Monday, February 22, 2016

Welcome to Graham February 22, 2016 Week Thirty-four

Hey y'all!

Well, I may or may not have been given incorrect information last week....... actually, scratch that.  I WAS given incorrect information last week.  My Zone Leaders thought that the Elder Nielsen I was with was the Elder Nielsen who was serving as an Office Elder who also happened to have come out with me.  Turns out, they were completely wrong.  My new companion is Elder Nielsen, but this Elder Nielsen came out three months ago, which means that I'm follow-up training him. I feel really weird with him.  It's not that he's a weird guy or anything, but it's the first time that I've had a companion who has been out less than I have.  It doesn't help that he's actually older than me! He's nineteen years old, and before his mission, he lived in Twin Falls, Idaho. We're getting along great so far, which is a good thing for this transfer!  Most transfers are six weeks long, but this transfer may end up being seven weeks long.  When missionaries first go out, they go to the Missionary Training Center (or MTC for short) for two weeks, but now, the time is being lengthened to three weeks.  As a result, we're going to have a transfer that has an extra week to compensate.

So far, I am loving Graham!  It's definitely the biggest area that I've ever been in. So far, I have yet to see the edge of our area. The Branch takes up all of Young County and part of Jack county, so I'm pretty sure that my area might be visible from space. :) 

We have some amazing people in this Branch! There's this one family that we're focusing on that's especially awesome.  It's a single mom with a sixteen year old son, a fourteen year old daughter, and an eleven year old son.  The mom, Kimberly, was baptized a few weeks ago (YAY!), and the daughter, Haley, and the son, Brandon, are both on date to be baptized on March 12th!  Things could change with them, especially since Satan really tries his hardest when people have a baptismal date, but with some faith and prayer, they'll both make that step in their lives.  We're still working with RJ, but he's being a little stubborn, like most Texans. Oh, well.  It's not like I haven't run into any of those before. :)

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, February 15, 2016

Goodbye Lake Cities 2nd February 15, 2016 Week Thirty-three

Hey y'all!

Transfers are coming up this week, and it looks like I'm getting the boot. President Ames is sending me to a branch out in Graham, TX.  It's funny, I'm going from one of the easternmost areas in the mission to the the westernmost area in the mission; essentially every day, I see the Dallas Mission, but now I'll see the Lubbock Mission frequently. At least I'll be out of the metroplex and into the country now.

Now that I'm going to be out in the country, that means I'm going to be in my first car area!  Not only is it a car out in Graham, but it's a super nice truck!  It used to be the AP's truck, but now it belongs to the Graham Elders. It's pretty cool; we're one of two companionships in the entire mission that gets a truck other than the Zone Leaders, the Assistants, and the Office Elders. I've never driven anything this big before, so this will be fun!

My new companion is going to be somebody who came out with me- Elder Nielsen.  We didn't really know each other in the MTC since we were in different districts, but we got to know each other pretty well when I was in the Woodland Springs wards.  We're going to be whitewashing the area, so this next transfer is going to be SUPER hectic, SUPER confusing, and SUPER fun.

As for my last week in this area, we had lots of super cool experiences!  On Sunday, there was a less-active who we've been working with that came to church for the first time since she was baptized thirteen years ago!  I've loved working with her, but I'm sad to see that I'll be leaving as soon as she started coming back to church.  Also, this area has tons of people that are about to leave on their missions!  One of them is a young elder who gives the missionaries rides everywhere, and he gets his mission call in about a week.  Another is an older man who is the only member in his family that is about to leave on a special six month mission, which he's really excited about since he's a convert to the gospel and didn't get a chance to serve a mission. You truly do see miracles everywhere you look when you're on your mission.

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

This is our entire zone minus two sisters

Here's the full Zone

February Week 2 February 8, 2016 Week Thirty-two

Hey y'all!

This week was awesome! We felt a little sick for a few days because of something we ate, but we kept on going and trying to teach everybody we could!  Being a missionary brings more joy than anything else I've ever felt in my life.  At home, if I was sick, my week probably wouldn't be the best, but as a missionary, sickness doesn't really faze you that much.  That being said, I'm never eating that food again. :)

On a side note, Elder Mohrmann and I finally got into contact with our new Ward Mission Leader! Turns out, this whole time we had the wrong number for him, so we were texting & calling some other unknown individual. Oops! Brother Mower is a great person, and he'll be a great Ward Mission Leader.

