Bishopric – April 2019

Welcome to April! I’m sure we’re all glad to see March and the end of winter in our rear view mirror. We’ve certainly had our share of snow and cold weather but are all grateful for the precipitation we have received.  Our gardens and fruit trees should bear a bumper crop.  On the missionary front, we are glad to have Jentry Ison home from her mission in Vancouver, Washington and are excited that Wyatt Ison received a mission call to Yakima, Washington. Elder Ison will enter the field on July 24th. Kristi Jo needs a revolving door in her home to handle the comings and goings of her full time missionaries. We know the Lord will continue to bless Sister Ison and her family for their dedicated service.

March also brought us three new babies. Drew and Candalyn Jorgensen had a baby girl, names Tenley Ruth, Kyler and Kiersten Wheeler had a Baby girl named Landree Bree and Shaun and Jaycee Seely had a baby boy named Jed Shaun. Shaun and Jaycee are closing on a house in Fountain Green and will soon be leaving our Ward.  We will miss them and are grateful for all the service they’ve given in the short time they’ve been here.

The Bishopric and the Stake Presidency wish to thank the members of the 4th Ward for their efforts in Indexing names and also thank our Temple and Family History specialists for their willingness to help us all in learning how to Index. Through your efforts, our Ward went from 800 names indexed in the entire year of 2018 to almost 15,000 names indexed through the first 3 months of 2019!  Our Stake Presidency has set a Stake goal of 650,000 names for the year, so we have lots to do. We encourage everyone, if you haven’t done so, to call Steven and Candice Sanders, or Julie Jorgensen, or one of our other specialists to help you register on Family Search and begin to Index names, in preparation for submitting them to the Temple.  Brothers and Sisters, we truly are witnessing the fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers.

May we all enjoy the upcoming General Conference as we gather our families together and “Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice”.

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Keeper of the Stuff

Over the past years as I have taught the Family History class I ask the class to identify “who is the keeper of the stuff?”  You know the one.  The Aunt, Uncle, Mother, or Sister who has shoe boxes, manila envelopes, drawers, and closets stuffed with treasures of life’s memories.  They have all the family wedding announcements, newspaper articles, obituaries, and notes on the family reunion.  These people are invaluable to our family trees.  Most likely they will have dates and information you are looking for to solve one of your family history mysteries.

I once had a dear sister ask me for help with family History.  I said to her, “bring me what you have and we will start from there.”  Well she did.  It was three moving boxes of STUFF packed in so tight.  She informed me there was more like this at home but we could start with these. Yikes!

Thankfully the Church has provided a way to share our “stuff” with other family members all over the world so all can benefit.  Familysearch.org captures these lovingly preserved memories by uploading them to the site.  Scanning photos, documents, and voice recordings.  Uploading allows all family descendants to share their heritage.  What a great way of preserving our own histories.

My Husband Steve never had heard his grandfather’s voice until we discovered someone in his family uploaded a voice recording of his grandfather on family search.  What a wonderful feeling.  You could hear his aged German accent.  Steve felt closer to his grandfather and like he knew him just a bit better.

To see what memories are preserved for your family tree:

  1. Log into familysearch.org
  2. Click the memories tab at the top of the page
  3. Go to people

From here you will see anything uploaded by your family.  You can also search by name.

To Upload a memory to Family search:

  1. Select the person in your tree to add the memory.
  2. Go to the persons profile page. (This is the page that has details about their life.)
  3. Click memories on the toolbar located under their name.
  4. Follow the directions to upload a picture, document, story, or voice recording.

If you need assistance with digitizing or uploading a memory contact a family History consultant.

If you are the “Keeper of the Stuff” (and you know who you are), there is a better way than the shoe box. Happy researching!

MONTH OF MARCH HIGH INDEXERS

As a Stake and a Ward we are wanting to increase our activity with indexing records.  February many are indexing.  We have 30 ward members this month who have indexed records.  For the month of March, the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward has indexed 6395 records! (We are up from last month by 1,865)  If you would like to learn how to index please get in touch with one of the Family History consultants. Angie Jorgensen, Pam and Kevin Allen, Anamarie Jessee, Candice Sanders.  We would love to help you out.

  • Over 200 records indexed: Anita Hill, Barbara Honey, Crystal Bailey, Matt Anderson
  • Over 300 records indexed: Anamarie Jessee
  • Over 500 records indexed: Ann Jeanette Olson, Sue Johansen
  • Over 700 records indexed: Molly Hansen
  • Over 800 records indexed: Gary Hill
  • Over 500 records indexed: Angie Jorgensen
  • Top indexer for the month of March: Elin Brotherson (1181 names)

Thank you to all indexers!

Sister Candice Sanders

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