Sister Jorgensen – August 2019

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

Aloha y’all!

Bet y’all haven’t ever tried to mix southern and Hawaiian. Well leave it to Sister Jorgensen to mix it together for ya. It’s about to be the best southern Hawaiian lingo mix for the next 6 weeks. If y’all haven’t caught on by now my new comp is from HAWAII. Heavenly father sure is good and was aware of how much I love that place (; I actually came out with Sister Uli’i and I’m excited to be here in Searcy with her. She’s basically “Moana” and everywhere we go everyone says “bye Hawaiian girl, bye blonde girl”. Haha gotta love it!

The work is going good here despite the deadly heat God is still so good (: we started teaching these 2 little girls Kayla and Mo who’s mom is a member and they want to get baptized. We taught them the plan to salvation this week with sidewalk chalk and they loved it! They are the cutest little girls. Our recent convert Donald is doing awesome we gave him a restoration DVD he said he stayed up until 4 am watching it over and over mind you it’s like 20 minutes long. He said it touches his heart every time ❤

I love seeing the gospel touch and change people’s lives every day. So grateful to be here in the ALRM! The gospel is so true. As people say here in the south “Christ died on the cross for my sins” YES BUT it’s so much more than that it started way before he was hung on the cross, he suffered more than our sins, our pains our sicknesses our weaknesses our temptations so that he would know how to succor his people (Alma 7:11-13), and 3 days later he rose. He lives! Because of Him regret can become relief we can experience peace in this life!

Sorry its short but I hope y’all have a blessed week and happy 24th to all y’all in Utah! Enjoy heat with no humidity 😉

Love

Sister Jorgensen

Sister Kennedy – August 2019

Oregon Portland Mission Office Address 1400 NW Compton Dr. Ste. 250 BEAVERTON, OR 97006

I just wanna start out by saying I honestly have no idea how it is already p-day again. This week just zoomed by. Last p-day our favorite person, Sister Alsbury, was kind and came to the temple with us. We went to the 6am session which we found out the hard way it doesn’t exist. The guy at the recommend desk felt so bad he gave us money to go get breakfast. I hope that guy had an extra blessed week!

Sunday we a member from Gladstone and a member from Oatfield sign up for dinner. The one from Gladstone fed us mac and cheese because it was apparently national mac and cheese day. The 2nd dinner we had breakfast which was fun. Then after that we went to a barbecue at the McDonald’s for Emma’s 14th birthday. It was like the 14th birthday party I never got. Haha! The McDonald’s are that one family that could have their own reality TV show. How Sister Thorpe explains the parents, Priscilla and Pat, they are basically still in high school. As for the kids they are little punks. You wanna know who all the cool members are and who to hang out with? Ask Priscilla. Haha Priscilla was showing people her blanket that she got for her baby on the way. She starts fake crying and says “why can’t I be having another girl?” So Jen who is in our ward says “you have Emma.” Then Priscilla goes “Yeah but Emma is like a boy.” I just love the McDonalds and all their boldness, and sass.

That was pretty much our week here. We had an awesome lesson with a little girl named Ella who is adorable. Her mom said that her heart is softening and is getting closer to letting Ella get baptized. So that was cool! The mom is a convert to the church. Anyways I love you all and hope you have a great week! The church is true!

Sister Kennedy

Elder Olson – August 2019

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

Kia Kia Ora, Everybody!

I hope you all had an incredible week, because Elder Lindsay and I sure did. Elder Quentin L. Cook said “New Zealand is Zion, gather Israel,” and here in “Gis-Zion,” we are definitely gathering “Gisrael.”

To start off our amazing week, we got fed heaps this week. The people here think it’s funny to feed the missionaries too much, because they know the missionaries will try to eat it. To make about 5 long stories short, I didn’t just try. I succeeded

We also found 3 new people to teach! Two of them are kids of a less active guy and his wife. When we went over, he talked about how he could see signs the Lord was giving him that were saying “Get to the Temple!!!” So now we are going over twice a week and working with the whole whanau.

Spiritual Thought- Earlier this week we were meeting with a man who was struggling financially. I wanted very much to be able to give him all the money in the world, but I knew it wouldn’t last. He needed to learn for himself how to be smart with money, or it would all be gone again. I remembered that it is the same with us. In 3 Nephi 15:18, it says “And now, because of stiffneckedness and unbelief they understood not my word; therefore I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them.” The Lord wants to give us knowledge. Knowledge, wisely applied, is one of the greatest gifts imaginable. However, the Lord cannot bless us with knowledge unless we try for ourselves and trust the Lord.

