Monday, August 21, 2017

Sour, Sweet, Gone

Missionary Name:  Hermana Breanna Michele Jensen

Date:  3 of February 2017 - 22 of August 2017

100 things that you learned on your mission.  

  1. ....TAMPA....Hispanic refers to anyone that speaks Spanish, not just people from Mexico. La palabra Hispana, refiere a cualquier persona que habla español, no solamente a los que son de Mexico.
  2. The Lord provides a way for His children to accomplish any and all things that He has asked them to do. El señor provee un via para hacer cualquier cosa que se ha pedido de sus niños.
  3. Faith without works is dead, without acting upon the goals we set, we will achieve nothing. La fe sin obra es muerte, sin actuar en las metas que fijamos, lograremos nada.
  4. On windy days, it is best to wear a heavy skirt. En días cuando hay viento, es mejor llevar una falda pesada.
  5. Sometimes the spirit tells you to speak improperly, not to embarrass you, but because the Lord has a plan that doesn't involve you being perfect. A veces, el Espíritu le dice hablar en una forma equivocada, no para darle pena, pero porque el Plan del Selor no depende en ser nosotros perfectos.
  6. Going to church should feel like being at a family reunion, but not because you haven't seen anyone for 7 days. Church relationships should extend beyond the building walls. Al ir a la iglesia, uno debe sentir que está en una reunión de familia, pero no porque le falta ver a todos por una semana. Las relaciones entre los miembros De la Iglesia se deben extender afuera del edificio.
  7. If it is a rainy week, it is best to bring your umbrella when you take a long walk away from your car. Es mejor traer su paraguas al caminar lejos del carro cuando hay mucha lluvia.
  8. On hot days, you can put your skirt on top of the AC to cool off during lunch in the car. En días que hace mucho calor, puede poner su falsa arriba del aire condicionado para hacerse más frío.
  9. It is impossible to convince anyone the church is true, but it is possible to love anyone into the church. The key is to have charity for them, so that they may be convinced of the truthfulness of the church, and be converted to the Gospel. Es imposible convencer a uno que la iglesia es verdadera, pero es posible amar a alguien en unirse con la iglesia. La clave es para tener caridad, para que puedan ser convencidos de la veracidad De la Iglesia y ser convertidos al Evangelio.
  10. Hispanics are racist too, if you are white, they will try speaking to you in English until you start speaking to them in Spanish. Todos somos racistas, si parece no hablar español, le van a hablar en inglés hasta que demuestra que puede hablar español.
  11. Callings are not extended as a life preserver line, or meant to serve as the only tie a person has to the church; they are to be extended with inspiration and allow people to see their full potential. The life preservers of the church are the Home and Visiting Teachers. Los llamamientos De la Iglesia no se deben extender como modo de rescatar a uno, ni para ser la única conexión que uno tiene con la iglesia; se deben extender con inspiración y dejar a la gente ver su potencial divina. Los modos de salvar son los maestras visitantes y orientadores de hogar.
  12. If you don't know how to drive a car, riding a bike is a lot harder too. Si no sabe manejar un carro, es más difícil andar en bicicleta.
  13. Some people take longer than others to find the courage necessary to act on the knowledge they have gained, but as soon as the knowledge is gained, they have a greater desire to change. Algunas personas toman más tiempo para encontrar el valor de actuar de acuerdo con el conocimiento que han recibido, pero después de obtener el conocimiento, tiene mayor deseo de cambiar.
  14. Member involvement during the teaching process makes retention increase after baptism. La participación de los miembros durante el proceso de enseñar ayuda a los conversos recientes mantenerse activos después del bautismo.
  15. Silence in the car brings silence in the lesson. Silencio en el carro causa silencio durante la lección. 
  16. Singing with your companion increases unity and makes the work more fun. El cantar con su compañera desarrolla la unidad y se hace que la obra es más divertida.
  17. In front of every Hispanic door is a mop or a broom, behind the door, a child of God.
  18. Keeping the focus on the font brings frustration.
  19. Comparison between missionaries breeds discord.
  20. Praying for charity works.
  21. The encouragement of a leader can make the difference between progression and regression. 
  22. Being humble enough to ask for Priesthood blessings can be hard, but it is always work it in the end.
  23. Gods works and plan cannot be foiled, so don't worry so much about what you lack, focus on what God has given you and how he has prepared you to accomplish this work.
  24. Puerto Rican's make the best fried plantains, but honduranians make the best pollo con arroz. (Chicken and Rice)
  25. Hispanic families like it when Americans like spicy food.
  26. ....LAKELAND....My story is something to be shared, not hid under a bushel.
  27. Sometimes it is hard to get along with other people, but patience and charity allow us to love them and see them as Christ loves and sees them.
  28. Trios are the best.
  29. When you are skinny, hispanics worry you aren't eating enough.
  30. Biking is for talking to people, not losing weight.
  31. Running makes me feel energized throughout the day.
  32. Miles are precious and should be spent wisely.
  33. When you focus on the 1, miracles happen.
  34. Missionaries need support and encouragement as much as our investigators need support and encouragement.
  35. It's okay to take time to slow down.
  36. You can't run faster than you have strength.
  37. Mosquitos are literally Heavenly Fathers worst idea. But, even so, He provided a way to avoid them, bug spray and pants!
  38. Proselyting in pants makes us look more like business women than Omish or Jehovahs Witness.
  39. Sometimes it's best to keep my mouth shut, especially when I am angry or frustrated.
  40. Keeping contact with Recent Converts is definitely one of the most important things a Returned Missionary can do with their time.
  41. How to make Rosca, a special celebratory Bread they make in Mexico.
  42. How to be best friends with the Ward Mission Leader and his family.
  43. Small branches are fragile, but have the potential to be strong as they work together.
  44. Simplicity is best when it comes to activities.
  45. Quality time is the hardest love language to please as a missionary.
  46. Bananas and peanut butter is one of the most delicious things on the planet, but it isn't the healthiest thing to eat every day.... and, bananas get expensive after awhile.
  47. How to take care of plants.
  48. Washing the car by hand is so much more fun than taking it through the car wash.
  49. Families that eat together, stick together.
  50. New move ins need to be friend-shipped fast, otherwise they will go to a different Ward.
  51. ....CLEARWATER....The gift of Tongues is real, for all members, not just missionaries.
  52. A level 3 ward starts with a Consecrated Bishop and a Consecrated Ward Council. 
  53. U-turns are not only legal in florida, but strongly encouraged. U-turns in life are often necessary.
  54. God is preparing hearts, even through the adversary's best efforts to keep us from knowing our true potential.
  55. God has a perfect plan, but it doesn't depend on us being perfect.
  56. I prefer to wake up at 5:30 and get a good work out in.
  57. Running in the cold is better than running at the gym, I really do hate treadmills.
  58. "We prepared ourselves to come to earth, and we have to prepare ourselves to return to God."
  59. It's fun to share a closet!
  60. The Youth have so much faith!
  61. Trio exchanges are almost as fun as being in trios!
  62. It's possible to smile all day as a missionary.
  63. Nashville tribute band is definitely my favorite pump up band to listen to before going out to share the gospel.
  64. There is nothing that beats a Florida sunset. Especially when it's along the beach.
  65. The importance of sacred teaching moments.
  66. The Spirit can be a tangible presence.
  67. Philippino food is like Hispanic food, but more pineappley. 
  68. As a missionary, it is perfectly acceptable to stand up in the middle of Relief Society and ask people to feed you. Pretty fun time in life.
  69. I should seek a job as a chauffeur someday.
  70. There is no such thing as a lost cause when the Gospel is involved.
  71. Talking to people in English is harder than talking to people in Spanish.
  72. Sometimes, you need someone to talk with you, other times you need someone to listen to you.
  73. Favorite colors and favorite animals say a lot about a person.
  74. Long hair in Florida is asking for a bad hair day.
  75. It doesn't take much to spark the Missionary fire.
  76. ....CORTEZ....salvation isn't cheap, and neither is the preparation necessary to be baptized.
  77. You never know who God is preparing to come Home.
  78. Contention and pride halt the blessing of Heaven.
  79. Missionary work is the most fun when you are talking with everyone.
  80. New cars are not nearly as fun as I had imagined they would be.
  81. There are few things that shouldn't be asked in this life, 1) how old a woman is 2) how long a missionary has left of their mission. Asking questions like that is asking for trouble.
  82. Recent Converts miss their missionaries, even after 20 years of being baptized.
  83. The Book of Mormon is the key to this religion, it should be used at every opportunity.
  84. It's possible to be adopted into any culture! 🤙 🇲🇽 🇭🇳 
  85. Food is to be enjoyed and eaten with your hands!
  86. I want my home to be a welcoming environment. 
  87. It's hard to be the only member in a home. 
  88. I am happier while I am serving others.
  89. Unity within a District or a Zone goes a long ways.
  90. Marriage shouldn't be postponed, but it also shouldn't be rushed.
  91. We can't expect ourselves to be perfect, we should always expect to have to change.
  92. People everywhere have questions about God and about life in general.
  93. Faith as a missionary is believing that others can change by accessing the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  94. Activities are more fun when you bring your friends.
  95. I may never have a journal that has consistent entries everyday, but I love writing in my journal and it helps me to relieve stress.
  96. Dedication and diligence are just as important as faith and hope.
  97. Being fluent in Spanish and speaking Spanish perfectly does not mean the same thing.
  98. Social Media Missionary Work is exciting and fun!
  99. We need to "recognize our fears, but not be immobilized by them."
  100. Christ makes the impossible, possible.

