Archive | September 2013

30 September 2013

Kamusta Pamilya!

This was another great week. On Tuesday President Aquino announced that he will be calling a few missionaries to be “traveling missionaries” it means that the missionary will travel around and live with other companionships for three days, working, studying, and living with the companionship and will help them improve their teaching skills and just being a missionary. I think my trainer will be called as a “traveling missionary” at the end of this transfer. Another exciting thing that is coming up is on November 13 we will have a zone training in Iloilo! So the whole zone will travel to iloilo on the 12th. We will stay in a hotel, then go to the meeting. Elder Ian Ardern (in the quorum of the 70) will be there and he will choose 4 missionaries to talk (on spot) and he will also choose 4 missionaries to interview. So that is exciting. Possibly at the hotel I will be able to have a real shower haha.

We have general conference the week after you have it and I am so excited to listen to it as I mentioned before.

This week we had 32 lessons. It helps when you have a baptism coming up because then you visit and teach them many times in a week and one of them lives in a different house. But the work continues to improve. My companion was sick on Saturday and so I got to do some extra language study and reading. It was nice because I haven’t been feeling 100% either, I think due to the fact that our feet are always soaking wet with mud and disgusting water. The other day it got pretty cold so I slept in a hoodie!  It was probably 75 degrees though but it felt cold.

We continue to work hard and we have many progressing investigators but still none of them come to church. Our only investigators that come are the kids that are being baptized on Oct 19.

I love you all so much. You have no idea!!!

Sister Jensen


23 September 2013

Kamusta Pamilya!

This past week just flew by, I don’t even know where it went. On Wednesday and Thursday I was in Iloilo for a trainers/trainee meeting. Traveling to Iloilo is a four hour bus ride so when we got to Iloilo we went shopping in the biggest mall on the island. The mall is called SM. It was fun to do a little bit of shopping and afterwards we went and visited some families in the city because the city was my companion’s first area. It was so much fun and I understand the people so much more in the city, and the people that we visited fed us. The next day we had the meeting. It was great to see the two other sisters that I was at the MTC with. I had a lot of fun catching up with them and of course the meeting was great. President Aquino announced that we will now as a mission, be fasting every Sunday to make this mission a baptizing mission. I am excited to see how this mission progresses because I definitely agree that we can all do better. Last month there were only 30 baptisms in the whole mission. For a Philippine mission that number is not good. He has been making a lot of changes in the mission and it is all very exciting. This past transfer there is a new area that opened up as well.
On Friday and Saturday we were busy teaching. We were able to teach 26 lessons this past week and we did it in just the few hours that we had on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday!! That is the most lessons I have ever taught. I knew this area had so much potential. I can see myself loving my area more and more. The baptismal date for the Salvador kids continues to look very promising. They have come to church for the past 2 weeks and they continue to progress as we teach them lessons. As for other investigators, no one else has come to church but we have a lot more investigators that are progressing and continue to allow us to teach them. The mother of the De Felipe family finally agreed to join in on the lessons which is so amazing. Usually when we come to teach she goes and hides in the back. The other day when we taught her about how the gospel blesses families she started to cry.
October is just going to fly by because the first week the other sisters have a baptism then the next weekend is general conference then the week after that we have a baptism, then it will already be transfer week ulit (again in tagalog). Transfer day is going to come way too fast. There is still so much I need to learn from Sister Orani. I can now teach lesson one pretty well.
Today President and Sister Aquino are in the area so we had a zone activity. We went to a beautiful area where there are some waterfalls. It reminded me of donut-falls except it isn’t that much of a climb but it was still a lot of fun and I enjoy getting together with other missionaries and seeing more of the Philippines. I also love visiting with the mission President and his wife. They are such great people.
Palangga ko kamo
Sister Jensen

16 September 2013

Kamusta Pamilya!!

I HAVE A NEW COMPANION! Her name is Sister Orani and she is the best companion ever. She is pinay (filipina) and she has already taught me so much in the past 3 days that we have been together. Before her mission she was a seminary teacher so she is great at teaching the gospel. She is such a great teacher and is helping me improve so much in the language. I have been so eager to learn and now I have a great companion who can help me and teach me!!  It is nice to finally have language study. With my previous trainer we would never do language study neither would we practice teaching lessons in the language so it is so nice to have a companion who makes sure that we do those things. Because of course that is basically the only way to learn the language and how to teach the lessons. I will be able to progress a lot faster now and I am so excited to be working with her. She is a great missionary and we are both on the same page in knowing that this area has the potential to be so great. There is so much work to be done and it is great to have a companion and trainer who is willing to work hard as well. I just hope that I will be able to learn everything that she knows in this next transfer. I only get 6 weeks with her so I am going to make as much of it as I possibly can! Also they changed the areas that are in the same district so I now have a new district. They split the sisters so they aren’t all in the same district now.  We also have to find a new apartment (which is the hardest thing in the world because there aren’t a lot of those that exist here). The owner doesn’t like us I guess, and she thinks that we haven’t been paying her and I don’t even know what. We have to be out by the end of September but I don’t know if that is possible. Also because I have a new companion I am leading the area and it is going great.

On Tuesday I went to a wedding/baptism. It was for investigators of the Sisters in my district. After they got married the wife got baptized. It was a great ceremony and it was cool because their family aren’t members of course, but because they were at the wedding they went to the baptism so we got to teach a lot of people about baptism and the holy ghost because of the baptism program. The husband will be baptized later this month. Tuesday was the night we learned that Sister Lewis was going to be transferred. On Wednesday and Thursday I worked in the other area because another sister also didn’t have a companion. On Thursday night Sister Orani came.

Within the past few days of working with Sister Orani small miracles have come forth. This past week we extended baptismal invitation to Julie Ann and Reyze. They are cousins and they are so excited to be baptized. The funny thing is that we accidentaly set their date the same weekend as General Conference so we are going to have to fix that. We met this family while we were out finding. We were both prompted to go to the same house and when we went there the people let us into their home and listened to our message. It was great. They said that we could come back again to teach them. Our other investigator, Sister Wennie, told us on Friday that if she isn’t home she wants us to text her because she wants to be there so we can teach her. I haven’t been able to teach Sister Flory at all this week. I went to her house 4 times but she either says she is too busy or she isn’t home. The hard thing is that her family hates it when we teach her and I think that has a huge role in why she “hasn’t been home”. I am a bit worried about her but we will continue to visit with her.

This coming week I will be going back to Iloilo to the mission home for a trainers/trainees meeting so I will be able to see the two other sisters again that I was with at the mtc. I am so excited to see President again.

I love you guys soooo very much. Palangga ta kamo gid!!.

Sister Jensen

9 September 2013

Kamusta Pamilya,

This past week I was able to go on companionship exchanges again. I got to go to another area and because of that I got to cross a bridge and go to another Island!  I think the island is called Mobal or something like that. Anyway, while we were crossing the bridge on are way back the bridge was on fire! it was just a small one though and we put it out by stomping on it and pouring some water on it. It did damage the bridge a bit but it wasn’t that bad. But the best part of companion exchanges was that I got to visit sister Lilibeth again!! It was great. I miss teaching her. At the end of the lesson she said “when I am active in the church I want to come out and work with you guys so I know what it feels like” and she hasn’t even been taught about baptism yet. She is going to be such a great member. Another cool thing is that at the end of the lesson her sister was coming home from work and she was talking to us and she asked “how do you guys do it,  walking around everywhere.. it is dangerous how are you still alive?” Sister Lilibeth answered the question for us by saying “it is because they represent Christ and He is watching over them”. It was so cool because we didn’t tell her that, she just knew the answer.
I don’t know if I have mentioned the De Filipe family to you before or not but we taught them this week and we taught them how to pray. Sister Lewis asked Brother Philip to pray and he said no and so she said just a simple one and he continued to say no. so then she said ok I’ll say the prayer. When she said that I said no, then I turned to Brother Filipe and asked him to pray and he said yes. He said the closing prayer and it was so powerful. Even though it was simple it was so great to hear him pray for the first time.
I have now lasted one transfer. I look back and can see how this area has progressed. It went from having zero investigators and people to teach to 4 progressing investigators and many new investigators as well. The area is looking a lot better. This past week I also learned that Kalibo means one thousand. It got this name because when the spanish controlled it way back in the day they baptized 1000 people in the same day.
Palangga ko kamo
Sister Jensen
i am now trying to learn tagalog.