Monday, December 12, 2016

We are always repaid with blessings far greater than the sacrifice.

December 12, 2016

Hey everyone! Week 1 as an assistant is over! It's a totally different experience in the office. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that no one knows about. So many little things have to get done in order for the Mission to run smoothly. So far it's just been a lot of computer work...I think I literally forgot how to use a computer because I'm so slow now. It'll come back though. It's been cool being around President Henrie and Sister Henrie so much. We eat at their house about twice a week and they seem to really enjoy having us around which is pretty cool.

Well here's a quick update on our week...

We got to take the departing missionaries to the Burbank airport this Wednesday in the mission van. Luckily I don't have to drive it yet...that's still Elder Deyholos' job haha. Two assistants have crashed it in the last year...not trying to add to that number. It feels like I was just being picked up from the airport a few months I'm the one dropping people off. Time has flown by.

We got a call from a woman in Newport Beach named Lindsay. She has been taught by missionaries for quite a while now and keeps insisting that we baptize her as soon as she moves in (which is tomorrow). She is a little hard of hearing so the phone conversations get pretty funny at times. She's taking us out to Cheese Cake Factory this week so we'll update you on how that went. She has a huge desire to follow Christ and has made some huge life changes so we are excited to meet her in person.

We've had super late nights in the office every night this it makes sense why the assistants always look so tired. We're home between 9:30 and 10:30 every night.

We had Mission Leadership Conference this Thursday and we had to train all the Zone leaders so they could train their zones the next day. Well Wednesday night we had no time to plan our training due to files we had to update and transfer arrangements we had to make. So we had to plan our training 30 minutes before the meeting. It turned out really well and the Spirit definitely guided what we said on that one haha.

Elder Silva got great news last week about his sister getting baptized. Well I got permission from President Henrie to call the Bishop of the Maple Ridge British Columbia Ward this week so we could make it possible for Elder Silva to watch the Baptismal program via Facetime. I explained Elder Silva's story and the Bishop was all for it. The baptism was this Saturday and Elder Silva was there, technically haha. He didn't get to watch the actual Ordinance but he got to watch everything else and hear his sister bare her testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel. All his sacrifices payed off and the Lord truly blessed him for his service. Miracles happen when we sacrifice and put ourselves to the side for the benefit of others. We are always repaid with blessings far greater than the sacrifice.

Well I love you all. I hope you have a great week!

Elder Jensen

Stevenson ranch Christmas lights.

The Valencia Christmas concert.

To the airport!