Sunday, June 26, 2016

Week 56-June 20, 2016

Week 56-June 20, 2016
Hey mom and Ash and kids! I dont have a lot of time to email this week cause thing went long and now we want to stop by someone tonight before we go home so Ill be breif but thanks so much for the emails again. 

ipswich is great, colchester is just such a great ward. i love the families here! and I love Elder Burgess already. He is such a good man and a fantastic missionary. i miss Elder Withers but I'll see him often and we'll continue to be friends for our whole lives. Elder Burgess is a convert of about 2 years and the only member of his family and has such a strong testimony. I have a lot to learn from him. Elder Chronister trained him right after he trained me so i know him well already! 

love you all tons! have a fantastic week. thanks again for the emails. yall are da best.

Elder Jensen

Final hours together... As named by the ward, "the dream team" 

The Grieg family and the Rowes! 

Elder chronister on his final day. Met his parents! Love this guy so much. He's back in Arizona now.

A bad quality pic but that's in the Hyde park chapel.. Elder Wihers and I are the two in the middle of the second to front row. He's in a grey suit and I'm to his right in my dark blue suit. Notice the apostle on the stand on the far right... Pretty cool.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Week 55-June 14, 2016

Week 55-June 14, 2016
The Dream Team's new Chapter
aaaaaaaand another transfer gone! just like that. 

This past week on tuesday like i told you Elder OAKS came and spoke to us. it was so cool to meet him and shake his hand and then hear him speak to us live. Funny story, Elder Withers and I were seated somewhere in the back back back of the chapel and then the APs had us stand with them to ask us a question and then a couples missionary came and asked if we wanted to sit in the second row cause there were 2 spots open and we were like "sure!" and they moved us to sit in the middle of the row in the middle pew in the second row just 6 feet or so from the pulpit, which was really neat.. so keep paying your tithing guys! im getting blessings from it! it was awesome. he taught us about teaching repentance as the goal of missionary work.. not baptisms. in the book of mormon apparently it always says missionaries taught repentance and then occasionally it also mentions that they baptised people. It should be the natural product if done right. great conference and it was so good to see so many people again. 

Then Elder Chronister came back to Colchester with us for an exchange and it was great. I'll see him once more at transfers and meet his parents most likely cause theyll be here to pick him up but then away he goes. so crazy how the time flies. this time last year was my 3rd day with him and my 3rd day in the mission feild.

friday we had an exchange with the chelmsford elders and i was with elder Sailsbury. we taught a woman named Maya who is about 19/20 ish and it was an amazing lesson. i was just blown away by how much my own testimony grew and was strengthened as we taught her the and promised her blessings that come from living the gospel. she understood everything so well- she knew exactly what "real intent" meant and said she was scared cause she didnt think she would get an answer about the BOM cause she didnt know if she was willing to change her lifestyle. she then asked about some of the commandments so we taught her and she told us how her peers have questioned her for meeting with us and how shed be afraid to lose her friends. Man, i was so glad i could promise her that her friends would respect her even more and love her for choosing to follow Christ and live his gospel because i had been the recipient of those same blessings. shoutout to my homies back home in A-town.. we havent taught her again since but hopefully we will see her soon! 

we also tuaght a guy named james this week. idk if you'll remember back to this but a kid joined our convo in mcdonalds a couple weeks back while we were trying to teach our other investigator. that was james! i met him in town again and we set up an appt and taught him last week. he's got a crazy life story..he came to church! during sacrament meeting he was on his phone and then without saying anything to him he decided he felt bad for being on his phone distracted so he turned it off and handed it to me. he did that a few more times throughout the 3 hours.. it was funny. he s 19 and homeless with 2 kids from different mothers but had a very difficult upbringing. So i love him and feel for him and we'll try to help him but ultimately its the Lord who can help him if he's willing to let Him. 

Saturday we went to a baptism in chelmsford of a man named Jose from Spain. it was a beautiful service. I especially loved seeing him be baptised and look so happy as he came out of the water. he was a heavy smoker before he met the sisters and loves the book of mormon and has a powerful testimony already. on the way home, elder withers and i freestyled (rapped) for about 15 minutes straight while driving back on the highway. we spit some mad game for a couple of white boys!