Last Monday, I got to celebrate my year mark. It is crazy to think that one year ago, I boarded a plane to New Zealand. I hope that this next year is just as good, if not better, than this past year. I know it is July, but I hope all of you have many great experiences wherever you are in the world!

Fa Se Fua,

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – August 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 South 16th Avenue YAKIMA, WA 98902

Elder Walker is doing well in the Yakima Washington Mission. He is currently serving in Omak–the northern part of Washington. This past month he and his companion have working to build their teaching pool. They’ve had to be creative in this rural part of the world. But he’s found success by working with members and reaching out to past contacts. For more details about his experiences, see his blog.

Sister Walker

Sister Hafen – July 2019

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

HOLA hola,

Como estan!

This past week we officially started winter!  It has been super-hot all week except for one day it was really cold but we really have been blessed here! We did a bunch of divisions this week and I was able to go on divisions with 3 Hermanas from Peru, and it was so fun, they’re all from different parts, so I am literally learning so much from them, and it’s fun to go see more parts of Paraguay!

Being here in my new area it has really helped me to appreciate the little blessings every day. Everyday there are good things, and you have to recognize them because if you don’t it can be hard.  Being here, you for sure have to be obedient with exactness because we need all the help and all the miracles we can get here!  The day I stayed in my area to do divisions, I was guided by the spirit to be able to get to places, by myself without being lost and we had 3 sit down lessons!!! Three sit down lessons is a new record for me in a day in this area, and we invited all 3 to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized and they all 3 accepted! I was super grateful, and happy with this miracle. We are learning how to work better, because I have learned that I can’t do the same things in this area as I have in my other areas.  I have to work differently to have success because it’s different here. I’ve been reading in first Nephi, when Nephi broke his bow, and his family all started to murmur against the Lord , but Nephi didn’t murmur, what he did was find some different materials and built a new bow, did something different but had faith and was diligent. So that has helped me change my attitude around and I’m ready to see the miracles here in this area!

We have been teaching this guy named Enrique and he’s awesome! We can only teach him on Sundays but he took his Book of Mormon to work during the week and he’s looking forward to his baptism at the end of July.  He is literally so humble, and always gives us pop whenever we go there, and is just so willing to share with us.  If you could keep him in your prayers, he’s 70 years old and has been having back problems, he might get surgery.

Also we have been teaching the familia Lopez Arcel, and I love them with all my heart. There is the parents Claudia and Ismael, then they have 6 kids, and they are just awesome and are all praying and reading. They just haven’t been to church yet, that’s our struggle, but I’m excited, we are going to keep working with them, will you keep them in your prayers too??

This week I’m going to complete 1 year in the mission!!! I can’t believe it and I don’t even want to think about it, and I’m not going to because I still have a lot of things to do! Lots of people to help.  I want to thank you all for your love and support, you guys are the best. I’m so blessed to have people that love me and are always there for me even if I’m far away.  I’ve grown so much, and my eyes have been opened so much in the mission. I know that this gospel is what everyone needs in their lives and it blesses people. I know that our savior Jesus Christ is our example, our brother, our pastor, our savior, and that because of him we can be cleansed from our mistakes, feel his love because his atonement is sufficient for all. I know this is the church of Jesus Christ and that he is the one that guides it, and Heavenly father is a God of miracles. I just want to invite you all to prepare yourselves right now, and do something more every day, focus more on the gospel and live it! I’ve seen so much real happiness in my life from living the gospel, and I don’t ever want to change. I love you all and I love the mission so much! I love Paraguayyy!!!!

CHE ROHAYHU

Hermana Hafen

Sister Jorgensen – July 2019

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

Hello yall!

Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve wrote an email things have been crazy good here in Searcy I’ll attempt to write and tell yall about all the miracles I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of, bear with me!

This past Wednesday Miss Brenda was baptized. She’s waited a long time for this special day and was so excited to be a part of the Lords true church!

