporo.

We are sensitive to the intense love and feeling the missionaries have for the Sendai Mission, the members and their investigators. We do not intend to replace those feelings, but to build on top of them additional experiences that they will capture from their service in Sapporo. We hope that they will be able to return soon but were instructed to integrate them fully into our mission. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of the people in Japan that have been impacted by all of these disasters.

1 comment:

  1. Good Morning,

    The members of our Fountain Valley 2nd Ward in the Huntington Beach, California Stake wanted to do what we can to join in and help out with the church’s humanitarian efforts in Japan. We are aware of the monetary donations we can be making through our ward and through, but many have asked what other tangible needs overseas we can possibly help meet for the displaced missionaries. We would like your guidance so that we can supply the items or organize the proper service project that is in highest demand. Whether it is clothing or assembling care packages, we feel the urgent need to provide additional assistance to the Lord's servants.

    We are very anxious to help our brothers and sisters in Japan who stand in need at this time. We would appreciate any guidance and direction you could provide that will allow us to begin our efforts to help out.


    Rocky Gubernick
    YM President FVII
    Huntington Beach, Ca Stake USA