Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Oct 27, 2015

Sister Richardson caught our AP's and President and Sister Poulsen coming onto the Square.  All are happy to be on our lovely Temple Square and no doubt have many duties to take care of.  We love our leaders. 

Monday, October 26, 2015


Oct. 24th

Temple Sq. Sisters had eight weeks to prepare for the 5K challenge. The challenge was accepted with excitement and a desire to become more fit, healthy and energetic so that we can be more effective missionaries on Temple Square! President Harmon “Socked it to us” by providing everyone with their first pair of running socks so as to avoid those nasty blisters we all hate. Our theme became:

 We could choose our pace; to run, walk/jog, or just walk.  Our route was around the Utah Capitol building, down Gravity Hill and through the Canyon. Very scenic!!  It all ended with a great breakfast bash at Brigham Young Park.

The objective was to have fun, strengthen bodies (the temple of our spirits), learn/practice a life-time sport, build unity throughout the mission, promote more sound and restful sleep, more stamina and energy during the day, fewer illnesses, reduced stress and become happier individuals.

Sister Bradshaw sets up the last watering hole before the finish line. 

Our first runners arrive!!


Some of Temple Sq. Seniors--Elder/Sis. Burton, Pres./Sis. Poulsen and Sis. Bradshaw

                   Some were very determined while others danced through the challenge but all had fun!

Sisters Dejourdy and Mahoney cheer everyone on

We began at the Capitol Building


Look at President Harman moving along with Sister Danso!  Go President!!!!


President and Sister Poulsen lead out in warm-up exercises

Everyone joined in the fun with a little help

The Poulsen's and Burton's hasten their shuffle

Breakfast at last

Temple Square Mission - 5 K Run



Oct. 21, 2015

While Sister Wu (Hong Kong) played sacred hymns on the piano everyone sat reverently waiting for  Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland to join us in our Relief Society this morning.  Everyone arose from bed earlier so we could be in our seats in Theater 1 at SVC, at 6:45am. 
Elder Holland extended his love to us by having each one of us file past him so he could shake our hand as we told him our name and where we were from.  He later told us that he didn’t do that so he could learn our name or try to remember where we were from, but it was a quick interview to look into our eyes and feel of our spirit.  As we each filed past him Sister Wu continued her quiet playing that added to the spirit of the meeting. Elder Holland thanked us for our service and went on to teach us about the Book of Mormon and why it is the keystone of our religion. It was wonderful to learn from the teachings of an apostle.  



Tuesday, October 20, 2015


October 20, 2015

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions held in Salt Lake City came to a close Monday, October 19, with prayer, song and an announcement the world's largest interfaith gathering will start meeting every two years instead of five-year intervals. The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions.  The Parliament includes 10,000 people, 80 nations and 50 faiths.

Sisters Castillo and Sanputhorn escort Sneh Lata of the United Kingdom around Temple Square

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Oct. 8, 2015

South 2 Zone had the opportunity to go to the Humanitarian Center tonight and participate in a service project to provide clothing to the people of Zimbabwe.  We sorted bags of donated clothing, shoes, book bags, quilts and other miscellaneous items to be bundled and sent to the people of Zimbabwe.  This project was hosted by E4Z, an organization founded by three professional golfers: Laurette Maritz from South Africa, Reeve Nield from Zimbabwe and Cecilie (CC) Lundgreen from Norway.  E4Z provides humanitarian aid in numerous forms.  There mission is "to give sight to the blind, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, lift up the heads that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees."  You can learn more about them at eyes4zimbabwe.org.