Saturday was another huge miracle Donald was also baptized. Donald has been such a miracle from day 1. We met him May 28th and a month later he was baptized. That man has such great faith and was so willing to give up bad habits and commit to do things to be a part of the Lords true church. He’s been baptized in just about every other church but in his words “it’s a blessing to be a part of the true church” we call him our “grandpa joe” and he calls us his granddaughters. He always says the most humble sincere prayers thanking Heavenly Father for us and that he found the truth. Where ever you find Donald you’ll find a cane in one hand and his Book of Mormon in the other 💛

We had a really cool miracle/funny story yesterday. We were headed to try a former before we had to get to the musical tribute practice. We are driving down this road and out of the corner of my eye I see a lady hanging up laundry. I don’t have that fast of reaction time but somehow I stopped the car I knew we needed to talk to her. I rolled down the window by that point we were awkwardly a little past her and of course right behind a tree but I told Sister Gubler to go for it to ask her if we could share a card. She said where are yall from? Are yall Mormons? We told her we were from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. She said I’ve been trying to meet with yall I want to join the church. I threw the car in park (in the middle of the road) we grabbed our sticks and went to talk to her. She went online 2 weeks previous to meet with missionaries she said that missionaries contacted her from Colorado but never came. Hmm weird but she went on to say she wants to learn and join the church! Such a miracle and testimony that the Lord is preparing so many people. We are so excited to work with Jamie!

Sunday night we also had a big musical tribute with a bunch of missionaries. It was all focused on the book of Mormon and Christ coming to the Americas. Wow I don’t know about yall but a chapel filled with over 50 missionaries singing and testifying of Christ is definitely a tear jerker. Grateful for the opportunity I had to recite 3 Nephi 5:13

“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”

And share my testimony with the people there.

So grateful for the luxury and the once in a life time opportunity to be a servant of the Lord. I’ve learned things and grown in ways I never thought was possible. Grateful for each day that my relationship is strengthened with my elder brother our Savior and that he continues to mold me and shape me into who I need to be. Without him I’m nothing, without him I could not do the most important work there ever was or will be but “in the strength of the Lord” the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement I’m able to share the gospel. I know He lives!

Have a blessed week and a happy 4th of July! Crazy that last 4th of July I was stepping on a plane to the greatest mission and year of my life 💙❤

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – July 2019

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

Kia Ora, Everyone!

This week was crazy, so different than last week. I will try to sum up the best bits and keep the email short, but bear with me.

Tuesday- We helped one of the people we are teaching with some service. He is the manager for Carl’s Jr., so we helped sweep his parking lot and picked up rubbish. We found heaps of stuff like a milkshake sign that is now sitting in our flat, and a perfectly good KFC keychain, which is actually not on our keys, but is still in our flat.

Wednesday- On Wednesday, I finally got to play the saxophone! There is another guy we are teaching I met a couple weeks ago, but had been really busy. He really wanted to hear me play, so he got out his sax and I played for a little bit. His saxophone wasn’t that great, and I haven’t played in a year, but it was still a great way to get him to open up to us.

Thursday- We had some guys come and look at our insulation. Two of them went into the roof, and one guy stayed down to hold the ladder. He talked to us for a little bit, and found out what we do. When we said we teach about Jesus Christ, he was like “Convert me.” I then proceeded to tell him about a cool book called The Book of Mormon, and how it was another testament of Christ. He thought it was way cool, and started to read right away. When his buddies started to leave, he almost just stayed and kept reading.

Friday and Saturday- Pretty boring, actually. Not much happened.

Spiritual Thought: the 2nd volume of the Book “Saints” is beginning to be published. I looked into it a little more, and saw that all the volumes combined will lead up to the present day. We need to remember this. The Restoration is continuing today, and we are part of it. The things the early saints were doing may not have seemed like great or marvelous things at the time. They were just doing what they knew to be true. We are doing the same. One day, we will be part of that history. Take faith, have hope! When you trust the Lord and He can trust you, you will do amazing things. How can He know to trust us? Live the Gospel, follow His counsel, do what he asks. We are saints just as much as the pioneers are.

Life is still good here. It had been pretty windy the past couple days, but it has also been pretty warm. I hope you all have a wonderful week and wish you the best of luck.

Ka Kite,

Elder Olson

Sister Hafen – June 2019

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

Haupeeiiii! como estan????

This week has been one of the best weeks here in Piquete Cue! To start off, on Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to a school, and teach English! It was so fun! There was a bunch of 15 year old kids, and we were able to help them learn some verbs, we taught them head, shoulders, knees and toes the song, and we shared cultures basically. Literally the kids were so nice, and it was fun to be in there and represent our savior Jesus Christ, and now we are just waiting for them to contact us on the street so we can get their contact information and go teach them!! It was fun because they didn’t know that much English so my comp would speak in English first, then they would all look at me and I would translate what she said in English to Spanish. They thought it was sooo coooll haha.

