Countdown Begins

Now that I don’t have to account for separate months and stuff, it’s a lot easier to count down.

Tuesday:
District meeting again. The I can’t remember if I mentioned this last week, but the contacting goal we’ve got has turned into a points-system, which makes me even more reluctant to join in, because things like this are dumb. It totally ruins the spiritual aspect of it. But hey, that’s okay. We’ll still try, I guess.
Other than that, we had to run a bunch of errands. It was weird. We’re going to make a zone shirt for Hesperia (finally, after three times being in this zone), so we did a few things involving that.

Wednesday:
We did this thing called My Plan that I’ve been doing for the past few weeks; if I haven’t told you what it is, it’s basically a thing for missionaries to plan their coming home and stuff. It’s pretty cool; if everyone could do it, I would recommend it in that way. But I don’t think you guys can, so, sorry.
Also, in my studies, I was looking up what it meant to be “worthy”, and I didn’t find an answer, but when I went to do My Plan, I was perusing LDS.org and found this quote that says, “To be worthy does not mean to be perfect,” which I thought was cool. I love how the Lord always answers prayers–in his own time, but he does always answer.

Thursday:
We had squash, which was actually kind of simple, not hard and boring. But I guess that’s good. It was overcast and kind of windy, so I hardly even worked up a sweat, and we just walked around spraying a bunch of plants with water mixed with fertilizer and garlic.
I had a drawing I was gonna’ put on, but it appears I forgot my camera.
Then, we drove around and visited people. We still haven’t gotten to get in contact with Carrie, which is unfortunate. I hope she’s doing okay.

Friday:
We went to the Ridgecrest church building to do some family history work according to the direction of President Taylor, and that was cool. I was traveling back through the family history to I guess familiarize myself with the website. It’s cool stuff.
We had In-N-Out for lunch after, which I was glad to do. Then, Elder Brooksby’s companion, Elder Arellano started doing push ups to “work it off”. The only thing was we could all tell he was trying too hard to show off something. We didn’t mind necessarily though, THIS time. And then, after weekly planning, we went to the Barrets for dinner, and those two came with us–and again, in the middle of a member’s home, in front of people he’d never met before, he got up after dinner and started doing push-ups without asking permission or anything. THAT was weird. Also, even though it was our member, he decided he would give the dinner thought, and just gave a thought on the Shakers from Doctrine and Covenants.

Saturday:
I can’t remember. I forgot to write.

Sunday:
It was a pretty good day, other than the awkward fact that I forgot to fast. But I’ll fast another day this month. I bore my last Fast-&-Testimony-Meeting testimony on my mission. *Sniff sniff*.
Also, if you recall the game that I made with all the pictures that I drew for cards, I decided to begin the long and laborious task of drawing them all again. I was doing that as I listened to the young women give rather inspiring testimonies about their experience at Girl’s Camp.

Well, there’s my week. It was alright. I just like having the Spirit with me, that’s all I can say. It feels good.

Thanks for reading.
Elder Jensen out.

 

On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 7:51 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Can’t believe how close it is. Sorry to hear about your nose last week. Have you seen a doctor for that? Mom said a friend of her mentioned that if you put a little Vaseline on the inside of your nose, it will keep it from drying out so much.
I e-mailed the mission president about it, and even though he normally doesn’t read e-mails until Friday or something, he apparently read mine that day and called the mission nurse instantly. It was literally not even a few hours later that I got the call. She told me to rub Neosporin up my nose with a q-tip

Yea, so Anna’s trip to the hospital in Price this week cost more than her entire week of camp. I don’t know how these health care people sleep at night charging $500 so someone can see a doctor to get an antibiotics prescription. Our health care system is totally screwed up.
That’s pretty dumb.

Yea, we had a great testimony meeting yesterday. The spirit was so strong in our ward. Athen’s testimony was amazing. It’s probably been a couple years since he’s done that and he now knows for himself the happiness the gospel brings. So if that was the only conversion you had on your mission, it was totally worth it!
That’s super awesome. I’m so glad to hear that.

Like Mom said, Sariah was bummed over the weekend, but I know Heavenly Father only makes things better and that this is going to be life-changing for her. Sometimes our biggest blessings come disguised as our biggest trials. The whole thing just feels right to me.
It seemed right when I read it too. I don’t know.

