Selfless Service

Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone. Sadly we had members of the 4th ward move away during this last year, but many new families have moved in. Let’s all extend a hand of fellowship to our new neighbors and members. We can also express our love for them through selfless service.

Speaking of selfless service we had two missionaries recently come home off their missions. Austen Ison, who served faithfully in the Montana Billings Mission, and Brady Wheeler who returned with honor from the Australia Perth Mission. We are happy they came home in time for Christmas.

It seems the holiday season is especially hard on our missionaries who are so far away from their loved ones. For many, it is their first Christmas away from hearth and home. Therefore, it is especially comforting to receive letters from ward members who send their love and gratitude for their selfless service.

Since we have so many missionaries from our ward still serving throughout the world; Bishop Applegarth thought our theme for January should be missionary work. The Bishop also thought it would be nice to hear from the mothers of our fulltime missionaries this month during sacrament meeting. We will have them share some spiritual stories and letters with the ward members. We promise to have a fresh box of tissues at the podium for those tender moments.

May the coming year be one of peace and happiness, and may we always strive to have a Christ centered life.

Brother Gunderson 1st Counselor

Sharing The Good News

While I was serving a mission up in Montana, I had the great privilege to meet a man by the name of Milo. He had been investigating the church for a while and when I got to the area he was able to share his story with me. He grew up in a polygamist colony down in Mexico, so he knew a lot about the church. However, he was part of a break-off group, and once he left the colony he never felt to find out more about the true church. He had many family members who had left the colony and joined the church. After much time, his nephews invited him to attend the YSA ward activities. Once he did, he slowly came to church and then took the discussions. Milo’s life was completely changed, and he came to know many things for himself and to know they were true. His most special experience was when he came to know that the prophet today is called of God.

Milo changed a lot; he knew the gospel was true and was changing him. He felt a desire to share it and to help be a good example to other family members and friends who were not members of the church. It was amazing to see how quickly he started to share the gospel and wanted his family to have that same joy and goodness he felt. He was the perfect example of taking the blessings we receive and sharing the good news of the gospel with others who don’t know it yet.

                                           Austin Ison

Elder Applegarth – January 2018

Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone

We enjoyed Skyping with Spencer for Christmas.  We got to speak to him for about an hour and 20 minutes.  We spoke briefly with Sister Clawson, his mission president’s wife, as well as Spencer’s companion.  Spencer’s companion is from Sierra Leone and is waiting for his visa so he can go serve in Mozambique.  The area Spencer is serving in is fairly well developed.  There are two wards that meet in the building and the building is a nice building.

Spencer wanted us to pass on to both Austin Ison and Brady Wheeler a hearty welcome home.  Attached is an excerpt from Spencer’s last e-mail:

We had a baptism this week, the baptism went really well! It was crazy for sure. We got to our baptism font and the water that had been put in the font was pure brown, it was seriously so nasty. We were freaking out because we didn’t really know what to do, but we heard that some other missionaries were holding a baptism as well at the stake center. So I called them as quick as I could and asked them to wait for us.  The stake center isn’t far from our chapel but the problem was that one of my candidates wasn’t there yet. So my companion and I ran up the hill to her house and she was still getting ready.  At this point it was like an hour after we were supposed to start; ha-ha these people don’t know how to tell time at all!  We did get her to the baptism, it ended up starting 2 hours late, but it was super spiritual and it was a way good experience!!  I’m glad that our Father In Heaven provided a way for us to hold their baptisms! The confirmations on Sunday were also awesome.  The kids from the ward performed the baptisms so it was cool to see a ward that has some priesthood holders that could do that.  I haven’t seen that in a while! Another exciting thing that happened was I got to see president Moi from Koidu this week! He came down for some reason or another and we greeted each other with a huge hug! It was way cool to see him I really love that man!  All in all a hard but a good week!  My companion is still doing way good. He is a total stud and I’m loving training him! 

Bishop ApplegarthApplegarth1

Sister Ison – January 2018

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

Sister Ison is doing great in Washington.   She survived her first Christmas away from home and although it was hard she had a great Christmas season in Washington, and even got a little snow for Christmas.  She is grateful for those from the ward that took the time to send her a letter or card for Christmas; she really enjoyed them.

She and her companion Sister Phillips are hoping to get to stay together one more transfer.  Their mission President told them if they could get 2 baptismal dates for January and 2 for February then they could stay together. They are on track for that so please keep their investigators, and that they will continue to progress and set those baptismal dates, in your prayers.  They just know they need to stay together for one more transfer because of the work they know they need to finish together.

She loves being a missionary and even though it’s hard says she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Kristie Ison

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Elder Jessee – January 2018

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

What a week!

We had a few fun festivities with the stake. We had something called a New Friends Party. It was a party for the recent converts, investigators, and less actives members. As missionaries we had to put on some performances so Elder Bratt, the zone leader and one of my best mission friends, choreographed a dance. Get ready everyone, when you become missionaries, making songs and dances the day before or – even the day of – is a common thing (we only practiced twice).

We worked a lot as a district this week to give cookies out to the members and share a Christmas message with them. It has been great to show the members that we really love them, and think about them often. I gave a talk yesterday in Sacrament meeting on trials and the how we can lean on Christ and His Atonement to overcome trials and find peace. I shared 2 scriptures, of course D&C 121:7-9 and Alma 7:11-12. After sacrament meeting I had a newly baptized member, 김주영 kim ju young, come up to me and thank me for my talk and the scripture I shared in D&C. He said that he had something come up during his week that was really tough and that the scripture really helped him. He is such a great guy. This is why I do missionary work, to help other feels more joy and peace and to bring others unto Christ, but something I have realized is that they are bringing me closer to Christ. These people are helping me way more than I could ever help them. Every time we try to serve the Korean people they serve us even more.

We met with some investigators but, they aren’t really progressing. We had to drop a lot, and really don’t have any solid investigators. Trying harder and harder everyday trying to find new people that God has prepared.

I hope that you all have a great break for these next few weeks but make it productive! Do good things. Brighten someone’s life this break, do something to serve someone and help them in their path back to our Father in Heaven; shovel their driveway, make them cookies, and ask them how you can help. Smile, shake their hands, hug them, look them in the eye and share the light of Christ everywhere you go! What a great season, this Christmas time. Full of fun, joy and the Spirit of Christ. Glad you kids are all doing so well! Keep going strong. Love you guys a lot. Thanks for all that you do for me! Great examples to me in my life. Read “The Living Christ”, that the Prophet and apostles wrote, at some point this week; each line has eternal truths and things to think about. Ponder them and come closer to the Savior.

You are all the best! Play in the snow, drink hot chocolate, read your scriptures! Also the holiday donuts at Terrels I remember are pretty good.

Love you all so much!                                                                                                                                             Elder Jessee


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Lesson Schedule – January 2018

January 7th – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 1: This Is My Work and My Glory, Relief Society & High Priests: Sunday Council Meeting, Elders:The Voice of Warning By Elder D. Todd Christofferson

January 14th  – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 2: Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born,  Priesthood:October General Conference Message, Relief Society:Turn On Your Light By Sharon Eubank

January 21st – Gospel Doctrine Chapter 3: The Creation, Priesthood:October General Conference Message, Relief Society:Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach By Neill F. Marriott

January 28th –  Gospel Doctrine Chapter 4: Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened,  Relief Society & Priesthood Sabbath Day: Is a day to remember what God has done for us

Christmas Party 2017

On December 20th the Ward came together for a delightful evening of food and fun. We enjoyed a dinner of ham, corn, funeral potatoes, and many different deserts. Then the Primary amused us with a dramatized version of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. To top it all off Santa and his wife showed up for some photo opportunities for the kids. It was a great time to get to know each other in a casual atmosphere!

Brother Zundel

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Young Women Highlight – January 2018

When you complete the Personal Progress program, you will be eligible to receive the Young Womanhood Recognition. To receive this award:

  • Attend sacrament meeting regularly (where possible).
  • Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth.
  • Complete the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values.
  • Keep a personal journal.
  • Attend seminary or participate in independent study (where available).
  • Read the Book of Mormon regularly.
  • Record your testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.

This award recognizes you for your worthiness and for completing all the Personal Progress requirements. As a recipient of the award, you show that you have established a pattern of progress in your life. You are prepared to make and keep sacred temple covenants. You are committed to keeping the commandments, serving others, and developing and sharing your gifts and talents. You will strive to strengthen the home and family.

JamieWalkerJamie N. Walker is a Freshman at North Sanpete High School. As a Beehive, she made a goal to earn her Young Womanhood Recognition before becoming a Mia Maid, and worked very hard to accomplish it. Jamie loves life and has lived up to her family nickname, “Jamie Joy.” She has a happy disposition, and loves people. Her main interests encompass music, dance, and performance. Many of her Personal Progress goals enabled her to further develop these talents. In addition to violin and ballroom dance, she set and accomplished goals in sketching, painting, redecorating her bedroom, participating in the Mormon Miracle Pageant, cooking, literature, and service projects. Through Personal Progress she has truly helped strengthen her own home and family as she continues her gospel journey towards the temple.

Kami Walker

AnnaStakerAnna received her Young Womanhood Recognition this year after working very hard all throughout her Young Women years.  She worked every year on various projects (learning to play tennis as a Freshman and working her way up until she was able to play a Varsity tennis game this year, which she won and thus qualified because of her 4.0 GPA as Academic All-State; photography; running; cooking; sewing; playing the piano; camping; and learning leadership responsibilities such as Student Body Officer as Secretary this year; etc.) as she gained her goal to earn this recognition award.  Through it all, she read her scriptures and did the various activities including writing them all in her journal as she increased her testimony in our Savior.  She loves her family and her favorite activity is to be at home and read a good book.  She wanted to earn this before she graduated and as promised her mom earned her Bee award along with her as seen in this picture.

Sara Staker