Monday, October 16, 2017

"You're the hardest working Christians in the business."


Hey hey hey!! This week was a week of miracles!! God is so good. We were in the right time at the right place multiple times this week which increased my faith & trust in the Lord so much. 💗

 

Couple things that happened this week: 

I will be staying here in Clifton! Last area, last transfer, & last companion. 😂 it's okay I'm not just bawling my eyes out all the time... 

 

We had our ward primary program which was adorable as always! I LOVE hearing their pure faithful testimonies. 

 

We also had our transferly fireside last night where recent converts share their stories! Like always it is amazing. We had someone from China, Ghana, Samoa, & of course Virgina!! I LOVE the diversity here! We had a Less Active show up & it was thee best surprise ever! 

 

We have lots of promising investigators who just have my heart. They are truly amazing. & we ended up finding 2 new promising investigators who the sisters have tried multiple times. Persistence pays off, because she let us right into her mansion, (seriously, dream house) & they LOVED the BOM. They were like, "Jesus came here??!" "If you convert me, your going to have to have to talk to my minister!" They are so intrigued. It was seriously the best. Love them so much. 

 

Quotes from our random stranger friends: 😂 

"You're the hardest working Christians in the business."

"Mormons are better than the FBI & the CIA at finding people." 

 

So this week I have been binge reading Our Heritage, a history book about the early saints. My love just continues to grow for them for EVERYTHING they went through & still their faith was so strong. Makes me realize I have NOTHING to complain about. I am so grateful for the pioneers for everything they did & or all they went through. They knew this church was true & they did all they could to defend their faith. Are you defending your faith? It makes me think of one of my favorite scriptures, D&C 121:7-8. This is the Lord talking to Joseph Smith when he was in Liberty jail for months, because he was persecuted for religion.

 

"My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes" 

 

What were going through is us just paying a little price for the big reward we will have in the end. Look at the hard exhausting sometimes discouraging effort the early saints had to go through & what has come from their efforts. Millions of happy devoted saints knowing Jesus Christ & holding onto the truth. I am grateful for their efforts & happy I come from a long line of pioneers!! 💗

 

xoxo, sister jensen


Pics:
Bowling for pday! 
District pic! 
Weekly planning... 👍 
One of our fav. walks! Love. This. Place. 
Coolest pumpkin I've ever seen. 
My baby!! She's training, so I'm going to be a grandma! 😊 
Our fav guy, Leo. Just jamming after our fireside, meeting President Huntsman! Favorite part of the day! 
Coolest picture ever. Grateful for the temple. 









Thursday, October 12, 2017

This Weeks Adventures

Hello hello! This weeks adventures: 
•We still think it's July... that's how fast time is flying.
•I was someone's first Utah person they met, WAHOO. That's not normal at all! Usually when I say I'm from Utah the interest level goes down drastically. 
•We got all 50 license plates + D.C. (Best. Day. Ever.) 
•We said hi to a man & he was like super duper nice & I seriously froze I didn't know how to react, haha. 
•We went to a less actives house for the second time & her daughter looked at me with her cute brown eyes & said, "You live with God & Jesus right?" Haha too cute. Glad she remembered we represent them! 

•We had our missionary leadership meeting this week at an amphitheater in a grove of trees & all of us shared stories & our testimonies about Joseph Smith. It was AMAZING & SO spiritual. 

•One of my favorite conference talks that has me thinking is from President Nelson.  "My brothers and sisters, how precious is the Book of Mormon to you? If you were offered diamonds or rubies or the Book of Mormon, which would you choose? Honestly, which is of greater worth to you? First, what would your life be like without the Book of Mormon? Second, what would you not know? And third, what would you not have?" 
I know my answer would definitely be The Book of Mormon. Oh how i love the peace, hope, & love that comes reading & studying from it everyday. We learn about many truths & principles from it such as healer, eternal life, strengthen, never ending happiness, power, fullness of the gospel, purpose, life, born again, atonement, abolished false teachings, prophets.... etc. I am SO grateful for these living, modern day apostles & prophets we have to learn from. Pick a conference talk from this week & study it. They all are so good! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!! 

Love you all!! Keep killing it ((: 

xoxo, sister jensen 
October 9, 2017

Pics:
One of our friends, Bianca's bday!! BTW coolest balloon eber. 
Got a call to see if we wanted free Chinese food. Of course we said yes, walked put with a HUGE tub of it... #goodexchange 
Pulled up to the church to have a lesson with Leo & he was reading his BOM waiting. He's the best!! 
"Oh How Lovely Was The Morning" 
 Me & my besties. 💗







Monday, October 2, 2017

"Ohhh Y'all are HOLY GIRLS!"

Heyyyy! First I am a failure for always forgetting to write about conference, but I finally remembered to write about it today!! & then I forgot my notes... so next week you have something to look forward to. Stay tuned for Sister Jensen's favorite general conference talk! Haha

One night I really needed to go to the restroom (usual) & when we came out there was a lady in a wheelchair & young daughter. They have lots of heavy groceries & we asked if we could help. & they said yes!! Usually everyone turns us away. & she was like, "Y'all gonna go party hard tonight?" We awkwardly were like ummm actually.... & she said, "ohh y'all holy girls!!" Like way loud & it was hilarious.  She said we can come talk to her anytime at home. & her young daughter gave us a concert right there in there in the parking lot! Something good always comes out of all my bathroom stops. Haha 

This week I was talking with my President Huntsman about ask, seek, & knock found in 3 Nephi 14:7-8 & Matt. 7:7-8 or Luke 11:9-10! So cool how the bible & the Book of Mormon support each other!! 
Jesus Christ says:
 7 Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
8 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened

Doctrine & Covenants, revelation given to Joseph Smith, all came because he asked a question. So it is good to have questions, its good to take them to the best source ever, God! 
I have seen so many time in my life as I have asked, seeked, & knocked my prayers are answered!! I am SO grateful for Joseph seeking for the truth. I KNOW you can find the truth here in Christ's church. I am grateful for President Monson who is our prophet on the earth today. I know this church is true with ALL the fiber of my being. 

Love you all. Have a blessed day. 

xoxo, sister jensen

Pics:
Yummy crepes! Celebrating Sis. C month Mark! 
Sister Bowen who we love helping out dearly! 
I GOT TO GO ON EXCHANGES WITH SISTER ROBERTS!!!! (former companion) so much fun. Love. Her. So. Much. 
We passed our apartment inspection with flying colors! & got candy for it. Heck ya. 
Love this quote. 💗
Some Sunday adventure pictures for you! 👍 I LOVE VIRGINIA & SISTER CALVERT. 








Monday, September 25, 2017

One by One


Hola familia & amigos! Honestly like always, I can't remember much of what happened this week. We had zone conference which is ALWAYS a good uplifting time. 

 

The other day I told Sister Calvert that I felt like I was 90 years old & she said, "Well in mission age you are like 75!" Haha great thanks for the youth love 💗 

 

So this year as a mission we are focusing on becoming a 2.0 mission. Meaning that every missionary has 2 baptisms this year. At the end of last year we were at 1.0 & guess where we are now?! 1.8!!! Heck yes! It just proves to me that hard work, faith, & a lot of obedience pays off. We are so close. (: Out of the 34 missions in our regional area we are #3 for the most baptizing mission. What an accomplishment in Northern Virginia. Seriously love this mission! I know this is where God needs me to be. 

 

So in my scripture reading I am at 3 Nephi 11!! So this is where Jesus Christ appears to a group of people called the Nephites in the ancient Americas! The part that stuck out to me today was 11:15 where it says, "And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth ONE BY ONE until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands," 

 

Christ let EVERYONE feel his hands ONE BY ONE, which to me symbolizes him suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane for us ONE BY ONE. & that's how he truly knows exactly what we are going through! I could rant about this whole chapter for an hour, but too bad for you I'm running out of time (; I KNOW Jesus Christ lives more than ever. I know he feels in the little aches of our hearts. He is my everything & I am so grateful that he has called me to do HIS work among HIS children. 

