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