Archive | May 2014

26 May 2014

Kamusta Family,

I have left the beautiful island of Guimaras and I’m back on the island of Panay in Leganes. The sad thing is I can see Guimaras from my new area. I loved Guimaras so much it was the most beautiful area ever and soon Sister Paz will be getting baptized. I am adjusting to my new area, it is a city so I’m not used to that at all. My areas have never been cities so it is a bit more crazy and a lot more people. I am back to working in a ward and there are six missionaries in my ward: four elders, and two sisters. The ward is so amazing. It is probable the best ward on Panay Island (that’s what all the missionaries say). From what I have seen it is probably true. The ward is so involved with missionary work. and we have ward coordination meetings and it is just great. Members are always working with us as well. It’s awesome. Small world though… Sister Paz’s brother is a member in the ward I am in right now and he livesĀ in my area. It turns out that Sister Paz visits him all the time and so hopefully I will get to see her again. He was the one who actually gave her as a referral to us. It is so crazy.

I have been given more responsibility as a Sister Training Leader so I get to serve more missionaries. I get to go on exchanges and work with other sisters in other areas for a day and I give training at zone meetings every month. I am excited.

My new companion is great. I knew her before, she was in my district for a little while in Kalibo. She is so nice and I will probably be her last companion. Her name is Sister Aurelio and she goes home in August. She is so sweet and I’m excited to be companions with her.

At the moment I’m just adjusting to my new area and just trying to learn my way around. It is stressful but fun. The area is progressing well and we are expecting a few baptisms this coming month.

Love you all and I’m praying for you,

Sister Jensen

 

19 May 2014

Kamusta pamilya,

It was so great to talk to you and hear your voices on the phone!! It’s great to know that you are all doing good and staying busy and engaged in life. The next time I get to hear your voices it’ll be face to face!
Anyways this pass week went good although one of my favorite investigators, Noemi Napuno, dropped us. She was so great. She came and absolutely loved general conference, and loves learning about the prophets from the Book of Mormon. We also had to let go of a few of other investigators as well this past week but Sister Paz is still doing great and amazing. We have an FHE scheduled with her at a members house tonight so that will be a lot of fun!
Today we had a zone activity and hiked up in some caves! It was really fun. At one point in the caves we had to do the army crawl in order to continue forward as well as walk through water that was waste deep and pull myself up in a certain situation. Inside the cave were some bats, a dead dog, and the skin of a really long snake! It was a lot of fun. It was great to see more of the Guimaras island that I’m on.
Last Friday we had a community service project. The liahona foundation came to Guimaras to do a screening for all the kids. We went to help. I helped with all the children. It was a pretty great turn out. The screening was for all kids between 6 months and 5 years old. They take the height, weight, and age of a child and they can determine if the child is mal-nourished. If the child was mal-nourished then they qualify for a program to help them get nourished. It was pretty interesting and of course most of the kids came out mal-nourished. It was great to help and I enjoyed it very much.
This Wednesday I will be going to the eat- all- you-can mango festival so I’ll let you know how it goes.
Love you all so much!! I pray for you always!!
Sister Jensen