It was fun to Welcome Garrett home at the airport. He took the red-eye so he seemed stunned when we were talking to him. (It was 3 a.m. Hawaii time.) We were literally on our way to the airport when Mom got a text from April with a picture of Paul. So they landed within 30 minutes of each other. Unbelievable. Then for some reason, John and Amy decided it would be a good idea to go to a Denny’s at a truck stop on the west side of South Salt Lake for his welcome home meal. K, whatever. John said, “Wow, we’re taking him to a truck stop.” And I was like, Yea, Susan and I were wondering what you guys were thinking. It was kind of awkward, but very memorable. Haha.
Ha ha, that’s an interesting welcome home. Pretty funny XD

We’ve got Tyler Jones going to the Philippines and Elijah Turner going to Africa this week. They both gave good farewell talks.
Man, weird.

We had FHE last night and talked about how Moses got the Melchizedek priesthood from his father-in-law, Jethro, the High Priest of Midian and learned about how Midian was a son of Abraham by Keturah. Then we watched part of the Prince of Egypt. Great movie. So excited to have you home to help with FHE for a while.
I love Prince of Egypt.

I celebrated a little yesterday because I paid my tithing and made my last payment on your mission! Haha. Best investment I’ve ever made. The returns were beyond my wildest imagination!
Ha ha, wow that’s crazy XD That kind of made me laugh.

Stay focused, work hard, and keep the faith.

We love you so much and can’t wait to see you!

Dad

From: Susan Jensen
Sent: Sunday, August 6, 2017 3:32 PM
To: Jonah Jensen; Jim Jensen
Subject: 3

Hey Sweetie! It’s been an emotional weekend. Sariah had her tryouts. She did not make the team but all of her friends did. We found out that the coach told other that Sariah is lazy. That is insane. She has spent her Summer almost consumed with VB. She has worked harder than anyone I know. And the girl who she gave the position to didn’t touch a ball for a month. So who is lazy? She’s been crushed. Only thing I can say is that we may just be lucky. This coach is obviously not a kind and upbeat person. The coach she is getting seems awesome. The girls aren’t as good but we hope Sariah can bring the team up. And the one she made is close by so no more long drives.
I’m hoping your week of missionary work was more successful! Garrett is home! So is Paul! Wow! And on the same day. I’ll attach pictures so Joel is wanting Buffalo Wild Wings for his Bday. Are you good with that as your welcome home dinner?
Anna went to Clear Creek but ended up in the insta care. She got cellulitis. Her arm was hot and swollen. Poor girl was too far away for us to be with her and she was scared to death. But she was ok the next day and had a great week!
Athen bore his testimony today and it was so wonderful. He admonished his siblings to live the gospel for happiness. He talked about how much happier he is living it. Maybe dad can tell you more in his letter.
Well, that’s about it! I love you forever! And I like you for always!
Mommy

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Bleeding Out

This was the bloodiest week probably literally of my whole life. I’m surprised I lived. This isn’t even a joke.

Monday:
The nosebleeds began. You see, when most people get nosebleeds, it’s caused by somebody socking them in the face or something like that, and then it’s just a little trickle downward. When Elder Jensen gets nosebleeds, it’s entirely random and it’s like a waterfall of blood flowing violently and unceasingly in an attempt to fill a vacant hole in the universe that can never be satisfied.

Tuesday:
The first district meeting of the Unified Hesperia Confederacy Zone. It was super freaking lame because everyone in our district is literally just the people from the old Hesperia zone, minus the cool ones. Yeah, we’re lame too. Also, there’s only two funny missionaries in the district, and one is me, and I’m not even funny. Just funny looking.
Also, our wardmates are in the district with us, and one of them is a little bit of a … wonderful daughter of God. That’s all I’ll say.
The waterfall of blood continued throughout the day at random intervals.

Erfnrdfsu:
Trust me, that was supposed to say Wednesday. I just had my fingers on the wrong keys.
We have this goal to contact 10 people a day (which apparently somehow the sisters are getting 40 people a day? I don’t know how that’s physically possible, especially because it’s supposedly in 2 hours, but hey; whatever) which we’re not doing very well at because in the Arrowhead ward, nobody actually walks around outside.
Yet more blood cascaded from my face later that night.

Thursday:
Woke up in the morning with a headache, stomach ache (probably from drinking a gallon of my own freaking blood, even though I didn’t lay back. When the blood wants to come out of my nose and the hole in my nose isn’t fast enough, it takes other routes) and then my nose began gushing some more blood. Look, I promise I’m not dying, guys, don’t worry about me, but I want you to get the idea of how ridiculous this week has been.
dragon
By the way, I do this thing called My Plan where I basically plan out my future online, so we went and did that. My nose could handle that.
Afterward, we had dinner with a member from Apple Valley (Elder Broadhead’s last ward) who took us and our housemates to La Casita Cafe. That was yummy.

