Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Special Letter

We got a letter the other day from Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi. We gave him a copy of the DVD we had made of the Donna Carson video where she talked to our Blackfoot South Stake Conference (Saturday night meeting). Elder K was here for our Stake Conference in the Gulfport Stake.

For those of you who haven't heard of Donna. She was paralyzed from the neck down from polio which she contracted on her mission in Boston in about 1955. Many people were blessed by serving her. Many General Authorities of the church came to visit her whenever they were in the area. Elder Kikuchi was the last of them to visit her. He just kept saying "35 years!" that is how long she was in bed at that time.
He asked that a book be written about the service and an article was written or maybe it would make a pamphlet, but it was never published to my knowledge. she did get her own life story published, however.

this is what the letter said.
Dear Elder and sister Matson,
thank you very much for your kind letter and a special lthan you for sharing Donna Carson's testimony before she died. I remember visitng Donna and it was apparent that she had a strong, but sweet testimony of the Gospel which came straight from her heart. The Lord loves he so much and needed her. she is now in a peaceful place, workiing very hard to share the gospel with many people.

When you have a chance to talk to Sister Carson's family please give them my love.

May the Lord bless you as you serve as couple missionaries in Mississippi Jackson Mission. Please take excellent care of your health.

Sincerely yours,
Yoshihiko Kikuchi


  1. That is SO neat! What an amazing letter. I really love Elder Kikuschi. He spoke at our Stake Conference a while back and I was so impressed and touched by him. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

    Love you and miss you tons!

  2. That is pretty cool that he took the time to write back to you. He sounds like a great guy

  3. That's so cool cool. Well, grandma I am getting a new hair cut for my birthday and you can vote at my blog. see you soon

    love,Sarah Matson