-Den meetings will be held as needed during the summer. Your den leader will contact you.
-Pack meeting will be August 20 at 6:00 PM at the Power Plant Park.
-Den meetings will be held as needed during the summer. Your den leader will contact you.
-Pack meeting will be August 20 at 6:00 PM at the Power Plant Park.
Summer is in full swing! July was a very busy month with the 4th of July and 24th of July holidays. We also had two more outgoing missionaries give talks. We wish Wyatt Ison (Washington, Yakima) and Amy Staker (Oregon, Salem) the best as they being this next chapter in their lives. We’re so excited for them.
August has several things coming right up that we want everyone to know about. August 1 is our Stake Temple Night in preparation for Stake Conference on the 11th. August 2 is our Father’s and Son’s night. This year it will be held at Bro. Larry Staker’s property. Come enjoy a dinner and good company. The 8th of August is our Summer Ward Party. We are having it at Heritage Grove Campground (the same place as last year). Please invite your friends and neighbors and those you minister to. It will be a lot of fun! Thanks again to the McClellan’s for spearheading this.
The theme for August is Sacrifice. As I thought about topic and something I could share I came across this message:
I am going to preach a hard doctrine to you now. The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. It is a hard doctrine, but it is true. The many other things we give to God, however nice that may be of us, are actually things He has already given us, and He has loaned them to us. But when we begin to submit ourselves by letting our wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him. And that hard doctrine lies at the center of discipleship.Neal A. Maxwell
As I thought about how I could do better I was encouraged by the thought that our loving Heavenly Father is always there for us, to help, to support, to welcome us back when we stray. I know that through the ultimate sacrifice, the Atonement of his Son, we can return to live with them. July was a great month to think about our pioneer heritage, and all the sacrifices they made. I think that they were willing to make those sacrifices because of their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And though my own faith may be small and weak sometimes, it gives me great hope that I can continue to set aside (sacrifice) my own pride and weaknesses and come closer to being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Have a great month everybody!
Bishopric 2nd Counselor Brother Walker
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.Gordon B. Hinckley March 6, 1977 BYU Devotional
“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary [to lead] unto life and salvation.”Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith 6:7
Hello all! It has been a while so I thought that it would be good if I took this opportunity to share a few of my feelings about sacrifice with you. We have just finished a season remembering our progenitors and the sacrifices that they made during the Revolutionary War which ultimately lead to the formation of this great country. We also remembered the pioneers with their sacrifices that paved the way for the church that we cherish today. We are currently studying the early Christian Apostles and their sacrifices to spread The Gospel throughout their known world. Not too long ago we celebrated Easter when The Savior sacrificed His life for our salvation.
Sacrifice can mean many different things to different people. And we each sacrifice many different things for different causes. In church we may sacrifice time and devote talents to fulfill our callings. We may sacrifice time and money to go on a mission, or to support someone else that is on a mission. We also make sacrifices for our families.
As with the New Testament story of “The Widow’s Mite” we cannot judge a person’s offering by its size. What may be a monumental sacrifice for one person may be just a normal occurrence for another. Only God knows the heart of the giver, and how much it means to them.
Looking back on my life I can see many choices that I made, or sacrifices, to benefit others. That is what I see is the true measure of a sacrifice, the motivation. If an action is motivated by obligation, selfish thoughts, etc. it is not a true sacrifice. If it comes from a selfless place or love then it is a true offering.
The best example that I can think of from my life happened around the time of my son’s birth. At the time my family was living in Missouri. We moved there after I graduated from Snow College and was unsuccessful finding employment here in Sanpete. Becky’s parents live there and we had some hopes of better prospects over there, but nothing ever panned out. Eventually I took a job as a part time cashier at the “local” (half hour away) Walmart. It was good to have some sort of income, but with travel I did not see my family much. At the time I felt that I needed to sacrifice my time to provide money for my family – even though it was a horrible dead-end job and I hated every minute that I was there.
Within a few months of Cal’s arrival into this world it was apparent that he was going to have some major struggles just to stay alive. At about 3 months old he was admitted as a resident of a children’s hospital and as soon as possible he underwent open-heart surgery. When we found out the needs of our son I had some choices to make. I knew that with Cal’s medical issues we would need whatever money we could get, but I also knew that no matter what I needed to be with my family through this time of struggles. I decided to quit my job, but it was not because I hated it – I did it because I knew that my family needed my time more than we needed the money.
We spent over a month at that hospital, and I spent every night with my son in his room – with the exception of a few nights that my mother-in-law came up to give me some time with Becky. We pretty much devoted our whole lives at that time to watching over Cal and making sure that the decisions that his doctors were making were what was best for him. As we were there we saw several other children come and go, and most of them saw their families very little. Even though it was the hardest thing that we have done, we know that sacrificing out time and energy for him at that time was the best thing.
Even after he was well enough to leave the hospital, Becky and I spent most of our day caring for, especially feeding, him. It took a year from when he was born to when it was possible for me to enter into the workforce again. Over the last 6 years of having him in our lives I have had to make many decisions based on “what would be best for him?” or “what would be best for my family?” I have always found that as I put others first and sacrifice my selfish way of thinking, everything works out in the end.
I can bear you my testimony that God loves each one of us. I know for certain that everything that He does is motivated by that love. As we try to emulate His love in all our actions, no matter what it costs us personally, everything will work out in the end. I know that we will grow close to Him and this life will be a success.
Brother Calvin Zundel
Bet y’all haven’t ever tried to mix southern and Hawaiian. Well leave it to Sister Jorgensen to mix it together for ya. It’s about to be the best southern Hawaiian lingo mix for the next 6 weeks. If y’all haven’t caught on by now my new comp is from HAWAII. Heavenly father sure is good and was aware of how much I love that place (; I actually came out with Sister Uli’i and I’m excited to be here in Searcy with her. She’s basically “Moana” and everywhere we go everyone says “bye Hawaiian girl, bye blonde girl”. Haha gotta love it!
The work is going good here despite the deadly heat God is still so good (: we started teaching these 2 little girls Kayla and Mo who’s mom is a member and they want to get baptized. We taught them the plan to salvation this week with sidewalk chalk and they loved it! They are the cutest little girls. Our recent convert Donald is doing awesome we gave him a restoration DVD he said he stayed up until 4 am watching it over and over mind you it’s like 20 minutes long. He said it touches his heart every time ❤
I love seeing the gospel touch and change people’s lives every day. So grateful to be here in the ALRM! The gospel is so true. As people say here in the south “Christ died on the cross for my sins” YES BUT it’s so much more than that it started way before he was hung on the cross, he suffered more than our sins, our pains our sicknesses our weaknesses our temptations so that he would know how to succor his people (Alma 7:11-13), and 3 days later he rose. He lives! Because of Him regret can become relief we can experience peace in this life!
Sorry its short but I hope y’all have a blessed week and happy 24th to all y’all in Utah! Enjoy heat with no humidity 😉
I just wanna start out by saying I honestly have no idea how it is already p-day again. This week just zoomed by. Last p-day our favorite person, Sister Alsbury, was kind and came to the temple with us. We went to the 6am session which we found out the hard way it doesn’t exist. The guy at the recommend desk felt so bad he gave us money to go get breakfast. I hope that guy had an extra blessed week!