I decided today to send this, its not complete, but it's 100 things  I have learned! 

Decidí enviar esto hoy, no es completa, pero ¡son 100 cosas que he aprendido!

See you all soon! 

¡Nos vemos pronto!

I will be speaking in the Takena Ward Sacrament Meeting this Sunday, as well as the Periwinkle Spanish Branch! Let me know if you want an address or start time! 

Voy a hablar en la reunión sacramental este domingo en El Barrio de Takena y la rama Hispana de Periwinkle. ¡Déjenme saber si quieren la dirección o la hora de empieza!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Monday, August 14, 2017

No time, but Natalie got baptized!

¡Hola mis amigos!

Hi friends!

Perdón que la semana pasada solo escribí en español. Mi mente ha estado bien loca. Pues, vamos al Templo este fin de semana, así que tenemos menos tiempo para escribir hoy. 

Sorry I only wrote in Spanish last week. My mind has been pretty crazy. Also, we are going to the temple this weekend, so we have no time to write today.

Entonces, ¡Natalie se bautizó!

So, Natalie got baptized! 

¡Estoy bien, estoy animada para continuar de servir aquí y seguir adelante!

I'm doing good, I'm excited to continue to serve here and press forward!

¡No tengo tiempo! 

Out of time!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Monday, August 7, 2017

¡Traer el Evangelio a todo el Mundo!

¡Queridos amigos míos!

Una semana loca, por eso, ¡voy a escribir rápido! 

El domingo, empezamos de planear una actividad se llama "Noche de Hispanidad" y fue bien interesante porque dijeron cuantos países son representadas en nuestra congregación.

