-Den meetings will be held as needed during the summer. Your den leader will contact you.
-No pack meeting in July. Our next pack meeting will be August 20 @ 6:00 PM at the Power Plant Park.
-Den meetings will be held as needed during the summer. Your den leader will contact you.
-No pack meeting in July. Our next pack meeting will be August 20 @ 6:00 PM at the Power Plant Park.
Welcome to July! It’s hard to believe the year is half over. As the poet laureate and songwriter Louis Armstrong noted, “So Much to do and so Little Time”.
We had several families move into our Ward in June. The Taulapapa family and the Rosenlof family are new in the area. Ty and Abby Kennedy are back in our Ward along with Emma Kennedy, who is serving a mission in Portland, Oregon. The Whippy family has returned to our area and we’re happy to have them back and Sister Karen Colby is living on Main Street. We’re excited to have them here and hope they enjoy their stay in the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward.
The theme for July is “Our Pioneer Heritage”. Elder Dallin Oaks in his talk “Following the Pioneers” said the foremost quality of our Pioneers was faith. With faith in God, they did what every Pioneer does, they stepped forward into the unknown. A new religion, a new land, and a new way of doing things. With faith in their leaders and in one another, they stood fast against opposition.
The Pioneer Monument in front of the Library depicts a statue of Faith, holding fast to the scriptures in one hand while the other points towards heaver, trusting in Providence to lead and protect… Whether we have a Pioneer heritage that stretches back 175 years or we are a recent convert, each of us is a beneficiary of their great undertaking and all of us enjoy the blessings of their efforts and sacrifice in settling this beautiful Sanpete Valley. “Honor, Praise and Veneration, to the founders, we revere. List our song of Adoration, Blessed Honored Pioneer.”
Finally, this Month, we will be pleased to hear from Wyatt Ison, who is leaving for the Yakima, Washington mission on July 24th and Amy Staker, who leaves for her Salem, Oregon mission on August 14th. That’s 10 Missionaries that will be serving from the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward. We are so grateful for their selfless service and know their families will be blessed for their tireless efforts. May we support and sustain our missionaries and their families and continue to remember them in our personal and family prayers.
Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson
“If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul — civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.”
“Religious liberty is essential if we are to raise up righteous children. Morally responsible families will not marginalize religious liberty, they will nurture and protect it.”
Russell M. Nelson
I was asked to share a family history story which had meaning to me and my family. The following is the rest of a journal entry from my father’s side which focuses on a story of an ancestor who learned the importance of FOLLOWING THE PROPHET over 174 years ago. Talitha Cumi Garlick’s Story part 2:
My husband sent for me. Charles Avery was hauling flour to Winter Quarters from where my husband took work, and he got Charles to take me down to where he was. This was July 1847.
On 3 September, my husband took very sick. We were not where we could get any elders to administer to him. We did not believe in doctors, but he got so bad we gave our consent for a doctor. He could not save him. He died on September 13, 1847, in Atchison County, Missouri, 12 miles south of Lindon. My son William was then 18 months old.
I was left among strangers. Not one of my folks were within 500 miles. My husband’s youngest brother was with us or I don’t know what I would have done. My little boy was very sick, too. He took sick the same day his father did. I would not give him any of the doctor’s medicine. He was sick for two months; but the Lord spared his life for a comfort to me.
On September 15th, my brother-in-law took me up to Bluffs, Kainsville to Charles Avery, my husband’s oldest brother. On October 15th my mother and brother and three of my sisters came. So I went and stayed with my mother till she started for the Valley in 1852.
I stayed another year with my brother-in-law, John F. Wakefield. He wanted me to stay with Susan, my sister, for she felt so bad to have us all go while she had to stay. John thought he could get ready by another year, but was disappointed for another year. He was no more ready than he was the year before.
So in 1853 I started to the Valley with Brother Jacob Biglar’s folks. We started June 10th in Daniel Miller’s Company and got to Salt Lake Valley September 10, 1853.
The grasshoppers had destroyed all the crops. When I got to the valley I went south as far as Springville. My mother and brother and three of my sisters were there. The people had moved in a fort or were making a fort. The Indians were troublesome. I lived with my brother, Joseph.
On February 15th I was married to Elam Cheney and sealed for time. I heard the law of Celestial Marriage taught, and I had read the Revelation on Celestial Marriage. I believe it was from God, and that I should obey this law. I had not been sealed to my (first) husband and I had but one child, so Elam Cheney was a good Latter-Day Saint and one [year] older than me. He was willing to take me for time.
