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Monday, November 28, 2016

Mine Eyes Have Seen The Tender Mercies

Hola mis amigos! 




So, this week has been crazy, full of stress but also the Tender Mercies of the Lord. Just saying, God is good.


So, Monday! We had our Zone Activity! We started off playing Angry Birds and practiced our hand at destroying cardboard boxes with nothing but brute strength and some random balls from the church. After that we improvised with some other balls we found and played Four Square! Sister Anderson, my Sister Training Leader companion, and I prepared dinner and then joined in later but it was still a blast! We ended the games with something I hadn't played since being at school last year, signs! I had forgotten how much fun that game was, but it really brought us together as a Zone! 







After the games we had dinner and then broke into a Zone Training Meeting. I think it went super well, as we had to discuss a lot of changes that the Mission is going through right now. We basically talked about the change in our focus with Obedience and moving back to the White Handbook and how we have to take ourselves out of our box of exact obedience and focus on consecrated obedience. It was a really good discussion and everyone was in tune with the Spirit.


Tuesday was pretty calm, we rode bikes everywhere in an effort to make up for lost miles.. I accidentally stole the keys when we went to Tampa and left Sister Greenberg stranded, so we had to make an extra trip that has been hard to make up... Wednesday also was not too stressful, until we got home and realized that we had no where to go on Thanksgiving. Everyone basically assumed we were taken care of and no one offered to have us over, which is crazy seeing as it is one of the ONLY days of the year when the members here get to feed us.. Well, the Elders that we share a building with found out and called the Stake President and just like that,


Thursday we found ourselves at the Stake Presidents table for lunch. WOW. It was absolutely crazy from this day forward. We went and ate and talked and invited the Hales to come to the baptism that we would be having that Saturday. They had heard the Elders were holding a service, but didn't know that two people would be getting baptized. The Hales put it on their calendar, we thanked the Baileys for having us, and we headed back home to finish weekly planning. We were enjoying Moms pumpkin chocolate chip cookies(heaven sent!!) when we got a call from our Branch Mission Leader about correlation. He said, "just come over to eat with us at 7! See you then!!" I hung up the phone in shock, because we went from 0 to 2 in the space of 3 hours, none of which we had planned for, but Hno Herrera happens to have a soon to be son in law that is taking the discussions from us, so we headed over at 7! It was absolutely amazing to feel the spirit in both of these members homes. English or Spanish, the spirit is the same. The food may be different, the circumstances could be no further apart, but they both were grateful for what they had, and there was a special spirit of being home that day. We invited Angel to come to Jose's baptism and he said that he had been wanting to and promised us he would be there. Our stomachs were full that day, but not as full as our hearts were of gratitude.


Friday morning I woke up and was going through Moms package again and saw the things to make turkeys. It was like a lightbulb turned on in my brain because I remembered that Hna Vazquez had told us no one would be making center pieces for the tables at the Activity we were supposed to have. So, while Sister Greenberg made our tinfoil and cardboard oven, I made turkeys. They were so cute and everyone was so happy! We went about our business that day, discussed last minute baptismal things with Jose, and went to the party! When we got there to set up, half the branch was already there helping! We added our turkeys to what Hna Vazquez had made and it all came together! There were a bunch of people that came too! Four members brought friends and the skits were awesome! Jose came and actually enjoyed everything, even though we had to translate from Spanish to ASL for him! It was a great night and I just felt like God was lifting the Branch up with love, everyone chipped in to help and it was awesome! 


Saturday, the big day! We Road our bikes around and visited a couple referrals before heading over to the church to set up for Joses baptism. When we got there, we started helping the Elders, but realized the font wasn't being filled. We started filling it up, and we soon found out why Florida is the often thought to be a swamp...



 the water was an interesting hue of yellowish green... we emptied it out and filled it again, to no avail. It looked even worse! We discussed options and were considering postponing it another week, or going to a member's pool. He lived a ways from the church, but they said it would be better than nothing, so we discussed it with the Ward Mission Leader. Well, as we were relaying the information, the Hales walked in. They said, "oh, we live just down the street from here, not even a mile, and we have a covered pool! We can do the baptism at our house!" So, we started with a prayer and song and then headed to the Hales family's house for the baptism!


 Brother Weggeland was already in the pool with Gerry when we got there with out carpool, and soon enough Jose was in the water too. It was the most special moment, ever. Brother Weggeland had taken the time to learn the baptismal prayer in ASL and did it perfectly. Jose was baptized and afterwards he related that he felt free and light. Like he had truly been forgiven and started his life anew. It was amazing. After the baptism, I turned to Angel and felt promoted to share with him our idea to have a White Christmas this year. I invited him to be baptized on Christmas Day, and I tell you what, I have never seen a bigger grin on  anyone's face before in my life! He felt the spirit witness to him that it was what God wanted, and we are setting out to help him accomplish it! The spirit was just so amazing. Please keep him in your prayers this December!






Sunday Jose was confirmed a member of the church and Amber translated his confirmation prayer. It was beautiful and the support of the Ward was amazing. The Lord just blessed us so much. After church, the Spanish Branch had another baptism for a young boy and the font worked fine. We still don't know what happened on Saturday, but I was so grateful that the Hales were at the Baileys and that we were invited to invite them to the baptism. I am so grateful that Angel got his answer at Joses baptism, and that  we were invited to invite him to the baptism as well. 


It was so amazing to see the Lord work through so many different people to bring about His work. I cannot express even the smallest part of the gratitude I feel. Having been able to learn how to communicate with the Spanish culture here is Florida and with Jose in ASL has truly been a blessing. I never would have imagined learning a new language, let alone two. It has been crazy. I love the Lord and His Tender Mercies!


If you haven't already, watch the new Christmas video this week!! It is absolutely amazing! I will be sending home pictures of what we do to share Christ's light this month and I hope to receive news from all of you as well! #LightTheWorld!




Love

Hermanita Jensen



Monday, November 21, 2016

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!! Hoy es un dia loco, entonces solo voy a escribir un poco!

Saturday and Sunday was our Stake Conference here in Lakeland and it was amazing! There was so much talk about the new christmas video and the reason behind it and it just gets me so excited to celebrate the life and birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! 

The video (#lighttheworld) focuses on two scriptures:

"I am the light of the world" John 8:12
"Ye are the light of the world" Matt 5:14

It is so crucial that we understand that as we shine our light, we shine the light of Christ! I am so excited to show everyone this video and help them shine their own lights! for more information about the video, go to https://www.mormon.org/christmas/light-the-world?play=hero
On Nov 25, the video will be available to watch and the website with a Service Advent Calendar will open up! We are encouraged to show our light "In 25 ways in 25 days!" I will be emailing what we do for each day and hope to see what everyone else is doing too! 

As we light the world this Christmas, we will show the world that we are unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There was a wonderful talk given by Elder Alba in the which he shared a poem entitled "The Fellowship of the Unashamed." It made me wonder what I do to show that I am unashamed of following my Savior, and I was reminded that I literally carry His name on my chest every single day! I hope that I can live in such a way that people won't need to see my nametag to know whose name it is I carry. 

I invite all of you to jump on board this Christmas and bring others to Christ as you spread your light! I promise that as you do, your testimony of the love of the Savior will increase, and the outpouring of love you give will change hearts of stone. I have seen the power God has and know that His love works miracles among us. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week!! (:

Amor,
 Hermana Jensen <3





Monday, November 14, 2016

I Love to See the Temple!


Hola mis amigos!!!

So this week I went to the Temple! Since the Orlando Temple is outside of our mission boundaries, we only get to go once a mission, so this was an amazing thing!! It was so peaceful and I could just feels God's love wash over us as we entered. I got to be there with a bunch of Sisters, most that I have known since day 1 in the Mission (:

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It was probably the best day of the week.

Since Wednesday, life has been pretty crazy! We have been trying to get into contact with all the members out here and invite them to an amazing party we will be having to celebrate Thanksgiving! (No, I won't be starving on Thanksgiving;) We have had really good luck in tracking everyone down and it has been great! It's exciting because we have been inviting them to Stake Conference, the activity, and a BAPTISM!!!

I am super excited for this baptism because the whole thing is just completely unexplainable. It's been a miracle. So, Jose, the deaf young man I talked about last week? He is getting baptized! It's so cool because I was called originally to serve in English, changed to serve in Spanish, and God has now been blessing me with the ability to communicate with Jose in Sign Language! It's so amazing to see the Love of God manifested in things like this!

Believe in miracles!

