Time Change

Starting January 7th Sacrament Meeting will begin at 1PM. On the 7th the ward will also be having a fast to know how to reach out to those who do not attend our meetings regularly. We know God loves everyone active, less-active, and non-member. Join with us this Fast Sunday to be inspired on how you can uplift, and invite, everyone around you.

Our ward is also in-charge of keeping the building clean starting January 1st. If you can, join us every Saturday at 9am to help. This also means we are responsible to help when it snows again. So if you see white stuff falling from the sky contact someone from the Elders Quorum Presidency to see how you can help.

Thank you all for reading this last year! I hope you all will continue to enjoy the content:)

Note I have moved, and rearranged, the Archive tab for easier access to past months content.

Brother Zundel

Selfless Service

Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone. Sadly we had members of the 4th ward move away during this last year, but many new families have moved in. Let’s all extend a hand of fellowship to our new neighbors and members. We can also express our love for them through selfless service.

Speaking of selfless service we had two missionaries recently come home off their missions. Austen Ison, who served faithfully in the Montana Billings Mission, and Brady Wheeler who returned with honor from the Australia Perth Mission. We are happy they came home in time for Christmas.

It seems the holiday season is especially hard on our missionaries who are so far away from their loved ones. For many, it is their first Christmas away from hearth and home. Therefore, it is especially comforting to receive letters from ward members who send their love and gratitude for their selfless service.

Since we have so many missionaries from our ward still serving throughout the world; Bishop Applegarth thought our theme for January should be missionary work. The Bishop also thought it would be nice to hear from the mothers of our fulltime missionaries this month during sacrament meeting. We will have them share some spiritual stories and letters with the ward members. We promise to have a fresh box of tissues at the podium for those tender moments.

May the coming year be one of peace and happiness, and may we always strive to have a Christ centered life.

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Sharing The Good News

While I was serving a mission up in Montana, I had the great privilege to meet a man by the name of Milo. He had been investigating the church for a while and when I got to the area he was able to share his story with me. He grew up in a polygamist colony down in Mexico, so he knew a lot about the church. However, he was part of a break-off group, and once he left the colony he never felt to find out more about the true church. He had many family members who had left the colony and joined the church. After much time, his nephews invited him to attend the YSA ward activities. Once he did, he slowly came to church and then took the discussions. Milo’s life was completely changed, and he came to know many things for himself and to know they were true. His most special experience was when he came to know that the prophet today is called of God.

Milo changed a lot; he knew the gospel was true and was changing him. He felt a desire to share it and to help be a good example to other family members and friends who were not members of the church. It was amazing to see how quickly he started to share the gospel and wanted his family to have that same joy and goodness he felt. He was the perfect example of taking the blessings we receive and sharing the good news of the gospel with others who don’t know it yet.

                                           Austin Ison

Elder Applegarth – January 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

We enjoyed Skyping with Spencer for Christmas.  We got to speak to him for about an hour and 20 minutes.  We spoke briefly with Sister Clawson, his mission president’s wife, as well as Spencer’s companion.  Spencer’s companion is from Sierra Leone and is waiting for his visa so he can go serve in Mozambique.  The area Spencer is serving in is fairly well developed.  There are two wards that meet in the building and the building is a nice building.

Spencer wanted us to pass on to both Austin Ison and Brady Wheeler a hearty welcome home.  Attached is an excerpt from Spencer’s last e-mail:

We had a baptism this week, the baptism went really well! It was crazy for sure. We got to our baptism font and the water that had been put in the font was pure brown, it was seriously so nasty. We were freaking out because we didn’t really know what to do, but we heard that some other missionaries were holding a baptism as well at the stake center. So I called them as quick as I could and asked them to wait for us.  The stake center isn’t far from our chapel but the problem was that one of my candidates wasn’t there yet. So my companion and I ran up the hill to her house and she was still getting ready.  At this point it was like an hour after we were supposed to start; ha-ha these people don’t know how to tell time at all!  We did get her to the baptism, it ended up starting 2 hours late, but it was super spiritual and it was a way good experience!!  I’m glad that our Father In Heaven provided a way for us to hold their baptisms! The confirmations on Sunday were also awesome.  The kids from the ward performed the baptisms so it was cool to see a ward that has some priesthood holders that could do that.  I haven’t seen that in a while! Another exciting thing that happened was I got to see president Moi from Koidu this week! He came down for some reason or another and we greeted each other with a huge hug! It was way cool to see him I really love that man!  All in all a hard but a good week!  My companion is still doing way good. He is a total stud and I’m loving training him! 

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Sister Ison – January 2018

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

Sister Ison is doing great in Washington.   She survived her first Christmas away from home and although it was hard she had a great Christmas season in Washington, and even got a little snow for Christmas.  She is grateful for those from the ward that took the time to send her a letter or card for Christmas; she really enjoyed them.

