This photo showed up on Facebook some time ago after I started connecting with some of the missionaries I served with in Japan. It was taken in the Spring of 1982 while I was serving in the Hombu (Sendai mission home).
On Sundays, we would hold a Priesthood meeting outdoors mostly for the missionaries (as I recall). I’m thinking it had to be just outside the Sendai chapel, but not 100% sure. Elder Cooper (seated) usually taught the lesson. I’m not sure why he’s the only one seated — maybe he was getting transferred. The others were either serving in the Hombu or in the Sendai area at the time.
He (Jeff Cooper) posted the photo again recently and I jokingly commented that I was sorry for ruining the shot (by giving him rabbit ears). He responded that it was a memorable day and he loved everything about the photo. I’m glad. It’s become one of my favorites as well.
I was transferred to Oodate in early June 1982, not long after this photo was taken, to begin a new and exciting chapter in my mission as a senior companion.