The Words of the Yamamoto Family

Profile: Pastor Ritz Yamamoto

Kevin Thompson
September 9, 2010

'Getting to Know You' is a new feature on in which a local member is profiled by Pastor Thompson.

Favorite movie:

The Shawshank Redemption

Best book ever read?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Collection of Essays by Jorge Luis Borges and I Love You Little One by Nancy Tafuri

Most admired person:

Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi

Biggest influence in my life:

My mother


Cooking, Gaming

Favorite quote:

The most frightening thing to us is not that we are powerless, but that we are powerful beyond our imagination.

Nicest place visited:

Yosemite National Park


The smell of the air and the magic in the rocks and trees.

How did you come to your faith?:

Watching my parents growing up, then listening to the stories of how others came to their faith.

What legacy would you like to leave?

A life of striving to be the utmost in my relationships with humanity

What do most people not know about you that may be a surprise?

I can speak a smattering of Hungarian and Romanian.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Finding out what I am capable of accomplishing during my time on earth by progressing toward a life of meaning as well as financial independence.

If you were suddenly given $1 million what would you do with it?

Invest it wisely so that I can spend my life doing the things that are the most important to me.

What do you like most about BAFC?

The community of sincere and caring people

What suggestion do you have for improvement?

Perhaps we can campaign to urge our leaders to reconcile so we can get on with creating a healthy and productive international community working toward improving the lot of humanity. 

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