Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Office


Hey, it has been a crazy past few weeks. I was in Santa Barbara, and got a call on Tuesday that I was going to the Mission office.  So, I had all of Wednesday to pack my bags and say goodbye to the amazing people there in Santa Barbara. Then, on Thursday, I went to San Pedro Sula to start my training here in the office. I am in charge of all of the money in the mission, so I have been learning a lot of new things these past few days. But, my new area is called Jardines del Valle, and it is back in San Pedro Sula again. It is a good area and kind of big so it has been interesting. It is one of the parts of the city with more money. In this area, we have been teaching someone named Johnson. We had an interesting lesson with him yesterday, he told us that he was going to keep asking the Lord about the Church until he receives an answer. He has a lot of faith, and he is continuing to grow as he learns more about the gospel. Anyway, have a good week everyone!!!!! ​​

*Sam also has to drive in his new area for the first time in 18 months... He says, "Driving is good, speed limits don't really exist here, just obey the stop signs and the traffic lights. Also, if I want to get in another lane, the blinker doesnt work at all, but if I stick my hand out the window and do the sign for "a little" they will let me in, kind of funny."

Monday, December 11, 2017

An interesting week

Hey! (Yes, I am still alive) 🙂

This week was an interesting week, but it was a great week as well. With all of the excitement after the elections, and everything that is still going on, they grounded us for a few days. Then, on Tuesday, they let us out till 4, until 6 on wednesday, thursday until 7:30, and now it is normal. We read scriptures, watched church movies, drew on the table with shaving cream ( we were bored and out of ideas). Yes, we were very bored. But, this week they let us leave the house again and we were sooooooooooooooo ready to be working again.

This week we were able to have Pathricia's baptism and it was great! Her brother who was baptized 2 months ago was able to baptized her and there were lots of people who came to share their support. Her sisters came as well, and they are interested in learning about the Church.

We also were able to continue to teach Moises, and he is really interested in learning more about the gospel, he always has questions for us, and it is great.

The week was interesting because at night we almost constantly are hearing firecrackers and noise from a few parts here, but that is the most that has been happening. So, we are all good. We will see what happens this week because supposedly the president right now won, but they haven't declared him the winner yet, so it might get interesting.

I really liked what Hermano Lopez said at church yesterday, "Our political stance, or anything else like it, should not interfere with our journey to be more christlike, and it definitely should not interfere with our faith and our testimony."
Anyway, have a great week!
Elder Jensen

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 mormon.org!

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

No Sé Que Poner como Titulo


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