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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!

Fotos:
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).

Love

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





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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
experience:
"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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hallelujah









Hermanita Jensen (: <3

#endHola mis amigos!

This week has been awesome!

Although we started out with some problematic bikes on Monday, by the
end of the week we had conquered every challenge we were faced with
and came out triumphant!

Daniel was confirmed on Sunday morning and it literally brought the
spirit to the meeting and made Sacrament Meeting very special. I had
the opportunity to speak and I wanted to share a few thoughts I shared
on Sunday:

We don't have to wait until Easter Sunday to celebrate the
resurrection and sacrifice of our Savior. Every week, we gather
ourselves in His name to partake of the sacrament, reminding ourselves
of the covenants we have made, and the possibilities available through
repentance. About the sacrament, Jesus Christ taught:
"Take this, and divide it among yourselves. This is my body which is
given for you: this do in remembrance of me. This cup is the new
testament in my blood, which is shed for you" (Luke 22:17-20
As we partake of the sacrament, we have time to reflect upon the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ and upon our baptismal covenant to "take
upon (ourselves) the name of (the) Son, and remember him always and
keep His commandments which He has given (us)" (Doctrine and Covenants
20:77). As we keep this promise, we receive the blessings to "always
have His Spirit to be with (us)" (Doctrine and Covenants 20:77).
To understand better the Sacrifice Jesus offered, I turned to the scriptures...
Isaiah 9:6-7
Luke 2:7
Mark 10:45
Matthew 26:39
Doctrine and Covenants 19:18
Matthew 26:49-50
Matthew 27:1-2
Matthew 27:24-26
Matthew 27:28-30
Matthew 27:50-51
John 16:20&22
Matthew 28:2-6
Doctrine and Covenants 6:37
As I read those scriptures I thought about the humility of Jesus
Christ and how, although he was the Son of God, he was humble enough
to be born in a manger and laid up in a tomb that had to be hewn out
of the stone. It made me think of the scripture in John 14:27 "peace I
leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth,
give I unto you" and about the video the church released. I love the
words. Go watch it again! #PrinceOfPeace

I want to add my witness that Christ lives and that He loves us. He
gives us peace that families are forever, that all wrongs shall be
righted in Him and that we truly have No Need to Fear.

Have a wonderful week and never forget who you are!

Monday, April 3, 2017

#PRINCEofPEACE

Hola mis amigos! 

This week was awesome! We had Conferences on Conferences on Conferences!! 

First off, Zone Conference! Wow. I learned so much and truly saw a vision of who I want to become as a person someday. I have realized that I don't want to just be an "awesome missionary" but someone who invites everyone to learn more about our Savior because of the way they act. Someone who can say "if ye have seen me, ye have seen the Savior" or at least one of His disciples. We sang a song at the beginning of the Confernece, "Brightly Beams the Father's Mercy." It is special to me now. Sister Hunt was with us as we practiced and explained that the lower lights light the way to the Lighthouse, and that if the Lighthouse is Jesus Christ, we are the lower lights. Here are some of my favorite parts, I think you will see why: 

"Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save."

I think about those lines, and about my purpose, as a Daughter of God, to be a light to those around me, so that they can make it safely into the harbor. It is a purpose that each of you has also, as we learned from some of the apostles this weekend at General Conference.

I LOVE General Conference. If you missed a session, go back and watch it, because it is amazing. There were too many things I liked to include in one email, but I want to stress the importance of 3 things I learned:

1. In order to be a true disciple of Christ, we must have integrity and act out of charity.
2. If we fail to follow the spirit, we fail to follow Christ, and therefore cannot invite others to join us and "come, follow (Him)." 
3. We must have a vision of who we want to become, before we set goals or make plans to get there.

This is why understanding God's Plan of Salvation is SO important. Once we understand the plan He has, we understand our place in it and the need to share it with others. The church just released the new Easter Video and it demonstrates the peace we receive from learning of our Savior and the plan our Father has for us, as well as our Saviors crucial part in that plan. Go to Mormon.org and check it out if you haven't already!

I love the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and everything that He has done for us to make it possible to return home. I add my testimony to those borne that He lives, and that because He lives, "all things are possible." 

Love

Hermanita Jensen


Monday, March 27, 2017

Women's Conference

Hola mis amigos!

This week has been awesome! I just love watching General Conference and hearing what our leaders have to say to help inspire us and lift us up! 

Women's Conference was especially fun because we spent the whole week inviting everyone we knew to come and see! I felt like a shepherd during the birth of Jesus Christ or something! We literally just told everyone we knew and met about the wonderful opportunity we would have to hear from the Sisters in Women's Conference and how much it would bless their lives! A woman named Olga and her daughter were able to come and watch and we know it blessed them immensely!

Fun tender mercy during conference was that I saw an old friend performing in the choir! Shout out to miss Rachel Madsen! You looked great, sounded amazing,  and definitely brought the spirit!

I think what stood out the most to me was the need to understand and apply the Doctrine of Jesus Christ in our lives. I know that if we have Faith in our Savior, we can do all things. He has given us the gift of Repentance so that we may overcome our weaknesses, receive forgiveness of our sins, and be worthy to enter into the Father's kingdom again one day. He has shown forth the example of Baptism and has taught us that through that sacred promise we make, we receive a remission of our sins. The Holy Ghost will bring all things to our remembrance and comfort us in our times of trial and heartache. As we do all these things continually, we will be able to endure to the end, or as one of my favorite scriptures says "cheerfully do all things" until we "stand still" and glory in our Father in Heaven. 

I want to add my testimony to those that have been borne, and those that will be given in the upcoming General Conferences, that our Savior lives, He has restored His gospel once again to the Earth and our families can be sealed together for time and all eternity because of that restoration. 

We are gearing up for a special zone conference before General Conference where we will be singing one of my favorite hymns, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." It isn't in our hymnbook, but it's message has always spoken volumes to me.  

"Jesus saught me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God. He to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood."

I hope you all have the chance to check out conference this weekend!

Love you!

Hermanita Jensen



Monday, March 20, 2017

A Week of Wonders

Hola mis Amigos!

This week has been crazy! (But I say that every week)

We had some pretty fun happenings including a baptism and lots of miracles! It has made me so grateful to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and that He is mindful of us. The restoration of His priesthood power to the earth and a prophet who receives inspiration for the world from Him is so comforting. I know God is truly mindful of us and that He truly answers our prayers. 

This week we will have the blessed opportunity to listen to General Women's Conference. A Broadcast from the apostles and the presidency of the Relief Society geared towards women in the church, but that applies to women of all walks of life and all ages. It is one of my favorite times of year because we can receive specific inspiration regarding the next 6 months of our lives. I know I will be going in with a few questions for God, will you? I promise you from personal experience that if you tune in to the broadcast at 8PM EST that God will answer your questions and remind you of the love He has for you. I know that God speaks to His children today and that He loves us more than we can imagine! Don't miss out! 

Here are some pictures from my week!
He was going to the Military Ball at school!


Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Favorite Scriptures:
Doctrine and Covenants 123:11-17

Monday, March 13, 2017

Testiminute


We worked hard that night and after AreaBook decided to erase itself, we decided to work even harder the next day! Sometimes, I wish we just had a paper AreaBook....

Thursday - we planned for our week and then I met with the Stake Presidency! That was cool. The spirit was strong and we came away with a lot of action Items. In between our planning and the meeting, Hermana Gucake and I did our best to talk to everyone and ask for referrals from everyone and it turned out to be the most fun I've ever had being a missionary. It has been our goal to improve and to testify to people about the restoration, and it has been so much more fun doing so.