Hope you have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February has arrived!‏ February 1, 2016 Week Thirty-one

Hey y'all!

The time has finally come that I've been warned about since I came out on my mission- February.  Allegedly, February in Texas is incredibly harsh, with snow storms that leave a full four inches of snow and temperatures plummeting all the way down to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. The first day of February, the temperature was seventy two degrees Fahrenheit.  Yeah.  REAL scared of that Texas winter.

In other news, this week was actually really great!  We were able to get out and teach TONS of less-active people. It's so great to see the changes that these people are making in their lives and to help them remember the covenants they made. There are so many good people in this ward that are legitimately trying to improve their situations and become better people. We got a new Ward Mission Leader this week, but we actually haven't met with him yet.  We've called him several times, sent him several texts, and tried many other things, but so far, nothing.  Oh, well.  We are teaching many people, and that's what's important, not frequent contact with the Ward Mission Leader, as important as that is.

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Broccoli Cheese Soup!‏ January 25, 2016 Week Thirty

Hey y'all!

This week was a really great one!  The highlight of the week was definitely on Wednesday when we got together as a Zone to watch the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast.  It was the first worldwide missionary broadcast in about a decade, so it was really cool to tune in and be a part of that.  We received instruction live from Elder Oaks, Elder Andersen, Elder Bednar, Sister Oscarsson, and others.  I truly came away feeling uplifted and inspired.

Elder Mohrmann and I had a super interesting experience when we went to dinner with one of the members.  They fed us this weird tasting broccoli cheese soup.  It didn't taste bad, but it tasted....different.  Turns out, we got food poisoning from it!  It wasn't too bad, but now I can say that I've had to eat something weird/bad on my mission.  Fortunately, when the standard of truth says that no unhallowed hand will stop the work from progressing, it included food poisoning, because Elder Mohrmann and I were able to go out and proselyte anyways without too many problems.  Just a normal day in the life of a missionary!

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen.

Here's a photo of our entire mission meeting with Elder Christofferson.  My trainer is in the second row from the front, seven in from the right; my follow-up trainer is on the second row from the top, eight in from the right; my next companion was in the back row seven in from the right; my current companion is the tall guy on the left edge of the second row from the back, and I'm in the fourth row from the front, five people in from the left.  Lots of missionaries!

Hey y'all!‏ January 18, 2016 Week Twenty-nine

Hey there everybody!

This week has been a great one!  There has yet to be a dull moment with Elder Mohrmann around.  Turns out, not only is he the best in the world at Kronk impressions, but he also has a killer impression of Larry the Cable Guy, King Julian, Darth Vader, Bane, Gollum, Dobby, Crocker, Emperor Palpatine, Jack Sparrow, Sylvester Stallone, Gandalf, the Russian Guy from Rocky, and many more!  He's been able to make not only me laugh, but many members and many investigators.

We've had several lessons with less-actives this week that have gone super well!  The members in this ward are so good; they're just constantly looking out for those who are having a hard time.  Whenever there's a problem in the ward, we'll get a call or a text, and we'll visit those who are in a rough spot and help them to overcome their current trial.  Often times people try to look for the hand of God in their life, but this week we got to see it from another perspective; we were the ones being led by God to help others.

We also got to have interviews with our mission president this week!  It's sad that it's going to be one of my last with him, since he's going home this July!  We just found out who our next mission president is going to be.  His name is Darrell G. Whitney, and he'll take over once President Ames leaves on June 30th.  I'm sure I'll grow to love him like I have with President Ames, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for President and Sister Ames.

I hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Here's what I easy for breakfast every morning- 3 eggs, one potato, half an onion, a tomato, bacon, ham, cheddar, and a couple of spices. Lots of carbs and lots of protein!

Mohrmann Invasion!‏ January 11, 2016 Week Twenty-eight

Hey y'all!

This week was a super interesting one.  First off, it was transfers, and I had to say goodbye to Elder Price.  While it was hard to see him go, my new companion is super awesome.  His name is Elder Mohrmann, and yes, it is actually pronounced "Mormon."  He's really funny, and everybody who talks to him loves him.

