The Greatest Generation
After the bombing of Nagasaki, American Forces were stationed in Japan.
Devastation abounded and responses good and bad prevailed.
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was one of these servicemen who found himself in Nagasaki during this fateful time. Wondering what he, and a group of like-minded servicemen, could do to help the Jaapanese people at their time of greatest need, it was determined to work during their off duty hours to rebuild Christian churches. And work they did by contacting varioius ministers and helping congregations repair and rebuild their edifices of worship.
When the time came for them to leave Japan, they were taunted by some of their fellow servicemen who were saying goodbye to their girlfriends. Suddenly at least two hundred Japanese Christians came to the dock with farewell gifts and singing hymns.
Some things in this life are good, some are better, and, every once in a while, some are the very best. Such was the case on this blessed day.