Bishopric – October 2018

So many things are happening in our Ward. We just had Brenton Johansen leave for Bogota, Colombia to serve his mission and we had Tyler Jessee come back from a mission in Seoul, South Korea. In October, Trent Seely is coming home from the California Redlands mission, Spencer Applegarth is returning from Sierra Leone and Kevin Johansen is preparing to leave for the Cincinnati Ohio mission. There’s been so many missionaries going out and coming home, we are considering a church calling just to update our Missionary Wall in the foyer. I’d like to add, Kevin Johansen and Preston Condie have both earned their Eagle Award and will be recognized on the 21st of October at a Court of Honor. The parents of the 4th Ward can be proud of their sons and daughters and we’d like to recognize them for their teaching of correct Gospel principles and the examples they continue to be. We’ve also had several new families move into our Ward.  Just this summer, we’ve had Wes and Trish Power and family, Ben and Donnell Johansen and family, Tyler and Shelby Eliason and family, Chris and Jennifer McIff and family, Nate and Meridee Moffett and family, and Joe and Liz Dixon and family. Let’s all extend that hand of fellowship and welcome them into the 4th Ward.

Our theme for the month of October is Prophets; which is appropriate considering we have General Conference this month when we will be able to hear President Russell M. Nelson and other General Authorities and Presidencies deliver messages of inspiration and guidance. There will be sessions both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 and 2:00. The general women’s session will be on Saturday at 6:00 P.M.  As with prior Conferences, it’s important to prepare ourselves and our families to be inspired.  Without fail, it seems there’s always at least one speaker who seems to be speaking directly to me. Their talk resonates, and not only answers my prayers, but strengthens my testimony in the Gospel.

Finally, just a reminder of our Fall Social on October 24th. We will have soups and bread for our dinner and afterwards a “Trunk or Treat” for the kids so make sure you wear your best Halloween costume … without a mask.  Brother and Sister McClellan will be passing around sign-up sheets for your favorite soup or chili and the Bishopric will bring Terrell’s famous brownies.  In conjunction with the dinner, we’re going to have our annual Cub Scout cake auction which funds our Cub Scout program for the year. There will also be cupcakes and goodies for sale for those who wish to purchase them.

Brothers and Sisters, the Lord loves you and will sustain you in all your righteous endeavors. May we allow the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, to work in our behalf and may we stay true to the covenants we have made with Him, ensuring that the Spirit of the Lord will abide with us, to guide us and keep us on the Covenant Path.

Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson

Eliason – Prophets

Hey everyone! We are Tyler, Shelby, Deklan (5), Myla (3), and Cohen (9mo) Eliason. We moved in to the ward this summer ALL THE WAY from 100N Mt Pleasant. We moved 2 blocks south in to the Finks Dorm at Wasatch Academy.

Tyler – I’m a Dorm Parent and a filmmaker. I run a commercial video business with a partner out of SLC. I love making movies, playing drums, and doing just about anything outdoors. I served a mission in northern Paraguay.

Shelby – Girls Volleyball Coach at Wasatch Academy. She played college Softball at Snow and Volleyball at Weber. She loves adventures of all kinds and loves being a mom! She was about to go on a mission…but then I married her!

Deklan – Loves riding his bike, fishing with Dad, watching movies and playing outside with his cousins.

Myla – Loves riding her bike, fishing with Dad, dressing fancy, and playing with her cousins.

Cohen – THE happiest, most content baby of all time.

We’re so happy to be here and have felt at home here in the ward since day one!

We were asked to write a little something about Prophets. We truly believe that God chose Joseph Smith to be the first prophet in this last dispensation. We are so blessed to live in a time when we are given direction from God’s mouthpiece today, Russell M. Nelson. We love and support him to the fullest. We anxiously await to hear what Heavenly Father has revealed to him when he addresses us in General Conference this month.

Mosiah 3:13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them.

2 Nephi 9:2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise.

Tyler & Shelby Eliason

Elder Applegarth – October 2018

Sierra Leone Freetown Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer is serving his final month as a missionary.  He will return on October 31st. The Applegarth family has had so many blessings because of Spencer’s service. We are so excited to see him and are anxiously awaiting the 31st. We are also going to miss his service as a missionary. Thanks to the members of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward for all your love and support over the past two years.

