Friday, July 30, 2010

Branch Conference in Niihama, Matsuyama District - Shikoku

The end of July we travelled back to Shikoku for two Branch Conferences and a District Priesthood Meeting. The first conference was in Niihama.
This is the Niihama Branch building. We attended a great branch conference there.
Brother Aoba was called as the new Branch President. He is a skilled artist and potter. His son, a recently returned missionary was called as one of his counselors.Sister McIntyre with Fox Shimai and Iwaki ShimaiAs is the tradition, we enjoyed a meal together as a branch after conference. The conference was attended by the District Presidency whom we will be working with going forward in the Matsuyama District. President Nakajima and his counselors, Presidents Kawasaki and Kariya.We were invited to visit President Aoba's home on our way home to Kobe. He lives in a beautiful little valley surrounded by bamboo and rice fields.Here is a shot of his house from across the field on our drive in.He fires all his pottery right here on his property. Much of it is done in these old fashion ovens. His art work and pottery pieces are all around the home and yard.This plate depicting of the Tree of Life is similar to the one in the Tokyo Temple Celestial Room which he also made. Here is picture with his wife and three daughters and President and Sister Iwaki.
It was a great trip and we met so many wonderful members. As mission president we preside over the districts on Shikoku so we will be visiting these wonderful places and people often!

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