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