When Talitha was born her father was looking for a name for her. He opened up his bible to the story of the healing of Jairus’s daughter and found the name Talitha Cumi – Mark 5:41, “And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”
Talitha had met the elders of the Mormon Church in Philadelphia when she was sixteen but she would not be baptized until Joseph Smith could baptize her – which he did in the Mississippi River.
Elam and Talitha’s marriage was solemnized February 13, 1855, in the Endowment House shortly after Talitha gave birth to Olive January 15, 1855. That same year grasshoppers took all the crops again, bread was very scarce. After the grasshoppers devoured Elam’s wheat, he planted corn on the same ground. He raised enough corn that could be used for bread so they did not do without.
He was always generous in dividing what he had with those that had none. The Lord blessed them that they did not suffer for want of bread.
This past week we officially started winter! It has been super-hot all week except for one day it was really cold but we really have been blessed here! We did a bunch of divisions this week and I was able to go on divisions with 3 Hermanas from Peru, and it was so fun, they’re all from different parts, so I am literally learning so much from them, and it’s fun to go see more parts of Paraguay!
Being here in my new area it has really helped me to appreciate the little blessings every day. Everyday there are good things, and you have to recognize them because if you don’t it can be hard. Being here, you for sure have to be obedient with exactness because we need all the help and all the miracles we can get here! The day I stayed in my area to do divisions, I was guided by the spirit to be able to get to places, by myself without being lost and we had 3 sit down lessons!!! Three sit down lessons is a new record for me in a day in this area, and we invited all 3 to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized and they all 3 accepted! I was super grateful, and happy with this miracle. We are learning how to work better, because I have learned that I can’t do the same things in this area as I have in my other areas. I have to work differently to have success because it’s different here. I’ve been reading in first Nephi, when Nephi broke his bow, and his family all started to murmur against the Lord , but Nephi didn’t murmur, what he did was find some different materials and built a new bow, did something different but had faith and was diligent. So that has helped me change my attitude around and I’m ready to see the miracles here in this area!
We have been teaching this guy named Enrique and he’s awesome! We can only teach him on Sundays but he took his Book of Mormon to work during the week and he’s looking forward to his baptism at the end of July. He is literally so humble, and always gives us pop whenever we go there, and is just so willing to share with us. If you could keep him in your prayers, he’s 70 years old and has been having back problems, he might get surgery.
Also we have been teaching the familia Lopez Arcel, and I love them with all my heart. There is the parents Claudia and Ismael, then they have 6 kids, and they are just awesome and are all praying and reading. They just haven’t been to church yet, that’s our struggle, but I’m excited, we are going to keep working with them, will you keep them in your prayers too??
This week I’m going to complete 1 year in the mission!!! I can’t believe it and I don’t even want to think about it, and I’m not going to because I still have a lot of things to do! Lots of people to help. I want to thank you all for your love and support, you guys are the best. I’m so blessed to have people that love me and are always there for me even if I’m far away. I’ve grown so much, and my eyes have been opened so much in the mission. I know that this gospel is what everyone needs in their lives and it blesses people. I know that our savior Jesus Christ is our example, our brother, our pastor, our savior, and that because of him we can be cleansed from our mistakes, feel his love because his atonement is sufficient for all. I know this is the church of Jesus Christ and that he is the one that guides it, and Heavenly father is a God of miracles. I just want to invite you all to prepare yourselves right now, and do something more every day, focus more on the gospel and live it! I’ve seen so much real happiness in my life from living the gospel, and I don’t ever want to change. I love you all and I love the mission so much! I love Paraguayyy!!!!
Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve wrote an email things have been crazy good here in Searcy I’ll attempt to write and tell yall about all the miracles I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of, bear with me!
This past Wednesday Miss Brenda was baptized. She’s waited a long time for this special day and was so excited to be a part of the Lords true church!
