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!


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
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!! (:

 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 

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