This week was also my six month mark, which means I got to burn a tie!  The tie I burned was one that I got from my trainer; it was possibly the ugliest tie I've ever seen.  It was a tie covered in pictures of ties, and it smelled really weird. Let's just say that there's a reason that my trainer didn't want it.  For some reason, there was alcohol fuel in our apartment, and so we soaked the tie in that, brought it out onto the balcony of our apartment, and then we lit it on fire.  It was really fun, and we're going to do it again next week when Elder Mohrmann burns a white shirt to commemorate his year mark.

Hands down, the best thing that happened this week was on Saturday when Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited our mission and spoke with us.  He is such an inspired man!  He spoke for a while, and then he had a question and answer session with us.  We also got a picture taken with him, which was super cool.  Unfortunately, I don't have the picture, so I can't send it to y'all.  I did get to sing him a musical number, though.  I was in a double-quartet that sang Come Thou Fount for him, and it was super beautiful!  I'm not trying to toot my own horn when I say that, but it was just really beautiful.  Meeting an Apostle of Jesus Christ will definitely be one of the highlights of my mission.

I hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

2016 is here!‏ January 4, 2016 Week Twenty-seven

Hey y'all!

The end of the transfer has come, and it looks like I'm staying!  Elder Price is going unfortunately, but I'm super excited for my new companion.  His name is....... Elder Mohrmann.  That's right, there's a Mormon Elder named Elder Mohrmann.  He's super funny, and he has the world's best Kronk impression.  We'll have a great time together.

It's a little weird to think that this week I'll be hitting my 6 month mark.  My mission has been flying by, and it's a really bad thing.  I'm going to end up falling asleep, and by the time I wake up, I'm going to be sending a child of mine on a mission wondering where the time went.

I'm super grateful for the time that I've been given to spend here and work in this portion of the Lord's vineyard.  The members here are better than any ward I've ever been in, and I really feel like we're going to start seeing more success!

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen.

Scripture of the week: Jeremiah 17:7-8;  
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and thatspreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not seewhen heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Joke of the week: A physicist sees a young man about to jump off the Empire State Building.  He yells, "Don't do it! You have so much potential!"

Selfie in our gym. Sorry it's blurry, my arms were really tired.

I saw this, and I instantly thought of Julia & Emilee

Elder Price saw this and instantly wanted a picture. His head is HUGE! I'm not just saying that; 
his parents took him to the doctor when he was little because they thought something was 
wrong with his head. Turns out, his head is in the 98th percentile!

Bought myself a nicely themed calendar with some Christmas money. 
It was only $5, so it was totally worth it.

Here's my Zone! My next companion is the third Elder from the left in the blue shirt.

Happy New Year!‏ December 28, 2015 Week Twenty-six

Hey y'all!

This was such a great week!  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, but this year was  especially great.  I got to talk with my family!  I was going to Skype them, but I accidentally left my iPad at my Ward Mission Leader's house the previous day.  It sort of made it so I couldn't Skype, but the phone call I got instead was great too!  It's definitely the best Christmas I've ever had.

After the phone call, we biked over to a ward member's house.  On our way over there, Elder Price and I did something very difficult, but super awesome.  Some random guys pulled over in a truck next to us, and they challenged us to a race.  We decided to give it a shot.  They didn't really race us, but they just kept pace with us and when we got too tired to keep going, they told us how fast we had biked.  We gave up after about a quarter mile, but they told us that we had biked thirty miles per hour!  The crazy part is that the speed limit on that road was twenty five!  I can now say I've broken the speed limit on a bike.

We got hit by some crazy storms the day after Christmas.  There were some tornadoes over in Dallas, and about ten people died.  The continual rain is putting some stress on a dam that holds back all the water in the Lewisville Lake; the dam is already the fifth most dangerous dam in America.  If that thing were to break, there would be a 65 foot wall of water that would rush through all of Dallas and kill thousands.  As one person we talked to tactfully put it, " would make Hurricane Katrina look like a ripple in a pond." Fortunately, we're in a location where we wouldn't be affected by it, but it's still scary.  We're hoping and praying that nothing happens!