 

xoxo, sister Jensen

 Pics:
  • Jesus blessing the children ONE BY ONE 💗 doesn't that just pull at the heart strings? 
  • Sister Hunstman gave everyone CTR rings! #blessings 
  • Stuffed wedding bags with our investigator Bianca (she's a wedding planner)!! I was so excited. On exchanges with Hermana Porter, 3 weeks into the field & she's amazing. 
  • Boonies of our area!!! Closest thing to home 💗 
  • Pday adventures: Air & Space Smithsonian!! (Dulles international airport) super cool museum. 
 Have a great week everyone. Make good choices (:
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Monday, September 18, 2017

My week through pictures!

Wow. What a week. Sorry I just keep getting more & more lazy in emailing so this week you get pictures, yay! & of course a spiritual note because what's a missionary with out always having a scripture to share? 

First things first I forgot to tell you all Sister Calvert & share a birthday!!! So cool right?! February 12th is thee best day ever. 

Second, I got asked if I was on TV! Who knew I have a face of many talents... lots of ethnicities & a super star. I can't complain 👍

In the first verse of the Book of Mormon it says, "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, NEVERTHELESS, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days."

Nephi is a prophet of the Lord. One of my favorite. Nephi is large in stature & has incredible faith. His story is AMAZING. But I love that it says, NEVERTHELESS. Even a GREAT prophet of the Lord has trials & struggles, but with the attitude of nevertheless everything worked out. His faith always stepped in & he accomplished some pretty impossible things. When we are constantly worrying our faith diminishes. Have faith. Trust God. & believe in good things to come & have the nevertheless attitude (: 


xoxo, sister jensen 

Pics:
  • Exchanges with the Centreville sisters!! 
  • Crushing Alfalfa on a horse ranch. I only freaked out a little bit 😂 
  • Saw my Bestie again. It makes my week! 
  • While pulling weeds the bugs would not leave us alone... I would say photogenic.
  • Virginia ALWAYS has sidewalks that end randomly. 
  • Sister Von Savoye, a good friend, & I showed up to a baptism wearing like the exact same thing. I died laughing. 😂
  • Sister Calvert & I 💗 (my companion now, I would be confused with all the different sister pictures I send home) 
  • PUPUSAS!!!!! @ our amazing investigators Leo's house. I made two & I would say I did a heck of a job😊 only because I had the best teacher, Leo's mom. 
  • Vball. Took a couple tries to not laugh! 
  • Sister Roberts & I (old companion) can never stop laughing! 😂 LOVE HER 











Monday, September 11, 2017

"I just got to know...What are these tags for?"

Hello!!! It was a long week, but its all good here in Clifton, VA!! Love this place, the ward, & my cute companion. 

- #1: it's sweater weather... way way excited about that! 💗

- #2: yesterday morning at our ward council I got asked to fill in for the youth speaker that cancelled.... so that was fun speaking in sacrament last minute! Also we taught the 2nd hour.... so I'm kinda sick of my own voice. 👍 I talked about testimonies & how we need to continue to strengthen them & be on a steep learning curve because we each have our own individual testimonies that we NEED to share with those around us. God places these people in our path for a reason, so that we can help build the Kingdom of God around us. (: 

- #3: We attended catholic mass!! One of our investigators families is very Catholic. So in order to soften their hearts, hopefully, we got permission to attend. It was great! One guy after in the parking lot was like, "I just got to know, what are these tags for?" Haha so missionary opportunity right there my friends, booya!! 

- #4: Lucy is a women who stopped her car got out, chased us down, because she met with missionaries in another area & had recently moved & wanted missionaries to come & visit her! We told her the sisters that cover her area & she knew one who was teaching her in her past are & she was so so excited to meet with her again! Miracles of being in the right place at the right time. 

- #5: We walked on Saturday morning to check on a potential & Lucy was the one to answer the door. She let us right in AND invited her roommate to join! SO COOL. We taught the Restoration & are going back to teach them. They are from Nigeria & so sweet. 

hope you all have a good week. love you all lots & lots. 

xoxo, sister jensen 

Pics:
Members motorcycle... just tryin to be like the cool kids. 
You have GREAT WORTH. 
ate this furry little nut thing.... twas good. 
For the Elder Lucas fans! Only Morgan rep. out here now... sad. 
Missionary leadership sisters!! Love them all so much. Besties for life. 
Our fav. friend!! 
Catholic Mass 
The old town of Clifton adventures 💗