Saturday was another huge miracle Donald was also baptized. Donald has been such a miracle from day 1. We met him May 28th and a month later he was baptized. That man has such great faith and was so willing to give up bad habits and commit to do things to be a part of the Lords true church. He’s been baptized in just about every other church but in his words “it’s a blessing to be a part of the true church” we call him our “grandpa joe” and he calls us his granddaughters. He always says the most humble sincere prayers thanking Heavenly Father for us and that he found the truth. Where ever you find Donald you’ll find a cane in one hand and his Book of Mormon in the other 💛
We had a really cool miracle/funny story yesterday. We were headed to try a former before we had to get to the musical tribute practice. We are driving down this road and out of the corner of my eye I see a lady hanging up laundry. I don’t have that fast of reaction time but somehow I stopped the car I knew we needed to talk to her. I rolled down the window by that point we were awkwardly a little past her and of course right behind a tree but I told Sister Gubler to go for it to ask her if we could share a card. She said where are yall from? Are yall Mormons? We told her we were from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. She said I’ve been trying to meet with yall I want to join the church. I threw the car in park (in the middle of the road) we grabbed our sticks and went to talk to her. She went online 2 weeks previous to meet with missionaries she said that missionaries contacted her from Colorado but never came. Hmm weird but she went on to say she wants to learn and join the church! Such a miracle and testimony that the Lord is preparing so many people. We are so excited to work with Jamie!
Sunday night we also had a big musical tribute with a bunch of missionaries. It was all focused on the book of Mormon and Christ coming to the Americas. Wow I don’t know about yall but a chapel filled with over 50 missionaries singing and testifying of Christ is definitely a tear jerker. Grateful for the opportunity I had to recite 3 Nephi 5:13
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
And share my testimony with the people there.
So grateful for the luxury and the once in a life time opportunity to be a servant of the Lord. I’ve learned things and grown in ways I never thought was possible. Grateful for each day that my relationship is strengthened with my elder brother our Savior and that he continues to mold me and shape me into who I need to be. Without him I’m nothing, without him I could not do the most important work there ever was or will be but “in the strength of the Lord” the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement I’m able to share the gospel. I know He lives!
Have a blessed week and a happy 4th of July! Crazy that last 4th of July I was stepping on a plane to the greatest mission and year of my life 💙❤
Kia Ora, Everyone!
This week was crazy, so different than last week. I will try to sum up the best bits and keep the email short, but bear with me.
Tuesday- We helped one of the people we are teaching with some service. He is the manager for Carl’s Jr., so we helped sweep his parking lot and picked up rubbish. We found heaps of stuff like a milkshake sign that is now sitting in our flat, and a perfectly good KFC keychain, which is actually not on our keys, but is still in our flat.
Wednesday- On Wednesday, I finally got to play the saxophone! There is another guy we are teaching I met a couple weeks ago, but had been really busy. He really wanted to hear me play, so he got out his sax and I played for a little bit. His saxophone wasn’t that great, and I haven’t played in a year, but it was still a great way to get him to open up to us.
Thursday- We had some guys come and look at our insulation. Two of them went into the roof, and one guy stayed down to hold the ladder. He talked to us for a little bit, and found out what we do. When we said we teach about Jesus Christ, he was like “Convert me.” I then proceeded to tell him about a cool book called The Book of Mormon, and how it was another testament of Christ. He thought it was way cool, and started to read right away. When his buddies started to leave, he almost just stayed and kept reading.
Friday and Saturday- Pretty boring, actually. Not much happened.
Spiritual Thought: the 2nd volume of the Book “Saints” is beginning to be published. I looked into it a little more, and saw that all the volumes combined will lead up to the present day. We need to remember this. The Restoration is continuing today, and we are part of it. The things the early saints were doing may not have seemed like great or marvelous things at the time. They were just doing what they knew to be true. We are doing the same. One day, we will be part of that history. Take faith, have hope! When you trust the Lord and He can trust you, you will do amazing things. How can He know to trust us? Live the Gospel, follow His counsel, do what he asks. We are saints just as much as the pioneers are.
Life is still good here. It had been pretty windy the past couple days, but it has also been pretty warm. I hope you all have a wonderful week and wish you the best of luck.
I’m sure everyone in the Mount Pleasant 4th ward is excited for summer. It is crazy the difference a year makes. Last year we were in a drought and were worried about not having enough water. We have certainly been blessed with water this year. Everything is green and beautiful. It is nice to enjoy the little blessings our Heavenly Father gives us.
I want to congratulate our seniors that have recently graduated from High School. Jonas Evans, Sophia Jessee, Lavi Tuineau, and Juniper Wolf graduated from Wasatch Academy. Cole Allred, Wyatt (Bubba) Ison, Isabelle Johansen, and Annika Rainey graduated from North Sanpete. Several of these students graduated from seminary as well. We are so proud of these eight young men and women. They are going to accomplish great things as they head off to college, missions, etc.
We also want to congratulate Bubba Ison on his mission call to the Yakima Washington mission. He will be reporting to the MTC on July 24. He is lucky in that Josh Walker is already serving in this mission. What a great blessing to a new missionary to have someone from your ward in the same mission. Bubba’s sister, Jentry Ison, served in the Vancouver Washington mission which is right next to the Yakima mission. We are excited for Amy Staker, she will be serving in the Salem Oregon mission. She will be reporting to the MTC on August 14. It seems that there is a strong connection between the Mount Pleasant 4th ward and the Washington / Oregon area. I’m excited to listen to Bubba and Amy’s farewells in July. What a great experience these two have a head of them. When Amy and Bubba report to the MTC, we will have 9 full-time missionaries serving from the Mount Pleasant 4th ward.
June is a busy month. The girls will participate in Girls camp on June 19 – 20. As most of you know, the church has announced that this year will be the last year for the Manti Pageant. The Pageant will occur June 13-15 and 18-22. There are several ward members that will participate in the cast. Our young men will be participating in various camps and activities as well.
The theme for the month of June is Temple Work, family history, and indexing. President Jorgensen has emphasized this topic in stake conference. Our youth focused on this topic for Youth conference. We all had a great experience. I had committed to focus on this in my own life, and for the first couple of months of this year I did ok. As with many initiatives in my own life, sometimes there is a lull in my commitment. So, I’m excited to recommit to Indexing, family history, and temple work during the month of June.
I’m grateful for Jesus Christ and for his infinite atonement. I’m grateful for the gospel and the organization of the church. What a huge blessing the gospel is in my life and the lives of my family members. I’m grateful for all of the members of the Mount Pleasant 4th ward.
I was asked to share a family history story which had meaning to me and my family. The following is a journal entry from my father’s side which focuses on a story of an ancestor who learned the importance of FOLLOWING THE PROPHET over 174 years ago. Talitha Cumi Garlick’s Story:
Elam married his third wife, Talitha Cumi Garlick, in 1854. Talitha was 30 and Elam was 29. Talitha was the widow of William Howard Avery. She tells the following story:
On March 12, 1845, I was married to a good young man by the name of William Howard Avery. He owned a nice farm 4 miles north of Montrose, a beautiful place.
In 1846, the Saints had to leave Nauvoo and go to the mountains. We sold our place for a song, you might say, and got ready to go with the first company on March 4, 1846. My first child [William Howard] was born on Sugar Creek [Iowa, March 4, 1846]. My husband got a small cabin for us to stay in for a month. On April 6, 1846 we started and caught up with the first company at Mt. Pisgah. We traveled with the first Company to the Bluffs and camped on Mosquito Creek.
It was here the Battalion was chosen and sent to Mexico on the 15th of July 1846. My husband was called, but I felt that I could not bear to have him leave me alone. I feared I would never get to the Valley of the mountains if he did not stay with me. Brother Brigham came to our house and told me if I would let him go everything would be all right and we would all get to the valley safely, but I begged and pleaded and coaxed, and he finally consented to let him stay with me. Read this story and you shall see what a mistake I made when I did not listen to, and trust in, the Lord.
We then crossed the Missouri River and camped on the west side as it was too late to go any farther. The camp stopped and made preparations for the winter. We stayed there all winter. In the spring of 1847 Brother Brigham Young with a band of pioneers started west to find a home for the Latter-Day Saints, west of the Rocky Mountains.
After Brother Brigham started, we crossed back to the east side of the Missouri and my husband built a house and fenced and planted a garden. Our second child, Charles, was born and died on April 13, 1847.
Then my husband, William Avery, and his brothers went to Missouri to find work. We had then been living one year on what we brought with us; so we had to stay to get a fresh supply before we could go to the mountains. They went, therefore, during part of July and they found a good place to work.
Haupeeiiii! como estan????
This week has been one of the best weeks here in Piquete Cue! To start off, on Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to a school, and teach English! It was so fun! There was a bunch of 15 year old kids, and we were able to help them learn some verbs, we taught them head, shoulders, knees and toes the song, and we shared cultures basically. Literally the kids were so nice, and it was fun to be in there and represent our savior Jesus Christ, and now we are just waiting for them to contact us on the street so we can get their contact information and go teach them!! It was fun because they didn’t know that much English so my comp would speak in English first, then they would all look at me and I would translate what she said in English to Spanish. They thought it was sooo coooll haha.