Honduras 🇭🇳 
México 🇲🇽 
Costa Rica 🇨🇷 
Nicaragua 🇳🇮 
Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 
Argentina 🇦🇷 
El Salvador 🇸🇻 
Panamá 🇵🇦 
Cuba 🇨🇺 
Brazil 🇧🇷 
Estados Unidos 🇺🇸 
Ecuador 🇪🇨 
Guatemala 🇬🇹 

Ma hace pensar en la escritura que dice 

"4 he aquí, nuestros padres han profetizado que deben ser conservadas y entregadas de una generación a otra, y que deben ser guardadas y preservadas por la mano del Señor hasta que vayan a toda nación, tribu, lengua y pueblo, a fin de que lleguen a saber de los misterios que contienen.
10 ¿Y quién sabe si no serán el medio para traer a muchos miles de ellos al conocimiento de su Redentor, sí, y también a muchos miles de nuestros obstinados hermanos nefitas que hoy endurecen sus corazones en el pecado y las iniquidades? (Alma 37)"

Sé que aún no fui llamado para servir bien lejos en un lugar exótico, he sido llamado para traer este evangelio restaurado a todo el mundo. Sé que por el Libro de Mormón, todos conocerán que Jesucristo es El Salvador y Redentor del mundo y que por el, podemos ser salvos.

¡Que gozó me da, el poder compartir este evangelio!

Fotos de la semana:

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Keystone

¡Hola mis queridos amigos!
Hi my dear friends! 

¡Este semana fue bien milagrosa! Fuimos a mi última Conferencia de Zona y hablamos mucho acerca del Libro de Mormón. Realmente es la clave de nuestra religión y mi creencia en Jesucristo se basa en ello. Por el Libro de Mormón, no hay duda de que Cristo es El Salvador del mundo, el Hijo Unigénito del Padre, el Redentor del Mundo. Yo sé que Jesucristo vive, y que por él podemos ser salvos. No hay ninguna duda en mi mente de esto. Sé que al leerlo, encontrarán paz, felicidad, y gozo eterno. Es algo que ha cambiado mi vida, y la vida de muchos de mis amigos.

This week was miraculous! We went to my last Zone Conference and talked a lot about the Book of Mormon. It really is the key to our religion and my belief in Jesus Christ is based upon it. By the Book of Mormon, there is no doubt that Christ is the Savior of the world, the only begotten of the Father, and Redeemer of the world. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that through him, we can be saved. There is not a doubt in my mind of this. I know that as you read it, you will find peace, happiness and eternal joy, it is something that has changed my life, and the lives of many of my friends.

Personalmente, me ha bendecido bastante. Todavía recuerdo el día en el cual tenía mi primer ataca de ansiedad. Gracias a mi Padre Celestial, tenía un amigo fiel quien, después de escucharme, me dijo, "Breanna, tienes que leer tu Libro de Mormón y orar. Dios te ama, por favor, no lo olvides." Me cortó la llamada y empecé de leer. Paré después de algunos versículos y oré. Al orar, un sentimiento de paz inefable entró mi corazón, y sentí el amor de mi Padre Celestial. Se, de propia experiencia, que el Libro de Mormón es verdadero, y que testifica del amor de nuestro Padre Celestial.

Personally, it has blessed me very much. I still remember the day when I had my first anxiety attack. Thanks to my Heavenly Father, I had a loyal friend whom, after hearing me out, said, "Breanna, you have to read the Book of Mormon and pray. God loves you, please don't forget." He hung up after that, and I started to read. I stopped after a few verses and just prayed. As I did so, a feeling of peace that I can't explain entered my heart, and I felt the love God had for me. I know, of my own experience, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that it testifies of the love of our Heavenly Father.

"pensando que esa oportunidad de hacer saber a la gente lo que había sucedido entre ellos, y que el contemplar aquella escena los haría creer en el poder de Dios, corrió, pues, de casa en casa, haciéndolo saber al pueblo." Alma 19:17, El Libro de Mormón 

"supposing that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people." Alma 19:17, The Book of Mormon

Es por el Libro de Mormón que estoy aquí, corriendo de casa en casa anunciando la verdad. Cristo vive, Dios nos ama, y han extendido sus manos otra vez en amor para guiarnos mediante un profeta. 

It is because of the Book of Mormon that I am here, running from house to house announcing this great truth. Christ lives, God loves us, and they have extended their hands again in love to guide us through a living prophet.

