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Hi I'm Kaz

I grew up in Japan and came to the States for a job opportunity. I work for a computer software company in Indy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Both my wife and I are from Japan. We got married at the Tokyo temple and we have 4 children; two boys first and then two girls. They are 23, 22, 19, and 16. I work for a computer software company and I'm responsible to make our software ready to be released in many international countries. I really enjoy playing soccer and I play a few times every week. I also like watching soccer games, especially the games with the Japanese national teams; both men and women. I like playing guitar as well.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a student in Tokyo, I met a missionary on a street. After speaking with him and his companion, I was amazed for their faith to spend for their 2 years as missionaries for the church as they were only a few years older than me. I had never thought about my faith seriously, but I was wondering about the purpose of my life. The Joseph Smith story that they shared with me was amazing and I simply thought it would be great if the story was true. They taught me how to pray and asked me to pray to the Heavenly Father. The missionaries promised me that Heavenly Father would answer to my prayers as he loved us. So, I prayed for the first time in my life and kept asking to the Heavenly Father if the Joseph Smith story was true or not. In addition to that, I met the missionaries every day after the first contact and they kept teaching me about the church and the gospel. They also helped me to recognize the answers from the Heavenly Father. A week later, I decided to join the church as I felt it would be good for me. I didn't have firm faith and testimony at that time, but I definitely knew that those young missionaries deserved respect and I really wanted to be like them. After joining the church, my faith was grown little by little when I read scriptures, pray, attend church meeting, and attend institute classes. Many people helped me. 2 years later, I decided to go on my own mission and I worked for 2 years to save enough money for the next 2 years. I served as a missionary in the Japan Kobe mission and met a great mission president and many great missionaries. I have learned a lot from them and I was able to strengthen my testimony. It has been more than 25 years since then. I have gone through many more great experiences in the church and I can firmly say that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, through him, the true church of God has been restored on the earth, and Jesus Christ is our savior. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

Every day, I read or listen scriptures or stories from church magazines. I also pray to the Heavenly Father every day. Through these personal experiences, I can feel the love of God closely. I also attend church meetings on Sundays. Through my church calling, I have opportunities to share my experiences at the 9 church units in the area almost every month. It's great to meet with new people in those units and learn about them. As a family, we have family home evening in the every Monday evening. We plan for the week as a family and take turns to teach lessons. In the family home evening, we also have an activity (doing something together as a family) and have refreshment as well. The weekly family home evening is a very important part of our lives. As a family, we love inviting missionaries who serve in this area for dinner. They are about the same age as my boys and one of them is serving his mission in California. So, I feel like having my own children for dinner. After dinner, they always share some spiritual thoughts and encourage us to be better member missionaries. They are great and I'm very thankful for their effort and testimony to the restored gospel.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kaz
Absolutely Not! Last Tuesday evening, our church unit's youth groups walked around the church neighborhood and asked if they had anything that they could help. A group pulled out weeds for a family and another helped preparing a garage sale this gentleman was planning to have this weekend. Next week, many church members in this area are planning to donate food and commodities to several food pantries in the area. In addition to that, we are planning to clean up a county park. I'm looking forward to having these opportunities to do something for the communities. Show more Show less