Monday, February 5, 2018

Letter 85 Staying in Heritage

Hey Everyone!

I don’t have a ton of time to write this week but we got our transfer calls and we are staying together. I was a little nervous, but I’m glad to be staying in heritage. This week it’s been the same old, just trying to find new people and keep in contact with the people we have.

We did service for a lady who was a referral from the family history center and she seems pretty interested. She is super awesome and she used to be a Quaker so that’s pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever taught a Quaker before so it will be exciting. Other than that our week has been pretty normal! I know that Jesus Christ lives and wish you all the best! Have a great week!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Letter 84 Is This Utah?

Hey Everyone!

This week was pretty much normal! You know one thing I noticed is that in this area there isn’t really that much crazy stuff happening which is funny because we are right by Pomona. Now that would be a fun area to work in but La Verne is super nice and we have had no problems with our bikes getting stolen so far which is great. People are super nice to us here and every time we go out to lunch someone pays for our food. We only go out to lunch because other people have given us gift cards but we can never spend them because everyone is paying for our food. I seriously feel like I’m in Utah it’s so weird.

Anyway, yesterday we had a wonderful regional conference broadcast for church which was really nice. Elder Christofferson and Elder Kearon gave wonderful talks. The Chengs weren’t able to make it unfortunately, but hopefully next week. We picked up a couple new investigators that seem to have a lot of potential though and we are really excited to teach them! One of them is a boy named Markus and he is really cool. He was a referral from some member friends and we taught him at their house.

The only problem is we can’t meet with him for another three weeks so that’s too bad. It’s tough to meet with people here, Everyone is so busy. That’s pretty much it for this week though! The members in this ward are super awesome and so we have the opportunity to have a lot more spiritual lessons and teach the restoration in its fullness which is really nice. I love it here so much and am so grateful for my mission experiences thus far and can’t wait to continue making more!

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Letter 83 Forty Day Sugar Fast

Hey Everyone!

This week was pretty much an ordinary week! We had the Chengs come to church again which made me super happy because we hadn’t seen them in a while. We are trying set up an appointment still but they are just
so busy! We also talked to a lot of new people this week so that was good and we received a member referral that we are excited to teach for the first time this Friday! 

Overall everything is going great so far. We had interviews with President this week which was nice and
also began our new mission challenge. 40 day sugar fast. We can’t have desserts, candy, or soda. It’s kinda rough but we are pushing through it. I’m good as long as we can still have Little Caesar’s and In-N-Out. Overall that’s pretty much it for this week. Sorry no pictures again! I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Letter 82 Exchanges

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a pretty normal week here in California! Elder Boulette and I have been working to find new people to teach as well as help the ones we are teaching. The Chengs missed church, but Ariana and her boyfriend came which was super cool! We are glad they were able to come. 

We also had the opportunity to go on exchanges this week. I went to Walnut Creek area with Elder Jensen and he is from St. George too so that was a fun exchange. It kinda reminded me of Glendale so we fit right in when we knocked on people’s doors saying “Hi, we are Elder Jensen and we are from St. George, nice to meet you!” Well that was pretty much the only thing that happened this week that was different.

Other than that we have just been knocking on more doors and biking a lot! I love it so much here! We did get to watch the funeral for President Monson and I am super excited to see who will be in the new Presidency for the church. I know that President Monson is a prophet of God and I know that the apostles were chosen by the lord to represent him and I am excited to see the church organization work and move forward. Have a great week everyone!

Elder Jensen
P.S. The first three pictures below were sent to us by Elder Jensen's former Young Men's President, Lance Douglas. He works in California and has a home right in Elder Jensen's area! He saw some missionaries on bikes and chased after them thinking it had to be Elder Jensen! Well, it was Elder Jensen's companion, but he was on exchanges with another Elder! (First picture). Brother Douglas was so disappointed! Luckily he was able to see Elder Jensen the next day at church where they had an awesome visit! He called us and told us all about it and sent us these pictures!

These next three pictures were sent to us from a member who had the Elders over for dinner! I can tell that this is an awesome ward!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Letter 81 Mission Conference

Hey everybody!

This week was super awesome! We found a lot of new investigators, but nobody came to church unfortunately. We thought we were gonna have a bunch of people come but nobody made it. Next week for sure though. We are still working with the Cheng family and we actually found a new family to teach this week which is pretty cool. This ward is awesome and we’ve gotten some great referrals from them! 

Another cool event from this week was the mission conference we had on Saturday. Elder Dallin H. Oaks came and spoke to our mission and it was awesome! He is such a smart man and with the recent death of the prophet we were surprised he was still able to come. His life is full of experiences that you wouldn’t expect an apostle to have, but as we all know everyone has trying experiences in their lives.

I felt very edified from the meeting and truly feel that he is an apostle of the lord Jesus Christ. He is very bold and willing to speak the truth of God to anyone who asks. It was wonderful to shake his hand and hear him speak. I know that there are prophets and apostles on the earth today and they are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. I know that they are imperfect men, but they are humble and constantly trying to learn. I am so grateful for the opportunities we have to learn from their words and most especially their examples. I hope you all have a great week!

Pictures: Mission Conference with Elder Oaks. Armenian Elders including Elder McAllister the new Elder. Comp photo.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Letter 80 New Year's

Hey Everyone!

I’m sorry I don’t have a ton of time today because we had a zone activity that went kinda long but it was super fun. Just know that I am enjoying my time here in heritage and am excited with how strong the ward is here. The members are so willing to share the gospel and serve people around them.

 At the start of this new year I hope you all set some goals to accomplish more in your life. I know that goal setting and plan making can truly help us become better people, especially as we work as hard as we can to achieve those goals. I love you all so much and hope that you have a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Letter 79 Christmas

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are all having a good Christmas! We are doing the typical missionary thing playing basketball because it’s p day. This week was a lot of fun! I love my new area a ton. The ward has a ton of youth and it’s just like a Utah ward. The members are super solid and willing to help so it’s great.

One of the members brought one of her friends to church and now her and her family attend. They are really interested in finding out more of what we believe. We taught them the first lesson this week at our ward mission leader's house and it was amazing! It started off a little shaky because Elder Boulette and I teach very differently, but the spirit soon came into the lesson and as we testified of the Book of Mormon it brought a lot of peace. They came to church this Sunday for the 4th time and plan on attending weekly.

Maggie has already read the intro and testimonies and Keney has read a little bit as well. Maggie is very interested and is helping her family come along too. I haven’t had the experience to teach families a lot on my mission and so I am super excited for this one and I really feel that they will be baptized as they continue to keep commitments.

I enjoy everything about this area (even biking, it’s actually kinda fun) and I can’t wait to keep working in it. I’m so grateful for this time of year as well. It took a little bit for it to hit Cali, but you can feel the spirit of Christmas in the air and I love it. I know the Book of Mormon is real and it can bring peace to your life by reading it. I know that Joseph Smith did indeed translate the Book with Gods help and I’m so grateful that God has prepared this tool the Book of Mormon in our lives to help us find truth and feel peace. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Elder Jensen
Pictures: Christmas zone conference and Christmas morning. Sorry for the bad photo quality.