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Yoshikazu Yokoyama


Yoshikazu Yokoyama

Yoshikazu Yokoyama

B.S. Business Management, 1972
Mission President Sapporo Japan Mission
Sapporo, Japan

Service, and more specifically, missionary work have been a large part of Yoshikazu Yokoyama’s life. He first came to BYU-Hawaii in 1965 and a semester later left to serve a mission in the Honolulu, Hawaii Mission. Upon completing his mission, he chose to return to Laie to finish his studies. While a student, he worked for the Language Training Mission (LTM) and taught Japanese to nearly 3,000 missionaries. During this time, he worked closely with the mission president of the LTM to create effective methods for teaching Japanese to English speaking missionaries. Many of these methods are still used today.

While taking classes and serving at the LTM, Yokoyama also served in the Laie Hawaii temple as an ordinance worker. It was during this service that he met his wife, Haruko Okawa, who came with a group visiting from Japan. A year later, they were married in the Laie Hawaii Temple.

After graduating from BYU-Hawaii, Yokoyama returned to Japan with his family and started working for Genrad, a small information technology company, which he later became president of. He then worked for a German technology company as their Managing Director. While working with this company, Yokoyama and his wife were called to preside over the Sapporo, Japan Mission, where they continue to serve today. Some of his past church callings include high councilor, bishop, stake president, and temple sealer. He and his wife have three children, all returned missionaries.

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