Sunday we a member from Gladstone and a member from Oatfield sign up for dinner. The one from Gladstone fed us mac and cheese because it was apparently national mac and cheese day. The 2nd dinner we had breakfast which was fun. Then after that we went to a barbecue at the McDonald’s for Emma’s 14th birthday. It was like the 14th birthday party I never got. Haha! The McDonald’s are that one family that could have their own reality TV show. How Sister Thorpe explains the parents, Priscilla and Pat, they are basically still in high school. As for the kids they are little punks. You wanna know who all the cool members are and who to hang out with? Ask Priscilla. Haha Priscilla was showing people her blanket that she got for her baby on the way. She starts fake crying and says “why can’t I be having another girl?” So Jen who is in our ward says “you have Emma.” Then Priscilla goes “Yeah but Emma is like a boy.” I just love the McDonalds and all their boldness, and sass.
That was pretty much our week here. We had an awesome lesson with a little girl named Ella who is adorable. Her mom said that her heart is softening and is getting closer to letting Ella get baptized. So that was cool! The mom is a convert to the church. Anyways I love you all and hope you have a great week! The church is true!
Kia Kia Ora, Everybody!
I hope you all had an incredible week, because Elder Lindsay and I sure did. Elder Quentin L. Cook said “New Zealand is Zion, gather Israel,” and here in “Gis-Zion,” we are definitely gathering “Gisrael.”
To start off our amazing week, we got fed heaps this week. The people here think it’s funny to feed the missionaries too much, because they know the missionaries will try to eat it. To make about 5 long stories short, I didn’t just try. I succeeded
We also found 3 new people to teach! Two of them are kids of a less active guy and his wife. When we went over, he talked about how he could see signs the Lord was giving him that were saying “Get to the Temple!!!” So now we are going over twice a week and working with the whole whanau.
Spiritual Thought- Earlier this week we were meeting with a man who was struggling financially. I wanted very much to be able to give him all the money in the world, but I knew it wouldn’t last. He needed to learn for himself how to be smart with money, or it would all be gone again. I remembered that it is the same with us. In 3 Nephi 15:18, it says “And now, because of stiffneckedness and unbelief they understood not my word; therefore I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them.” The Lord wants to give us knowledge. Knowledge, wisely applied, is one of the greatest gifts imaginable. However, the Lord cannot bless us with knowledge unless we try for ourselves and trust the Lord.
Last Monday, I got to celebrate my year mark. It is crazy to think that one year ago, I boarded a plane to New Zealand. I hope that this next year is just as good, if not better, than this past year. I know it is July, but I hope all of you have many great experiences wherever you are in the world!
Fa Se Fua,
Elder Walker is doing well in the Yakima Washington Mission. He is currently serving in Omak–the northern part of Washington. This past month he and his companion have working to build their teaching pool. They’ve had to be creative in this rural part of the world. But he’s found success by working with members and reaching out to past contacts. For more details about his experiences, see his blog.
Welcome to July! It’s hard to believe the year is half over. As the poet laureate and songwriter Louis Armstrong noted, “So Much to do and so Little Time”.
We had several families move into our Ward in June. The Taulapapa family and the Rosenlof family are new in the area. Ty and Abby Kennedy are back in our Ward along with Emma Kennedy, who is serving a mission in Portland, Oregon. The Whippy family has returned to our area and we’re happy to have them back and Sister Karen Colby is living on Main Street. We’re excited to have them here and hope they enjoy their stay in the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward.
The theme for July is “Our Pioneer Heritage”. Elder Dallin Oaks in his talk “Following the Pioneers” said the foremost quality of our Pioneers was faith. With faith in God, they did what every Pioneer does, they stepped forward into the unknown. A new religion, a new land, and a new way of doing things. With faith in their leaders and in one another, they stood fast against opposition.
The Pioneer Monument in front of the Library depicts a statue of Faith, holding fast to the scriptures in one hand while the other points towards heaver, trusting in Providence to lead and protect… Whether we have a Pioneer heritage that stretches back 175 years or we are a recent convert, each of us is a beneficiary of their great undertaking and all of us enjoy the blessings of their efforts and sacrifice in settling this beautiful Sanpete Valley. “Honor, Praise and Veneration, to the founders, we revere. List our song of Adoration, Blessed Honored Pioneer.”
Finally, this Month, we will be pleased to hear from Wyatt Ison, who is leaving for the Yakima, Washington mission on July 24th and Amy Staker, who leaves for her Salem, Oregon mission on August 14th. That’s 10 Missionaries that will be serving from the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward. We are so grateful for their selfless service and know their families will be blessed for their tireless efforts. May we support and sustain our missionaries and their families and continue to remember them in our personal and family prayers.
Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson
“If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul — civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.”
“Religious liberty is essential if we are to raise up righteous children. Morally responsible families will not marginalize religious liberty, they will nurture and protect it.”
Russell M. Nelson
I was asked to share a family history story which had meaning to me and my family. The following is the rest of a journal entry from my father’s side which focuses on a story of an ancestor who learned the importance of FOLLOWING THE PROPHET over 174 years ago. Talitha Cumi Garlick’s Story part 2:
My husband sent for me. Charles Avery was hauling flour to Winter Quarters from where my husband took work, and he got Charles to take me down to where he was. This was July 1847.
On 3 September, my husband took very sick. We were not where we could get any elders to administer to him. We did not believe in doctors, but he got so bad we gave our consent for a doctor. He could not save him. He died on September 13, 1847, in Atchison County, Missouri, 12 miles south of Lindon. My son William was then 18 months old.
I was left among strangers. Not one of my folks were within 500 miles. My husband’s youngest brother was with us or I don’t know what I would have done. My little boy was very sick, too. He took sick the same day his father did. I would not give him any of the doctor’s medicine. He was sick for two months; but the Lord spared his life for a comfort to me.
On September 15th, my brother-in-law took me up to Bluffs, Kainsville to Charles Avery, my husband’s oldest brother. On October 15th my mother and brother and three of my sisters came. So I went and stayed with my mother till she started for the Valley in 1852.
I stayed another year with my brother-in-law, John F. Wakefield. He wanted me to stay with Susan, my sister, for she felt so bad to have us all go while she had to stay. John thought he could get ready by another year, but was disappointed for another year. He was no more ready than he was the year before.
So in 1853 I started to the Valley with Brother Jacob Biglar’s folks. We started June 10th in Daniel Miller’s Company and got to Salt Lake Valley September 10, 1853.
The grasshoppers had destroyed all the crops. When I got to the valley I went south as far as Springville. My mother and brother and three of my sisters were there. The people had moved in a fort or were making a fort. The Indians were troublesome. I lived with my brother, Joseph.
On February 15th I was married to Elam Cheney and sealed for time. I heard the law of Celestial Marriage taught, and I had read the Revelation on Celestial Marriage. I believe it was from God, and that I should obey this law. I had not been sealed to my (first) husband and I had but one child, so Elam Cheney was a good Latter-Day Saint and one [year] older than me. He was willing to take me for time.
When Talitha was born her father was looking for a name for her. He opened up his bible to the story of the healing of Jairus’s daughter and found the name Talitha Cumi – Mark 5:41, “And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”
Talitha had met the elders of the Mormon Church in Philadelphia when she was sixteen but she would not be baptized until Joseph Smith could baptize her – which he did in the Mississippi River.
Elam and Talitha’s marriage was solemnized February 13, 1855, in the Endowment House shortly after Talitha gave birth to Olive January 15, 1855. That same year grasshoppers took all the crops again, bread was very scarce. After the grasshoppers devoured Elam’s wheat, he planted corn on the same ground. He raised enough corn that could be used for bread so they did not do without.
He was always generous in dividing what he had with those that had none. The Lord blessed them that they did not suffer for want of bread.
This past week we officially started winter! It has been super-hot all week except for one day it was really cold but we really have been blessed here! We did a bunch of divisions this week and I was able to go on divisions with 3 Hermanas from Peru, and it was so fun, they’re all from different parts, so I am literally learning so much from them, and it’s fun to go see more parts of Paraguay!