Friday - MLC Metro... we called in all the Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders, and District Leaders for some Specialized Training on how to find the prepared and we had way too much fun doing it. We role played testifying early and often and did what I think should be called the testiminute. It was cool because I didn't feel awkward testifying of our savior and it was a lot more fun. I felt happier sharing the message than I have before. Hermana Gucake and I have been implementing it this week!



Saturday - We finally got to meet with Daniel Flores! He will be getting baptized this Saturday and we were able to talk to him about the importance of Praying, Reading his scriptures and going to Church. (CPR) It has been cool to see the change he has been through!

Sunday - Back to the Cortez Branch! No one really remembers me besides the Young Women's President, the Branch President, and two other members, but it was fun! I haven't been to a Spanish Sacrament Meeting since January, so it was nice to sing Spanish Hymns again!



All in all, I have learned how fun this work can be again! I was having fun before, but am having even more fun now! It sounds like Karen and Dave are still doing awesome out in Clearwater and like everyone is being taken care of! I love the reminder that Gods work will come to pass! Doctrine and Covenants 3 and 4.

Have a wonderful week!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Hola mis amigos!

So this week has been crazy!

Monday - dropped off Sister Harper in Tampa and went to the YSA FHE
with the YSA Sisters. It was weird being a missionary at a YSA event,
but I survived!

Tuesday - helped Sister Harper get ready to go to the airport!
Craziness. Sister Briggs and Sister Minson and Sister Henderson all
got in the car to leave. I have known all of them since my first day
in the Mission!

Wednesday - transfer day. We all met up and I was sent off to Cortez
with Hermana Gucake!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pictures from the last few Weeks!



Sisters Specialized Training Meeting! Such a spiritual experience and so fun to see other sisters in the mission!


Zone Conference! Truly a blessing! I love it when Missionaries counsel together with the spirit as their companion. Most memorable part:
We are looking at a five story building that has collapsed. The top three stories are still intact, but the bottom two have been reduced to dust. We are talking about what it means and a missionary says, "It is interesting that the Building had 5 stories, like the Gospel of Jesus Christ has five parts (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end). If we focus too much on Baptism and up, our building will collapse because it is not built on a sure foundation. We must first have a solid testimony of our savior that leads us to repent, and then be baptized in order for our building to remain intact when the storms come."
It is so true. I know that as our faith in Christ becomes our foundation, we cannot fall. Helaman 5:12

Anyone remember Luis?


Well he just got baptized on Saturday!


He has truly acted on his Faith in Jesus Christ, repented and now has entered at the gate which leads to life eternal. This truly was one of the most special days of my mission. It has reminded me of the impact I have had on those I have been able to serve and the impact they have had on me. I am so grateful I have had this time to serve the Lord and that he has shaped me into who I am today.
(can someone send his picture to Sisters Phillips, Torres, Takaki, and any other sisters that have worked with him?)

In other news, some of you may remember some of the people I knew back in Tampa!


The Marreros went through the Temple together! One step closer to being an eternal family.



Jennifer had her baby Sebastian.

This week has just been amazing.

We started teaching our neighbor Karen, and I am so excited for you all to get to know her as she progresses towards baptism! She has such a strong foundation of faith already and we are so excited to help her build upon it!

I love you all!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Hola mis amigos!

Another crazy few weeks!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Still Clear in Clearwater



The training was awesome and I am excited to apply it to my own Missionary Work!

Also, we visited someone on Tuesday that has their own beach as their backyard!



I love the view in Florida!