CC explains to us what we need to do

South 2 Zone


CC couldn't let us
leave without a hug

Oct. 13, 2015

Today's little Miracle...As retold by: Natalie Hunt Kattelman

“Today as I walked into the First Park Warehouse, Reeve tasked my sister and I to help with sorting the late donations.  She informed me that someone would need to return to the Humanitarian Center to bale the piles afterward -so they could fit into the containers.  A couple of hours later, Mary-Ellen and her husband Shad were loading up two truck loads of bags that we had pre sorted.  Reeve informed Katrina and I that we needed to go and help bale to finish things as fast as possible.  I told Reeve that Mary-Ellen was planning to call me if we were permitted to use more than one baling machine.  Reeve replied: "Just go, the Lord will provide... Have Faith". As we left to head to the Humanitarian Center I thought "Have faith that our knees would not hurt from the previous day's of baling? or perhaps we would need faith to work faster than usual? ... As we arrived to the humanitarian center we sat outside the dock waiting for someone to unlock the doors for us.  A couple minutes later a car with two women pulled up and stopped to ask if this was the service project.  Not sure exactly what they were looking for I continued inside while the others tried to help them.... not 30 seconds later I glanced up to see 13 Sister Missionaries (all very familiar faces as I had just helped to fed them lunch over General Conference) walking up to our dock.  They let us know they had gotten lost, and wondered if we needed help with anything. -SERIOUSLY-  I just starred for a minute, in awe at the clearly non coincidental timing.  I'm sure the angels that helped orchestrate the Sister's being "lost" got a kick out of my reaction. What a blessing to have extra hands loading our machines, writing labels and taping. We were done baling both truck loads within 35 minutes.  I recall having heard about many of the miracles that surround the service to Zimbabwe.  Trusting in God rarely include the details of how exactly things will work out, Faith truly does precede the miracle. I'm reminded again how true President Eyrings statement is that "When you do your part, the Lord adds His power to your efforts."


Sisters Sonku, Chen, Caramia, Almeida, Desjourdy, Timoteo, Nogueira, George, Hara, Rajah, Sapera, Baldoza and Saavedra!!



Oct. 8, 2015

Relief Society began this morning with Sisters Cardus, Dean and Radamason singing a medley of "I Know That My Redeemer Lives".  

Sister Wu accompanies Sisters Dean, Costa and Radamason.

Sister Poulsen had birthday treats for everyone who has a birthday in September.  Thankyou Sis. Poulsen!!

President Poulsen reminded us to make this a Keystone transfer.  In other words, use the Book of Mormon with our investigators and he also encouraged us to spend 30 minutes in the Book of Mormon each day.  We can read from front to back or while we read we can look for references to Jesus Christ and His atonement, look for references we can use with our investigators and even read to find answers for questions we have or our investigators have.  Read as an investigator or gain a testimony or strengthen your testimony.  Alma 32 tells us to regularly read and study the word. 
President Loos talked to us about the empirical evidences or proof that the BOM was not written by an ordinary man.  In 1925 scholars began to look for evidence to answer the critics of the BOM.  He shared with us many of these evidences they found that confirms Joseph Smith could not have written the BOM without divine help.  He also suggested that when we ask investigators to read Moroni 10:4-5 to emphasize to the investigator that they must pray with real intent, not expect spectacular manifestations but look for the sweet, peaceful feeling the Spirit brings to us as a witness that what we are reading is true.  Then ask our investigator, if you read and pray and the Spirit testifies to you it is true, will you be baptized?  In other words, we must present the BOM challenge to our investigator and tell them it must be done with real intent and then a desire to follow through on the witness they receive by being baptized.
President Harman talked about having a firm testimony of the BOM. He read from the last two paragraphs of the introduction to the BOM and said that once we have this knowledge nothing else matters.  The BOM is the keystone of our religion.  If the BOM is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet, the Priesthood or authority to act for God has been restored and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church.  Critics know this and work hard to discredit the BOM because if they can get people to believe it’s not a true record then Joseph Smith is not a prophet and all other truths collapse.  President Harman referred to Ezra Taft Benson’s talk in October 1986 General Conference titled “The Book of Mormon, the Keystone of our religion”.  The BOM is a powerful tool given to us by Heavenly Father to use with our investigators.

Pres. & Sis. Poulsen talk with Sisters after Relief Society

Elder/Sister Burton, Sisters O'Dell, McDaniel, Haight, Aquino, Pres. & Sis. Poulsen, Sisters Chazen, Kogure & Fraiser