President Nelson announced that all Elders Quorums and High Priest Groups will be disbanded and reformed as a combined quorum. He also announced that PEC meetings will not be held anymore. For more information on these changes watch the April 2018 Priesthood session of General Conference.
2018 is half over! Summer is in full swing! Parades, heat, fireworks, heat, a little rain, and more heat. We’ve been so thankful for the afternoon rains when they come… and continue praying for more. Here is what happened during the month of July.
On the 8th we were pleased to hear from Taner Jorgensen, Joshua Walker, and Trevor Olson. It was a great meeting. Joshua and Trevor were speaking just prior to entering the MTC… one in Provo (Yakima Washington mission) and one in New Zealand (Hamilton, New Zealand mission). They both have arrived and are settling into missionary life. Josh heads out to Yakima on the 31st of July. Also as of today Kevin Johansen received his call to the Cincinnati, Ohio mission! We’re so excited for him as well. That brings the number of missionaries from the 4th Ward to 10 either in the MTC or in the field, and 12 if you add the “with calls” category. Go 4th Ward!!! Our theme for the month has been Pioneer Heritage and Patriotism and it’s been wonderful to hear the faith promoting stories in our meetings. On the 15th we were blessed to hear from Brother Peel from the High Council, and his brother. The following Sunday was Brother Jack Steck and Brother Mack Wilkey. There couldn’t be two finer examples of sacrifice and service anywhere. Our 5th Sunday combined meeting is going to be with the Stake and they gave us 2 talks to read from Elder Oaks and President Nelson about the use of the Priesthood. It was AMAZING.
August will likely be busier than July has been. We have a Ward party coming up, as well as youth baptisms for the dead. School will be starting and we have another Stake Conference. It also brings a new theme for our meetings: Repentance and Forgiveness. I look forward to being well taught on these two foundational principles. I was looking through some prior General Conference addresses on the subject and was surprised to see how many talks Elder Richard G. Scott gave on the matter. I used to be afraid of him (that’s a story for another time) but through the years he became one of my favorite speakers/teachers. I conclude with a quote from him:
I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price and will satisfy the demands of justice for all who are obedient to His teachings. Thus, full forgiveness is granted, and the distressing effects of sin need no longer persist in one’s life. Indeed, they cannot persist if one truly understands the meaning of Christ’s Atonement. Alma conquered thoughts of past unworthiness by remembering the mercy of the Redeemer. He marveled, “Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us … the salvation of our souls.” –The Path to Peace and Joy, Richard G. Scott.
Brother Walker Bishopric 2nd Counselor
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone
We are down to the last three months of Spencer’s mission! It is exciting to think of him coming home, but we are also enjoying the blessings of his service as a missionary. Spencer continues to tell us how happy he is and what an amazing experience he is having. As a family, we are grateful for the missionary program, what an amazing opportunity for service for young people. Spencer had four baptisms this past week. There isn’t a baptismal font, so they baptize in the river. Spencer continues to serve in Moyamba, which is a small town with a small branch. An excerpt from one of Spencer’s letters is as follows:
This week a little girl was born to Petters, the person we are trying to get married, sister. She is a cute little girl and has a fair complexion. Well when we asked for her name they said Annet Apple Allieu. They totally named their kid after me! Ha-ha, it was pretty cool so I now have a namesake! They said she looks like me so that is why they named her after me. Also we had a really cool experience yesterday. Sister Favor is one of our investigators who has been having problems with her mom. Well her mom and her got in a pretty big argument, which included a beating. To make a long story short she got kicked out of the house and was living on the street for a whole week. We were able to go there with a couple of the leaders of the branch and talk to them both. The spirit was so strong and at the end of the day they were able to come to an agreement. Now she is back in the house! The spirit is amazing I know if the spirit wasn’t there it wouldn’t have happened like that. We have had a good time working in the rain it feels a little like home just because it’s not so dang hot all the time. Other than that just working hard and helping the work progress!! Remember to stay close to the Lord and he will bless you in all you do!
