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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Looking Like a Lot of Traveling

Hey,

This past week was a good week. We were able to find a few new people to teach. One of them was Xiomara. We were talking with her mom, Yolanda, that we found last week, and we invited her to listen to the lesson as well. She was super interested, and was asking and responding to questions. We finished the lesson and she invited us to her family's home to teach all of them. She also already has a friendship with one of the members here so that was pretty awesome. We are pretty excited for that.
We also talked with Alex, and he is still reading the Book of Mormon, and he is still interested to learn more. He wants to be super sure before he gets baptized so we are continuing to work with him.
This past week Elder Rodriguez had an ingrown toenail and he had to go and get it "extracted." But, he is fine.
This week we have a big meeting in San Pedro Sula with Elder Cordón from Costa Rica. We leave Ocotepeque Wednesday morning at 7 AM to get to Santa Rosa to do divisions with the misisonaries there. Then, at 4 in the morning on Thursday, we leave for San Pedro Sula for the meeting. After the meeting, we head back to Santa Rosa, and depending on what time we get back, we go back to Ocotepeque that same night, or the next morning. Lots of traveling. Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen
(What Sam didn't mention is that he is playing piano for the meeting in San Pedro Sula and gets to play a hymn exclusive to the Spanish hymnal, Oid el Toque del Clarín.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good Finding Week

Heyo!

This was a good week. We were able to find several new people to teach. Jorge is a younger guy that we found. We shared a little bit of the restoration with him. He seemed interested but, his work schedule is crazy and we haven't been able to talk with him very much. We also received a reference to teach the granddaughter of a member here, and we are going to go and visit her tomorrow. We also found an older lady to teach. She is one of those people that knows literally everyone in the town, so we are going to teach her and hopefully find some new people to teach.

This last week, we had a ward family night and we shared a good video about forgiveness.

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-07-14-forgiveness-my-burden-was-made-light?lang=eng

We talked about the Atonement of Christ and how we can invite the power of the Atonement into our lives not only to heal ourselves, but also to help us be able to forgive others.

We also had a meeting for all of Copan that we watched through Skype. Our mission president, President Bush, talked about the Book of Mormon, and how it can help us get to know our Savior even more. It was a really good message that I felt was important for us to share with all of the members and investigators here in Ocotepeque.
Anyway, hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, August 7, 2017

Baleadas

HEY!

This week was really good! We were able to teach Alex Mejia again, so that was awesome. We talked about the Book of Mormon, and he started talking about everything that he was learning and it was great. We talked about baptism and he told us that he wants to get baptized, he just wants to feel like he knows for sure that the church is true. He said if he feels like that then he will get baptized on August 24th. So, we are working to help him feel the spirit in his life.
We also found a new investigator named Besi. We started talking to her about eternal families and she got really excited, she said she was going to come to church, but she had something come up last minute. But, we are still excited to teach her more, so she can help the rest of her family.
We also went to the district meeting this past week, and they talked a lot about goals. With every goal that we have in life, we can ask for, and receive inspiration to help us achieve that goal.
Yesterday in church one señora came to church that hasn't been in a year or 2 and it was awesome to see her there. She looked happy that she had come back. Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

PS: I learned how to make baleadas right. It took me a year, but I finally learned.

A week of traveling


Heyoo

This week was pretty crazy with all of the transfer stuff, and it turns out that I ended up having to go all the way to San Pedro Sula instead of just to Santa Rosa so here was the week...

Monday-
9:30-Got the call to tell us that my comp is getting transferred, which we basically guessed would happen. They told us that we had to be in Santa Rosa Tuesday night so we can leave early to get to the changes in the morning on wednesday.

Tuesday-
10ish am- They call and tell me that I have to go to San Pedro Sula too to take a picture for my Honduran residency.
For the rest of the day I went around with Elder Sibaja to say good bye to everyone.
8:30 pm - the bus that we were supposed to take to Santa Rosa didn't leave because "there weren't enough people on the bus". So we talked to a member that told us where we can meet up so they can get us a ride to Santa Rosa. We meet them and the member flags down a semi-truck for us to ride to Santa Rosa. Kind of weirded out, but I was like, OK. So, a 2 hour and 15 minute trip to Santa Rosa turns into a 3 hour and 15 minute ride to Santa Rosa.
11:50 pm - We get to the Elders house in Santa Rosa to try to sleep a few hours before leaving for San Pedro.

Wednesday-
3:00am- We leave for San Pedro Sula in a bus, making 2 stops to pick up other missionaries for transfers.
7:15am- We get to San Pedro, and wait at the stake center until everyone gets there. I got to see a few friends I hadn't seen for a while. I met my new comp, Elder Rodriguez from Tijuana, Mexico. He is super cool we get along really well. We sent his suitcases with the bus that left for Copan so we didn't have to walk around with them.
9:30am- We go to the immigration office and wait forever for them to process all of my papers so I can take my picture.
12:00- We take a bus to Santa Rosa that was flying. We got into Santa Rosa at around 4. 4:00-We had to meet up with the other Elders to get the suitcases and drop off a backpack one of them had left in San Pedro. Then, we go to order Tortas (mexican sandwiches), and as they are finishing them, the bus for Ocotepeque rolls in, so we take the tortas and run to catch the bus.
6:30 pm -We get in to Ocotepeque, drop off the suitcases, go and meet with the Mission leader, and eat dinner.
9:30 pm -Pass out until the next morning.

It was a lot of travelling, but it was cool. The rest of the week was good. We had 6 inactive members come to church which was really exciting for us. Alex wasn't able to make it to Ocotepeque this week, so we are thinking of visiting him this week. We also found some new investigators so it will be interesting being able to teach them some more. We also had to talk in church so that was a good welcome for Rodriguez. Anyway, having a good time here in Ocotepeque working hard. Have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen