Monday, September 14, 2015

Weekly report September 14, 2015 Week Eleven

Hi y'all!

This week has been an interesting one, filled with great things both good and bad.  Monday evening, we started talking to somebody who works for a megachurch down here. He said that he works in their "healing department." He said he had a prompting from The Spirit that one of us was suffering from left shoulder pains.  When we said that neither of us was, he quickly said that it was actually chronic headaches.  Obviously, neither of us are.  I told him that I did have a bit of a sore throat though, and so he said he would pray for me.  He placed his hand on my chest and began to pray, which was a little weird, but I'm not ever going to say no to a prayer.  It was weird though- as he was praying, he was asking God to heal my throat, and as he did so, my throat started feeling better.  It helped me understand that God answers the prayers of all his children, not just the ones in his church.  However, as soon as he started commanding the disease to leave my body, my throat started hurting again.  Because he didn't have the authority to heal me himself, his attempt to do so did not work.  Had he simply prayed for me, I have no doubt that my throat would've been immediately perfectly fine.  However, since he didn't have the Priesthood, he couldn't bless me himself.

Later in the week was really awesome, because the Blue Angels were in the area.  They were out practicing their maneuvers before their big show, so we got to see them do all sorts of tricks (they even did a barrel roll!).  Fortunately, others were outside watching them too; the Blue Angels combined with the cooler weather we've been having lately made being outside so much more appealing to them. That meant that we were able to have much more success for those days than we did on others.  Going up to people on the street and talking with them is SO much more effective tracting.  The planes flying around also made for a great conversation starter.  

When our area gained the other ward last week, we gained a new set of investigators as well. Something bad that happened yesterday was when an investigator of ours who we just gained (who has a baptismal date!) suddenly tried to drop us.  We went over to her house and talked to her after church, and she said she had some concerns, especially about the three kingdoms.  So many people get hung up on that, it bugs me to no end.  People just need to understand that if they know Joseph Smith was God's prophet, they will believe in things like that, or the Word of Wisdom, or that the Book of Abraham was inspired, or eternal progression (seriously, Texans out here HATE that and attack it to no end), etc. and the way that they can know that is if they read the Book of Mormon.  Seriously, EVERYTHING as a missionary depends on the Book of Mormon, and if an investigator's not reading it, they'll never gain a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel.  Lindsey (the investigator with the baptismal date) said that she does want to talk with us and resolve those issues if possible though, so we're excited for that, and we're meeting with her again tonight. We're praying that it'll go well and that she will feel the Spirit again.  We're worried that she might have had Favorite Missionary Syndrome (where an investigator gets really attached to a certain missionary and converts to them instead of the gospel), but we also know that even if she does, she can overcome it through Christ.

I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Jensen.

This is a map of the new part of my area.

This is the entirety of our area, old and new area included

A member sent me (Mom) this picture. She was impressed that he was on his second 
large potato. I reassured her that he loves to eat!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Busy! September 7, 2015 Week Ten

Hey y'all!
I've decided to formally start saying y'all. Before any of you make fun of me, think about it this way- English is one of the few languages in the world without a proper worder for you (plural). This week has been an interesting one. First off, it's Labor Day today, so that means the libraries are closed, which in turn means I didn't have a computer to email with. That brings me to the next crazy thing- I got the email on my iPad working! I'm pretty slow at typing on it, but now I can send y'all some pictures. 

The craziest thing that happened this week is way bigger than that though. I'm in the Woodland Springs 2nd Ward. The Woodland Springs 1st ward elders live down the stairs from us. This next transfer, one of them would be leaving, and the other was staying and would be there the next two transfers because he would be training. However, when the new Elders came in on Tuesday, they were one short. That meant that the Elder who was going to stay here got told that he would be training in a trio in another area with at 6 o' clock that day, which meant he and his companion had about 14 hours to pack up everything in their apartment and leave. Also, this means that we are now covering 2 wards, and we only had 51/2 hours notice! We now go to church for 6 1/2 hours, we have 2 Bishops & 2 Ward Mission Leaders to talk with, and twice as many investigators! Our schedules have been SUPER chaotic. That's okay, because our new investigators are awesome.
Aaugh! I ran out of time already! I hate typing on my iPad keyboard, it's so slow!
Hope you have a great day!
Elder Jensen.

I'm thoroughly convinced Toy Story takes place in Texas, 
because this is what the sky looks like almost every day.

This is what I looked like on the first day out here!

All the bugs here are huge! Sights like this aren't uncommon; fortunately that first one was dead. The other two photos are of a cicada shell. 
I had never seen one before, so it was cool to see and handle one.

Elder Griffin & I were out street contacting one day, and we found some guy 
working on a DeLorean in his driveway. I love the license plate!

Here's a photo with Elder Griffin, Greg (the French foreign exchange student), and me. It was after we taught him the third lesson, which was also our last with him.

I finally found some palm trees!

First transfer August 31, 2015 Week Nine

Hey everybody!

This week was so great!  We handed out so many copies of the Book of Mormon that we actually ran out! Not only did we run out, but so did all the Elders downstairs AND down the street.  This week our goal was to get more return appointments out of our investigators, and boy were we blessed. We had a fast on Sunday that one of our investigators will remember their appointment on Friday, and while we that hasn't happened yet, I can't imagine that it won't.  During our fast, one of our investigators came to church for the first time! Her name is Connie, and she is the nicest little old German lady I've ever met.... not that I've met many Germans.  We met her two weeks ago, and already she's reading the Book of Mormon, believes it's true, and wants to come to church each week.  We're going to talk with her later this week, and we might invite her over for dinner at the Bishop's house (that's the Bishop's idea, we're not trying to impose on him).  We've had so much success, I don't even know how we're going to fit it all in our schedules.

Sorry I don't have time for much more this week, but like I said, we're pretty busy as missionaries, and especially so this week.

Hope you all have a great day!
Elder Jensen