A few favorite readings from the week:

President Russell M Nelson "A Plea to My Sisters" October 2015 - "fulfill the measure of your creation"
2 Nephi 2:26 - Men are that they might have JOY!
President Russell M Nelson "Joy and Spiritual Survival" October 2016 - "we can feel joy regardless of what is happening-or not happening-in our lives."

Que tengan una semana feliz y llena de gozo! (:


Hermanita Jensen



Monday, November 7, 2016

Every Prodigal Son

Hola mis amigos!!!

This week was awesome! 

Monday - carved pumpkins


Tuesday - watched the movie Legacy with all of our friends!! (Jose is deaf and he wants to learn more about the church, so we subtitled a movie and watched it at the church with another young man who is interested in learning and some members. It was awesome!)
Wednesday - transfers. All the Hermanas in one room!!! 

Thursday - teaching Jose, a random lady walked by and gave us this to help us learn some more sign language!


She had had them for 10 years and let us take a picture! 
Friday - best day of my life, my mission, probably forever. We got to hear from Elder Klebingat. He spoke to us with the power of the Spirit, and amazing things happened. I received a whole book of things I need to work on and improve, but also left the meeting happier than I have ever been. It was the strangest thing! He spoke to us Friday as a Mission Leadership Council and then Saturday at a combined Zone Conference!

It was amazing.
Something that really stuck out was his admonition to read the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-34) so I did. I read it, with the thought that I had already done most of the things he had admonished us to do, and found that he had asked us to read that talk specifically for me. Like, right to the core. I have been caught up in the trap of the second prodigal, complaining at others' success. It is so dumb! He said to us on Saturday, "why would you drink a glass of pickle juice every time something good happened to someone else?" I realized that was me! I would beat myself up and tell myself I wasn't working hard enough and that was why these other missionaries were having so much success. I wasn't happy, I was anxious to receive that same success. Well, I read over PMG 10-11 and got those thoughts out of my mind pretty quick. I had also read Alma 29:14-15 recently and in it, Ammon glories in the success of his brethren also! I realized that I needed to change somethings about my mentality going forward. 
He also preached into us the need to know our way around the scriptures and shared some ways to remember scripture references better. That's quickly becoming my transfer goal.
Sunday - made some cupcakes! I got a lot of reeses peanut butter cups, so I decided to use them! (: 


I just realized how scary that knife looks... (x

Anyways, that's been my crazy week! 

I think the thing that stuck with me most though is that it doesn't matter where we are on the path, there is always a way back. The first son "came to himself" and his father "ran" to greet him. There are no two ways about it. If we turn to the Savior, he will come to our aide. Christ went through everything we will ever go through. Every trial, every hardship, every woe, "yet he had no sin." (I have been unable to find the cite, but it was in a scripture he shared on Friday night) So, hardships and struggles and trials are not sent to us because of our sins. They are there to help us grow, they are a natural part of our time here on Earth, and even the Son of God, His only perfect Son, went through them. That to me especially means that he will "visit His people in their afflictions" (Mosiah 24:14).

I love this Gospel, I love my Savior, and I love my Call To Rescue! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Hermanita Jensen 

PS
Also met an Elder Reese, who happens to be the little brother of a young man I sat next to at a table at BYU once upon a time. He sent me the Fourth Missionary and it changed my life. God is so good. His Tender Mercies amaze me..
1 Nephi 7:17
Mosiah 24:14
Alma 14:26
Alma 31:38


Monday, October 24, 2016

Everything's Better in 3's...

Hola mis amigos y mi familia!!!

So, as many of you know, I have been in 2 tripanionships in the duration of my mission... This week marks number 3. A Sister had to go home for surgery, so we got to pick up Sister Slawson! She came out with me and has been in the same Zone as me since we got to the Mission! It was only so long until we would be companions! Needless to say, this week has been CRAZY!

Monday we carved pumpkins (kind of, the skin was super thick so we need to finish them up still...)


Tuesday, we had Zone Training Meeting! It was a super great meeting and afterwards, some sweet Sisters shared cake they had made to celebrate my birthday and Elder Bishop's birthday. It was delicious! 





After the meeting, I went on an Exchange with Sister Zinck! We had a ton of fun down in Lake Wales! 

We met back up on Wednesday and Sister Greenberg and I had until Thursday evening to prepare to receive Sister Slawson!
Then our water got shut off...

So we packed up and went to Sister Slawson's apartment for a few days...