Les invito a leerlo, y a compartirlo. Les prometen que al hacerlo, encontrarán las respuestas a la duda, y la paz a la ansiedad del mundo.

I invite you to read it, and share it. I promise that as you do, you will find answers to doubt and peace of mind from the anxiety of the world.

¡Que tengan una semana excelente!

Have a great week!

1) Zona de Sarasota
2) Hermanas misioneras de Sarasota
3) Helado de Jeremías, lo mejor en toda la florida
4) Nelson ayudándonos con nuestras paraguas al predicar el evangelio

Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekly Report

Hola mis amigos!!!

Okay, gotta type fast this week, as always.

It has been a crazy awesome week!

We had transfers on Wednesday and our Ward received a new set of Hermanas, so there are 3 sets of missionaries now serving in the Cortez Ward! It is awesome! Hermana Chavez came here with a new Hermana, named Hermana Scanlan! They are great. We also will get to have our own Spanish District now because there are enough of us to put together a District, so Tuesdays will be a blast! I am looking forward for the opportunity to immerse myself even more in the Spanish language!

Things are going really well here! The Elders will be having a baptism this week and we are going to have a Missionary Bootcamp on Sunday night, to teach the principles of Missionary Work to the members of the ward. It is going to be amazing.

Miracle this week.... Too many!

We had a Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) with Leo and Suzie and the Bishop's family and it was definitely spirit led. We planned to talk about Lehi's Dream from the Book of Mormon, and when we sat down and started chatting before the lesson, Bishop Partida said "Leo you have to hold tight to the Iron Rod!" It was so cool. We said, "Bishop, that is exactly what we are talking about today! How did you know?" We were all laughing at the end too, because he did this little activity, which was also exactly what we had written down in our plans! Either we are pretty easy to figure out, or our Bishop is called of God. I think the latter of the two is true.

On Thursday, we had our first "Member Meal." We had dinner lined up with Leo and Suzie and a couple from the ward, but Leo and Suzie had to cancel last minute, so we just ate with the member couple instead. Well, it was so cool. It's the first time in my whole mission that I have just eaten dinner in a members home, without having investigators there, and the spirit was just so strong. She even called another couple to come join us who will be getting sealed on the 19th of August, so we were able to share a message with everyone. It was so amazing to feel the spirit work through us and feel that the message we were sharing was what they needed at that time. I know that God guides his children and that we are called to the Wards/Branches/Stakes we are called to to uplift and bless those we serve with.

Saturday, was amazing. (But then again, Missionary Work in general is amazing!) (:
So, we were south of our apartment around 8:15, and we were debating going home early in order to catch up on 12 Week, when Adonay, a former investigator, called us. He said "I see your car parked across the street, why don't you come visit me anymore?" We said that we had tried to come by a few times, but he had never answered, and we didn't even have his most recent phone number to call him about anything. Anyways, we decided to go by and he wants to learn again! It was cool because he told us about his doubts and how he really just wants to know and we talked about how he can pray and receive answers and shared Elder Bednar's comparison about how to receive answers from the spirit. Such a miracle.

We were asked to read "The Greatest Generation of Young Adults" by Elder M Russell Ballard from the April 2015 General Conference in preparation for District Meeting this week, and it is definitely worth the read! He made a few references to the Army of Helaman, and it has caused me to ask myself 3 questions:

"How can I be more like the stripling warriors?"
"How can I learn to teach more like their mothers taught them, while I teach my investigators?"
"How can I become more like Helaman in the way that he leads them, with respect to the Sisters in the Zone?"

I thought it was so interesting how many ways I could apply this scripture to myself, and will be studying it out this week.

Hope everyone has an amazing week and that you share the light and love of Jesus Christ with those around you!

"ni uno solo de ellos habia perecido... y lo atribuimos con justicia al milagroso poder de Dios, por motivo de su extraoridnaria fe... que habia un Dios justo, y que todo aquel que no dudara, seria preservado por su maravilloso poder" (Alma 57:25-26).


Hermana Breanna Jensen

(Cortez Warriors, and Nelson!)

