Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 78-November 21, 2016

Week 78-November 21, 2016

sorry i dont have much time!!! Ill try to write more later but basically all is well. Angela and her boys and sherree came to church and also a guy i found last week from albania! he is a stud. ill tell you more next week. transfers is next week! love you so much.

Elder Jensen

Exchange w Elder Radford! Love him. We were supposed to teach Cristina
with Valentina and her friend but her son Camilo got lost so we just
ate some food instead and then left...

The Lea Valley lads (our flat mates)  all together to email our families. (Taken 2 minutes ago) 

Valentina- our Colombian friend! 

Pawel's motorcycle helmet... 

The "clique pic" as named by Sherree. She came to church again! Second time in a row. 

The two musketeers looking sharp with matching jackets and our badges

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week 77-November 14, 2016

Week 77-November 14, 2016
"whether therefore ye eat, or drink, do all to the glory of God."

What a weekend! 

I don't have much time left. but i will fill you in on the big stuff.

We travelled to the Hyde Park Visitor's Centre with Christina and her son Camilo this past week and a girl named Valentina who has been helping us out tons. Valentina has been investigating the church for about a year and a half now and her parents wont let her be baptised so she has to wait till she's 18 next year. she speaks spanish and is a fantastic missionary so she is a huge help- we would be done for without her! we took them to the VC to show them the Restoration movie because she wanted to know more about Joseph Smith.of course, we watched it in spanish so it was fun to try understanding it all. my spanish has been improving a lot but it still needs a lot of work. after watching it, my heart was so full. i dont know what happened but as it finished i felt very emotional. i know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Not becuase the actor was good or because the way they depicted him in the movie; because of what he did and how it has directly blessed our family and my life specifically. It was a special and very powerful feeling. cristina and camilo loved it and she felt much happier to know more about his life. camilo said to me in the restroom that "yo creo en mormon." or something along those lines. what a stud.

we bought some stuff, went to Angela's house early saturday morning, and as the boys were waking up made American chocolate chip pancakes (i had promised them i would make them some since its one ofthe few things i can make) eggs, bacon, and sausages. the funniest thing was angela coming into the kitchen every 3 seconds to make sure we were doing everything right... she wouldnt leave us alone! we kept telling her to go and lay down or relax and let us cook but she was always right up in our grill. it was awesome though. she came to church again this sunday and had a good time. our gospel principles class was on baptism and it was sooooo good. dispelled all sorts of false doctrines and just went so hard on the truth iof the matter. our investigators loved it. angela even agreed with the age of accountability now too! which is great news!

then to top it off, pawel made a feast for us on sunday afternoon.. it was absolutely delicious. he also passed the sacrament for the first time on sunday and it was such a great feeling watching him do that. what a great man. 

One of our investigators, sherree (you may remember me mentioning her) said all week she wasnt sure if she could come to church. she was waiting to see if someone picked up her shift on sunday. then, after telling me day after day she didnt know, on sunday morning she texted me early in the morning saying she had to go to work and couldnt come to church. i was so sad. then lo and behold as we sat in sacrament meeting, she strolls through the front door. she told me she had known since monday that she could come but she had been messing with us just for fun. my goodness. 

i love these people we are working with. this work is true! love you guys so much. thanks for the emails each week. be missionaries however you can!

Elder Jensen

The cutest little Colombian boys ever. Jose Daniel and Juan Carlos! 

Cristiana, Valentina, and Camilo  (left to right) at the VC

Pawel's 5 star dinner 

Pawel and Sister Joanna plus her son Joshua 

Us in the kitchen with Angela!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 76-November 7, 2016

Week 76-November 7, 2016

Hola familia!

This week we taught Christina and Fernando again and gave them a date
in December to be baptised and they accepted it. We also got to teach
Angela's family a couple more times. I love these two families so
much- in our lesson with Christina and Fernando, Christina said the
closing prayer and after finishing, she cried. The Spirit was very
strong as she prayed- for her family, about the Book of Mormon, and
about her family moving to London.

We taught Angela a few more times and one of our lessons was the plan
of salvation and we drew it out on the white board she has in her
living room- the boys loved it and understood very well.

The weather is getting very cold very fast- it's freezing! but life is
very good. I know this church is true and my love for the Book or
Mormon is getting stronger and stronger every day that I read it. I
just want to take my testimony and throw it at all our investigators
and make them all know exactly what I know- too bad it doesn't work
like that. I just pray every night so hard that they will all come to
know what I know is true for themselves so they can experience the
same joy and direction the gospel gives me.

I love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Elder Jensen

Elder Mthombeni and our friend Valentina who helps us tons with all of our Spanish speaking friends

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week 75-October 31, 2016

Week 75-October 31, 2016

Hello family! 

thanks for the emails. loved hearing about all the volleyball games, performances, halloween festivities, soccer games, and science conferences.

lots to say ill get straight to it

Pawel got confirmed on sunday (last week was stake conference thats why it took so long) and because elder mthombeni's throat was sore, i confirmed him. I hadnt gotten a chance to look at the wording youre supposed to say but i think the spirit gave me confidence and the words seemed to come out and then the blessing was a touching spriitual experience for me. i felt a portion of what Heavenly Father felt about him and all the sacrifices and changes he had made to follow the feelings he had that had led him to this point. i usually never remember and of the things i say in blessings but this time i remembered everything long enough to write them down while sitting in sacrament meeting. i gave it to the member who speaks both polish and english and she said she would translate it for Pawel. he was called as a ward missionary after church- he came out of bishops office and was grinning and looked so happy when he walked up to us and told us he was a missionary now hahaha. what a stud! 

ill have to be shorter with this- other miracle was that this week we taught sheree again and then she texted me out of the blue one day and said she couldnt accept our beliefs and be baptised and wanted to sever contact.  i texted and called and prayed and eventually her heart was softened enough to let us meet her on saturday. it turns out she had read tons of anti mormon material on the internet. we felt like book of mormon prophets exhorting and persuading and pleading will all the energy of our hearts. she had previously read up to 1 nephi 4 and told us she felt peaceful and calm- and that the whole day after reading she had felt happy! so happy she kept telling her sister. i think this was why we were so persistent in not letting her go. the great news is that she is doing well again and reading still and still willing to meet with us! without a doubt i know it was an answer to our prayers.

another sweet thing! Angela came to church with all 3 of her boys!!! the hilarious thing was that i called her sunday morning an hour before church starts because she had told us not to come to their house to make sure they came like we did the last time. when i called her, she just told me they werent coming. i was SO heartbroken cause we had been teaching her this past week and everything was going so well. then she called me back a few seconds later and said laughing, "see you in an hour- were getting ready" i couldnt believe it. and sure enough, they came and ive never seen such a beautiful sight :) angela even wore a dress- the one concern she had with coming to church is that she didnt like wearing skirts and felt uncomfortable wearing trousers. she said "when God asks you to do something you can always do it." when i commented on her dress. what a champ. this past week agupe (her 9 year old son) taught us all about the great apostasy, the priesthood, and jospeh smith and the golden plates and peter james and john giving joseph the priesthood. it was incredible- he had been studying the pamphlet we gave him. 

another funny story/ miracle combined was that fernando's wife and son came to church after teaching them again this week. she texted me at 8 sunday morning and said they didnt know about the clocks going back an hour but they were already waiting for us. hahaha so we went to church extra early with them. 

our friend Kofi is off to ghana today. he came to church on his own yesterday as well. we went to his familys church after our church service as well and let me tell you that was something. i was the ONLY white person in the whole meeting. and it was a pentecostal- ish ghanian church. one day ill tell you more about it. what an experience. the big dude singing and dancing came up the stairs and came to me and grabbed my hand and brought me down to the stage and so i had to dance a bit (the crowd loved it.. im not sure if its cause theyd never seena white dude at their church or cause my dance moves were so bad hahah)

anyways thats already super long so ill stop there. mlc and zone meeting this past week were great. we made trainings that the zone received really well and we hope it will help. there are lots of young missionaries in our zone and so we trained on the basics of finding. 

I got an email or two lately from companions and other friends from the mission who are home now and it has made me realize how glad i am that im a missionary. I love the Lord and I am proud to wear His name. the gospel is true! 

Elder Jensen
Zone meeting November 2016

Random chicks we found in the underground who took Halloween to a whole new level

zone meeting pics

Agupe's drawings during our lesson!

Cass; Angela's 11 year old son. He was wearing an LA shirt

Angela's fam at church! They looked so nice all dressed up we decided to take a fresh pic

the fog this morning

Elder Abreu; one of my flat mates!