On October 25th we will be having our ward fall social. The cub scouts will bake and decorate cakes to auction at the social. This is a long-standing tradition in the Mount Pleasant fourth ward, it’s also a great fundraiser and it’s a lot of fun. There will be trick or treating at the social, so come dressed in your favorite costumes.
I’m really excited to watch and listen to general conference. What a great event to be able to listen to the prophets. It is a busy time of year and easy to miss the opportunity to engage in general conference. As a young man, I enjoyed going to Priesthood session with my father. He would always take us out to dinner afterwards. It became a strong family tradition, one that we really looked forward to. Now I enjoy going to Priesthood session with my own boys. It is great to listen to the prophets as a family. To enjoy the spirit that comes with general conference. Our Sacrament meeting theme this month is Prophets. I’m excited to hear our speakers talk about prophets.
We will have another busy month. On October 25th we will be having our ward fall social. The cub scouts will bake and decorate cakes to auction at the social. This is a long-standing tradition in the Mount Pleasant fourth ward, it’s also a great fundraiser and it’s a lot of fun. There will be trick or treating at the social, so come dressed in your favorite costumes.
This month Ryker Erickson was scheduled to report to the MTC in England. Unfortunately, he broke his arm in a skateboarding accident, so he will report in a couple of months from now. Ryker is a great young man and he will do an amazing job as a missionary. He is following the example of his father and two older brothers, all of whom served foreign missions. We are excited as a ward to have seven full-time missionaries in the field, when Ryker reports, he will make that eight.
I’m so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the loving members of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward. I’m grateful for prophets. I’m grateful for the knowledge that I can learn and progress infinitely. That I can live with my family forever. I’m grateful for my Savior.
When I was investigating the church in the late 1990’s President Gordon B. Hinckley was the prophet. I felt an immediate trust in him when I watched General Conference. Even today, when I view videos his talks, his kind, wise, loving voice still inspires me to do the right, keep my covenants, and deepen my testimony. I can actually hear his voice in my mind at times; I always feel comforted when I think of him and remember his counsel. I trusted who he was (and who he is!) and the message he imparted; that was part of what led me to my baptism in December of 1998.
My first real introduction to President Thomas S. Monson was through one of his talks during an April General Conference. I remember clearly when he asked a question of the viewing audience. He looked straight into the camera and asked if any among us were lonely, if we were struggling, etc. He invited us all to “Come unto Christ.” I still reflect on that moment – I was, indeed, lonely at that time, and (of course) it seemed as though he were speaking directly to me. When I get down or discouraged, I still remember his invitation to “Come unto Christ,” and I pray to be open to the unconditional love and peace “which passeth all understanding.”
I think all of us have prophets and apostles with whom we connect most directly. For me, having been baptized in 1998, the only two prophets I’ve “known” in a direct way while still alive were/are Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson. Both hold a very dear place in my heart because of the good counsel and love they have extended to all of us and the world.
“The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Gordon B. Hinkley
“This Is the Work of the Master,” in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 95.
“Come from your wandering way, weary traveler. Come to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Come to that heavenly haven called home. Here you will discover the truth. Here you will learn the reality of the Godhead, the comfort of the plan of salvation, the sanctity of the marriage covenant, the power of personal prayer. Come home.” Thomas S. Monson
“Dedication Day,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 66.
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Sierra Leone Freetown
Spencer is still serving in Koidu, Sierra Leone. He is deep into the jungle, working in a town that is famous for its diamonds. Spencer and three other missionaries are the first elders to serve in Koidu in this dispensation. He is excited to have the first baptisms in this small branch. In October, Spencer is expecting to have 4 baptisms. With Spencer and his companion and the other companionship that is serving in Koidu, they expect to triple the size of the small branch during October. The people in Africa continue to be kind and loving to Spencer. Members and nonmembers alike feed Spencer every night. He has learned to love rice and whatever they put on top of the rice. The season is now changing from rainy to dry, which means that it will get hot again. This week Spencer will travel to another city for Zone Conference. He will then get to watch General Conference live. This is the first time he will have the chance to see general conference on his mission.
Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
This week was awesome! First I transferred to a new area. I went outside of Seoul for the first time in my mission. It is still a pretty city, but a lot more countryside than Seoul. I got a new companion Elder Miller. Great guy, we are opening a team here so we have no investigators, zero contacts on our phone, and even had to make our own area book. We have been proselyting pretty hard, getting a bunch of phone numbers and have had one appointment with a guy that lives out of our area, so we have to refer him to another set of Elders. We are doing the best we can, it’s a great experience.
Yesterday, I traveled back to my old area to baptize Brother 김호영 (Kim hoe young) The 24 year old guy I met on the subway back in June. It was a great experience. I sent this to President through email,
“How humbling, to see the workings of God, Christ and the Spirit in his life. While teaching this brother for the last 3 months I truly learned a lot. There were times I was frustrated, times I didn’t show my love as much as I should have, so many ways in which I failed. That is how I came to realize last night, that Elder Yates and I were in no way the reason of his baptism. Sure we taught him and truly tried the best we could to teach by the power of the Spirit, but God, Christ and the Spirit are the driving force behind it all. It’s so amazing to me how God, takes a person like me, very imperfect, insufficient and weak in so many ways, and trusts me and my companion with the duty to teach the doctrines of the Kingdom. That’s how I know that God was so much in the framework of this Brother’s life. Even before Elder Lydon and I first met him in the subway. Only through the Spirit are people converted and brought unto Christ, we just show them the way.”
After the baptism he said he felt clean. He said he never thought he would ever be baptized but he was very happy. I really hope and pray that he remains active in the church. That later on with his future family, he will build a home based on the teachings of Christ.”
This week since moving to Sheengar I have eaten nothing but ramen, spam, and rice. I now have heartburn. But I have tried mixing and matching different condiments just for some color and to spice things up. I used ketchup once just to fit in my daily intake of fruits, and ate some of the peas that came in the ramen pack just to get my daily needed veggies.
This morning I studied Matthew 27:39-46. From these scriptures I learned a great deal on patience. Christ now hanging on the cross, completing all he had to do for the children of men, in saving souls and bringing them, back to the Father was asked, “If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Then He said “He saved others, himself he cannot save.” Saying they will believe Him to be the Son of God if he come down from the cross, mocking him with “He trusted in God, let him deliver him now” We all know Christ had the power, the strength, the godliness and the glory at that moment to show the world that He truly was the Son of God by delivering himself from the cross to answer their pathetic questions intended to mock, but He had patience. Even in His darkest hour when He asked God why He had forsaken Him Christ had patience. He knew God still loved Him, and had trust in the Plan.
We too in our times of trial and hardship or feelings of being forsaken need to have patience. A patience and a hope that it will all be alright, to bear our trials with more patience and knowledge that God and Christ are always there.
Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago
This week has been okay, but crazy. I had no time to do anything so that was really fun.
I love it here the people are so ready for the gospel and I really love seeing them grow to love it. I don’t have a lot of time so I will just share something amazing with you.
Faith is useless without doing something with it!!
The Rabbi and the Soap Maker
There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”
The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.
“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”
The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”
The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”
We need to use our faith to help others change the world and through us we can act on our faith and change someone’s world!!!
Keep it up out there!!
1st- General Conference
8th- Gospel Doctrine: Chapter 36: The Desert Shall Rejoice, & Blossom as the Rose, Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: Chapter 17: Continue in the Great Process of Learning(Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley)
15th- Gospel Doctrine: Chapter 37: We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet, Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: Chapter 18: Virtue – A Cornerstone on Which to Build Our Lives (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley)
22nd- Gospel Doctrine: Chapter 38: In Mine Own Way, Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: Perfect love casteth out fear by President Dieter F Uchtdorf
29th- Gospel Doctrine: Chapter 39: The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers, , Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: Bishopric Message
This month has been a busy one for me and my family. One thing that we enjoy doing to help long car trips is to listen to audio books. As we have traveled around this month we have been listening to the LibriVox dramatized versions of L.M. Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables series. It is such a wonderful tale of a girl and how she effects so many lives, and how they affect her.
All of these books, except number 4, have expired copyrights and are in the public domain. You can obtain legal free copies here from Project Gutenberg.
Happy Reading 🙂
Information for this image was compiled on October 1st. For the most up to date information please visit the Ward Calendar.
All women 18 and older are invited to a great time together Tuesday Sep 26th 6:30pm!
- Child Care will be provided in the Nursery
Here is the link to the pictures of the Ward Party in the Park august 2017. Thanks to all that came, it was a great time by all!
This month will be a busy month for the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward. Jentry Ison will report to the Missionary Training Center on September 27 as she prepares to serve the good people in the Vancouver Washington area. We are really excited for Jentry and know that she will be an amazing missionary. She is following the example of many great missionaries that have and are serving from our ward, including her older brother Austin. Jentry and Austin won’t see each other for 3 1/2 years. It is great to see young people that are so committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It will also be great to have a sister serving from our ward. We hope this is a trend that we will begin to see with our young sisters. We would also love to see some older couples serve missions from our ward.
This month the theme in Sacrament Meeting is Grace. I look forward to many great talks on Grace. Jentry and Ryker Erickson will share a meeting as they give their farewell talks on September 17. Ryker will report to the MTC in October, so I look forward to mentioning his service in October’s newsletter.
The greatest Sacrament Meeting of the year happens on September 24 when we will have our primary program. We all love hearing from our primary and listening to their songs. Sister Brotherson and the rest of our primary presidency and teachers do such a good job. We are grateful for the amazing kids and adults in our ward.
Brothers and Sisters, the church is true, Jesus is the Christ. Through His grace we can all return and live with our Heavenly Father in the Celestial Kingdom. I believe we will all make it and enjoy the blessings that a loving Heavenly Father have in store for us. I love serving with each of you and look forward to a great month.
At many points during my mission I was given small tokens of grace by Heavenly Father. One point in particular was at a time when I felt like my testimony was at its lowest. Being on my mission I felt like the weight of the mantle I carried plus my questioning of the church, and the scriptures, was almost too much too bear. I felt like I couldn’t find my way.
This came about because before my mission I had never studied the scriptures in depth. On my mission that’s all I was doing. I couldn’t help but ask questions, and find specific things that boggled my mind. The troubling thing was that the answers weren’t always there. I always felt the spirit of the scriptures, and had always trusted in them – but my anxiety over a specific question had overcome me. What scared me the most was not feeling like I could offer anyone a genuine testimony. One Easter Sunday, in Sacrament meeting, I was fasting and praying to receive an answer. I wanted a specific answer to my question regarding the scriptures.
Instead, the Spirit instructed me to get out a pen and paper. Obediently, I found a pen and scrap of paper and started writing the words that came to my hand. I didn’t save the paper so I can’t remember exactly what I was specifically told, but it was to the effect of “Don’t trouble your heart any more with this question; it is not important at this time for you to know it. You need to get back to work and focus on the needs of the investigators and the less-active. Their questions are more important. Be calm and know that in this way, your question has been answered.”
An answer like that normally wouldn’t make me any calmer. However, I felt calm. I felt happy to continue on and not be troubled anymore. His grace in answering my question and calming my anxiety helped me through my mission and has helped me carry my testimony. I can rely on the small miracles I have witnessed in the past so I can be a disciple now. I can genuinely say that prayers are answered in better ways than we expect. I know this church is true and I know that Heavenly Father cares deeply for each of us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
“The greatest evidence of our Savior’s love for us is His Atonement. His love overflows with grace, patience, long-suffering, mercy, and forgiveness.”
“Eternally Encircled in His Love,” October 2006 General Conference
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
“When we offer our broken heart to Jesus Christ, He accepts our offering. He takes us back. No matter what losses, wounds, and rejection we have suffered, His grace and healing are mightier than all. Truly yoked to the Savior, we can say with confidence, ‘It will all work out.’ ”
“Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Sierra Leone Freetown
Spencer has had a busy month. As many of you know Sierra Leone had some tragic mudslides where over one thousand people lost their lives. These mud slides were a long way from where Spencer is serving in Koidu. The mud slides are a reminder of how fragile life is, especially in Africa. Spencer has seen so many personal tragedies since he has been there, but the common theme for the people in Sierra Leone is how kind and giving they are, even though things don’t always go their way.
