December in Kobe

27 Jan

December was a bit crazy.  We had a mission tour.  We had specialized training.  We attended a number of baptisms.  We were preparing for zone conferences.  But these awesome missionaries found time to put Christmas lights around the mission home.  And it was beautiful!  We are sorry that we didn’t get a picture of the home lit up at night!

Elders Wilde, Hugo, Ray and Miller were all pros!






They were surprised with some warm cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate after the job was done.


Later that week we had the chance to see this beautiful display of lights.

The Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held every December.  It commemorates the earthquake of 1995 centered here in Kobe that killed 6500 people.  The lights were donated by the Italian Government and each light is individually hand-painted.

Lights are kept up for about two weeks and turned on for a few hours each evening.  Major streets are closed to cars during these hours to allow pedestrians to fill the streets and enjoy the lights.  It is viewed by about three to five million people each year.



IMG_0860Elders Miller and Ray – Kobe Elders

Elder Shinohara – Commissarian

Elder Hugo – Assistant to the President

Elder Munro – Recorder

Elder Wilde – Assistant to the President




IMG_0875A look up close at these beautiful lights.


IMG_0877Burger King had just opened in Kobe and the plan was to eat dinner there on the way back to the train station.  But before we could get to Burger King we passed this restaurant that just called us in!  Should we or shouldn’t we.  Choose one of these beautiful fish to eat…or…Burger King?!?  Hmmmm….

IMG_0883Yep…you guessed.  Burger King!

IMG_0884We weren’t quite special enough for this table…this was “Priority Sheet”.

IMG_0886But that didn’t matter.  Just look at these missionaries faces…pure heaven.  What a way to end a beautiful evening!

IMG_0887We love our missionaries!


2 Responses to “December in Kobe”

  1. DeNise Wilde January 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    What a joy to see you all enjoying the Christmas season!! We are so thankful for all you do to support our son and know that he absolutely loves you President and Sister Zinke!! These pictures made us laugh because our boy is so crazy fun and we can see that he is spreading that spirit in Japan!! Much love to you from the Wilde Bunch!! 🙂

  2. Kathryn Eisenbise January 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    LOVE IT!!! Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:08:18 +0000 To:

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