Friday:
We did some mass service for a guy named Brother Fulmer again, and he took us to Taco Bell again. I will always do service for that guy– I mean, I would do it either way, but Taco Bell helps. Also, he’s really cool because it’s not for him, it’s just orchestrated by him. We do it for other people.
Then, we had to do a bunch of driving and blow a bunch of miles, and then we went up to interviews with the mission president. I didn’t get one since I have a departing interview in August. So that’s cool. Also, I realized recently that my temple recommend expired a couple months ago, so that’s also cool. President just said to wait until the departing interview.
Also more nosebleeds.

Saturday:
More nosebleeds, and then tried to visit people and failed. It was a boring day.

Sunday:
More nosebleeds, which was this time accompanied by a headache. I guess when you bleed out all the water in your body, and then combine that with the heat of Hesperia, California, you get dehydrated headaches. Church was good though. There were some cool stories shared.

Well, there’s my week of sheer blood and horror, minus the horror.
Thanks for reading.
Elder Jensen out.

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 9:22 PM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

Hey Dude! (ahem, Elder!)

Crazy talk, but we’re going to meet Garrett at the airport on Thursday. Yes, that’s this week. Time is picking up speed now, you’ll be with us before you know it.
Apparently.

I went through the letters and stuff we’ve been getting about your return. Here are some dates about some of the things you should think about when you get home.

-mission release, Aug 28, 500p at our home
Mission release is at 5? We’re not really gonna’ have time to do stuff that day then, are we?
-institute, Thursday, Aug 31, 700p, lone Peak Seminary, need to register (6 weeks course)
-text 801-837-6121 for invites to YSA activities
-mission ward sacrament report, Sep 17, 900a
Wow, that’s a while after. I thought I was supposed to choose.
-stake high council mission report, Sep 24, 745a stake center
-fireside for RM and parents, Sep 24, 700p, 2195 N 100 E, PG
-speak with high councilor, Oct 15

None of these dates are set in stone yet (except your release), but it gives you a good idea of some things to expect.

I’ve been thinking a lot about your return and what it will be like for you and us. In a way, we’ll want to act like you never left. Hopefully, there’s not time wasted trying to get reacquainted or whatnot. It will be somewhat weird for you. You’ve gone and lived a lifetime in 2 years. We just carried on as usual. When you get home, you won’t have anything to do or anywhere to be, but we’ll all have to go to work on Tuesday and you’ll probably be bored after lunch. Haha.
That’s comforting…. Lol

Reorientation to home life can be tricky from what I’ve heard. It will be tempting to just try to pick up where you left off, but you will have changed so much and gained so much experience you won’t be able to do that. You’ll be a different person.

I’m excited to meet with you and talk about your future and the many options you have. Jonah, it will be so good to have you back. I can hardly wait. I’m so proud of what you’ve done. You’re a man, an adult, a full-on person with mature life understanding. We’re so looking forward to the blessings that will come from your service.

All my love,

Dad

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 8:26 PM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:
Garrett comes home this week! So exciting! I was clearing out some stuff in the basement to get ready for you. I’d like to get the room ready all the way but Athen hasn’t found a place yet. He has so much junk, it’s going to take days to get it all organized. I’m just not convinced he will be out.
Athens friend, Gabe, is going to do some video and pictures for us at the airport. Sariah has EFY this week and Anna is going to Clear Creek. It will be quiet here. Tyler Jones had his farewell today. He’s going to the Philippines.
Looks like the Stake President will be releasing you at 5 pm at our house when you get home. It’s going to be a busy day! How long has your companion been out? I hope you’ve had some chances to teach and serve this week. I look forward to hearing about it. Love you!
Mom

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Man, everything’s excellerating. It’s crazy. I got a haircut from a girl at a barber shop who gave me a haircut at the beginning of my mission and she apparently recognized me, and it was weird to both of us thinking that I was about to go home.

 

Short Correspondence

Sorry, guys, I forgot to write the e-mail this week until everybody said that they’re about ready to go. I’m gonna’ keep it brief, with that being said.

We didn’t have a whole lot going on this week. It’s been discouraging to us a bit (kinda seems that whenever I go into an area it dies), so we were a little … well, I guess the best way to put it is we were lacking this week. One of the missionaries we live with talked to us about it, though, and we’re going to keep trying.
Right now we just really need to find new investigators, and the only way seems to be through potential and former investigators, so we’re going to start doing that.
One thing that is cool is that an Elder I really like to spend time with is in this zone again. His name is Elder Brooksby. We give them a ride on p-days.
All in all, I’m grateful that the way things are is how I’m ending my mission–at least on the missionary side. On the work side … things will improve, I’m sure.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Have a good week.
Elder Jensen out.