So the big news..... Transfers. 

Elder Withers is leaving! and Ill be staying. I am going to miss him dearly- it has been a blur being companions and I have absolutely loved it. He's such a great guy and an incredible leader and missionary and person- I love him and im so grateful for the Lord putting us together in this mission and this area so we could form this friendship. i know it will be a lifelong one. im super excited for his new area though! he's going into London to be in the north part of London with a really cool companion and they will have a great time there. London is awesome- im glad he's going to get a chance to serve there! 

My new companion will be ELder Burgess from (if i remember right) Bristol! which is in England! just west of London a ways. He was Elder Chronister's trainee right after he finished training me! So i know him quite well and already love the guy. He's great and im excited to be his companion! it'll be his first time being a zone leader so i get to show him the ropes. or try at least.. i still dont know what im doing most of the time so pray for him!! lol but really.. it wouldnt be wasted. hahahaha. 

love you all so much!!! This will be a big change and a chance to learn and grow more just like every transfer is. I am so happy to hear about all the exciting stuff you are all up to, and WOW i cant believe its almost summer vacation!!!!!! loved all the pictures and i am always praying for each of you!

God lives and is our Father- and Jesus is His Son and the way we can get back to our Father in Heaven one day. I am so grateful for His gospel and for the restoration! it is a great blessing and privilege to know these important truths.

Elder Jensen
p.s. ill send pics from my iPad!

After exchange on Wednesday.. Probably second to last time seeing him before he's off!

Elder Salisbury snapped a pic of his pie and accidentally got me in it.. The important thing was that pie. Mmmmm... So delicious. Made by sister Randall 

Chillin in our Toyota before football on Saturday morning munchin on some digestives. Heck yea


Dream Team

The wonderful Bueno family! From Brazil. Two of their sons weren't in the pic.. Love this family!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Week 54-June 6, 2016

Week 54-June 6, 2016

Dead Squirrels and Big Meetings

things are great! transfer is almost over. colchester is a great ward.

driving to Zone Meeting with the Sister Training Leader's in the backseat, we were on the phone with our Assistant (elder chronister) and i see a tiny little squirrel on the road inbetween the two lanes and we all go silent for a moment and watch as it starts to move and runs right into our lane and then the car goes *thump* .... the AP just keeps talking and we all just sit in shock with our mouths completely open. the convo goes on and then ends and the AP never even knew that an innocent life had just been extinguished. R.I.P. squirrel. Im sorry. there was nothing i could do!

we had ZOne meeting and Mission Leadership Council this week so we were on the road a lot this week. We woke up at 4 on thursday for MLC cause london traffic is crazy.. and we cant take a train cause we have to load up the car with loads of supplies like BOM's and pamphlets for our zone. MLC was great. it was Elder Chronister's last and during his departing testimony i felt so much love and gratitude for the friendship we made while serving together and then continuing to serve together in different ways throughout the past year. He goes home next week! Missions are life changing and hearing his testimony and his conviction and gratitude for the way his life has been changed was really cool. I hope i undergo the change i need to as well.

It passed our year mark so Elder WIthers can't drive on his american license anymore so i do all the driving btw. i love driving.. especially through the English rolling green hills.

We had a great zone meeting and it went well. I love our zone so much- each of the missionaries too! i just love getting to see them in person, since its such a geographically large zone and we dont get to see them often. its amazing to see them grow as individuals as well! we talked a lot about our calling and the divine method of revelation by which we receive our callings. i felt the spirit really strongly during a role-play we did while elder withers testified to me that he is an authorized reppresentative of Jesus Christ. He speaks with power- what a great companion to have. we are not looking forward to transfers next week.he has taught me so much and we have grown so close. 

