Bishopric – September 2018

What a great summer we have enjoyed in the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward. We recently had a fun ward party. Sister McClellan did a great job of organizing the party and the Tuineau family grilled some yummy chicken and provided some great entertainment with an exhibit of the various Polynesian cultures and dances. We are grateful for all that participated in making the party enjoyable.

In August Brenton Johansen reported to the Columbia MTC, he will spend the next two years serving our Heavenly Father in Columbia. Kevin Johansen is busy preparing for his mission where he will serve in Cincinnati Ohio, reporting to the Provo MTC October 24. Tyler Jessee returns from serving in the Korea Seoul South Mission on September 11. We will enjoy hearing Tyler report about his mission on September 16. I’m so excited to see Tyler again, I know he has had an impact in the lives of many members, investigators, missionaries, and those of us here in Mount Pleasant. As much as I love seeing young missionaries go into the field, it is even better to see them come home. I love feeling of their spirit and enjoying their testimony. What an amazing experience these young elders and sisters enjoy.

The theme in sacrament meeting for September is discipleship. We have recently had several new families move into the ward. The Power family, Harris family, McIff family, Eliason family, Moffett family, and Dixon family. With all the new families in our ward, as well as missionaries coming and going, we have plenty of speakers for sacrament meetings. I look forward to working with these new families and hopefully hearing them speak.

Mount Pleasant is such a great place to raise a family and to enjoy the blessings of the gospel. I pray that each member of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward has a great September. I’m grateful for the Savior Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the restoration of the gospel. I’m grateful for a loving ward. It always amazes me at how much charity and Christlike love is exhibited by the members of the ward. The church is true. President Nelson is a prophet. I’m excited to prepare for General Conference in early October.

Bishop Applegarth

Youth Temple Trip – August 2018

On Saturday August 25th our Young Women and Young Men traveled to the Manti Temple to do that vicarious work for our progenitors that will start them on the path back to a loving Heavenly Father. Bishop Applegarth challenged our youth to extract their family names and bring them to the Temple to make it a more personal experience. Almost every one of our youth responded by doing just that. It was a wonderful experience for all and reinforced the importance and sacredness of the temple ordinances performed for ourselves and our ancestors. Thanks to all who participated.

Brother Gunderson

Luau

On August 6th the ward got together for a great evening of food, fun, and entertainment. We started off with a mix and mingle with a great selection of salads and the Tuineau family grilled some delicious teriyaki chicken. The younger kids had a lot of fun with the wading pool nearby, while the older ones enjoyed the lake.

After the food and chatting we were treated to a Luau with traditional dances from many of the Pacific Island cultures. During this wonderful entertainment many of our ward members, and leaders, got to participate and showed us some great dance moves.

Brother Zundel

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Elder Applegarth – September 2018

Sierra Leone Freetown Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer continues to enjoy serving in Moyamba. He is training a new missionary, Elder Hendricks from Seattle. Spencer says Elder Hendricks is a great missionary that has already adjusted to being in Africa, the only adjustment he is still struggling with is the spicy food. In the couple of months Spencer has been in Moyamba, the branch has grown from about 40 active members to about 65 active members. It is exciting to see the church grow and make a big difference in the lives of people in Sierra Leone.

Spencer said the following in his last e-mail:

“As a branch we did a mormon helping hands service project.  It was actually a lot of fun and a lot of people came to help out.  We went to the hospital and cleaned the compound.  We weeded around the compound and picked up all the trash and made the place look nice.  After we were done you could see a lot of people thankful for what we did and talking about the church.  It was fun to see how a little bit of service goes a long way!!”

 

Spencer has been out 22 months and is looking forward to working hard his last 2 months. What a blessing missionary service has been for Spencer and the Applegarth family.

Paul Applegarth

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Sister Jorgensen – September 2018

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

First transfer flew by! I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks! It has been another great hot and humid week here in the south.

Sister Woolley and I have decided that we are basically a moving company. We have done a lot of moving people and cleaning houses in the past 6 weeks, but service is awesome and softens people’s hearts. I’ve definitely seen miracles happen from serving others!

