Thoughts from Bishopric – February 2019

February is here! January was a great start to a great 2019.  Much needed snow, new Church programs… We’re truly being blessed. We’ve started with the new block schedule and curriculum on Sundays.  We appreciate everybody’s patience as we work everything out. We can already see the inspiration behind the change. Great things are coming. How wonderful it is to see the Lord directing His Church through His Prophet.

In January we heard talks about the Covenant Path. We heard how two of our missionaries, Elder Walker and Elder Olson, are sharing their own journeys along that path with the people in their missions. Brother Peel from the High Council also helped inspire us to keep on the Covenant Path. There have been changes in Temple and Family History in the Stake happening too. We are working to be more in line with the idea of ‘Home Centered’ and ‘Church Supported’ as we’re looking at ways to help more members catch the vision of this great work in their own homes.

The new theme for February is Missionary Work and we’ll have the opportunity to hear from more of the families of our serving missionaries. I love this quote from Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita of the Seventy, a convert to the Church, as he speaks about our full time missionaries – though I think it can apply to each of us as we strive to be member missionaries.

“Your message is a message of love, a message of hope, and a message of faith. Your attitude and your actions invite the Spirit, and the Spirit enables us to understand the things that are important. What I want to convey to you is that through your love, you are imparting the love of God. You are a treasure of this Church. I am so very thankful to all of you for your sacrifice and your dedication.” -Elder Yamashita

May the Lord bless us all as we continue to progress this year.

Brother Walker 2nd Counselor

Missionary Work

The Lord has declared that missionary work is the responsibility of all who follow Him. Members of the Lord’s Church can, by the goodness of their lives and the strength of their testimonies, share the gospel message and help prepare family members, friends, and other acquaintances who are not Latter-day Saints to be taught by the full-time missionaries.

When we experience the blessings of gospel living, we naturally want to share those blessings with others. The Lord spoke of the joy that comes into our lives when we share His gospel:

“If it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” (D&C 18:15) …

Missionary work also includes helping and supporting those who join the Church. As instructed by President Gordon B. Hinckley, each new member of the Church needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with “the good word of God” (Moroni 6:4)

“[The work of salvation] would include the gathering of Israel through temple and family history work, working with families and individuals in need, and helping the missionaries to bring souls to Jesus Christ.”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband(April 2018): Behold! A Royal Army

Thomas S. Monson(April 1995): That All May Hear

What is Indexing

Happy New Year, 4th ward family. As temple and family history consultants, we want to put out some information each month to you as the 4th ward. This month, we will focus on indexing.

Some will ask, “What is indexing and why should we be indexing?” There is a great article in the December 2018 ensign about indexing. It tell us that “Indexing is a process that helps us organize that data contained in many kinds of records”. There are many kinds of records to choose from birth, death, immigration, military, deed, probate, and so on. Indexing makes records available and searchable. The indexing process now transforms the information into digital format, and searches that used to take hours, days or even years, now can be accomplished in seconds.

Millions of searchable names are added to Family Search through indexing efforts. It is the main source of new information added the system, ready to be utilized by the system. Maybe you have tried indexing in the past, but now it is so much easier, and there is an incredible array of help available online. You can choose the difficulty level that you want, and there is now what they call a “Quick batch” that can be completed in as little as 5 minutes when you don’t have much time, and are great for younger indexers. Our 9 and 8 year old granddaughters love to help index. It is a great project for all the family to be involved in. We have instituted an indexing challenge in our family this year.

Never has service been so easy or convenient. You can help build the kingdom as you serve at home, even in your pajamas. In just a few clicks of the computer mouse the blessings of temple and family history work can begin to flow into your life.

We as temple and family history consultants would love to be invited into your home to get you started. Give us a call and we would love to help with indexing or temple and family history work.  

Let us each put our “shoulder to the wheel and push along”.

 Angie Jorgensen

Sister Ison – February 2019

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

I can’t think of a better topic for the month than Missionary work!  And that’s probably because my missionary is in the home stretch.  Sister Ison just started her last transfer of her mission.  She will be returning home on March 5th and will give her homecoming talk on March 10th.  And although we are overjoyed at the thought of her coming home in 6 weeks she doesn’t quite share our enthusiasm… these are her words to us in her email this week.

Well this is my last 6 weeks, only 42 days left and as much as I love all of you I DO NOT want to come home. My heart aches because I love my mission and I don’t want to leave I have come to learn so many things but enough of that I still have 6 weeks! …

First off James got baptized this last Saturday! I taught him in Chehalis and I’m so excited and proud of James! He has come a long way and I just love him and his family! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I’ve been to! I love seeing people change and making promises and receiving blessings because of their decision!

So this is obviously a hard time for Sister Ison as she prepares to leave the people and places she has loved and served in the Vancouver Washington mission. I also had to give her the news of a childhood friend’s untimely passing which was hard for her but I loved the testimony she shared at the end of her email about eternal families and I thought that I would share those thoughts with you.

Now I want to testify of eternal families. When we are committed to keeping our covenants and we go to the temple and take the sacrament we will be with our families for eternity. Most from back home know about Dallin and his passing and I wholeheartedly know that because his parents keep their covenants they will be together forever, for eternity and beyond. The Gospel is for everyone and because of him and what our Savior did for us, it is for everyone, always and forever. He is the Sweet Redeemer of our souls.  Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and this is his mission not mine. I testify that God loves us and wants us to return to him and that because of our Savior Jesus Christ who loves us so much we will return to him! I love you all and I know that this work will help others be together for eternity and beyond! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen!

We will probably get one more newsletter to report on Sister Ison since it will be right at the first of March but as you can tell it is bittersweet for our missionaries as the end draws near for them.                   

Kristie Ison

Sister Jorgensen – February 2019

Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116

Hello y’all and happy New Year! This week just got better and better . It doesn’t get better than being a disciple of Jesus Christ! There were so many miracles and so many people placed in our path that we were able to share the restored gospel with!

One of my favorites was on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday were both really nice days- 65 degrees! Blessed! Sunday we were headed home a little earlier than normal to finish some weekly planning we didn’t have time to do on Friday. We were almost home and out of the corner of my eye I see someone sitting on the curb of the parking lot with their head down. I pull over and we go over to her. We sat down on the asphalt in the parking lot and started talking to her. Angela has had a rough go lately and pulled over to just think and cry for a minute. 

She really started to open up to us as we asked her if she was looking for peace, truth, and happiness. She said she was searching for something. We were able to teach her the restoration and invite her to be baptized once she knows it’s true, and she said yes! She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon said she would read a chapter and we are meeting with her again tonight! As we sat in that parking lot talking to a stranger I thought to myself when else in my life would I ever or have I ever been so focused on helping others, “feeding His sheep”, and bringing them TRUE happiness? It made me so grateful that I get to do this EVERY SINGLE DAY! As we sat and talked with Angela my heart ached for her; but in the short amount of time I felt such a connection to her and felt such a small portion of the love our Heavenly Father and Savior have for us.

I’ve loved being able to change my perspective on so many different things as a missionary but one of my favorites has definitely been seeing people as the Savior does and loving them as He does and would! Being able to feel a small portion of the love the Savior has for the people here has been incredible.

I would invite y’all to more fully see people the way Christ does and to love and care for His sheep the way He would if He was here. It starts with the smallest of things a smile, hug, or compliment can mean more than you’ll ever know.

Have a blessed week!
Sister Jorgensen

Elder Olson – February 2019

New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another interesting week has gone down in Rotorua. We were visiting a less active family on Sunday, and the Young Men’s President showed up to help split some firewood. He started looking for these little grubs that grow in the wood. He found one, and showed us all. He then started joking with us about eating them. We all thought he was kidding, but then he popped it in and ATE IT. He told us if he found any more we would be eating them. He did find two more really little ones. They were a little bit shorter than the fingernail on my pinkie. My comp and I both popped them in. I kind of just swallowed it. It didn’t taste like much. I was glad I ate a little one, because the next one he found was as big as my thumb. No one decided to eat that one.

Spiritual Thought: A favorite scripture of mine is Moroni 7:37. It talks about how by faith, miracles are wrought. I have seen that on the mission in having faith to find. This week we found a lot of people out of pure inspiration. I know God can do mighty things if you have mighty faith.

I hit my 6-month mark. It feels weird to be out that long. Time has flown. I hope your time has been good to you. It has definitely been good to me. I hope all of you have a great month.

Ka Kite,
Elder Olson

Elder Walker – February 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902

He is doing well in Washington. He has recently been transferred to the center of the mission, Yakima. With his new companion, he says he’s “having the time of his life.” His new area is 17 miles from his last assignment and thus was given permission to return for a baptism of an investigator he taught. It’s his first experience of seeing the fruits of his labors, and he’s pretty excited. For more details of Elder Walker’s mission journey, see this blog.

Kami Walker