Hey, Shades. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Had a busy week...
That's okay bro. :-)
But to answer your question, I DO remember Sister Ito. She was companions with Fisher, right?
Correct. She was also companions with Chandler when she first got to the mission.
And I could swear they were both in my district, sometime, somewhere...
I'm thinking it was Inuyama?
That's doubtful, since she got to the mission exactly five months after we did. Were you in Inuyama for six months or more?
As for Sis. Maruoka, I never served with her anywhere, but I definitely recognize her as one of several VERY attractive Japanese sister missionaries, which includes her companion in the photos (though I don't remember her name)
The companion you're referring to is Sister Eri Tsukada. She had a steady boyfriend at home, and they got married sometime after she got back. She's got a couple of kids now.
Also, in that photo, where you are on the left in a white t-shirt, and sister Maruoka on the right, with a girl sitting between you...
I swear I recognize that girl in the middle.
Could be. That's Miki Kato. She converted in Fukutoku.
Finally, dare I ask why you ended in the hospital, bro? You can PM me on this one
Oh, I can tell you. I didn't know it at the time but I have acid reflux disease. Stress, or better yet extreme stress, triggers it (I found out). When it first hit me, I was doubled over in more pain than I thought possible for a human body to endure. If it had been even one iota worse, I probably would've taken my own life, THAT'S HOW BAD IT WAS. It turns out I was digesting myself from the inside.
A few more attacks and a few more trips to the emergency room later, after much trial-and-error I finally found a competent gastroenterologist that got me on a medication regimen. I appear to be cured, but of course I'm now done with school and thus am not under nearly the amount of stress I was before. Plus, "cured" is relative; I can't tempt fate by drinking any of my "triggers" except in EXTREME moderation.
Also, nice pictures, Shades.
Thanks! There are a lot more posted in my missionary journal (link below) that might bring back some memories.
I examined them closely to see if I recognized any members from my time, in case they were in an area we had in common (don't know if there are any).
Here are the areas in which I served, in order: Fukutoku, Okazaki, Inuyama, Takefu, and Meito-Kita. Any overlap?
Has either of you been back to Nippon? I haven't, and it really annoys me, especially since I've been to Europe many times in the last couple of decades. I'm still determined.
No, I haven't been back, dang it, but I want to so badly I can taste it.
Did you know that DCP's son served in Nagoya too?