Saturday we had a stake Relief Society activity “Journey through the Book of Mormon”. It was awesome! Each sister got a copy of the Book of Mormon and they had a guide of scriptures to mark. Then they put their testimony in it and throughout the week each sister was to pray and give it to someone. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon. Venita, the lady we have been teaching, promised to read a chapter a night and she has been sticking to it. Nothing makes me happier than to see people who have never heard of or had the book in their life gain a testimony. President Nelson says it best, “When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.” He promises us that if we prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day we will make better decisions every day, we will receive answers to our questions and directions for our lives. I truly have seen these promises in my life as I study the Book of Mormon daily, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share these promises with others. Nothing is more powerful than being able to promise people we meet who think all is lost that if they will prayerfully read this book all aspects of their lives will improve. I’ve seen that as we have continued to teach Venita and watch her gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, she takes it with her to work and reads it on her break!

I invite each of you to make the Book of Mormon more fully a priority in your life. We are so blessed to have what we have. Make the time to prayerfully read the Book of Mormon EVERDAY. Make time for what’s important to Him and He will make time for what is important to us. There is truly power that comes from reading the Book of Mormon the power to heal comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – September 2018

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

He left the MTC three weeks ago and is serving in South Auckland, New Zealand in the Mountford Ward. He can’t believe how fast time is flying by and can see the ocean from where he lives. He has a great companion. They are working hard. They are preparing a sister for baptism, teaching several other investigators and also work with a lot of less active members. He is still extremely well fed. They have dinner appointments every night. He says the dairy industry is recognized around the world and that explains why the ice cream is the best he has ever had. Trevor would love to receive an email from anyone in the ward. His email is Trevor.olson@mylds.mail.net

AnnJeanette Olson

Elder Walker – September 2018

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

Our mission is one of the Facebook missions, so I’ll be using that as a proselyting tool. I’m doing well here in Washington, and Facebook is another tool given us to further the Lord’s work.

This week we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. It was cool to get to know them better and hang out. We walked some dogs at a local animal shelter.

This week has gone by super fast. We haven’t really been able to teach any lessons.  We have been mostly looking for people to teach. We went on exchanges with the Spanish speaking Elders this week.

Washington is literally on fire. There are 4 or 5 fires all through Washington. The smoke wasn’t too bad at the beginning of the week but yesterday there was so much smoke that you could barely see anything past 100 feet. It was thicker than most fog I’ve seen. We have also been told we can’t go out in it because it is now so bad it’s a health hazard. Otherwise this week has been a good week. We did some service, but toward the end of the week we couldn’t really tract much because of the smoke, so we were mostly visiting members and potentials.

Elder Walker

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Missionary Update – September 2018

Elder Erickson England Birmingham Mission Office Address 187 Penns Lane Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands England B76 1JU United Kingdom.

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

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

Elder Jessee Korea Seoul South Mission Office Address 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea

Elder Seely California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346

Elder Talbot Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago

Lesson Schedule – September 2018

September 2nd – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson  31: Happy Is the Man That Findeth Wisdom, Relief Society & Elders: Council Meeting

September 9th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson  32: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, Relief Society: Behold! A Royal Army  By Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elders: April General Conference Message

September 16th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World, Relief Society: Precious Gifts from God By Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elders: April General Conference Message

September 23rd – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 34: I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness, Relief Society & Elders: Ministering

September 30th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets, Relief Society & Elders: Combined Meeting

Bishopric – August 2018

2018 is half over!  Summer is in full swing!  Parades, heat, fireworks, heat, a little rain, and more heat.  We’ve been so thankful for the afternoon rains when they come… and continue praying for more. Here is what happened during the month of July.

