Sabbath Day

What a beautiful time of year this is.  It is a great time to enjoy all the blessings our Father in Heaven has given us.  The Mount Pleasant 4th ward has many blessings to celebrate.  We currently have five missionaries serving throughout the world.  In September, Elder Tyler Jessee will be entering the MTC.  He will be serving in the Korea Seoul South Mission.  We are excited for Elder Jessee and his family.  We have three additional Elders who will be leaving soon (two in October and one in December).

This month, the theme during Sacrament Meeting is “the Sabbath Day.”  A quick search on LDS.org brings up many great talks, scripture references, and videos.  We would encourage you to search LDS.org and share some of these wonderful resources with your family members.

For our families, the Sabbath day is extremely important.  Life is so busy, and there is so much going on.  We find ourselves trying to meet the demands of so many people, including our employers, family members, and friends, in addition to having various church callings.  It is vital to have a day of rest, a day when the most important thing is to feel the spirit.  Just as God took the seventh day to rest after creating the world, it is vital that we do the same thing.  We, as a bishopric, look forward to Sunday when our spirits are renewed through the partaking of the sacrament.  We enjoy the fellowship that the Mount Pleasant 4th ward gives us.  We also enjoy spending moments of rest and relaxation with our families.

Brothers and Sisters, we love you and appreciate all of your support.  If there is anything we can do for you or your families, please reach out and let us know.

-Bishop Applegarth

Family Sabbath

As our family has grown, we have looked to see the things that we can do to better keep the Sabbath day holy.

Here are a few of our ideas. We try not to watch television on Sunday unless it is a church- based program or videos about the Savior. We  ask the children not to go online except to lds.org or to do genealogy. We want to fill Sunday with things that would honor the Savior and learning to think of and serve others. We do our best to fill some of the time with genealogy and stories of our ancestors.

As our children grow, they must choose for themselves, but we can give them patterns to follow. Hopefully, they will build family traditions that will bless their families also. We know that we have received many blessings from obeying the law of the Sabbath.

There is a highway that runs alongside of our home; everyday it is very busy and loud. We do notice on Sunday that the road is quiet. We liken that to the fact that on every other day of the week, our lives are very busy with worldly things. On the Sabbath, our lives and attitudes should be different and special, more quiet and reverent.

-Todd and Angie Jorgensen Family

Sabbath Story

I was 12 years old and had just obtained my small-game hunting license.  I was so excited to go hunting ring neck pheasants with my father, brother, and cousins.  We hunted all Saturday morning and evening. Many pheasants were taken, but I had not been able to shoot my first pheasant.  Sunday morning came, and I went out to feed the horses.  There in our field was a big rooster pheasant.  I ran and got my shotgun.  As I got ready to harvest my first pheasant, the thought that came to me was “This is the Sabbath Day and our family does not hunt on Sunday!”  I went back in the house and put my shot gun away. Even though I wanted to shoot my first ring neck pheasant, I knew I had made the right choice to observe the Sabbath by not hunting.

-Bishop Troy Jorgensen

Elder Ison – Sep

He is doing great!!!  He is now in Lockwood, MT (Billings east zone), and part of his mission will be on the reservation.  He has been there about two weeks and is finishing up training a new Elder there. He spent a few hours in the hospital ER this week; he has a bacterial infection in his intestines. The short name for it is C-diff, and fortunately, he is now on the mend.  He loves his new companion Elder Shumway; they are working hard and loving missionary life! Elder Ison has loved the 8 months he has been out so far and is so grateful for the wonderful people he has been able to meet, teach, baptize and give service to.  He is so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and although he misses his family, he is so happy to be serving and says it’s the best decision of his life and that he is exactly where the Lord needs him to be.  His new address is Elder Ison 1210 Quinella Dr. Lockwood, MT 59101.

-Kristie Ison

Elder Davis – Sep

Alma 37: 6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

It is my testimony that when we do what we can, relying on the Lord, He can move his work forward, even if it seems like our outward measures don’t measure up, the good we do will always be enough. So when we work hard, our small part goes a long way. Because of the atonement of Christ we will be blessed for our desires and the corresponding actions regardless of the immediate results on the other person’s part. No unhallowed hand can stop this work from going forth, so thrust your sickle with your might and endless joy will be the reward. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and the Lord’s kingdom on earth is here, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Jorgensen – Sep

He is serving in the Raleigh North Carolina Mission. He is currently serving in Fayetteville as a Zone Leader.  He is over 5 Districts and serves in the Fort Braggs Military base. He has been serving for 14 ½ months.  Elder Jorgensen is enjoying serving the Lord and the people of North Carolina!

Elder Brady Wheeler – Sep

Elder Brady Wheeler is serving in the Perth Australia mission. He is now serving in the Narrogin area which has only been opened to missionaries in the last year. He is in a branch of 22 people where there are a lot of opportunities for the missionaries to serve. He loves the Australian people. He said the area he is in has a lot of kangaroos, and he is glad to be serving our Father in Heaven.

Local Elders

Missionary work is essential to Heavenly Father’s eternal plan. We need to be the means for people to find the happiness that we have found.

In The first chapter of Preach My Gospel, it reads “You are surrounded by people. You pass them on the street, visit them in their homes, and travel among them. All of them are children of God, your brothers and sisters. God loves them just as He loves you. Many of these people are searching for purpose in life. They are concerned for their families. They need the sense of belonging that comes from the knowledge that they are children of God, members of His eternal family. They want to feel secure in a world of changing values. They want “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” (D&C 59:23), but they are “kept from the truth because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12).”

We have the truth and we know where to find it. Let us all be confident and share that with others. This is our commission as missionaries and members of the restored church. May we all seek to see those around us as children of God, and love them as such.

We are so grateful to be serving in this amazing stake. You are wonderful people. We look forward to serving you as well as serving with you. We can be reached at 435-862-3021. Thank for your love and support.              -Elder Elam and Elder Bright

Local Senior Missionaries

As members of the greatest and most uplifting organization that has ever existed let us each determine that we can find a little improvement in our lives as we reach out to others that might need a smile, a thank you or just an acknowledgment that you know they are there. Though we may have trials and challenges there is still good we can accomplish and which will in turn lift our spirits.

The late Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, when going through his last stages of cancer, reminds us that “The in-betweeners merely survive. But those who have really lived will be those who have lived righteously, because they will have lived righteously and served selflessly in a time of stunning contrasts. They will have managed to keep clean in a dirty world, and reign free, they will be happy in otherwise sad times, and all their experiences will be for their good.”

He went on to use a wonderful thought from another man with great spiritual strength. “As C S Lewis put it well when he gave us the analogy of remodeling the human soul and a living house: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently, He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.”

May each of you recognize that you really are being built into “a palace” that can bring great joy and happiness to your part of the world, if you will let it! What greater achievement could one make that to help others find that peace which comes only through Christ? Thank you for your help in the work to us and our young Elders.          -Elder & Sister Hamilton

The Power of LDS.org

Ever wonder what lesson you will be having 3rd hour? Ever put off paying your tithing because you forgot your checkbook? Have you wondered who your children’s Sunday School teacher is? Have you missed an activity because you were not sure what time it started or where it was held?  These, and many more situations, can be helped with LDS.org.

LDS.org can be used for so much more than research for a talk, watching General Conference, or letting your friends find out about your beliefs. With an LDS.org account you have access to many tools the Church has created to help members live their faith, and make life a little bit easier. How can you access these tools? Once you go to LDS.org in the upper right hand corner there is an icon that looks like a person in circle with the text “My Account and Ward”– click on that icon. There will appear a list of many different options and a button that says Sign On. If you click any of the options, or the button, a screen will appear that asks for a User Name and Password, if you know yours type them in and press Sign In. If you don’t remember your User Name or Password there are links that you can click that will step you through the process of recovering either of these. If you have never made an account, or don’t remember if you have, click “Register for an LDS Account”. That link will step you through creating an account, or remind you if you previously set one up. If you are making one for the first time you will need your Membership Record Number found on your Temple Recommend, or you will need to ask one of the Ward Clerks for it. Once you have signed on if you clicked one of the options in the list the website will take you to the tool you clicked, or if you used the Sign On button it will take you back to the main page of LDS.org where you can press the same icon to bring up that list of options/tools.

One of the most useful tools on the list is the Directory option in the middle column, under “My Ward”. It contains a list of all the ward members, with numerous sort and filter options. The best part of this tool is it is always up to date with the latest information that The Church has on each and every individual in the ward. If a member has a new email address, phone number, or street address, (and has informed the Membership Clerk, or updated it themselves), it is immediately corrected on the website. The Directory also has the option to add pictures so if you need to know what the Relief Society President looks like you can check the Directory so you can get the name and the face together. When you get into the Directory it will default to Households, this is an alphabetical listening of the adults by last name. There is a textbox with a magnifying glass that you can type in a name to find a certain member. On the left side of the screen is a list of filters. These can be used to see just members in leadership roles, (like the Elders Quorum Presidency), or all the members of a certain organization like the Mia Maids. Above this list of options is a dropdown that says “Mt Pleasant 4th Ward”. This can be changed to see members of other wards in the Stake or to see the Stake Leadership. The most important option in the list on the left of the screen is “My Household”. This option lets you see what information the Directory has for you and your family; it is also where you can change your own Phone Number, Email, and Picture.

Under Directory in the “My Ward” menu is the Calendar option. This shows scheduled events for the Ward and Stake. If you ever wonder if Young Women’s was scheduled for Wednesday, or if that Ward Party started at 6pm or 7pm, or the dates of a Stake Blood Drive – the first place to look is this Calendar. Some organization regularly update their events here, others have yet to use this powerful tool. If you have any questions if a particular group uses the Calendar please contact its President or Group Leader so we can all make the best use of something the Lord has made for our benefit.

After the Calendar is Donations. This option is a virtual Tithing Slip. This reduces the need to track down a member of the Bishopric and gets rid of all the clutter of the yellow carbon copy sheets. With this tool you can pay Tithing, Fast Offerings, or any other contribution that the paper slips are used for. Once you have used this system it remembers the bank account information entered to simplify subsequent transactions. This system also keeps a record of each “slip” so you can review previous donations and if you have a reoccurring contribution you can resubmit a previous donation. You can also access tax and yearend reports instead of waiting for a clerk to give them to you.

The next option is Ward Map. This tool uses the information from the Directory and puts it on a Google Map, with the ward boundaries highlighted. This is great for getting directions for Home/Visiting Teaching appointments.  It has the same search option on the Directory, the only difference is when you click on a member/household it not only shows their contact information but zooms into their location on the map as well. The best part of this tool is you don’t need a computer to access this information.  “LDS Tools” is a publicly available free app for Apple and Android so you can keep all the information from the Directory and Ward Map tools in your pocket at all times. On the “My Ward” menu there is a Lesson Schedule option. This tool lets you know what is going to be taught in the 2nd and 3rd hour classes. I am in the process of setting up this tool for use. I have a few of the classes in and hope to get more and more configured as the year goes on. If you would like to use this tool and do not see your class please tell your instructor to contact me(Brother Zundel) so I can get the required information.

The last option that I will go over in here is the Newsletter.  I will be continually updating this section as I get new information, and include an archive so you can access “back issues”.  The presidents of each auxiliary are also able to add articles to this part of the Ward Website. I will send out an email to the ward the first of each month with the headlines of each of the articles. I appreciate any and all help to gather information that will be of interest to the members of the ward. If you have a Missionary Moment, an Inspirational Story, pictures of a Ward Event, etc. please send it Pleasant4thNews@gmail.com. I am trying to have a standing section for each auxiliary so you can access uplifting information for you personally from your local leaders. If you do not see information for a group that is important to you please have its President contact me so the situation can be rectified. Next month I will continue helping you know what LDS.org has to offer by introducing you to the Study Helps available.

Sabbath Day

The Sabbath reminds people of their need for spiritual nourishment and of their duty to obey God. When a nation grows careless in observing the Sabbath, all aspects of life are affected and its religious life becomes decayed                                   –LDS.org Gospel Subjects

Court of Honor

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had a special relationship with the scouting program, and the Court of Honor on August 21st was a special day for many people. It was stated that earning ones eagle is the beginning of a road that often leads to serving a mission and getting sealed in the Temple, which are worthy goals for everyone.

After paying proper respect to the Flag of the United States of America, Dave Richmond and Noah Talbot both received their Tenderfoot awards – one of the first steps on the path to Eagle. We were then regaled by the scout master’s stories of hiking, camping, and mostly fishing while he handed out numerous awards and merit badges. Apparently on their last hike Noah caught 3 fish with a bare hook, even though Brother Olson didn’t think they were going to catch anything when he first saw “the puddle.” It was also very amusing to see the boys “properly” clean their catches.

The time was then given over to the Bishop to award Trent Seely, Dayton Talbot, and Spencer Applegarth their Eagles. He started by inviting anyone that had previously earned their Eagle to sit together in an “Eagles Nest.” He then reminded us that these awards are a team effort, and that behind each of these young men were dedicated mothers.

As each recipient came up they said a few words about their journey, and what they learned. Trent Seely said that working for his Eagle has helped him stay on the straight and narrow path; though his mom said that it should be called a “Harpy Eagle” because of how much she needed to nag him to get it done. Dayton Talbot said that he was displeased that he essentially had to earn his twice, but he knows the experience will help him later in life. His mother told how she was proud of him and for “choosing to go the extra mile.” Spencer Applegarth expressed that what he learned most was how to make friends, even with unlikely people. His mom expressed how proud she was that he finished, even though it seemed like sports got in the way for a while. She also made an interesting observation that it was a blessing that he received his Eagle and graduated seminary, because they enabled him to get the visa he need to serve where he was called on a mission.

The meeting was closed with some very moving words by Brother Olson, the Scout Master. He emphasized that earning an Eagle is a process that many people are involved in, and in which many lives are touched. He said that the fish are not always biting, but that is life – we just need to decide how we will react. He remembered a time when one of these new Eagles was just starting their scout journey, and some advice he gave that young man “get a smile – you can do this.” He finished with the thought that faith is essential; it says in the Oath a scout has a duty to God. Then he bore his testimony.

Knowledge (Green)

Value: Knowledge (Green) Sunday lessons: The Commandments

All of our Young Women in our Ward are amazing. They are all great examples of daughters of our Heavenly Father.  We wanted to share with the ward our Young Women’s theme that we recite each Sunday. We stand for truth and righteousness…. “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love him. We will stand as witness of God at all times and in all places as we strife to live the Young Women values which are Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue. We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values. We will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”

We also have some great Activities coming up this fall. All parents and young women, please join our Facebook page: “Mt Pleasant 4th Ward Young Women” for all the latest info. about what is happening!