Welcome to July! It’s hard to believe the year is half over. As the poet laureate and songwriter Louis Armstrong noted, “So Much to do and so Little Time”.
We had several families move into our Ward in June. The Taulapapa family and the Rosenlof family are new in the area. Ty and Abby Kennedy are back in our Ward along with Emma Kennedy, who is serving a mission in Portland, Oregon. The Whippy family has returned to our area and we’re happy to have them back and Sister Karen Colby is living on Main Street. We’re excited to have them here and hope they enjoy their stay in the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward.
The theme for July is “Our Pioneer Heritage”. Elder Dallin Oaks in his talk “Following the Pioneers” said the foremost quality of our Pioneers was faith. With faith in God, they did what every Pioneer does, they stepped forward into the unknown. A new religion, a new land, and a new way of doing things. With faith in their leaders and in one another, they stood fast against opposition.
The Pioneer Monument in front of the Library depicts a statue of Faith, holding fast to the scriptures in one hand while the other points towards heaver, trusting in Providence to lead and protect… Whether we have a Pioneer heritage that stretches back 175 years or we are a recent convert, each of us is a beneficiary of their great undertaking and all of us enjoy the blessings of their efforts and sacrifice in settling this beautiful Sanpete Valley. “Honor, Praise and Veneration, to the founders, we revere. List our song of Adoration, Blessed Honored Pioneer.”
Finally, this Month, we will be pleased to hear from Wyatt Ison, who is leaving for the Yakima, Washington mission on July 24th and Amy Staker, who leaves for her Salem, Oregon mission on August 14th. That’s 10 Missionaries that will be serving from the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward. We are so grateful for their selfless service and know their families will be blessed for their tireless efforts. May we support and sustain our missionaries and their families and continue to remember them in our personal and family prayers.
Bishopric 1st Counselor Brother Gunderson
“If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul — civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.”
“Religious liberty is essential if we are to raise up righteous children. Morally responsible families will not marginalize religious liberty, they will nurture and protect it.”
Russell M. Nelson
I was asked to share a family history story which had meaning to me and my family. The following is the rest of a journal entry from my father’s side which focuses on a story of an ancestor who learned the importance of FOLLOWING THE PROPHET over 174 years ago. Talitha Cumi Garlick’s Story part 2:
My husband sent for me. Charles Avery was hauling flour to Winter Quarters from where my husband took work, and he got Charles to take me down to where he was. This was July 1847.
On 3 September, my husband took very sick. We were not where we could get any elders to administer to him. We did not believe in doctors, but he got so bad we gave our consent for a doctor. He could not save him. He died on September 13, 1847, in Atchison County, Missouri, 12 miles south of Lindon. My son William was then 18 months old.
I was left among strangers. Not one of my folks were within 500 miles. My husband’s youngest brother was with us or I don’t know what I would have done. My little boy was very sick, too. He took sick the same day his father did. I would not give him any of the doctor’s medicine. He was sick for two months; but the Lord spared his life for a comfort to me.
On September 15th, my brother-in-law took me up to Bluffs, Kainsville to Charles Avery, my husband’s oldest brother. On October 15th my mother and brother and three of my sisters came. So I went and stayed with my mother till she started for the Valley in 1852.
I stayed another year with my brother-in-law, John F. Wakefield. He wanted me to stay with Susan, my sister, for she felt so bad to have us all go while she had to stay. John thought he could get ready by another year, but was disappointed for another year. He was no more ready than he was the year before.
So in 1853 I started to the Valley with Brother Jacob Biglar’s folks. We started June 10th in Daniel Miller’s Company and got to Salt Lake Valley September 10, 1853.
The grasshoppers had destroyed all the crops. When I got to the valley I went south as far as Springville. My mother and brother and three of my sisters were there. The people had moved in a fort or were making a fort. The Indians were troublesome. I lived with my brother, Joseph.
On February 15th I was married to Elam Cheney and sealed for time. I heard the law of Celestial Marriage taught, and I had read the Revelation on Celestial Marriage. I believe it was from God, and that I should obey this law. I had not been sealed to my (first) husband and I had but one child, so Elam Cheney was a good Latter-Day Saint and one [year] older than me. He was willing to take me for time.