She and her companion Sister Phillips are hoping to get to stay together one more transfer.  Their mission President told them if they could get 2 baptismal dates for January and 2 for February then they could stay together. They are on track for that so please keep their investigators, and that they will continue to progress and set those baptismal dates, in your prayers.  They just know they need to stay together for one more transfer because of the work they know they need to finish together.

She loves being a missionary and even though it’s hard says she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – January 2018

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

What a week!

We had a few fun festivities with the stake. We had something called a New Friends Party. It was a party for the recent converts, investigators, and less actives members. As missionaries we had to put on some performances so Elder Bratt, the zone leader and one of my best mission friends, choreographed a dance. Get ready everyone, when you become missionaries, making songs and dances the day before or – even the day of – is a common thing (we only practiced twice).

We worked a lot as a district this week to give cookies out to the members and share a Christmas message with them. It has been great to show the members that we really love them, and think about them often. I gave a talk yesterday in Sacrament meeting on trials and the how we can lean on Christ and His Atonement to overcome trials and find peace. I shared 2 scriptures, of course D&C 121:7-9 and Alma 7:11-12. After sacrament meeting I had a newly baptized member, 김주영 kim ju young, come up to me and thank me for my talk and the scripture I shared in D&C. He said that he had something come up during his week that was really tough and that the scripture really helped him. He is such a great guy. This is why I do missionary work, to help other feels more joy and peace and to bring others unto Christ, but something I have realized is that they are bringing me closer to Christ. These people are helping me way more than I could ever help them. Every time we try to serve the Korean people they serve us even more.

We met with some investigators but, they aren’t really progressing. We had to drop a lot, and really don’t have any solid investigators. Trying harder and harder everyday trying to find new people that God has prepared.

I hope that you all have a great break for these next few weeks but make it productive! Do good things. Brighten someone’s life this break, do something to serve someone and help them in their path back to our Father in Heaven; shovel their driveway, make them cookies, and ask them how you can help. Smile, shake their hands, hug them, look them in the eye and share the light of Christ everywhere you go! What a great season, this Christmas time. Full of fun, joy and the Spirit of Christ. Glad you kids are all doing so well! Keep going strong. Love you guys a lot. Thanks for all that you do for me! Great examples to me in my life. Read “The Living Christ”, that the Prophet and apostles wrote, at some point this week; each line has eternal truths and things to think about. Ponder them and come closer to the Savior.

You are all the best! Play in the snow, drink hot chocolate, read your scriptures! Also the holiday donuts at Terrels I remember are pretty good.

Love you all so much!                                                                                                                                             Elder Jessee

 

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Lesson Schedule – January 2018

January 7th – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 1: This Is My Work and My Glory, Relief Society & High Priests: Sunday Council Meeting, Elders:The Voice of Warning By Elder D. Todd Christofferson

January 14th  – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 2: Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born,  Priesthood:October General Conference Message, Relief Society:Turn On Your Light By Sharon Eubank

January 21st – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 3: The Creation, Priesthood:October General Conference Message, Relief Society:Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach By Neill F. Marriott

January 28th –  Gospel Doctrine Chapter 4: Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened,  Relief Society & Priesthood Sabbath Day: Is a day to remember what God has done for us

Christmas Party 2017

On December 20th the Ward came together for a delightful evening of food and fun. We enjoyed a dinner of ham, corn, funeral potatoes, and many different deserts. Then the Primary amused us with a dramatized version of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. To top it all off Santa and his wife showed up for some photo opportunities for the kids. It was a great time to get to know each other in a casual atmosphere!

Brother Zundel

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Young Women Highlight – January 2018

When you complete the Personal Progress program, you will be eligible to receive the Young Womanhood Recognition. To receive this award:

  • Attend sacrament meeting regularly (where possible).
  • Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth.
  • Complete the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values.
  • Keep a personal journal.
  • Attend seminary or participate in independent study (where available).
  • Read the Book of Mormon regularly.
  • Record your testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.

This award recognizes you for your worthiness and for completing all the Personal Progress requirements. As a recipient of the award, you show that you have established a pattern of progress in your life. You are prepared to make and keep sacred temple covenants. You are committed to keeping the commandments, serving others, and developing and sharing your gifts and talents. You will strive to strengthen the home and family.

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JamieWalkerJamie N. Walker is a Freshman at North Sanpete High School. As a Beehive, she made a goal to earn her Young Womanhood Recognition before becoming a Mia Maid, and worked very hard to accomplish it. Jamie loves life and has lived up to her family nickname, “Jamie Joy.” She has a happy disposition, and loves people. Her main interests encompass music, dance, and performance. Many of her Personal Progress goals enabled her to further develop these talents. In addition to violin and ballroom dance, she set and accomplished goals in sketching, painting, redecorating her bedroom, participating in the Mormon Miracle Pageant, cooking, literature, and service projects. Through Personal Progress she has truly helped strengthen her own home and family as she continues her gospel journey towards the temple.

