Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 34 A Mission Changes You

This week felt slow, until Saturday! We had 2 more baptisms. It felt so wonderful to be able to baptize 2 more of God's children. I baptized one and Elder Martinez baptized the other. His name is Franco....and it has awesome to see him grow over the past 3 weeks. Franco had someone close to him die this week. His grandma died of cancer and how sad that was for him and for all of us. But, he now knows that being baptized will allow him to see her again because he knows Heavenly Father's plan and it's a plan of happiness and it's a perfect plan. What a strong spirit this young man of only 9 years old has. I too know that God has a plan for us. The other baptism was an elderly man named Raul. He actually came to us saying he wanted to change. The first lesson we had with him, he said that he would stop drinking from that very day. Surprisingly he did! He now has not had a drink in almost a month. How awesome is that!!! I love being a missionary. It is truly amazing to watch people change there lives . And when they change, I change.

Elder Martinez and I are working so hard in our area and we might, by the end of this change have 6 and 1 baptism (mom note: this means a 6 member family and 1 other investigator). This has been one of my most favorite areas. The people are so positive and the members are so active and they help us find new people to teach. It makes a huge difference.

I want you all to know that God has a plan for all of us. I know that God has a plan for me. He sent me here to Honduras to help and teach the people of here about the gospel. And it has changed my life forever. While I have been on mission I have thought about my mistakes and my faults. My mission has changed me into the best person I can be.

Love you all so much and I am doing awesome here. Keep praying and keep writing. If you guys could...some of the missionaries get actual letters in envelope and everything. They said it is much better than an email. So, if you wanted to do that...that would be great! And remember: 

Sacrificio esta temporal, pero Gloria es eterno!

Con mucho cariƱo,

Elder Jensen

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 33 Nelson Came!

Wow....I do not know where to begin. This week was super powerful. I mean I did get my toe nail taken out and we could not work for 2 days, which sucked. But, the other days were should I put it....WICKED cool! We still have lo mismo fechas, pero estamos trabajando muy duro para bautizar nuestro primero familia (the same dates, but we are working really hard to baptized our first family)!!! They are so interested and they are progressing pretty darn good. This Saturday we have 3 baptisms alone and we are so pumped with excitement! Woo-hoo!

This past Saturday was super powerful. Russel M. Nelson, now the president of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, came to Honduras and talked to both Honduras Comayaguela Mission and the Tegucigalpa Mission too. We even got to shake his hand. It felt like a God was shaking my hand, it was that spiritual. Enserio (Seriously). He taught me something I will never forget. He said ¨We (missionaries) are the HOPE for families to be sealed in the temple.¨ I will never forget that. We truly are. We are here to teach and teach and teach and then let the spirit testify of the truth. So, that one day the peopel we teach will be baptized and will marry in temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. I love that. Seeing the lives of people changing for the good is so awesome. 

I am doing great.  I am not perfect and I continue to work on myself everyday. I am trying to focus on inviting others to come unto Christ and be the best missionary I can be. I love you all and you guys are the inspiration that keeps me going. Keep writing and keep praying for me to find new people and families to share the gospel with. 

Les quiero mucho,

Elder Jensen

Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 32 Family Time

Elder Jensen and Elder Martinez
This week was perfection! We found a family who was willing to get married and then to be baptized! (mom note: Alec has mentioned in other emails that men and women who have children in Honduras are usually not married and just live together, so marriage is needed for baptism.) That is another 3 more fetcha for ya! We now have 6 y 1 for baptism! (mom note: Steve and I think this means a family of 6 and 1 other individual for baptism) Now, let me tell you about this family. And I know my sister Rachel is going to love this. They are called Familia Sierra.  They are the gamer and anime kind. They have a Wii, an old PlayStation 2, and PS4! They have a bunch of video games too. It almost tempts me to play them...but I know I cannot. Now, here is the interesting part. This family loves Anime. Loves it!!! They have over 250 books of complete anime. It is crazy. I know my sister Rachel would love them. They are so willing to get married and to get baptized. They have promised to read the Book of Mormon and to keep taking the missionary lessons. What a blessing from GOD! This might be the first complete family that I will baptize on my mission! Boo-Yah!

I am finally getting a hang of the Spanish. The blessings of the mission are delivered in small packages, but in reality they are so powerful! Love being a missionary! 

We have a special treat coming to us this Saturday and Sunday! Russel M. Nelson is coming here to Honduras, to our mission, to talk to us! How flippin cool is that! And then on Thursday, the President of Centro America is coming to visit us too! How cool is that! I am really excited about this week...I swear its going to be a very good week.

I am starting Insanity tomorrow actually, because we had to get a new charger for our DVD. So, we could not continue from last week. Also, I got another ingrown toe nail, and just got it taken a couple hours ago. 

But, everything this week has been awesome and I see my mission changing me everyday. Love you all and remember to know the drill hahaha!

Les queiro,

Elder Jensen

P.S. Cheque pues! hahahaha

Pday shopping after having ingrown toenail surgery, AGAIN. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 31 Best. Week. Ever!

It’s the best week week ever. It’s the best week week ever (best day ever-Spongebob). But, yah this week was awesome. I got a really cooool companion that is super chill. His name is Elder Martinez. He was actually on the same plane from San Salvador to Honduras when we left he CCM. We have been working really hard this week. We actually committed 2 new fechas this week. It was so awesome. I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father put me with someone that I can work not only hard with, but smart too.

Just yesterday, a member of the ward brought his brother to the church. He said God told him to come to this church. That shocked me and later that evening, he accepted to get baptized. Man, our Heavenly Father works in so many weird but amazing ways . I am so grateful for him and that he sent me to Honduras on my mission. the way guess what.......ELDER THORN IS MY NEW ZONE LEADER! How awesome is that! I am grateful that he is. He has such a strong testimony and I am really excited to work with him. (mom note: if you remember back…Steve and I started following Elder Thorn's blog when we found out that Alec was going to Honduras. He is a great kid and an amazing missionary. Steve and I are thrilled Alec will be around his influence and example)

I actually started Insanity with my companion this week, I’m feeling fat. I got the tape from another missionary awhile back. Elder Martinez is pumped to do it too. (mom note: of course Steve and I are thrilled for this too. He included a pre photo that Steve and I decided to post with his updated photo in a few weeks)

But, this week was awesome. I stayed in the same area..but really I love it here. The members are really awesome and I am having so much fun with my new companion. Remember to keep praying and keep on writing me, not matter what! Love you all. 

Les quiero,

Elder Jensen

Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 30 Another Baptism

Hey everyone! This week was so awesome! We got another baptism! What made it so special was that after she got confirmed with the Holy Ghost, she started crying. We knew and she knew that the spirit confirmed to her the gospel is true and that she could feel the spirit so strong. She now knows that there is a plan for her and her children. I know that I will see her again. I am so grateful to be on a mission, a mission is the best thing in the world, because I get to see not only me changing, but the people I am baptizing and confirming change and their lives change.

Tomorrow is changes and I get a new companion. I am sad that Elder Tupou is going home, but I am happy for him and how he has finished his mission with such a strong testimony. I am going to miss him a lot, but I know I will see him again. 

Thanks for all your support. I am progressing everyday, minute by minute, and day by day. Keep praying and keep on writing me! Love you all. And remember:

Sacrifico esta temporal, pero gloria es eterno!

Les quiero,

Elder Jensen