Bishopric Thoughts – Sabbath Day

Fall has finally found us. The temperatures are falling, the leaves are falling, and the fall colors up Nebo Canyon are spectacular!  Our gardens are being harvested and we are bottling the excess. October is also the time when we prepare to listen to a prophet’s voice.  A time to gather our families and hear from the church’s general authorities and leaders. An opportunity for us to commit to the Covenant Path that leads us to that Father in Heaven who created us.

October is also the month we have our Fall Social. This year, it will be on the 29th and everyone will have the opportunity to dress up and share their favorite soup or salad with the ward members.  It’s also a perfect opportunity for you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us.

To commemorate the passage of the Cub Scout Program sponsored by the Church, our Cub Scout committee is going to present a slide presentation, paying tribute to the many Cub Scouts that progressed through the ranks in Pack 504..If you have pictures of your Cub Scout and would like to be part of the presentation, contact Wes or Trisha Power.

Our Theme for October is “The Sabbath Day”.  President Russell M. Nelson, on his talk, “The Sabbath is a Delight”, encouraged us to make the Sabbath a sign between ourselves and our Heavenly Father.  In addition to attending church and partaking of the Sacrament and being diligent in our specific call to serve, the Sabbath gives us an opportunity to teach gospel principles to our children, do Family History work for ancestors who have passed on, and make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others.  Especially those who are not feeling well or are lonely and in need. President Russell reminds us that lifting the spirit of others lifts ours as well.

May we all remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.

Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson

Bishopric – Repentance

It is always sad to say goodbye to summer, but I’m looking forward to a wonderful fall. We have been blessed as a ward and I’m excited to see the blessings continue to flow.  One of my favorite duties in the ward is working with the youth. I’m always excited to mention the ten missionaries we have serving from our ward. I enjoy reading their emails and feeling their spirit. It was fun over the summer to see Bubba Ison and Amy Staker leave on their missions. Both of their emails are so positive and happy, it is great to see their progression as they deal with hard things and invoke the spirit into their lives. 

This month I’m looking forward to going to the drive in with the youth (Sept 3), cleaning the highway and eating dinner with the youth (Sept 11), and participating in baptisms for the dead with our youth (Sept 25). If you’re in the young men’s or young women’s program, please come and join us. Come participate with your new young women’s presidency (Shelby Eliason, Tena Seely, Cindy Johansen, and Kiersten Wheeler). Come and feel the spirit of our young mens presidency (Kyler Wheeler, Hunter Atkinson, Drew Jorgensen, and Steven Brito). We enjoy getting together and I’m looking forward to a great month. 

The theme in sacrament meeting this month is Repentance. I have enjoyed several conference talks from this past April which talked about repentance. I’m reminded that repentance isn’t just for those big hairy sins, but repentance is an opportunity to use the atonement of Jesus Christ to improve ourselves every day. I hope that I can join our 10 missionaries in crying repentance this month. I’m not planning on pointing out other people’s sins, I don’t think that strategy is going to be very effective. Instead, I hope I can leverage the atonement in my live and you can leverage the atonement in your live and together we can work hard to improve ourselves, our families, and our ward. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ, I’m grateful for the atonement and the huge blessing that is in my life. I’m grateful for the knowledge that families are forever. That through Jesus Christ, I have the potential to live with Kathryn, my kids, my parents, my siblings, forever. I’m grateful for this ward and the love and support each of you give me.

Bishop Applegarth

Bishopric – August 2019

Summer is in full swing!  July was a very busy month with the 4th of July and 24th of July holidays.  We also had two more outgoing missionaries give talks.  We wish Wyatt Ison (Washington, Yakima) and Amy Staker (Oregon, Salem) the best as they being this next chapter in their lives.  We’re so excited for them. 

August has several things coming right up that we want everyone to know about.  August 1 is our Stake Temple Night in preparation for Stake Conference on the 11th.  August 2 is our Father’s and Son’s night.  This year it will be held at Bro. Larry Staker’s property.  Come enjoy a dinner and good company.  The 8th of August is our Summer Ward Party.  We are having it at Heritage Grove Campground (the same place as last year). Please invite your friends and neighbors and those you minister to.  It will be a lot of fun!  Thanks again to the McClellan’s for spearheading this.

The theme for August is Sacrifice.  As I thought about topic and something I could share I came across this message: 

I am going to preach a hard doctrine to you now. The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. It is a hard doctrine, but it is true. The many other things we give to God, however nice that may be of us, are actually things He has already given us, and He has loaned them to us. But when we begin to submit ourselves by letting our wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him. And that hard doctrine lies at the center of discipleship.

