New Year Changes

Starting on January 6th the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward will be meeting on Sundays at 9am for only 2 hours.

All youth will be moving classes as an age group. So if a child is turning 12 any time during the 2019 year they will not attend primary but will go directly into Young Mens or Young Womens after Sacrament meeting. Young Men that will be eligible to move forward in the priesthood(ie will be 12, 14, or 16 anytime in the year 2019) can be interviewed and subsequently ordained at any time.

2nd hour classes will rotate between Sunday School (studding the new Testament) and Relief Society/Elders Quorum. Sunday School will be the 1st and 3rd weeks, with RS/EQ on the 2nd and 4th weeks. Any 5th weeks will be combined under the direction of the Bishopric.

Bishopric – April 2019

Welcome to April! I’m sure we’re all glad to see March and the end of winter in our rear view mirror. We’ve certainly had our share of snow and cold weather but are all grateful for the precipitation we have received.  Our gardens and fruit trees should bear a bumper crop.  On the missionary front, we are glad to have Jentry Ison home from her mission in Vancouver, Washington and are excited that Wyatt Ison received a mission call to Yakima, Washington. Elder Ison will enter the field on July 24th. Kristi Jo needs a revolving door in her home to handle the comings and goings of her full time missionaries. We know the Lord will continue to bless Sister Ison and her family for their dedicated service.

March also brought us three new babies. Drew and Candalyn Jorgensen had a baby girl, names Tenley Ruth, Kyler and Kiersten Wheeler had a Baby girl named Landree Bree and Shaun and Jaycee Seely had a baby boy named Jed Shaun. Shaun and Jaycee are closing on a house in Fountain Green and will soon be leaving our Ward.  We will miss them and are grateful for all the service they’ve given in the short time they’ve been here.

The Bishopric and the Stake Presidency wish to thank the members of the 4th Ward for their efforts in Indexing names and also thank our Temple and Family History specialists for their willingness to help us all in learning how to Index. Through your efforts, our Ward went from 800 names indexed in the entire year of 2018 to almost 15,000 names indexed through the first 3 months of 2019!  Our Stake Presidency has set a Stake goal of 650,000 names for the year, so we have lots to do. We encourage everyone, if you haven’t done so, to call Steven and Candice Sanders, or Julie Jorgensen, or one of our other specialists to help you register on Family Search and begin to Index names, in preparation for submitting them to the Temple.  Brothers and Sisters, we truly are witnessing the fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers.

May we all enjoy the upcoming General Conference as we gather our families together and “Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice”.

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Keeper of the Stuff

Over the past years as I have taught the Family History class I ask the class to identify “who is the keeper of the stuff?”  You know the one.  The Aunt, Uncle, Mother, or Sister who has shoe boxes, manila envelopes, drawers, and closets stuffed with treasures of life’s memories.  They have all the family wedding announcements, newspaper articles, obituaries, and notes on the family reunion.  These people are invaluable to our family trees.  Most likely they will have dates and information you are looking for to solve one of your family history mysteries.

I once had a dear sister ask me for help with family History.  I said to her, “bring me what you have and we will start from there.”  Well she did.  It was three moving boxes of STUFF packed in so tight.  She informed me there was more like this at home but we could start with these. Yikes!

Thankfully the Church has provided a way to share our “stuff” with other family members all over the world so all can benefit.  Familysearch.org captures these lovingly preserved memories by uploading them to the site.  Scanning photos, documents, and voice recordings.  Uploading allows all family descendants to share their heritage.  What a great way of preserving our own histories.

My Husband Steve never had heard his grandfather’s voice until we discovered someone in his family uploaded a voice recording of his grandfather on family search.  What a wonderful feeling.  You could hear his aged German accent.  Steve felt closer to his grandfather and like he knew him just a bit better.

To see what memories are preserved for your family tree:

  1. Log into familysearch.org
  2. Click the memories tab at the top of the page
  3. Go to people

From here you will see anything uploaded by your family.  You can also search by name.

To Upload a memory to Family search:

  1. Select the person in your tree to add the memory.
  2. Go to the persons profile page. (This is the page that has details about their life.)
  3. Click memories on the toolbar located under their name.
  4. Follow the directions to upload a picture, document, story, or voice recording.

If you need assistance with digitizing or uploading a memory contact a family History consultant.