On Sunday we Elder Price and I didn't want to go outside in the afternoon because it was raining even harder than when it did in April (when there was enough flooding to make national news), there was thunder and lightning everywhere, and the temperature was about 40 degrees.  We decided to go out anyways.  We ended up talking with somebody who we met last week.  Not only had he read from the Book of Mormon, he had questions about it!  He told us that he wanted to come to church next week, so we're super excited.  Had we chickened out, we never would've spoken to him.  When we are obedient to the Lord's commandments, we are blessed!

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

The members they had dinner with on Christmas Eve sent this to us

When Elder Price & I got out of workouts this morning, we were 
with an overflowing swimming pool. Those darn storms!

A member got us this for Christmas. 
Elder Price got a sick shirt from the original movie.

Emailing in the Family History Center!

Christmas! December 20, 2015 Week Twenty-five

Hey y'all!

I'm going to apologize in advance for the brevity of this email.  Usually I have about 3.5 hours to email, but today I have less than an hour!  I won't be able to do the quote/joke/song/scripture of the week, unfortunately.

This week was an interesting one.  We've been doing lots of walking (about ten miles a day), and that has helped us meet many people.  We've taught lots of teenagers; they'll be in a large group on the side of the road in a neighborhood, and as we walk past, they'll ask us what the heck we're doing when we should be in college or at work.  It's a super easy teaching opportunity.

We've been caroling with lots of people this week, and it's great!  It has really helped us to get into the Christmas spirit.

Hope y'all have a great week!
Elder Jensen.

I saw this in somebody's yard, and I was suddenly sent back to when 
I was 
two. Oh, the days when I didn't have a care in the world.

Zone Conference!‏ December 14, 2015 Week Twenty-four

Hey y'all!

This week was so great!  Elder Price and I went to our Zone Conference fully expecting President Ames to turn into a baptist minister preaching hellfire and brimstone, but we actually had one of the most uplifting experiences of our missions.  President talked about what it means to be a full purpose missionary, how to teach by the Spirit how to better work with members, and how to preach with conviction.  There was a point where President asked a brand new missionary to come up and do a role play with him.  He looked so scared!  The best part is that President wanted him to be a normal person for the role play, so he made him take off his name tag.  That Elder was so uncomfortable.  Fortunately I haven't had anything like that yet.

Elder Price and I found a new investigator this week!  We're so excited, it's the first one this area has seen in a long time.  We were out walking one day, and he, Ryan, had gotten out of his car.  We asked if we could share a message with him about Jesus Christ, and he said yes.  We spoke with him for a half hour, and asked if there was a time we could come back.  His response was that we could return any night after 6.  We took him up on that by showing up at 8 PM, and he welcomed us in immediately and began speaking with us; we spoke for over an hour!  He's currently looking for a church, and he's super interested in what we have to share with him.  We're praying that he'll start progressing quickly so that he can receive further joy in his life through Jesus Christ.

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen.

Joke of the week: I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high.  She looked surprised.

Scripture of the week: 2 Corinthians 9:7;  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Quote of the week: Do not pray for easier lives.  Pray to be stronger men!  Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks!  Then the doing of your work will not be the miracle, but you will be the miracle.

December 7, 2015 Week Twenty-three

Hey y'all!

This week was definitely an interesting one.  We've been preparing for Zone Conference next week, and President Ames asked us to study certain things for our preparation.  One of the things he asked us to study was our Mission Call;  Elder Price & I think that he's going to make us think about if we're fulfilling our purpose in being out here.  We're working hard, but we both know of missionaries who have forgotten why they're here.  I'm excited to see President Ames throw down.  It's been a while since he's done so.  According to Elder Price, the last time President got angry was the month before Elder Price arrived 15 months ago.  On the one hand, it tells you that our mission is a really good place if he gets angry that infrequently.  On the other hand, it shows that he is angry/disappointed, which is never good.  Fortunately, I know that have been obedient and hard working, so that's all that I can worry about.