We had the opportunity to have 2 baptisms this week of Ale and Shana, their families are less active but we reactivated them and baptized ale and Shana so it’s been a lot of fun working with them. Ale is 9 years old and sooo cute, his favorite song is families can be together forever, and he’s just such a baller. Shana is someone really special to us, her whole family is just awesome and so loving with the missionaries! They said they’re going to come to the airport to send me home and say good bye to me, but really the best part about the baptisms were seeing Shana and ale just smile from ear to ear, after and to have them say they feel peace, and happy, and that they know this is what they should be doing. Love them!

So it was my last Sunday in Piquete Cue and we got a phone call on Sunday morning from bishop, and he says “Hermana Hafen, the church is flooded.” my heart sunk! So the elders and us were preparing for our baptisms the night before, cleaning the church and the baptism font but we and the Elders forgot to turn OFF the baptism font, and it FILLED ALLLL NIGHTTTT! So we hurried and got ready and went to the church and spent an hour and a half getting all the water out of the church it wasn’t too deep but it was just in every room! But apparently this is the 4th time it has happened, and nobody was mad, and Paraguay is used to cleaning up floods because it happens a lot, but let’s just say bishop is never gonna forget me, and I’ll remember my last Sunday here in Piquete Cue.

So changes are tomorrow…. and I got a call from President Evans yesterday and he has called me to be a sister training leader, and my area is Campo Grande, Right in the middle of Asuncion!!!!! IM in the city!!!!!! I’ve never been in the city but it will be interesting, I’ll learn a lot and get so much better at teaching and working diligently. But I’m excited to go on divisions with other hermanas, also he called me there so that I could help the new president and his wife with all the medical stuff, so I’ll be the mission nurse basically, the missionaries call me to tell me what’s wrong and I have to make appointments for them at the doctors so that’s cool and I’ll learn the medical terms in Spanish! I’m really excited for my new adventure and to really learn from a bunch of different hermanas on divisions!!!
I have loved my last 6 months here in Piquete Cue, it’s such a blessed area!!! The families here are awesome, I’m going to miss hermano Baldomero, and he’s already cried about me leaving but it comforts him that I’ll be close.. I’ve seen so many miracles in this area, and it’s just Piquete!

Love you all and thanks for all the love and support!

Che rohayhu!!
Hermana Hafen

Elder Olson – June 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! My week was jam packed, so I am going to try to cover the most important points.

This past Tuesday, we had the privilege of hearing the voice if the Lord through a modern-day prophet. Because our mission president is the man, he was able to get us all up to Auckland to hear him personally. We had to be up at 3:00 am, and I ended up getting a cold, but it was totally worth it. It was an amazing experience. The love and kindness I felt from President Nelson is indescribable.

Our car was being worked on from Wednesday to Friday, so we were able to get out on the bikes a lot this week. We were able to see a lot of the people we have been trying unsuccessfully to get in contact with. One of them is a less-active woman who was involved in an accident a couple weeks ago. She was hit by a car, then hit by another car. She has a shattered pelvis, broken ribs, broken neck, and a fractured skull. We decided to stop by where she lives to see if the guy who lives there was home (another less-active, long story). We came in and she was on a bed in the living room. She told us that she is definitely coming back to church.

On Sunday, John’s dad came to church! For those who don’t remember, John was baptized about two months ago. He is in his 30’s, and lives with his father, in his 50’s. We were driving to church behind someone’s truck. We weren’t sure who it was when it turned into the chapel. We parked next to it, and John got out of the passenger seat. John’s father hopped out and walked inside with his “Original Gangsta” jacket on. It was so funny to see, but also so great to see John doing missionary work.

Spiritual Thought- I was listening to a talk by Boyd K. Packer yesterday, and he said something that stood out to me, and I think it still applies to day. He said “The church is on track, and it is on schedule.” I would like to split this statement in two. “The church is on track:” The changes that are happening in the church are not only supposed to happen, but imperative for the success of the church. These things are EXACTLY what the Lord wants done. Another quote by President Nelson is that “The Restoration is an ongoing process.” These are all things that are meant to be a part of Christ’s original church.

“The church is on schedule:” FHE changes that are happening in the church are happening when the Lord wants them to happen. We are not falling behind in the world, nor are we going too fast for the people. The Lord will give us exactly what we need when we need it.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I understand it is officially summer in Utah, and I hope you all enjoy it. It is transfer week, and I find out tomorrow what will be happening to me. So far, I haven’t a clue.

Ofa Atu!

Elder Olson

Picture: We came into the primary room before church on Sunday. The other ward’s primary kids had written “The 10 Commandments” on the board. I especially like “Do not bully homeless people.”

