Tech-Talk Feb 2017

Thank you to all who read this section. One of the great things about this new website we are now using is it helps me see what is actually being looked at, and what is not. We had 95 people visit the website last month but only 3 people looked at this section, even after I put in the monthly email that it had useful information. There are several sections, which have considerable time and effort put into them, which are in the same boat. At the end of this month if any section has less than 10 views I will not publish it anymore, unless I am specifically contacted that someone finds it enjoyable or makes comments on its post. I am trying to make this publication enjoyable and useful to you, my readers. The best way for me to know what you need and want is for you to comment on, or like, posts. Please help me to make this the most inspiring newsletter.

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Family Tithing

In 1995 Angie decided to go back to church making sure our kids were brought up with good standards. At this time I was still offended and wanted nothing to do with any of it, so I did not participate. We had our struggles on and off just like any other marriage would have about money, what to do for entertainment purposes. Money always seemed to be a factor, there just was never enough for what we wanted to do. So we did like everyone else, play first then pay the bills with what was left, didn’t work out so well. So we decided to switch up who paid the bills. So one of us would pay for a while, and then the other would pay for a while, that way we both knew where the money went, not to mention getting a break from all the stress of paying the bills. No matter how hard we tried or which part of the year, it seemed like there just wasn’t enough money to go around.

In 1998 the brains of our outfit came up with this idea of paying tithing, yeah right, we don’t have enough to pay our bills and you want to give ten percent to the church, that by the way offended me back in the 80’s. Yeah still wasn’t over it. Well Angie started paying our tithing and low and behold what happened. It was a miracle, we were able to survive with what we had. We have not missed the money that we pay in tithing. And the blessings have never stopped. We have a wonderful home, healthy kids, (even Braden as many times as he has been to the hospital and can still function with all the breaks and sprains), best of all we were able to pay the hospital bills, we have our own business and everything else we need. This life lesson has helped me grow in the ward and the church.

-Jeff Parish

Not Room Enough to Receive

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  (Malachi 3:10)

I really like the idea of giving my tithing without knowing exactly where the money will go because I trust our church leaders to disseminate it to the right people and places.  I also am always interested and excited to see how the blessings will manifest, even though I do think a lot of those blessings aren’t always recognizable as related to tithing. I’ve had a lot of blessings come my way—and I definitely to attribute those to tithing. I’m not sure who said this, but I have always appreciated the saying, “You pay your tithing with faith, not with money.”

At one point when I was living in Spring City after my divorce, money was really tight.  One day, there was a knock on the door. My bishop was there w/ several bags full of freshly butchered and wrapped pork and beef. He was a farmer and had just butchered those animals. He asked if I could use the meat. “YES!” was my answer. The funny part was that I literally did not have “enough room to receive it”! (Malachi 3:10).  There was A LOT of meat, and I only had a tiny freezer—I had to get several different neighbors to store some of it in their freezers until I could use it, and there was plenty to share that bounty with them, too. I used that experience as an object lesson w/ my children about tithing and the promises of that wonderful scripture from Malachi.

Another time, when I had moved to a different house and the bishopric had shifted to a new bishop and counselors, I was going through a really hard time (both financially and physically). One day, just minutes after I’d been on my knees and had offered up a big prayer about my situation, there was a knock on my front door. When I opened it, the entire bishopric was standing on my front porch! I thought to myself, “Thanks, God, for sending out the whole brigade!” They had been driving around the neighborhood, with freshly butchered and wrapped beef from a cow that had been donated to the ward. They had been seeking inspiration from the Lord inspiration as to who could use the blessing, and they felt moved to come to my house. They asked me if I wanted the meat, and of course I said “Yes!” They also gave me a beautiful Priesthood blessing before they left, and that helped tremendously with my physical condition.

These two examples may seem to be only temporal ways in which I have been blessed, but the truth is, both experiences strengthened my faith and also my testimony of tithing.

-Alyssa Wolf

Elder Applegarth – Jan 2017

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Sierra Leone Freetown

He has enjoyed his first full month in Sierra Leone. He has experienced things in the past month that only a missionary experiences. It was great to speak with Spencer for Christmas. He is teaching a lot and is working on retaining people. He mentioned that one of the biggest challenges in the mission is keeping people active. Spencer mentioned that in one of the wards in Freetown, the Bishop was less active. Tough ward if even the bishop is less active.

One of the highlights for Spencer is the kids. The kids love Spencer and his companion because they don’t see many white guys in Spencer’s area. As he walks through a neighborhood the kids will say “hello”. Spencer and his companion reply “hello”. Then the kids will respond with “hello”, this exchange will happen until Spencer is out of sight, he said he can still hear the kids yelling “hello” even though he is several blocks away. Spencer also enjoys playing soccer with the kids. He said every kid in Sierra Leone plays soccer, as he is walking down the street he will often jump into a soccer game with the kids. Spencer said they love that an American with a white shirt and tie will jump in and play with them.

Soccer is really important to the people in Sierra Leone. Spencer recently played in a big game on his Preparation day, where the missionaries played against some of the members. Both teams were given uniforms and everything.

We are grateful for Spencer’s willingness to serve. It is clear to everyone in our family that we are being blessed because of Spencer’s calling as a missionary.

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Elder Ison – Jan 2017

Montana Billings Mission Office Address 1848 Rimrock Rd Billings MT 59102

He has been transferred to the Missoula Zone where he has been called to be Zone leader.  He was transferred the week before Christmas and absolutely loves it!  He said that Missoula is beautiful!  And he thinks he will really like it there.  Here is a part of his email while he was studying this week…

“So I just Love Christmas and all that comes with it! I wanted to share a little part from Preach my Gospel. We were studying about the Atonement the other day and I read this paragraph and a part really stuck out to me. To fulfill the plan of salvation, Christ paid the penalty for our sins. He alone was able to do that. He was called and prepared in pre-Earth life. He was the literal Son of God in the flesh. He was sinless and completely obedient to His Father. Though tempted, He never gave in to temptation. When the Father asked His Beloved Son to pay the price of the world’s sins, Jesus was prepared and willing. The Atonement included His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and His suffering and death on the cross, and it ended with His Resurrection. Though He suffered beyond comprehension–so much so that He bled from every pore and asked whether it were possible that this burden be lifted from Him–He submitted to the Father’s will in a supreme expression of love for His Father and for us. This triumph of Jesus Christ over spiritual death by His suffering and over physical death by His Resurrection is called the Atonement. That part really stuck out to me because even though the Savior knew it would be hard, he did it anyways out of Love for Heavenly Father and for us. And it made think of obedience. Obedience is the first law of Heaven and it’s something we all have to strive to work at. And as I read that part I thought how we all have our little struggles, whether it’s we struggle with reading scriptures every day, or swearing, or for missionaries, some struggle with getting up on time. Whatever it may be, we all have weakness but if we submit to the Fathers will just as Christ did, we will find great peace, joy and happiness. We may think it is hard but we can do it with the Lords help. And it will bring so many blessings. I have seen it on my mission a ton! Sometimes there are rules that you may think are weird but they are there for a reason and they are there to help us grow and change and become better. So I just want to invite everyone to just pick one thing they want to be more obedient at and work on it, I promise you will see so many blessing come from it and that the Savior will be there with you every step of the way.”

Elder Jessee – Jan 2017

Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea

This week we had 3 investigator lessons! Unfortunately 2 of them didn’t show up … which is alright because we could always call them again right? Nope blocked our number too. Weird, I thought they were super interested, but there is always that anti-mormon literature online that tears apart even the strongest of members.

The 1 investigator lesson we had this week, we asked him if he wanted to be baptized. He has been through several missionaries, an investigator for 2 years but he said that maybe in March … Tonight we have a lesson with a former investigator who about a year ago had a baptismal date. Not sure why he didn’t want to be baptized but can’t wait to meet him. He knows some English too!!

This week try a little harder to be a little better. Try a little harder to share the message of Christ that has brought our family so much happiness. First Christmas away from home is a difficult and strange thing, however I still feel close to all of you.

Also one more story I forgot to mention from yesterday! So it was about 8 at night and we were proselyting. I saw a bunch of 19 year olds playing basketball and one kid sitting on the bench. I went over to talk to him, He said he was 18 and he went to another Christian church, however his family was Buddhist. So I asked for his number, and gave him a BOM and talked a little about our church and then the game was over. There were about 8 kids who just finished playing, so I said hello and challenged the best player to a game of 1 on 1. The game was to 3 and he was beating me 2-0 but I started playing real and posted him up and put a few moves on him and then the game was tied 2-2. It was my ball again (Mind you I was in a suit playing). I went behind my back, in between my legs crossed him up and slapped backboard for a layup and yes Cole I did it in my Doc Martins … watch out when I get back I am taking you down. The kid’s friends who were watching went crazy! They asked me my age and I said 19 even though I’m 18 (because Korean age is 1 year older than American age) and they went crazy again. When you are born in Korea you are 1 years old. They thought I was 26. Then I told the kid that I gave the BOM to that I would call him on Wednesday and he felt pretty special. Hopefully he is open to our message. It was a fun experience!

Elder Jorgensen – Jan 2017

North Carolina Raleigh Mission Office Address 5060 Six Forks Rd Raleigh NC 27609-4428

Elder Jorgensen is loving his mission. He is in Hope Mills, North Carolina. He is serving as a zone leader. This is part of his email….

“I love the feeling this time of year of the Christmas spirit!  It is an amazing time to be a missionary!  This week I was praying and seeking an answer of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon again. The spirit definitely bore witness to me of the truthfulness of it!  Read it and pray about it and you can receive the same answer for yourself!  I know that Jesus Christ lives and that His church has been restored on the earth today!  Heavenly father knows us and what will help us grow the most. We just need to rely on him!  Mosiah 23:22”

Ward Christmas Party

We had a wonderful evening! There was a delicious turkey dinner that everyone enjoyed followed by a narration and a few numbers by a rockin’ band. The best part of the evening for the kids was a visit from Santa and his wife. As Mrs. Claus told about the symbolism of various common Christmas items her husband showed the audience examples. The night ended with a chance for the kids to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a goodie bag with candy, a bouncy ball, and an orange. Thank you, Santa and Mrs. Claus! It is wonderful to get together as a ward family and celebrate the joyous Christmas season!!

-Becky Zundel

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Relief Society Christmas Dinner

This event hosted by the Relief Society and opened up to the young women was a great success. It was reported that the food was delicious and the ambiance was delightful with the displayed artwork and many Nativity Scenes. The high point of the evening was the program. It had several moving musical pieces each accompanied by narration. It was very well attended.

How to use This Site

As you can see we have moved to a new website. I will use this article to go through the various features of the new page. The page has 2 menus, one across the top and one down the right side. I will start with the top menu, and go through the options from right to left. The first option is Contact. When this is clicked you are taken to a page where you can write an email to me with any questions, concerns, and comments. If you use this option make sure to fill in the spot for your email so I can message you back. The next thing on the top menu says LDS.org. If you hover over that tab 2 other options will drop down, Calendar and Directory. If you click LDS.org it will take you to the front page of LDS.org. If you click Calendar, it will take you to the Ward/Stake Calendar on LDS.org. If you click Directory, it will take you to the Ward Directory on LDS.org. Remember when you are redirected to the Calendar and Directory you will need to log into LDS.org. To the left of the LDS.org option is Articles. If you hover over Articles a dropdown will appear with all the categories. If you want to see material just for the Relief Society, Inspirational quotes, Missionary updates, etc. just click on the category you want in that dropdown or on the top of the menu down the right side of the page. The last option to the left on the top menu is Main. If this option is clicked it doesn’t matter what page you are on you will be taken back to the main page that has the last 10 posts I have put up and instructions on the bottom how to logon to LDS.org and how to use this site.

On the right side of all the pages is another menu. This one has links to each of the categories, as just mentioned, and several tools to help you fully utilize this sight. The first tool, after the links to the categories, says Follow Blog via Email. If you click the Follow button it let you get email updates whenever I add content. Next tool is RSS Feed. If you use a RSS reader you can subscribe to either updates to the post or new comments with the links provided. The next tool is Top Post and Pages. If you click on the title of an article you want to read you will be taken to a page with the full article. Under the article are options to share the post with Twitter, Facebook, or Google+; under these links is another with a star that says Like. The tool on the right toolbar that says Top Post and Pages will list the 5 articles that have the most Likes. Next tool says Recent Comments. If you look at each of the posts there are 2 icons under each. The one on the left looks like a speech bubble if you click it you can look at the comments that others have made on that post, and you can type a comment of your own to tell others your thoughts on that article. The Recent Comments section of the right toolbar will show the last 10 comments that were posted. The last tool on the right toolbar says Views. This is a counter of how many times people have visited the page. So as you see this number go up you know that other people are reading the same things you are!

I hope you like this new site I have set up for your use. If you have any suggestions, use the contact tab 🙂

-Calvin Zundel

Tithing-Priesthood

“Some of the people have looked upon the law of tithing as a kind of tax and burthen laid upon them, but who is it for? Our tithing, our labor, and all that we do in the kingdom of God, who is it all for? … Our tithing, our labor, our works are not for the exaltation of the Almighty, but they are for us. … Let us understand this as it is and we shall do well. In paying our tithing, in obeying every law that is given to exalt us and to do us good, it is all for our individual benefit and the benefit of our children, and it is not of any particular benefit to the Lord, only as he is pleased in the faithfulness of his children and desires to see them walk in the path which leads to salvation and eternal life.”

 -Wilford Woddruff

Home Teaching Lesson

Tithing-Youth

“One of the blessings of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the privilege of paying tithing. This privilege is a double blessing. By paying tithing, Church members show their gratitude to God for their blessings and their resolve to trust in the Lord rather than in material things. They also help further the work of the Lord in the earth, blessing others of God’s children with the opportunity to learn of Him and grow in the gospel.”

-LDS.org Topics (Tithing)

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