On the 8th we were pleased to hear from Taner Jorgensen, Joshua Walker, and Trevor Olson.  It was a great meeting.  Joshua and Trevor were speaking just prior to entering the MTC… one in Provo (Yakima Washington mission) and one in New Zealand (Hamilton, New Zealand mission).  They both have arrived and are settling into missionary life.  Josh heads out to Yakima on the 31st of July. Also as of today Kevin Johansen received his call to the Cincinnati, Ohio mission!  We’re so excited for him as well.  That brings the number of missionaries from the 4th Ward to 10 either in the MTC or in the field, and 12 if you add the “with calls” category.  Go 4th Ward!!!  Our theme for the month has been Pioneer Heritage and Patriotism and it’s been wonderful to hear the faith promoting stories in our meetings.  On the 15th we were blessed to hear from Brother Peel from the High Council, and his brother.  The following Sunday was Brother Jack Steck and Brother Mack Wilkey.  There couldn’t be two finer examples of sacrifice and service anywhere.  Our 5th Sunday combined meeting is going to be with the Stake and they gave us 2 talks to read from Elder Oaks and President Nelson about the use of the Priesthood.  It was AMAZING.

August will likely be busier than July has been.  We have a Ward party coming up, as well as youth baptisms for the dead. School will be starting and we have another Stake Conference.  It also brings a new theme for our meetings: Repentance and Forgiveness.  I look forward to being well taught on these two foundational principles.  I was looking through some prior General Conference addresses on the subject and was surprised to see how many talks Elder Richard G. Scott gave on the matter.  I used to be afraid of him (that’s a story for another time) but through the years he became one of my favorite speakers/teachers.  I conclude with a quote from him:

I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price and will satisfy the demands of justice for all who are obedient to His teachings. Thus, full forgiveness is granted, and the distressing effects of sin need no longer persist in one’s life. Indeed, they cannot persist if one truly understands the meaning of Christ’s Atonement. Alma conquered thoughts of past unworthiness by remembering the mercy of the Redeemer. He marveled, “Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us … the salvation of our souls.” The Path to Peace and Joy, Richard G. Scott.

 Brother Walker Bishopric 2nd Counselor

Elder Applegarth – August 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

We are down to the last three months of Spencer’s mission! It is exciting to think of him coming home, but we are also enjoying the blessings of his service as a missionary.  Spencer continues to tell us how happy he is and what an amazing experience he is having.  As a family, we are grateful for the missionary program, what an amazing opportunity for service for young people.  Spencer had four baptisms this past week.  There isn’t a baptismal font, so they baptize in the river.  Spencer continues to serve in Moyamba, which is a small town with a small branch.  An excerpt from one of Spencer’s letters is as follows:

This week a little girl was born to Petters, the person we are trying to get married, sister.  She is a cute little girl and has a fair complexion.  Well when we asked for her name they said Annet Apple Allieu.  They totally named their kid after me! Ha-ha, it was pretty cool so I now have a namesake!  They said she looks like me so that is why they named her after me.  Also we had a really cool experience yesterday. Sister Favor is one of our investigators who has been having problems with her mom.  Well her mom and her got in a pretty big argument, which included a beating. To make a long story short she got kicked out of the house and was living on the street for a whole week. We were able to go there with a couple of the leaders of the branch and talk to them both.  The spirit was so strong and at the end of the day they were able to come to an agreement. Now she is back in the house!  The spirit is amazing I know if the spirit wasn’t there it wouldn’t have happened like that.  We have had a good time working in the rain it feels a little like home just because it’s not so dang hot all the time.  Other than that just working hard and helping the work progress!!  Remember to stay close to the Lord and he will bless you in all you do!

Paul Applegarth

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Sister Hafen – August 2018

MTC Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828 Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero 07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal Mexico

Hermana Mariah Hafen made it to the Mexico MTC and is doing well! She has been there for 5 weeks now and in just 1 week will be flying out to Paraguay. She is loving her time at the MTC but is very excited to get to Paraguay and begin teaching the gospel there. She has been blessed to be picking up the language quickly and loves being a missionary. Here is a few of the things she has said in her emails home:

Hola!! Amigos y Familia!! How are you all doing?? I made it to Mexico, and it’s been a crazy 10 days already!! Fun facts about Mexico City 1) When it rains here, it POURS. It’s like an instant flash flood, every night around dinner time so we always get soaked even with our umbrellas or ponchos. 2) We only speak Spanish here, like no English…..but el don de leguas es verdadero! 3) The Latinos are my best friends!! 4) I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! 5) I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked if both of my parents are from the United States, because they think I look Latina ha-ha.

I love missionary work!! First off my companion and I got called to be sister zone leaders!! So we are zone leaders over like 5 districts I think! And it’s been great so far, we’ve had a lot more meetings and we’ve had fun planning activities with our zone leaders which are two really cool guys from our district!! Our branch president forgot to call us as zone leaders so we got to church on Sunday and every one was saying congrats on being zone leaders and we were like whaaattt ha-ha so he then had to meet with us after sacrament lol. The Spanish is getting better for sure!! I got to teach some real investigators this week at the TRC and I definitely was blessed with the gift of tongues, and it went really well. I was with a different companion and she doesn’t know much Spanish so I taught most of time and answered questions! Each one of the investigators we talked to, even though they weren’t LDS, they blessed us as missionaries and blessed our families that you would all be comforted. They really are amazing people, and I feel love for everyone I teach!!

YO SE QUE LA IGLASIA IS VERDADERO CON TODO MI COROZON. If I didn’t know that the Church was true, I wouldn’t be out here. It truly has blessed my life in so many ways, and I know that everything about it is true. I love The Book of Mormon, it brings me so much peace! I love sharing scriptures with investigators. It just really brings the spirit into the room! I’m not only learning the language of Spanish, but the language of the spirit. I love being a missionary and I love all of you.

Angie Hafen

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Sister Ison -August 2018

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

She is doing great and loves being a missionary!  She knows that her time in Battleground is most likely coming to an end which makes her a little sad because she has loved serving there but is happy to go where the Lord needs her. Here is a little snippet from her email this week.

I was able to have a really amazing personal study the other day and it was about prayer, receiving revelation and faith. I invite each of you to read Elder Richard G. Scott’s general conference talk from April 2012. This talk is one of my new favorites. It helped my testimony grow of the gospel and of prayer and how important it is. One thing he said in his talk is that when you pray, and you feel you have received an answer, pray and ask to know if you know all you need to in order to get your answer. He also says that when it is for the Lord’s purposes He can bring anything to our remembrance. The last thing I loved that he shares is to carefully look for evidence in your own life that He may have already answered you. I LOVE that! How amazing it is to have the knowledge that we do in knowing that He wants to answer us and He wants to talk to us. If we only have faith that He will answer us and are willing to listen then and only then will we receive the answer we need. I read in Alma when Ammon smites off all of the arms of his enemies because he had faith in the Lord. Now I’m not saying that we need to have faith that we can smite people’s arms off! I am simply saying that he had faith that the Lord would help him in all things including these trials he had to face. It also talked about joy. Joy is something that I love! I love being a happy person! It is hard to have joy all of the time but I know that as we pray for it and ask that He will help us. He will help us find joy in all things and enjoy to the end! I know each of you are beloved sons and daughters of God and I appreciate you all for all you do! I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so much and I know He lives! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee -August 2018

Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea  

Well, I am leaving Bucheon, heading to Incheon for my last two transfers. I was in Bucheon for 6 months as Zone leader. It was a really great time. Met so many incredible people and was really able to learn a lot. In Incheon I will be with Elder Cook. He just got finished being trained so I will “greenie break him”. He has been on his mission for about 4.5 months and I have heard nothing but great things about him. I have heard nothing but great things about the area and ward as well. I am excited to give it all I have for these last 2 transfers to the Lord. I have been so blessed throughout my whole mission, more than I should have been. I’m so focused on trying to do my small part in changing Korea to come closer to Christ. I love these people. I am impressed and inspired by the members of the church here and their faith. I am awed at the Korean people’s generosity, kindness, and love. This summer is going to be awesome!!