(Natalie and Honey!)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pictures from the Week

Just enough time for pictures this week! 
Last District Meeting of the transfer, taco chili, and the last exchange of the transfer! 

Hard to believe how time has flown! 

We are both staying in Cortez and Hermana Chavez will be joining us with her new companion! I will send pictures of the new Cortez team next week!

This transfer is going to be amazing! 

Keep the faith!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Monday, May 15, 2017

Symbol of your Faith


Hola mis amigos!

Sorry it has been a few weeks since I have written, it has been a
hectic few weeks here in Cortez!

I wanted to write a little bit about a few things I learned this week.
I will start with something my 12 year old sister taught me! She read
the whole Relief Society Lesson before class on Sunday, as the Young
Women were invited to attend Relief Society, and said that this was
her favorite part:

(Pres. Hinckley Ch. 8 - We look to Chirst)
In the April 1975 general conference, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then a
member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared the following
"We recently held an open house in the [Mesa] Arizona Temple. Following a
complete renovation of that building, nearly a quarter of a million people
saw its beautiful interior. On the first day of the opening, clergymen of
other religions were invited as special guests, and hundreds responded. It
was my privilege to speak to them and to answer their questions at the
conclusion of their tours. I told them that we would be pleased to answer
any queries they might have. Many were asked. Among these was one which
came from a Protestant minister. "Said he: 'I've been all through this
building, this temple which carries on its face the name of Jesus Christ,
but nowhere have I seen any representation of the cross, the symbol of
Christianity. I have noted your buildings elsewhere and likewise find an
absence of the cross. Why is this when you say you believe in Jesus
Christ?' "I responded: 'I do not wish to give offense to any of my
Christian brethren who use the cross on the steeples of their cathedrals
and at the altars of their chapels, who wear it on their vestments, and
imprint it on their books and other literature. But for us, the cross is
the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the
living Christ.' "He then asked: 'If you do not use the cross, what is the
symbol of your religion?' "I replied that the lives of our people must
become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore,
the symbol of our worship. "… No sign, no work of art, no representation
of form is adequate to express the glory and the wonder of the Living
Christ. He told us what that symbol should be when he said, 'If ye love me,
keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) "As his followers, we cannot do a
mean or shoddy or ungracious thing without tarnishing his image. Nor can we
do a good and gracious and generous act without burnishing more brightly
the symbol of him whose name we have taken upon ourselves. "And so our
lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of our declaration of
our testimony of the Living Christ, the Eternal Son of the Living God. "It
is that simple, my brethren and sisters, and that profound and we'd better
never forget it."(1)

I loved that! Recently I have been thinking a lot about my mission and
about the fact that sooner or later I will not be able to wear my
Missionary name tag anymore. It is a thought that has saddened me, but
this quote comforted me. My badge is merely a symbol of the time I
have here, but the symbol of my dedication to Christ is and always
will be manifested by the way I act. It isn't something that can be
put into words or captured by numbers, not even a photo can capture
it. The way I live my life must be the symbol of my dedication to my
Heavenly Father. I know that someday I won't be a full time
missionary, but I rejoice in the fact that I can always be a disciple
of Christ.

In District Meeting, we talked about the story of Peter. After Jesus
Christ died, the apostles looked to Peter to see what to do, and they
all returned to go fishing. They went back to the nets that they had
so willingly forsaken some years prior, and took up their old ways
once more. It made me think about what I will do when I go "back to
normal life." I do not wish to take up those old nets. I hope to
continue to be a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ and know the only
way to do that is to consecrate myself now. I love this work and I
love that I will always have an opportunity to participate in it.

Once you have taken up the plea to "come follow (Him)," stay on that
path, don't return for your discarded nets.

We have been working hard these past few weeks and have been blessed
with wonderful experiences. There are still many searching after our
Savior Jesus Christ and the restoration of His Gospel on the earth
today. Don't hesitate to open your mouth and share!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

My beautiful family!