Sister Hafen – May 2019

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

Haupeiiiii! Como estan?? 

Wow I love being a missionary and it was another great week! So during the week there was a lot of rain. This didn’t really help us with the lessons that we planned. We had a lot of people cancel on us but we kept working. My comp and I was talking last night and we were just saying how easy it could be to be disobedient and just stay home and take a nap when there is rain, but no, you have to keep working, you have to be obedient because this isn’t our work we are only tools in the hands of the lord in his work so we worked hard out in the rain, all week. And we definitely were blessed with miracles!!!!

So we have been teaching this family Vergara, and they are so special to my heart! We have been teaching them for 2 weeks and they have been praying, reading the scriptures, but we only had the chance to teach the mom and the kids so far because the dad hasn’t been home when we were there. They hadn’t come to church because they have one kid that is special needs, and he can’t walk and he sometimes makes noises but we have been promising lots blessing to this family about if they make sacrifices they will receive blessings from the gospel in all aspects of their lives.  So we were wondering what do we need to do to get them to church this Sunday? We had a prompting to go talk to their dad on Saturday night so we went there and we shared a little bit with him about what we had been teaching their family, and towards the end we were explaining that this gospel is for the family and he asked us what time does church start? We were like 9 o clock! He told us “we are going to go”, but then he asked what if it rains?  We promised him it won’t be raining when it’s time to leave because God wants your family there so the next morning came around and it started to rain a little bit but when we got to their house an hour before church it was sunny skies! The first sun that had come out all week!  We were all walking down the route with the whole family! It took a lot of sacrifice as a family, but we know they’re going to see so many blessings this week, and we even had a family home evening last night with their whole family, so i will ask you all to pray for them, keep familia Vergara in your prayers, they’re so awesome!!!

Then to make Sunday even better we had 12 people that we had been teaching come to church! Two complete families and some couples and some little kids that are part families! We were blessed with a miracle of 12 people in the church! We were so happy after a week full of rain!

I love being a missionary and I really do have so much joy when I truly see people coming unto Christ through his gospel and seeing Heavenly father help us in his work. We literally don’t do anything ha-ha we are 2 Americans that don’t speak the best Spanish but what we do is invite the spirit and are obedient, and we follow the spirit.

Love you all and I love being a missionary! Be sure to bear your testimony this fast and testimony meeting!!! This month of May is going to be a month of miracles!

Love you all,


Hermana Hafen

Sister Jorgensen – May 2019

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

Hello y’all ,

Sorry it’s been a minute, another week, month & transfer has gone in a blink of an eye. Every day is such a blessing full of countless miracles, tons of incredible people met (& some rather crazy) 😉 & LOTS of laughs. I swear at the end of everyday my heart is about to burst as I reflect on the love I have for the people here & the gospel

This week we were able to set 2 of the little girls, Deidra & Daijreonna, on date for baptism for May 25th! They are just the cutest little things. We call them “our kids” they get so excited when we come over and teach them! They love church and are just making themselves right at home! 💛

Something that I’ve noticed throughout my life and especially as a missionary has to do with finding true joy.

So bear with me as I go on a little rant about JOY. So many people are trying to find, search, and buy true joy and happiness. So many people often think I’ll be happy once I get married to the perfect guy or girl, or once I graduate high school, or leave/ come home from my mission, or get my dream job, or have my first child, own my own house, move out of the house the list goes on and on.

Sometimes our search for happiness in this life can seem like running on a treadmill. We run and run and still feel like we haven’t gotten anywhere.

We often think that joy comes from the circumstances in our lives BUT that’s so not true.

President Nelson says it best “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives”. Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy.

When we focus our lives and center our lives around Jesus Christ we can experience true JOY despite if we have the perfect job, perfect house, are married or not, are super rich etc. Because Christ is truly the source of all joy & light. Worldly things bring pleasure in the moment but eternal things & an eternal perspective bring true JOY!

Anyways I’ll be done with my rant about joy. Thanks for all your love, support & prayers they are definitely felt! I hope that you can each find true joy despite your circumstances by more fully focusing your life on Christ.

Have a blessed week!

❤ Love

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – May 2019

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

Kia Ora, Everyone!

Well, this week has been pretty exciting. Elder Kupu was transferred down to Gisbourne, and I am staying and training again! My new companion is Elder Gabut from the Philippines. Things are still moving along here in Rotorua.

We had a pretty funny experience this past week. We went for a hike last P-Day, nothing too exciting. We went up a hill that was supposed to have an amazing view. We got up to the top and there was just a power station, a bunch of trees, and no view. We started walking back down, and we took a way we thought would be shorter. We saw an amazing view, but the walk was over twice as long as we thought it would be. Most of our hike was just walking back to our car, but we saw more than we would have just walking back the way we came. The part that was funny was there was an old couple who was coming down the way we came up. They told us it was worth the hike and the view was great.

Spiritual Thought- With it being Easter, I have had the Atonement of Jesus Christ on my mind quite a bit. Reading in Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage talks about how the pain of the Atonement is something we can’t even comprehend. Christ took on something that even He couldn’t fully anticipate. But He did it anyway. We all are going to go things we won’t fully anticipate or comprehend until we get to the other side. But I can testify that we can make it to the other side.

In other news, President Nelson is coming to New Zealand! I’m not sure of I will meet him or not, but it is going to be great. I hope that things are warming up for yours. Have a great week!

Ofa Atu,

Elder Olson

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

Elder Walker – February 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

He is doing well in Washington. He has recently been transferred to the center of the mission, Yakima. With his new companion, he says he’s “having the time of his life.” His new area is 17 miles from his last assignment and thus was given permission to return for a baptism of an investigator he taught. It’s his first experience of seeing the fruits of his labors, and he’s pretty excited. For more details of Elder Walker’s mission journey, see this blog.

Kami Walker

Sister Hafen – January 2019

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

Hermana Hafen is doing well!  She just hit her six month mark and said that time is going fast. We were able to Skype with her on Christmas and it was the best Christmas present ever! Here is the email she sent home on Christmas Day.

Feliz Navidad todos!!

  What a special Christmas week and day I’ve had in Paraguay! One that I will always remember!! Thank you all so much for all the emails and pictures and videos for Christmas, you guys are the best and my heart is full!

   To start off we had a Christmas activity Saturday for our zone, for all the wards in our zone, and for the people that we are teaching in the chapel in Limpio. Our district was assigned to do the animal balloons, so I overcame my fear of balloons and gained a new talent this week! Now I can work in the carnival and do animal balloons. I was making dogs, giraffes, and flowers. It was super fun and we lit big lanterns to finish off the night!

    So here in Paraguay they don’t really celebrate Christmas day the 25th as much as they celebrate the night before called “Noche buena” so we went to a member’s house and we had huge dinner and finished the night with a lot of fireworks! We were in our house pretty early but we could hear that everyone was up past 1 o’clock.

    Christmas was really special this year, I’ve never had a Christmas quite like this one. This Christmas was definitely not about the gifts for myself, it was about giving the best gift I could ever give to people! That is the gift of our Savior, the first gift of Christmas that keeps on giving today. The gift that Jesus Christ gives to people through his atonement, peace, love, strength, and most importantly forgiveness for all the errors we make in this life so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I love you all so much, and thank you for everything. I’m so grateful to spend a Christmas here in Paraguay with my family here and help them remember the birth of our Savior.


