28 July 2014

Kamusta Pamilya,
This past week was great.. we ended up going to a less-active’s house that lives way far in the middle of a rice field. Usually walking from the street to their house takes 20 minutes but due to the mud and other obstacles it took us over an hour to finally get there. It was really funny, at one point my companion had a small stick in one hand and she was using the stick to help her walk so she wouldn’t fall. The stick was probably only 1 1/2 feet tall so she was crouched way down, taking really small steps, and just trying to grab on other things to help her walk through the mud and not fall. It was a pretty funny image and quite an experience walking in mud that comes up all the way to mid-calf but it takes a lot of time. By the time we got to the house we were covered in mud up to our knees and we probable looked like a huge disaster, but at least we got to our appointment and it was a fun adventure getting there!
This past week I had an experience that made me so grateful for the family I was born and raised up in. We have a young woman, Anna Quiapo, that we are pretty close with… she works with us all the time and she is Elidia’s older sister. We went to go teach them last night and her step father was at the house very drunk. We entered into the house and the mom had just come home from work. She was tired and very hungry and she was irritated that her husband had taken money and gotten drunk…. leaving her and her kids without food and money. The parents started fighting in front of us and the mom grabbed a huge glass jug to hit him with it but then we stopped her and pushed the husband out the door. He tried to come back in and just started yelling but he was too drunk to do anything so he finally walked away. Anne just started crying and so I started to sing a hymn to help make everything better for the kids and eventually taught a lesson. The kids are so good though (there are 5 kids). I’m kinda grateful that we were there to help the situation and sing hymns to the kids. Thanks mom and dad for raising me in such a great and warm environment and always being able to provide for me, care for me, and love me.
Shane is doing great. She even comes to work with us sometimes and shares her testimony. She is going to start attending seminary with the friends that we have been able to help her make and yesterday we went with her to choir practice. She is getting very active in all the activities that the church offers and she is doing great… but there is a situation… she has word of wisdom problems so it’ll take time to fix that.
My strength is still coming back, still not able to exercise the way i used to yet.. can’t even do a push-up but I’ve been going back to the normal schedule.
So what I had.. .WARNING:  may contain information that you don’t want to know. haha just kidding. but here it is….very bad stomach ache and back pains like no other, rashes especially on my legs, bleeding in the mouth, headaches, no appetite so I was force fed (not literally but S. Aquino would make sure I would eat things and not leave until I ate it), urine is a different color, weak, dizziness, high fever, and I passed out a couple of times. The great thing was is that I didn’t have to get any blood transfusions… they were thinking that they would have to.
Love you all,
Sister Jensen
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About rachelejensen

Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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