We had the opportunity to have 2 baptisms this week of Ale and Shana, their families are less active but we reactivated them and baptized ale and Shana so it’s been a lot of fun working with them. Ale is 9 years old and sooo cute, his favorite song is families can be together forever, and he’s just such a baller. Shana is someone really special to us, her whole family is just awesome and so loving with the missionaries! They said they’re going to come to the airport to send me home and say good bye to me, but really the best part about the baptisms were seeing Shana and ale just smile from ear to ear, after and to have them say they feel peace, and happy, and that they know this is what they should be doing. Love them!
So it was my last Sunday in Piquete Cue and we got a phone call on Sunday morning from bishop, and he says “Hermana Hafen, the church is flooded.” my heart sunk! So the elders and us were preparing for our baptisms the night before, cleaning the church and the baptism font but we and the Elders forgot to turn OFF the baptism font, and it FILLED ALLLL NIGHTTTT! So we hurried and got ready and went to the church and spent an hour and a half getting all the water out of the church it wasn’t too deep but it was just in every room! But apparently this is the 4th time it has happened, and nobody was mad, and Paraguay is used to cleaning up floods because it happens a lot, but let’s just say bishop is never gonna forget me, and I’ll remember my last Sunday here in Piquete Cue.
So changes are tomorrow…. and I got a call from President Evans yesterday and he has called me to be a sister training leader, and my area is Campo Grande, Right in the middle of Asuncion!!!!! IM in the city!!!!!! I’ve never been in the city but it will be interesting, I’ll learn a lot and get so much better at teaching and working diligently. But I’m excited to go on divisions with other hermanas, also he called me there so that I could help the new president and his wife with all the medical stuff, so I’ll be the mission nurse basically, the missionaries call me to tell me what’s wrong and I have to make appointments for them at the doctors so that’s cool and I’ll learn the medical terms in Spanish! I’m really excited for my new adventure and to really learn from a bunch of different hermanas on divisions!!!
I have loved my last 6 months here in Piquete Cue, it’s such a blessed area!!! The families here are awesome, I’m going to miss hermano Baldomero, and he’s already cried about me leaving but it comforts him that I’ll be close.. I’ve seen so many miracles in this area, and it’s just Piquete!
Love you all and thanks for all the love and support!
Kia Ora, Whanau!
I hope everyone had a wonderful week! My week was jam packed, so I am going to try to cover the most important points.
This past Tuesday, we had the privilege of hearing the voice if the Lord through a modern-day prophet. Because our mission president is the man, he was able to get us all up to Auckland to hear him personally. We had to be up at 3:00 am, and I ended up getting a cold, but it was totally worth it. It was an amazing experience. The love and kindness I felt from President Nelson is indescribable.
Our car was being worked on from Wednesday to Friday, so we were able to get out on the bikes a lot this week. We were able to see a lot of the people we have been trying unsuccessfully to get in contact with. One of them is a less-active woman who was involved in an accident a couple weeks ago. She was hit by a car, then hit by another car. She has a shattered pelvis, broken ribs, broken neck, and a fractured skull. We decided to stop by where she lives to see if the guy who lives there was home (another less-active, long story). We came in and she was on a bed in the living room. She told us that she is definitely coming back to church.
On Sunday, John’s dad came to church! For those who don’t remember, John was baptized about two months ago. He is in his 30’s, and lives with his father, in his 50’s. We were driving to church behind someone’s truck. We weren’t sure who it was when it turned into the chapel. We parked next to it, and John got out of the passenger seat. John’s father hopped out and walked inside with his “Original Gangsta” jacket on. It was so funny to see, but also so great to see John doing missionary work.
Spiritual Thought- I was listening to a talk by Boyd K. Packer yesterday, and he said something that stood out to me, and I think it still applies to day. He said “The church is on track, and it is on schedule.” I would like to split this statement in two. “The church is on track:” The changes that are happening in the church are not only supposed to happen, but imperative for the success of the church. These things are EXACTLY what the Lord wants done. Another quote by President Nelson is that “The Restoration is an ongoing process.” These are all things that are meant to be a part of Christ’s original church.
“The church is on schedule:” FHE changes that are happening in the church are happening when the Lord wants them to happen. We are not falling behind in the world, nor are we going too fast for the people. The Lord will give us exactly what we need when we need it.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I understand it is officially summer in Utah, and I hope you all enjoy it. It is transfer week, and I find out tomorrow what will be happening to me. So far, I haven’t a clue.
