Congratulations, Chieko Okazaki. A life well lived. Enjoy your reunions. :)
Sister Okazaki served with her husband when he was president of the
Japan-Okinawa Mission (basically Japan south of Tokyo) from 1968-1971. Her
compassion and love for the people of Japan is something she will take with her.
A great lady!
Met her in Miami - wow what a spiritual powerhouse!
Always loved to hear Sister Okazaki speak, and enjoyed her books also. What a
special lady, an "elect lady" indeed! Thank you to her family for
sharing their loved one with us, and I'm sure their understanding of the Gospel
will help bring peace to their lives during their time of sorrow.
I was so surprised to find out her age. She always seemed so energetic.
Condolences to her family.
She was amazing and always oozed integrity.....Condolences to Ken who would
never take advantage of a client...he must have learned the value of integrity
from his mother...
The Spirit world is rejoicing, they have just had a vibrant and powerful woman
join with them. I really admired her and am happy that she is able to be with
her husband now.
Chieko Okazaki is in my estimation one of the most spiritual and greatest LDS
leaders, bar none, the church has ever seen.
When priesthood correlation took control of the LDS Church in 1970, one of its
goals was to insure no woman auxiliary leader ever became an independent power
in her own right. It has been successful, for the most part. Yet a few women
outsmarted correlation to become superstars. She comes to mind first, along with
Sheri Dew. I oncesaw her live in action once in the mid 1990s. She was one of
the great LDS speakers of her generation.
About 20 years ago, I was blessed to attend a Relief Society Conference in
Philadelphia at which Sister Okazaki was the featured speaker. Her wisdom,
humor, and the spirit that flowed through her to the sisters had a profound
impact on me as a relatively new member of the church and overwhelmed young
mother. She was such an awesome storyteller and had a special knack for drawing
parallels with everyday objects/situations to give insight into the scriptures
and gospel principles. I always looked forward to her next book and still go
back to my collection of them often. Disciples, in particular, is special to
me, as it was published around the time that we were coming to grips with the
extent of our youngest son's profound disabilities. A section in a later chapter
of that book was just what I needed to accept the situation and press forward.
Sister Okazaki dedicated her life to being one of Heavenly Father's instruments
in bringing comfort and joy to untold numbers of women around the world.
My condolences go out the the Okazaki family. May the Lord bless you until we
see your mother and grandmother again. I always loved hearing her speak and we
will miss her dearly.
I think Sister Okazaki may have done more to shape the cultural sensitivity of
the Church than any other leader. Thank you and may you enjoy the next stage of
Farewell, dear Sister. Your compassion richly blessed my life and many others'
lives. I still use your talk on healing from sexual abuse to help women here in
As an alumnus of SVU, I'm so grateful for the invaluable service she rendered as
a member of the Board in the final decade of life. Her example is inspiring!
I remember the first time I saw Sister O speak in General Conference and how
impressed I was with her. I always loved her talks, they were so down to earth
and humble. She was loved and will be missed.
Avery humble, classy lady! I had the opportunity of meeting her & she made
you feel like you were the only person she was talking to when you were with
her. I love her & am saddened by this news, but oh what a wonderful reunion
for her! God bless her family during this time. We will always remember Sister
easternobserver, what in the world are you talking about?Antoher
thing that confuses me is in the article it says that the funeral will be on
October 10th. Please tell me that was a mistake and the funeral is really
August 10th.My condolences to her family and millions of friends
around the world. She's a special lady and I have been uplifted by her talks
and books. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us.
I am sure Herbal Tea Partier's first comment was meant for
"rightascension" and not "easterobserver."
Dear Chieko, we will miss your insights and poignant stories. You were of such
service to the women of the Church, as well as the larger world. You also helped
us males be less obsessed with the love of power, authority and all things
chauvinistic. Having benefitted from your wisdom on a number of our NGO boards
and projects to empower the poor has been a rich blessing in my life, as well as
to many others.
Well done, thou good and faithful servant. We'll miss you Sister O.
Does anyone know what day Sister Okazaki died? Both the Deseret News and
Tribune have nice articles but unless I'm out of it, I dont' see the date of her
I would point out that Sister Okazaki was not the first LDS Church leader of
non-European descent. This distinction would probably go to Adney Y. Komatsu,
also a Hawaii born child of Japanese parents, who was called as an assistant to
the 12 in I believe 1974. Elder Kikuchi is currently the longest serving
non-emeritized member of the 1st quorum of the 70, and he was called in I
believe 1976. He was only the second general authority not resident in the US
or Canada at the time of his call, the first having been Charles Dedier. Elder
Kikuchi was the first general authority called from Asia, would remain the only
one for about a decade and the only member of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy from
Asia until Elder Teh was called about 6 or so years ago.
Dear sister Okazaki,You will be truly missed but your teachings will live
on into eternity. Thank you for all you have given to each of us as members of
the Church. Your books, tapes, CDs and talks have strengthened many testimonies,
especially mine.You are deeply loved by myself and I'm sure many - many
I first met Sister Okazaki over 40 years ago as a green missionary in Kobe,
Japan. She was my mission mother and so very kind and understanding. She was a
good cook and I was blessed to eat many of the meals she prepared especially for
us missionaries. I remember her joking with me when I received my first mission
assignment. I was sent to Matsuyama and had little command of the Japanese
language. She had to pronounce it for me several times and finally gave me the
spelling and I wrote it on my hand so I could remember it. She surprised me with
birthday cards, long after she had left Japan. I loved her and President Okazaki
and they loved me. She has been an inspiration and friend for over 40 years. Her
words and wisdom will continue to inspire. My condolences to her posterity and
God bless her in her new assignments.
She is an example of what integrity is all about. I want to live my life at its
very best because I have known her. I love you, Sis. Chieko!
What an elected lady! She was such a ray of heavenly sunshine that shone into
our very beings and filled us with the love of the Lord and with the light of
truth that was simply but profoundly shared by her. May her family be blessed by
heaven because of she was a woman of God.