This week was a little disappointing, since we were entirely at the mercy of members.  Three times our ride to a meeting/away from a meeting was late- once a half hour late, once an hour late, and once three hours late.  It was a little frustrating, since it cut into our time for proselyting and it also made us late to a few appointments.  Then, at dinner one day, Elder Price and I had a small surprise.  The family we were eating with knew Elder Price's family, and when we showed up to dinner, Elder Price's favorite uncle was there waiting for us!  It was really strange, and it left Elder Price REALLY trunky for several days.  I hope nobody in my family tries pulling something like that on me.  We worked really hard, but because of a number of things, neither of us felt like we had sufficient opportunity to talk with people.  We're not disappointed....actually, we were disappointed.  However, we were working hard, and the results of our work will be realized someday.  God will bless us for our labors.

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Scripture of the Week: Isaiah 9:6
 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Joke of the Week: Someone stole my Microsoft Office & they're going to pay.  You have my Word.

Lake Cities 2nd!‏ November 30, 2015 Week Twenty-two

Hey y'all!

This week was a great one!  I came to my new area on Wednesday, and so far I'm loving it!  All the members here are great, and we get fed ALL THE TIME!  Seriously, last week in this area, the elders were fed ELEVEN times!  The teaching pool here is smaller, but that's just a sign that this area has lots of untapped potential :)

Thanksgiving here was lots of fun; it was raining all day and nobody wants to talk with strangers on a holiday like that, so we just spent the day with members.  There was so much food!

Sorry I don't have much time to email this week, I'll try to do better next time!

Hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Jensen.

Joke of the week: How do you find Will Smith in the snow?  You look for the fresh prints.

Transfers! November 23, 2015 Week Twenty-one

Hey y'all!
It looks like the day has finally come. We had a conversation with the zone leaders and they told us that I was leaving our area. Then they dropped another bombshell on us-not only am I leaving this area but so was Elder Clark! Yep, that's right-we are getting whitewashed. It's going to be really hard leaving this area in the hands of two people who don't know anything about it. I'll be heading to the lake city Second Ward over it in a place called Corinth, Texas. My new companion
is going to be somebody named Elder Price. Personally I was hoping that I would get to be in a car for the winter months, but I am still on a bike. Oh well. There are worse things than constantly using your legs.

This week had another interesting experience in it. Elder Nielsen who is in a neighboring area was called to be one of the office Elder's. When you get to be an officer Elder you transfer over there a couple of days early so that you can learn the ropes. That's left his companion Elder Baker without any want to be with. As a result he came over with me and Elder Clark for a couple of days and we were a trio. It was pretty fun.

We made a little progress with Corbin but his dad is still being restrictive. Hopefully the next missionaries will be able to make a little more progress with them!

On Thursday we had an awesome meeting that lasted pretty much all day. We went over as a mission, about half of us actually, and we got to have a big meeting with Elder Falabella. He is in the quorum of the 70. We all learned a lot as he taught us he truly is an inspired man who helped to guide us in our missionary work. If you want to see what he's like, then look him up on; he gave a great conference talk on why this is the only true and living church.

Hope y'all have a nice week!

Signing out for the last time in Keller,
Elder Jensen.

Looks like a cup of rice makes a little more than I remembered. 
So much for small amount of carbs with my fish!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....what happened to Thanksgiving? November 16, 2015 Week Twenty

Hey y'all! 

 This week was a pretty interesting one. On Monday, we spoke with Corbin, a nine-year old whose parents are inactive. They haven't gone to church in years, but they still want their son to be baptized. We've taught him most of the lessons, but we're having some trouble with his dad. We had set a baptismal date of November 28th with Corbin, but then we spoke with his dad on Monday, and his dad flat out refused to let Corbin be baptized until Corbin had proved that he was ready not to us, not to himself, not to the Bishop, not to God, but to his father. I don't think that'll happen for a while, since Corbin's dad is a strict military man who expects perfection from his children. Corbin's dad also asked us several questions about the new changes that have been made to the handbook. He told us to report back to him with the answers next time we come to teach Corbin. We researched the answers, but we decided to bring Bishop Teemant (the Bishop of
Corbin's ward) along with us as we teach tonight so that we can answer all of the questions presented to us. 

 There's so many Christmas lights up! One day as we were walking down the street, Elder Clark commented on it by starting sing, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...." I asked him when it starts to look like Thanksgiving. We discussed it, and we determined that it begins to look like Thanksgiving when only half the houses have Christmas lights up. After Thanksgiving, the rest of the houses put up their Christmas lights, and then it looks even more like Christmas (obviously)! 