we met a lot of really interesting people this week. in clacton, (another missionaries area) me and elder nelson met a kid who liked rapping so i beatboxed and he rapped about our shoes and about Jesus Christ and eventually we found out he had just lost his whole family and he actually lives in colchester so we got his number and hopefully we will see him soon. Then right after, I saw a guy we taught once or twice named Chris! he had moved to clacton and then we lost contact with him about 2 months ago and i just said "Chris!!!" and he looked up and it was the craziest thing seeing him all the way in clacton. turns out he got a place there and the elders in that area then taught him the next day and hopefully he will start to progress! while me and elder withers were tracting we met some interesting people too. some funny small buddhist man invited us in and started telling us how crazy religion is and how pointless it is and the damage it does to create lines between people and then we asked him if he believed in god and he said no because he is a scientist. thats my favorite thing to hear- that or the typical "i dont believe in god, i believe in science" . i just love hearing those things cause i think of Dad. anyways we eventually left but it was really fun to talk to him breifly.

Love you all!!! CONGRATS LYDIA! you'll be a great president of Chanteurs. You deserve it!!! and thanks to the rest of you for your updates this week! 

elder Jensen

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Week 53-May 30, 2016

Week 53-May 30, 2016

Over the Hump and through the woods

I have about 20 minutes to email cause we had tons of stuff we had to do today and its been nuts but I most of all just have two big announcements:

Marcel got baptised saturday 


Thank you for the hump day package!!!

It was literally so much fun opening the package. I think i just feel so connected to you guys when you send me letters or something in the mail- i love it! shoutout to whoever made those delicious square things in the ziploc bag- i ate almost all of them today and gave some to the sisters in the ward cause elder withers is on a diet and they loved them as well.

too many things happened this week to explain but thanks also for the skit ideas!!!!! they really helped. turns out we did something one of the sisters knew how to do which was cut out two holes in  a sheet to stick faces through and arm holes and one of the sets of sisters put their faces through and the other set stood right behind them and put their arms through and elder withers and i walked through a day in our lives as missionaries (funny things like working out and shaving and driving and throwing pass along cards and stopping people in town center etc.) while the sisters had to act it out. so it was hilarious because for instance the shaving bit we pulled out my shaving cream and put it into the one set of sisters hands and they without being able to see rubbed it on the other set of sisters faces. classic talent show skit. it was a big hit. elder withers is a funny guy and the sisters did such a good job hamming it up. 

just to update you on how it feels to be over the mark: it's pretty meaningless to me at this point but the few days leading up to it had me thinking a lot and it felt really weird. being elder wither's year mark as well we naturally talked a lot about it all week and eventually i just decided i didnt want it to be a distraction and now that its passed its really out of my mind. i realized how long but how quickly the past year has gone. times have sometimes flown by but other times were so painfully slow and to think i have another year is good and inspiring also because i want to do so much more this year and leave it all on the court as they say.

this week we will have MLC and our zone meetings again since its the first week of june and then the next week elder oaks comes. then transfers so this next two weeks will fly by and then elder withers and i will probably split. we are sad about that. he is a great missionary and has become such a close friend so that will be sad but thats part of a mission. 

love you all so much! i dont know what i would do without you. you are all such a source of strength for me. have fantastic weeks!!!

love, elder jensen

p.s. ill attach pics to a diff email from my iPad.

Found a woman from Zambia with a German sister on a blitz in Cambridge
and took a selfie to send to Alli! She's now got a baptismal date!!

Went on an exchange with Elder Lindsay from Utah. So good- we found for 4 1/2 hours in town centre that day and taught one lesson in the park by the lake. Great day and great elder. He taught me a lot.

Just Chillin'

Me and my package. Thanks <3. P.s. Notice the haircut. I cut elder withers and i's hair this week.

A bird pooed on his arm while we were driving and he had his arm resting outside the car... What are the chances?! 

We went to lunch for our year mark at a nice restaraunt after weekly planning.

Pancakes are rare here..

Marcel's baptism. Beautiful service! Wonderful to be a part of his conversion. He prayed to find the word of God when he moved here after looking around and not liking the churches here and the next day met the elders. That was a long time ago and different elders who have long since left the area but it strengthened my testimony that this is thenLords work each missionary just played a part in doing it. It was good to come into the area just before he took this step so I could hear his story and be a part of his experience joining the church. He's from Nigeria btw.