Monday, July 24, 2017

"See Others as They May Become" -President Monson


Heyyyyy my family & friends!! 😊 Good news is Sister Winward & I will be staying together another transfer!!!! Yay! We are super excited. This week we also moved apartments, so that we real fun in the heat! Plus we moved into an elders apartment, so you can imagine we had lots of cleaning to do!! πŸ˜‚

 

I swear I have short term memory loss, so I don't remember half of what happened this week! Haha but church yesterday was AMAZING!! God truly answered our prayers. We had lots of recent converts, less actives, & investigators at Church! Oh & get this... there was a cute family that the Bishop told us to go talk to. The husband tells us he is a less active in the Spanish ward & he wanted to bring his little daughter & his wife (who's not a member) to the English ward so she can understand what's going on. So we are going by this week to teach the wife!! The area is exploding, so many miracles! Side note: Elders are coming back to our ward Tuesday, thank goodness! We need help! πŸ‘ 

 

So every 6 weeks our mission does a fireside/devotional where recent converts & returning members share their story & missionaries have to come with less actives & investigators. We went last night & oh my goodness it was the best. The spirit was so strong. We brought one of our investigators who by the way loved church, can't wait to come next week, is being baptized on Aug. 26, & is already planning on speaking at our next fireside!! They are amazingly prepared. 

 

But the stories that were told by the recent converts blew my mind. People do change. There was a couple that shared their amazing story & the husband said... (prepare for the cutest thing ever) the ONLY thing on my bucket list.... is to be sealed to my wife in the temple. He was crying as he said it. It just helped me learn that we should see people as they can become, not as they are. Everybody has potential & is a Child of God. I have truly come to learn this on my mission as we talk to everybody. It has helped me develop greater love for the people & for my Savior. So try it out, see others as they can become, not as they are. & President Monson gives a WONDERFUL general conference talk on it: "See Others As They May Become" October 2012! It such a good read! READ IT!! 

 

Love you all. Thanks is for all you do!! Ahh. I. Love. It. Here. πŸ’— 

 

xoxo, sister Jensen

Pics:
Temple pic from last week! 
I love cute quotes!!
It was our AWESOME used to be neighbors 😭 1 year anniversary!! 
Virginia = home. πŸ’—  
Our last pday activity @ the Huntsman Home:
selfie w/Sister Huntsman
Oakton & Woodbridge Zones
AREN'T THEY THE CUTEST???! I LOVE THE HUNTSMANS! 










Tuesday, July 18, 2017

miracles on miracles on miracles

Hellooooooooo 😊 this week flew by. Geez its crazy. I remember returned missionaries would always say, "Days feel like weeks & weeks feel like days." I was like what?! But now I totally understand. πŸ˜‚ 

Update on guess my ethnicity: the new ones I got this week are French, Urkranian, German, Arab, & Italian. Haha 😊 Guess it helps living in SUCH a diverse area. 

So many miracles!! In Malachi 3:10 it says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." 

But this can be so applicable to lots of different instances. Give me all you have & I will pour down my blessings upon you! I have seen this fulfilled this week in our missionary efforts. At the beginning of the transfer all we did was find, find, find, but now we have so many things to do & appointments to go to its AMAZING. God is soooooo good. I KNOW when we GIVE all we can & keep His commandments there will be so many blessings coming our way. 

For instance:
-we had 2 friends (investigators) at church!!! They are married, Luis & Daisy, & one day we just street contacted into Luis. They left the church address & our phone number at home & were not too sure where to go. But they said well God will help us get there. & they found it & were on time!!! At church Luis asked, "What do I have to do to join the church?" Ahh. 
-Jules, our recent convert, went to the temple & did baptisms for the dead & we got to go with him. I LOVE THE TEMPLE!!!! 
-members are bringing their friends to church & asking us to teach them. πŸ’—#everymemberamissionary 
- our ward loves missionaries & missionary work!! (We have a rockstar ward missionary/recent convert who wants to do everything!!) I LOVE Quantico! 
- we have a friend Christian, who is SO excited & prepared by the Lord to be baptized on Aug. 26!! 

I could go on forever. But I am so grateful for this chance I have to serve. It has changed my life & who I am. I love Jesus Christ & I know he knows & loves you. I KNOW he lives and that He stands at the head of this church & this amazing work. 