Kami Walker

AnnaStakerAnna received her Young Womanhood Recognition this year after working very hard all throughout her Young Women years.  She worked every year on various projects (learning to play tennis as a Freshman and working her way up until she was able to play a Varsity tennis game this year, which she won and thus qualified because of her 4.0 GPA as Academic All-State; photography; running; cooking; sewing; playing the piano; camping; and learning leadership responsibilities such as Student Body Officer as Secretary this year; etc.) as she gained her goal to earn this recognition award.  Through it all, she read her scriptures and did the various activities including writing them all in her journal as she increased her testimony in our Savior.  She loves her family and her favorite activity is to be at home and read a good book.  She wanted to earn this before she graduated and as promised her mom earned her Bee award along with her as seen in this picture.

Sara Staker

 

The Center Of Everything Is Christ

Christmas time is an important time of year in the spiritual development of each of us and our families.  What better time of the year is there to get lost in the service of each other and ultimately service to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  I look forward to feeling the love of family, friends, and ward members.  I hope I can put others first this time of year and focus on the gift of the happiness and joy of others.  There are so many great examples of service in our ward.  This month we will welcome two missionaries back home.  Elder Austin Ison and Elder Brady Wheeler have successfully served as missionaries for the past two years.  Elder Ison will report to the ward on December 17, Elder Wheeler will report on December 31.  What an exciting time for these two young missionaries and their families.  I’m looking forward to celebrating the completion of this significant act of service with each of them.

This month the theme in Sacrament meeting is Christ.  As we all know the center of everything is Jesus Christ.  My mission president used to say that everything we do, we should do in the name of Jesus Christ.  When we go to work, school, household chores, church, family time, everything can be done in the name of Jesus Christ.  I hope that I can do a little better this month as we celebrate Christmas.

The ward will have a Christmas party on December 20.  We hope that everyone will come and enjoy a brief program from our primary kids, a visit from Santa Claus, good food, and most important the fellowship of ward members.  Enjoy this time of year with your families and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Bishop Applegarth

Missionary Christmas

As a sister missionary, 15 years ago, I was lucky enough to spend two Christmases on my mission. Surrounded by the splendor of Oregon at Christmas – famous for its Christmas tree and Holly Berry Farms; I reveled in the joy of the holiday season. But, as a missionary I wanted more. Even though my life was focused on studying and teaching about my Savior, Jesus Christ, I wanted to strengthen my personal relationship with Him. I felt impressed to read, Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage in its entirety during the month of December. This was an amazing experience! Elder Talmage wrote this book in the Salt Lake Temple, and the truth and spirit infused in it is profound. I enjoyed the experience so much and was so uplifted that I read it all again my second December in the field.

I am so happy that the book Jesus the Christ can be found for free in the Gospel Library App. I have read it a few times since my mission. I especially love to read it in December. I love my Savior! He has healed me spiritually, emotionally, and physically. He shows His love for me constantly with tender mercies. How blessed I am to be a member of His church! And how grateful I am for this beautiful season of love and giving where we can feel His presence more strongly as we celebrate His birth!

Becky Zundel

The pure love of Christ

“In today’s world of so much suffering because of different circumstances, sending a text message with a funny emoji or posting a nice picture with the words “I love you” is good and valuable. But what many of us need to do is leave our mobile devices behind and, with our hands and feet, help others in great need. Love without service is like faith without works; it’s dead indeed. The pure love of Christ, which is charity, inspires us not only to act and provide service but also to have the strength to forgive, regardless of the situation.”

Jose L. Alonso, “Love One Another as He Has Loved Us”

Talk about Christ by Russell M. Nelson

Elder Applegarth – December 2017

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer continues to enjoy his service as a missionary to the good people of Sierra Leone.  He recently was transferred from Koidu back to Freetown, where he will train a new missionary.  Below is a short excerpt from his last e-mail:

We had an amazing baptism! The other companionship baptized 6 and we baptized 1 so it was a lot of fun! We went to where we were last time and this time we had to ride in the back of a truck and were packed in tight haha. It reminded me a ton of home and going up the mountains! The baptism went really well and everyone loved it! President Moi baptized everyone, so that was cool. On Sunday I got to confirm Isheka a member and give him the gift of The Holy Ghost. That was a really special experience for me! The spirit was just so strong I can’t even explain. It was just awesome. Then we got transfer news. I am getting transferred to Kontoloh in Freetown, and I will be training!! I’m a little bummed that I am leaving Koidu, but I’m pumped that I’m training that will be a ton of fun – but a lot of hard work for sure!  It was super hard to say goodbye to the people in Koidu. Some were even crying. It was so hard but we have done a lot of work in Koidu and it was so much fun to see the branch progress from nothing to what it is now. From going to super apostate to not really any apostasy at all! It has been a good run that’s for sure!  So we will see what the next area brings! Everything else is going good just love being on the lords errand!!