And we have been together ever since! It has been a blast, but also super stressful because we all have people we are teaching and have basically combined our two areas into 1. It made church yesterday CRAZY. However, the Lord has been blessing us immensely. An investigator we have is deaf and we have been praying to find others that speak his language better for the past 6 weeks. On Sunday, we found two members in his soon to be ward that speak ASL and are willing to come out with us! We are stoked! It was definitely a tender mercy. 

That being said, I was still super stressed last night and as I knelt down to pray it all just kind of came crashing down. I wasn't sure what would help me calm down enough to sleep, but something a Relief Society Sister had said earlier came to mind: "In the morning ask the Lord for strength and at night thank him for everything he has enabled you to do." I decided to thank him for all the miracles he had sent me that day and I realized how much He had blessed me. All the stress melted away and I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. I was able to sleep and feel so much better this morning than I have the past two days. God sends us miracles and strengthens us every step of the way. I know "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." 

Keep plugging along and pray for strength! God will give you everything you need!

Have a great week everyone!

Love,

Hermanita Jensen


Monday, October 17, 2016

La tormenta de los cumpleaños! ;)

Hola mis amigos!


Holy crazy week! 

It has been a full week this week and will continue to be so in the next week! We were basically visiting a ton of people this week and explaining about the pants situation ALL week and shopping for pants and setting baptismal dates and it was crazy! But super fun! We had a great District Meeting about using the Book of Mormon to answer questions and Hermana Greenberg drew a really cool finish the Book of Mormon by chapters thing! I will have to send a picture next week! 


On Friday, we had what is called MLC, where all the leaders in the Mission meet to counsel about the Missionaries, ways to help, and how we can improve over the next month. Well, we talked a lot about being diligent and reconsecrating ourselves to the work and it was amazing! Sister Cooper shared an experience she had last week (on her birthday) when the storm hit that I wanted to share with everyone!

She mentioned that as they were driving to Tampa from Lakeland they saw "a mile and a half of emergency vehicles making their way towards Orlando." She reflected on how, in that moment of crisis, as they were fleeing the destruction and asking the missionaries to do the same, these brave men and women were heading into the storm. They were prepared with supplies to go and help those in need. In my mind I can see it so perfectly, all the flashing lights and sirens, trucks in tow with tools and food, everyone inside in a quite state of prayer and reflection, bracing themselves for the worst and preparing to help. She related it to us as Missionaries. We don't have a fancy siren or flashing lights for our cars (that would be too much fun) and we don't perform life or death saving procedures, but we are Called to Rescue. 

We go out and find those who have been destroyed by guilt, fear, and spiritual suffering, and bring them to the light and love that our Savior and Redeemer offers with his atoning sacrifice. We offer our help to all, but only some accept. Those who are willing to put their life in someone else's hands. It is difficult, the recovery isn't always easy. Sometimes, it is a painful process to change. But we are all gifted with the Spirit, to help them experience Peace and ultimately, Joy. 


This analogy is especially touching to me because I want to save people and bless peoples lives for the rest of my life! I want to be a nurse one day and go to the danger scenes to help those that have fallen to far to lift themselves back up. I thought it was interesting that I am doing the same thing RIGHT NOW. 


I love this gospel, I love my Savior, and I love the perfect plan of our loving Father in Heaven. I testify that they have the power to save and want us to accept their love in our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 



I also wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes! I have now spent two birthdays in different states than the one I was born in! I may have to make a tradition of it someday! ;) It was pretty low key as a missionary, but today we will be carving pumpkins to celebrate! I love you all and am so grateful for your support! 


Love,


Hermana Jensen







A salad of beets carrots and peas from Peru!

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When the self timer is on for too long...

All the Zone and Sister Training Leaders! 

What we find while shopping...


Failed attempt at taking a "cool picture in pants"
The coming storm...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricanes and Pants!

Hola mis amigos!

It's been a crazy week this week! We had a friend visit: Hurricane Matthew! He was great! We were having a grand ol time until he decided to get a little too crazy and we were evacuated to Tampa for a few days... x) It really was a fun week though! We holed up in Tampa with some other Missionaries and saw lots of miracles there! We came back, got back to work, and our stake went over to help the areas affected by the Hurricane! We couldn't leave our Mission Area, but it sounds like a lot of members went out to help!

