June 21, 2015
Elder Ismael Martinez, an area authority from the 70’s, visited La Perla Stake today. He related the following story which continues to confirm how our Heavenly Father knows each of us personally and plays a part in our life.
Elder Lee was disappointed when he read his mission call. He lived in the United States, was of Japanese descent, and yet his call was to Colombia. He spoke Japanese and thought a call to Tokyo would be more appropriate. He questioned the call and wrote to President Kimball about his concerns. A return letter assured him that the call was correct and he should go to Columbia.
He wrote another letter that questioned his call. By this time, Elder Lee was already in the MTC in Provo Utah. This letter was answered with a personal visit from President Kimball who once again assuring the anxious Elder that the call to Columbia was correct. Elder Lee finished his training and flew to Columbia.
Towards the end of his mission in Columbia, Elder Li was approached by an elderly Japanese man. This man explained that he was a leader to 76 Japanese families living in Columbia. He explained that the group had just started to study religions. He further said that he had an old religious book that talked of men named Moroni and Alma and wondered if this Elder knew of these men of whom he mentioned. The older gentleman also explained that most of his group only spoke Japanese and wondered if Elder Lee could speak that language.
Elder Lee and his companion baptized 26 families from this contact. As Elder Lee finished his mission, this group of newly baptized members wanted to have a good by dinner. At that dinner, the older gentleman brought the worn book he had spoken of earlier. He asked Elder Lee to write his testimony in the book. Elder Lee opened the book and discovered a testimony carefully placed inside. The testimony was that of Elder Lee's father, placed there several decades before. How the book ever arrived with this older gentleman was a mystery.