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In 2014, my niece planted papaya seeds in our yard next to the church. In just a year it has grown tremendously & now stands 20ft high, with some branches growing above the church roofline. I had the pleasure of eating one of the first fruits from the tree & it was delicious!

Have you ever given thought to the fact that, when you plant a certain seed, you always get the crop of that seed? My niece planted papaya & sure enough she got a papaya tree. It would be impossible to grow mangoes or coconuts or pineapples by planting a papaya seed…but this is common sense, right?

What about our daily actions & uses of mind? Although we borrow our bodies from God the Parent, we are given free use of our minds. We can think and act in any way that we choose, but our thoughts and actions are the same as planting seeds. If we use our minds positively and in accordance with God’s intention (helping & saving others) then we’ll be blessed with the fruits of happiness and mutual help. But if our minds are clouded with self-centered thinking, and we hurt or cause unhappiness to others by our words and behaviors, then we are planting seeds that will eventually reap suffering in the form of illnesses or other troubles.

Let’s plant as many good seeds as we can, by using our minds and bodies to bring happiness to others.

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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