Elder Applegarth – June 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer has been transferred to a rural community a couple of hours away from Freetown.  It is a town of about 11,000.  There is a little more jungle feel in this community, including large snakes and other critters that come into town.  They have a pet “Potto” which is kind of like a monkey that hangs out in their compound.  Spencer has his first American companion since his trainer.  Elder Jones is from Orem and Spencer is enjoying serving with a companion that has a similar background to Spencer.  The branch in the area is small about 30 people come to church.  However, there seems to be a lot of interest in the gospel and Spencer is busy teaching people. In his last e-mail he stated:

It rained hard Saturday night, well we got to church early but nobody showed up until a little after nine.  Even the presiding authority didn’t show up till then. When we finally started the meeting it was around 9:15 and the 1st councilor was conducting since the branch president wasn’t there.  He stood up to conduct and said “presiding over this meeting is our lord and savior Jesus Christ and I am conducting.”  I rolled my eyes and just about died laughing.  Then I got to give a talk and I talked about time management.

Spencer continues to enjoy being in Sierra Leone.  He loves the people of Africa and is enjoying the opportunities that full time missionary service provides.

Bishop Applegarth

Sister Ison – June 2018

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

Sister Ison & Sister Perry are seeing great miracles in Battle Ground and are loving every minute of being on the Lord’s errand.  They have found new investigators to teach and have a lot of fun while doing it.  Jentry is soaking up every opportunity to spread the Gospel and really can’t believe how fast the time is going.  She hits the halfway mark this month!!!  Here is a little bit from her email this week that I thought would be good to share.

How often do we judge people for things they probably can’t even control? We must always remember to see people through God’s eyes and that is when we will develop that love for them! Yes people make mistakes but if we can be forgiven for our mistakes so can they. A lot of people ask “how do we develop love for them?” You pray and ask Heavenly Father to help you love them, but make sure it’s because you really want to not just because you know you are supposed to. You must be willing to really want to know how you can best help them! One thing that our Relief Society president said to this question was that the commandant “love thy neighbor as thyself” is something that most of the time has to start with us. It does say love them as THYSELF. Sometimes we have to look inward and gain that testimony that we are all God’s children and He loves us, and we have to see that He gave His only begotten son for us and our Savior loves us and suffered for us as well. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ thought you were worth it and so do I. I INVITE each of you to ask Heavenly Father to help you find that inward love for yourself so that once you find that you may love others in any circumstance. We are all God’s children and He loves each of us, He gave his son for each of you individually and your worth is great in His eyes. I love you all so much and hope that you have an amazing week and thank you for all you do. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

                                                                Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – June 2018

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

This week we had transfer day and I am now with Elder Lott! He is from Bountiful Utah, has been on his mission about the same amount of time as Brycen, and is a great guy. We have been working hard visiting members trying to build their faith and asking the leaders of the ward how we can do better as missionaries. We have been having fun and speaking a lot of Korean, we made a goal to speak Korean whenever we are out of the house, and it’s been working pretty well so far!

We were also able to meet with our two recent investigators. They are doing great and progressing pretty well. One of them has come to church the last two weeks. Their names are Jo Hyeun Soo and Nam Seyoung Won. They have some interesting questions mainly because they looked up some stuff about our church on the internet but luckily they ask us before they believe it. The members have been a great support in helping these two. After church one of the members pulled me aside and told me that while Jo Hyeun Soo was reading Alma out loud in one of the classes he felt the spirit strong and feels that he would be a great member. One funny story is that yesterday there was a baptism in the ward and we asked our investigator if he wanted to watch it. He looked very uncomfortable and said no. We asked why and he said that he didn’t want to see naked people. It was pretty funny. We told him that nobody was going to be naked, that they would wear white clothes! Ha-ha! Love these two investigators. They are both 17. I was reading the Book of Mormon this week and came across a scripture, Mosiah 28:3. I have read this scripture many times throughout my mission and evaluated myself based on my desires with the desires of the Sons of Mosiah. Obviously these Sons of Mosiah were very special, dedicated and consecrated missionaries, and in my mission I have tried to be at least a fraction of the missionaries they were. I begin to think of how if one of the sons of Mosiah entered our mission, what he would do, what he would say, what he would even think. It gave me a greater desire to become like them and strive to rely on the Lord to do His work in a more holy way. To desire that every person hear the message of their Savior. This time when I read it, I was able to feel that my desire for other’s salvation has grown through my mission. It was a great feeling. Though I have eons to go I know that each of you, if started now, can develop that love and desire for other people’s happiness. Keep your thoughts elevated and your love strong. Love you a lot!! Have a great week, finish the school year out strong and keep doing your best! Come closer to the Lord through reading the scriptures and prayer daily! They are little things but they do add up!

 Elder Jessee

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Elder Applegarth – May 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer hit his 18 month mark in April. He is excited to be serving the good people of Sierra Leone and is looking forward to his next 6 months of service. We are really looking forward to Mother’s Day when we will enjoy the last skype with Spencer on his mission. Time is short and Spencer is working hard to make sure he accomplishes everything he can as a full-time missionary. Spencer is still serving in Kontollah, which is in Freetown. He has really enjoyed working in this area. He trained a missionary that was from Sierra Leone, Elder Newton. Elder Newton waited for about four months, before he finally got his visa to serve in Mozambique. Elder Newton came to the Provo MTC to learn Portuguese and to prepare for his mission. Kathryn was able to meet Elder Newton at the Provo Temple. Many members of our ward kindly donated clothes and money to Elder Newton. He recently left Provo and is now in Mozambique. He was excited about his new pants, shirts, and ties. He is well equipped and looks every bit as good as Spencer or any other missionary from the Mount Pleasant fourth ward. Elder Newton called Kathryn from the airport to let her know he is on his way. It sounds like Kathryn has another African son, we are expecting a call from Elder Newton for mother’s day.

Spencer is hoping to serve the last 6 months of his mission in the rural areas of Sierra Leone. He is ready to be out of the big city, but has really enjoyed the Freetown area. He is planning on several baptisms on May 4th.  The work in Africa keeps going forward. In Spencer’s last letter he said “we have been preparing 5 people for baptism. All of them are doing well with an exception of 1 named brother Prince. He is the one who has the problem smoking. He is getting better but still has a little bit of a problem so he won’t be able to be baptized on the 5th but maybe the next baptism. I love trying to help the man out. He is slowly starting to overcome the habit. We have also been expanding our teaching pool. It was a blessing to see most of them at church yesterday!” Spencer celebrated his 20th birthday this past month. He described his birthday as follows: “I was able to baptize 6 people this week!!! Every time I put them under the water the spirit filled my heart. It was so amazing to be able to do that for them. After they came out of the water each one of them looked me in the eyes and said thank you. That is when tears started to roll down my face because all I could think about is my saying the same thing to our Savior one day. It was truly a humbling experience. What better birthday present is there? Then I got to spend some time with my converts and they made my day special for me, we had a lot of fun! Sunday was also an amazing day as I stood in the circles for their confirmations the spirit filled the room.  After the blessings the recent converts that I baptized a while ago all got callings!!! It has truly been amazing to see everyone’s progress!!”

Other exciting news for Spencer is that his companion for the past four months finally got his visa, so he is attending the MTC in Provo where he is learning Portuguese.  He will be preparing to serve in Mozambique.  The final elections happen this week in Sierra Leone.  Hopefully democracy continues as a peaceful event there.

Bishop Applegarth

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Elder Jessee – May 2018

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

Well, our little investigator Jo Yeon Woo is now a member! He was baptized and confirmed yesterday! What another great baptismal service. I am so happy to have a small part in bringing another soul closer to the Savior, and help him make the first step in his journey back to God and Jesus Christ! He has such a great spirit about him! During these last two months as we have been teaching him, I was amazed with his willingness to keep the commitments we gave him and how his knowledge and testimony and understanding of the gospel grew as he came closer to God and Jesus Christ. He understood more, and quicker, than most of the older and smarter men I have taught on my mission. This testified to me that in growing a testimony and coming closer to God humility, willingness, and a desire are the most important things. Through humility, willingness, and desire we can come closer to God, know what His plan for us is, and become more than we ever could by ourselves. God will mold and shape our lives into something we can’t even imagine! I’m Grateful for all these experiences I have had on my mission.

We have also been meeting with a less active for the last few weeks. He wasn’t coming to church because he worked on Sunday, but has recently quit his job and is now able to come back to church. He is a 28ish year old guy named, Gwon Hyo Moon and was baptized only 2 years ago. He is a really great guy and this week we went and ate at a meat buffet with him!

Elder Jessee

Sister Ison – May 2018

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

She has been transferred to Battle Ground Washington and has a new companion Sister Perry.  She LOVES Sister Perry and the new area.  They are white washing the area and are having some great success finding new people to teach and reaching out to those that are inactive and just are having an amazing time.  They have wonderful member missionaries who feed them and help them find new investigators.  Their mission has been given a commission to baptize 50 people each month and Sister Ison and Sister Perry are working hard to help that goal be met.  Here’s a little tidbit from her last email….

“I know that the commission that this mission has to baptize 50 each month is totally possible! As we have that day of decision and give our will to the Lord he will make a lot more out of us than we ever thought we could! I know as we are obedient and act on promptings we receive we will be blessed for it and we will bless others. Each of you has a divine purpose and you are all children of our loving Heavenly Father! I know our Savior Jesus Christ lives and is walking with us always along this journey through life! He suffered for our sins so that we can BECOME AS HE IS! Our Savior Jesus Christ and our loving Heavenly Father want us to return to them! So keep going, keep working hard and remember to serve others! Always remember to do what our Savior would. Yes we all make mistakes but use the atonement and strive to become better, he only asks that you try your best and you exercise your faith. I know that families can be together forever and that we can all help someone know this for themselves! I know that prayers are answered I have seen it! I love you all with all I have and I say these things in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ amen!”

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”

Kristie Ison

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Elder Applegarth – April 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer celebrated his 20th birthday this past month.  Spencer describes his birthday as follows: “I was able to baptize 6 people this week!!! Every time I put them under the water the spirit filled my heart.  It was so amazing to be able to do that for them.  After they came out of the water each one of them looked me in the eyes and said thank you. That is when tears started to roll down my face because all I could think about is my doing the same thing to our Savior one day.  It was truly a humbling experience.  What better birthday present is there?  Then I got to spend some time with my converts and they made my day special for my birthday we had a lot of fun! On Sunday it was also an amazing day as I stood in the circle the spirit filled the room.  After the confirmations the recent converts that I baptized a while ago all got callings!!! It has truly been amazing to see everyone’s progress!!”

Other exciting news for Spencer is that his companion for the past four months finally got his visa, so he is attending the MTC in Provo where he is learning Portuguese.  He will be preparing to serve in Mozambique.  The final elections happen this week in Sierra Leone.  Hopefully democracy continues as a peaceful event there.

Bishop Applegarth

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Sister Ison – April 2018

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

She has now been out for 6 months!  She is down to 1 year left and it’s crazy how fast the time is flying.  She has grown so much these past 6 months and we are excited to see what happens in the next year for her while serving in Washington.  She will be getting transfer news this coming Sunday and she knows that she will be leaving the Mountain View area after meeting with President Mcateer.  She has absolutely loved her first area and found it difficult knowing Sunday will be her last in that area because she has had so many wonderful experiences and met so many wonderful people there, but she also knows she has work to do and people to find in another area and is excited for the next chapter.  Here is a little bit from her email this week that I wanted to share.

“With Easter coming up it has been weird and cool to see how emotional I have gotten from thinking back on Easter and what our Savior has done for us. It definitely hits you a lot harder and deeper when you’re on your mission and I love it! Before I didn’t think about what the Savior did for us until Easter but I should be thinking about it always and as a missionary you do and that’s why it becomes so important to us.

Sunday was absolutely amazing!! Sister Davidson spoke about hope through the resurrection and it was amazing! And then Brother Thomas spoke about the last week of the Savior’s life and I wish we would’ve had an investigator there but I had never heard our sacrament meeting so quiet and the spirit was so strong!  But when you are a missionary at least for me anyways Easter has hit me harder than it ever has! I have been getting super emotional because I realize everyday what the Savior has done for me! I want to invite you all to study the final week of the Savior’s life because it is absolutely amazing! As we approach general conference weekend and Easter Sunday I invite you all to pray to have questions come to your mind because I know that each of us have questions that we can and will receive answers to! We will be sustaining our new prophet and two new apostles so pray for questions because you will receive answers! I love you all and I know that this gospel is true! I hit 6 months tomorrow and time is flying but I will see you all in one year! I love you all tons!!”

Kristie Ison

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Elder Applegarth – March 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer is serving in Kontollah Freetown area.  He is working hard and enjoying his mission.  It is fun to see Spencer happy and confident.  Spencer reports that there is an election going on in Sierra Leone right now.  There are several rallies and gatherings in the street.  The missionaries are asked to not get anywhere near any rallies or political gatherings.  Spencer said that people are really excited about the election, which will happen March 7.  He expects to spend the day in his apartment on March 7 and may need to spend several days in his apartment, depending on how the election goes.

Here is an excerpt from Spencer’s e-mail this week:  “ya this election will be pretty crazy … I will for sure not take my vote for granted when I get home.  I can’t even begin to explain how many things I have gained appreciation for back home that a normal US citizen takes for granted.  Like grass, carpet, 24/7 light, a shower, a fridge just simple things like that but man I sure do love it here, my heart goes out to these people for sure!”.  Spencer is teaching several people right now including a 12 year old girl that he just loves.  We are so grateful for the life lessons Spencer is learning.

Bishop Applegarth

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Sister Ison – March 2018

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

She is doing awesome and loves being a missionary.  She just started her 4th transfer and is staying in Vancouver but has a new companion Sister Davidson who she already just loves.  They have found a couple of new investigators and are excited to get out and work hard together.

This is a little bit of her email: “So at zone conference Elder Cook talked about not just enduring to the end but enjoying to the end! Whether you are on a mission or not and you are home remember to enjoy life because this is an amazing time to learn and grow and become closer to our savior Jesus Christ! This is an amazing opportunity we have been given to return to him! So remember to enjoy to the end and not just endure! I love you all and I know this email wasn’t much but I want you to know that I know this is the true church on the earth today! I love my savior Jesus Christ so much! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.“

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – March 2018

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

This week we had interviews with the Mission President, I celebrated my birthday by eating some delicious Korean chicken, and we were able to meet with some investigators!  We taught the first lesson and the spirit was surely felt! We were teaching this investigator in both English and Korean, but he said he really did want to learn about Jesus Christ. Even though he goes to church every week at a Methodist church he said that he really didn’t know much about Jesus Christ and that he wants to learn more. It was really cool to see that and hear him say that because I was thinking he was just meeting to learn English. His name is Kang Tae Rang, but his English name is Thomas.

Also Alex Boye is here in Korea. He had a fireside last night that we could have gone to if we had an investigator there, but all of our investigators were busy last night. He is having a concert on Thursday so hopefully our investigators will be able to go! Also yesterday at church the two kids that were baptized received the Priesthood. Pretty awesome thing! They are doing really well!

One thing that I read in the Book of Mormon this morning, that I want to share with you all, is in 1Nephi 16:22-23. Nephi broke his steel bow. So with no effective way to kill food Laman and Lemuel, and even Lehi, begin to murmur against the Lord. I think this shows us the faithfulness of Nephi and how we should be in our moments of hardship. In these two verses he tells his brethren to stop hardening their hearts. God had led them out of every trial, and even led them from the hands of Laban, Nephi tells them to remember that. Then, instead of just waiting for a miracle from the Lord, he works to fix the problem by making a bow of wood; and that is when the Lord provides the miracle and blessing of leading him to the beast. We too shouldn’t just wait and do nothing when a problem arises, but rather work to find a solution, that is when the Lord blesses us!

LOVE YOU ALL!

 Elder Jessee

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Elder Erickson – March 2018

On Sunday February 11th some of the missionary mothers gave reports about their sons. The following are excerpts about Elder Erickson:

England Birmingham Mission Office Address 187 Penns Lane Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands England B76 1JU United Kingdom.

He learned a lot during his time at the MTC. He enjoyed the great member support he had in Virginia. One of the members helped him weather a “blizzard” of 5 inches of snow. While in Virginia he learned that prayer is necessary, and we can do hard things with the Lord. He received a visa and is now in England and his current companion is from Ghana. Elder Erickson’s favorite book of scripture is currently Enos. As he has studied and learned he now thinks of his mission is like life condensed. He knows that Heavenly Father wants him to learn and grow. He also wants to e ward to read the Book of Mormon.

Elder Talbot – March 2018

On Sunday February 11th some of the missionary mothers gave reports about their sons. The following are excerpts about Elder Talbot:

Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago

He is enjoying his out of country experience. The area he is now in is known as the Island of flowers and has 6 inch snails. The mission is just like any journey, you take it one step at a time. Had the opportunity to bless a child with seizures. During the blessing he felt taught by the Holy Ghost strongly. He loves the fact that he gets to pray frequently. He has learned that life is about love – not money. He now knows that you must change yourself before you can help others. He has also learned how hard it is to be alone. He knows that studying the Book of Mormon, and his companions, have changed him. He now realizes that we must treat others with love.

Elder Applegarth – February 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

Spencer continues to enjoy serving the good people in Sierra Leone.  He is continuing to train a new missionary and he really loves his companion.  He indicated that his companion is a hard worker and enjoys the work.  The following is an excerpt from Spencer’s last e-mail:

We had almost a full day of contacting, and man I hate that. Towards the end of the day I was tired, but I saw some little kids playing around so we went over and started playing with them. Playing with a white man started the kids being super loud.  We were having a ton of fun and all of a sudden a man from inside the house yells at us to shut up.  You could hear him walking out to probably beat the kids, but when he saw me he didn’t know what to do.  I said to him “sorry sir I was just having some fun with your kids” then continued to explain to him who I was and what I did.  He invited us into the house and we had an amazing first discussion with him. The spirit was so dang strong! It turns out that he is a catholic but is doubtful about the religion and has been looking for another church for a while.  It just goes to show that God really does use what you love and your talents to bring others unto Christ!!

Bishop Applegarth

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Sister Ison – February 2018

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

She was able to stay one more transfer with her trainer Sister Phillips; and they were ecstatic! They now have 4 people set for baptism, so they knew they needed to stay together because they had work to do.  They are seeing tons of miracles in finding people to teach especially through social media. She is so grateful for the opportunity she has to serve a mission and she absolutely loves Washington.  Here is a little piece of her email…

Things here are honestly so great! I really want to stay here in Mountain View another transfer or two! I wouldn’t mind spending half of my mission in Mountain View! It’s awesome and I love it!  I love this work out here and the people!

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – February 2018

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

새복 많이 받으세요! Happy New Year 2018!! 2017 was a blur, but what an incredible year it was. The year I was a missionary for the full year, what a blessing. I learned so many things that I will be able to take for the rest of my life. It was truly a blessing. This year I was able to see two investigators I taught enter the waters of Baptism and make a covenant with God that as long as they would try to keep His commandments and follow the Savior they would always have the Spirit and receive eternal life. I saw two men change their lives to follow the Savior, and in turn they changed mine.

In the year of 2017, I learned about the power of Jesus Christ’s Atonement and more about repentance as well as forgiveness. I learned more about: the Saviors’ earthly ministry, the miracles He performed, the temptations He resisted, and the example He set. I came to yearn more to become like Christ in all I do. I learned more of why trials and challenges are necessary in our striving to become better disciples of the Son of God. I came to understand, on a deeper level, why Christ died for us; which increased my gratitude toward our Heavenly Father for sending His Only Begotten Son and how hard it must have been for Him to do so. Because of Their LOVE for us, we are eternally blessed. I have come to love the people of Korea. I pray for them daily which increases my desire for their salvation. I am trying to become like the prophets of old, who literally wet their pillow at night for their people. What a special opportunity I have to be serving a mission and bringing others unto Christ. These things, and so many others, I have learned this year. My gratitude is so full; I love this gospel!

Today we started the New Year by getting up as a house, all 7 of us, at 5:30 am to hike to the top of the highest mountain near our house. Something that a lot of Koreans do on the morning of the New Year is hike to the top of a mountain and watch the sunrise, so that is what we did. Watched the rising of a new year. I brought my Book of Mormon and read a little while waiting for the sun to rise. What a great experience that was.

On Saturday night we received transfer calls! I have been called to a new area! My 4th on my mission. It is called 부천 bucheon. President has asked me to be Zone Leader; and my new companion is a native named elder Kim Ji Heyun. He has been on his mission for about 10 months. It looks like I will be speaking a lot of Korean these days.. haha really excited. I have heard nothing but good things about my next companion. This means I finished training Elder Diaz… Time has flown by. I am in my 11th Transfer now. As missionaries we serve 16, so I have got 6 left. Ready to give it all I got to the Lord.

Elder Jessee

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Elder Seely – February 2018

California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346

On Sunday January 28th some of the missionary mothers gave reports about their sons. One of them was Sister Seely. Here are some of the highlights she shared.

Elder Seely has been out for 15 months. He is currently serving in Yucaipa as a zone leader and has 3 people with baptismal dates. The Redlands Mission is participating in a Facebook pilot program for The Church. This has enabled them to integrate technology more into their teaching. An example of this was a lesson he had with a lady on FaceTime that had a member present who was currently driving somewhere else. He is working with one of his investigators with The Word of Wisdom. He promised them if they gave up their habits he would give up Oreos, and he now thinks he is dying from the lack.

He had a great opportunity to give service by cleaning the temple. He had an experience when he was depressed and read The Book of Mormon and it completely changed his outlook. Some of The Church leaders visited Googles headquarters and worked with them to make Mormon.org more prevalent when questions of the soul are searched for. For Thanksgiving he was at a Samoan house. He had a contest with the other elders that went, and won. They bet on who could gain the most from that one meal. He returned to his apartment 6 pounds heavier. He looks forward to continuing bringing gospel to others lives

Elder Applegarth – January 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

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

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

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

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Sister Ison – January 2018

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

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

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

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

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – January 2018

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

What a week!

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

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

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

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

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

Love you all so much!                                                                                                                                             Elder Jessee

 

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