Have an awesome week. Thanks for all you do!! 😊 

xoxo, sister jensen
July 17, 2017

Pics:
7/11 slurpees πŸ’— don't mind if we do on a HOT July day. (Still trying to love the humidity, haha) 
Random photo shoot. 
Painting!!!
Exchanges with Sister Wayment! She's been here for 5 weeks & is already killin' it. 😊  
This week we bought a total of 13 balloons & left it with a note on members, investigators, & sisters doorsteps. It was so fun!! Maybe a little too fun? We couldn't see in the car... Haha 🎈🎈🎈  
When we got out of the temple it was a thunderstorm. Were we scared? Uhh maybe a little bit. We were soaked in 0.2 seconds. 😊 so much water in my eyes my contacts were falling out πŸ˜‚ haha








Monday, July 10, 2017

Celebrate. Good times. Come on.

Heyyyyyyyy fam & friends!! Honestly, I don't feel like writing much this week.... so you get pics (: but I'll give you some highlights (even though every second is a highlight) :  

1. Our neighbors are my FAVORITE. They always knock on the door & check in on us & ask if we need anything. So this week we had dinner with them!! So we were able to teach them & when we asked if we could come back & teach them they said, "I was waiting for you to ask!!" Yay!!! Miracles right next door. 

2. We were talking to people on the street & Sis. W was talking to this man we approached so I went to talk to 2 others that were going inside. Turns out they both are less active members (one lives there & one lives in PA)!!! The best part is she has been wanting to come back to church & we went back & taught her & got her into LDS Tools & Gospel Library!! So cool!! & we went back to teach her cousin, Christian, who earlier was the man Sis. W was talking too. The spirit lead us to be there right when we needed to be. SO COOL!! 

3. I have again been asked if I am Native American. So that's 3 for Native American & 2 for Spanish. But today I got a new one.... Egyptian. Haha to myself I look 100% Caucasian! But totally a complement. πŸ˜‚ 

Alright love you all lots!! Keep killin' it. Go team, Go! 

xoxo, sister jensen

Pics:
The 4th adventures!! I LOVE THIS GOSPEL & I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!! 



 We went trash diving on exchanges for our lost phone that was thrown away. But no worries... we got it sanitized. 

Pic with my fam President/birthday twin. 

Marine museum with the Lake Ridge sisters!! 

Tan lines from our 50 different pair of shoes. We are proud of them. Haha next to a motivational sign... judgment. Aka: don't judge our tan lines.





Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July from the Nation's Capital πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

What a week. πŸ‰ This week was a long one, but all is still good in the hood! 
So one day we are out in the scorching sun, not a soul wanting to talk to us... ya ya & so on... & we were feeling a little discouraged. But attitude is everything, so we pep talked ourselves up, said a pleading prayer to our Father in Heaven & got out of the car to hit the pavement. One of the first people we talked to ended up being a miracle!!! At first he wasn't too Interested... so I explained the pamphlet we gave him in more detail & he opened right up. He tells us to come over to the side walk & he shares this story that has changed his life for the better. (I'll try & simply tell it!) 
There was a piece of trash shoved in the grass one day. He walked past it 3x before he stopped, picked it up, & put it in his pocket. He went to go throw it away later & it opened & it was a picture of Jesus Christ. He said his life has NEVER been the same since 2 weeks ago. He started believing in Christ again. He pulls out the card to show us & guess what?! It was a #princeofpeace card!!!!! Tears came to my eyes & Sis. W just starts crying. The spirit was so strong as he told us his story. We told him that we done with all of our cards & showed him the Prince of Peace video & he was blown away. We have to call him soon to set up an appt. (Cause of the holiday) & he wants his 2 grown some to come join. Ahhh MIRACLE. I was so humbled that God knows us & he WILL place prepared people in our path if we have faith & work hard. It was just what we needed. God just takes care of all of us. πŸ‘ 