On Friday, we had our Zone Council, which is always a great experience. The only thing that I didn't like about it, was when we split up into pairs for a role-play, I got assigned to one of the
Assistants to the President! He only had ten days left in his mission which meant he's VERY experienced, he has baptized MANY people, and he himself is a convert, so he really knows if somebody's teaching has any flaws in it. Also, I was expected to critique HIM, which was super scary! Fortunately, it didn't go too badly. He told me about a little trick he had learned to do while teaching, and when we repracticed, it made my teaching so much better! All I did was switch
the phrase, "It's true that...... BUT....." to, "It's true that....AND....." Just that one little change of a word changed my teaching from "you're mostly right," to "you're right-let me tell you more."
Also, since the sugar cookies were such a hit at Katie's baptism, I brought some to Zone Council. They continued to be popular, and many of the sister missionaries asked me for the recipe. 

We also found out that for Christmas, we'll have the option of calling our families on the phone or of using Skype. It's recommended that we call instead of Skype, but only for the sake of convenience. If we Skype for an hour, but bandwidth problems or something similar make us lag for thirty
minutes, we'll only get to speak with our family for a half hour. I haven't decided what I'll do, but it does help to have an answer to that question! 

 We heard about the terrible events in Paris. We've heard next to nothing about it other than a body count, but it still makes us really sad. In times like these when the world seems so dark and gloomy, the knowledge of the gospel gives me so much comfort, I don't even know how people without it can survive. I know that as terrible as these events are, that things will all work out in the end. 

 Hope y'all have a great week! 

 Elder Jensen.

 P.S. I haven't really had access to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's website for the past few weeks, so I've just skipped doing the song of the week, joke of the week, etc. I've decided that until I get access to that again, I'm just going to replace the song of the week with a quote of the week. Who knows, the quote of the week may become permanent! 

 Quote of the week: Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. 

 Joke of the week: How many Germans does it take to screw in a light bulb? One: they're efficient and not very funny. 

 Scripture of the week: D&C 121: 7-8

7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

My Zone!

Emilee asked me if I had bought any clothing on my mission, and I told her I would send her a picture of this tie, which is the only item of clothing I've bought so far

1st Baptism! November 9, 2015 Week Nineteen

Hey y'all!

This week was super exciting, because Katie finally got baptized! We were praying really hard for her, and apparently she need the prayers (once somebody commits to being baptized, Satan works EXTRA hard on them, especially when they set a baptismal date). In the week before
she was baptized, just about every person in her family sent her anti-Mormon stuff (the usual, like polygamy, race & the priesthood, eternal progression, etc.). Then, the day of her baptism, one of her dogs ran away and the other got super sick. We had tornado sirens going off all afternoon, and allegedly, the church building we were at was "in imminent danger" because of a tornado (the tornado never came :) ). The worst though, was a couple days before her baptism, when she was on the phone with her mom. She had been asking her for sometime to come, and her mom kept giving wishy-washy answers. This time however, she was blunt as could be- Katie's mom said she would disown her if she got baptized. Katie was super distraught and upset, as she very well should be. Unless her mom changes her mind, Katie & her kids might not ever get to see her or speak with her again. Although Katie was sad, she knew that what she was doing was right.

The day of the baptismal service was great, since Elder Griffin got to come and be at the baptism. It's pretty rare that an Elder will get to come back to an area he was once in for a baptism, but God knew that it would help Katie, so he prompted President Ames to say that it was okay. After she was baptized, she was confirmed by Elder Griffin, which was super awesome (generally investigators are confirmed in Sacrament meeting, but since yesterday was a special stake conference and they didn't want to have to wait two weeks, we just asked permission from President Ames. For the special situation, he allowed it to be included in the baptismal service). She was so happy! Also, on a side note, I baked sugar cookies to bring for afterwards, and it
turned out everybody liked them, since just about everybody who tried them asked for the recipe :) Thanks, Mom!

I know the gospel's true, because I've seen the happiness that it can bring to the lives of those who strive to keep the commandments. I know that the Savior paid for our sins, and because of his atoning sacrifice, we will be able to repent and come unto him.

Hope y'all have a nice week!

Elder Jensen.

That's Elder Griffin, Katie's father-in-law, Katie, me, and Elder Clark.