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.

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

Elder Walker – February 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

He is doing well in Washington. He has recently been transferred to the center of the mission, Yakima. With his new companion, he says he’s “having the time of his life.” His new area is 17 miles from his last assignment and thus was given permission to return for a baptism of an investigator he taught. It’s his first experience of seeing the fruits of his labors, and he’s pretty excited. For more details of Elder Walker’s mission journey, see this blog.

Kami Walker

January

Welcome to January and a new year! Named after Janus, the Roman deity who is depicted with two contrasting faces representing the old and new, the past and future, endings and new beginnings, all of which relate to the outgoing year of 2018 and the incoming year 2019.

As we look back to the year 2018, we see a year where many new and exciting church policies have been implemented. We now have Ministering which replaced Visiting and Home teaching, High Priests which now meet with the Elders Quorum. A two hour block on Sundays to help facilitate home centered church supported gospel instruction and learning, supported through the “Come Follow Me” resource. Progression for children and youth in January, rather than on their birthday. Elimination of the Scouting program and the Manti and Castle Valley Pageant beginning in 2020 and the emphasis on the name of the Church, making certain we include the Saviors name when referencing His church, rather than just “Mormons”. I’m sure as the year 2019 progresses, we’ll see many more revelations pertaining to Church policy and to our personal salvation and exaltation. That is why it’s so important that we continue to listen to the still small voice that bears witness that the changes implemented are inspired and are revelations from the Lord, through His Prophet, for us. Also those promptings from the Spirit keep us on the Covenant Path that leads us back to our Heavenly Father.

Our theme for January is the Covenant Path, a phrase often used by our beloved Prophet and President of the Church, Russell M. Nelson. With so many church policy changes, one can’t help but think that the future holds some uncertainty. But as Elder Todd Christofferson recently stated, “We have no need to fear the future if we exercise gratitude for the blessings we share, be responsible for the choices we make in life, and have faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ”.

May we all find solace and peace of mind in recalling the words of the Old Testament Prophet Amos when he said “Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the Prophets.”

Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson

Love

Believe, Love, Do By Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“I am confident that our Heavenly Father’s arms are constantly extended, ever ready to embrace each one of us and say to each one with that quiet, piercing voice, ‘I love you.'”

—Paul E. Koelliker, April 2012 general conference

Sister Hafen – January 2019

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

Hermana Hafen is doing well!  She just hit her six month mark and said that time is going fast. We were able to Skype with her on Christmas and it was the best Christmas present ever! Here is the email she sent home on Christmas Day.

Feliz Navidad todos!!

  What a special Christmas week and day I’ve had in Paraguay! One that I will always remember!! Thank you all so much for all the emails and pictures and videos for Christmas, you guys are the best and my heart is full!

   To start off we had a Christmas activity Saturday for our zone, for all the wards in our zone, and for the people that we are teaching in the chapel in Limpio. Our district was assigned to do the animal balloons, so I overcame my fear of balloons and gained a new talent this week! Now I can work in the carnival and do animal balloons. I was making dogs, giraffes, and flowers. It was super fun and we lit big lanterns to finish off the night!

    So here in Paraguay they don’t really celebrate Christmas day the 25th as much as they celebrate the night before called “Noche buena” so we went to a member’s house and we had huge dinner and finished the night with a lot of fireworks! We were in our house pretty early but we could hear that everyone was up past 1 o’clock.

    Christmas was really special this year, I’ve never had a Christmas quite like this one. This Christmas was definitely not about the gifts for myself, it was about giving the best gift I could ever give to people! That is the gift of our Savior, the first gift of Christmas that keeps on giving today. The gift that Jesus Christ gives to people through his atonement, peace, love, strength, and most importantly forgiveness for all the errors we make in this life so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I love you all so much, and thank you for everything. I’m so grateful to spend a Christmas here in Paraguay with my family here and help them remember the birth of our Savior.

ROHAYHU!!!

Angie Hafen

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Sister Ison – January 2019

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

She is doing great and trying to soak up everything last minute of her time as a missionary. She was transferred 2 weeks ago to a small town called Scatter Creek. She is training a new missionary Sister Stevens from Clinton, Utah. She loves Sister James and loves the challenges of being a trainer.  She realizes how fast that her mission is coming to an end and is working hard to finish strong. She has a short 10 weeks left on her mission and although her family is excited for her to come home, she is struggling with the fact that it is that close, she loves being a missionary and would stay if her Mission President would allow it. I wanted to share this from her email this past week

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!   I hope you have all had the best time with family and friends! Most importantly I hope you are all focused on the Savior this season and what He has done for us!

  This week has been very good and hard at the same time! None the less how grateful I am to be with such amazing people this Christmas day! I am so excited for this time that I have to be on a mission and to be serving The Lord! Also I am so grateful for all of the missionaries that I get to be around this Christmas season!