We are working with a Part Member family and we visited them for dinner and a lesson on Tuesday last week. I would say they experienced a "change of heart." We chatted during dinner about our lives, getting to know each other, and then we sat down for our lesson. We talked about the Book of Mormon and inquired about how his reading had been. He told us that he read 1 Nephi 1, but felt that he didn't put enough thought into it as he read, because he didn't get very much out of it. He said that he saw some similarities between it and his life, but that he felt something was missing. We told him that it was amazing he had read and that he could connect it to his life, we testified that if he started with a prayer and had a question in his heart, he would receive that missing piece. The answers to his questions. We testified of the importance and the power of the Book of Mormon and then we turned the time over to Jeffrey R Holland by playing his testimony if the Book of Mormon. After the video, there was a powerful spirit in the room. We testified again that the Book of Mormon had passed through trials and tribulations to get to his hands and that if he turned to God in earnest prayer, he would receive his answer. At that point, we started talking a little more about his questions, about the sealing power and having his family with him forever, and he reached across his son to hold his wife's hand. That was what really struck me. He loves her so much and wants so badly for his family to be eternal, it was visible in his countenance and in his mannerisms that he is more concerned with the temple than the font. We said a kneeling prayer, he offered it. There was a hush in the room as he started and began to pour out his heart to God. He expressed the love he has for his family and his desire to be with them forever. He pleaded for wisdom and guidance and promised he would do his best to search for it. At the end of his prayer we were all teary eyed a choked up. Sister Harper turned to him, while we were still kneeling and asked him to be baptized in March. He said yes. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. They came to church on Sunday and he came to the Gospel Principles class. Normally he just goes to Gospel Doctrine. We will be meeting with them tomorrow and set the stage for an eternal families and Temples lesson this Saturday. I can't wait to see this family sealed! (:

I read a scripture this week in Romans 8:18,38-39 that really helped me feel uplifted! Go check it out!
Also, the Mormon Message "My New Life" is absolutely amazing! I think that moms are some of the strongest people I know, especially my own mom who had a birthday this week! Happy Birthday! 🎂I hope it was great and that you did something special! If you all could do me a favor and give my mom a hug in my behalf sometime when you see her this week, it would be much appreciated! Her birthday was on the 9th, but between then and Valentines Day tomorrow, I'm sure someone will get around to showing her the love I have for her!

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Some pictures from our day at the beach today!





video



Hola mis amigos!

This Tuesday, we had an awesome training about how to become better
missionaries and how to increase the level of missionary work in the
Ward. It was some good time for self reflection and I am hoping to
overcome my own weaknesses and let them become strengths in the Lord
(thank you Ether 12:27!)

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Year in the Life

Hola mi familia y amigos!

So first off, Feb 3rd marked my one year! 
Primero, ¡el 3 de Febrero marco mi primer año en el campo Misional!
We got ice cream to celebrate the special occasion, and then I got Emergency Transferred to the Clearwater Ward in Dunedin Florida. Let me explain...
Obtuvimos helado para celebrar la ocasión especial, y entonces fui traslado de emergencia al barrio de Clearwater en Dunedin Florida. Déjenme explicar...

So the Hermanas and I were having a wonderful time in Cortez, speaking Spanish and doing our thing...
Las hermanas y yo estábamos teniendo divertido en Cortez, hablando español y haciendo cosas...

When we got the call that God had other plans in store... President called us Thursday and asked me to get ready for a curveball. He said that an English sister was suffering from some medical conditions and needed to get better treatment at home, so I would be needed in Clearwater the next day, speaking English. It was interesting because I felt completely at peace with that decision and I knew as soon as the words were out of his mouth that that was where God needed me. We finished out our day Thursday and Friday we headed out to Tampa to meet up with my new companion, Sister Harper. 
Cuando recibimos la llamada que Dios tenía otros planes en mente... el presidente Cooper nos llamó el jueves y me pidió para estar lista por una curva. Él me dijo que una hermana misionera de ingles tenía problemas médicos y necesitaba recibir mejor ayuda en casa, y me necesitaba en Clearwater el próximo día, hablando inglés. Fue interesante porque me sentí mucha paz con la decisión y sabía yo cuando él habló que Clearwater era donde Dios me necesitaba. Terminamos nuestro día el jueves y el viernes fuimos por Tampa para reunirnos con mi nueva compañera, hermana Harper.