Neal A. Maxwell

As I thought about how I could do better I was encouraged by the thought that our loving Heavenly Father is always there for us, to help, to support, to welcome us back when we stray.  I know that through the ultimate sacrifice, the Atonement of his Son, we can return to live with them.  July was a great month to think about our pioneer heritage, and all the sacrifices they made.  I think that they were willing to make those sacrifices because of their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  And though my own faith may be small and weak sometimes, it gives me great hope that I can continue to set aside (sacrifice) my own pride and weaknesses and come closer to being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  Have a great month everybody!

Bishopric 2nd Counselor Brother Walker

Bishopric – July 2019

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

Bishopric – June 2019

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. 

Bishop Applegarth

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

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

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

Thoughts from Bishopric – February 2019

February is here! January was a great start to a great 2019.  Much needed snow, new Church programs… We’re truly being blessed. We’ve started with the new block schedule and curriculum on Sundays.  We appreciate everybody’s patience as we work everything out. We can already see the inspiration behind the change. Great things are coming. How wonderful it is to see the Lord directing His Church through His Prophet.

In January we heard talks about the Covenant Path. We heard how two of our missionaries, Elder Walker and Elder Olson, are sharing their own journeys along that path with the people in their missions. Brother Peel from the High Council also helped inspire us to keep on the Covenant Path. There have been changes in Temple and Family History in the Stake happening too. We are working to be more in line with the idea of ‘Home Centered’ and ‘Church Supported’ as we’re looking at ways to help more members catch the vision of this great work in their own homes.

The new theme for February is Missionary Work and we’ll have the opportunity to hear from more of the families of our serving missionaries. I love this quote from Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita of the Seventy, a convert to the Church, as he speaks about our full time missionaries – though I think it can apply to each of us as we strive to be member missionaries.

“Your message is a message of love, a message of hope, and a message of faith. Your attitude and your actions invite the Spirit, and the Spirit enables us to understand the things that are important. What I want to convey to you is that through your love, you are imparting the love of God. You are a treasure of this Church. I am so very thankful to all of you for your sacrifice and your dedication.” -Elder Yamashita

May the Lord bless us all as we continue to progress this year.

Brother Walker 2nd Counselor

January

Welcome to January and a new year! Named after Janus, the Roman deity who is depicted with two contrasting faces representing the old and new, the past and future, endings and new beginnings, all of which relate to the outgoing year of 2018 and the incoming year 2019.

As we look back to the year 2018, we see a year where many new and exciting church policies have been implemented. We now have Ministering which replaced Visiting and Home teaching, High Priests which now meet with the Elders Quorum. A two hour block on Sundays to help facilitate home centered church supported gospel instruction and learning, supported through the “Come Follow Me” resource. Progression for children and youth in January, rather than on their birthday. Elimination of the Scouting program and the Manti and Castle Valley Pageant beginning in 2020 and the emphasis on the name of the Church, making certain we include the Saviors name when referencing His church, rather than just “Mormons”. I’m sure as the year 2019 progresses, we’ll see many more revelations pertaining to Church policy and to our personal salvation and exaltation. That is why it’s so important that we continue to listen to the still small voice that bears witness that the changes implemented are inspired and are revelations from the Lord, through His Prophet, for us. Also those promptings from the Spirit keep us on the Covenant Path that leads us back to our Heavenly Father.

Our theme for January is the Covenant Path, a phrase often used by our beloved Prophet and President of the Church, Russell M. Nelson. With so many church policy changes, one can’t help but think that the future holds some uncertainty. But as Elder Todd Christofferson recently stated, “We have no need to fear the future if we exercise gratitude for the blessings we share, be responsible for the choices we make in life, and have faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ”.

May we all find solace and peace of mind in recalling the words of the Old Testament Prophet Amos when he said “Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the Prophets.”

Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson

Christ-mas

What a great time of year.  The Christmas season is upon us, and hopefully with some blessings from our Heavenly Father we will have some snow.  I love this time of year as we take time to be with family and friends and remember the things that are most important in our lives.  Jesus Christ is the focal point of our celebration, and what an opportunity it provides us to focus on improving our own Christ-like attributes.

On December 19th, we will celebrate Christmas as award.  We will have a ward dinner, with aplay provided by our primary children. Just like last year, Sister Christofferson will lead the primary children in a Christmas play.  With any luck, Santa Claus will come.  I’m also looking forward to December 23rd, when church will be Sacrament meeting.  We won’t have Sunday School or Priesthood/Relief Society that day. Sister Anderson will lead us through a program that will celebrate the birth of the Savior, through song and words. We encourage you to invite those that you minister to, your neighbors,and friends to come and celebrate Christmas with us by attending these two events. 

Other items of interest that occurred in this past month,Spencer Applegarth gave his report on his mission to Sierra Leone.  We are excited to have Spencer back and are grateful for the opportunities he had as a missionary.  Sister Dorothy Walters passed away.  She was a great woman and will be missed by all.  We appreciated her service as the ward librarian.  We pass our condolences to her family.  This month Dayton Talbot will return from his missionary service to the Port of Spain.  He will report on his mission on December 16.  I look forward to the spirit that he will bring to that meeting. 

This Christmas we have eight full time missionaries that will be looking forward to a call from their family.  This includes Sister Jentry Ison, Elder Ryker Erickson, Sister Mariah Hafen, Sister Natalie Jorgensen, Elder Trevor Olson,Elder Josh Walker, Elder Brenton Johansen, and Elder Kevin Johansen.  We are so grateful for these young men and young women.  We pray for them and their families as they continue their service to our Heavenly Father. 

During Thanksgiving, I spent time with my family.  My niece kept using the saying “full send”.  I had never heard that and it is obviously a generational thing.  So I asked her to define what that meant. After much discussion back and forth, my interpretation is that it means”All in” in other words you do something with everything you have got.  As a ward this Christmas season, I Pray that we are “All in” or “full send” or whatever saying you want to use to express dedicating everything we have to making Mount Pleasant a little better, to improving our families, ourselves, and the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward.

Merry Christmas

Bishop Applegarth

Bishopric – Gratitude

Fall is finally here!  With it came General Conference.  What a great opportunity to listen to divine messages.  I have a strong testimony that Russell M. Nelson is a prophet.  It will be interesting to see the changes implemented as we move to a new schedule at the beginning of 2019.

In addition to General Conference we got to listen to a missionary preparing to leave and a returning missionary.  They’re both amazing.  Good luck to both Kevin Johansen (headed to Cincinnati, Ohio) and Trent Seely (returning from California).

The theme for November is Gratitude.  A perfect fit for Thanksgiving, and contemplating the Savior’s birth in December.  I’m so thankful for the gospel, and for the members of the 4th Ward.  I hope you all have a wonderful month!

Bishopric 2nd Counselor Brother Walker

Bishopric – October 2018

So many things are happening in our Ward. We just had Brenton Johansen leave for Bogota, Colombia to serve his mission and we had Tyler Jessee come back from a mission in Seoul, South Korea. In October, Trent Seely is coming home from the California Redlands mission, Spencer Applegarth is returning from Sierra Leone and Kevin Johansen is preparing to leave for the Cincinnati Ohio mission. There’s been so many missionaries going out and coming home, we are considering a church calling just to update our Missionary Wall in the foyer. I’d like to add, Kevin Johansen and Preston Condie have both earned their Eagle Award and will be recognized on the 21st of October at a Court of Honor. The parents of the 4th Ward can be proud of their sons and daughters and we’d like to recognize them for their teaching of correct Gospel principles and the examples they continue to be. We’ve also had several new families move into our Ward.  Just this summer, we’ve had Wes and Trish Power and family, Ben and Donnell Johansen and family, Tyler and Shelby Eliason and family, Chris and Jennifer McIff and family, Nate and Meridee Moffett and family, and Joe and Liz Dixon and family. Let’s all extend that hand of fellowship and welcome them into the 4th Ward.

Our theme for the month of October is Prophets; which is appropriate considering we have General Conference this month when we will be able to hear President Russell M. Nelson and other General Authorities and Presidencies deliver messages of inspiration and guidance. There will be sessions both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 and 2:00. The general women’s session will be on Saturday at 6:00 P.M.  As with prior Conferences, it’s important to prepare ourselves and our families to be inspired.  Without fail, it seems there’s always at least one speaker who seems to be speaking directly to me. Their talk resonates, and not only answers my prayers, but strengthens my testimony in the Gospel.

Finally, just a reminder of our Fall Social on October 24th. We will have soups and bread for our dinner and afterwards a “Trunk or Treat” for the kids so make sure you wear your best Halloween costume … without a mask.  Brother and Sister McClellan will be passing around sign-up sheets for your favorite soup or chili and the Bishopric will bring Terrell’s famous brownies.  In conjunction with the dinner, we’re going to have our annual Cub Scout cake auction which funds our Cub Scout program for the year. There will also be cupcakes and goodies for sale for those who wish to purchase them.

Brothers and Sisters, the Lord loves you and will sustain you in all your righteous endeavors. May we allow the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, to work in our behalf and may we stay true to the covenants we have made with Him, ensuring that the Spirit of the Lord will abide with us, to guide us and keep us on the Covenant Path.

Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson

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

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

Pleasant Pioneers

July is a great month for celebrations.  We get to celebrate the concept of freedom and we have an opportunity to reflect on the people that pioneered the gospel in the latter days.  To help us reflect on these two celebrations, we will devote some time in sacrament meeting to these themes.  Brother Wilkey recently participated in an Honor Flight, where he was able to return to Washington DC and be recognized as a Korean War Veteran.  What a great honor.  We have many people in the ward that have strong pioneer stories from their ancestors that settled the Sanpete Valley.  I’m looking forward to some great sacrament meetings this month.

There has been a lot of activity with members of our ward.  In the month of June, two young sisters left to go on their missions.  Natalie Jorgensen is serving in the Little Rock Arkansas mission.  Mariah Hafen is going to the Paraguay Asuncion North mission.  In the month of July Trevor Olson will be leaving to serve in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission and Josh Walker will leave to serve in the Yakima Washington mission.  With these four missionaries leaving, the total serving from our ward is 10.  We have 7 young elders and 3 young sisters.  I anticipate two other missionaries submitting their papers and leaving in the next couple of months.  What a great opportunity for these young men and young women.  I’m so excited that we have both young men and young women serving, I hope that at some point we will have a couple go and serve.

During June our Young Men and Young Women were really busy.  The stake hosted youth conference this year at the Heber Valley camp.  There were some fun activities which included zip lines and high obstacle courses.  There were also some spiritual firesides and activities.  The Priests went to Yellowstone, with Ed Staker being an excellent guide.  The Deacons and Teachers caught a lot of fish on the Boulders.  Glen Olson put together a great campout including some delicious meals.  The Young Women went to girl’s camp in Salt Creek Canyon.  Allyne Mower did an amazing job of strengthening our girls.  The final event was a Fathers and Sons campout at the Staker’s cabins.  Graham Jessee did a great job of feeding everyone.  Thanks to everyone that attended these events and volunteered their time.

I’m grateful for an amazing ward.  I’m grateful for all the love and support from the Mount Pleasant fourth ward.  I’m grateful for the Savior and for the infinite atonement.  For the opportunity I have to get a little better each day.  I’m grateful for the gospel in my life and leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Applegarth

The Covenant Path

Welcome to the month of June! The Memorial weekend is past so, according to our resident experts, it’s safe to plant our gardens. No more frosty mornings until October.

Our theme for June is on the Covenants we make with our Father in Heaven and the promises He makes with us when we hold them sacred. Covenants we make when we are baptized. Covenants we make when we receive our Endowment. Covenants we make when we are sealed to our Eternal partner. Covenants we make when we do that vicarious work for our ancestors who have passed on. Covenants that are Eternal and will lead us to Immortality and Eternal life.

This month we can look forward to listening to Mariah Hafen, Natalie Jorgensen, Trevor Olson, and Josh Walker in Sacrament Meeting before they are called to their Missions in Paraguay, Arkansas, New Zealand, and Washington State. That’s ten missionaries from the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward!  And if you include Kevin Johansen who will soon submit his Mission papers, that will be an amazing eleven!!!

Our Primary, Sunday School, Young Men, and Young Women teachers can all take pride in teaching correct principles to these fine young men and women. As a Bishopric, we thank you.  However most of the praise lands squarely on the shoulders of the Mothers and Fathers who have led their children, through example and inspiration, along the Covenant Path. I love the third Epistle of John where he says “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth”(3rd John 1:4) As a grandparent, I think it’s appropriate to include grandchildren.

Brother and Sisters, as we look for strength and inspiration to continue on the Covenant path that leads to a loving Heavenly Father, let me quote our Prophet Russell M. Nelson “I declare my devotion to God our Eternal Father and to His Son Jesus Christ. I know them, love them, and pledge to serve them, and you, with every remaining breath of my life.”(As We Go Forward Together – January 16, 2018)

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

The Fullness of the Gospel

“I don’t know how many more “rushes” we can handle this weekend. Some of us have weak hearts.” -Elder Holland

What a great month it’s been!  It finally feels like spring has arrived.  To start with General Conference and to hear the inspired words of a living prophet was wonderful… but more on that in a moment.

The Young Men and Young Women had the opportunity on the 15th to attend Music and the Spoken Word at the Tabernacle on Temple Square.  It was beautiful!  Our Ward Game Night on the 18th was great as well.  Special Thanks to all who made it such a fun night.

We’re excited to begin with the changes in the Priesthood organization, and the new Ministering program which President Nelson called: “a newer, holier approach”.  We hope that the spirit of love will fill our ward as we do so.  It’s easy to feel the love that our Prophet has for all of us.

The topic for the month of May is The Restoration.  I really like L. Tom Perry’s talk from the April 2007 Conference.  I leave you with his words, adding my testimony to his:

“Our message is unique. We declare to the world that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. We declare with boldness that the keys of the priesthood have been restored to man, with the power to seal on earth and in the heavens. The saving ordinances pronounced by the Lord as requirements for entering into eternal life with Him can now be performed with binding authority by those who worthily exercise the power of His holy priesthood. We declare to the world that this is the day referred to by biblical prophets as the latter days. It is the final time, before the coming of Jesus Christ to rule and reign over the earth.

We invite all to listen to the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ from us. Then you can compare the glorious message with what you may hear from others, and you can determine which is from God and which is from man.

My witness to you is that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, established in the latter days. In the name of our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, amen.” – L. Tom Perry

Brother Walker 2nd Counselor

Bishopric – Resurrection and Atonement

Spring is finally here.  I’m sure most of us are glad to see winter in our rear view mirror.  We saw a significant amount of moisture in our mountains and here in the valley this last month which will benefit us all.  Maybe there’s enough to put a garden in this year.  Watch the Staker and Allen families.  If they start to till their back yards, then we all can!

Our theme for April is the Resurrection and Atonement. In fact, Our General Conference this year will be on the Saturday before and Easter Sunday. Listening to General Conference gives us an opportunity to hear the voice of the Lord.  Along with the messages from the General Authorities and Auxiliary Presidencies, we’ll have the opportunity to sustain Russell M. Nelson as our newly ordained Prophet and President of the Church, along with President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring as his counselors. Their message to the members of the church from our First Presidency is to be “endowed with power in a House of the Lord, sealed as families, faithful to covenants made in a temple,” which are key to “strengthening your life, your marriage and family, and your ability to resist the attacks of the adversary. Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.”

We also need to remember the new 2018 materials “Come Follow Me” for Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings will be taken from our General conference messages which will include both Saturday, Sunday, and Priesthood sessions.

We as a Bishopric wish to express our love for all of you and are grateful for your selfless service in the Ward and our community. May the Lord bless you and your families in the coming month and may we all remember “Because of Him, Death is not the end.”

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Spirit of Spring

March is a great month, what is the old saying, in like a lion and out like a lamb.  I’m not sure that always works out for March, but we will see.  I’m excited that we are finally getting some snow.  I believe that the fast that we will participate in on Fast Sunday with several other stakes in Central and Southern Utah will make a difference.  I know that our Heavenly Father is aware of our circumstances and will bless us with the water that we need.  What a great opportunity to unite in faith and humble ourselves before our Heavenly Father.  I’m grateful for Fast Sundays and the spirit that attends Fast and Testimony meeting.

This month we will participate in Ward Conference.  We are excited to host our stake leadership.  We all know and love President Jorgensen and are grateful for his love and support.  President Walker, President Hansen, and all of the other stake leaders that will visit add a great deal of support to our ward family.  I love the inspired structure that the Lord has revealed to our prophets.  Each ward auxiliary will have an opportunity to meet with and be supported by the stake auxiliary.  I’m excited about the visits that will be made, the love that will be felt, and the opportunities that we will have in connection with Ward Conference.

Early spring is a great time of year as we prepare to send several new missionaries out into the mission field.  We are excited that several young men and women are submitting their papers to serve full time missions.  The young men and women organizations are also planning their summer activities, including girl’s camp, our priest quorum planning a trip to Yellowstone and other fun adventures.  Also at the end of the month we will have a chance to prepare for Easter.  Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of the month.  One tradition that I enjoy is following the savior’s activities each day from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday.  I’m excited to enjoy the month of March with members of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward.

Bishop Applegarth