When Talitha was born her father was looking for a name for her. He opened up his bible to the story of the healing of Jairus’s daughter and found the name Talitha Cumi – Mark 5:41, “And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”
Talitha had met the elders of the Mormon Church in Philadelphia when she was sixteen but she would not be baptized until Joseph Smith could baptize her – which he did in the Mississippi River.
Elam and Talitha’s marriage was solemnized February 13, 1855, in the Endowment House shortly after Talitha gave birth to Olive January 15, 1855. That same year grasshoppers took all the crops again, bread was very scarce. After the grasshoppers devoured Elam’s wheat, he planted corn on the same ground. He raised enough corn that could be used for bread so they did not do without.
He was always generous in dividing what he had with those that had none. The Lord blessed them that they did not suffer for want of bread.
Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion
This past week we officially started winter! It has been super-hot all week except for one day it was really cold but we really have been blessed here! We did a bunch of divisions this week and I was able to go on divisions with 3 Hermanas from Peru, and it was so fun, they’re all from different parts, so I am literally learning so much from them, and it’s fun to go see more parts of Paraguay!
Being here in my new area it has really helped me to appreciate the little blessings every day. Everyday there are good things, and you have to recognize them because if you don’t it can be hard. Being here, you for sure have to be obedient with exactness because we need all the help and all the miracles we can get here! The day I stayed in my area to do divisions, I was guided by the spirit to be able to get to places, by myself without being lost and we had 3 sit down lessons!!! Three sit down lessons is a new record for me in a day in this area, and we invited all 3 to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized and they all 3 accepted! I was super grateful, and happy with this miracle. We are learning how to work better, because I have learned that I can’t do the same things in this area as I have in my other areas. I have to work differently to have success because it’s different here. I’ve been reading in first Nephi, when Nephi broke his bow, and his family all started to murmur against the Lord , but Nephi didn’t murmur, what he did was find some different materials and built a new bow, did something different but had faith and was diligent. So that has helped me change my attitude around and I’m ready to see the miracles here in this area!
We have been teaching this guy named Enrique and he’s awesome! We can only teach him on Sundays but he took his Book of Mormon to work during the week and he’s looking forward to his baptism at the end of July. He is literally so humble, and always gives us pop whenever we go there, and is just so willing to share with us. If you could keep him in your prayers, he’s 70 years old and has been having back problems, he might get surgery.
Also we have been teaching the familia Lopez Arcel, and I love them with all my heart. There is the parents Claudia and Ismael, then they have 6 kids, and they are just awesome and are all praying and reading. They just haven’t been to church yet, that’s our struggle, but I’m excited, we are going to keep working with them, will you keep them in your prayers too??
This week I’m going to complete 1 year in the mission!!! I can’t believe it and I don’t even want to think about it, and I’m not going to because I still have a lot of things to do! Lots of people to help. I want to thank you all for your love and support, you guys are the best. I’m so blessed to have people that love me and are always there for me even if I’m far away. I’ve grown so much, and my eyes have been opened so much in the mission. I know that this gospel is what everyone needs in their lives and it blesses people. I know that our savior Jesus Christ is our example, our brother, our pastor, our savior, and that because of him we can be cleansed from our mistakes, feel his love because his atonement is sufficient for all. I know this is the church of Jesus Christ and that he is the one that guides it, and Heavenly father is a God of miracles. I just want to invite you all to prepare yourselves right now, and do something more every day, focus more on the gospel and live it! I’ve seen so much real happiness in my life from living the gospel, and I don’t ever want to change. I love you all and I love the mission so much! I love Paraguayyy!!!!
Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116
Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve wrote an email things have been crazy good here in Searcy I’ll attempt to write and tell yall about all the miracles I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of, bear with me!
This past Wednesday Miss Brenda was baptized. She’s waited a long time for this special day and was so excited to be a part of the Lords true church!
Saturday was another huge miracle Donald was also baptized. Donald has been such a miracle from day 1. We met him May 28th and a month later he was baptized. That man has such great faith and was so willing to give up bad habits and commit to do things to be a part of the Lords true church. He’s been baptized in just about every other church but in his words “it’s a blessing to be a part of the true church” we call him our “grandpa joe” and he calls us his granddaughters. He always says the most humble sincere prayers thanking Heavenly Father for us and that he found the truth. Where ever you find Donald you’ll find a cane in one hand and his Book of Mormon in the other 💛
We had a really cool miracle/funny story yesterday. We were headed to try a former before we had to get to the musical tribute practice. We are driving down this road and out of the corner of my eye I see a lady hanging up laundry. I don’t have that fast of reaction time but somehow I stopped the car I knew we needed to talk to her. I rolled down the window by that point we were awkwardly a little past her and of course right behind a tree but I told Sister Gubler to go for it to ask her if we could share a card. She said where are yall from? Are yall Mormons? We told her we were from the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. She said I’ve been trying to meet with yall I want to join the church. I threw the car in park (in the middle of the road) we grabbed our sticks and went to talk to her. She went online 2 weeks previous to meet with missionaries she said that missionaries contacted her from Colorado but never came. Hmm weird but she went on to say she wants to learn and join the church! Such a miracle and testimony that the Lord is preparing so many people. We are so excited to work with Jamie!
Sunday night we also had a big musical tribute with a bunch of missionaries. It was all focused on the book of Mormon and Christ coming to the Americas. Wow I don’t know about yall but a chapel filled with over 50 missionaries singing and testifying of Christ is definitely a tear jerker. Grateful for the opportunity I had to recite 3 Nephi 5:13
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
And share my testimony with the people there.
So grateful for the luxury and the once in a life time opportunity to be a servant of the Lord. I’ve learned things and grown in ways I never thought was possible. Grateful for each day that my relationship is strengthened with my elder brother our Savior and that he continues to mold me and shape me into who I need to be. Without him I’m nothing, without him I could not do the most important work there ever was or will be but “in the strength of the Lord” the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement I’m able to share the gospel. I know He lives!
Have a blessed week and a happy 4th of July! Crazy that last 4th of July I was stepping on a plane to the greatest mission and year of my life 💙❤
New Zealand HamiltonMission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand
Kia Ora, Everyone!
This week was crazy, so different than last week. I will try to sum up the best bits and keep the email short, but bear with me.
Tuesday- We helped one of the people we are teaching with some service. He is the manager for Carl’s Jr., so we helped sweep his parking lot and picked up rubbish. We found heaps of stuff like a milkshake sign that is now sitting in our flat, and a perfectly good KFC keychain, which is actually not on our keys, but is still in our flat.
Wednesday- On Wednesday, I finally got to play the saxophone! There is another guy we are teaching I met a couple weeks ago, but had been really busy. He really wanted to hear me play, so he got out his sax and I played for a little bit. His saxophone wasn’t that great, and I haven’t played in a year, but it was still a great way to get him to open up to us.
Thursday- We had some guys come and look at our insulation. Two of them went into the roof, and one guy stayed down to hold the ladder. He talked to us for a little bit, and found out what we do. When we said we teach about Jesus Christ, he was like “Convert me.” I then proceeded to tell him about a cool book called The Book of Mormon, and how it was another testament of Christ. He thought it was way cool, and started to read right away. When his buddies started to leave, he almost just stayed and kept reading.
Friday and Saturday- Pretty boring, actually. Not much happened.
Spiritual Thought: the 2nd volume of the Book “Saints” is beginning to be published. I looked into it a little more, and saw that all the volumes combined will lead up to the present day. We need to remember this. The Restoration is continuing today, and we are part of it. The things the early saints were doing may not have seemed like great or marvelous things at the time. They were just doing what they knew to be true. We are doing the same. One day, we will be part of that history. Take faith, have hope! When you trust the Lord and He can trust you, you will do amazing things. How can He know to trust us? Live the Gospel, follow His counsel, do what he asks. We are saints just as much as the pioneers are.
Life is still good here. It had been pretty windy the past couple days, but it has also been pretty warm. I hope you all have a wonderful week and wish you the best of luck.