  How I love this time of the year! I pray that you will each remember how much The Savior loves you and how because of His birth we have this opportunity to be here and to be able to return to our Father in heaven. I know that my Redeemer lives. I know Heavenly Father loves us! I know that as we remember The Savior today to celebrate his birth that we will feel more peace and joy because of Him. I love you all and I hope you know you are all so loved! Enjoy this time with loved ones and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Kristie Ison

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Sister Jorgensen – January 2019

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

Merry Christmas from Tennessee y’all! What a wonderful time of year it is for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! It has been an amazing experience being a missionary during this Christmas season. 

This week we had another musical tribute in Bartlett. It was so powerful and our recent convert, Lynn, was able to come. She was able to talk with our mission president for a few minutes after, she has been struggling a little bit lately but He told her to keep working towards the temple. He told her that no matter where Sister Boyle and I were that he would make sure we were there with her to go to the temple. I lost it. There is no greater joy than watching the gospel change people. Watching Lynn grow and gain a testimony and preparing her to go to the temple to do baptisms has been incredible. I’m so grateful to be a part of it! 

Thank you for all your love, support, prayers, letters and cards! I’m blessed with the best people! I feel so undeserving and unqualified to be here as a representative of Jesus Christ. I’ve never be more aware of all my weaknesses but I’ve never been happier. We can do all things with His help! 

Here is one of my favorite scriptures for the Christmas season: 

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

May we all take the journey to Bethlehem in our minds and hearts and remember the true meaning of CHRISTmas!

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – January 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another week has come and gone, and I finally got transferred. I am with Elder Smallman, down in a town called Rotorua, in the Fairy Springs ward. So far, things have gone pretty well. Rotorua is a big tourist place, so it is small but there are heaps of shops. There is a lot to do here, so I am pretty excited.

Spiritual Thought: This week, Alma 37:7 has been on my mind a lot. It says “And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” We as missionaries never do any one big thing. It consists of the little things we repeatedly do. It is the same in everything we undertake. If we focus on the small things we do, there is no need to worry about the big things.

It has finally stopped raining here, and we are getting some sunshine, which is a nice change. It may not be a White Christmas, but as we focus on Christ, that won’t matter.

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – January 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

We got to Skype with Elder Walker on Christmas day. It was a treasured hour! He is doing well, and the ward members are taking good care of him and his companion. They’ve enjoyed the festivities of the season and even found new people to teach. For more details of his journey see this blog.            

Kami Walker

Christ-mas

What a great time of year.  The Christmas season is upon us, and hopefully with some blessings from our Heavenly Father we will have some snow.  I love this time of year as we take time to be with family and friends and remember the things that are most important in our lives.  Jesus Christ is the focal point of our celebration, and what an opportunity it provides us to focus on improving our own Christ-like attributes.

On December 19th, we will celebrate Christmas as award.  We will have a ward dinner, with aplay provided by our primary children. Just like last year, Sister Christofferson will lead the primary children in a Christmas play.  With any luck, Santa Claus will come.  I’m also looking forward to December 23rd, when church will be Sacrament meeting.  We won’t have Sunday School or Priesthood/Relief Society that day. Sister Anderson will lead us through a program that will celebrate the birth of the Savior, through song and words. We encourage you to invite those that you minister to, your neighbors,and friends to come and celebrate Christmas with us by attending these two events. 

Other items of interest that occurred in this past month,Spencer Applegarth gave his report on his mission to Sierra Leone.  We are excited to have Spencer back and are grateful for the opportunities he had as a missionary.  Sister Dorothy Walters passed away.  She was a great woman and will be missed by all.  We appreciated her service as the ward librarian.  We pass our condolences to her family.  This month Dayton Talbot will return from his missionary service to the Port of Spain.  He will report on his mission on December 16.  I look forward to the spirit that he will bring to that meeting. 

This Christmas we have eight full time missionaries that will be looking forward to a call from their family.  This includes Sister Jentry Ison, Elder Ryker Erickson, Sister Mariah Hafen, Sister Natalie Jorgensen, Elder Trevor Olson,Elder Josh Walker, Elder Brenton Johansen, and Elder Kevin Johansen.  We are so grateful for these young men and young women.  We pray for them and their families as they continue their service to our Heavenly Father. 

During Thanksgiving, I spent time with my family.  My niece kept using the saying “full send”.  I had never heard that and it is obviously a generational thing.  So I asked her to define what that meant. After much discussion back and forth, my interpretation is that it means”All in” in other words you do something with everything you have got.  As a ward this Christmas season, I Pray that we are “All in” or “full send” or whatever saying you want to use to express dedicating everything we have to making Mount Pleasant a little better, to improving our families, ourselves, and the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward.

Merry Christmas

Bishop Applegarth