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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Letter 78 Transfers

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a fun week but I got some news this Saturday. I am being transferred To Heritage in La verne. My new companions name is Elder Boulette and he is a really fun guy. I didn’t expect to leave so I was really sad but I feel really excited to work here in heritage at the same time. It seems like a great place! 

I didn’t have a lot of time in Armenian work so I hope I get to go back before the end of my mission. However, I am really excited to work in heritage. I just feel like this is where I’m supposed to be and I feel super ready to work. And bike. I stayed away for 18 months but now it is time to get that brand new bike out and get to work. I have never been so excited to bike.

I’m on the opposite side of the mission but I’m just really excited in general. They took out the two Armenian companionships so Elder Ebert and Elder Hansen will be trio training. Elder Boulette just finished training so it will be fun to greenie break again. Overall I’m just really excited to get things going again. That’s all for this week! Have a good week!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Letter 77

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a pretty typical week and nothing new has really happened. Transfers are next week because this is a 5 week transfer so we will see what happens. We spent our time pretty balanced this week between finding and studies and teaching and service so it was pretty good. We have decided we need to have more faith and when we contact people we need to expect them to accept our message. 

Our investigators aren’t progressing really well right now and we are hoping to find someone who is prepared and wants to be baptized. I know they are out there and so we are just going to keep talking to as many people as possible to find them. The light the world program has been lots of fun. I think service has a lot more impact  around this season so don’t waste the opportunity! That was pretty much it for this week! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and a good week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, December 4, 2017

Letter 76 Birthday

Hey Everyone!

It was a fun week for us. We’ve been doing lots of finding and service for the light the world theme and it has been going great so far I have really enjoyed it. We also are easing into Facebook right now so don’t be alarmed if you see me on haha. It has been super weird to go through it but I think it will be a great proselyting tool. After all, follow up is one of the hardest things I feel like with missionary work. We have so many people to contact and call and text in a day and we often don’t remember and so I think FB messaging will make it a lot easier. I’m excited to start!

Elder Stucki and I also celebrated our birthday together again this year and we went all out. It was our birthday and so no excuses, we had to eat a bunch of unhealthy food. It was awesome but I felt terrible after. We ate a ton of donuts in the morning and then we weren’t even that hungry for lunch but we got a bunch of Little Caesar's extra most bestest pizza with the crazy crust because we said we had to. 

For those of you who don’t know it’s a pizza with extra pepperoni and cheese and then they smothered a ton of the stuff that they put on crazy bread normally on it. By this point I was utterly disgusted with myself but we had a deal and so for dinner we went to red Robbin. What a party. Bottomless fries is just what I need when I’m not even hungry but we ate as much as we could and it was worth it. Fast Sunday was the next day too and so I was actually super prepared. Anyway, the church is true have a great week!