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.

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

Families and Christ

Hello our beautiful ward family! We are so grateful to have moved to the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward area in June!

We moved here from West Valley, UT. Before that we lived in California where Wes was learning Mandarin Chinese for the military. And before that we lived in different locations in West Valley, Midvale and Sandy. We have moved more than 10 times since getting married in 2002!

We are enjoying getting to know our new ward and neighborhood friends! We would like to introduce you to our family. Wes and I both grew up in Sandy, UT, but we didn’t meet each other until attending Snow College in 2000. We both feel very blessed to have found each other, and have enjoyed our lives together so far! Wes is currently a federal police officer. I have been a stay at home mom most of our married life, and I am so grateful for this blessing! It has allowed me to serve and help at the schools and in our neighborhoods.

We have four amazing children who are always teaching us new things and testing our patience! Bradley is almost 15. He loves to play the cello and is a very analytical thinker. He is always coming up with new ideas and questions that we can’t seem to grasp! Connor is 13 and is such a loving and positive person. He loves to read and is looking forward to high school so he can be in the drama program there! Halley is 10 and is our only girl. She loves to color and play the piano, and she is very organized and methodical in everything she does! Dallinis our baby. (Don’t tell him I said that.) He turned 8 in August, and seeing him get baptized was such a beautiful and special time for us. He loves to play with cars and transformers and dinosaurs of any sort. We love our children so much and tell all of them all the time that they are our favorites.

As we reflect on Christ, particularly at this time of year, we are so grateful for all that He has done for our family. We have truly felt the love of Christ in all the things we have accomplished and even through all the tough times we have gone through. HE IS THE SAVIOR AND REDEEMER OF ALL MANKIND. We know that He lived and suffered and died for us. One of the things I have been most grateful for throughout all my life is the knowledge I have that He suffered,not only for my sins, but for all the pain, suffering, stress, tears, and loneliness I have ever felt. One of my favorite words that describes the Savior is the Comforter. He can comfort and succor us through all our pains and sicknesses. (Alma 7:11-12)

We are thankful the Savior is part of our family and our lives. When we are doing what He asks of us, our family is blessed beyond measure. We can feel His love, and it strengthens our desire to serve Him and the people around us.

We wish you all a very wonderful and merry Christmas! May the light of the Savior shine in your lives and homes throughout this season and all year round!

Trisha Power

Sister Hafen – December 2018

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

Hola friends and family!!

The work here in Conci is awesome! We have been working hard and it has been so hot and humid here! We’ve been wearing our sombreros for some shade on our face every day.  Everybody gives us water with ice but it melts within 5 minutes of proselyting but it’s good while it lasts!!! I love missionary work and sometimes I just think to myself man I think I’m in the prime of my mission. I love the work, I love the people, and I really am just enjoying my life each day here in Paraguay!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I can say that I had a very different Thanksgiving! They don’t celebrate it out here but I did have some fun. We were in Redencion for Thanksgiving and we actually had the opportunity to help Liz Ramona and her family set up their nativity for Christmas! It was super sweet and fun because they are soooo creative! They had their glass pieces but then to make it pretty we climbed ladders and cut the flowers from the palm trees and had pieces of iron that we bent to make an arch and decorated it with the flowers. Then we dug up grass to put underneath and it turned out so beautiful! It was cool because Liz is our recent convert, we baptized her in September, but now we are teaching her parents and they’ve been progressing as a family with family prayer. It was so fun to do the nativity with them and for sure the kids of Redencion will have a little bit better Christmas.  They don’t have much but they are the sweetest people I know!

A funny thing that happened this week was the little girls in Redencion told me that Brinda, one of the girlies that are always in my pics, was playing a game and she was Hermana Hafen…. and she was teaching them on a piece of paper that we can’t drink coffee, beer, or do drugs haha I thought that was so cute and hey at least they are learning from us!!!!  The work in Conci is great! I can’t wait to see the miracles in December!

Thanks for all your prayers and support! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!

Con amor

Hermana Hafen

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Sister Ison – December 2018

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

She has been transferred to Chehalis and loves the newarea and her new companion Sister James. They are teaching a cute 9 year old girl who is so close to baptism. 

She is still serving as a Sister training leader and loves the challenges that brings and the opportunities to serve with so many other missionaries.  Here’s a little tidbit from her email

Now of course I need to talk about being thankful because Thanksgiving is in about 2 days! I am so ETERNALLY GRATEFUL for this opportunity that I have to be a servant of the Lord for 18 months! I am grateful for eternal families because my family means so much to me! I am forever grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. If I have come to learn and know anything so far it’s the enabling power of the atonement, I’ve seen it in my life and in the lives of those weteach! I am grateful to know that my savior Jesus Christ loves me for me and knows me and that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me! I am grateful to know each one of you because you have each blessed my life in some way and helped me become the person that I am! I love you all so much and I ask that you will be able to remember what you are grateful for and remember what our savior Jesus Christ has done for us all! I love you and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Alma 26:8 Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.

