2018 is half over! Summer is in full swing! Parades, heat, fireworks, heat, a little rain, and more heat. We’ve been so thankful for the afternoon rains when they come… and continue praying for more. Here is what happened during the month of July.
On the 8th we were pleased to hear from Taner Jorgensen, Joshua Walker, and Trevor Olson. It was a great meeting. Joshua and Trevor were speaking just prior to entering the MTC… one in Provo (Yakima Washington mission) and one in New Zealand (Hamilton, New Zealand mission). They both have arrived and are settling into missionary life. Josh heads out to Yakima on the 31st of July. Also as of today Kevin Johansen received his call to the Cincinnati, Ohio mission! We’re so excited for him as well. That brings the number of missionaries from the 4th Ward to 10 either in the MTC or in the field, and 12 if you add the “with calls” category. Go 4th Ward!!! Our theme for the month has been Pioneer Heritage and Patriotism and it’s been wonderful to hear the faith promoting stories in our meetings. On the 15th we were blessed to hear from Brother Peel from the High Council, and his brother. The following Sunday was Brother Jack Steck and Brother Mack Wilkey. There couldn’t be two finer examples of sacrifice and service anywhere. Our 5th Sunday combined meeting is going to be with the Stake and they gave us 2 talks to read from Elder Oaks and President Nelson about the use of the Priesthood. It was AMAZING.
August will likely be busier than July has been. We have a Ward party coming up, as well as youth baptisms for the dead. School will be starting and we have another Stake Conference. It also brings a new theme for our meetings: Repentance and Forgiveness. I look forward to being well taught on these two foundational principles. I was looking through some prior General Conference addresses on the subject and was surprised to see how many talks Elder Richard G. Scott gave on the matter. I used to be afraid of him (that’s a story for another time) but through the years he became one of my favorite speakers/teachers. I conclude with a quote from him:
I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price and will satisfy the demands of justice for all who are obedient to His teachings. Thus, full forgiveness is granted, and the distressing effects of sin need no longer persist in one’s life. Indeed, they cannot persist if one truly understands the meaning of Christ’s Atonement. Alma conquered thoughts of past unworthiness by remembering the mercy of the Redeemer. He marveled, “Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us … the salvation of our souls.” –The Path to Peace and Joy, Richard G. Scott.
Brother Walker Bishopric 2nd Counselor
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone
We are down to the last three months of Spencer’s mission! It is exciting to think of him coming home, but we are also enjoying the blessings of his service as a missionary. Spencer continues to tell us how happy he is and what an amazing experience he is having. As a family, we are grateful for the missionary program, what an amazing opportunity for service for young people. Spencer had four baptisms this past week. There isn’t a baptismal font, so they baptize in the river. Spencer continues to serve in Moyamba, which is a small town with a small branch. An excerpt from one of Spencer’s letters is as follows:
This week a little girl was born to Petters, the person we are trying to get married, sister. She is a cute little girl and has a fair complexion. Well when we asked for her name they said Annet Apple Allieu. They totally named their kid after me! Ha-ha, it was pretty cool so I now have a namesake! They said she looks like me so that is why they named her after me. Also we had a really cool experience yesterday. Sister Favor is one of our investigators who has been having problems with her mom. Well her mom and her got in a pretty big argument, which included a beating. To make a long story short she got kicked out of the house and was living on the street for a whole week. We were able to go there with a couple of the leaders of the branch and talk to them both. The spirit was so strong and at the end of the day they were able to come to an agreement. Now she is back in the house! The spirit is amazing I know if the spirit wasn’t there it wouldn’t have happened like that. We have had a good time working in the rain it feels a little like home just because it’s not so dang hot all the time. Other than that just working hard and helping the work progress!! Remember to stay close to the Lord and he will bless you in all you do!
MTC Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828 Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero 07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal Mexico
Hermana Mariah Hafen made it to the Mexico MTC and is doing well! She has been there for 5 weeks now and in just 1 week will be flying out to Paraguay. She is loving her time at the MTC but is very excited to get to Paraguay and begin teaching the gospel there. She has been blessed to be picking up the language quickly and loves being a missionary. Here is a few of the things she has said in her emails home:
Hola!! Amigos y Familia!! How are you all doing?? I made it to Mexico, and it’s been a crazy 10 days already!! Fun facts about Mexico City 1) When it rains here, it POURS. It’s like an instant flash flood, every night around dinner time so we always get soaked even with our umbrellas or ponchos. 2) We only speak Spanish here, like no English…..but el don de leguas es verdadero! 3) The Latinos are my best friends!! 4) I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! 5) I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked if both of my parents are from the United States, because they think I look Latina ha-ha.
I love missionary work!! First off my companion and I got called to be sister zone leaders!! So we are zone leaders over like 5 districts I think! And it’s been great so far, we’ve had a lot more meetings and we’ve had fun planning activities with our zone leaders which are two really cool guys from our district!! Our branch president forgot to call us as zone leaders so we got to church on Sunday and every one was saying congrats on being zone leaders and we were like whaaattt ha-ha so he then had to meet with us after sacrament lol. The Spanish is getting better for sure!! I got to teach some real investigators this week at the TRC and I definitely was blessed with the gift of tongues, and it went really well. I was with a different companion and she doesn’t know much Spanish so I taught most of time and answered questions! Each one of the investigators we talked to, even though they weren’t LDS, they blessed us as missionaries and blessed our families that you would all be comforted. They really are amazing people, and I feel love for everyone I teach!!
YO SE QUE LA IGLASIA IS VERDADERO CON TODO MI COROZON. If I didn’t know that the Church was true, I wouldn’t be out here. It truly has blessed my life in so many ways, and I know that everything about it is true. I love The Book of Mormon, it brings me so much peace! I love sharing scriptures with investigators. It just really brings the spirit into the room! I’m not only learning the language of Spanish, but the language of the spirit. I love being a missionary and I love all of you.
Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
She is doing great and loves being a missionary! She knows that her time in Battleground is most likely coming to an end which makes her a little sad because she has loved serving there but is happy to go where the Lord needs her. Here is a little snippet from her email this week.
I was able to have a really amazing personal study the other day and it was about prayer, receiving revelation and faith. I invite each of you to read Elder Richard G. Scott’s general conference talk from April 2012. This talk is one of my new favorites. It helped my testimony grow of the gospel and of prayer and how important it is. One thing he said in his talk is that when you pray, and you feel you have received an answer, pray and ask to know if you know all you need to in order to get your answer. He also says that when it is for the Lord’s purposes He can bring anything to our remembrance. The last thing I loved that he shares is to carefully look for evidence in your own life that He may have already answered you. I LOVE that! How amazing it is to have the knowledge that we do in knowing that He wants to answer us and He wants to talk to us. If we only have faith that He will answer us and are willing to listen then and only then will we receive the answer we need. I read in Alma when Ammon smites off all of the arms of his enemies because he had faith in the Lord. Now I’m not saying that we need to have faith that we can smite people’s arms off! I am simply saying that he had faith that the Lord would help him in all things including these trials he had to face. It also talked about joy. Joy is something that I love! I love being a happy person! It is hard to have joy all of the time but I know that as we pray for it and ask that He will help us. He will help us find joy in all things and enjoy to the end! I know each of you are beloved sons and daughters of God and I appreciate you all for all you do! I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so much and I know He lives! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
Well, I am leaving Bucheon, heading to Incheon for my last two transfers. I was in Bucheon for 6 months as Zone leader. It was a really great time. Met so many incredible people and was really able to learn a lot. In Incheon I will be with Elder Cook. He just got finished being trained so I will “greenie break him”. He has been on his mission for about 4.5 months and I have heard nothing but great things about him. I have heard nothing but great things about the area and ward as well. I am excited to give it all I have for these last 2 transfers to the Lord. I have been so blessed throughout my whole mission, more than I should have been. I’m so focused on trying to do my small part in changing Korea to come closer to Christ. I love these people. I am impressed and inspired by the members of the church here and their faith. I am awed at the Korean people’s generosity, kindness, and love. This summer is going to be awesome!!
Something that I have thought of lately is if we desire any gift of God, or we desire any good thing, it is based on our faith to receive it. Of course faith without works is dead, so we must work and strive to obtain it. In that striving and working to obtain it, diligence and consistency is so essential. If I compare it to basketball, shooting 10 free throws every day for a month (except Sunday of course) is a lot better than shooting 300 on one day out of the month. It will bring better results because you are constantly everyday building that muscle memory and can improve more each and every day. Same thing with gifts of the spirit. It requires great work each and every day. It requires diligence. Diligence is very important as a missionary in completing goals and helping others come to Christ.
MTC 19 Redoubt Road Goodwood Heights Manukau City 2105 New Zealand
He made it safely to the New Zealand MTC after a 14 hour flight. He says that everyone is really nice and that it rains almost every day. His Polynesian companion has adopted him into his family. So we may never see him again, ha-ha. We are looking forward to many great experiences that he will have in the next upcoming 23 1/2 months.
Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902
Joshua entered the MTC on the 11th of July in preparation for the Yakima Washington Mission. It was fun and a little sad to drop him off. He was very excited to begin his service. We’ll keep the ward updated with news from him!
August 5th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 28: After the Fire a Still Small Voice, Relief Society: Council Meeting “How can you listen and obey The Spirit?”, Elders: Council Meeting
August 12th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 29: He Took Up the Mantle of Elijah, Relief Society: Prepare to Meet God By Elder Quentin L. Cook, Priesthood: April General Conference Message
August 19th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 30: Come to the House of the Lord, Relief Society: Small and Simple Things By Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Priesthood: April General Conference Message
August 26th – Stake Conference
Information for these images were compiled on July 30th. For the most up to date information please visit the Ward Calendar.