Monday, November 27, 2017

Another Transfer Down!


Wow, this transfer flew by! I have already been here in Santa Barbara 6 weeks, and it feels like a lot less. This past week we had a Zone conference in Santa Ana. They presented the new Christmas video for this year, in Spanish it is called "Ilumina el Mundo" (Light the world). It is about "lighting the world" through little or big acts of Christlike service. We can share the light of Christ that we feel with others who are maybe passing through a difficult time in their lives and need us to help them. Everyone should watch the video using #Lighttheworld, or on!

We also were able to continue to teach Patricia Rogel, and she is going to be baptized this coming week. The cool part is that her brother that got baptized a few months ago is going to baptize her. They are both super cool people, and have great testimonies of the Savior. This past week we helped a family clear a piece of land by their house. We used a machete to cut a bunch of huge weeds and grass and stuff. Then, we tried to cut down a big tree, and we had almost cut all the way through it, but it hadn't fallen. So... then we noticed that a branch from a different tree was stopping it from falling, so we had to cut that branch as well. We did all of that with machetes, and an axe. It was fun, and we were able to help that family. Anyway, have a great week and a great start to the Christmas season!

Elder Jensen

Monday, November 20, 2017

Uphill, all day, every day


This week was great. We went to a part of our area that is probably the biggest part of our area called "El Jilote" every day this week. It is about 15 minutes from our house, and it is basically a road that winds up the side of one of the mountains and every so often there is a group of houses, or a path that leads to a group of houses. We had an appointment to teach José one day this past week, so we started the uphill. We got to his house, which is at the end one of the last paths on the mountain, and when we got there he wasn't there, but his mom and brother were there. We taught them and talked with them about the church, and his mom told us that she had been a member of the church, but had stopped going. Then, she told us that she had been praying about how to overcome some problems she was having. She said that she had finished that prayer, and then we had knocked on her door. It was amazing, and we could feel the spirit strongly as we were talking with her about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
We also have an investigator that lives in the same part of our area named Patricia. She accepted the invitation to be baptized, so we have been working with her a lot. She has a strong testimony of the church, and especially of the Savior.
This week is Thanksgiving and I challenge everyone to not only give thanks for what they have, but to also serve someone else so that they can also have another reason to give thanks. I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

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This was a good week! We worked super hard and have seen a ton of results. We found some new investigators that are really excited to learn more about the Gospel. One of them is José Alvarado. We had been told that José had requested a Book of Mormon. When we got there to give him one, he had already found one and was in the middle of Alma. He is super cool and wants to learn more.

I have learned a lot about the talk from President Uchtdorf about learning from Alma and Amulek. In our lives, we need to be looking for the people that can help us progress in whatever part of our lives that we need to progress. We have found several people here that are always willing to help us find new people to teach and are always ready to be a friend to the new people that come to church. We can also find people in our lives that are like Alma, that we can learn from and that we can help.

We had a change in the Branch Presidency this past week, so we have the opportunity to learn from and serve with President Guzmán. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, November 6, 2017

2 Baptisms


This past week was great! We were able to baptize Alicia and Kevin! They were both extremely excited to be able to make that step in the gospel. They are both great!
Also, this week we were able to teach Patricia and she has been reading the Book of Mormon and tells us she really likes it.
We also met a guy named Moises and he is really interested in the gospel. He saw the change it made in Kevin's life and he has a lot of questions for us. He is a super cool guy.
We can do sooo much good if we are an example to other people in the world. I really like the scripture in Matthew 5:14. That is what the Christmas initiative is about, it is about serving others to be the light in a world that needs a little bit more light. We can all start to be more Christlike by being a light on the hill. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week!!!

Elder Jensen

Monday, October 30, 2017

Santa Barbs


This week was a great week! We continued to teach all of our investigators and we have been seeing all of them progress. This week Kevin will get baptized along with another investigator Alicia. Kevin has been awesome, and he has a strong testimony of the gospel, and he shares it with his friends. We have been teaching several of his friends because he has told his friends about the gospel and the change it has made in his life. We also have been teaching Gerardo and Nicole, they are a couple that has been listening to us and they are awesome. They have been gaining a testimony little by little and it has been awesome seeing them progress.
Yesterday President López was teaching the class in the last hour, and he talked about conversion, and how most of the time we are the ones who get in the way of our own conversion. He talked about how the sacrifice has already been done by the Savior, what we need to do is do our best to accept what he did for us, and follow him to be more Christlike. It was a great lesson and I learned a lot. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week!!

Elder Jensen

Monday, October 23, 2017

Santa Barbara!!!


This week I was transferred out of Ocotepeque, and I am now in Santa Barbara Centro. It is a super cool area, and we have some work to do now (like the scooby doo song.) For reals though, it is really beautiful here, and the people are very nice. The only problem is that every direction is uphill. I now understand the saying "uphill both ways". The branch here is awesome, they are all super supportive and President Lopez, the branch president, is awesome! He is organizing a Christmas choir and he asked me to play piano for it, so I have to get practicing again.

Anyway, there is a recent convert here named Carlos, and he has been amazing. He always takes us to new people to teach, and all of his sisters have been talking with us and they are all excited to continue to learn more. We also have an investigator named Kevin. He is a super cool guy, and most of the time when we teach him something he has already read about it in the Book of Mormon or in the pamphlets. Really cool.

I am doing well and I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

Funny (dumb) Story: Yesterday we got to the house and found out that we had lost our keys to the house. So, after asking if there was a spare key and finding out that there isn't, we proceeded to saw part of the lock off to enter the gate. My comp then climbed on top of the house to go to the back door to kick it open and open the front door. Kind of interesting and everything, so we have to go buy a new lock today hahaha.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Another Transfer Down


Another transfer has come and gone in Ocotepeque. We find out later tonight if I will leave or if I will stay. But, this past week was a  good one. We had an activity on Saturday for the youth here in Ocotepeque. Everyone was encouraged to bring at least one friend to play soccer at an indoor facility. It was amazing and at least half of the people playing were friends that the youth had invited. We talked with all of them and are going to try to start teaching them.

We also found an investigator that had been to church a year or 2 ago and came to church yesterday. We are excited to talk with her and help her increase her faith in the Savior. We also were able to talk with Dania about the Book of Mormon a little more. After reading a little bit, she told us that if it talks about Jesus Christ then it must be good. We are still struggling with bringing her to church, but we are hoping that as she feels the Spirit more she will be more motivated to go to church.

Anyway, we have been doing well and working hard here finishing out the transfer strong. Have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen