Elder Kikuchi encourages Korean, Japanese students

[Story and photo by Mike Foley, originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, April 20, 2006]

Elder Yoshihiko KikuchiElder Yoshihiko Kikuchi [pictured at right], a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977, shared words of encouragement and a powerful testimony during special meetings on April 20 with Korean and Japanese students at BYU-Hawaii.

Elder Kikuchi, the first native-born Japanese to be called as a General Authority, and his wife, Sister Toshiko Kikuchi, stopped over for the meetings in Laie en route to an assignment in the Kona Hawaii Stake conference. He is currently serving in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Church temple and curriculum committees, but previously was a member of the Asia North Area presidency that includes Japan and the Korean peninsula, president of the Tokyo Temple, and president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission.

Speaking to the two groups in turn, and addressing his fellow countrymen and several returned missionaries in Japanese, Elder Kikuchi told of his love for the people of Korea and Japan, and showed an Asia North Area slide presentation on the growth of the Church in those countries.

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