The Holiday Season is a great time of the year. I hope this year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it can be transformational. I hope it makes us all just a little better, a little more Christ like. The church has released a series of videos on Mormon.org called “We can light the world”. What a great chance to be reminded of our savior and then have an opportunity to act on the words of our savior. I would encourage all members of the Mount Pleasant 4th ward to “light the world” this December.
On a beautiful fall day, a child came to this earth to begin her mortal journey, coming to gain all types of experiences of her own. This little girl was me, Anita. I was born of loving parents. They taught me the value of the gospel, hard work, and unconditional love. As most of you know, you may be taught the gospel, but you will have the opportunity to gain your own testimony of the gospel through those experiences that you have. I was no different. I was raised in the mission field in Daytona Beach, Florida, where I was exposed to many different beliefs, which I believe was a good thing. We had family prayer twice a day, Family Home Evening every Monday night, Relief Society on Tuesday, MIA (young women) on Wednesday, Primary on Thursday, school activities on Friday, and on Saturday we had church activities. Sunday was a day of worship, twice a day. We were never allowed outside to play on that day. We never had a big meal on Sunday. We always seemed to have peanut butter and jelly with potato chips for dinner. My mom cooked our big meal on Saturday night. As you can see, our days were filled with great opportunities. We were taught at an early age to choose between the good, better, and best. I loved my youth and the firm foundation it laid for my future. I flew out to BYU the week I graduated from high school and found myself away from my family for the first time in my life. That is where I truly believe my testimony grew. I then got married and found myself slipping away from the church, yet I always knew the gospel was true. I wanted to raise my three children the same way I had been raised. I wanted them to know about our Savior’s love and atoning sacrifice. I wanted them to know that things never needed to be hopeless and that there was always someone who loved them. I know that Christ loves me and knows what is going on in my life. I know that the experiences I have are for my own good and will make me a stronger person, drawing me closer to my Savior and giving me empathy towards others. I know that this is Christ’s church. He is the head, the leader, and oversees what is going on. I know that he atoned for my sins and he loves me no matter what. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who also knows me and loves me. Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the restoration. He translated the Book of Mormon. This book was written for our day; it was written for us. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. We have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides us. This life is for us to prove ourselves so we may return home to our loving Heavenly Father. I love the statement that we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience, not earthly beings having a spiritual experience. We will have the opportunity to return home and stand face to face with our Lord and redeemer, Jesus Christ. He loves us and wants us to be happy. These things I say in the name of Jesus Christ Amen
At Christmastime, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we do many things that are symbolic of his long-prophesied coming to earth. We read the story of his birth in the bible, of Mary and Joseph, of the journey to Bethlehem, of the manger, the angels singing, the shepherds coming to see Him, the wise men and King Herod, and then the little family’s escape to Egypt.
In our family, we have a little nativity that we get out that our kids have played with over and over since they were tiny and also a nativity puzzle that has been put together ten thousand times or more. I marvel at how good it makes me feel every time I see those worn toys come out of the big Christmas box, the many memories that flood my mind, the peace that fills my soul, and the love fills my heart. I know that Jesus came to this earth, He lived a perfect life, and He showed us the way to gain eternal lives, how we should love one another, and how we can return to our father in Heaven. And so, every year at this time, I find myself humming Happy Birthday to the little wooden babe in the manger.
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Sierra Leone Freetown
Spencer has served a little over a month of his mission so far. It has been an eventful month. Spencer was in the Provo MTC for two weeks, spent one week in the Ghana MTC, and now is serving in Freetown Sierra Leone. His first area is Lumley and his trainer is Elder Rowley from Emery, Utah. It is great for Spencer to be assigned to a missionary who has similar interests and background. Spencer participated in four baptisms last Saturday. I think one of the highlights of his month was spending time with Trent Seely and Tyler Jessee in the Provo MTC. Both helped Spencer a great deal, and we are very grateful for the Seely and Jessee families.
Ohio Columbus Mission Office Address 19 Clairedan Dr Powell OH 43065
This past transfer, I have been privileged to serve as a Tech Elder in the mission, handling the needs of missionaries’ devices as well as helping the mission president in a different capacity. It has been a wonderful experience as I have learned how to do missionary work even with a busy workload of more day-to-day tasks, which I can see helping me later on in my efforts to serve the Lord after returning home from my full-time missionary service. I also had the opportunity to speak at the Baptism of Wilma Aldridge, whose life I was able to see and be a part of as the gospel transformed her; after 20 months of meeting with missionaries and a diligent effort to be baptized with a number of challenges that stood in her way, she made it! It started with a simple knock on the door and an invitation to read the best book in the whole world. I know that the Book of Mormon, as well as member support, helped her overcome her challenges and brought her closer to Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to have been part of this great work.
The healing power of the Atonement is real and it took full effect in Wilma’s life. I have seen many miracles in the course of my time in Ohio, I have learned that they come in simple packages – small answers to prayers. We need to look for these moments in our lives and show the utmost gratitude for our Loving Father in Heaven. They will keep us going strong and true. The miracle of moving a mountain of guilt and healing the fractures of a broken mind are as powerful if not more than any physical miracle and only through the hope of the Gospel of Christ can they be obtained. Believe in Christ, believe that He is and then believe Him, trust in His promises. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that this is His church. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God. May the gospel be carried forth by all who will receive it until it fills the earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
North Carolina Raleigh Mission Office Address 5060 Six Forks Rd Raleigh NC 27609-4428
Elder Bradyn Jorgensen loves North Carolina. He has been out for 18 months. Elder Jorgensen was just transferred back to Hope Mills as a Zone Leader. He has served in Hope Mills before. He is excited to be back in the same area. I would like to share part of Elder Jorgensen’s testimony. “I just want to leave you with my witness that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today! I know that there is a prophet of God on the Earth today! The power of the priesthood is real. I had many opportunities this week to experience the comfort and healing it can bring to us in our time of need! Always remember that our Heavenly Father is there with you and loves you! Look for the miracles He is working in your life because they are there! I love being a missionary in the service of my Heavenly Father. There are hard times but that is part of life. The important thing to remember and find out for yourself is that Christ lives and that He loves us and He can heal us from the mistakes we make!”
Australia Perth Mission Office Address PO Box 185 Tuart Hill WA 6939 Australia
Hey everybody!! Monday we went to a koala park and got to see some koalas, pet some kangaroos, and even seen a dingo. On Tuesday, we had zone meeting, so we spent most of our day traveling. On Wednesday, I heard all about Trump winning president!! Ha-ha. We found a new potential in Katanning, her name is Emrika, and she is related to some of the members in our branch. On Thursday, we did service for one of our potentials, and then we had a companionship study with the senior couple and did some role-plays. It was pretty awesome. They are great!! On Friday, we just smashed it and gave out four copies of The Book of Mormon and got some return appointments. On Saturday, we gave out two more copies of The Book of Mormon. One guy was a rough-looking dude, but after a few minutes of talking to him he accepted the book and said he would read it. On Sunday, I had to teach the gospel principles class. It was on service. It was a really good lesson and the class was really involved – which makes it easier – haha.
Nov 7th – 13th
Elder Jessee Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
Elder Ison Montana Billings Mission Office Address 1848 Rimrock Rd Billings MT 59102
Elder Seely California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346
Well, I did not get any responses about what interests or would help you in this section. I will give a brief recap of an activity I participated in last month. There has been a concern recently that people don’t understand or are unable to use the tools available on LDS.org. In response, the Relief Society had an evening of Technology and Hot Cocoa. It started with Brother Sanders, the Sunday School President, going over how to use technology while teaching. He showed us how to use the TVs available, and how to hook things up to them. He showed us how to download movies and play them directly off external hard drives or thumb drives. Then Shelby Jorgensen, who teaches the Family History class 2nd hour, showed us how to log on to Family Tree and some of the many changes the church has made there. She ended by showing us several 3rd party programs/apps that work directly with Family Tree and make the work much easier. Then Sister Rosier, the Relief Society Secretary, gave us a brief introduction to all the apps the church has developed for phones and tablets. After a short break to dive into the Hot Cocoa bar – which had a lot of mints, caramels, cookies, and chocolate – I gave a presentation on the ward section of LDS.org. Much of it was the information that I have been giving you in the previous Tech-Talks, but I went a bit more in-depth on how to edit your profile in the Ward Directory and explained how to use the Donation, Ward Calendar, Lesson Schedule, and Newsletter sections. It was a great evening that hopefully helped some of the Sisters:)
“We are ambitious for Christ when we serve faithfully, accept humbly, endure nobly, pray fervently, and partake worthily. May we be ambitious for Christ as we accept our difficulties and trials with patience and faith and find joy in our covenant path.”
Kazuhiko Yamashita, “Be Ambitious for Christ”, Ensign, November 2016
December Sunday Lessons will be on “Building the Kingdom of God in the Latter Days”
-Dec. 7th Personal Progress
-Dec. 14th Relief Society Christmas Party
-Dec. 21st Combined Activity to deliver Christmas baskets and visit with widowed ward members
-Dec. 28th No Activity.
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, may we be as the wise men of old that sought the Christ child and offered him precious gifts as we continuously seek Jesus Christ this month and give him our most precious gifts of love and service to those around us, for as we server others, we serve Him. The Savior declared, “I am the light of the world” may we follow Him as we remember Him always, emulate His example, and go about doing good, lighting the world with His love. Merry Christmas Love your Relief Society Presidency
“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.” – Isiah 9:6
3/4 C White Corn Syrup
1/3 C Water 3 C Sugar
3 Egg Whites (room temperature)
1 tsp Vanilla
Optional – chopped nuts or crushed peppermint candy
1. Cook syrup, water and sugar to hard ball stage (250-265F)
2. Wisk egg whites to stiff peak stage
3. Slowly drizzle sugar mixture into egg whites while mixer is slowly beating
4. Continue beating on medium until mixture loses its gloss
5. Fold in optional ingredients
6. Drop by spoonsful onto wax parchment paper and allow to cool
7. Store in an airtight container
VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE
The Lesson Schedule section of LDS.org will be removed at the end of the year. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Brother Zundel.
Below is the link to December’s issue!