Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sweet email from Elder Silva

May 16, 2016

I received a sweet email from Elder Silva on Monday.  I was especially touched and appreciative of his comments about Andrew.  

      "Mama Jensen,

Gosh Do I love and appreciate you and your family. I really want to thank you for sending me those books and pictures of the first presidency and apostles those are really cool.
Holy smokes and thank you for sending some fun toys as well. I have almost lost an eye already, way fun in our apartment now.

Something that I really appreciate about your son is that he himself is truly converted to the Gospel and really understands why he is here. This really makes me happy knowing that when he is teaching he is really understanding the importance of what he is teaching and who he is teaching. I will never forget the missionaries that taught me and the blessing that this Gospel has brought to my life as well as my families even though they are not members yet. I want you to know that Elder Jensen has his heart in this work and that he is representing Our Savior Jesus Christ and is not only helping others who are not members but also the missionaries around him.

I am excited to also have a party fro his birthday this wednesday as well, there will be gifts. I promise.

Mama Jensen Thank you so much for your example and faithfulness. Thank you for your membership in the Church. Thank you for your sacrifices. THIS CHURCH IS TRUE. Your Heavenly Father loves you and all that you do."

Elder Silva

I Love You Mom!

May 14, 2016

I love getting surprise texts from members in Elder Jensen's mission!  This one from Elder and Sister Sellens from Alaska made my day!  They had Elder Jensen and Elder Silva over for an early Birthday dinner on Saturday to celebrate Andrew's Birthday this Wednesday. He said that he and Elder Silva ate half of the cheese cake between the two of them. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

With the Lords help and the right timing we will be able to do it.

May 16, 2016

We had another busy week! There was just so much stuff we had to do to settle into our new apartment and get situated. So about the car mirror...we got to the shop to get it fixed and he pulls the mirror out and it was completely wrong. It was the wrong color, the wrong side, and the wrong model. The only thing the guy got right was that it was a mirror. So we are going another week with no mirror!

We taught Ben Nunez this week and it was awesome! He really opened up to us about what is going on in his life with his family and the struggles he is going through. We talked about the Gospel and how it really helps us see things in an eternal perspective which makes it easier to go through trials and struggles in this life. He loves when we come by and teach him but the main challenge we have with Ben right now is that he already goes to a church. He has lots of friends there so it's been really hard for him to find the desire to visit our church. It's a huge change for him so of course it will be difficult to get him to church...but I know that with the Lords help and the right timing we will be able to do it.

We also taught Lorena. She was a potential we found a few weeks ago during knockout. She let us teach her the restoration on her doorstep and as we taught she agreed with all the basic things we taught her about. We told her about modern day Prophets and asked her what she thought about it. She said it would be awesome if we had Prophets on the earth again. We testified that there were again Prophets on the earth and the Spirit must have touched her heart because she set up a return appointment! She's awesome, but she also has the same challenge as Ben. She already goes to church and has lots of friends there so she said it would be hard for her to come visit. Once again...the Lord is gonna have to come in clutch. A 22 year old and a teenager can't do this on their own.

Michael was a little difficult this week. He threw a huge tantrum right as we sat down and then peed his pants...so the lesson had to be salvaged. We got it under control though. We taught him the story of Alma the younger and how he repented from what he had done wrong and eventually became a missionary! Michael loved following along as we talked about the pictures in the story book scriptures. It was kind of a flash back to my child hood. My parents would always teach us out of that book and I'm so thankful that they did. It really helped me get a better idea of the stories in the Book of Mormon which helped me learn once I was old enough to actually read. I'm just so thankful for parents that taught me the Gospel from a young age. SO blessed because of that.

Funny story of the week: So when we got to our new apartment the Zone Leaders had clogged the kitchen sink because they had been dumping food down the side that didn't have the garbage disposal. Anyway, one night while we were cooking dinner the sink started to fill up with water (it was more food than water though). Elder Silva and I just stood there staring at it. Right when it was about an inch from overflowing I think panic set in because we both sprinted towards the garbage can. We pulled out the bag and then got bowls and began filling the can with the disgusting water. Hahaha oh man it was terrible! We had no where to dump the water out so we just carried it to our Zone Leader's tub and dumped it in there. We filled the large garbage can about 4 times until we finally plugged the drain. When the ZL's got home we told them what had happened and they died laughing! They thought it was so funny that we had to clean all of that up! Elder Allen caught his breath for a second and asked us "So where'd you dump it all?" When we told them they didn't think it was quite as funny hahaha! Oh man good times!!

Oh and I forgot to tell you about another funny thing that happened this week. I got a Birthday package from my mom with 4 nerf guns in it...one for everyone in our apartment. We kinda took it to the extreme and we put small needles on the ends of the darts and we were chasing each other around our apartment shooting each other hahahaha. It was so fun!!

Well I love you all so much! I hope you have a safe week!

Elder Jensen

About to open our gifts from my Parents for my Birthday!  All the cookies were gone within 2 days hahaha!  Everyone loved them! 

And the Nerf guns....man were they a hit!!  Everyone was so excited to get them!  Me, Elder Allen, Elder Silva, and Elder Adams ready for a Nerf war.


Our apartment got destroyed during our nerf war.  I loved the Birthday surprises from home!  Thank you Mom and Dad!!  And not only did I love it, but everyone loved it!  Thank you for the awesome Birthday package!!!  Thank you for making this Birthday away from home awesome!  I love you so so so much!!!