Spring is finally here. I’m sure most of us are glad to see winter in our rear view mirror. We saw a significant amount of moisture in our mountains and here in the valley this last month which will benefit us all. Maybe there’s enough to put a garden in this year. Watch the Staker and Allen families. If they start to till their back yards, then we all can!
Our theme for April is the Resurrection and Atonement. In fact, Our General Conference this year will be on the Saturday before and Easter Sunday. Listening to General Conference gives us an opportunity to hear the voice of the Lord. Along with the messages from the General Authorities and Auxiliary Presidencies, we’ll have the opportunity to sustain Russell M. Nelson as our newly ordained Prophet and President of the Church, along with President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring as his counselors. Their message to the members of the church from our First Presidency is to be “endowed with power in a House of the Lord, sealed as families, faithful to covenants made in a temple,” which are key to “strengthening your life, your marriage and family, and your ability to resist the attacks of the adversary. Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.”
We also need to remember the new 2018 materials “Come Follow Me” for Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings will be taken from our General conference messages which will include both Saturday, Sunday, and Priesthood sessions.
We as a Bishopric wish to express our love for all of you and are grateful for your selfless service in the Ward and our community. May the Lord bless you and your families in the coming month and may we all remember “Because of Him, Death is not the end.”
Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor
When I think of the Atonement I think of my personal conversion. I was raised in the church, but as many teenagers do, I stopped going to church at age 14. During the next 5 years my life went seriously downhill. But at one point I felt something missing in my life. As I started looking into friend’s churches, taking yoga classes, etc. someone close to me had an emotional crisis. He was an emotional wreck, and nothing anyone could say would console him. I remember the conversation that night well. Even though he was the one with the problem, I felt so lost. I wanted to help him, tell him it was going to be alright; but who was I to tell him something like that? What right did I have to comfort someone else when I wasn’t living up to my potential? As I pondered these questions I felt an overwhelming urge to tell my friend that the only way he would find peace was to bring his problem to the Lord.
I never found out whether my friend took my comment to heart, but I felt that was a turning point in my life. My feelings of inadequacy deepened as I went home, but I felt awe as well. It boggled my mind that with my life in shambles God could still use me to try and touch someone else’s, that I could still receive promptings from the Holy Ghost. That night I got on my knees and prayed the most heartfelt prayer I have ever said. The Spirit witnessed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ is true, and directed me how to cleanup my life. It wasn’t easy, but I got my life on track because I knew how much Jesus loved me. That is what the Atonement means to me. That Jesus loved me enough to die for me. That even though I am a sinner He still loves me, and has provided me a way to change – repent.
Thomas S. Monson – I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Easter Resurrection Video
We all depend on the Savior; none of us can be saved without Him. Christ’s Atonement is infinite and eternal. Forgiveness for our sins comes with conditions. We must repent, and we must be willing to forgive others … Remember, heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven. And they forgive. Lay your burden at the Savior’s feet. Let go of judgment. Allow Christ’s Atonement to change and heal your heart. Love one another. Forgive one another. The merciful will obtain mercy.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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.
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!!”
Ward Party! Weds, April 18 7pm
Games and goodies! Bring the whole family for board games and more!
At the Church
President Nelson announced that all Elders Quorums and High Priest Groups will be disbanded and reformed as a combined quorum. He also announced that PEC meetings will not be held anymore. For more information on these changes watch the April 2018 Priesthood session of General Conference.
Information for these images were compiled on March 31st. For the most up to date information please visit the Ward Calendar.