If you are the “Keeper of the Stuff” (and you know who you are), there is a better way than the shoe box. Happy researching!

MONTH OF MARCH HIGH INDEXERS

As a Stake and a Ward we are wanting to increase our activity with indexing records.  February many are indexing.  We have 30 ward members this month who have indexed records.  For the month of March, the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward has indexed 6395 records! (We are up from last month by 1,865)  If you would like to learn how to index please get in touch with one of the Family History consultants. Angie Jorgensen, Pam and Kevin Allen, Anamarie Jessee, Candice Sanders.  We would love to help you out.

  • Over 200 records indexed: Anita Hill, Barbara Honey, Crystal Bailey, Matt Anderson
  • Over 300 records indexed: Anamarie Jessee
  • Over 500 records indexed: Ann Jeanette Olson, Sue Johansen
  • Over 700 records indexed: Molly Hansen
  • Over 800 records indexed: Gary Hill
  • Over 500 records indexed: Angie Jorgensen
  • Top indexer for the month of March: Elin Brotherson (1181 names)

Thank you to all indexers!

Sister Candice Sanders

Sister Hafen – April 2019

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

Hermana Mariah Hafen is doing well! She has been serving for 9 months now which means she is half way done with her mission. She said that the time is going by way too fast and that she is just trying to enjoy every minute of it. She has been called to be a trainer and is training a Sister from Spanish Fork UT. She was very excited for this opportunity and also said that she hadn’t spoken any English in months so she was happy to be able to converse with Sister Taylor in English and Spanish. Here is a little bit of what she has written home in the last few weeks:

Angie Hafen

Another week has flown by so quickly and this week we have had sooo much rain!!! It’s rained for like 4 days straight including Sunday morning which is the worst nightmare for a missionary in Paraguay!  We have seen some miracles this week for sure, and we have had fun working hard in the rain, even though it’s a little harder, if we show Heavenly Father we are obedient and have faith to work in the rain, he always blesses us with somebody! Sometimes we would be walking past a little section where we teach a lot and all the little kids would be outside laughing at us walking in the rain. They would tell us to swim, so it was fun!
Other good news! Hermano Baldomero that is 86 years old got baptized this Sunday and he’s literally my favorite person ever! He has just cracked us up this week. We went to visit him on Tuesday and the first thing he said to us was I need to bring my towel this Sunday right?  He also told us that he doesn’t have fear of water!  He has literally sacrificed so much. During one of our lessons this week, his daughter came over to yell at us, but he told her to leave, and that he’s not doing anything wrong. He is following Jesus Christ and his church. But he literally will be so blessed I know it. And his favorite lesson that we have taught him is the Word of Wisdom, he’s told us that he’s read the folleto 3 times after we taught him because his salud is very important to him, and he threw away all of his tea! He’s such a pure sole, and the spirit is definitely teaching him and helping him with his conversion. After he was baptized and came out of the water he had the biggest smile on his face. Then we prepared a special musical number in guanani for him with the elders! Never thought I would sing in public or in guanani but he loved it!
Also we have been praying for a lot for service opportunities and yesterday we got to do 3 hours of washing clothes in the middle of the day but i loved it because we have been teaching their family and we were able to show them that we are really there to help them. They kept asking why are you doing this?  We told them it’s because we love them!  It was a very humbling experience, to wash that many clothes because that’s what they do, they don’t know anything else, but I loved serving them!
Anyways I love the mission and I Love the calling I have to be a missionary, a representative of Jesus Christ! I’ve seen so many milagros every week! I love Paraguay so much and the people they’re the best!! I’ve learned so much from them, and what happiness really is!

Love you all y Che ROHAYHU

Hermana Hafen

Sister Jorgensen – April 2019

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

Hello y’all. I made it safely to good ole Arkansas, as we pulled in all that I could think was whoa this is so different. Everything just looks and feels so different. And there’s still no mountains … darn 😉

Some fun facts about Searcy!

  • Searcy is home of Harding Univeristy a Church of Christ College
  • our church is on Skyline Drive Haha funny (for those of you back home that know 1 of my favorite places 😉 )

Sister Gubler is from Wellsville Utah and she’s just the greatest. We’ve definitely laughed our way through this 1st week. It’s been so weird but so fun neither of us knowing anything about anything. It’s real weird starting back at square 1.

The people are so humble and prepared here. We knocked this door and just simply invited this girl to church. We talked to her for a second and her older sister and mom ending up coming to the door and taking also. They all said they wanted to come to church and they were actually looking for a church. We went there Sunday morning and they followed us to church! So cool, neither one of us had ever had that happen!

Sister Gubler and I are the proud owners of a 2018 Rouge we feel like such moms well more like grandmas. We are over 5 sets of sisters so 10 sisters. And 3 of those sisters are brand new! I’m excited to get to know them and go on exchanges with them!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve as a missionary. I learn so much each day! My testimony & heart grow a million times a minute.

My new address is: 512 Walrose Circle Searcy, AR 72143

Thanks for all your love support and prayers it means the world! Have a blessed week!

Love, Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – April 2019

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

Kia Ora, whanau! I hope all of you have had a great past week. Time really seems to be flying here in New Zealand. Elder Kupu and I saw a lot of great things happen this past week. We saw three people get baptized on Saturday, two of which we were teaching. The first was a man named John Lowe. He is an incredible guy. He has met with missionaries on and off for about three to four years. We had a couple really great lessons with him, and he agreed to be baptized. This was great and all, but he had agreed to be baptized before, and we wanted to make sure he didn’t fall through. Long story short, he didn’t. He is a big guy, so when he got baptized, he had to sit down, with just his head above the water. Elder Kupu just had to kinda roll him backward. He almost didn’t go under, but he got him.

The second person baptized was a woman named Fallyn. She is very similar to John in that she had been set for baptism in the past. She had been set about three or four times, but every time had fallen through, usually due to issues with the commandments. She finally got herself right, and was baptized three weeks after the first lesson.

Spiritual Thought: This week was crazy. We had so much to do to make sure these people went through. The day of the baptism, however, I felt mostly calm. I kept thinking of a scripture, D&C 38:30. In it, it says “but if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” Because my companion and I took the time to prepare for this event, we had very little fear the day of the baptism. Is there anything in your lives you haven’t prepared for? Is there anything you are procrastinating? If so, remember this scripture. Remember if we fail to prepare, we prepare to fail.

Time is continuing to move forward, faster and faster. Remember these times. Look forward for tomorrow, but live in the moment. Make good decisions now. Prepare now. Love life now.

Ofa Atu, Elder Olson

Missionary Work

We are grateful for the many blessings we have received in the Mount Pleasant fourth ward.  During February we heard from many of our missionary moms.  Families whose sons or daughters are serving a full-time mission.  I loved the talks and testimonies that were shared.  Service and Sacrifice seem to be the tools that get us closer to our Heavenly Father.  I believe these two tools make us more aware of the atonement of Jesus Christ.  As we become more aware of the atonement, we are much more likely to utilize the atonement more fully in our lives.  To reap the ultimate benefit of forgiveness, improvement, progression.  This is the message that seemed to be universal as each mother spoke of her missionary. 

This month we are excited to welcome Sister Jentry Ison home from her service as a full-time missionary to the people in the Vancouver Washington mission.  I have enjoyed the emails Sister Ison has shared.  It is obvious to me that she has really focused on serving Heavenly Father.  She is a great example to me and I’m really excited to hear her report on March 10th

Wyatt (Bubba) Ison has submitted his papers for his mission.  With mission calls being emailed instead of mailed to the missionary, I would expect that we will know where Bubba will be going soon.  I’m excited for Bubba and know that he will be awesome.  He will join the ranks of an amazing missionary army.  I’m particularly proud of the 8 missionaries that we have serving from our ward. 

The theme this month for sacrament meeting is love thy neighbor.  I have so many examples in my life of loving thy neighbor.  The eight missionaries that I just mentioned are a great example.  All of you have been so good to me and my family.  I can’t express how much of an impact your service and love has on me.  I love the direction that President Nelson and the leadership of the church are taking us.  I love the idea of “Ministering”, or creating an authentic opportunity for each of us to serve.  To truly Love our Neighbor.  I love how the Lord gives us callings, again, giving us opportunities to Love our Neighbor.  I’m grateful for the sense of community that we enjoy in Mount Pleasant, another authentic opportunity to Love our Neighbor. 

March 17th, we will have ward conference.  In preparation for ward conference, we will have a temple night on March 14th.  I’m grateful for the leadership we have in this stake.  President Jorgensen is such a good example of service.  I look forward to spending some time with our stake leadership.

I’m grateful for the blessings that we enjoy.  I’m grateful for Jesus Christ.  For his atoning sacrifice.  For the gospel of Jesus Christ that was restored through Joseph Smith.  I’m grateful for President Nelson and know that he is a Prophet of God.  I’m grateful for all of the members of the Mount Pleasant Fourth ward.  I hope that each of us has an enjoyable month of March.

Bishop Applegarth

Temple & Indexing work

I was recently reflecting back at a time I was a missionary serving in the England London Mission. I was training Elder Roberts a new missionary from South Africa. In England, at that time, we watched general conference on video one week later. As we were watching conference at the stake center it was announced that there would be a temple built in Johannesburg South Africa. Elder Roberts jumped for joy and almost couldn’t contain himself! (The only other time I saw him do this was when he saw snow for the first time.) At that time South Africa was in the London Temple district.  Very few people ever got to receive the blessings of the temple.  He told me most people, if they could afford the trip, would fly to Sao Paulo Brazil because it was a cheaper plane ticket.

We are very blessed to live so close to the Manti Temple. It is a beautiful temple and I have been blessed to work there every Tuesday morning for the last three years. I would like to invite all of you who can to make a goal to attend the temple at least once a month and for those who have more time to attend at least once a week. I see people at the temple week after week every Tuesday morning. They love it! They bring their family names and do all the work for them. They feel closer to their ancestors, but more importantly they feel closer to the Lord.

I know you will be blessed for your efforts to do family history work and attend the Temple.

Brother Steve Sanders

As a Stake and a Ward we are wanting to increase our activity with indexing records.  During February many of us were indexing.  We had 45 ward members this month who have indexed records. As a group, the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward had 4530 records indexed in February! Compared to January, when we did 1812 records, this is amazing.  Keep it up! We so appreciate all of you that are indexing.  If you would like to learn how to index please get in touch with one of the Family History consultants: Angie Jorgensen, Pam and Kevin Allen, Anamarie Jessee, and Candice Sanders.  We would love to help you out.

Sister Candice Sanders

MONTH OF FEBRUARY HIGH INDEXERS

Over 300 records indexed: Amy Broadhead Jorgensen, Anamarie Jessee, Todd Jorgensen

Over 400 records indexed: Barbara Honey, Crystal Bailey

Over 500 records indexed: Graham Jessee, Molly Hansen

Top indexer for the month of February: Angie Jorgensen (1004 names)

Sister Ison – March 2019

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

Sister Ison returns home next week on March 5th and will give her homecoming remarks on Sunday the 10th.   She has absolutely loved serving her Father in Heaven and Savior in the Washington Vancouver Mission.   We have been so blessed as a family by her example of faithful service and we are excited to get her home. 

Here is her final email and testimony that I would like to share with the ward.

Wow…..I can’t believe that this is my last email. How much I have loved my mission. I don’t even know where to begin.

Although I will have to go soon I want to testify to you of the things I have learned on my mission. 

Jesus Christ lives, the tomb is empty and he loves us. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for us. He knows exactly how we feel in every single moment. I have experienced so many moments on my mission where I have felt The Saviors atoning love and sacrifice for me. He knows that we want to return to our Heavenly Home to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. He is always with us walking side by side, I have felt that physically. HE LIVES! 

Heavenly Father loves us and he wants us to return to Him. He is the father of our spirits and has a plan for each of us to return to Him. Yes, life is hard but He wants us to return to Him. He knows the choices we will make and He loves us as well and wants us to return to Him.

The Book of Mormon is the fullness of the gospel back on the earth again restored by the prophet Joseph Smith who is a man called of God! I have been able to receive my own testimony of the Book of Mormon in my life. It is true, it is real, and it changes lives. 

Lastly, families are eternal! We have the opportunity to return to live with our families and God and Jesus Christ for all eternity. I will miss my family here in Washington so much. I will miss them very, very much, but I am also ready to come home to my family. I love them. I know they are always here for me. I love this mission and it is the best thing I’ve ever done. It is something that has made me more of the person God and Jesus Christ needed me to be. I love and appreciate you all very much. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Kristie Ison

Thoughts from Bishopric – February 2019

February is here! January was a great start to a great 2019.  Much needed snow, new Church programs… We’re truly being blessed. We’ve started with the new block schedule and curriculum on Sundays.  We appreciate everybody’s patience as we work everything out. We can already see the inspiration behind the change. Great things are coming. How wonderful it is to see the Lord directing His Church through His Prophet.

In January we heard talks about the Covenant Path. We heard how two of our missionaries, Elder Walker and Elder Olson, are sharing their own journeys along that path with the people in their missions. Brother Peel from the High Council also helped inspire us to keep on the Covenant Path. There have been changes in Temple and Family History in the Stake happening too. We are working to be more in line with the idea of ‘Home Centered’ and ‘Church Supported’ as we’re looking at ways to help more members catch the vision of this great work in their own homes.

The new theme for February is Missionary Work and we’ll have the opportunity to hear from more of the families of our serving missionaries. I love this quote from Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita of the Seventy, a convert to the Church, as he speaks about our full time missionaries – though I think it can apply to each of us as we strive to be member missionaries.

“Your message is a message of love, a message of hope, and a message of faith. Your attitude and your actions invite the Spirit, and the Spirit enables us to understand the things that are important. What I want to convey to you is that through your love, you are imparting the love of God. You are a treasure of this Church. I am so very thankful to all of you for your sacrifice and your dedication.” -Elder Yamashita

May the Lord bless us all as we continue to progress this year.

Brother Walker 2nd Counselor

Missionary Work

The Lord has declared that missionary work is the responsibility of all who follow Him. Members of the Lord’s Church can, by the goodness of their lives and the strength of their testimonies, share the gospel message and help prepare family members, friends, and other acquaintances who are not Latter-day Saints to be taught by the full-time missionaries.

When we experience the blessings of gospel living, we naturally want to share those blessings with others. The Lord spoke of the joy that comes into our lives when we share His gospel:

“If it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” (D&C 18:15) …

Missionary work also includes helping and supporting those who join the Church. As instructed by President Gordon B. Hinckley, each new member of the Church needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with “the good word of God” (Moroni 6:4)

lds.org/topics/missionary-work

“[The work of salvation] would include the gathering of Israel through temple and family history work, working with families and individuals in need, and helping the missionaries to bring souls to Jesus Christ.”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband(April 2018): Behold! A Royal Army

Thomas S. Monson(April 1995): That All May Hear

What is Indexing

Happy New Year, 4th ward family. As temple and family history consultants, we want to put out some information each month to you as the 4th ward. This month, we will focus on indexing.

Some will ask, “What is indexing and why should we be indexing?” There is a great article in the December 2018 ensign about indexing. It tell us that “Indexing is a process that helps us organize that data contained in many kinds of records”. There are many kinds of records to choose from birth, death, immigration, military, deed, probate, and so on. Indexing makes records available and searchable. The indexing process now transforms the information into digital format, and searches that used to take hours, days or even years, now can be accomplished in seconds.

Millions of searchable names are added to Family Search through indexing efforts. It is the main source of new information added the system, ready to be utilized by the system. Maybe you have tried indexing in the past, but now it is so much easier, and there is an incredible array of help available online. You can choose the difficulty level that you want, and there is now what they call a “Quick batch” that can be completed in as little as 5 minutes when you don’t have much time, and are great for younger indexers. Our 9 and 8 year old granddaughters love to help index. It is a great project for all the family to be involved in. We have instituted an indexing challenge in our family this year.

Never has service been so easy or convenient. You can help build the kingdom as you serve at home, even in your pajamas. In just a few clicks of the computer mouse the blessings of temple and family history work can begin to flow into your life.

We as temple and family history consultants would love to be invited into your home to get you started. Give us a call and we would love to help with indexing or temple and family history work.  

Let us each put our “shoulder to the wheel and push along”.

 Angie Jorgensen

Sister Ison – February 2019

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

I can’t think of a better topic for the month than Missionary work!  And that’s probably because my missionary is in the home stretch.  Sister Ison just started her last transfer of her mission.  She will be returning home on March 5th and will give her homecoming talk on March 10th.  And although we are overjoyed at the thought of her coming home in 6 weeks she doesn’t quite share our enthusiasm… these are her words to us in her email this week.

