Archive | March 2014

31 March 2014

Kamusta Pamilya,

This past week was great but we were punted a lot more than usual, nevertheless blessing from Heavenly Father continue to poor down. On Tuesday I had the opportunity of teaching at district meeting. It went great. The topic was the doctrine of Christ and I focused on our purpose as missionaries and how it is our calling to teach and spread the doctrine of Christ. Yesterday I also had the opportunity to speak in sacrament meeting in our branch. It was pretty rough since I have only been studying this language for 3 months, but I think they got what I was saying. I am just glad that it’s over. Today I did run the 10K. It was actually a little bit more than that. It was great and we were able to do it in less than an hour. I made us numbers to pin to our shirts and wrote guimaras run on it and one guy saw it and yelled “yay guimaras.. run run run” It was funny and made us a bit embarrassed about wearing the numbers but we kept on wearing them anyways. It was a great and fun experience. We were so proud of ourselves for doing it. My housemate that I run with has now lost over 60 kilos which is quite a bit of weight. It has been amazing and I  am so glad that I have been able to help her.
Violeta will be getting baptized this Saturday!! I am so excited and she is prepared. I love her so much and she is such a great example. She knows that this is what she needs to do.
There are many things that I have taken for granted. Coming to the Philippines has helped me realized how truly blessed America is. I will never take for granted a washing machine, warm water…. and so on.. and also a lawn mower. I had the opportunity to mow a grass lawn and all that I had to do it was with a pair of scissors. \It took hours but the job got done and it looks better than it did before. At first it was fun because it was a new experience but after a while it got old, but it was still a good opportunity. Just remember that America is sooo blessed, and you are so lucky to have a washing machine. haha
The other day we were in our farthest area and it was night. It was getting close to our curfew and because there are no lights on the streets here it was very dark. At that time there were no tricycles and what we usually do is ride a tricycle from our appointment to a jeepney terminal then take a jeepney home: but there were no tricycles. We waited for a little bit but there was nothing. I told my companion that we should start walking because it was getting late and there wasn’t a tricycle that was coming and we could look for one on the way as we were walking. We ended up having to walk all the way and we didn’t get there till way after our curfew. We were a bit worried that there wouldn’t be a jeepney anymore at the terminal so as we were making our way there we prayed that there would be a jeepney. When we got there, the Lord provided for us. There was one last jeepney with basically only enough room for us that was preparing to leave. It was a blessing.
The gospel is true. enjoy conference. Love you all
Sister Jensen

24 March 2014

Kamusta Family,

This past week was an exciting week full of adventure and missionary work. We continue to build relationships with the members and they are starting to open up more to us and help us with this great and marvelous work. Aside from that we continue to find and teach investigators. Sister Violeta is still doing great and it has been such a great experience to see her not only believe in the gospel but to actually live it. I have noticed how the atonement of Jesus Christ has enabled her to change and work towards baptism. She sees the light in the tunnel that will help her become more happy in this life and enjoy many blessings. Each time we go and visit with her she tells us blessings that she has received as she has chosen to accept and live this gospel and she is so excited to get baptized. She will be out of town this coming week to visit some family in Roxas, but she will be back on Saturday and will be able to make it to church.
The atonement of Jesus Christ is there for each of us. It enables us to have the capacity to endure to the end and to continue to change, transform and become. I have noticed that this gospel is our freedom to become our true potential and it is only through the gospel of Christ that we can reach our full potential. Continue to endure to the end.
Love you all so much.
Sister Jensen

17 March 2014

Kamusta Pamilya,

I had another very exciting experience this week that continues to make living in the Philippines very exciting and fun.  For some reason  there was no water at all in our town. our dirty dishes were stacking up and our buckets of water that are usually full so we can flush the toilet were running empty and I really needed to wash my clothes but I couldn’t. We decided that if it was still going to be off the next morning we would all die because we were also in a desperate need to take showers and just clean the house. luckily there is a well down  the hill from where we live so I and one other of my housemates spent the next morning drawing water from the well and carrying it all the way back to our place and dumping it in other basins so that we could shower. Many people were there at the well, some washing their clothes, others taking showers, and others filling up buckets to take back to their homes. It was a pretty cool experience and the water is even colder than usual but it was ok.   It was a great workout and we ended up getting quite a few chances to speak with people because everybody was doing the same thing: fetching water from the well.  One time while waiting in line I was talking with the person behind me and then when I was heading back up the hill I gave him and his friends the little card with all the articles of faith and then said goodbye. As I left one of the guys said “oh no, there’re 13 commandments? I thought there was only ten”.
Sister Violetta didn’t come to church yesterday because she was sick but we had two other investigators that came which is a miracle!! Sister Emiliana finally came again and then one of our new investigators, Albert, came. Albert is on of 10 in his family and he is 15 years old. We were hoping that his mom and younger siblings would join him but he was the only one that came. Albert was a referral from the member that worked with us that one sunday.
love you all
Sister Jensen

 

10 March 2014

Kamusta Family,

This past week was a great week. The weather is starting to warm up again but I still haven’t had to sleep with a fan  since October and I continue to sleep with a blanket every night. Sister Dotillos and I continue to explore our area and come in contact with new people. This past week we were able to find quite a few investigators, so we will visit them again and see if there is some potential. One day, we were tracting and it was coming to the time where we needed to start heading to our last appointment of the day. My companion said let’s tract one more house. So we continued on the path that we were on and came across some houses. I decided to go to the house that was the furthest up the mountain and we went there and said “tag-balay” no one was coming to the door but after a couple of minutes three people looked out the door and invited us in. We taught them and at the end she said, with tears in her eyes, I know that what you said is true. when will you come back? I gave her a Book of Mormon and gave her some other information. Out of all the new investigators we found she seems to have the most potential, but we will see how it all goes.
 I am looking forward to April, there will be a baptism, general conference, and just another month down. My housemate and I go running together every morning. Her name is sister Karaponga and she is from new zealand. she used to be larger  and she has already lost quite a bit of weight (over 40 pounds). we are planning to run a 10k at the end of this month on our p-day. I am so glad that I finally found someone who will work out with me. It is so nice to finally do something. before I would just do some stuff inside the apartment all alone but there really wasn’t any motivation to do anything. 
Life is great and the work is moving
love you all
Sister Jensen