What a great summer we have enjoyed in the Mount Pleasant Fourth Ward. We recently had a fun ward party. Sister McClellan did a great job of organizing the party and the Tuineau family grilled some yummy chicken and provided some great entertainment with an exhibit of the various Polynesian cultures and dances. We are grateful for all that participated in making the party enjoyable.
In August Brenton Johansen reported to the Columbia MTC, he will spend the next two years serving our Heavenly Father in Columbia. Kevin Johansen is busy preparing for his mission where he will serve in Cincinnati Ohio, reporting to the Provo MTC October 24. Tyler Jessee returns from serving in the Korea Seoul South Mission on September 11. We will enjoy hearing Tyler report about his mission on September 16. I’m so excited to see Tyler again, I know he has had an impact in the lives of many members, investigators, missionaries, and those of us here in Mount Pleasant. As much as I love seeing young missionaries go into the field, it is even better to see them come home. I love feeling of their spirit and enjoying their testimony. What an amazing experience these young elders and sisters enjoy.
The theme in sacrament meeting for September is discipleship. We have recently had several new families move into the ward. The Power family, Harris family, McIff family, Eliason family, Moffett family, and Dixon family. With all the new families in our ward, as well as missionaries coming and going, we have plenty of speakers for sacrament meetings. I look forward to working with these new families and hopefully hearing them speak.
Mount Pleasant is such a great place to raise a family and to enjoy the blessings of the gospel. I pray that each member of the Mount Pleasant fourth ward has a great September. I’m grateful for the Savior Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the restoration of the gospel. I’m grateful for a loving ward. It always amazes me at how much charity and Christlike love is exhibited by the members of the ward. The church is true. President Nelson is a prophet. I’m excited to prepare for General Conference in early October.
On Saturday August 25th our Young Women and Young Men traveled to the Manti Temple to do that vicarious work for our progenitors that will start them on the path back to a loving Heavenly Father. Bishop Applegarth challenged our youth to extract their family names and bring them to the Temple to make it a more personal experience. Almost every one of our youth responded by doing just that. It was a wonderful experience for all and reinforced the importance and sacredness of the temple ordinances performed for ourselves and our ancestors. Thanks to all who participated.
On August 6th the ward got together for a great evening of food, fun, and entertainment. We started off with a mix and mingle with a great selection of salads and the Tuineau family grilled some delicious teriyaki chicken. The younger kids had a lot of fun with the wading pool nearby, while the older ones enjoyed the lake.
After the food and chatting we were treated to a Luau with traditional dances from many of the Pacific Island cultures. During this wonderful entertainment many of our ward members, and leaders, got to participate and showed us some great dance moves.
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Discipleship By James E. Faust Oct 2006
“As disciples of Christ, we have a sacred obligation to uphold His laws and commandments and the covenants which we take upon ourselves.”
Robert D. Hales
Sierra Leone Freetown Mission Office Address PO Box 263 Freetown Sierra Leone
Spencer continues to enjoy serving in Moyamba. He is training a new missionary, Elder Hendricks from Seattle. Spencer says Elder Hendricks is a great missionary that has already adjusted to being in Africa, the only adjustment he is still struggling with is the spicy food. In the couple of months Spencer has been in Moyamba, the branch has grown from about 40 active members to about 65 active members. It is exciting to see the church grow and make a big difference in the lives of people in Sierra Leone.
Spencer said the following in his last e-mail:
“As a branch we did a mormon helping hands service project. It was actually a lot of fun and a lot of people came to help out. We went to the hospital and cleaned the compound. We weeded around the compound and picked up all the trash and made the place look nice. After we were done you could see a lot of people thankful for what we did and talking about the church. It was fun to see how a little bit of service goes a long way!!”
Spencer has been out 22 months and is looking forward to working hard his last 2 months. What a blessing missionary service has been for Spencer and the Applegarth family.
Arkansas Little Rock Mission Office Address 905 Kierre Dr North Little Rock AR 72116
First transfer flew by! I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks! It has been another great hot and humid week here in the south.
Sister Woolley and I have decided that we are basically a moving company. We have done a lot of moving people and cleaning houses in the past 6 weeks, but service is awesome and softens people’s hearts. I’ve definitely seen miracles happen from serving others!
Saturday we had a stake Relief Society activity “Journey through the Book of Mormon”. It was awesome! Each sister got a copy of the Book of Mormon and they had a guide of scriptures to mark. Then they put their testimony in it and throughout the week each sister was to pray and give it to someone. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon. Venita, the lady we have been teaching, promised to read a chapter a night and she has been sticking to it. Nothing makes me happier than to see people who have never heard of or had the book in their life gain a testimony. President Nelson says it best, “When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.” He promises us that if we prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day we will make better decisions every day, we will receive answers to our questions and directions for our lives. I truly have seen these promises in my life as I study the Book of Mormon daily, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share these promises with others. Nothing is more powerful than being able to promise people we meet who think all is lost that if they will prayerfully read this book all aspects of their lives will improve. I’ve seen that as we have continued to teach Venita and watch her gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, she takes it with her to work and reads it on her break!
I invite each of you to make the Book of Mormon more fully a priority in your life. We are so blessed to have what we have. Make the time to prayerfully read the Book of Mormon EVERDAY. Make time for what’s important to Him and He will make time for what is important to us. There is truly power that comes from reading the Book of Mormon the power to heal comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.
New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand
He left the MTC three weeks ago and is serving in South Auckland, New Zealand in the Mountford Ward. He can’t believe how fast time is flying by and can see the ocean from where he lives. He has a great companion. They are working hard. They are preparing a sister for baptism, teaching several other investigators and also work with a lot of less active members. He is still extremely well fed. They have dinner appointments every night. He says the dairy industry is recognized around the world and that explains why the ice cream is the best he has ever had. Trevor would love to receive an email from anyone in the ward. His email is Trevor.firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 S 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902
Our mission is one of the Facebook missions, so I’ll be using that as a proselyting tool. I’m doing well here in Washington, and Facebook is another tool given us to further the Lord’s work.
This week we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. It was cool to get to know them better and hang out. We walked some dogs at a local animal shelter.
This week has gone by super fast. We haven’t really been able to teach any lessons. We have been mostly looking for people to teach. We went on exchanges with the Spanish speaking Elders this week.
Washington is literally on fire. There are 4 or 5 fires all through Washington. The smoke wasn’t too bad at the beginning of the week but yesterday there was so much smoke that you could barely see anything past 100 feet. It was thicker than most fog I’ve seen. We have also been told we can’t go out in it because it is now so bad it’s a health hazard. Otherwise this week has been a good week. We did some service, but toward the end of the week we couldn’t really tract much because of the smoke, so we were mostly visiting members and potentials.
Elder Erickson England Birmingham Mission Office Address 187 Penns Lane Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands England B76 1JU United Kingdom.
Sister Hafen Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion
Sister Ison Vancouver Washington Mission Office Address 2223 NW 99th St. Vancouver WA 98665
Elder Jessee Korea Seoul South Mission Office Address 29 Wiryeseong-daero 22-gil (Ogeum-dong) Songpa-gu Seoul-teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea
Elder Seely California Redlands Mission Office Address 7000 Central Ave Highland CA 92346
Elder Talbot Trinidad Port of Spain Mission Office Address PO Bag 543 Valsayn Trinidad and Tobago
September 2nd – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 31: Happy Is the Man That Findeth Wisdom, Relief Society & Elders: Council Meeting
September 9th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 32: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, Relief Society: Behold! A Royal Army By Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elders: April General Conference Message
September 16th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 33: Sharing the Gospel with the World, Relief Society: Precious Gifts from God By Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elders: April General Conference Message
September 23rd – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 34: I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness, Relief Society & Elders: Ministering
September 30th – Gospel Doctrine: Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets, Relief Society & Elders: Combined Meeting
Information for these images were compiled on August 31st. For the most up to date information please visit the Ward Calendar.