MTC Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828 Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero 07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal Mexico
Hermana Mariah Hafen made it to the Mexico MTC and is doing well! She has been there for 5 weeks now and in just 1 week will be flying out to Paraguay. She is loving her time at the MTC but is very excited to get to Paraguay and begin teaching the gospel there. She has been blessed to be picking up the language quickly and loves being a missionary. Here is a few of the things she has said in her emails home:
Hola!! Amigos y Familia!! How are you all doing?? I made it to Mexico, and it’s been a crazy 10 days already!! Fun facts about Mexico City 1) When it rains here, it POURS. It’s like an instant flash flood, every night around dinner time so we always get soaked even with our umbrellas or ponchos. 2) We only speak Spanish here, like no English…..but el don de leguas es verdadero! 3) The Latinos are my best friends!! 4) I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! 5) I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked if both of my parents are from the United States, because they think I look Latina ha-ha.
I love missionary work!! First off my companion and I got called to be sister zone leaders!! So we are zone leaders over like 5 districts I think! And it’s been great so far, we’ve had a lot more meetings and we’ve had fun planning activities with our zone leaders which are two really cool guys from our district!! Our branch president forgot to call us as zone leaders so we got to church on Sunday and every one was saying congrats on being zone leaders and we were like whaaattt ha-ha so he then had to meet with us after sacrament lol. The Spanish is getting better for sure!! I got to teach some real investigators this week at the TRC and I definitely was blessed with the gift of tongues, and it went really well. I was with a different companion and she doesn’t know much Spanish so I taught most of time and answered questions! Each one of the investigators we talked to, even though they weren’t LDS, they blessed us as missionaries and blessed our families that you would all be comforted. They really are amazing people, and I feel love for everyone I teach!!
YO SE QUE LA IGLASIA IS VERDADERO CON TODO MI COROZON. If I didn’t know that the Church was true, I wouldn’t be out here. It truly has blessed my life in so many ways, and I know that everything about it is true. I love The Book of Mormon, it brings me so much peace! I love sharing scriptures with investigators. It just really brings the spirit into the room! I’m not only learning the language of Spanish, but the language of the spirit. I love being a missionary and I love all of you.
Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
She is doing great and loves being a missionary! She knows that her time in Battleground is most likely coming to an end which makes her a little sad because she has loved serving there but is happy to go where the Lord needs her. Here is a little snippet from her email this week.
I was able to have a really amazing personal study the other day and it was about prayer, receiving revelation and faith. I invite each of you to read Elder Richard G. Scott’s general conference talk from April 2012. This talk is one of my new favorites. It helped my testimony grow of the gospel and of prayer and how important it is. One thing he said in his talk is that when you pray, and you feel you have received an answer, pray and ask to know if you know all you need to in order to get your answer. He also says that when it is for the Lord’s purposes He can bring anything to our remembrance. The last thing I loved that he shares is to carefully look for evidence in your own life that He may have already answered you. I LOVE that! How amazing it is to have the knowledge that we do in knowing that He wants to answer us and He wants to talk to us. If we only have faith that He will answer us and are willing to listen then and only then will we receive the answer we need. I read in Alma when Ammon smites off all of the arms of his enemies because he had faith in the Lord. Now I’m not saying that we need to have faith that we can smite people’s arms off! I am simply saying that he had faith that the Lord would help him in all things including these trials he had to face. It also talked about joy. Joy is something that I love! I love being a happy person! It is hard to have joy all of the time but I know that as we pray for it and ask that He will help us. He will help us find joy in all things and enjoy to the end! I know each of you are beloved sons and daughters of God and I appreciate you all for all you do! I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so much and I know He lives! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
Well, I am leaving Bucheon, heading to Incheon for my last two transfers. I was in Bucheon for 6 months as Zone leader. It was a really great time. Met so many incredible people and was really able to learn a lot. In Incheon I will be with Elder Cook. He just got finished being trained so I will “greenie break him”. He has been on his mission for about 4.5 months and I have heard nothing but great things about him. I have heard nothing but great things about the area and ward as well. I am excited to give it all I have for these last 2 transfers to the Lord. I have been so blessed throughout my whole mission, more than I should have been. I’m so focused on trying to do my small part in changing Korea to come closer to Christ. I love these people. I am impressed and inspired by the members of the church here and their faith. I am awed at the Korean people’s generosity, kindness, and love. This summer is going to be awesome!!
Something that I have thought of lately is if we desire any gift of God, or we desire any good thing, it is based on our faith to receive it. Of course faith without works is dead, so we must work and strive to obtain it. In that striving and working to obtain it, diligence and consistency is so essential. If I compare it to basketball, shooting 10 free throws every day for a month (except Sunday of course) is a lot better than shooting 300 on one day out of the month. It will bring better results because you are constantly everyday building that muscle memory and can improve more each and every day. Same thing with gifts of the spirit. It requires great work each and every day. It requires diligence. Diligence is very important as a missionary in completing goals and helping others come to Christ.