Picture: We came into the primary room before church on Sunday. The other ward’s primary kids had written “The 10 Commandments” on the board. I especially like “Do not bully homeless people.”
After an eight week absence, Elder Walker returns to Washington to complete his mission. For more details of his journey see this blog.
Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The rain, the mud, the pollen… ok, maybe not those things so much, but the new growth, the green, the rebirth, the flowers. I love that our topic for this coming month of May is the Restoration. How appropriate that we study and ponder that great truth as the world restores itself after a long winter.
April was a great month. General Conference with the wonderful talks shared by Apostles of Jesus Christ. I have a strong testimony that if we follow the words of living (and loving) prophets, we’ll always be ok. We may not escape the rain that seems to fall on everyone, but we’ll be ok.
The Young Men and Young Women also had Youth Conference this past month. They were able to visit 2 temples, the Provo City Center and the Salt Lake. Afterwards it was off to Airborne for some bouncy fun. It was great to see everybody working together, worshiping together, and having fun together. We have GREAT youth, and youth leaders. A big thanks to all who made that event such a success.
I just want to share my testimony that this IS the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. This is his work we are involved in. My goal this spring is to try to be a little more like Him. A little kinder. A little more faithful. A little less fearful and doubting. I loved Elder Ballard’s talk from a couple of years ago about staying close to the Savior. (To Whom Shall We Go, Oct 2016). I’ll conclude with a quote from him:
If you live as long as I have, you will come to know that things have a way of resolving themselves. An inspired insight or revelation may shed new light on an issue. Remember, the Restoration is not an event, but it continues to unfold.
Never abandon the great truths revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Never stop reading, pondering, and applying the doctrine of Christ contained in the Book of Mormon.
Brother Walker 2nd Counselor
Why do we have Family History? What is Family History? Is it our responsibility?
Imagine that you have just been seated to partake of a 5 course meal. You are ready and the server brings round one. It is wonderful and you are waiting for the rest of the meal nothing else comes your way. Others around you are getting their meal, you ask the server about bringing your meal and the server says, “we are waiting on those who are supposed to be preparing your meal”. Still no meal comes your way, after an hour wait you are not too happy. Just think of our ancestors who have been waiting for us to do their family history work. They may not have been waiting for an hour but many years. What can we do?
We can begin by indexing, but we need to look for our family names also. Indexing is important because it get names out in the open so we can as well as others get to those names so the work can be done for them. As I have been looking at the conference talks, there are 68 conference talks on family history ranging from 1971 to our present day. This doesn’t mean that’s all because I am sure there are some prior to 71. We need to get the names ready for the temple and get them to the temple so the work can be done whether we do the work or if someone else does the work. We all have work that can be done. I am not sure how to do the work, there are ward members that have been called to help you with this, and they are willing to help but need you to let them know who you are so they can help.
Family History is our responsibility, we have a responsibility to our family members that have gone on to help them with their work that was not completed while they were here on earth. Baptisms, Conformations, Initiatory, Endowments, and Sealings are the ordinances we can help with. Family history gives us the opportunity to help our family members complete their temple ordinances and receive the blessings that are there for them. Eternal Families. Elder Renlund’s statement: When we gather our Family histories and go to the temple on behalf of our ancestors, God fulfills promised blessings simultaneously on both sides of the veil. May we be will willing to help our ancestors so that we can and will be eternal families.
Brother Kevin Allen
Haupeiiiii! Como estan??
Wow I love being a missionary and it was another great week! So during the week there was a lot of rain. This didn’t really help us with the lessons that we planned. We had a lot of people cancel on us but we kept working. My comp and I was talking last night and we were just saying how easy it could be to be disobedient and just stay home and take a nap when there is rain, but no, you have to keep working, you have to be obedient because this isn’t our work we are only tools in the hands of the lord in his work so we worked hard out in the rain, all week. And we definitely were blessed with miracles!!!!