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,

CHE ROHAYHU

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

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

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

Sister Ison – February 2019

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

I can’t think of a better topic for the month than Missionary work!  And that’s probably because my missionary is in the home stretch.  Sister Ison just started her last transfer of her mission.  She will be returning home on March 5th and will give her homecoming talk on March 10th.  And although we are overjoyed at the thought of her coming home in 6 weeks she doesn’t quite share our enthusiasm… these are her words to us in her email this week.

Well this is my last 6 weeks, only 42 days left and as much as I love all of you I DO NOT want to come home. My heart aches because I love my mission and I don’t want to leave I have come to learn so many things but enough of that I still have 6 weeks! …

First off James got baptized this last Saturday! I taught him in Chehalis and I’m so excited and proud of James! He has come a long way and I just love him and his family! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I’ve been to! I love seeing people change and making promises and receiving blessings because of their decision!

So this is obviously a hard time for Sister Ison as she prepares to leave the people and places she has loved and served in the Vancouver Washington mission. I also had to give her the news of a childhood friend’s untimely passing which was hard for her but I loved the testimony she shared at the end of her email about eternal families and I thought that I would share those thoughts with you.

Now I want to testify of eternal families. When we are committed to keeping our covenants and we go to the temple and take the sacrament we will be with our families for eternity. Most from back home know about Dallin and his passing and I wholeheartedly know that because his parents keep their covenants they will be together forever, for eternity and beyond. The Gospel is for everyone and because of him and what our Savior did for us, it is for everyone, always and forever. He is the Sweet Redeemer of our souls.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and this is his mission not mine. I testify that God loves us and wants us to return to him and that because of our Savior Jesus Christ who loves us so much we will return to him! I love you all and I know that this work will help others be together for eternity and beyond! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen!

We will probably get one more newsletter to report on Sister Ison since it will be right at the first of March but as you can tell it is bittersweet for our missionaries as the end draws near for them.                   

Kristie Ison

Sister Jorgensen – February 2019

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

Hello y’all and happy New Year! This week just got better and better . It doesn’t get better than being a disciple of Jesus Christ! There were so many miracles and so many people placed in our path that we were able to share the restored gospel with!

One of my favorites was on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday were both really nice days- 65 degrees! Blessed! Sunday we were headed home a little earlier than normal to finish some weekly planning we didn’t have time to do on Friday. We were almost home and out of the corner of my eye I see someone sitting on the curb of the parking lot with their head down. I pull over and we go over to her. We sat down on the asphalt in the parking lot and started talking to her. Angela has had a rough go lately and pulled over to just think and cry for a minute. 

She really started to open up to us as we asked her if she was looking for peace, truth, and happiness. She said she was searching for something. We were able to teach her the restoration and invite her to be baptized once she knows it’s true, and she said yes! She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon said she would read a chapter and we are meeting with her again tonight! As we sat in that parking lot talking to a stranger I thought to myself when else in my life would I ever or have I ever been so focused on helping others, “feeding His sheep”, and bringing them TRUE happiness? It made me so grateful that I get to do this EVERY SINGLE DAY! As we sat and talked with Angela my heart ached for her; but in the short amount of time I felt such a connection to her and felt such a small portion of the love our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us.

I’ve loved being able to change my perspective on so many different things as a missionary but one of my favorites has definitely been seeing people as the Savior does and loving them as He does and would! Being able to feel a small portion of the love the Savior has for the people here has been incredible.

I would invite y’all to more fully see people the way Christ does and to love and care for His sheep the way He would if He was here. It starts with the smallest of things a smile, hug, or compliment can mean more than you’ll ever know.

Have a blessed week!
Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – February 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another interesting week has gone down in Rotorua. We were visiting a less active family on Sunday, and the Young Men’s President showed up to help split some firewood. He started looking for these little grubs that grow in the wood. He found one, and showed us all. He then started joking with us about eating them. We all thought he was kidding, but then he popped it in and ATE IT. He told us if he found any more we would be eating them. He did find two more really little ones. They were a little bit shorter than the fingernail on my pinkie. My comp and I both popped them in. I kind of just swallowed it. It didn’t taste like much. I was glad I ate a little one, because the next one he found was as big as my thumb. No one decided to eat that one.

Spiritual Thought: A favorite scripture of mine is Moroni 7:37. It talks about how by faith, miracles are wrought. I have seen that on the mission in having faith to find. This week we found a lot of people out of pure inspiration. I know God can do mighty things if you have mighty faith.

I hit my 6-month mark. It feels weird to be out that long. Time has flown. I hope your time has been good to you. It has definitely been good to me. I hope all of you have a great month.

Ka Kite,
Elder Olson