 Kristie Ison

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Elder Johansen – December 2018

Colombia Bogotá North Mission Office Address: Calle 72 # 10-07 Oficina 1005 Edificio Liberty Seguros Bogota, Cundinamarca Colombia

He is loving Columbia and already complaining that the past 12 weeks have gone way too fast. Last week he had his first baptism and a great spiritual experience with the gift of tongues.  He said things he wasn’t sure what they were or why he said them. Later his companion said his Spanish was perfect.  He was a little sad that his Thanksgiving Day would probably be spent eating rice and fried bananas.  Poor kid he loves mashed potatoes. 

He loves the people and already thinks of them as family.

Donnell Johansen

Elder Olson – December 2018

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

Kia Ora, Whanau!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Here we didn’t do much, but a member gave us some apple pie. I haven’t seen any turkey for sale here, and everyone thinks pumpkins belong in soup, so most traditional foods have been hard to find.However, we are still being fed heaps, so all’s good. One of the members in our ward LOVES A&W root beer, so whenever we stop by, he gives us each one,because you can’t find it easily here.

This week we were able to do a lot of teaching, which was really cool. We are teaching a guy who was referred by his friend in Aussie. He is such a cool guy, and he is progressing really well. We went over to check on his reading, and we ended up having an hour long discussion about prayer,baptism, and life in general. He asked us one day “Have either of yous ever heard of Snow College?” I was like “Yes, I am going there when I get home.” He got really excited, and told me that the friend who referred him has a son playing football there this fall. LIT! Everyone, keep an eye out for a 6’8″ guy from Aussie. If you see him, tell him I am teaching his dad’s friend.

Spiritual Thought: The MTC President’s Wife, Sister Howse,said something in her last email. She talked about a “24 Hour Missionary,” and I think the same thing applies to us as members. Each of us needs to be a representative of Christ and His Church all day, every day.

With Christmas coming up, I encourage all of yous to focus on the true meaning, and to participate in the Light The World Campaign this year. Good luck, and have a great week!

Ka Kite

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – December 2018

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

Things have been going well here. We finally got some of our people we’re teaching to church yesterday. Only one of them stayed for the whole 3 hours, but it was good to finally get them there. We also had a church tour on Saturday night that went really well.

I’ve been trying to read the New Testament from start to finish before the end of the year. It’s been really sweet reading it. I feel like Utah Mormon culture really over looks the Bible and some of the gems that are in there. I just read Romans chapter 8a few days ago, and I think that might be one of my favorite chapters out of the scriptures. If you get some time go give that a read.


My Facebook post the other day is of the Las Vegas temple. It’s meant to convey Romans 8:38-39.

For more details of my experiences, see this blog.

 Elder Walker

Bishopric – Gratitude

Fall is finally here!  With it came General Conference.  What a great opportunity to listen to divine messages.  I have a strong testimony that Russell M. Nelson is a prophet.  It will be interesting to see the changes implemented as we move to a new schedule at the beginning of 2019.

In addition to General Conference we got to listen to a missionary preparing to leave and a returning missionary.  They’re both amazing.  Good luck to both Kevin Johansen (headed to Cincinnati, Ohio) and Trent Seely (returning from California).

The theme for November is Gratitude.  A perfect fit for Thanksgiving, and contemplating the Savior’s birth in December.  I’m so thankful for the gospel, and for the members of the 4th Ward.  I hope you all have a wonderful month!

Bishopric 2nd Counselor Brother Walker

October 2018 Activities

On the 24th of October, the 4th Ward held their annual Fall Social and Cub Scout cake auction. Close to 200 ward members and neighbors attended the event, many in Halloween costumes. After the dinner, Ben Johansen auctioned off a dozen or more cakes and pies made by the wolf, bear and Webelos scouts…with parental supervision. Close to $475 was raised to fund the Scout day camp, Webelos woods, and Blue and Gold banquet. We would like to thank John and Sherene McClellan, our activities committee, Wes and Trish Power, our Cub and Asst. Cub masters, Ben Johansen, our Committee Chairman, all those who brought their favorite Soup and Chili dishes and Ed Staker who furnished his excellent apple cider. Also those who brought candy for our trunk or treat. To see more pictures of this event CLICK HERE.

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On Sunday the 21st, the 4th Ward held a Court of Honor for two fine young men. Preston Condie and Kevin Johansen.

Both received their Eagle award and we couldn’t be prouder. We would like to thank their Scout leaders, merit badge counselors, mentors, parents, and all who are involved in the Scouting program, for their efforts. Congratulations!

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Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson