Our good friends, the Daniels, who are called to preside over the Japan Sapporo mission still think the brethren got our calls confused. We took this picture pointing at their mission as if it was ours! President Daniels served in Kobe and hoped to return there as president. But they are happy and excited to be the frozen chosen of Sapporo. We are happy to be heading for Kobe!Tonight we had the chance to meet with all the missionaries going to our mission currently in the MTC. There are 12, 11 Elders and 1 Sister. We spent about two hours with them getting to know each other and sharing our testimonies and stories. We already love these missionaries. They are wonderful. In this group alone we have missionaries from Australia, Brazil and the US. Many had fathers and/or siblings that served in Japan. How lucky we are to lead them.
The last few days as I pondered what to talk about with these missionaries in our first meeting, I had the very distinct impression that I needed to speak with one of them. I felt strongly I needed to let this missionary know that Heavenly Father loves him and that the right decision was made in coming on this mission. This missionary's name stuck with me all day today and I felt this was a prompting from the Spirit. As we went around the room and greeted the missionaries, I told that missionary what I felt and that I felt the Lord wanted me to share these feelings. Later as each missionary introduced themselves and told us about themselves, this missionary shared with us and the group as tears flowed that his father had passed away two weeks before entering the MTC. I then knew why the Lord had prompted me to share those feelings. We then had a mini lesson on following the promptings of the Spirit as missionaries. For Sister McIntyre and me, this was one of the first miracles of our mission. How grateful we are for revelation and the promptings of the Spirit.