July is a great month for celebrations. We get to celebrate the concept of freedom and we have an opportunity to reflect on the people that pioneered the gospel in the latter days. To help us reflect on these two celebrations, we will devote some time in sacrament meeting to these themes. Brother Wilkey recently participated in an Honor Flight, where he was able to return to Washington DC and be recognized as a Korean War Veteran. What a great honor. We have many people in the ward that have strong pioneer stories from their ancestors that settled the Sanpete Valley. I’m looking forward to some great sacrament meetings this month.
There has been a lot of activity with members of our ward. In the month of June, two young sisters left to go on their missions. Natalie Jorgensen is serving in the Little Rock Arkansas mission. Mariah Hafen is going to the Paraguay Asuncion North mission. In the month of July Trevor Olson will be leaving to serve in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission and Josh Walker will leave to serve in the Yakima Washington mission. With these four missionaries leaving, the total serving from our ward is 10. We have 7 young elders and 3 young sisters. I anticipate two other missionaries submitting their papers and leaving in the next couple of months. What a great opportunity for these young men and young women. I’m so excited that we have both young men and young women serving, I hope that at some point we will have a couple go and serve.
During June our Young Men and Young Women were really busy. The stake hosted youth conference this year at the Heber Valley camp. There were some fun activities which included zip lines and high obstacle courses. There were also some spiritual firesides and activities. The Priests went to Yellowstone, with Ed Staker being an excellent guide. The Deacons and Teachers caught a lot of fish on the Boulders. Glen Olson put together a great campout including some delicious meals. The Young Women went to girl’s camp in Salt Creek Canyon. Allyne Mower did an amazing job of strengthening our girls. The final event was a Fathers and Sons campout at the Staker’s cabins. Graham Jessee did a great job of feeding everyone. Thanks to everyone that attended these events and volunteered their time.
I’m grateful for an amazing ward. I’m grateful for all the love and support from the Mount Pleasant fourth ward. I’m grateful for the Savior and for the infinite atonement. For the opportunity I have to get a little better each day. I’m grateful for the gospel in my life and leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pioneer heritage is a great topic! As we study our ancestors we can see wonderful examples of Christ-like service and missionary work. The Zundel family has been a part of the LDS church since 1836 when my Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Johann Jakob Zundel, was baptized. His son, Isaac Eberhard Zundel is one of my favorite ancestors to learn about. This is an excerpt from his biography written by Elizabeth S. Zundel Gibbs and Alice C. Harding found in “John Jacob Zundel Family Book”.
Isaac Zundel was chosen Bishop over the Shoshone Indians, with Alexander Hunsaker and Moroni Ward as counselors. The white men had learned the Indian language and could converse with them easily. Many of the Indians were now being baptized.
In the summer of 1880 a band of Indians from Fort Washakie came to the Indian farm on Bear River and requested to be baptized. It was not known who converted them, for at that time the Mormon Elders were not permitted to preach the gospel on the reservation. The Indians got permission to go on a hunt for their winter meat. Instead of going on the hunt, they traveled almost day and night, arriving on a Saturday afternoon to tell Isaac Zundel what they had come for. He and the missionaries killed a beef and took them several sacks of flour, which was a customary token of friendship. That evening they held outdoor meetings because the church house was not large enough for the group.
On Sunday afternoon they all assembled by the banks of the Bear River. After a short prayer meeting Bishop Zundel began by baptizing 30 people. Alex Hunsaker and Moroni Ward continued by baptizing 30 Indians apiece. Then 2 of them confirmed and 1 baptized until the ordinance work was completed on all 386 Indians. This was verified by Phebe Zundel Ward, the eldest daughter of Bishop Zundel. She goes on to say, “I can never begin to tell how we all felt. I never again expect to witness the heavenly spirit that was there. It seemed that the spirit of the Heavenly Lord was poured out in great abundance. It was wonderful. When all were baptized the Indians immediately broke camp and left for the reservation.”
Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone
Spencer has hit his 20 month mark. He is loving Moyamba. The following is an excerpt from his last e-mail:
We have really been working hard and we for sure saw the benefits this week. We were walking to an
investigators house and just barley entered into the house when we heard wack wack wack! We ran outside to see what was going on and a guy was beating this black cobra with a long stick! He killed the thing then we got to go up to it and played around with this dead Cobra for a little while and got some cool pics! It’s crazy because if we would have been 1 minute later we would have been face to face with a black cobra. We also had an amazing baptism this week! We had a good opening service in the chapel and then we walked to the river. I was able to baptize Natasha and Elder Jones baptized Abdul and Ramatu. The spirit was so strong. It was so amazing to be able to watch them take the long journey towards baptism and finally reach the checkpoint, now we get to watch them progress to exaltation! It was an awesome experience baptizing in the river and to see the smiles on their faces as they came out of the water. The confirmation was just as spiritual! We also had a dang good sacrament turn out! So as you can see all is well here in Moyamba!
Spencer is doing great, baptisms, eating frogs, pet monkey, cobra killing, giving out CTR rings, and loving the people of Sierra Leone!
Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
Sister Ison is staying in Battle Ground for another transfer, sadly though she is losing Sister Perry. She has loved serving with Sister Perry and they have had great success! They have been teaching a set of triplets who are on date for baptism in July. They had 8 investigators to church on Sunday and are really seeing the fruits of their labors.
Sister Ison has been so grateful for families in the Battle Ground ward that are member missionaries. The Denfeld family set a goal to do a power week where they would have the missionaries teach a lesson or share a message every night for a week in their home with non-member friends of theirs or their kids. They surpassed that goal and it had reached almost a 3 week period before they left for vacation to Utah. We had the honor of getting to have this wonderful family visit us and attend the Mormon Miracle Pageant with our family and got to hear firsthand of the work of Sister Ison and Sister Perry! What a tender mercy for us! They are an incredible family who know the importance of being member missionaries and set the example of it. It is a great blessing to know wonderful families like them are wrapping their arms around our missionaries and helping them to hasten the work.
Here is a little bit of Sister Ison’s testimony from her email this week.
This week I studied a lot about Happiness! Happiness is a choice! We can choose Happiness! The gospel can and will make you happy if you let it! If you let the gospel of Jesus Christ change you then you will have pure joy! Having faith in Christ gives us hope and we are happy! Do we have any reason to not be happy? No of course not! Life is amazing! Do we make mistakes? Absolutely!! Are we perfect? Never! But the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy! I can testify of that! I have never been happier than I am now! I know that is true! I know that you are all sons and daughters of God and he loves you! I say this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, amen!
Mission Office 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
This week we had a lot of activities as a mission! We went to the zoo as a mission, had a ward picnic and also had a huge helping hands service activity. A lot of fun things happened! Our investigator was able to come to the ward picnic, and had some fun, until it rained out. Then he got his wisdom teeth out the next day so he wasn’t able to come to church yesterday. I’m so glad that I don’t have wisdom teeth and never had to get them taken out! Seems painful. The service activity was really fun and pretty cool. Korea is such a great country but it is pretty dirty. We just went on the side of a back street and cleaned up all the trash we could see. It consisted of boxing gloves, a bowling ball, golf clubs, chairs and never ending bones. It was a lot of fun though. It really felt great to clean up the community and serve.
We also met to some guys yesterday at their office. One of them is named Sun, such a stud of a guy. He is a high school dropout, when he was 29, he left for America and stayed there for a long time. Also lived in China and Brazil. He has the deepest voice in the world and is one of the most fluent at English I have heard, he sounds like a black guy straight out of the Bronx. It’s been really awesome to talk with him and hear his views. His boss doesn’t speak English so we talk with him in Korean. They became investigators last night and we are planning to go out for dinner and talk about the Restoration next Saturday. Life here in Korea is great. I’m still Zone Leader, it’s been about 6 months, so we are giving a training at zone conference on Wednesday about Obedience. Should be fun! Probably will be my last training. The zone conference will be on a mountain, excited for a pretty spiritual experience.
I love you all a lot. The work of the Lord is moving along, a lot of miracles happening every day. I have been keeping a notebook to record all of my inspiration and revelation for me and my investigators and it’s so cool how much the Lord really wants to guide us in our lives. That is something I learned this week. Listen to President Nelson’s talk again on revelation from last general conference – it is truly inspired!
July 1st – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 23: The Lord Be Between Thee and Me For Ever, Relief Society: How can we prioritize our different responsibilities?, Priesthood – Council Meeting
July 8th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 24: Create in Me a Clean Heart, Relief Society: Ministering as the Savior Does By Jean B. Bingham, Priesthood: April General Conference Message
July 15th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 25: Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord, Relief Society: Meek and Lowly of Heart By Elder David A. Bednar, Priesthood: April General Conference Message
July 22nd – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 26: King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness, Relief Society & Priesthood: Ministering to Others – True ministers focus on the needs of others
July 29th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 27: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders, Relief Society & Priesthood: Message by the Bishopric
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