Something that I have thought of lately is if we desire any gift of God, or we desire any good thing, it is based on our faith to receive it. Of course faith without works is dead, so we must work and strive to obtain it. In that striving and working to obtain it, diligence and consistency is so essential. If I compare it to basketball,  shooting 10 free throws every day for a month (except Sunday of course) is a lot better than shooting 300 on one day out of the month. It will bring better results because you are constantly everyday building that muscle memory and can improve more each and every day. Same thing with gifts of the spirit. It requires great work each and every day. It requires diligence. Diligence is very important as a missionary in completing goals and helping others come to Christ.

Elder Jessee

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Elder Olson – August 2018

MTC 19 Redoubt Road Goodwood Heights Manukau City 2105 New Zealand

He made it safely to the New Zealand MTC after a 14 hour flight.  He says that everyone is really nice and that it rains almost every day.  His Polynesian companion has adopted him into his family.  So we may never see him again, ha-ha.  We are looking forward to many great experiences that he will have in the next upcoming 23 1/2 months.

AnnJeanette Olson

Elder Talbot – August 2018

Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago

This week has been really crazy, lots of it was fun though – driving a lot and lots of finding of new people to teach.

On Monday we did lots of things and lots of driving. My companion, Elder Shields, had to go to the Immigration office so that he could be made legal. That was an hour drive up and an hour drive back, but we still got everything done that was necessary for the p-day. Then at the end of it all we had a lesson with a husband and wife. The Subiahs are really great people. They have a sincere desire to know the truth. It is really cool to know that people still seek the truth after all that they have been through.

On Tuesday I had to teach district meeting and it was on Christ. It was about Christ and His name correlating it to us and our names as well as the temple. It went really well, and was really fun. Then I went on an exchange with Elder Griffeth. He is from Guyana. He is really cool and has a desire to teach. He knows the gospel pretty well and just wants to share it with everyone. They all want to hear him since lots of the people here do not know a black missionary and so that is a first for them. It was really great.Talbot3

Wednesday was fun. We did our morning routine and then we went and exchanged back after some studies and talking with each other. Then we went and taught Charmin, and it was really good. Then we traveled in our wonderful Chevy Cruse (provided by the Lord, THANKS). We went to Princes Town and taught a wonderful lady named Dana. She is 20 and wants to know God more. It is cool because she is seeing who God is to her. Then we saw an awesome member named sister Mootoo, she is super cool.  Then we went and taught a man we know about God. It was really great. He wants to come and be baptized.

On Thursday we planned most of the day, then we went out and saw an investigator named Ramdeo and his wife Lisa. They are cool, but the problem is that they want to be perfect. They are having some personal struggles with life, and it is hard on them. Then we went and taught Bro. Cooper again. We taught about the first principle of the gospel “FAITH”! He loved it, and knows now how to increase his faith. Love that man.

Friday was a slow day. We only taught Bro. Cooper, Sister Bailey, Charmin, and Leston. It was a full day none the less. We worked hard for those lessons to work out. Really tough day.

Saturday was the same as Friday. We only taught 4 lessons, and they were not the best lessons I have ever taught. We went and saw a lady named Sister Jigroop who I met while I was in Tobago. She is really great just having lots of struggles in life. Lots of hard times within the ward. She is great though and has one of the most humble hearts that I have ever seen. She wants to Become PERFECT. Later that day we went and saw a cool lady named Cece. She wants to know the truth of what we are saying. At the end of the day we went and saw Brother Cooper again, ha-ha.

On Sunday we saw 103 people at church, it was so great. We went and saw Brother Cooper again. It is so cool to see that he wants us to come over every single day. We never asked him to do that and he wants to grow. He wants to be baptized because he says that he is not even born yet. He is doing really well with his studies. He studies The Book of Mormon every single day. It is great.

Today has been fun. We woke up and cleaned our apartment as well as our car. It was really great to get a good wet down, ha-ha. Then we went and shopped for the week. It was good. For some reason we have lots of food this week. It is cool. Then we went to Valsayn to meet our new Mission President who has been here for about a month now. I finally got to meet him, ha-ha, it was great. I love the man. He is from Heber City Utah; a great guy.

In the process of the week we also helped a member put up some shelves in his new home. That was fun. I got to use a drill for the first time in like a year and a half which was great.

Elder Talbot

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