Bishop Applegarth

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Elder Jessee – December 2017

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

Elder Jessee is currently a District Leader and Trainer in a brand new area that he is loving! Following is from one of Elder Jessee’s letters:

This week was a lot of fun. We didn’t get to meet with our investigators but we proselyted a lot, had a few meeting, and met a lot of people on the street.

A few days ago Elder Diaz and I met with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. I saw a man named Kim Chan Ho on an old record and decided to give him a call to see if we could meet. After we talked on the phone, and scheduled the appointment, I read more into his record and saw that he was a JW. He told us to meet him at Giheug subway station. When we got off at the station he called me and told me he is in a coffee shop. Elder Diaz and I walked there and see 3 very old men. They stood up and begin to greet us bowing and shaking our hands. One of them had a big blue button pinned to his suit coat that said “JW.org”. I thought we were only meeting with one man, but I mean the more the merrier … right? Hahah!

The leader asked one of his assistants to get us some coffee. We told him we don’t drink coffee, which I am sure he knew. They asked why and I told them it was revelation received by God to not drink strong drinks, which coffee is. He then told them to get some bread instead, which was coffee bread.. haha! I know there is some coffee bread you can eat, but I didn’t feel right about it. I could feel the Spirit tell us not to – so we didn’t. They got us some egg bread instead, which was delicious. He began to talk to us and tell us that he wanted a 편견 없이 discussion, which means without prejudice. We talked for a little, just some small talk, during which I asked them if I could translate for my companion. He Then started the conversation by asking me what we thought happens after we die. I told him that we are resurrected and live with God and Jesus Christ again if we lived a righteous life. Then he asked where will we go, heaven or earth? I told him “with God, where that will be exactly I don’t know but we will live with Him”. He then opened up scriptures to share with me their doctrine. He told me of how we will live on earth for the rest of eternity. Told me how when we die we are really dead and cannot think, see, hear, move, and that is the end – until God comes back to the earth. They did this for about 20 minutes. This whole time Elder Diaz has no idea what is going on, so I translated for him here and there. I thanked them for the bread and began to bear testimony to them that God loves them, that he loves all people, and that is why I came to Korea to tell others this great message. I testified to them that I knew we lived with God and Christ before this life and will again after if we follow his teachings and live a righteous life. I told him I know we can live with our families forever and testified of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I explained to them that as missionaries we don’t fight with others, but we teach our message and invited them that if they wanted to learn these simple truths, we teach 5 lessons. I told them I would answer all their questions and then we left them with a Plan of Salvation Pamphlet. We said thank you and parted ways.

God really helped me that day through the Spirit to avoid any conflict. This was a huge testimony builder for me. The words “You will not be confounded before men” came into my head. I am grateful for the Spirit, the Priesthood, and the power of God on my side. Truly without Him I am nothing.

Elder Jessee

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Elder Ison – December 2017

Montana Billings Mission Office Address 1848 Rimrock Rd Billings MT 59102

Elder Ison is finishing up his mission in Missoula.  He was released as a Zone Leader and transferred there on November 15th. He will spend the last month of his mission training a new missionary Elder Johnson.   He absolutely loved Great Falls and said it was hard to leave but he was excited to be back in Missoula serving in the YSA ward, especially while to training again.  Time and goodbyes are becoming bittersweet. He is excited to come home and see his family again, but he is heartbroken leaving his mission and the people of Montana.  He was also in a car accident Thanksgiving evening. Everyone is ok and he knows that all involved were being watched over, however as a result of the accident he has lost driving privileges for that remainder of his mission.

He has loved serving the Lord and serving the people of Montana and knows he will be leaving a piece of his heart there.  As he reflects on his mission he says that it has been the best 2 years of his life and he is so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.  His testimony and love for the gospel has increased and he can’t imagine his life without it.  He is so grateful to those in the ward that have supported him throughout his mission and he is focused and just wanting to give it all he has these last few weeks.

Elder Ison will return home December 16th and will give his report home talk the following day the 17th.

Kristie Ison

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Sister Ison – December 2017

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

Sister Ison is doing amazingly!  She is just finishing up her first transfer this week and will be staying in Vancouver with Sister Phillips for at least another transfer which she is so excited about.  She loves Sister Phillips and is so grateful that she is her trainer.  She had her first baptism 2 weeks ago and they have several people that they are teaching including Sister Phillips’ father who left the church years ago when she was a little girl, and they are just so excited to get to teach him and her step mom via social media.  They are so grateful for the new ways they are getting to use social media to “hasten the work”

Sister Ison encourages us all to be member missionaries.

Kristie Ison

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