Being here in my new area it has really helped me to appreciate the little blessings every day. Everyday there are good things, and you have to recognize them because if you don’t it can be hard. Being here, you for sure have to be obedient with exactness because we need all the help and all the miracles we can get here! The day I stayed in my area to do divisions, I was guided by the spirit to be able to get to places, by myself without being lost and we had 3 sit down lessons!!! Three sit down lessons is a new record for me in a day in this area, and we invited all 3 to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized and they all 3 accepted! I was super grateful, and happy with this miracle. We are learning how to work better, because I have learned that I can’t do the same things in this area as I have in my other areas. I have to work differently to have success because it’s different here. I’ve been reading in first Nephi, when Nephi broke his bow, and his family all started to murmur against the Lord , but Nephi didn’t murmur, what he did was find some different materials and built a new bow, did something different but had faith and was diligent. So that has helped me change my attitude around and I’m ready to see the miracles here in this area!
We have been teaching this guy named Enrique and he’s awesome! We can only teach him on Sundays but he took his Book of Mormon to work during the week and he’s looking forward to his baptism at the end of July. He is literally so humble, and always gives us pop whenever we go there, and is just so willing to share with us. If you could keep him in your prayers, he’s 70 years old and has been having back problems, he might get surgery.
Also we have been teaching the familia Lopez Arcel, and I love them with all my heart. There is the parents Claudia and Ismael, then they have 6 kids, and they are just awesome and are all praying and reading. They just haven’t been to church yet, that’s our struggle, but I’m excited, we are going to keep working with them, will you keep them in your prayers too??
This week I’m going to complete 1 year in the mission!!! I can’t believe it and I don’t even want to think about it, and I’m not going to because I still have a lot of things to do! Lots of people to help. I want to thank you all for your love and support, you guys are the best. I’m so blessed to have people that love me and are always there for me even if I’m far away. I’ve grown so much, and my eyes have been opened so much in the mission. I know that this gospel is what everyone needs in their lives and it blesses people. I know that our savior Jesus Christ is our example, our brother, our pastor, our savior, and that because of him we can be cleansed from our mistakes, feel his love because his atonement is sufficient for all. I know this is the church of Jesus Christ and that he is the one that guides it, and Heavenly father is a God of miracles. I just want to invite you all to prepare yourselves right now, and do something more every day, focus more on the gospel and live it! I’ve seen so much real happiness in my life from living the gospel, and I don’t ever want to change. I love you all and I love the mission so much! I love Paraguayyy!!!!
Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve wrote an email things have been crazy good here in Searcy I’ll attempt to write and tell yall about all the miracles I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of, bear with me!
This past Wednesday Miss Brenda was baptized. She’s waited a long time for this special day and was so excited to be a part of the Lords true church!
Saturday was another huge miracle Donald was also baptized. Donald has been such a miracle from day 1. We met him May 28th and a month later he was baptized. That man has such great faith and was so willing to give up bad habits and commit to do things to be a part of the Lords true church. He’s been baptized in just about every other church but in his words “it’s a blessing to be a part of the true church” we call him our “grandpa joe” and he calls us his granddaughters. He always says the most humble sincere prayers thanking Heavenly Father for us and that he found the truth. Where ever you find Donald you’ll find a cane in one hand and his Book of Mormon in the other 💛
We had a really cool miracle/funny story yesterday. We were headed to try a former before we had to get to the musical tribute practice. We are driving down this road and out of the corner of my eye I see a lady hanging up laundry. I don’t have that fast of reaction time but somehow I stopped the car I knew we needed to talk to her. I rolled down the window by that point we were awkwardly a little past her and of course right behind a tree but I told Sister Gubler to go for it to ask her if we could share a card. She said where are yall from? Are yall Mormons? We told her we were from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. She said I’ve been trying to meet with yall I want to join the church. I threw the car in park (in the middle of the road) we grabbed our sticks and went to talk to her. She went online 2 weeks previous to meet with missionaries she said that missionaries contacted her from Colorado but never came. Hmm weird but she went on to say she wants to learn and join the church! Such a miracle and testimony that the Lord is preparing so many people. We are so excited to work with Jamie!
