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Family's poultry farm is nest egg for six missions

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Families working together to prepare financially for missions can also instill in children something essential to honorable missionary service — a good work ethic.

That's what Junichi and Shirley Nakamoto of the Kealakekua Ward, Kona Hawaii Stake, discovered on their family poultry farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located at Keauhou Mauka, eight miles south of Kailua-Kona, the farm began as a high school project for Brother Nakamoto's elder brother years ago. The "project" grew and has now passed to two of Brother Nakamoto's sons, Shan, 33; and Shane, 31. From the start, it has been a family business. From the time the Nakamoto children — including Jean, 35; Jill, 28; Shawn, 26; Sheldon, 24; and Janille, 22 — were young, they have worked on the farm to raise money for mission and college expenses. They all remember rising at 6 o'clock each summer morning to process eggs for shipment and do other chores, such as repairing machinery and building their own warehouse. Sister Nakamoto said this taught her children "patience, enduring to the end. I wanted them to be spiritually strong and to serve well on their missions."

The family strategy seems to have worked. Six of the children served missions; the first four have married in the temple. Of the three youngest, Shawn and Sheldon are at Utah State University in Logan, Utah; Janille is at BYU in Provo, Utah.

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