Saturday = another car fast. Wahoo. This time we were fancy & rode bikes! Hahaha the humidity in July, in the middle of the day, ya you could say we were sweaty messes. Hahaha. We got SO many weird looks. Girls on bikes, in this heat, in dresses?! Haha good news is we got sore muscles & some cool tan lines. 😊 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ LOVE YOU ALL!! HAVE A GOOD INDEPENDENCE DAYπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


xoxo, sister jensen 

Pics:
Rivals schools, uh oh πŸ™ˆ 
Exchanges πŸ‘πŸ‘ 
Sister Bargeron ft. a beaver? 
#princeofpeace 
Biking, thank goodness for baskets. 🚲 
When you are totally out of supplies & you have to use chastity pamphlets, LOL @ us. Update on      where the pamphlet went: to a teenager boy who insisted he take it... πŸ™ˆ uh oh. Hehe 
 THE QUANTICO CREW is now split up... They left us their work this morning. Pray for us! 
 One of my fav. pics of the Savior. I KNOW he knows & loves you!!!  πŸ’— 








Monday, June 26, 2017

ahhh.... one year!!

Okay, seriously. Where does the time go?! AHH. Time honestly is such a weird thing on a mission. I feel like I've only been out for umm... maybe 4 months max! (Probably different for my mom, haha πŸ’•

This week was AWESOME. Just like every week (: Eric, in my previous area, got baptized Saturday. I have never seen someone so happy to enter into the waters of baptism! The service was thee best baptism I've ever been to! It was so fun to go back to Franconia!! The members would say, "Hey!" & then would realize that I no longer served there & would say, "HEY!! How are you? Oh my goodness!!....." haha it was so funny! That ward has my heart, but so does Quantico. 

Embarrassing moment #1: This week we had Zone Conference, which was awesome! Like always. We trained on finding people. But an elder asked us to show him & tell the story of the district motto... which is embarrassing to show & tell in front of a lot of missionaries. We avoided the question & eventually ended up having to show it. It's called the "fly & dive" with extreme hand & arm motion. But when one comp does it to the other you HAVE to go talk to that person. Haha it was a good laugh. 

Embarrassing moment #2: we had a return appt. with a new investigator at a park. We thought this girl on the bench was her. She was on the phone so we asked if we could talk to her, gave her a hug, joked how she is always on the phone, asked if we could sit, followed up to see if she read the pamphlet we gave to her yesterday... She said she never even met us yesterday. Hahaha wow. Oops. I couldn't stop laughing after that while Sister Winward pulls herself together & teaches. But we set up an appt. with her the next day & it was a powerful lesson! Everything happens for a reason!! 

Something we have been pushing with all our members is the power that comes from The Book of Mormon & especially reading it EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. 

President Monson in this past general conference said: 
My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Aren't those POWERFUL promises!! Don't you want those blessings? I sure do! I want you all to know that The Book of Mormon has changed my life & has become the keystone of my life. I LOVE the BOM with ALL my heart. I am a completely different person because of the role that the BOM has played in my life. I KNOW it's true & I can't deny it one bit. 

Love you all!! Sorry for the long email (: have a good week!! 

xoxo, sister jensen 

Pics:
Chalk Plan of Salvation artwork w/ the Woodbridge sisters on exchanges! πŸ˜„ 
Dinner @ The Owens πŸ‘ 
ERIC!!! πŸ’— 




this work brings pure JOY

JOY JOY JOY!! This transfer our mission is working on JOY & HAPPINESS! & I have seen this fulfilled so many times this week. So the weather outside is getting miserably hot, but that's okay because we just sweat it out & cry insideπŸ˜‚   like one person gave us paper towels to dry off our sweat...too much info? My bad. πŸ’• So my new companion is Sister Winward from Mapleton, UT! (Utah again, surprise!)  Super super cute & so good for me. 

We have had the time of our lives!! Last night was probably one of the best night of my life. We have a goal as a mission to talk to 20 people a day street contacting. 10 each. & we have been achieving it so far, but yesterday we had leadership meetings with the stake all night, so we had like 10 minutes to make up our slack. So we looked crazy I swear. We were running to catch up to people (we would walk when they looked, haha) and we got 6 in like 10 minutes but needed to leave to head to a members real quick before heading in for the night... So we took a leap of faith pleading with the Lord to place 4 people in our path that we could talk to. So we see 3 kids, I slam on the brakes, we say a 2 second prayer, & talk to them. Mission almost accomplished. We still needed one more.... we hop in our car & there is a person on the side of the road, I pull up & Sister Winward gives him a pamphlet we chat for a sec. The joy that came from meeting out goal was AMAZING!!! 