Sunday night we also had a big musical tribute with a bunch of missionaries. It was all focused on the book of Mormon and Christ coming to the Americas. Wow I don’t know about yall but a chapel filled with over 50 missionaries singing and testifying of Christ is definitely a tear jerker. Grateful for the opportunity I had to recite 3 Nephi 5:13
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
And share my testimony with the people there.
So grateful for the luxury and the once in a life time opportunity to be a servant of the Lord. I’ve learned things and grown in ways I never thought was possible. Grateful for each day that my relationship is strengthened with my elder brother our Savior and that he continues to mold me and shape me into who I need to be. Without him I’m nothing, without him I could not do the most important work there ever was or will be but “in the strength of the Lord” the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement I’m able to share the gospel. I know He lives!
Have a blessed week and a happy 4th of July! Crazy that last 4th of July I was stepping on a plane to the greatest mission and year of my life 💙❤
Kia Ora, Everyone!
This week was crazy, so different than last week. I will try to sum up the best bits and keep the email short, but bear with me.
Tuesday- We helped one of the people we are teaching with some service. He is the manager for Carl’s Jr., so we helped sweep his parking lot and picked up rubbish. We found heaps of stuff like a milkshake sign that is now sitting in our flat, and a perfectly good KFC keychain, which is actually not on our keys, but is still in our flat.
Wednesday- On Wednesday, I finally got to play the saxophone! There is another guy we are teaching I met a couple weeks ago, but had been really busy. He really wanted to hear me play, so he got out his sax and I played for a little bit. His saxophone wasn’t that great, and I haven’t played in a year, but it was still a great way to get him to open up to us.
Thursday- We had some guys come and look at our insulation. Two of them went into the roof, and one guy stayed down to hold the ladder. He talked to us for a little bit, and found out what we do. When we said we teach about Jesus Christ, he was like “Convert me.” I then proceeded to tell him about a cool book called The Book of Mormon, and how it was another testament of Christ. He thought it was way cool, and started to read right away. When his buddies started to leave, he almost just stayed and kept reading.
Friday and Saturday- Pretty boring, actually. Not much happened.
Spiritual Thought: the 2nd volume of the Book “Saints” is beginning to be published. I looked into it a little more, and saw that all the volumes combined will lead up to the present day. We need to remember this. The Restoration is continuing today, and we are part of it. The things the early saints were doing may not have seemed like great or marvelous things at the time. They were just doing what they knew to be true. We are doing the same. One day, we will be part of that history. Take faith, have hope! When you trust the Lord and He can trust you, you will do amazing things. How can He know to trust us? Live the Gospel, follow His counsel, do what he asks. We are saints just as much as the pioneers are.
Life is still good here. It had been pretty windy the past couple days, but it has also been pretty warm. I hope you all have a wonderful week and wish you the best of luck.
-Den meetings will be held as needed during the summer. Your den leader will contact you.
-No pack meeting in July. Our next pack meeting will be August 20 @ 6:00 PM at the Power Plant Park.
I’m sure everyone in the Mount Pleasant 4th ward is excited for summer. It is crazy the difference a year makes. Last year we were in a drought and were worried about not having enough water. We have certainly been blessed with water this year. Everything is green and beautiful. It is nice to enjoy the little blessings our Heavenly Father gives us.
I want to congratulate our seniors that have recently graduated from High School. Jonas Evans, Sophia Jessee, Lavi Tuineau, and Juniper Wolf graduated from Wasatch Academy. Cole Allred, Wyatt (Bubba) Ison, Isabelle Johansen, and Annika Rainey graduated from North Sanpete. Several of these students graduated from seminary as well. We are so proud of these eight young men and women. They are going to accomplish great things as they head off to college, missions, etc.
We also want to congratulate Bubba Ison on his mission call to the Yakima Washington mission. He will be reporting to the MTC on July 24. He is lucky in that Josh Walker is already serving in this mission. What a great blessing to a new missionary to have someone from your ward in the same mission. Bubba’s sister, Jentry Ison, served in the Vancouver Washington mission which is right next to the Yakima mission. We are excited for Amy Staker, she will be serving in the Salem Oregon mission. She will be reporting to the MTC on August 14. It seems that there is a strong connection between the Mount Pleasant 4th ward and the Washington / Oregon area. I’m excited to listen to Bubba and Amy’s farewells in July. What a great experience these two have a head of them. When Amy and Bubba report to the MTC, we will have 9 full-time missionaries serving from the Mount Pleasant 4th ward.
June is a busy month. The girls will participate in Girls camp on June 19 – 20. As most of you know, the church has announced that this year will be the last year for the Manti Pageant. The Pageant will occur June 13-15 and 18-22. There are several ward members that will participate in the cast. Our young men will be participating in various camps and activities as well.
The theme for the month of June is Temple Work, family history, and indexing. President Jorgensen has emphasized this topic in stake conference. Our youth focused on this topic for Youth conference. We all had a great experience. I had committed to focus on this in my own life, and for the first couple of months of this year I did ok. As with many initiatives in my own life, sometimes there is a lull in my commitment. So, I’m excited to recommit to Indexing, family history, and temple work during the month of June.
I’m grateful for Jesus Christ and for his infinite atonement. I’m grateful for the gospel and the organization of the church. What a huge blessing the gospel is in my life and the lives of my family members. I’m grateful for all of the members of the Mount Pleasant 4th ward.
I was asked to share a family history story which had meaning to me and my family. The following is a journal entry from my father’s side which focuses on a story of an ancestor who learned the importance of FOLLOWING THE PROPHET over 174 years ago. Talitha Cumi Garlick’s Story:
Elam married his third wife, Talitha Cumi Garlick, in 1854. Talitha was 30 and Elam was 29. Talitha was the widow of William Howard Avery. She tells the following story:
On March 12, 1845, I was married to a good young man by the name of William Howard Avery. He owned a nice farm 4 miles north of Montrose, a beautiful place.
In 1846, the Saints had to leave Nauvoo and go to the mountains. We sold our place for a song, you might say, and got ready to go with the first company on March 4, 1846. My first child [William Howard] was born on Sugar Creek [Iowa, March 4, 1846]. My husband got a small cabin for us to stay in for a month. On April 6, 1846 we started and caught up with the first company at Mt. Pisgah. We traveled with the first Company to the Bluffs and camped on Mosquito Creek.
It was here the Battalion was chosen and sent to Mexico on the 15th of July 1846. My husband was called, but I felt that I could not bear to have him leave me alone. I feared I would never get to the Valley of the mountains if he did not stay with me. Brother Brigham came to our house and told me if I would let him go everything would be all right and we would all get to the valley safely, but I begged and pleaded and coaxed, and he finally consented to let him stay with me. Read this story and you shall see what a mistake I made when I did not listen to, and trust in, the Lord.
We then crossed the Missouri River and camped on the west side as it was too late to go any farther. The camp stopped and made preparations for the winter. We stayed there all winter. In the spring of 1847 Brother Brigham Young with a band of pioneers started west to find a home for the Latter-Day Saints, west of the Rocky Mountains.
After Brother Brigham started, we crossed back to the east side of the Missouri and my husband built a house and fenced and planted a garden. Our second child, Charles, was born and died on April 13, 1847.
Then my husband, William Avery, and his brothers went to Missouri to find work. We had then been living one year on what we brought with us; so we had to stay to get a fresh supply before we could go to the mountains. They went, therefore, during part of July and they found a good place to work.