12 May 2014

Kamusta Family,
I had a great week. We had a Mission Tour and Elder Ardern and his wife visited us. It was a great experience and I was edified a lot. It was really fun to listen to his accent and receive insight from a General Authority. At the beginning of the meeting he called on me to come up and he asked me what was the happiest moment that I had experienced within the past 7 days. I went up to the pulpit and stood next to him and we just had a conversation. It was great and very exciting. He is a great leader of the church.
On Friday I ran to the wharf again which was nice and refreshing.. I am glad that you were able to run/walk the cannon ball run again. Afterwards we had a community service project. We cleared a lot for one of the members, Brother Rivas. I don’t know if you remember him but he used to be less-active but he is doing really good now! The community service project was great, we pulled out the tall weeds, cleared away some rocks, and picked up a lot of trash. It is nice to serve people in other ways.
Speaking of the cannon run, I was thinking of planning one of those here in Guimaras as a finding activity. Guimaras, especially my area, is a great place to run. A lot of marathons take place here and on the same trail I run everyday… so there are a lot of runners here on the island of Guimaras so I think it it could be a great finding opportunity but so far it has just been a thought in my mind.
Albert is doing great. Yesterday was his first time passing the sacrament and he did a great job. It is one of my favorite things to watch the recent convert’s pass the sacrament for the first time.
We have another very promising and well-prepared investigator. Her name is Paz Bullenten and she is amazing. She is in her 50’s and her 8 year old grandson lives with her. She has only had the book of Mormon for two weeks and is already in Mosiah. The other day she asked “What do I have to do to get baptized?” She is great. Her date is June 7. She has a son who is a member (I’m not sure where he lives but it isn’t on the Panay island) and she already had a Liahona. The cover was of a temple. Her grandson drew the picture of the temple and then gave it to me to keep. He wrote me a little message on the back telling me to come again to teach them next week. I loved it so much and it is so cute. It reminded me of you Nathanael! You drew me a picture of the day you were baptized and wrote me a little message that I love so much.
Another miracle that happened this past week is that I have been searching for a certain less-active. One of my good missionary friends served here before me and he had baptized someone in my area a year ago and wanted me to look after her and help her. After a few weeks I finally found where she lived but she wasn’t there, it turns out that she was living in Iloilo because she was pregnant and was there to be closer to a hospital. (the hospital here in guimaras isn’t the best) Yesterday she came to church, she had given birth to her baby on May 3 and is now back living in Guimaras! I am excited to finally visit her and watch after her. When she came to church I asked her what her name was and when she told me I was so happy when she said her name. I hugged her and told her that I have been looking for her for a long time. I told her about how the Elder I mentioned before told me about her. When I started talking to her she got really happy. I then asked her about her baby and she told me that she named her baby after the Elder but sadly the baby did not live long. She started to cry and I am glad I was there to comfort her. I don’t think anyone knows her situation since she left for Iloilo soon after becoming a member so not many people know of her but she has such a strong testimony.
I have now been in Guimaras for about 5 months and I have seen many blessings and miracles take place in my area. This work truly does bring happiness and the gospel truly does bless lives. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve here.
I love you all, I love this gospel, and I truly love our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sister Jensen

5 May 2014

Kamusta Pamilya!

This past week went by fast and this coming week is also going to busy so it will be great. Albert’s baptism went soo great. The members were very supportive and the program was just so spiritual. Albert will be a great addition to the branch. We are in need of great priesthood leaders and that is what he will be. He was confirmed yesterday and already given the priesthood as well, so next week he will already be passing the sacrament. After the baptism he stood up and bore his testimony, and it was so strong. He shared an experience he had when he was a little boy and how he always felt sick and out of place, but when we taught him and he started coming to church he was feeling better. He bore a strong testimony about the gospel. Is was a great experience. He is 15 years old and I always wondered why he came to church all on his own. He truly is sensitive to the spirit and he acts on the promptings. He has support now from the branch members so he is good and he is even working with us now at times. He wants to go on a mission someday and his parents are supportive of it. His parents listen to the lessons and want to come to church but they work every Sunday morning in order to provide for the family.
We were able to obtain some more referrals from members this week which has been a great blessing. Some of them seem will progress faster than others. The branch is so supportive and it is great to work with them. They are basically all pioneers but the branch is still strong and the leaders are learning quickly.
The manggahan festival was going on but not the all-you-can-eat.. it turns out that will take place later on in May so until then I’ll let you know how it goes. I am so excited and one of the members told me that if I eat more than 5 kilos then she will pay for my entry. 5 kilos is about 15 mangoes. One year an elder one the contest and he ate 7 kilos but he wasn’t able to accept the award because the award ceremony took place on a Sunday.
This past week I had a community service project and I was just working in a garden and pulling weeds. It made me think of you dad.. something that you do all the time. At our apartment I am growing a ube plant. We will see if it stays alive.
Next week we will be having a mission tour and Elder Ardern will be there! I am excited and it will be sweet to listen to his cool accent.
It is so beautiful here in Guimaras. I still can’t believe how beautiful it is. I love it here in Guimaras.
I pray and fast for you all!! I miss and love you all so much!
Sister Jensen