So we have been teaching this family Vergara, and they are so special to my heart! We have been teaching them for 2 weeks and they have been praying, reading the scriptures, but we only had the chance to teach the mom and the kids so far because the dad hasn’t been home when we were there. They hadn’t come to church because they have one kid that is special needs, and he can’t walk and he sometimes makes noises but we have been promising lots blessing to this family about if they make sacrifices they will receive blessings from the gospel in all aspects of their lives. So we were wondering what do we need to do to get them to church this Sunday? We had a prompting to go talk to their dad on Saturday night so we went there and we shared a little bit with him about what we had been teaching their family, and towards the end we were explaining that this gospel is for the family and he asked us what time does church start? We were like 9 o clock! He told us “we are going to go”, but then he asked what if it rains? We promised him it won’t be raining when it’s time to leave because God wants your family there so the next morning came around and it started to rain a little bit but when we got to their house an hour before church it was sunny skies! The first sun that had come out all week! We were all walking down the route with the whole family! It took a lot of sacrifice as a family, but we know they’re going to see so many blessings this week, and we even had a family home evening last night with their whole family, so i will ask you all to pray for them, keep familia Vergara in your prayers, they’re so awesome!!!
Then to make Sunday even better we had 12 people that we had been teaching come to church! Two complete families and some couples and some little kids that are part families! We were blessed with a miracle of 12 people in the church! We were so happy after a week full of rain!
I love being a missionary and I really do have so much joy when I truly see people coming unto Christ through his gospel and seeing Heavenly father help us in his work. We literally don’t do anything ha-ha we are 2 Americans that don’t speak the best Spanish but what we do is invite the spirit and are obedient, and we follow the spirit.
Love you all and I love being a missionary! Be sure to bear your testimony this fast and testimony meeting!!! This month of May is going to be a month of miracles!
Love you all,
Hello y’all ,
Sorry it’s been a minute, another week, month & transfer has gone in a blink of an eye. Every day is such a blessing full of countless miracles, tons of incredible people met (& some rather crazy) 😉 & LOTS of laughs. I swear at the end of everyday my heart is about to burst as I reflect on the love I have for the people here & the gospel
This week we were able to set 2 of the little girls, Deidra & Daijreonna, on date for baptism for May 25th! They are just the cutest little things. We call them “our kids” they get so excited when we come over and teach them! They love church and are just making themselves right at home! 💛
Something that I’ve noticed throughout my life and especially as a missionary has to do with finding true joy.
So bear with me as I go on a little rant about JOY. So many people are trying to find, search, and buy true joy and happiness. So many people often think I’ll be happy once I get married to the perfect guy or girl, or once I graduate high school, or leave/ come home from my mission, or get my dream job, or have my first child, own my own house, move out of the house the list goes on and on.
Sometimes our search for happiness in this life can seem like running on a treadmill. We run and run and still feel like we haven’t gotten anywhere.
We often think that joy comes from the circumstances in our lives BUT that’s so not true.
President Nelson says it best “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives”. Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy.
When we focus our lives and center our lives around Jesus Christ we can experience true JOY despite if we have the perfect job, perfect house, are married or not, are super rich etc. Because Christ is truly the source of all joy & light. Worldly things bring pleasure in the moment but eternal things & an eternal perspective bring true JOY!
Anyways I’ll be done with my rant about joy. Thanks for all your love, support & prayers they are definitely felt! I hope that you can each find true joy despite your circumstances by more fully focusing your life on Christ.
Have a blessed week!
Kia Ora, Everyone!
Well, this week has been pretty exciting. Elder Kupu was transferred down to Gisbourne, and I am staying and training again! My new companion is Elder Gabut from the Philippines. Things are still moving along here in Rotorua.
We had a pretty funny experience this past week. We went for a hike last P-Day, nothing too exciting. We went up a hill that was supposed to have an amazing view. We got up to the top and there was just a power station, a bunch of trees, and no view. We started walking back down, and we took a way we thought would be shorter. We saw an amazing view, but the walk was over twice as long as we thought it would be. Most of our hike was just walking back to our car, but we saw more than we would have just walking back the way we came. The part that was funny was there was an old couple who was coming down the way we came up. They told us it was worth the hike and the view was great.
Spiritual Thought- With it being Easter, I have had the Atonement of Jesus Christ on my mind quite a bit. Reading in Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage talks about how the pain of the Atonement is something we can’t even comprehend. Christ took on something that even He couldn’t fully anticipate. But He did it anyway. We all are going to go things we won’t fully anticipate or comprehend until we get to the other side. But I can testify that we can make it to the other side.
In other news, President Nelson is coming to New Zealand! I’m not sure of I will meet him or not, but it is going to be great. I hope that things are warming up for yours. Have a great week!