Believe, Love, Do By Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“I am confident that our Heavenly Father’s arms are constantly extended, ever ready to embrace each one of us and say to each one with that quiet, piercing voice, ‘I love you.'”

—Paul E. Koelliker, April 2012 general conference

Sister Hafen – January 2019

Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion

Hermana Hafen is doing well!  She just hit her six month mark and said that time is going fast. We were able to Skype with her on Christmas and it was the best Christmas present ever! Here is the email she sent home on Christmas Day.

Feliz Navidad todos!!

  What a special Christmas week and day I’ve had in Paraguay! One that I will always remember!! Thank you all so much for all the emails and pictures and videos for Christmas, you guys are the best and my heart is full!

   To start off we had a Christmas activity Saturday for our zone, for all the wards in our zone, and for the people that we are teaching in the chapel in Limpio. Our district was assigned to do the animal balloons, so I overcame my fear of balloons and gained a new talent this week! Now I can work in the carnival and do animal balloons. I was making dogs, giraffes, and flowers. It was super fun and we lit big lanterns to finish off the night!

    So here in Paraguay they don’t really celebrate Christmas day the 25th as much as they celebrate the night before called “Noche buena” so we went to a member’s house and we had huge dinner and finished the night with a lot of fireworks! We were in our house pretty early but we could hear that everyone was up past 1 o’clock.

    Christmas was really special this year, I’ve never had a Christmas quite like this one. This Christmas was definitely not about the gifts for myself, it was about giving the best gift I could ever give to people! That is the gift of our Savior, the first gift of Christmas that keeps on giving today. The gift that Jesus Christ gives to people through his atonement, peace, love, strength, and most importantly forgiveness for all the errors we make in this life so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I love you all so much, and thank you for everything. I’m so grateful to spend a Christmas here in Paraguay with my family here and help them remember the birth of our Savior.


Angie Hafen

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Elder Olson – January 2019

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

Kia Ora, Whanau! Another week has come and gone, and I finally got transferred. I am with Elder Smallman, down in a town called Rotorua, in the Fairy Springs ward. So far, things have gone pretty well. Rotorua is a big tourist place, so it is small but there are heaps of shops. There is a lot to do here, so I am pretty excited.

Spiritual Thought: This week, Alma 37:7 has been on my mind a lot. It says “And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” We as missionaries never do any one big thing. It consists of the little things we repeatedly do. It is the same in everything we undertake. If we focus on the small things we do, there is no need to worry about the big things.

It has finally stopped raining here, and we are getting some sunshine, which is a nice change. It may not be a White Christmas, but as we focus on Christ, that won’t matter.

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – January 2019

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

We got to Skype with Elder Walker on Christmas day. It was a treasured hour! He is doing well, and the ward members are taking good care of him and his companion. They’ve enjoyed the festivities of the season and even found new people to teach. For more details of his journey see this blog.            

Kami Walker

New Year Changes

Starting on January 6th the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward will be meeting on Sundays at 9am for only 2 hours.

All youth will be moving classes as an age group. So if a child is turning 12 any time during the 2019 year they will not attend primary but will go directly into Young Mens or Young Womens after Sacrament meeting. Young Men that will be eligible to move forward in the priesthood(ie will be 12, 14, or 16 anytime in the year 2019) can be interviewed and subsequently ordained at any time.

2nd hour classes will rotate between Sunday School (studding the new Testament) and Relief Society/Elders Quorum. Sunday School will be the 1st and 3rd weeks, with RS/EQ on the 2nd and 4th weeks. Any 5th weeks will be combined under the direction of the Bishopric.