In other exciting news, the Sisters in our Mission have been asked to change our wardrobe up a little bit! Due to the mosquitos in the area, and the disease called Zika, Sisters have been asked to wear pants during time spent proselyting. We got our new pants today, and it's certainly been an adventure!

Sorry to keep it short this week, it's been a little ridiculous!

I was just reading in Mosiah, when Alma established the first church in the Book of Mormon (Ancient Americas) and we were talking about the persecution that came with that establishment and the persecution that came with the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830. It is true that there must needs be an opposition in all things, because the response was so similar! People going against the church, seeking to destroy it, many people being converted, the whole works! But through it all, God's love prevails! As long as we keep the faith, we will receive strength to overcome all of life's challenges!

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Glad Tidings of Great Joy!



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So first off, last Monday we had the best day ever! We got together as
a Zone and had a 4 Square Tournament, played some minute to win it
games, and had a super spiritual District Meeting and Zone Testimony
Meeting, it was an awesome gear up for the Conference weekend.

That being said I hope that everyone enjoyed Conference this weekend!
I know I needed a lot of what was said and definitely felt like God
was answering my prayers! I received answers to every question I
brought in with me and I Know that many others did as well! It is such
a wonderful experience to see God answer us!

We had the opportunity to watch the Sunday Sessions as a branch and
actually helped one of our investigators watch it in ASL! It was
literally the most amazing thing to hear Spanish next door, English in
front of us, and see him watching ASL! He got so excited for
everything and wanted to watch it right away, so when we experienced
some technical difficulties, it was pretty funny to see him glare at
us and twiddle his thumbs until we got it up! He puts up with us
though!

I really am full of Joy today just thinking about Gods love for His
children and I couldn't help but attach this meme my wonderful mother
sent me! I think it is super cool because that little orb is like our
message of the gospel, and it causes even the saddest hearts to lift
up in a smile! That is the true power of God.

If I had to pick one talk that was my favorite.... Yikes! Don't do
that to me! They were all great! My favorites though would have to be
"Fourth Floor, Last Door" by President Uchtdorf, also his talk on the
Plan of Salvation, Elder K Brett Nattress from Sunday Afternoon, Elder
Rasband (he is quickly becoming one of my favorites!), Elder Eyring on
Gratitude, and President Nelson on Joy. Wow and that's only a few, I
think I should have just said all of it. Hands down. X) I loved it
all! The Saturday Afternoon session was also really cool! Even though
I am a little jealous of that missionary choir, it was a great
conference!

Okay, I love you all, remember the Joy that this gospel brings! It is
not an accident that when the Angels appear to bear witness of the
coming birth of the savior they say "I bring you glad tidings of great
JOY!"

Love always
Hermanita Jensen (:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Re: "I Will Not Fail Thee, Nor Forsake Thee"

Sorry, my iPad keeps doing this, please respond to "Breanna.jensen@myldsmail.net" and not this email, thanks!

Hermanas Jensen y Greenberg

El sept 19, 2016, a las 1:28 PM, Crystal Lake Florida Tampa Mission <274590010@mormon.org> escribió:

¡Hola mis queridos amigos! Espero que todos de ustedes están bien y que cualquier lugar en que están está tratándoles buenísimos! 


So this week has been great! We have been out working really hard and have had a ton of lessons with Members of the Branch present, so it's been awesome! We also have met some really cool people this week and I am excited to see them progress!


Biggest thing I learned this week is that Taco Bell does not sell real Latino food. We went their with Lioneidis and his mom Idalmis, who are from Cuba, and got the Freezes, strawberry flavor. Well, they did NOT like them. Lioneidis kept saying "Es demasiado ácido!" Which means, it's too sour! It was funny too because they looked at the menu and we're basically like, all of these things are so weird! It was pretty entertaining to sit and talk with them while hearing all of the English conversations around us from people eating. Made me feel like a "peculiar people" for sure.


Life has been different without Hermana Whitlock. It's just different going from 3 to 2 and having one less testimony at the end of a lesson. It always makes me feel like there is something more to be said, when there isn't necessarily. But it has been good for Hermana Greenberg and I to unify a little differently and I think I have gotten to know her a lot better this past week. We just got the transfer list too, so we have 6 more weeks together! I'm pretty stoked to see what we do this transfer because there is still SO much potential out here! Also super stoked to see what Hermana Whitlock does out in Tampa, she is going to change some loves for sure!


