Monday, October 16, 2017

Another Transfer Down


Hey!!

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Good Week

Hey!!

This week was a good week. Alex was able to get confirmed on Sunday so that was awesome. A guy that is going on his mission tomorrow was able to confirm him so that was pretty cool.

We also met this amazing family this past week. We knocked on their door, and without even thinking twice they told us to come in. As we started talking to them, we found out that they were investigators my trainer had taught when he was here. We were able to teach them about the Atonement and it was great. As we were about to leave, they told us to come back later that day so they could feed us dinner! (#score). But, they were really awesome and we are looking forward to continue working with them.

This past week we also were talking with some of the members about Family History. With one guy, we opened his account and started filling out some of the numbers with him, and he was super excited about it. He called a family member to ask for a bunch of name and numbers to fill in his tree. He was very excited to be able to start the process to be able to go to the temple for his ancestors.

We had a few minor effects from Tropical Storm Nate, but nothing more than a little bit more wind than usual, and some rain, but it wasn't much. Anyway, have a good week everyone!!!

Elder Jensen

Alex's Baptism

Heyoo!

This week was a good week. We were able to work hard and find some new people. As we were going to a lesson, some young 'uns started to yell at us in English, just saying stuff like Hello, How are you, Good morning (at 5:30 in the afternoon), so we just kind of ignored them because we had a teaching appointment to get to a little farther up the road. We knocked on the door, and no one was there, so I turned to my comp and asked if he wanted to go contact them, and he just kind of shrugged and said ok. So we went up to them and started talking to them, and they were just completely shocked that we could speak Spanish, it was kind of funny, but we talked to them about the restoration. Just a little funny experience.
On Saturday there were two baptisms in the branch, one was a boy named Oliver, and the other was our investigator Alex. It was awesome! Elder Rodriguez baptized both of them, and it was a really special day for everyone. It was great to see the support of the branch for these 2 guys. Then, we had General Conference on Saturday and Sunday. It was the first time I watched all of it in Spanish (#GratefulThatICanUnderstandSpanishNow). It was super good. My favorite talk was by Elder Craig Zwick. He talked about putting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives. It is more important that we do that now, more than ever, not only to bless our lives, but to be able to see other people as the Savior sees them. As we do that, we will be able to serve and bless their lives in amazing ways. Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Zone Conference in Copan


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This past week was awesome, it went really well. We nailed down a baptismal date for Alex Mejia so that is awesome. We are really excited for him. We also had a Zone Conference in Santa Rosa. We had another adventure with the highway because it broke again, so they had sectioned off a huge piece of the road to be able to fix it better this time. So, the 10 minute walk turned into a 45 minute walk from where the bus left us to where the other buses were waiting. But, the conference was awesome, and we talked a lot about the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has the power to convert people in a way that a simple pamphlet never will. We talked a lot about how the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. As we read it, we will come to know our Savior personally, and we will feel and see His influence in our lives even more. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and as we read and pray about it, we will feel the Spirit testifying to us that it is true. The only thing we have to do is READ and then PRAY. As we do those two things, with faith, we will receive a testimony of it. I know it is true because I have continually done those 2 things, and I have always received the answer that it is true. This coming weekend is General Conference and I would like to invite everyone to watch it and listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles at lds.org or BYUTV. Anyway, hope everyone has a good week!!

Elder Jensen

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Highway Broke

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This last week was awesome! We had divisions in Santa Rosa again this week. We had been told on Tuesday night that parts of the highway from here to Santa Rosa had cracked, so we might not be able to go to Santa Rosa. But, we went anyway. We were getting really close to Santa Rosa and still hadn't seen anything, so we were thinking that maybe nothing had happened, or that they had already fixed it. Then, we started seeing tons of semis parked on the side of the road, and we kept going in the bus for about 5 minutes. But, the bus stopped and told everyone to get out because they couldnt keep going, so we got out and started walking. We started seeing cracks in the road, like they had made mini mountains, 1 foot gaps where the road had separated, parts of the read where it had cracked and sunken down about 5 feet. Really crazy! So when we got to the other side of where all the damage had happened, we just took a taxi to the church in Santa Rosa. Apparently, it had been caused by some water making the ground underneath the road sink and turn into mud or something like that.
But, the week was good and we were able to find several new people. We also talked with Alex again. We were reading Mosiah 18 in the Book of Mormon with him, and when we finished reading verse 11, Alex told us, "I wanted to ask you guys, I feel like I want to get baptized, when can I get baptized?" Our mouths just dropped open. It was amazing to see the desire that he had to follow the Savior. It also taught us about the conversion process. Conversion is personal, and true conversion takes time. Alex had been going to church for around 4-5 months, and he felt the Spirit testifying to him to be baptized this past week. We are excited that he has made the decision to take this step in his life.
Have a great week everyone!

Funny story: We had a couple tell us they were going to name their child, if they have one in the future, "Flash Bubulubu."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Real Intent


Hey!

This week was a great week. We were able to teach several people this week, and find some new people. This past week we taught an investigator named Besi about the Restoration of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon. It was an amazing lesson, we could feel the spirit very strongly, and it looked like she was able to as well. She was very receptive and when we were talking to her about the Book of Mormon, she was very interested in reading it too.

We also talked with Alex a little bit about prayer, because he had some questions about that. Prayer is how we communicate with our Heavenly Father. We talked about how we can pray with faith and real intent. Real intent is important when we pray, so that we can receive and recognize our answers. We pray with real intent when we pray to know the answer to something, and we have every intention to act on the answer we receive. A good example of this in the scriptures is in Alma 22. We talked with him a little bit about that, and it seemes like it clicked with him.

Elder Rodriguez and I didn't have changes so we are excited to continue to work here in OCOTEPEQUE. Have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Don't Fear Egypt!!


Hey!

This week was our huge week of traveling, the traveling was not very fun, but every other part of it was awesome! On Wendnesday, we went and had divisions with the Elders in Santa Rosa, which was pretty good. They gave us the idea to take literally every opportunity to serve the people, even if it is super simple. I guess it is the whole thing about, "It is the thought that counts". It's just one way that we can show charity for others.

On Thursday, we went to San Pedro Sula, and we had a meeting with Elder Cordón. It was super good and I learned soo much. One of things that stood out to me was when he was talking about when Moses was called to lead the Israelites to the promised land. Elders Cordon started by telling us about how Egypt was "the" superpower in the world at this time, they had huge armies, cities, and power." He threw in a funny part there and said, "So, Moses, your job is to go in there and take on Egypt and the Pharoah. But don't worry, I am going to give you a stick that can turn into a snake." We all started laughing at that part. He talked about how Moses could have been scared at this point, but that God then showed him all of His creations, all of the universes, stars, planets, and everything. And then, Moses couldn't even see Egypt. It was so small compared to the power of God. He then talked to us about how we can not fear Egypt in our day. We can't be afraid to open our mouths to share the gospel. We can not be afraid to teach others by our example, and a lot of other things. It was really awesome. He also talked about things like the importance of prayer, and looking at people through the Savior's eyes. Everything was awesome.

Then, we had a surprise! My comp had to stay in San Pedro Sula to go to the immigration office to take out his residency. So, I went to La Entrada de Copán with another Elder that started the mission at the same time as me. I stayed there until Friday until about 3, when my comp and I started back to Ocotepeque. So really we were only able to work Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. But, we found a new investigator named Nelson. He is super cool and we are really looking forward to teaching him.
Have a good week everyone!!

Elder Jensen