Well this is my last 6 weeks, only 42 days left and as much as I love all of you I DO NOT want to come home. My heart aches because I love my mission and I don’t want to leave I have come to learn so many things but enough of that I still have 6 weeks! …

First off James got baptized this last Saturday! I taught him in Chehalis and I’m so excited and proud of James! He has come a long way and I just love him and his family! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I’ve been to! I love seeing people change and making promises and receiving blessings because of their decision!

So this is obviously a hard time for Sister Ison as she prepares to leave the people and places she has loved and served in the Vancouver Washington mission. I also had to give her the news of a childhood friend’s untimely passing which was hard for her but I loved the testimony she shared at the end of her email about eternal families and I thought that I would share those thoughts with you.

Now I want to testify of eternal families. When we are committed to keeping our covenants and we go to the temple and take the sacrament we will be with our families for eternity. Most from back home know about Dallin and his passing and I wholeheartedly know that because his parents keep their covenants they will be together forever, for eternity and beyond. The Gospel is for everyone and because of him and what our Savior did for us, it is for everyone, always and forever. He is the Sweet Redeemer of our souls.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and this is his mission not mine. I testify that God loves us and wants us to return to him and that because of our Savior Jesus Christ who loves us so much we will return to him! I love you all and I know that this work will help others be together for eternity and beyond! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen!

We will probably get one more newsletter to report on Sister Ison since it will be right at the first of March but as you can tell it is bittersweet for our missionaries as the end draws near for them.                   

Kristie Ison

Sister Jorgensen – February 2019

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

Hello y’all and happy New Year! This week just got better and better . It doesn’t get better than being a disciple of Jesus Christ! There were so many miracles and so many people placed in our path that we were able to share the restored gospel with!

One of my favorites was on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday were both really nice days- 65 degrees! Blessed! Sunday we were headed home a little earlier than normal to finish some weekly planning we didn’t have time to do on Friday. We were almost home and out of the corner of my eye I see someone sitting on the curb of the parking lot with their head down. I pull over and we go over to her. We sat down on the asphalt in the parking lot and started talking to her. Angela has had a rough go lately and pulled over to just think and cry for a minute. 

She really started to open up to us as we asked her if she was looking for peace, truth, and happiness. She said she was searching for something. We were able to teach her the restoration and invite her to be baptized once she knows it’s true, and she said yes! She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon said she would read a chapter and we are meeting with her again tonight! As we sat in that parking lot talking to a stranger I thought to myself when else in my life would I ever or have I ever been so focused on helping others, “feeding His sheep”, and bringing them TRUE happiness? It made me so grateful that I get to do this EVERY SINGLE DAY! As we sat and talked with Angela my heart ached for her; but in the short amount of time I felt such a connection to her and felt such a small portion of the love our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us.

I’ve loved being able to change my perspective on so many different things as a missionary but one of my favorites has definitely been seeing people as the Savior does and loving them as He does and would! Being able to feel a small portion of the love the Savior has for the people here has been incredible.

I would invite y’all to more fully see people the way Christ does and to love and care for His sheep the way He would if He was here. It starts with the smallest of things a smile, hug, or compliment can mean more than you’ll ever know.

Have a blessed week!
Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – February 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another interesting week has gone down in Rotorua. We were visiting a less active family on Sunday, and the Young Men’s President showed up to help split some firewood. He started looking for these little grubs that grow in the wood. He found one, and showed us all. He then started joking with us about eating them. We all thought he was kidding, but then he popped it in and ATE IT. He told us if he found any more we would be eating them. He did find two more really little ones. They were a little bit shorter than the fingernail on my pinkie. My comp and I both popped them in. I kind of just swallowed it. It didn’t taste like much. I was glad I ate a little one, because the next one he found was as big as my thumb. No one decided to eat that one.

Spiritual Thought: A favorite scripture of mine is Moroni 7:37. It talks about how by faith, miracles are wrought. I have seen that on the mission in having faith to find. This week we found a lot of people out of pure inspiration. I know God can do mighty things if you have mighty faith.

I hit my 6-month mark. It feels weird to be out that long. Time has flown. I hope your time has been good to you. It has definitely been good to me. I hope all of you have a great month.

Ka Kite,
Elder Olson