Angie Hafen

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Sister Ison – January 2019

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

She is doing great and trying to soak up everything last minute of her time as a missionary. She was transferred 2 weeks ago to a small town called Scatter Creek. She is training a new missionary Sister Stevens from Clinton, Utah. She loves Sister James and loves the challenges of being a trainer.  She realizes how fast that her mission is coming to an end and is working hard to finish strong. She has a short 10 weeks left on her mission and although her family is excited for her to come home, she is struggling with the fact that it is that close, she loves being a missionary and would stay if her Mission President would allow it. I wanted to share this from her email this past week

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!   I hope you have all had the best time with family and friends! Most importantly I hope you are all focused on the Savior this season and what He has done for us!

  This week has been very good and hard at the same time! None the less how grateful I am to be with such amazing people this Christmas day! I am so excited for this time that I have to be on a mission and to be serving The Lord! Also I am so grateful for all of the missionaries that I get to be around this Christmas season!

  How I love this time of the year! I pray that you will each remember how much The Savior loves you and how because of His birth we have this opportunity to be here and to be able to return to our Father in heaven. I know that my Redeemer lives. I know Heavenly Father loves us! I know that as we remember The Savior today to celebrate his birth that we will feel more peace and joy because of Him. I love you all and I hope you know you are all so loved! Enjoy this time with loved ones and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Kristie Ison

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Sister Jorgensen – January 2019

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

Merry Christmas from Tennessee y’all! What a wonderful time of year it is for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! It has been an amazing experience being a missionary during this Christmas season. 

This week we had another musical tribute in Bartlett. It was so powerful and our recent convert, Lynn, was able to come. She was able to talk with our mission president for a few minutes after, she has been struggling a little bit lately but He told her to keep working towards the temple. He told her that no matter where Sister Boyle and I were that he would make sure we were there with her to go to the temple. I lost it. There is no greater joy than watching the gospel change people. Watching Lynn grow and gain a testimony and preparing her to go to the temple to do baptisms has been incredible. I’m so grateful to be a part of it! 

Thank you for all your love, support, prayers, letters and cards! I’m blessed with the best people! I feel so undeserving and unqualified to be here as a representative of Jesus Christ. I’ve never be more aware of all my weaknesses but I’ve never been happier. We can do all things with His help! 

Here is one of my favorite scriptures for the Christmas season: 

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

May we all take the journey to Bethlehem in our minds and hearts and remember the true meaning of CHRISTmas!

Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – January 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another week has come and gone, and I finally got transferred. I am with Elder Smallman, down in a town called Rotorua, in the Fairy Springs ward. So far, things have gone pretty well. Rotorua is a big tourist place, so it is small but there are heaps of shops. There is a lot to do here, so I am pretty excited.

Spiritual Thought: This week, Alma 37:7 has been on my mind a lot. It says “And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” We as missionaries never do any one big thing. It consists of the little things we repeatedly do. It is the same in everything we undertake. If we focus on the small things we do, there is no need to worry about the big things.

It has finally stopped raining here, and we are getting some sunshine, which is a nice change. It may not be a White Christmas, but as we focus on Christ, that won’t matter.

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – January 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

We got to Skype with Elder Walker on Christmas day. It was a treasured hour! He is doing well, and the ward members are taking good care of him and his companion. They’ve enjoyed the festivities of the season and even found new people to teach. For more details of his journey see this blog.            

Kami Walker

Sister Hafen – December 2018

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

Hola friends and family!!

The work here in Conci is awesome! We have been working hard and it has been so hot and humid here! We’ve been wearing our sombreros for some shade on our face every day.  Everybody gives us water with ice but it melts within 5 minutes of proselyting but it’s good while it lasts!!! I love missionary work and sometimes I just think to myself man I think I’m in the prime of my mission. I love the work, I love the people, and I really am just enjoying my life each day here in Paraguay!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I can say that I had a very different Thanksgiving! They don’t celebrate it out here but I did have some fun. We were in Redencion for Thanksgiving and we actually had the opportunity to help Liz Ramona and her family set up their nativity for Christmas! It was super sweet and fun because they are soooo creative! They had their glass pieces but then to make it pretty we climbed ladders and cut the flowers from the palm trees and had pieces of iron that we bent to make an arch and decorated it with the flowers. Then we dug up grass to put underneath and it turned out so beautiful! It was cool because Liz is our recent convert, we baptized her in September, but now we are teaching her parents and they’ve been progressing as a family with family prayer. It was so fun to do the nativity with them and for sure the kids of Redencion will have a little bit better Christmas.  They don’t have much but they are the sweetest people I know!

A funny thing that happened this week was the little girls in Redencion told me that Brinda, one of the girlies that are always in my pics, was playing a game and she was Hermana Hafen…. and she was teaching them on a piece of paper that we can’t drink coffee, beer, or do drugs haha I thought that was so cute and hey at least they are learning from us!!!!  The work in Conci is great! I can’t wait to see the miracles in December!

Thanks for all your prayers and support! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!

Con amor

Hermana Hafen

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Sister Ison – December 2018

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

She has been transferred to Chehalis and loves the newarea and her new companion Sister James. They are teaching a cute 9 year old girl who is so close to baptism. 

She is still serving as a Sister training leader and loves the challenges that brings and the opportunities to serve with so many other missionaries.  Here’s a little tidbit from her email

Now of course I need to talk about being thankful because Thanksgiving is in about 2 days! I am so ETERNALLY GRATEFUL for this opportunity that I have to be a servant of the Lord for 18 months! I am grateful for eternal families because my family means so much to me! I am forever grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. If I have come to learn and know anything so far it’s the enabling power of the atonement, I’ve seen it in my life and in the lives of those weteach! I am grateful to know that my savior Jesus Christ loves me for me and knows me and that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me! I am grateful to know each one of you because you have each blessed my life in some way and helped me become the person that I am! I love you all so much and I ask that you will be able to remember what you are grateful for and remember what our savior Jesus Christ has done for us all! I love you and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Alma 26:8 Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.

 Kristie Ison

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Elder Johansen – December 2018

Colombia Bogotá North Mission Office Address: Calle 72 # 10-07 Oficina 1005 Edificio Liberty Seguros Bogota, Cundinamarca Colombia

He is loving Columbia and already complaining that the past 12 weeks have gone way too fast. Last week he had his first baptism and a great spiritual experience with the gift of tongues.  He said things he wasn’t sure what they were or why he said them. Later his companion said his Spanish was perfect.  He was a little sad that his Thanksgiving Day would probably be spent eating rice and fried bananas.  Poor kid he loves mashed potatoes. 

He loves the people and already thinks of them as family.

Donnell Johansen

Elder Olson – December 2018

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

Kia Ora, Whanau!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Here we didn’t do much, but a member gave us some apple pie. I haven’t seen any turkey for sale here, and everyone thinks pumpkins belong in soup, so most traditional foods have been hard to find.However, we are still being fed heaps, so all’s good. One of the members in our ward LOVES A&W root beer, so whenever we stop by, he gives us each one,because you can’t find it easily here.

This week we were able to do a lot of teaching, which was really cool. We are teaching a guy who was referred by his friend in Aussie. He is such a cool guy, and he is progressing really well. We went over to check on his reading, and we ended up having an hour long discussion about prayer,baptism, and life in general. He asked us one day “Have either of yous ever heard of Snow College?” I was like “Yes, I am going there when I get home.” He got really excited, and told me that the friend who referred him has a son playing football there this fall. LIT! Everyone, keep an eye out for a 6’8″ guy from Aussie. If you see him, tell him I am teaching his dad’s friend.

Spiritual Thought: The MTC President’s Wife, Sister Howse,said something in her last email. She talked about a “24 Hour Missionary,” and I think the same thing applies to us as members. Each of us needs to be a representative of Christ and His Church all day, every day.

With Christmas coming up, I encourage all of yous to focus on the true meaning, and to participate in the Light The World Campaign this year. Good luck, and have a great week!

Ka Kite

Elder Olson