Tuesday, May 30, 2017

End of the year quiz 2017

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Baleadas
Favorite number: 100
Favorite Candy: Reese's (Even though they don't exist here)
Favorite movie: Captain America 2
Favorite TV show: Agents of Shield (I am missing out on several seasons)
Favorite moment on my mission: When one of the converts in Castaños bore her testimony after her baptism
Favorite thing to do with dad: Talk
Favorite thing to do with mom: Talk
Favorite thing to do with zach: Be a goober
Favorite thing to do with Maggie: Cook
Favorite thing to do with Casey: Hang out
Favorite thing to do with Jill: Listen to her funny one-liners
Favorite thing to do with Anna: Watch movies on the ipad
Favorite thing to do with Emma: Make Cookies
Favorite sport to watch: College Football
Favorite sport to play: All I play right now is Soccer, sooo....
Favorite song: Warriors
Favorite hymn: Nearer, My God To Thee
Favorite Animal: Cougar!
Favorite book: The Book of Mormon, Way of Kings 2
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road
Favorite Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory
Favorite food on my mission: Baleadas or Carne Chuca
Favorite Scripture Story: Sons of Mosiah
What are you good at doing? I am good at serving people
What do you like about yoursef? That I am not a crazy person
What makes you happy? Serving the awesome Hondureños
 What are you afraid of? I am afraid of Honduras in the dark
What new thing would you like to learn this year? I would like to learn how to be an even better missionary and disciple of Jesus Christ 
What would you do with $100? Use it to buy stuff for the mission.
What do you like to do for other people? I like to chapiar (use a machete to mow peoples lawns), help people move/clean their houses. Anything really.
If you could go anywhere where would you go? ROATAN!
What was your favorite place in the last year? In the US, New York. In Honduras, Puhlapanzak
What did you like about San Pedro Sula? I liked that it had all the stores and restaurants that I needed from the US.
What are you excited about this summer? I am excited to serve here in Ocotepeque.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the last year? Learning to speak Spanish!
What do you wish was different in Honduras? Ummm, AC, washing machines, dryers.. etc. 
What is your favorite thing to do on your mission? My favorite thing to do is to help people in whatever way I can
What do you want to do in ten years? Be in an internship for ophthalmology
What do you want to be when you grow up?Ophthalmologist

Monday, May 29, 2017

El Güisayote

This past week was great. We had some awesome experiences with people here.

Yesterday, we visited a less active sister named Florinda Leon. We met her one day walking down the street, we said Buenas Tardes, then she asked us if we were the elders in this area. We were kind of surprised by her question and with a little bit more conversation we found out that she and most of her family had been baptized into the church. But, they had stopped going to church 2 years ago. Yesterday, we shared 2 Nephi 31 with her, and afterwards she told us that she felt a desire to come to church recently but she had been somewhat hesitant. Then, the member we were with shared his testimony of the church, and the spirit was so strong. She told us she would come to church this week and try to bring most of her family with her. It was awesome. We also had 2 investigators that were able to come to church yesterday. We were excited.

We went to a National Park called El Güisayote, which was awesome. It is really high above sea level, like above the clouds high. It made me really appreciate this amazing world that we have been given.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week this week!
Elder Jensen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A weekend of traveling and meetings

Hey everyone, this past week has been crazy! We had a ton of traveling to do so we didn't have a ton of time to work in the area this week. We invited a ton of people to come to the conference, and 2 inactive members made it so that was super exciting.

Thursday
7:00 P.M. - What was supposed to be a 2 hour bus ride to Santa Rosa turned into 3 hours when the bus driver decided to drive at the speed of a horse with a limp.
We stayed with the Elders in Santa Rosa for the whole weekend. Santa Rosa is awesome! It has the same weather as Ocotepeque but it is a bigger city.

Friday
8:00 P.M. - Hour and 15 minute bus ride to La Entrada de Copan for the Zone meeting that started at 10. We learned a lot about finding new investigators which was something we needed to focus on a little more, especially in this area. We already have some new ideas on how to find some new people to teach.

4:30ish P.M. - Bus ride to Santa Rosa where we had interviews with President Bush. He gave us some ideas on to how to help this area a little bit more. Then we went and ate dinner, which was Mexican Tortas. Basically it is their version of a pulled pork sandwich, but even better.

Saturday
We had 2 meetings, one at 3:30 and the other at 6. We learned about how to be better followers of our Savior and one of the stories the 70 at the meeting told us was the monkey trap.  They put some food in a hole, and when the monkey comes to get the food out of the hole, it can't get its hand out once he grabs the food. He doesn't let go and just sits there trying to have the food but get away at the same time. Then comes the hunter and captures it. He told us a lot of times sin is the same way. If we just let go of it, we would be able to walk away, and not be captured by the sin. Jesus Christ is always there waiting for us to come unto him, we just need to act.

Sunday
Another meeting at 10, and we learned a lot about being a person who will act. It is important that we act on our faith, and that we always need to reach out to the people around us. After the meeting we went and worked with the Elders from Santa Rosa. It rained so hard the whole time!!!!!!!!!! We were able to teach some people that are awesome.

Monday
We weren't planning on staying for Monday, but the zone had a super cool pday planned because it was one of the ZL's birthday. First we had an hour ride to La Entrada and we went to the church and played a little bit of soccer. Then we went to this waterfall called Tejute, which was super cool! Then we went back to Santa Rosa which was an hour bus ride, and then we came back to Ocotepeque. The bus driver this time was flying, normally the bus ride is 2 hours and change but this time the guy did it in an hour and 45 mintues. It was great.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a good week!

Love,
Elder Jensen

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Pueblo Life


Heyoo!

This week was awesome and I got to see and learn a little more about Ocotepeque. The city that I am in now is called Nuevo (New) Ocotepeque. That's because the old Ocotepeque was almost completely washed away by a flood. There is still part of that town left, I think we are going to go see it next week. Anyway, the parts of the area that we spend the most time in are 2 towns right next to each other called Nuevo Ocotepeque and Sinuapa, separated by a cool river.

This past week we were looking for a less-active member named Luis Andres Gonzalez. We found him, and started to talk to him. He started to tell us about himself, and we found out that he was the mayor two times here, and also a judge. He is a super cool guy with a lot of stories. There is also a recent convert family here, Familia Peña. They are super cool people that are really following the Savior in their lives.

We have to go to Santa Rosa de Copan (2 and a half hours away in a bus) for several meetings this weekend, so we will leave here Thursday or Friday early in the morning, and not get back until late Sunday Night.
I am thankful for the opportunity that I have to serve here in Ocotepeque, Honduras. Happy mother's day, and I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ocotepeque!!


Heyo!

Transfers were on Wednesday and they were interesting.  We got the call Monday night that we were both being transferred. I was sad to have to say goodbye to some awesome people in Castaños.  The change was interesting because they closed my area, because 1) there were 3 companionships in a ward with an attendance of 120, 2) A lot of missionaries went home last change, and only 6 came in. So, they had to figure out what to do with all of that.
So, I showed up to the changes with my suitcases and all ready to go. My old trainer (who is now one of the secretaries), came up to me and told me that I was going to an area called Ocotepeque. What I knew about that area when he told me was, that it was in the Zone Copan, and really far away. I was super excited. We jumped on the bus to Copan, that was basically a school bus, with a bunch of other missionaries, and I saw one of my friends from the first ward I was in that was training at the same time as me. We started on the trip and slowly every missionary started getting off the bus until there was just 4 of us left when we all got off in Santa Rosa. The other Elder and I found his new comp and my new comp, and then we ate lunch, because it was about 1 and we left San Pedro at 8:30. After lunch, we found a bus that was going to Ocotepeque, but it didn't leave until 3. That bus was a 2 and a half hour ride to the new area. We didnt get to our house till about 6:15. Then, we went to meet a member or two and ate dinner with one of them.  Long trip.

Ocotepeque is normally about 6 hours away from my last area. It is a small town in the very Southwestern corner of Honduras. It is beautiful here. The people here are amazing. The weather is amazing! I haven't taken any pictures of the area yet, because I kind of slacked off about that, but next week I will have some.
Anyway, my new comp is Elder Sibaja from Oaxaca, Mexico. I am excited to get to work here in Ocotepeque and teach the gospel to the people here. The challenge here is that the church is somewhat small, there are about 40-50 that come to church, so we are really working to bring more people into the church. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good week, and that those who were affected by flooding continue to recover.

Elder Jensen

Monday, May 1, 2017

Last week of transfers

Sam's week:

Hey!

This last week was a good one, but a little bit weird. First, we had a multizone meeting, which was really awesome. We learned about how to teach with members a little bit more. It was super good for me because that is something that we are kind of struggling with here.
We also had an interesting day on Wednesday. On our way to lunch we lost our phone, with all of the numbers of the members and investigators in it.  We were able to get a replacement phone that same day, but we lost all of the numbers, so we were running around doing that almost all day.
Then, around 6:00 our landlady called us freaking out and said our house was flooding. We were super scared so we ran back to the house. I was expecting to see water all over the place, but when we opened the door to the apartment, there was just a little bit of water in the bathroom where we had left the faucet open and a little bit in another room. It took us literally 30 minutes to clean everything up. It was kind of funny because the landlady was freaking out, and it turned out to be basically nothing.
On Friday, we were walking around in Buenos Aires and all of sudden we turn the corner and see Leiny Garcia, an investigator from a while back. We started talking to her and she told us she was going to go to church this week. So that was pretty cool to have her in the church on Sunday again. Also, we had Maribel come to church too, so that was also really cool. We hope that she will continue to be able to go to church and continue to come unto Christ.
This Wednesday are transfers so we will find out tonight what will happen. I hope everybody has a good week. Also, prayers for all the people that were affected by the flooding in West Plains.

Love,
Elder Jensen