Elder Oaks Surveys Japan One Year after Earthquake
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“Elder Oaks Surveys Japan One Year after Earthquake,” Liahona, July 2012, 76

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Elder Oaks Surveys Japan One Year after Earthquake

Nearly one year after earthquakes and an ensuing tsunami devastated Japan, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy visited the country and offered a message of hope and love.

For 12 days in February, Elder Oaks and Elder Hallstrom, accompanied by their wives, Kristen Oaks and Diane Hallstrom, traveled through the Asia North Area, stopping at Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Sendai, and Tokyo, as well as many coastal cities in the Tohoku area.

In a Church News article, Elder Oaks explained one purpose of the trip: “We sought to give comfort following the terrible disaster and tsunami that occurred just about a year ago and also to give the teaching and testimony we always give when meeting with missionaries and members of the Church.”

Elder Oaks and other Church leaders met with Japanese Latter-day Saints, missionaries, and others and encouraged them to “look for the way that the Lord will consecrate your affliction for your gain.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks and his wife, Kristen, who served a mission to Sendai, examine progress that has been made in Japan since the deadly tsunami and earthquake of March 2011.

Photograph by Osamu Sekiguchi