New Year Changes

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

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

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

Bishopric – Restoration

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

What is Family History, why do we do it, and is it our responsibility?

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

Sister Hafen – May 2019

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

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,


Hermana Hafen

Sister Jorgensen – May 2019

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

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!

❤ Love

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – May 2019

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

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!

Ofa Atu,

Elder Olson

Bishopric – April 2019

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

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

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

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

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Keeper of the Stuff

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

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

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

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

To see what memories are preserved for your family tree:

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

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

To Upload a memory to Family search:

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

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

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


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

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

Thank you to all indexers!

Sister Candice Sanders

Sister Hafen – April 2019

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

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

Angie Hafen

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

Love you all y Che ROHAYHU

Hermana Hafen

Sister Jorgensen – April 2019

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

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

Some fun facts about Searcy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Ofa Atu, Elder Olson

Missionary Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Applegarth

Temple & Indexing work

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

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

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

Brother Steve Sanders

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

Sister Candice Sanders


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

Over 400 records indexed: Barbara Honey, Crystal Bailey

Over 500 records indexed: Graham Jessee, Molly Hansen

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

Sister Ison – March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristie Ison