Before we left, I got a card from home! Such a miracle and what a blessing! My mom shared some scriptures that helped me feel, once again, peace about the new change and that as I looked to God, He would strengthen me. My favorite was in 1 Nephi 17:3 and my companion later pointed out verse 13 as well:
"3 And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness.
13 And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led."
Antes de salir, ¡recibí una carta de mi casa! Un milagro y bendición de verdad. Mi mamá me compartió algunas escrituras que me ayudaron, otra vez, sentir paz sobre el nuevo camino y que si confiara en el Señor, Él me fortalecería. Mi favorita era en 1 Nefi 17:3, y mi compañera más tarde añadió el versículo 13 también:
"3 Y así vemos que los mandamientos de Dios se deben cumplir. Y si los hijos de los hombres guardan los mandamientos de Dios, él los alimenta y los fortifica, y provee los medios por los cuales pueden cumplir lo que les ha mandado; por tanto, él nos proporcionó lo necesario mientras permanecimos en el desierto.
13 y también seré vuestra luz en el desierto; y prepararé el camino delante de vosotros, si es que guardáis mis mandamientos. Por lo tanto, al grado que guardéis mis mandamientos, seréis conducidos hacia la tierra prometida; y sabréis que yo soy el que os conduce."

Since being here I have indeed seen that God is guiding me and that it is part of His Plan that I be here. The Ward is amazing and have welcomed me, the Bishop is awesome and has such a fire to do Missionary Work, already so many people have offered to come out with us or wanted to teach their friends about the joy the gospel has given them, and it is wonderful. 
Desde llegar aquí yo he visto que Dios está guiándome y que es parte de Su plan que estoy aquí. El bario es maravilloso y me han dado bienvenido, el obispo es muy bien y tiene un fuego para hacer la obra misional, ya muchas personas han ofrecido salir con nosotras y enseñar a sus amigos sobre el gozo que han recibido del Evangelio, y es maravilloso. 

My biggest miracle this week though, was finally meeting the Munk family...
El milagro más grande esta semana, era conocer a la familia Munk...

One year and 5 days ago, I stood in my living room as members from my ward and family friends came to see me off to Florida. Everyone was congratulating me, wishing me luck and it was inspiring. One Sister, however, saw the potential blessing from God that had been sent by my call to the Florida Tampa Mission. She expressed that she had a brother living in Dunedin Florida, which happened to be in the boundaries of the Mission. She gave me a card and asked me to deliver it to the family with a Book of Mormon and that special Missionary Spirit, if I ever served in the area. On Saturday, we were trying to find someone to visit and Sister Harper pointed out an address to me. I realized that I am IN DUNEDIN. I told her that I knew someone here and needed to visit them, but that I couldn't remember the name or address because I had sent off the information nearly a year ago thinking that I would never serve in an English ward. She started searching through the members that lived in Dunedin and within 10 minutes we had located Andrew Munk, brother of this wonderful Sister back in Oregon. We payed them a visit that night and met his wife, Sarah. We are going to go back next week, because Andrew and his daughter have birthdays this week. God is so good. His timing is so perfect, and I am so excited to see where this miracle takes us. I know I am here for a reason, probably a few reasons, and I am so grateful that the Lord has a perfect plan and that I have the privilege to be apart of it. 
Hace un año y 5 días, yo me puso en pie en mi casa mientras que miembros de mi barrio y mis amigos me rodearon para enviarme a la florida. Todos estaban dando me felicidades y esperándome suerte y fui inspirada. Una hermana vio la bendición potencial De Dios que ha sido enviado por mi llamamiento a la misión de florida Tampa. Me dijo que tenía un hermano que vivía en Dunedin FL, que estaba en el area de la misión. Me dio una carta para dar a él si me encontrara allá. El sábado, estábamos buscando algo para hacer y la hermana Harper me dijo que estábamos en Dunedin. Le dije que yo conocía alguien que vivía aquí, pero no sabía el nombre ni la dirección. En 10 minutos ella me ayudó encontrar la dirección y fuimos para visitarles. Conocimos a la esposa, Sarah y vamos a pasar otra vez en una semana. Realmente es una bendición. Dios es lo mejor, su plan y su tiempo son perfecto, y estoy agradecida de ser parte de su plan.

Hermanita Jensen (: <3

Monday, January 30, 2017

Miracles

¡Hola mis amigos!
Hey friends!

No sé dónde empezar, este última semana ha sido un milagro de verdad. Primero, recibimos la llamada de traslados, y averiguamos que ambas de la hermana Greenberg y yo tuvimos que salir. Fue triste, pero recibimos buenos nuevos también. Entonces, dije adiós a muchos queridos amigos en Lakeland:
I don't know where to start, this last week has honestly been a miracle. First, we received the transfer call and found out that both Hermana Greenberg and I had to leave. It was sad, but we also received some good news. So, I said goodbye to a lot of good friends in Lakeland:


Y tuvimos una reunión mundial para la misión! (Este era los buenos nuevos)
And we had a Worldwide Mission Reunion! (That was the good news) 
Nos encontramos con las otras hermanas misioneras en la misión: hermana Smith, hermana Chávez, hermana Gucake, hermana Anderson, hermana Greenberg, hermana Whitlock, y yo! Tuvimos un poco divertido cambiando cosas entre carros después de la reunión. 
We found ourselves with the other Spanish Sister Missionaries in the Mission. We had some fun changing everything around between our cars after the meeting. 

De verdad, ¡la reunión era lo mejor! Hablamos sobre la importancia de seguir la doctrina de Cristo y bautizar a los que realmente se han arrepentido. Yo recibí mucha inspiración en cómo debo hacer la Obra aquí y estoy aplicándola. 
The meeting was the best! We talked about the importance of following the Doctrine of Christ and baptizing those who really have repented. I received a lot of inspiration in how to do the Work here and I am applying it.

Entonces, ¡el miércoles empezamos de trabajar juntas! 
So, Wednesday we started working together! (Otros buenos nuevos)

Y cada día hemos visto milagros. Realmente no tengo espacio ni tiempo para escribir sobre todos, pero lo mejor probablemente era anoche. Hablamos con alguien que nos dijo que no quería ser bautizado hasta que se haya arrepentido de sus pescados y estuviera listo de empezar su vida nuevamente en Cristo. Lo invitamos a seguir el ejemplo de Jesucristo y dejar sus pecados atrás, y la aceptó. Vamos a reunirnos con él otra vez hoy. He sido escribiendo mucho en mi diario recientemente y estoy agradecida que tengo tiempo para hacerlo, porque sin la habilidad de escribir, perderé muchas memorias. 
And everyday we have seen miracles. Honestly, I don't have time or space to write about everything, but the best thing was probably last night. We talked to someone that told us they didn't want to be baptized until they had repented of all their sins and were ready to start their life anew in Christ. We invited him to follow the example of Jesus Christ and leave his sins behind, and he accepted. We are going to meet with him again today. I have been writing a lot in my journal recently and I am grateful that I have time to do so, because without the ability to write, I would lose a lot of memories.

Algunos discursos y escrituras:
"It is a Privelege" Liahona Oct 1988, A. Lynn Scoresby
1 Nefi 3
"Safety for the Soul" por elder Jeffrey R Holland en la Liahona de Oct 2013

También, ¡las hermanas tienen más música de Nashville Tribute Band! Estamos escuchando su álbum "Redeemer" ahora. (: 
Also, the Hermanas have more Nashville Tribute Band CDs! We are listening to Redeemer right now. (:

Espero que tengan una semana feliz! 

Hermanita Jensen

PS
This work is the best thing in the whole world! I would not trade the experiences I am having for anything in the whole world! 
¡Este Obra es lo mejor en el mundo entero! ¡No intercambiaría las experiencias que estoy teniendo por ninguna cosa en este mundo!