We are grateful for the
many blessings we have received in the Mount Pleasant fourth ward. During February we heard from many of our
missionary moms. Families whose sons or
daughters are serving a full-time mission.
I loved the talks and testimonies that were shared. Service and Sacrifice seem to be the tools
that get us closer to our Heavenly Father.
I believe these two tools make us more aware of the atonement of Jesus
Christ. As we become more aware of the
atonement, we are much more likely to utilize the atonement more fully in our
lives. To reap the ultimate benefit of
forgiveness, improvement, progression.
This is the message that seemed to be universal as each mother spoke of
This month we are excited
to welcome Sister Jentry Ison home from her service as a full-time missionary
to the people in the Vancouver Washington mission. I have enjoyed the emails Sister Ison has
shared. It is obvious to me that she has
really focused on serving Heavenly Father. She is a great example to me and I’m really
excited to hear her report on March 10th.
Wyatt (Bubba) Ison has
submitted his papers for his mission.
With mission calls being emailed instead of mailed to the missionary, I
would expect that we will know where Bubba will be going soon. I’m excited for Bubba and know that he will
be awesome. He will join the ranks of an
amazing missionary army. I’m particularly
proud of the 8 missionaries that we have serving from our ward.
The theme this month for
sacrament meeting is love thy neighbor.
I have so many examples in my life of loving thy neighbor. The eight missionaries that I just mentioned
are a great example. All of you have
been so good to me and my family. I
can’t express how much of an impact your service and love has on me. I love the direction that President Nelson
and the leadership of the church are taking us.
I love the idea of “Ministering”, or creating an authentic
opportunity for each of us to serve. To
truly Love our Neighbor. I love how the
Lord gives us callings, again, giving us opportunities to Love our Neighbor. I’m grateful for the sense of community that
we enjoy in Mount Pleasant, another authentic opportunity to Love our
March 17th, we will have
ward conference. In preparation for ward
conference, we will have a temple night on March 14th. I’m grateful for the leadership we have in
this stake. President Jorgensen is such
a good example of service. I look
forward to spending some time with our stake leadership.
I’m grateful for the blessings that we enjoy. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ. For his atoning sacrifice. For the gospel of Jesus Christ that was
restored through Joseph Smith. I’m
grateful for President Nelson and know that he is a Prophet of God. I’m grateful for all of the members of the
Mount Pleasant Fourth ward. I hope that
each of us has an enjoyable month of March.
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Commandments by Marion D. Hanks
I was recently reflecting back at a time I was a
missionary serving in the England London Mission. I was training Elder Roberts
a new missionary from South Africa. In England, at that time, we watched
general conference on video one week later. As we were watching conference at
the stake center it was announced that there would be a temple built in
Johannesburg South Africa. Elder Roberts jumped for joy and almost couldn’t
contain himself! (The only other time I saw him do this was when he saw snow
for the first time.) At that time South Africa was in the London Temple
district. Very few people ever got to
receive the blessings of the temple. He
told me most people, if they could afford the trip, would fly to Sao Paulo
Brazil because it was a cheaper plane ticket.
We are very blessed to live
so close to the Manti Temple. It is a beautiful temple and I have been blessed
to work there every Tuesday morning for the last three years. I would like to
invite all of you who can to make a goal to attend the temple at least once a
month and for those who have more time to attend at least once a week. I see
people at the temple week after week every Tuesday morning. They love it! They
bring their family names and do all the work for them. They feel closer to
their ancestors, but more importantly they feel closer to the Lord.
I know you will be blessed for your efforts to do
family history work and attend the Temple.
Brother Steve Sanders
Stake and a Ward we are wanting to increase our activity with indexing
records. During February many of us were
indexing. We had 45 ward members this
month who have indexed records. As a group, the Mt. Pleasant 4th Ward had 4530
records indexed in February! Compared to January, when we did 1812 records,
this is amazing. Keep it up! We so
appreciate all of you that are indexing.
If you would like to learn how to index please get in touch with one of
the Family History consultants: Angie Jorgensen, Pam and Kevin Allen, Anamarie
Jessee, and Candice Sanders. We would
love to help you out.
Sister Candice Sanders
MONTH OF FEBRUARY HIGH INDEXERS
records indexed: Amy Broadhead Jorgensen, Anamarie Jessee, Todd Jorgensen
records indexed: Barbara Honey, Crystal Bailey
records indexed: Graham Jessee, Molly Hansen
Top indexer for the month of February: Angie Jorgensen
Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
Sister Ison returns home next week on March 5th and
will give her homecoming remarks on Sunday the 10th. She
has absolutely loved serving her Father in Heaven and Savior in the Washington
Vancouver Mission. We have been so blessed as a family by her
example of faithful service and we are excited to get her home.
Here is her final email and testimony that I would like
to share with the ward.
Wow…..I can’t believe that this is my last email. How much I have loved my mission. I don’t even know where to begin.
Although I will have to go soon I want to testify to you of the things I have learned on my mission.
Jesus Christ lives, the tomb is empty and he loves us. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for us. He knows exactly how we feel in every single moment. I have experienced so many moments on my mission where I have felt The Saviors atoning love and sacrifice for me. He knows that we want to return to our Heavenly Home to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. He is always with us walking side by side, I have felt that physically. HE LIVES!
Heavenly Father loves us and he wants us to return to Him. He is the father of our spirits and has a plan for each of us to return to Him. Yes, life is hard but He wants us to return to Him. He knows the choices we will make and He loves us as well and wants us to return to Him.
The Book of Mormon is the fullness of the gospel back on the earth again restored by the prophet Joseph Smith who is a man called of God! I have been able to receive my own testimony of the Book of Mormon in my life. It is true, it is real, and it changes lives.
Lastly, families are eternal! We have the opportunity to return to live with our families and God and Jesus Christ for all eternity. I will miss my family here in Washington so much. I will miss them very, very much, but I am also ready to come home to my family. I love them. I know they are always here for me. I love this mission and it is the best thing I’ve ever done. It is something that has made me more of the person God and Jesus Christ needed me to be. I love and appreciate you all very much. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
The Cub Scouts had a fun luau for their Blue & Gold Banquet this year! If you would like to see some pictures you can see it here, or visit this FaceBook page to see a few video clips as well.