Approximately 140 Missionaries (45 Japanese and 95 Foreign - 6 Portuguese/Spanish Speaking). 112 Elders, 22 Sisters and 2 Couples. 6 Stakes. 3 Member Districts. 30 Million People. Includes major Japanese cities such as Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Okayama, Wakayama and the island of Shikoku. Welcome to the Greatest Mission in the Church!
Current Status 2011: (From Left to Right) Sister and President McIntyre, James (14), Ricky (18) waiting for mission call, Erika (23) Served in the Japan Sapporo Mission- Now at BYU and MTC Teacher, Julie (20) Currently serving in the Japan, Fukuoka Mission
Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. (see Preach My Gospel p. 1)
Fulfilling our Missionary Purpose in the Japan Kobe Mission
In the Japan Kobe Mission we fulfill our purpose as missionaries by finding, teaching, baptizing and confirming those prepared to accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and by establishing the church in Japan. (See D&C 29:4-7) Our main tools for doing so are the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures and the principles and programs outlined in A Guide for Missionary Service - Preach My Gospel.
Mission President's Purpose Statement
1. Create and Sustain a "Preach My Gospel" Mission filled with "Preach My Gospel" Missionaries. 2. Each Missionary Fulfills His Missionary Purpose 3. Each Missionary Experiences the Joy of Missionary Service 4. Each Returning Missionary is Committed to Keeping their Temple Covenants, and Prepared to Become a Worthy Husband (or Wife) and Father(or Mother), and Raise a Righteous Family in the Gospel.
Hand sewn by Sister McIntyre, the quilt was created to unite the mission in our purpose. Upon arriving in the mission, every missionary signs a square on the quilt and then later dates it when he Returns Home with Honor. It hangs in the mission office for all to see and reminds us that we are all part of this great mission, united in purpose and woven together through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Japan Kobe Mission Theme
Introduced to the mission by President McIntyre in February 2009 as part of zone conferences, the theme draws from the old mission theme and the nine attributes of Christ outlined in Preach My Gospel. Our desire is to become more like the Savior so we can more effectively fulfill our Missionary Purpose. (3 Nephi 27:27)
Japan Kobe Mission Theme 1. Christ is the Reason (Alma 38:9) 2. The Spirit is the Key (D&C 42:14) 3. Obedience is the Price (D&C 82:10) 4. Faith is the Power (Ether 12:12) 5. Hope is the Anchor (Ether 12:4) 6. Love is the Motive (Mosiah 28:3) 7. Virtuous is the Thought (D&C 121:45) 8. Knowledge is the Advantage (D&C 130:18-19) 9. Patient is the Soul (D&C 101:38) 10. Humble is the Heart (D&C 112:10) 11. Diligent is the Work (Moroni 9:6) 12. Joy is the Reward (D&C 18:15-16) There are two dimensions to becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary. First is "being" like Christ. Second is "doing" missionary activities. Both are essential, but the "doing" flows from the "being."
New Kobe Mission Logo
Represents the harvest. "And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts." D&C 29:7
Kobe Mission Logo - The Anchor Mark
This logo was used in the Kobe Mission before its temporary closure in 2001. The mark can be seen around the city of Kobe and it represents the convergence of the two ports in the bay at Kobe. Often referred to as the mark of the anchor. In the scriptures we learn that hope is our anchor. We have great hope in Christ and for a marvelous work to come to pass in this mission. (See Hebrews 6:19 and Ether 12:4)
Japan Central Mission Logo
A forerunner to the Japan Kobe Mission, the Japan Central Mission was based in Kobe. This logo was also used in the early original Kobe Mission. It represents the gospel message being proclaimed with the sound of a trump in the land of the rising sun. (See D&C 24:12 and D&C 29:4)