Archive | October 2014

27 October 2014

Kamusta Family,

This past week has been quite well, I was able to work in my area a little bit this past week which was great. Some of the Tongkua family accepted a baptismal date finally and so it will be nice to be able to focus on them and continue to help them progress in the gospel. The mom, dad, and their young daughter Wingwing accepted a date. The past couple of lessons I would always invite them to be baptized but they would never agree until recently they finally accepted the invitation.. Of course there is still lots to do before they can get baptized. Their daughter Wingwing is 12 and during the lessons she always takes notes and she is always reading the Book of Mormon as well! Her parents don’t ever read due to having no glasses so sometimes Wing will read aloud to her parents.
This past week we put on a reactivation party so for a day the members went out with us to a lot of the less active homes and we just invited them to a party that was happening that night. We were able to have a lot of success and I also learned where a lot of the less active members lived that I did not know before.
This coming week I will be able to work in my area fully since I have a temporary companion to work with me. Also this temporary missionary has already been assigned in my area before so she will know where many of the less active members live and be able to connect with the members already. So for the next 9 days she will be my companion and then it will be transfer day and we will see what happens for my last transfer.
I can’t believe October is almost over as well! That is crazy and it went by pretty fast.
I love you all and pray for you always!!!
Sister jensen

20 October 2014

This is a peculiar e-mail from Rachel this week. I don’t know if we will learn more of the story before she comes home or not. Hymn 166 is Abide With Me:

Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens. Lord with me abide!. When other helpers fail and comforts flee. Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!

I love you all so much. This past week was very very challenging and if you want to know the details, mom just call sister Paul’s mom and she can tell you, otherwise I will just tell you the whole story when I come home.

I feel so drained and I am tired but I know I can continue, and I feel Heavenly Father leading and guiding me. I know I am not alone because He is there. And mom thank you so much for teaching me and raising me to love music, especially the hymns. The hymns have helped me so much this past week and one that really expresses what I feel is hymn 166. The lyrics especially the first verse is exactly how I feel.
I know that we are given challenges to give us the opportunity to apply the teachings of Jesus in our lives. By doing this we can change. I’m grateful for this challenge and I will continue to do all that I can to work through it. I was reading the Book of Mormon the other day and I found this scripture which helped me through the trail I’m going through: “The life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shalle be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him,”  (3 Nephi 21:10)
I love you all.
Sister Jensen

13 October 2014

Kamusta Pamilya,

This past week was pretty interesting. We have been having some pretty heavy rains and strong winds and on Friday we didn’t even go out to work part of the day due to the weather. My area is a bit flooded due to all the rain but we are able to work through it and it isn’t as bad now as it was the past few days.
I wasn’t able to watch all the sessions of General Conference because something was wrong with my companion so we went back to the apartment, but from what I was able to watch I was able to receive answers, feel the spirit, and know that Heavenly Father loves me.
We continue to teach the Tongkua family and the other day we taught them the Plan of Salvation and extended a baptismal date to them. They responded positively but saying they will think about it. They know that we are different from other religions and want to continue to learn and know before they accept.
As for right now we are teaching a 16 year old girl, Jade. She was a referral from the branch and she is doing great. We will have to be a little bit slower with the lessons due to her strong background of being catholic and so what she knows from before and what we are teaching her is making her a bit confused. She has a huge desire though and has accepted a date for this coming November.
We have another investigator that also accepted a baptismal date for November as well. Her name is Lucy Gener. She has great faith and has a strong testimony of prayer. She continues to pray everyday with us to be prepared for her baptism. Her husband was baptized before a few years ago but according to what I am understanding he will need to be baptized again because he was never confirmed.
This past week we set a zone goal for the week to find a new family and give the father a Book of Mormon. The Lord greatly blessed us in accomplishing this goal this past week. Sister Baui and I were just walking around our area and then I choose a house after a while and say “tag balay” and it was a father who opend the door and let us in. The next thing we know he is gathering his family so we can teach them. Hopefully this family, the Malinao familiy, will continue to progress. The mother seemed a bit tiga (hard) but it’s all good.
I continue to see so many blessings and I’m grateful for the hand of the Lord in my life.
I love and miss you all and I pray for you always.
Sister Jensen

6 October 2014

Kamusta Family,
This past week was full of challenges but also a lot of miracles. Training and opening an area has proved to be very difficult but I love the challenge. My companion misses home very much but I continue to love her and be patient as she begins to adjust and learn and grow. This past week we found a family!!!! And not only that but the father, Soloman, came to church yesterday! This was the first time ever on my mission having an investigator that was a father come to church!! It was a miracle. His wife and daughter that we are also teaching didn’t come to church because there was some kind of emergency so only he came.. but he loved the experience he had at church and he continues asking us when the next time we will be coming to their house to teach them. There name is the Tongcua family.
Other than that we continue to get lost in our area as we try to find the less active members and people that were taught before but i’m enjoying it. All I am doing right now is focusing on how to help my companion and also the Tongcua family. I finally have a family and I don’t want them to slip through my fingers. I want them to accept the gospel.. I don’t want to do anything wrong. I don’t want anything to go wrong with them.
I continue to do my best and strive to improve each day.
I am really excited for General Conference. It will be nice to be able to sit for a few hours and be spiritually uplifted. I need it really bad right now.
I love you all
Sister Jensen