We were at the airport to welcome the Asia North Area Seventy, Taegul Jung from Korea and his executive secretary, Yukihiko Hattori from Japan. We also witnessed a sister missionary returning home from the Philippines after serving for 18 months. As you can see, she was in tears as she was greeted by family and friends. She came right up to us to tell us she served with the Shamrell's (a senior couple from Gresham) and that they said to tell us Hi. What a small world. Not in the picture is a new missionary to the island, Elder Lee from Utah.
He was interested in many different philosophies and religions. He came across the Joseph Smith story and dismissed it because it had such a similar story as other religious leaders, in that spiritual manifestations often came to a young boy. He was also not convinced that God would show himself to anyone. One night he had a dream in which God told him that He could in fact appear to a man. The next day he came across missionaries from our church. After just a few lessons he was ready to join the church and was baptized within a week at the age of 19.