For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul. (D&C 4:4)Elders Cutler and Wiser just outside the Nara church preparing for the harvest!
This past week as we drove from Hirakata to Nara for missionary interviews we snapped a few shots of the ripening rice fields. The rice harvest will start soon in this part of Japan, but the field we labor in is already being harvested. As you can see, at this point, the rice fields are a golden color. The countryside is beautiful and our pictures do not do it justice.The tops are heavy and the shafts are beginning to wilt over from the weight of the grains of rice.The fields are flooded and by the end of the summer they dry out and the plants mature and are soon ready to harvest. As the grains ripen and the plants dry out, the tops do start to turn a white color.The field is white and ready to harvest in more ways than one here in the Kobe Mission.