Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Peace the Gospel Brings


I hope everyone is doing good! Sometimes life can get stressful and it is tough, but if I've learned anything this week, it's that the Gospel brings true peace to our stressful lives. 

Coming home from a mission is hard. You go from focusing on everyone else to focusing on yourself pretty fast, and it's a hard limbo to break. I didn't think I would get sucked into normal life so quick, but this last week has been a struggle. Midterms, assignments, work and dating can be super stressful, enjoy this time while you have it! Yesterday I was feeling especially anxious, and it brought me to my breaking point. I was kneeling at the foot of my bed, trying to get a grip on my feelings, when my roommate walked in crying. I was able to leave my pain and fears behind to comfort her, and she in turn comforted me. We went out for cheesecake and just helped eachother. It wasn't until today at church that I truly realized how amazing God is. 

It's hard not having a companion. There isn't anyone by my side 24/7 like there used to be. I don't have someone that I can just call up whenever I want and talk to about my problems. I don't have just one person to share my memories with, and it can be really sad at times. There are days when I feel like I have no one. But I've realized that's simply not true. God blessed me with 5 amazing roommates who care about me enough to drop everything and help me out, whenever I need it. They love me unconditionally and are willing to sacrifice their time to help me. We have each served each other in small ways this week and it has helped our whole apartment to feel so much peace and love at home. 

This was shared in church today:

¶ Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:10

My challenge to each of you this week is to reach out to your companion, members of your District, or members of your Zone that might need a pick me up. Serve them. Reach out to members of the ward, investigators, and those around you. Pray for eyes to see and to be intune with the Spirit enough to know how to help. Then just do it. I know that as you do so, God will bless you with opportunities to serve those around you. 

I hope this finds you well! Have a wonderful week!


Some pictures from the past few weeks!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Hola mis amigos! 

I just thought I would share this with you all this week. It will be short and simple, but hopefully inspire each of you to keep going out and sharing the glad news of the Gospel!!! 


"I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit's power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made -- I'm a disciple of his. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals."

"I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power."

"My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifices, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity."

"I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me ... my banner will be clear."

I love this, especially coupled with Mosiah 4:12-18

Your feet are beautiful! Keep walking with faith!!!


Breanna Jensen

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pictures and Highlights!

Hola mis amigos!

Sorry I haven't written in awhile, life has gotten too busy, but after some healthy chastisement from Elder Bednar, I am remembering why I am running and redirecting myself! 

So it's been crazy! But it's been great! 

I've had quizzes and exams and papers do and man is getting back into College HARD, but I have made so many new wonderful memories that it is worth all the struggle.

I think the two biggest highlights were sending my little Sister off to the MTC and going to a session of Conference for the first time! It was truly a miracle to see my Sister off. It is literally something we have been praying for since we were Junior/Sophomore in High School and I know she is going to be an amazing missionary!

She is heading to the Pocatello Idaho Mission and will be speaking English (as far as we know... ;) She is going to do so great. She got to spend the day with me before leaving, so we did what any Returned Missionary would do with a Future Missionary little sister in tow- we went swimming! Just kidding! We went to a lesson with the missionaries in my ward!!! Austin is getting baptized next month and even went to Conference this weekend!!! How cool is that?! Life is so awesome. 

Also Conference was amazing. I haven't been able to watch all the sessions yet, I had to work during 3/4 general sessions, but I listened to 1 while I was at work (no one was in the store) and watched the Priesthood session with friends. So that was new (: 

So here are some of my favorites from Conference: 
-Nothing should be more precious to us than the additional knowledge of the Savior offered through the Book of Mormon. 
-President Cooper told me to "Run as fast as you can, and when you see someone keeping up to introduce myself." I haven't been running as fast as I can, so I need to stretch out and start running. (Also literally I need to be better at that.) 
-"daily immerse yoursef in the Book of Mormon." I love that word, immerse. Like can you imagine actually immersing yourself in the Book of Mormon?? 
-After writing down the question, "how will I be the most happy?" Jean B Bingham gave an AMAZING talk about how to receive TRUE joy. It was literally heaven sent. I need to do the "small and simple things" and then trust the Lord to make up the rest! It's that simple.  
-"We are a living miracle." 
-Don't run so fast that you forget where you are running and why. (I think this is kind of what happened, I was running fast, but in the wrong direction). 
-Doctrine and Covenants 82:10 
-Look Beyond What You See. 
-Doctrine and Covenants 6:36 

I love that we have a living prophet and that he receives counsel for the whole world. I know that the day of miracles has not ceased and that you serving missions are on the front lines of seeing those miracles. Keep the faith, trust He who created you and called you to this work, and look out for the miracles! 