& then wait.... it gets better....then we get a call from the Franconia Sisters  (Sister Winward & I both at one point being Franconia sisters) that an investigator IS GETTING BAPTIZED SATURDAY!!!!!!!! WAHOOOO (the kid that had to wait 6 months for his mom's permission) & that ended our night with the best news I've been waiting for for 6 months!!! 

So this week I've seen as I've worked harder to become a better missionary & disciple of the Lord, the Lord has picked up my slack. I have truly came to learn as we GIVE OUR ALL, the Lord will MAKE UP THE REST. Isn't that AMAZING? Aww this gospel blows my mind. I love this work more then anything I've done in my life. I've completely changed in this past year & it's all because the Lord has taken me further then I would've ever imagined.  As i was bearing my testimony at the end of the stake mission prep class we taught last night I almost burst into tears for the LOVE I have for being a missionary. I LOVE THIS WORK!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

wahoo, so my rants over now, but know I love you all. Thanks for everything!! Hope your having a fun summer πŸ‰ 


xoxo, sister jensen
June 19, 2017

Pics:
-Sister Winward πŸ’— 
-Jolly Green Giant much? Awkward pic πŸ˜‚ 
-We cover a town called Triangle, hehe
-My cute cactus that sister roberts left for me to care for πŸ’• 



Monday, June 12, 2017

🌊🐳🌊


Heyyyyy! Well first things first, transfers are here... Sister Roberts is leaving me:( but Sister Winward is coming here to Quantico! She actually is serving in my old ward right now so looks like we can talk Franconia! πŸ’• 

 

One day we doorbell ditched groceries on our investigator's door & kinda failed. (Haha surprise) we put the stuff down & knocked, drove around awhile & it was still there...so we knocked again, drove, & still no answer. So we go to knock a third time & as we are walking up, the door starts to open & I turn & book it! Sis. R follows so we jump in our car barely breathing because we are laughing so hard & get a call from our investigator. Haha she asks what we are doing, we said, "Just chillin'" She died laughing saying, "You don't think I don't notice you in those dresses?" It made her whole day. She broke down into tears of how good God is to her & how much she loves & appreciates us. It was so awesome. She is going through so so much right now, like meeting with her everything we just cry, so hearing her say that was amazing. GOD IS SO GOOD. 

 

Friday Sister Roberts had an investigator get baptized, so us & our fav senior couple went up to Ashburn. They took us to Subway & in walks President Huntsman!! So we got to all sit & eat together. It's always so fun to talk to President!

 

 Then Saturday JULES WAS BAPTIZED!!!! BEST. DAY. EVER. When we & Brother Nixon were filling up the font it wouldn't stay plugged. So Bro. Nixon had to Jimmy rig it, haha so funny! But then later it stayed, so we were able to take out the lid & rock, haha. Bro. Nixon works for the FBI, & I got to hold his badge, super cool! (At least I thought it was) πŸ˜„ but anyways, the baptism was so so good!! Jules bore a POWERFUL testimony! We were so proud of him. The Huntsmans showed up too which was so sweet of them in their crazy busy schedule. Then comes his conformation time in Sacrament meeting & Jules wasn't there (Just a little stressed at this time) & as they start announcing it Jules walks in....oh wow that was a relief! πŸ˜‚ 

 

Jules was found by handing him a card in Wal-Mart & him referring himself, so there is never effort wasted. I love the section in Preach My Gospel, NO EFFORT IS WASTED. Wither we are part of the gospel or not it is so applicable to us all. So keep going strong everybody because it will pay off!! 

 

I love you all!! Talk to you later πŸ’• 

 

xoxo, sister jensen

Pics:
Exchanges with the one & only Sister Dutton πŸ’• 
Walks with Monica 😍
Marines joining us for our walk πŸ˜‚ 
Sis. D. & i found another cool Potomac River dock!
Weaves are everywhere, haha 
Hehe people's signs! 
Laid down & 3 seconds later I was out... oops. Good thing it was lunch time πŸ˜‚ 
JULES BAPTISM πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•