Akashi Ward’s Christmas Tree

28 Dec

Just before Christmas we had the opportunity to visit the Akashi Ward for a “Dendo” (missionary) fireside.  What beautiful people!  I was so impressed with their desire to spread the gospel.

As we walked into the church we saw a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.  It wasn’t until I looked a  bit closer that I saw that it wasn’t completely decorated.  I was then told by the bishop that when someone in the ward shares the gospel with someone, gives out a Book of Mormon or a pass along card, or just talks to someone about the church, an ornament can be added to the tree.  I was so impressed with the number of ornaments already on the tree!  What great saints…all with such a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people that they know.

The following picture is of the beautiful tree – adorned with acts of missionary work – surrounded by our missionaries and the bishopric.

We are grateful for these good people and feel so fortunate to be a part of this great work.


2 Responses to “Akashi Ward’s Christmas Tree”

  1. Lis Green December 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    What a terrific idea for wards and even families to do at home to share the Gospel! I would like to try this idea next year and share it with my bishop for our ward tree at the church. These Akashi members are such an example of how missionary minded Japanese members are in general. A wonderful sister in Himeji sent my returned missionary son a Christmas package and it was unbelievable. I could see his missionary “glow” return as he opened the many presents. He was very humbled. She and so many others have been very generous to him and all our missionaries. I hope to return their kindness when we visit Japan next May 2012.

  2. Sandra Munro December 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I love this idea, thank you!

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