Sunday, February 4, 2018

Busy Week


This week was a good week here in Jardines del Valle. We worked a lot on trying to find new people to be able to teach. We found someone named Luis, he is super cool, and has a lot of questions about the church. He has had a rough go of it in life and is trying to find some peace in his life that has been missing. We were able to teach him that families can be forever and that we will be together with our families after we move on from this life.

We also worked with President Bush yesterday, so that was a cool experience.

This past week we went to Valle de Sula to look at some houses for some missionaries. That was interesting because that area of the mission is the equivalent to the South Side of Detroit.

This past week in church I also translated the meeting into English for a family from the US that is living here. It was a good experience that I am probably going to be doing every week in this area. Anyway, we had a good week and I hope everyone has a good one this week as well!

Elder Jensen

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Gardens of the Valley


This week was a good week. We were able to visit and teach members this past week and we are working find some more people to teach. We taught Dora, she is the mother of someone who got baptized recently, and it was great. We talked with her about the Book of Mormon and how it can help us put Christ at the center of our lives. She said that she had seen that change with her daughter, and she wanted to see that change as well. But, we have to wait for her to move down here permanently because she lives in La Ceiba and is in the process of moving down here to San Pedro Sula.

This week there was a lot of uncertainty about the whole political situation here, but so far in the area that I am in right now, there hasn't been any problem.

We finished moving into the new offices here so that has been good. I haven't crashed the truck yet, even with the crazy driving here. Let's just say that turning left from the far right lane at an intersection, or not even doing a rolling stop at a stop sign, etc. happens way too much😂.

Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Copan Ruinas


It has been a while since I have written a big letter, we have had a busy time during transfer week, and we also just moved offices. The week was crazy, it made it even more crazy because we were able to go to Copan Ruins yesterday!!!!!! That was super cool, I will send pictures. So basically, my schedule right now is that I do office things until 3pm and then we go out and do missionary work.
It has been great, we have found several new people.

We have an investigator named Cristal, and she has been listening to the missionaries for 5ish years. She is great, she has a ton of faith even though her situation has been tough at times.

We also have another investigator named Jorge. He is super receptive and a great musician.

We also found another investigator whose parents are both gone, and she is really searching for something in her life. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and building her faith in Christ.

The Savior can be the center of our lives in every moment, no matter how we are feeling. There is a scripture in Ether 12:4, that says that hope in Christ can be an anchor in our lives. With all of the political upheaval here in Honduras, I have seen how making the Savior the anchor in our lives can give hope and happiness and peace, in a time that doesn't necessarily bring the word "peace" to mind. I know that the Lord can make us who we need to be, when we turn to him and follow His example. Have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

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!

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