Spencer is still in Moyamba. He is really enjoying serving the people of Sierra Leone. He continues to have a lot of success in teaching and the branch in Moyamba has steadily grown during Spencer’s service there. Spencer has become quite the butcher as he has butchered a deer that he bought at the market and this past week he butchered a pig. The members of the branch help and then they all share in a nice meal. I guess his Sanpete roots are coming out in Africa. Here is an excerpt from Spencer’s last e-mail:

We had an amazing baptism this week! We were able to dunk 3 amazing people down at the river.  As always the spirit was so strong as they came out of the water and their confirmation was just as spiritual.  There is no better feeling as a missionary than to see the people that you love and cherish so much do what the Lord wants them to do! So all in all a dang good week! Loving the work out here. Missionary work is the best no doubt about that!

Paul Applegarth

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Sister Hafen – October 2018

Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion

Hermana Hafen is doing well! She has now been in Paraguay for 6 weeks and is loving it! She is loving the missionary life and the opportunity she has had to share the gospel! Here is a few of the things she has shared with us in her emails home:

Some facts!

  1. We don’t knock or ring doorbells we simply clap, sometimes I clap a tune hahaha
  2. Every female you greet you greet with 1 kiss on each cheek
  3. A bollo is like a donut, and this little cart goes around town with a song saying Bollo! Mil a bollo!!!!!
  4. The currency is in millions
  5. The siesta time is from 1 to 3 everyday, nobody answers to us, haha, even the dogs have a siesta!
  6. I’m like the ward pianist, and everyone wants me to teach them so the branch president asked me to do a class on Wednesday nights; soooo I’ll let you know how that goes lol!

This week has been really good! The work is good here in Concepcion! We work out in a place called Redencion a lot. It’s a very poor area, but the people there are just looking for something that brings joy to their life and that’s the gospel! The weather here is like Utah weather. It’s freezing then it’s so hot with the humidity then it’s freezing again!! But it’s all good, except nobody lets you in if it’s cold or they don’t come to church if it’s cold, but Heavenly Father has given me much success these first 5 weeks being in Paraguay! The people here are so accepting and the gospel is such a simple message for all!  They really do feel the spirit!!! We met a new girl named Gloria and when we met her, she didn’t tell us until after the lesson, she told us that she’s seen us many times the last 3 weeks and wanted to call after us but didn’t… She was hoping that we would come to her house, and so we did! We just felt like we should go to this certain house and we found her! She’s awesome!

We had my first baptism yesterday. It was supposed to be last Sunday but Liz’s mom didn’t come last Sunday and Liz wanted her there. We postponed the baptism and her mom said she’d come but she didn’t come again this week. Liz said she just wanted to get it done because she’s been waiting!! It did turn out great, though we only had like 9 people there. The best part was when she came up out of the waters of baptism with the biggest smile. It literally brought me to tears!! She was so happy! Afterwards she just kept saying she felt so good! For the closing song we sang her favorite song which is La luz de la verdad. She sang so loud, it was a beautiful baptism and she was happy. I couldn’t even sing the song the spirit was so powerful! We were her first missionaries. She’s grown so much and she’s been so happy with the gospel in her life!

LOVE YOU ALL AND MISS YOU! Thanks for all the emails and support and prayers!

ROHAYHU

Hermana Hafen

Angie Hafen

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Sister Jorgensen – October 2018

Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116

Transfers were this week. Sister Jorgensen is staying in Millington TN. She is super excited. Here is part of her email this past week.

This week I’ve been reminded how much Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. We have to pray like everything depends on the Lord then we have to get up off our knees and work like everything depends on us.

Have a blessed week!

Staci Jorgensen

Elder Olson – October 2018

New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand

Kia Ora, Everyone!

Another week has come and gone. We had our first baptism on Saturday. That was such an amazing experience. The woman had gone on mormon.org and asked for missionaries to come teach her. She did everything the missionaries asked of her. The commandments that we teach that usually put people off, like tithing and the Word of Wisdom, she absolutely loved and followed without question. It was incredible to see such a strong testimony be built in four weeks. She found out that her mother was a member, and she is now trying everything to spread the gospel. She is such an incredible person!

Spiritual Thought: We have been teaching a man who really struggles with the idea of a living prophet. I have a strong testimony of the prophet, and it saddens me whenever he talks about it. The way I see it, the scriptures are a map to heaven. However, they are a map that was written 2,000 years ago. We need the prophet to guide us through all the new things that have come up since then. If I had a 2,000 year old map to California, I could get mostly there, but there are too many things that have sprung up since then to be effective. I encourage all of you to watch or listen to General Conference and listen for the teachings that we need to know now that wouldn’t have been needed 2,000 years ago.

New Zealand is absolutely beautiful, and I feel so great to be here.

We also had MTC Exchanges this week. It was great being the one who actually knew what was going on. We tracted for most of the day, but we had some good experiences.

Trevor Olson

Elder Walker – October 2018

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

I gave my first blessing this week. There is a family in our ward (they’re actually our recent converts and are super awesome!). They are going through some hard times and having some family issues, so we went over with the bishop and sat down and talked with them and then afterward gave them a blessing. It was stressful, but it was cool.

We went to the dog shelter again this week and walked some dogs, the first set we walked were 4 puppies that were super cute but didn’t know how to walk on a leash, so it just turned into us dragging them as a group along. But the next set we did was much better. I found a huge Husky who was super chill and walked by my side the whole time. Towards the end of the walk I ran with her for a little ways and it was satisfying on a primal level.

We had transfer calls on Saturday. We got a call, but no leadership calls were extended which is usually the only reason you get a call. But we found out later that president just forgot, and my companion is getting made a district leader in Wenachee. He’s pretty shook-up about it. It’s funny. But I am leaving and getting a new trainer. I’m getting sent to Selah a place called Naches. I have heard good things about the area and there are mountains there, so I’m happy. I miss the mountains. There aren’t any here in Moses Lake, but I’m sad to leave. We have some awesome members here. We have transfers on Wednesday.

We did some service and had some really good steak so that’s cool!

Joshua Walker

Lesson Schedule – October 2018

October 7th General Conference

October 14th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson  36: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, Relief Society: The Prophet of God  By Elder Neil Anderdon, Elders: April General Conference Message

October 21st – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 37: Sharing the Gospel with the World, Relief Society: His Spirit to Be with You By Elder Henry Eyring, Elders: April General Conference Message

October 28th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 38: I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness, Relief Society & Elders: Ministering

Bishopric – September 2018

What a great summer we have enjoyed in the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward. We recently had a fun ward party. Sister McClellan did a great job of organizing the party and the Tuineau family grilled some yummy chicken and provided some great entertainment with an exhibit of the various Polynesian cultures and dances. We are grateful for all that participated in making the party enjoyable.

In August Brenton Johansen reported to the Columbia MTC, he will spend the next two years serving our Heavenly Father in Columbia. Kevin Johansen is busy preparing for his mission where he will serve in Cincinnati Ohio, reporting to the Provo MTC October 24. Tyler Jessee returns from serving in the Korea Seoul South Mission on September 11. We will enjoy hearing Tyler report about his mission on September 16. I’m so excited to see Tyler again, I know he has had an impact in the lives of many members, investigators, missionaries, and those of us here in Mount Pleasant. As much as I love seeing young missionaries go into the field, it is even better to see them come home. I love feeling of their spirit and enjoying their testimony. What an amazing experience these young elders and sisters enjoy.

The theme in sacrament meeting for September is discipleship. We have recently had several new families move into the ward. The Power family, Harris family, McIff family, Eliason family, Moffett family, and Dixon family. With all the new families in our ward, as well as missionaries coming and going, we have plenty of speakers for sacrament meetings. I look forward to working with these new families and hopefully hearing them speak.

Mount Pleasant is such a great place to raise a family and to enjoy the blessings of the gospel. I pray that each member of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward has a great September. I’m grateful for the Savior Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the restoration of the gospel. I’m grateful for a loving ward. It always amazes me at how much charity and Christlike love is exhibited by the members of the ward. The church is true. President Nelson is a prophet. I’m excited to prepare for General Conference in early October.

Bishop Applegarth

Youth Temple Trip – August 2018

On Saturday August 25th our Young Women and Young Men traveled to the Manti Temple to do that vicarious work for our progenitors that will start them on the path back to a loving Heavenly Father. Bishop Applegarth challenged our youth to extract their family names and bring them to the Temple to make it a more personal experience. Almost every one of our youth responded by doing just that. It was a wonderful experience for all and reinforced the importance and sacredness of the temple ordinances performed for ourselves and our ancestors. Thanks to all who participated.

Brother Gunderson

Luau

On August 6th the ward got together for a great evening of food, fun, and entertainment. We started off with a mix and mingle with a great selection of salads and the Tuineau family grilled some delicious teriyaki chicken. The younger kids had a lot of fun with the wading pool nearby, while the older ones enjoyed the lake.

After the food and chatting we were treated to a Luau with traditional dances from many of the Pacific Island cultures. During this wonderful entertainment many of our ward members, and leaders, got to participate and showed us some great dance moves.

Brother Zundel

If you would like to see all the pictures CLICK HERE.

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Elder Applegarth – September 2018

Sierra Leone Freetown Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer continues to enjoy serving in Moyamba. He is training a new missionary, Elder Hendricks from Seattle. Spencer says Elder Hendricks is a great missionary that has already adjusted to being in Africa, the only adjustment he is still struggling with is the spicy food. In the couple of months Spencer has been in Moyamba, the branch has grown from about 40 active members to about 65 active members. It is exciting to see the church grow and make a big difference in the lives of people in Sierra Leone.

Spencer said the following in his last e-mail:

“As a branch we did a mormon helping hands service project.  It was actually a lot of fun and a lot of people came to help out.  We went to the hospital and cleaned the compound.  We weeded around the compound and picked up all the trash and made the place look nice.  After we were done you could see a lot of people thankful for what we did and talking about the church.  It was fun to see how a little bit of service goes a long way!!”

 

Spencer has been out 22 months and is looking forward to working hard his last 2 months. What a blessing missionary service has been for Spencer and the Applegarth family.

Paul Applegarth

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Sister Jorgensen – September 2018

Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116

First transfer flew by! I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks! It has been another great hot and humid week here in the south.

Sister Woolley and I have decided that we are basically a moving company. We have done a lot of moving people and cleaning houses in the past 6 weeks, but service is awesome and softens people’s hearts. I’ve definitely seen miracles happen from serving others!

Saturday we had a stake Relief Society activity “Journey through the Book of Mormon”. It was awesome! Each sister got a copy of the Book of Mormon and they had a guide of scriptures to mark. Then they put their testimony in it and throughout the week each sister was to pray and give it to someone. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon. Venita, the lady we have been teaching, promised to read a chapter a night and she has been sticking to it. Nothing makes me happier than to see people who have never heard of or had the book in their life gain a testimony. President Nelson says it best, “When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.” He promises us that if we prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day we will make better decisions every day, we will receive answers to our questions and directions for our lives. I truly have seen these promises in my life as I study the Book of Mormon daily, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share these promises with others. Nothing is more powerful than being able to promise people we meet who think all is lost that if they will prayerfully read this book all aspects of their lives will improve. I’ve seen that as we have continued to teach Venita and watch her gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, she takes it with her to work and reads it on her break!

I invite each of you to make the Book of Mormon more fully a priority in your life. We are so blessed to have what we have. Make the time to prayerfully read the Book of Mormon EVERDAY. Make time for what’s important to Him and He will make time for what is important to us. There is truly power that comes from reading the Book of Mormon the power to heal comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – September 2018

New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand

He left the MTC three weeks ago and is serving in South Auckland, New Zealand in the Mountford Ward. He can’t believe how fast time is flying by and can see the ocean from where he lives. He has a great companion. They are working hard. They are preparing a sister for baptism, teaching several other investigators and also work with a lot of less active members. He is still extremely well fed. They have dinner appointments every night. He says the dairy industry is recognized around the world and that explains why the ice cream is the best he has ever had. Trevor would love to receive an email from anyone in the ward. His email is Trevor.olson@mylds.mail.net

AnnJeanette Olson

Elder Walker – September 2018

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

Our mission is one of the Facebook missions, so I’ll be using that as a proselyting tool. I’m doing well here in Washington, and Facebook is another tool given us to further the Lord’s work.

This week we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. It was cool to get to know them better and hang out. We walked some dogs at a local animal shelter.

This week has gone by super fast. We haven’t really been able to teach any lessons.  We have been mostly looking for people to teach. We went on exchanges with the Spanish speaking Elders this week.

Washington is literally on fire. There are 4 or 5 fires all through Washington. The smoke wasn’t too bad at the beginning of the week but yesterday there was so much smoke that you could barely see anything past 100 feet. It was thicker than most fog I’ve seen. We have also been told we can’t go out in it because it is now so bad it’s a health hazard. Otherwise this week has been a good week. We did some service, but toward the end of the week we couldn’t really tract much because of the smoke, so we were mostly visiting members and potentials.

Elder Walker

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Missionary Update – September 2018

Elder Erickson England Birmingham Mission Office Address 187 Penns Lane Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands England B76 1JU United Kingdom.

Sister Hafen Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion

Sister Ison Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665

Elder Jessee Korea Seoul South Mission Office Address 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea

Elder Seely California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346

Elder Talbot Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago