Bishopric – Repentance

It is always sad to say goodbye to summer, but I’m looking forward to a wonderful fall. We have been blessed as a ward and I’m excited to see the blessings continue to flow.  One of my favorite duties in the ward is working with the youth. I’m always excited to mention the ten missionaries we have serving from our ward. I enjoy reading their emails and feeling their spirit. It was fun over the summer to see Bubba Ison and Amy Staker leave on their missions. Both of their emails are so positive and happy, it is great to see their progression as they deal with hard things and invoke the spirit into their lives. 

This month I’m looking forward to going to the drive in with the youth (Sept 3), cleaning the highway and eating dinner with the youth (Sept 11), and participating in baptisms for the dead with our youth (Sept 25). If you’re in the young men’s or young women’s program, please come and join us. Come participate with your new young women’s presidency (Shelby Eliason, Tena Seely, Cindy Johansen, and Kiersten Wheeler). Come and feel the spirit of our young mens presidency (Kyler Wheeler, Hunter Atkinson, Drew Jorgensen, and Steven Brito). We enjoy getting together and I’m looking forward to a great month. 

The theme in sacrament meeting this month is Repentance. I have enjoyed several conference talks from this past April which talked about repentance. I’m reminded that repentance isn’t just for those big hairy sins, but repentance is an opportunity to use the atonement of Jesus Christ to improve ourselves every day. I hope that I can join our 10 missionaries in crying repentance this month. I’m not planning on pointing out other people’s sins, I don’t think that strategy is going to be very effective. Instead, I hope I can leverage the atonement in my live and you can leverage the atonement in your live and together we can work hard to improve ourselves, our families, and our ward. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ, I’m grateful for the atonement and the huge blessing that is in my life. I’m grateful for the knowledge that families are forever. That through Jesus Christ, I have the potential to live with Kathryn, my kids, my parents, my siblings, forever. I’m grateful for this ward and the love and support each of you give me.

Bishop Applegarth

Sister Hafen – September 2019

Paraguay Asunción North Mission Office Address Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280 c/Julio Correa Casilla de Correo 1871 Asuncion

Hola. It’s been another week! I can’t believe it!!! The time is going to fast here, and we finished another Transfer here in the Paraguay Asuncion North mission. The best mission ever by the way. So my comp Hermana Rangel is making her way back to Cedar city Utah this Wednesday, I’m glad it’s not my time! I’m getting a new comp and her name is Hermana Barrera, and she’s literally like my best friend in the mission!!!!!! I went on a division with her once and we are like the same people so I’m excited to be with her!  This week has been super good and we actually saw a lot of progress with a lot of the people that have a lot of potential! We actually had lessons with them this week. The struggle here in the city is that everyone is so busy, with working 2 jobs, taking the kids to their activities and all the cumpleaños that everyone has every weekend! Here birthdays are such a big deal and they throw huge parties for every year!!! We taught lots of people this week and it’s just a tender mercy because when we teach it’s almost like we just teach with the spirit so much, and with so much power because we are just ready to teach, we just want to share our testimonies so bad!

This week we taught hermana LILU, the girl that we contacted last week with the president of the south mission! It was one of the most memorable first lessons I’ve had in my whole mission! It was so awesome. So we got there and we invited her husband to listen too, and he’s like anti religion, but we politely asked him in guanani and that opened his heart a little bit! So he came and sat down, but said he wasn’t going to answer any questions he was going to listen no mas jajaj. Okay. So we were able to teach them and when we got to the restoration part of our lessons… there were SO MANY distractions! We couldn’t get to that part, so we were almost doubting, if we should keep going but, we finally got to share it, and she literally was so touched by the spirit and said that she believes it’s all true. She had questions, very good questions, and we were able to answer them with the help of the spirit, and it was just an amazing lesson. It’s crazy how hard Satan was trying to stop us from sharing that part of the lesson, because I truly believe that she’s prepared!!! But we gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read and pray about it and she accepted, and told us we could come back whenever, and her husband just sat there, but I promise you he felt the spirit. How could you not?

This week we were coming back from one of the sketchy parts of our areas, haha by the cemetery and the colectivo was super busy, so my comp and I were like together but not on the colectivo, and so she gets off, and I saw that she got off so I was trying to make my way to the back of the colectivo with my big bag and everything and then the door shuts and it drives away….. I’m like pressing the button like let me off, but when you’re in the city they only stop at designated bus stops, so it kept going and probably like a mile away or so it stopped and I was like oh no, I don’t have the phone or anything, so I just started walking back to where she was on the freeway, and I was just praying that I would be protected.  I was ALONE! But it was all good, and we met up again, but that was a new experience!

Also I had the opportunity to give a talk in sacrament meeting and I think I would 10x rather give a talk in Spanish than English at this point, but everyone complimented me on how Paraguayan I was when I talked lol.

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! IT’S THE BEST! Everyone should do it! jajaj There’s so much joy and blessings that I’ve seen in my life, I never want to not be a missionary! I know this is the church of Jesus Christ and he leads it, I know that the Book of Mormon is the evidence. I know that families can be together forever and I’m so grateful for the restored priesthood that helps us with that. I LOVE PARAGUAY! I LOVE THE GOSPEL! I love the come follow me books programs!

Thanks for all the love and support!

CHE ROHAYHU

HERMANA HAFEN

Elder Ison – September 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 South 16th Avenue YAKIMA, WA 98902

He has made it to the mission field. He definitely likes the mission field better than he liked the MTC. He did have this to say about the MTC:

Something the MTC has taught me is love. Love your studies, your district, teachers, companion, and most importantly love Jesus Christ. He is the reason we are all here, without him Gods plan of happiness wouldn’t work! My testimony grew while I was there and I’m thankful for what I’ve learned and what I will continue to learn out in Yakima.

He is in Natches and this was his description of it:

So when you think of Washington you think of rain and everything is green right? Nope the Yakima mission is desert and it’s kind of an ugly place. My area is the Naches and it’s the smallest town ever and everyone is a farmer so it’s like I live in Indianola which blows Haha. The people here are kinda nice but everyone is catholic but we have met 2 people that might be interested.

He hasn’t lost his sense of humor 😉 He was able to give his first priesthood blessing last week and said even though the girl was “wack”  it was an awesome experience to be able to do that.

Kristie Ison

Sister Kennedy – September 2019

Oregon Portland Mission Office Address 1400 NW Compton Dr. Ste. 250 BEAVERTON, OR 97006

Oh my goodness! The time has finally come where I can share about our awesome week here! On Sunday we had such a great day!

So the cute couple we met chalk boarding, Joe and Eslyn, were finally able to make it to church! We had invited them to come last Sunday, but unfortunately they couldn’t make it. So they came this Sunday! It was so cool some of the members were nice and came to introduce themselves. The Fosters came over and talked to them. They asked Joe and Elsyn how they met us. Of course they mentioned the chalkboard, but then Joe said that they felt like they needed to come after all the effort me and an elder put in to invite them. It was comforting to know that we awkwardly chased after them for a reason. They are such a darling couple. Somehow they both were blessed with nice eyebrows. Like how??? Moving on. Sister Thorpe came THRU and talked about when she goes to other churches she has questions and asked if they had any. That’s when we made a return appointment with them! Joe said that he had lots of questions and it would take a long time to answer them all and he wants to hear our testimonies and learn more. We are so excited they are so cool! It is amazing to look back and think that we almost gave up on the chalkboard because of all the hassle. But we knew with all the chaos that it meant we needed to do it.

This weekend we didn’t have anyone signed up for dinner which actually turned out well. Saturday we went and helped our ward mission leader in the Oatfield ward. Since we didn’t have dinner that evening he was nice and took us out to eat. It was good for us to get to know him better. He really opened up to us and it was then that I realized he is pretty less active. He ended up coming to church that Sunday which was awesome! It was so cool to hear his story! After that we hurried over to a block party to see Edith. We got there when everyone was cleaning up. Edith was super nice and gave us food to eat even though we were about to explode. We were sad that we missed the party so we couldn’t meet people, but it wasn’t until our ward mission leader came to church that we realized how good it was for us to be with him.

Now since we didn’t have a Sunday dinner we weren’t sure what to do. We talked about how we should ask one of our favorite people, Sister Alsbury next week if she would have us over so it wouldn’t be last minute. She is so in tune with the spirit because not long after she texted us asking if we had dinner that Sunday!! We were so excited because we love them!! Her and her husband both served missions and it is so cool to hear their stories and see them glow every time they talk about it.

Now for another good part!! We had a lesson with James and Robert! James is one of my favorite people! He is so cool!! We felt like we needed to go over the Restoration. When we asked James if he remembered what it was he said “remind me.” It was such a great lesson and at the end I asked Robert if he believed that Joseph Smith was a true prophet called by God. He said yes and that our lesson all made sense!! Then that’s when we popped the question!!! We invited him to be baptized and he said yes!! For Sept 7th!! He is so ready and we are so excited for him to receive those blessings!

Well we had a great week here!! I am so grateful to be here!! I know that the Lord will always provide! 🙂 It is so amazing to serve others at this time and give back to our Father in Heaven. There is no place I’d rather be! I love you all! Have a wonderful week! Enjoy all the many selfies we take.

Sister Kennedy

Elder Olson – September 2019

New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand

Kia Ora, Everybody!

This week was pretty full on, with a lot of ups and downs, but I will try to sift out the unimportant things.

This Saturday we had a Ward Activity, and the theme was the Wild West. I will give them credit; they did a pretty good job. For dinner, the Elders’ Quorum First Counselor made some chili. He had no idea what he was doing, so he was asking me and my companion for a lot of advice. He was very proud of his creation. He did make pretty good chili. The best part, though, was the raw fish that one of the members brought. It was so out of place, yet perfectly Maori.

We had another spectacular turnout at church yesterday. It was probably the most full anyone has seen it in a while. To top it off, one of the people we are teaching brought four of her nonmember family members. She told us “We’ve all wanted to start coming for a while, we just needed the push.” We are going to begin teaching them in the coming weeks, so my companion and I are going to be pretty busy.

Spiritual Thought: James E Talmage said that “All truth is of value, above price indeed in its place; yet with respect to their possible applications some truths are of incomparably greater worth than others… A personal knowledge of God is essential to the salvation of every human soul that has attained to powers of judgement and discretion. The value of theological knowledge, therefore, ought not to be underrated; it is doubtful if its importance can be overestimated.” I love this quote. All knowledge we gain in this life will be of great benefit in the next. But, some knowledge will be of greater, even infinite benefit. Remember the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can ever gain in this life.

The rest of the week was a lot of teaching and trying to catch people in between appointments. We have met a lot of people here who like meeting with missionaries, but don’t want to progress. We met with this Seventh-Day Adventist on Wednesday. The first half of the lesson, he was telling us how we are doing all sorts of stuff wrong and whatnot. The second half he was praising our work and telling us all the stuff we are doing right. Mixed messages.

I hope of you have a great week! Summer is ending for all of yous back in the states, but over here, spring is right around the corner. Enjoy life, and keep pressing forward!

Ofa Atu,

Elder Olson

Elder Walker – September 2019

Washington Yakima Mission Office Address 1006 South 16th Avenue YAKIMA, WA 98902

Elder Walker has had an eventful August.  He and his companion worked hard to increase their teaching pool just in time for transfers which took him to a new assignment and new area. He’s now serving as District Leader in the center of the mission. He and his companion are both new to the area and back to focusing on the teaching pool. He says that his new leadership responsibilities are trying but rewarding. For details of his last month’s journey, see his blog.

Sister Walker