Love you all!

Breanna Jensen

Monday, September 4, 2017

Provo or Bust

Hola mis amigos!

Wow this week has been awesome! 

I have been studying from the Book of Mormon and it is just such a manifestation that God loves us so much! As I studied about the Gospel and the simpicity of it, I was directed to the first few (but very important) pages of Preach My Gospel. I loved loved loved this quote this week and decided to make a picture out of it. It seriously is so true (: 

I bore my testimony in church yesterday, but I want to bear it to you all today also. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and has a specific plan for us. He will never let us go down a path too far before having us turn around. He knows what is best for us and what will help us grow. I promise you all that as you continue to come to know the Savior Jesus Christ, your heart will be open more fully to the Spirit of the Lord, and you will feel the lord work through you. There are people waiting for your message, and it is your "imperative duty" to proclaim the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 123).

This is a short story I would like to share that was shared during Gospel Doctrine yesterday...

"A story is told of a group of smoke jumpers. These brave men and women fight forest fires by parachuting onto the ground above a fire and fighting it from the top down, while others fight it from below.

During one particularly large forest fire, an elite team of smoke jumpers assembled for a briefing before taking off in their airplane. The dispatcher—a wise and experienced firefighter—told the smoke jumpers that things were very volatile and that he could not give them precise instructions. Rather, the dispatcher instructed, the smoke jumpers should contact him by radio once they had parachuted onto the ridge above the fire. Then he would give them instructions as to the course they should take to begin to fight.

Quickly the smoke jumpers took off in their plane, parachuted onto the ridge above the raging fire, and assembled themselves for action. As they viewed the fire from above, they could see half a dozen possible paths they could take to begin their work.

In keeping with their agreement with the dispatcher, the leader of the team took out a handheld radio, found the proper frequency, and called the dispatcher to request instructions as to which path to take. But only static came back from the radio; they could not hear the dispatcher at all.

Presuming that the dispatcher was busy with other tasks, the smoke jumpers decided to wait 10 minutes and try again. But when they tried the dispatcher the second time, they received the same result—dead air and static and no instructions.

The smoke jumpers conferred with each other. They could still see several paths down the mountain that would put them in a good position to fight the fire. But they were concerned that they didn't have any direction from the dispatcher. They worried that if they started moving down the path that looked best to them, they might actually be moving counter to the course the dispatcher wanted them to take and they would be forced to retrace their steps.

So they decided to wait on top of the ridge. Fifteen minutes later they tried the dispatcher again. Nothing. They took off their backpacks and found a place to sit down. Thirty minutes became an hour; an hour became two hours. They regularly tried to contact the dispatcher. But as before, they received only static in return.

The smoke jumpers decided to eat lunch. After that, when they still couldn't contact the dispatcher, they reclined on their backpacks and took a nap. They were frustrated. If the dispatcher would just pay some attention to them and tell them which way to go, they would happily follow that course and begin their firefighting efforts. But the dispatcher seemed to be ignoring them, probably preoccupied with others. And they had decided that they weren't going to move without the dispatcher's directions. After all, those directions had been promised to them before they parachuted onto the ridge.

Seven hours after the smoke jumpers arrived at the top of the ridge, a weary crew chief from the group fighting the fire farther down the mountain came up the trail and found the smoke jumpers. He was flabbergasted. Approaching their leader, he asked, "What are you doing lounging around on the ridge? We really needed your help. The fire almost got away from us because we didn't have help to contain it. And all this time you've just been relaxing up here on the ridge?"

The lead smoke jumper explained their predicament to the crew chief. They had been promised instructions from the dispatcher. They had been vigilant in trying to obtain those instructions. But the dispatcher had ignored them, never responding to their calls. True, they could see several paths down to the fire. But they were afraid they would take the wrong one. So they decided to wait until they had the promised instructions from the dispatcher.

The crew chief held out his hand and took the small radio the smoke jumpers had been using. He then walked about 50 yards (45 m) down one of the paths that led toward the fire. He stopped and tried the radio. The dispatcher's voice came through loud and clear. The crew chief then walked back to the top of the ridge and traveled about 50 yards (45 m) farther down another path. He stopped and called the dispatcher. Again the dispatcher's voice came back immediately.

The crew chief hiked back to the smoke jumpers and tossed the radio to the leader, saying, "You are in a dead spot. All you had to do was start moving down one of the trails, and the dispatcher could have easily given you course corrections and brought you right into the spot where we needed you. Instead you lounged up here, and you were totally worthless to us."

This analogy really hit me hard because I find myself in the same predicament all the time, feeling like I am getting no signal or direction and afraid to start moving forward. However, it is true, and I know each of you knows it is true, that God has a plan for us and will not let us travel too far down an incorrect path before telling us to turn around. After all, U-turns are legal in Florida!

I hope everyone sees lots of miracles this week!

Updates on me:

On Tuesday morning I packed up and left for Provo Utah! You're allowed to take a little more than 2 suitcases and a carry on when you travel by car, so that was nice! (:

First time seeing the new Provo City Center Temple in person! 
Saw some old friends on campus on Thursday! It is crazy how many people are here this year!

On Friday morning, I went to the Provo City Center Temple for the first time! It is so gorgeous there. The spirit was just so strong and the symbolism as always astounds me. It is such a beautiful thing to know that God has created a place for His children to be sealed together in families for time and all eternity. Remember the role you have to play in the scheme of that plan! You are creating Forever Families! (: 

I hope all is well in Florida! 


Breanna Jensen

Monday, August 28, 2017

Chapter 2

Mis queridos misioneros!

It is so strange to be home! It is fun, new, and different, but also totally strange. However, the Lord continues to bless His returned missionaries. 

I was reading in Alma chapter 15 verses 16 and 18 the first full day back, and it really helped me!

"16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;
18 Now as I said, Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek and came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthenedhim in the Lord."

I love this! We are giving up everything, money, college, friends, family, all our precious things for the word of God. And the Lord doesn't leave us alone. He sends people to us, like Alma, to take us in and strengthen us. I know he will continually strengthen you as you continue to serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength!

I was also reading on Friday in Alma 17 verses 2-5, 9-10 

"And now it came to pass that as Alma was journeying from the land of Gideon southward, away to the land of Manti, behold, to his astonishment, he met with the sons of Mosiah journeying towards the land of Zarahemla.

Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.

But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.

And they had been teaching the word of God for the space of fourteen years among the Lamanites, having had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, by the power of their words many were brought before the altar of God, to call on his name and confess their sins before him.

Now these are the circumstances which attended them in their journeyings, for they had many afflictions; they did suffer much, both in body and in mind, such as hunger, thirst and fatigue, and also much labor in the spirit.

And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and prayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.

10 And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted."

I loved these verses because they comfort us in knowing that Alma and his brethren didn't have it easy either, that for them it was hard. They suffered much, but that they were comforted in their times of need. The Lord was there for them, and he will be and is there for each of us. I know that as you give yourselves to much fasting and prayer, you will be made instruments in the hands of the Lord in bringing about His work. Keep working hard!

Updates on home life:

I made it safely home after a short delay when our captain didn't show up! A different pilot hopped aboard and we took off. It was a long flight, so I got to talk to the men sitting next to me all about the last 18 months of my life. No Book of Mormon given, but a lot of interest peaked. I think he will remember that plane ride and I hope he will remember the things I told him. 

These two were probably the most excited to see me!

Aubrilyn will be heading out for her mission in Pocatello Idaho on September 27, 2017. I am so grateful to be passing the baton off to her!

Just some adventures from the week:

Temple Trip!
On Thursday I went to the Temple with some friends and with my Sister! It was phenomonal and definitely the best place to be that day. I was able to go through in Spanish and it brought me so much comfort and peace. 
​Church on Sunday!
It was definitely weird being in an English congregation again, but I was able to attend church in Spanish as well and actually spoke in the Spanish Congregation! 
​Ivy's Baptism!!!
By far the best day of the week! Ivy was baptized and confirmed! :D I got to listen in on her baptism by telephone and it was such a blessing! It was a bit choppy and I couldn't understand everything that was happening, but it was so good to hear the familiar voices of the members and even the missionaries as they took part in this special day with Ivy. 

The miracles don't stop when the tag comes off! Have a wonderful miracle filled week!!


Hermana Breanna Jensen

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!)