The people of Koidu have been very kind to Spencer. This is the first month in the history of Koidu when there have been missionaries actively serving in the area. Spencer gets fed every night, he says sometimes they feed him too often. Spencer is loving the people as they are quick to love him.
Spencer is teaching a lot and is hoping to see people progress to baptism. Spencer indicates that it is a little different than other areas as there is only one member family in the branch, so the missionaries really need the investigators to understand the gospel, as they will be the leadership in the branch.
Spencer is grateful to be a missionary and is completely enjoying the opportunities he is given in West Africa.
Montana Billings Mission Office Address 1848 Rimrock Rd Billings MT 59102
He is in the home stretch of his mission. He can’t believe he only has 4 months left! He feels like the time is going way to fast but is working hard to accomplish all that he needs to before returning home in December.
He is being transferred this week to the Great Falls area and his new companion is Elder Bredsguard. He is excited for his new companion he has served around him before and he is a great missionary. He is sad to leave the YSA ward in Bozeman though, he has come to love the YSA ward and that area Kristie Ison
Here is a little piece of his email this past week:
[This] strengthened my testimony that the Lord loves us so much and just wants to bless us and if we do our part, the Lord will provide.
So yesterday was another great day! We had church and it was really good! And man I just realized how much I love this Bozeman YSA Ward. The members and investigators here are just amazing. It was sad because I knew it was my last Sunday there and it just hit me how much I really got to love this place – and these people.
When I first came to Bozeman, my first two transfers, I really struggled here. It wasn’t because of the ward of the people or anything, it was more just me. I struggled personally and it was probably one of the hardest times of the mission. I wasn’t doing too well and wasn’t the missionary I wanted to be. At the end of last transfer I just decided that I was done with that. That no matter what happened I was going to work hard, give it my all, just really try hard, be the best I can, and strive to improve and be the missionary I wanted to be. The Lord helped me every step of the way.
This transfer was amazing. Yes it still had hard times but it was absolutely amazing! Our area went from having no one to teach, and being super slow, to progressing and doing well. We have tripled the number of new investigators we found the transfer before and probably the amount of lessons we taught as well. I could just feel the Lords hands with us every step of the way. I know without a doubt that He was there and He was helping me to improve as well as guide our path. We have seen countless blessings and miracles. Now it’s super hard to leave this area.
Last transfer I was not doing so well and wanted to just leave and move on to another area, but it wasn’t the area – it was me. This transfer I really just tried to turn that around and the Lord in his love and mercy has helped me soo much. I feel like my time here in Bozeman has been a blessing, it was a trial – but also such a great blessing. It increased my testimony that the Lord sees our true desires. If we do our part and show the Lord we want to improve, and want to do His will, He will bless us. He will guide, support, love and comfort us every step of the way. I tried to really work hard and improve. The Lord just has handed me blessing after blessing. He is so loving and so merciful. I’m so thankful for him and this time he has given me here in the Bozeman YSA Ward. It’s been a great change, and I feel like I have learned a lot from being here. But I know I definitely have a lot more to learn and I am excited to see what the Lord has in store. I hope I can just do his will and serve and find the people he wants me to. This is His work and I’m grateful to serve Him and be a part of it. I hope I can improve because I still have a lot to go.
September 3rd– Gospel Doctrine:Chapter 33: President Brigham Young Leads the Saints, Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: By Quorum/Group Presidency
September 10th – Stake Conference
September 24th– Gospel Doctrine:Chapter 36: The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose, Relief Society/ High Priests/ Elder’s Quorum: The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation by Elder Dallin H Oaks
3rd hour lessons for the adults will be changing structure next year. Most of the new curriculum will be based off the most recent General Conference. For More Information See This Article.