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I live in the small mountain village of Mirasaka, nestled between the mountains of Hiroshima Prefecture. I was raised in the big city of Osaka—a place with limited natural beauty--until the age of 18. I studied dairy farming in college, and I have been enchanted with it ever since, and I have studied animal husbandry at farms in the United States, Australia, and Europe. As a family we currently raise a few milk cows, beef cows and goats, and we make a living by making cheese from the milk we get from our livestock and selling it. I find satisfaction in my work as I provide milk--from livestock that has been raised as naturally as possible--and meats, and seeing people take pleasure in eating these things that are good for the heart and for the body. Animal husbandry is the job I want to do, and I feel that cheese-making is a job that I am suited for. In my small farming town there are almost no young farmers like me, but with the help of my family and our livestock I hope to be able to continue to preserve the beautiful farming village scenes of Japan. Though living a farming life means there are a veritable mountain of tasks to do every day, in between my tasks I enjoy swimming in the river with the children, playing with my dog, and eating delicious meals with my family.
I believe that the happiest moments in this life are the times we spend together with our beloved family and friends. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a church that teaches that we can live together with our loved ones in heaven as well, and when I have prayed I have been able to strongly sense that this is true.
It is very important to pray as a family every day and to hold Family Home Evening.
When I was living in the United States as an agricultural studies student, I was lucky to be influenced by many good Christians. And when I was later working overseas in Australia as a student, I happened to encounter missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sydney. I responded to their teachings and I was baptized. It takes about an hour to drive to church from where I currently live, but our family happily attends every week. I serve as the 1st counselor in the branch presidency, and I also teach a class for young men and young women. The things I learn in church are big help in my life, and it especially helps me to be able to naturally learn how to build human relationships as I interact with a wide variety of people in society. It is my hope that when my family is living with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives that I can always feel happy, and that others will also be able to feel this happiness.