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Elder Sam K. Shimabukuro dies

Elder Sam K. Shimabukuro, an emeritus General Authority, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 90.

Elder Shimabukuro served as a General Authority Seventy from July 13, 1991, to Oct. 5, 1996.

Elder Shimabukuro earned a degree in public administration from the University of Hawaii and retired after a career with the Hawaii State Department of Labor.

He served as president of the Honolulu Hawaii West Stake, as president of the Japan Sendai Mission from 1981 to 1984, and as president of the Tokyo Japan Temple from 1985 to 1988. As a young elder, he served as a missionary in the Northern Far East Mission.

Elder Shimabukuro and his wife, Sister Amy Michiko Hirose, were the parents of one daughter, Phyllis Sakae. She died at age 15 of lupus.

The youngest of five children, Elder Shimabukuro was born in Waipahu, Hawaii, on June 7, 1925, to Kame Shimabukuro and Ushi Nakasone.

“In my life I have learned that despite all the opposition and trials that we face, we must learn to implicitly trust the Lord,” he said during a September 1991 interview with the Ensign magazine. “It’s so easy to get off on a tangent whenever things come up, when people don’t meet our expectation or we’ve been hurt. We need to learn to trust the Lord all the way, and He will take care of us.”

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