Monday, May 30, 2016

Week 69 Peace, Be Still

I have had a pretty fun last week with Elder Hales. He has taught me a lot and I am so excited for him to return home and start his new life. I am grateful for his service here in Honduras, but a new chapter has start in his life. I am so happy for him and I cannot wait to hear back from him next week when he his home in California. This week was great, we were able to get almost 5 people ready for baptism. They should be ready to be baptized in a couple weeks. I am so happy for their decision to be baptized and follow Christ. They are changing my life, more than they are changing theirs it seems.  And maybe that is why I have felt so much peace this week. The spirit has such a calming affect. I felt more than ever this week how the spirit can comfort you if you just let it. It makes me happy. Without it, I would be nothing, especially as a missionary.

Elder Hales is finishing his mission and I am staying in my area. My new companion is Elder Small. He is from Japan, well really Utah. But, he lived in Japan for a while because his Dad works there. So, we are going to hit it up here in Los Laureles and work hard to commit 5 investigators to baptisms this week. I am so excited to pump some bar and work until my knees break this change. (Mom note: I have know idea what this means...must be some kind of missionaries language. I hope that's what it is)

Having some fun here in Laureles. Cannot wait to tell you all the events I have this next week with Elder Small!!! Talk to you next week!

Elder Jensen

Sacrifice is only temporary, but glory is eternal!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 68 Down Week

Well, to be honest this week went by pretty slow for me. We did not get to work as much because I was kind of sick. My feet still hurt, well just my toe really. I have taken pills and done exercises, but nothing seems to be working. But, I am still fighting like usual for it to go away. Also, my back started to hurt last Friday, I think I got up wrong or something. I have no idea what, but it hurt like crazy. We have been resting a little bit in the house. It is not what I wanted and I am trying the best I can to put it out of my mind.

To be honest, I really don't have much too explain this week. Kind of a downer week. Nothing new really happened, sorry to say. We are going to work our butts this coming week! 

Oh, a funny thing that happened this week however. We were walking in the street and a drunk dude was taking a dump right in front of us. He said sorry to us, but we just kept on moving. So, pretty weird experience. 

Thanks for all the letters everyone, sorry this letter is not like the rest, just been feeling kind of sick lately. Talk to you next week.

Elder Jensen

Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 67 The Spirit of the Century

I have made a big impact in my life these past couple days. You have no idea what I have felt or what I am feeling at this moment. These past couple days, I have searched the scriptures with probably all the intent I have. I have been really searching for some answers to questions and help with weakness I have. And the Holy Ghost has testified to me of what I am doing here and why I am here. I was reading about faith, prayer, fasting, knowledge and bunch of other topics that has really helped to feel the comforter in my life. I was reading in Mormon 9:21 and it says:

Behold, say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ,doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this  promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

As I pondered about that, I got a confirmation by the spirit that knowing that when we ask the Father and with belief in the Savior, and with a lot of faith, God will answer. When I read that I knew if I want to change my heart and change my mind into something incredible I have to ask it from God. But, with sincere heart and actual intent, and praying with all the faith and hope you have. I have felt more peace and rest in my heart everyday since then. By being on my mission, I have received a better understanding that whatever the Lord wants, it is what is for the best. I love Him and He is changing me and by His Grace we all can be found. 

I am having so much fun here in Honduras. I learn new things everyday and by being obedience to Him, I receive blessings. I love my Savior, He is changing me into a better and a stronger man.  I am being rescued by His mercy and His infinite love and I want others to know this. I am grateful for my mission and I know I need to be here and by being here I can change others lives along with mine. Thank you for all the letters and blessings you send each week. Love you all and miss you too. Thanks for being an example to me.

Les quiero mucho,

Elder Jensen

P.S. Do not have any photos this week! Sorry, have to wait until next Monday! Sorry mom!!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 66 Momma's Boy

Skype's with Mom and Dad in England 2am their time

Skyped with my sisters and grandma and grandpa in the states.
I loved every single minute of this week. Leading up to the day I got to talk to my Mom and Dad the rest of my family was so nerve racking. But, I was able to get through it and I am back to work. I am so grateful I have a family who loves me and the chance I have to live with them for eternity. As the quote says, ¨A missionary leaves there home for 2 years so that others can be with there family forever.¨ I know I am a child of God and I am imperfect and need to improve...but I have 3 people who can help me. My companion, My president, and the Lord. I am so grateful I have the Lord on my side to help me when I am down, to help me when I am in need. I love the Savior, at sometimes I struggle, but I know as I strive to be like him I will find joy and happiness. 

This week was really good. We did a lot of service this week to gain more trust and improve our relationships with the members. It was a lot of fun. As well we worked really hard with our investigators to set dates for baptism with all of them. We have like 12 people who we are working with right now and I am learning a lot from them as they are from us. 

Well, had a lot of fun this week and I cannot wait for this next one. Love you all. Do not have much time to write today, but I can tell you that from now on my mission is about to get to whole new level because I have just a little time left, but a lot more work to be done. Hasta luego!

Elder Jensen

Monday, May 2, 2016

Week 65 Work, Work, and more Work

This week went by so fast. We did so much work. Everyday we came home sweaty and super tired. But, it was all for a great purpose. We have been teaching Marcelina and Maria and we are now working with them to help them better understand the role of how the Atonement works in their lives. It is just incredible. Even I am changing while I am teaching them. It feel so awesome to be a missionary. I am not here to enjoy my time and waste precious hours doing nothing. I am here to bring souls unto Christ. I think one of the coolest part we are doing right now is we are preparing 3 older people to get baptized. They are progressing slowly, but they seem to understand it, and I am so happy for their decision to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to possibly get baptized. 

This past week we experienced a miracle. We started teaching a lady Dilsia this week about The Restoration. And it was very hard for her to focus, because her kids were screaming and yelling in the house and the spirit was hard to recognized because of all the chaos. But, out of the blue, they disappeared out of the house to buy something from the pulperia (?) for a few minutes. And we had the best opportunity to share with her the First Vision. It was just for like a minute or two, and then her kids came running back in, but she told us that she felt peace and joy when she heard the story. Awesoooommee! Those little things, those tender mercies God gives us, when we are obedient and humble are so amazing. She was not able to come to church, but we are going to help her this week so she can!!!

I am so excited to talk to my family this week, especially my moooommmmyyy! I have not seen them in so long! 

Sorry, I do not have photos this week. The computer took so long to download photos that it is better if I just send a bunch next week! Love you all and I will tell you all about what miracle I saw next week! Hasta Luego! 

Les Quiero,

Elder Jensen