MTC 19 Redoubt Road Goodwood Heights Manukau City 2105 New Zealand
He made it safely to the New Zealand MTC after a 14 hour flight. He says that everyone is really nice and that it rains almost every day. His Polynesian companion has adopted him into his family. So we may never see him again, ha-ha. We are looking forward to many great experiences that he will have in the next upcoming 23 1/2 months.
Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago
This week has been really crazy, lots of it was fun though – driving a lot and lots of finding of new people to teach.
On Monday we did lots of things and lots of driving. My companion, Elder Shields, had to go to the Immigration office so that he could be made legal. That was an hour drive up and an hour drive back, but we still got everything done that was necessary for the p-day. Then at the end of it all we had a lesson with a husband and wife. The Subiahs are really great people. They have a sincere desire to know the truth. It is really cool to know that people still seek the truth after all that they have been through.
On Tuesday I had to teach district meeting and it was on Christ. It was about Christ and His name correlating it to us and our names as well as the temple. It went really well, and was really fun. Then I went on an exchange with Elder Griffeth. He is from Guyana. He is really cool and has a desire to teach. He knows the gospel pretty well and just wants to share it with everyone. They all want to hear him since lots of the people here do not know a black missionary and so that is a first for them. It was really great.
Wednesday was fun. We did our morning routine and then we went and exchanged back after some studies and talking with each other. Then we went and taught Charmin, and it was really good. Then we traveled in our wonderful Chevy Cruse (provided by the Lord, THANKS). We went to Princes Town and taught a wonderful lady named Dana. She is 20 and wants to know God more. It is cool because she is seeing who God is to her. Then we saw an awesome member named sister Mootoo, she is super cool. Then we went and taught a man we know about God. It was really great. He wants to come and be baptized.
On Thursday we planned most of the day, then we went out and saw an investigator named Ramdeo and his wife Lisa. They are cool, but the problem is that they want to be perfect. They are having some personal struggles with life, and it is hard on them. Then we went and taught Bro. Cooper again. We taught about the first principle of the gospel “FAITH”! He loved it, and knows now how to increase his faith. Love that man.
Friday was a slow day. We only taught Bro. Cooper, Sister Bailey, Charmin, and Leston. It was a full day none the less. We worked hard for those lessons to work out. Really tough day.
Saturday was the same as Friday. We only taught 4 lessons, and they were not the best lessons I have ever taught. We went and saw a lady named Sister Jigroop who I met while I was in Tobago. She is really great just having lots of struggles in life. Lots of hard times within the ward. She is great though and has one of the most humble hearts that I have ever seen. She wants to Become PERFECT. Later that day we went and saw a cool lady named Cece. She wants to know the truth of what we are saying. At the end of the day we went and saw Brother Cooper again, ha-ha.
On Sunday we saw 103 people at church, it was so great. We went and saw Brother Cooper again. It is so cool to see that he wants us to come over every single day. We never asked him to do that and he wants to grow. He wants to be baptized because he says that he is not even born yet. He is doing really well with his studies. He studies The Book of Mormon every single day. It is great.
Today has been fun. We woke up and cleaned our apartment as well as our car. It was really great to get a good wet down, ha-ha. Then we went and shopped for the week. It was good. For some reason we have lots of food this week. It is cool. Then we went to Valsayn to meet our new Mission President who has been here for about a month now. I finally got to meet him, ha-ha, it was great. I love the man. He is from Heber City Utah; a great guy.
In the process of the week we also helped a member put up some shelves in his new home. That was fun. I got to use a drill for the first time in like a year and a half which was great.
Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902
Joshua entered the MTC on the 11th of July in preparation for the Yakima Washington Mission. It was fun and a little sad to drop him off. He was very excited to begin his service. We’ll keep the ward updated with news from him!
Elder Erickson England Birmingham Mission Office Address 187 Penns Lane Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands England B76 1JU United Kingdom.
Sister Jorgensen Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116
Elder Seely California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346
August 26th – Stake Conference
Information for these images were compiled on July 30th. For the most up to date information please visit the Ward Calendar.
July is a great month for celebrations. We get to celebrate the concept of freedom and we have an opportunity to reflect on the people that pioneered the gospel in the latter days. To help us reflect on these two celebrations, we will devote some time in sacrament meeting to these themes. Brother Wilkey recently participated in an Honor Flight, where he was able to return to Washington DC and be recognized as a Korean War Veteran. What a great honor. We have many people in the ward that have strong pioneer stories from their ancestors that settled the Sanpete Valley. I’m looking forward to some great sacrament meetings this month.
There has been a lot of activity with members of our ward. In the month of June, two young sisters left to go on their missions. Natalie Jorgensen is serving in the Little Rock Arkansas mission. Mariah Hafen is going to the Paraguay Asuncion North mission. In the month of July Trevor Olson will be leaving to serve in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission and Josh Walker will leave to serve in the Yakima Washington mission. With these four missionaries leaving, the total serving from our ward is 10. We have 7 young elders and 3 young sisters. I anticipate two other missionaries submitting their papers and leaving in the next couple of months. What a great opportunity for these young men and young women. I’m so excited that we have both young men and young women serving, I hope that at some point we will have a couple go and serve.
During June our Young Men and Young Women were really busy. The stake hosted youth conference this year at the Heber Valley camp. There were some fun activities which included zip lines and high obstacle courses. There were also some spiritual firesides and activities. The Priests went to Yellowstone, with Ed Staker being an excellent guide. The Deacons and Teachers caught a lot of fish on the Boulders. Glen Olson put together a great campout including some delicious meals. The Young Women went to girl’s camp in Salt Creek Canyon. Allyne Mower did an amazing job of strengthening our girls. The final event was a Fathers and Sons campout at the Staker’s cabins. Graham Jessee did a great job of feeding everyone. Thanks to everyone that attended these events and volunteered their time.
I’m grateful for an amazing ward. I’m grateful for all the love and support from the Mount Pleasant fourth ward. I’m grateful for the Savior and for the infinite atonement. For the opportunity I have to get a little better each day. I’m grateful for the gospel in my life and leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pioneer heritage is a great topic! As we study our ancestors we can see wonderful examples of Christ-like service and missionary work. The Zundel family has been a part of the LDS church since 1836 when my Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Johann Jakob Zundel, was baptized. His son, Isaac Eberhard Zundel is one of my favorite ancestors to learn about. This is an excerpt from his biography written by Elizabeth S. Zundel Gibbs and Alice C. Harding found in “John Jacob Zundel Family Book”.
Isaac Zundel was chosen Bishop over the Shoshone Indians, with Alexander Hunsaker and Moroni Ward as counselors. The white men had learned the Indian language and could converse with them easily. Many of the Indians were now being baptized.
In the summer of 1880 a band of Indians from Fort Washakie came to the Indian farm on Bear River and requested to be baptized. It was not known who converted them, for at that time the Mormon Elders were not permitted to preach the gospel on the reservation. The Indians got permission to go on a hunt for their winter meat. Instead of going on the hunt, they traveled almost day and night, arriving on a Saturday afternoon to tell Isaac Zundel what they had come for. He and the missionaries killed a beef and took them several sacks of flour, which was a customary token of friendship. That evening they held outdoor meetings because the church house was not large enough for the group.
On Sunday afternoon they all assembled by the banks of the Bear River. After a short prayer meeting Bishop Zundel began by baptizing 30 people. Alex Hunsaker and Moroni Ward continued by baptizing 30 Indians apiece. Then 2 of them confirmed and 1 baptized until the ordinance work was completed on all 386 Indians. This was verified by Phebe Zundel Ward, the eldest daughter of Bishop Zundel. She goes on to say, “I can never begin to tell how we all felt. I never again expect to witness the heavenly spirit that was there. It seemed that the spirit of the Heavenly Lord was poured out in great abundance. It was wonderful. When all were baptized the Indians immediately broke camp and left for the reservation.”
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone
Spencer has hit his 20 month mark. He is loving Moyamba. The following is an excerpt from his last e-mail:
We have really been working hard and we for sure saw the benefits this week. We were walking to an
investigators house and just barley entered into the house when we heard wack wack wack! We ran outside to see what was going on and a guy was beating this black cobra with a long stick! He killed the thing then we got to go up to it and played around with this dead Cobra for a little while and got some cool pics! It’s crazy because if we would have been 1 minute later we would have been face to face with a black cobra. We also had an amazing baptism this week! We had a good opening service in the chapel and then we walked to the river. I was able to baptize Natasha and Elder Jones baptized Abdul and Ramatu. The spirit was so strong. It was so amazing to be able to watch them take the long journey towards baptism and finally reach the checkpoint, now we get to watch them progress to exaltation! It was an awesome experience baptizing in the river and to see the smiles on their faces as they came out of the water. The confirmation was just as spiritual! We also had a dang good sacrament turn out! So as you can see all is well here in Moyamba!
Spencer is doing great, baptisms, eating frogs, pet monkey, cobra killing, giving out CTR rings, and loving the people of Sierra Leone!
Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
Sister Ison is staying in Battle Ground for another transfer, sadly though she is losing Sister Perry. She has loved serving with Sister Perry and they have had great success! They have been teaching a set of triplets who are on date for baptism in July. They had 8 investigators to church on Sunday and are really seeing the fruits of their labors.
Sister Ison has been so grateful for families in the Battle Ground ward that are member missionaries. The Denfeld family set a goal to do a power week where they would have the missionaries teach a lesson or share a message every night for a week in their home with non-member friends of theirs or their kids. They surpassed that goal and it had reached almost a 3 week period before they left for vacation to Utah. We had the honor of getting to have this wonderful family visit us and attend the Mormon Miracle Pageant with our family and got to hear firsthand of the work of Sister Ison and Sister Perry! What a tender mercy for us! They are an incredible family who know the importance of being member missionaries and set the example of it. It is a great blessing to know wonderful families like them are wrapping their arms around our missionaries and helping them to hasten the work.
Here is a little bit of Sister Ison’s testimony from her email this week.
This week I studied a lot about Happiness! Happiness is a choice! We can choose Happiness! The gospel can and will make you happy if you let it! If you let the gospel of Jesus Christ change you then you will have pure joy! Having faith in Christ gives us hope and we are happy! Do we have any reason to not be happy? No of course not! Life is amazing! Do we make mistakes? Absolutely!! Are we perfect? Never! But the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy! I can testify of that! I have never been happier than I am now! I know that is true! I know that you are all sons and daughters of God and he loves you! I say this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, amen!
Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
This week we had a lot of activities as a mission! We went to the zoo as a mission, had a ward picnic and also had a huge helping hands service activity. A lot of fun things happened! Our investigator was able to come to the ward picnic, and had some fun, until it rained out. Then he got his wisdom teeth out the next day so he wasn’t able to come to church yesterday. I’m so glad that I don’t have wisdom teeth and never had to get them taken out! Seems painful. The service activity was really fun and pretty cool. Korea is such a great country but it is pretty dirty. We just went on the side of a back street and cleaned up all the trash we could see. It consisted of boxing gloves, a bowling ball, golf clubs, chairs and never ending bones. It was a lot of fun though. It really felt great to clean up the community and serve.
We also met to some guys yesterday at their office. One of them is named Sun, such a stud of a guy. He is a high school dropout, when he was 29, he left for America and stayed there for a long time. Also lived in China and Brazil. He has the deepest voice in the world and is one of the most fluent at English I have heard, he sounds like a black guy straight out of the Bronx. It’s been really awesome to talk with him and hear his views. His boss doesn’t speak English so we talk with him in Korean. They became investigators last night and we are planning to go out for dinner and talk about the Restoration next Saturday. Life here in Korea is great. I’m still Zone Leader, it’s been about 6 months, so we are giving a training at zone conference on Wednesday about Obedience. Should be fun! Probably will be my last training. The zone conference will be on a mountain, excited for a pretty spiritual experience.
I love you all a lot. The work of the Lord is moving along, a lot of miracles happening every day. I have been keeping a notebook to record all of my inspiration and revelation for me and my investigators and it’s so cool how much the Lord really wants to guide us in our lives. That is something I learned this week. Listen to President Nelson’s talk again on revelation from last general conference – it is truly inspired!
July 1st – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 23: The Lord Be Between Thee and Me For Ever, Relief Society: How can we prioritize our different responsibilities?, Priesthood – Council Meeting
July 15th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 25: Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord, Relief Society: Meek and Lowly of Heart By Elder David A. Bednar, Priesthood: April General Conference Message
July 29th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 27: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders, Relief Society & Priesthood: Message by the Bishopric