I think really the only other super exciting things this week are that we went to the other District's District Meeting (since I'm a Sister Training Leader) and it blew my mind. Seriously, I felt like going to another District would just be lame because I wouldn't know everyone as well, and that the District Leader wouldn't know what I needed to hear, but I forget that he speaks by the Spirit, and the Spirit knows what I need to hear! It was so cool! Everything was very spiritually led and got me super pumped to get out and teach!



I also read a talk this week called, "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" from October 2013 General Conference written by President Thomas S. Monson and I wanted to share this little part from it: 


 "Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:


Good timber does not grow with ease,

             The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length.

The more the storm, the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timbers grow.


Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain, and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change.""


How great the love of God is, that He can call a prophet to receive and relay a message He has for us, even before we needed it. My spirits were lifted as I read the words of this servant of God, and it has helped two other Missionaries that I have shared it with this week. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and servant of our Heavenly Father. He has the ability to receive and relay the message of God to us, His children, no matter what it is that we may be struggling with. God is aware of us, He loves us, and He sends His servants to bless us. We only have need to "come unto him" and let our burdens be swallowed up in Him. I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to hear the words of His servants in the coming weeks! I know that they will lift and inspire us to follow Christ with a greater determination and am so excited to see how their words inspire those I know and love.


Have a wonderful week!


¡Besos y abrazos por mis amigas y saludos a mis amigos! 


Con amor,


Hermanita Jensen


También, vimos a ese serpiente el sábado! 






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"I Will Not Fail Thee, Nor Forsake Thee"

¡Hola mis queridos amigos! Espero que todos de ustedes están bien y que cualquier lugar en que están está tratándoles buenísimos! 


So this week has been great! We have been out working really hard and have had a ton of lessons with Members of the Branch present, so it's been awesome! We also have met some really cool people this week and I am excited to see them progress!


Biggest thing I learned this week is that Taco Bell does not sell real Latino food. We went their with Lioneidis and his mom Idalmis, who are from Cuba, and got the Freezes, strawberry flavor. Well, they did NOT like them. Lioneidis kept saying "Es demasiado ácido!" Which means, it's too sour! It was funny too because they looked at the menu and we're basically like, all of these things are so weird! It was pretty entertaining to sit and talk with them while hearing all of the English conversations around us from people eating. Made me feel like a "peculiar people" for sure.


Life has been different without Hermana Whitlock. It's just different going from 3 to 2 and having one less testimony at the end of a lesson. It always makes me feel like there is something more to be said, when there isn't necessarily. But it has been good for Hermana Greenberg and I to unify a little differently and I think I have gotten to know her a lot better this past week. We just got the transfer list too, so we have 6 more weeks together! I'm pretty stoked to see what we do this transfer because there is still SO much potential out here! Also super stoked to see what Hermana Whitlock does out in Tampa, she is going to change some loves for sure!


I think really the only other super exciting things this week are that we went to the other District's District Meeting (since I'm a Sister Training Leader) and it blew my mind. Seriously, I felt like going to another District would just be lame because I wouldn't know everyone as well, and that the District Leader wouldn't know what I needed to hear, but I forget that he speaks by the Spirit, and the Spirit knows what I need to hear! It was so cool! Everything was very spiritually led and got me super pumped to get out and teach!



I also read a talk this week called, "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" from October 2013 General Conference written by President Thomas S. Monson and I wanted to share this little part from it: 


 "Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:


Good timber does not grow with ease,

             The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length.

The more the storm, the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timbers grow.


Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain, and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change.""


How great the love of God is, that He can call a prophet to receive and relay a message He has for us, even before we needed it. My spirits were lifted as I read the words of this servant of God, and it has helped two other Missionaries that I have shared it with this week. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and servant of our Heavenly Father. He has the ability to receive and relay the message of God to us, His children, no matter what it is that we may be struggling with. God is aware of us, He loves us, and He sends His servants to bless us. We only have need to "come unto him" and let our burdens be swallowed up in Him. I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to hear the words of His servants in the coming weeks! I know that they will lift and inspire us to follow Christ with a greater determination and am so excited to see how their words inspire those I know and love.


Have a wonderful week!


¡Besos y abrazos por mis amigas y saludos a mis amigos! 


Con amor,


Hermanita Jensen


También, vimos a ese serpiente el sábado!