From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 1:50 PM
To: Jim Jensen
Subject: Re: Re: Replies

Oh, that’s right. I figured you told me something about that…. At least you like the new guy.
That’s intense. I’m glad to hear everything’s alright, and that the guy wasn’t a jerk. He probably saw Sariah and you and realized what was happening, I would guess.

On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:40 PM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
It’s weird that you say the RC mission hasn’t gotten enough missionaries. I was thinking you had too many based on how often you teach.

Well, I was reporting to the CTO (my friend Blake that I’ve worked with for 20+ years) but we had some big technology problems that required someone be a sacrificial lamb and since he was the Chief Technology Officer, he was let go. Not really his fault, lots of politics, totally unfair, but it is what it is. I’m just trying to make the best of it.

Yea, Sariah had a close call the other day when I was with her, but I didn’t tell Mom cause it would have freaked her out. She drove us over to Aunt Laurie’s to pick up Anna and she didn’t slow down enough to make the right turn. A guy was pulling out of Laurie’s street just as she was turning in too fast. It freaked everyone out, and I tried to grab the steering wheel to pull to the right, but I missed. But she pulled it off somehow (pretty sure there was some angels helping steer at that point). The guy honked at her and then backed up to talk to us in front of Laurie’s house. I told her to roll down the window and just say sorry. I thought he was going to cuss her out, but he was nice and said, “Is everything OK? I though you had some kind of emergency.” It was weird, and when he left and he said, “God bless.” So there’s that. She’s doing really good though. She pays a lot of attention.

Dad

From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 11:55 AM
To: Jim Jensen
Cc: Susan Jensen
Subject: Re:

On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 5:18 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Hey Elder,

So that’s a big change to see your zones combine. Is that because the number of missionaries is down?
Yeah, the Rancho Cucamonga mission hasn’t gotten as many as they need lately.

I can’t believe you’re on your last transfer. Your next one is going to be transferring back home. I know you’re going to “die” to y our mission, but you’re going to wake up in the celestial kingdom with your family. Haha. It’s going to be so awesome.
Ha ha, it’s so true. It’s kind of funny, ’cause I can just tell people, “I’m transferring to the Highland Ward” which is a ward in Rancho Cucamonga.

Sounds like you guys got some new roommates, which isn’t a bad thing. Should be an enjoyable last month.
Yeah, it’s gonna’ be great.

Pretty quick week on the home front. Things are starting to settle down a little. I really like my new boss and some good changes have come from all the drama, so I’m really optimistic about things right now.
That’s awesome to hear. Why did you get a new boss again?

My day trip to Fargo, North Dakota, was good. It rained while I was there, which was nice. There hasn’t been much rain in Utah this summer. When I was waiting in line through security in SLC there was a bunch of missionaries exiting nearby. The guy in line in front of me saw an Elder he knew and called him over and they chatted. What a coincidence that the first person he sees after he gets home is some dude from his ward while his mom was waiting just downstairs. Haha.
Ha ha, that is strange.

Next week should be quiet. Sariah has EFY and Anna has Clear Creak. Sariah is still busy with volleyball and learning how to drive. She drove us up to Suncrest to look at the lights after the sun went down yesterday. It was a little nerve-wracking because they are digging up the road to the top and it’s down to two lanes with a bunch of cones all the way up. But she’s doing great.
Summer’s coming to a close. I hope Sariah enjoys EFY. That’s good to hear she’s doing good. Hasn’t crashed into a tree or anything? Ha ha.

I’m really scraping for things to say, so sorry for the short letter this week. Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great week!
It’s all good. I don’t need a ton of things, just enough to get an idea, ha ha.

All my love,

Dad

On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 6:23 PM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:

Woot, woot! Partay! Got a letter from the YSA Alpine stake for us and you to get you going to their classes when you get home.  Crazy to be getting that. It makes it so real.

 LIke, get me going to the YSA ward?

I got a picture from Chipper Browns mom with the two of you. That’s cool that he came back and you were able to see him!  Reggies dad said he’s having a bit of a hard adjustment. He got a full time job and will wait for January to start school.  Elijah Turner had his farewell today and it was great. We also had my niece, Mysti’s, son Elijah’s birthday. He just turned one. So it was the Elijah day!

 Yeah, it was awesome to get to see him again, ha ha. When she saw me, a youth in the ward had taken my magnet tag and put it on his suit, so I put my clip tag on my suit. She approached and she was like, “Elder Jensen!” to me, and then she looked at the youth in confusion and said, “Or, are you Elder Jensen?” It was really funny, ha ha.

I love summer and it’s going by so fast. But it just means it’s getting almost time to have my boy back. Things are good around here. I hope your week has been ok. I know the work is hard. Missions are hard. Are you teaching anyone this week?

 We did not get to teach anyone this week :/ It was kind of a dull week. Elder Broadhead and I are going to go through the area book soon to find former and potential investigators to visit, probably.

Not much else is going on so I’ll just wait to hear from you. Love you! Oh, can you give me your address again? I may send you something for one last time from Amazon.

 Sure: 18887 Yucca St., Hesperia, CA 92345

Love you!!!

Mother

The Iron Curtain Comes Down

The Hesperia A zone and Hesperia B zone are officially combined this transfer. This is something I have been expecting since the beginning of my mission. I have witnessed a peace treaty between two sort-of-great-but-not-really nations. I didn’t know if the iron curtain would fall in my lifetime, but it did. We are now:
The Hesperia Unified Confederacy.
Just kidding, we’re just one Hesperia zone, finally.

Tuesday:
Wow, last district meeting of the transfer. I witnessed two missionaries give their final testimonies to the district and it was spoopy because that’s coming up for me. Only 6 more weeks; that’s just so crazy. It’s not real. It’s NOT I TELL YOU.
I also forgot my journal this week. Sorry.
Human Memory: Being Jogged.
OH! I recall one thing. We did a lemonade stand to hope to give out supplies and stuff, and it went decently. It was at LEAST a nice break from tracting.

Wednesday:
I really wish I could remember. Sorry, guys, we were in a rush today to get places and that’s why I forgot my journal. If I can’t recall, I doubt anything significant happened.

Thursday:
I genuinely have no clue. Again, I know that nothing significant happened, at least.

Friday:
We went to a buffet with our housemates and got the call for transfer information. Also, as part of the transfer information, Elders Simmons and Tuihaa were asked to basically immediately switch living places with Elders Plautz and Phillips, so now Elders Plautz and Phillips are living with us. Which is significantly more enjoyable, I might add.
We spent the whole day moving them in/out.

Saturday:
We did the lemonade stand again, which was a lot better, since it was a Saturday. There were LOTS of kids that came and took our supplies, and a few adults. Oh well, though, what matters is that they’re placed in someone’s home.

Sunday:
Not much. Church takes up most of the day. This is the day we received the info about the zone doing its thing. I tried to fix a Nerf gun too, but that didn’t work. It was frustrating.

Well, there’s my dry week. I’m lucky I remembered the lemonade stand thing. It was fun.
So, I’m here in Arrowhead until I die. Huzzah.
#Hesperia4Life

Elder Jensen out.

 

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:58 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Hey Jonah!

Seems like I just wrote to you! Not much happened this week, which was actually kind of nice.

Reggie was funny in his talk yesterday. At the beginning, he said everything he is about to say will come to us courtesy of the Federal Heights Mission and the color green. (I guess everything was green in WA where he was.) I thought, ‘Jonah will probably say that everything is brought to us by the color brown’. 😊
Very true. You don’t know what weeds are like until you’ve been a missionary in Hesperia.
Joel sounds like he had a fun time in Seattle last week at Calvin’s. It was good for him to get away for a while. Unfortunately, he didn’t take many pictures or tell us much about his trip other than he had fun.
Probably didn’t think about taking pictures much.
I’m headed to Fargo tonight. (I know, how cool!) I’ll be back tomorrow night.
Where’s Fargo?
I got to teach high priests yesterday and we talked about how service to others is a cure for any form of sadness. We reviewed President Hinckley’s letter that he sent his dad when he first got to his mission saying he was wasting his time and his father’s money. Then his dad (who was the stake president at the time) wrote back, “Gordon, forget yourself and go to work.” Does that sound about right to you?
Ha ha, yeah, that’s a really cool letter. It’s very true.
We had FHE last night on some church research I got from Wood Badge about young missionaries not being able to handle the transition from the cushy life at home to being on a mission. Any advice you have for Joel and Athen?
I don’t know, probably. You just have to get used to having less of everything and handling things on your own, I guess. Like, I had never touched a thermostat until I came on my mission, honestly. I don’t really know if there’s anything that I can say that can prepare someone for living on their own better than a mission will, and I don’t know if there’s anything that can really quite prepare you for a mission. It’d be easier to say in person….
In the research it also noted how returned missionaries have a much high chance of being married in the temple and having a temple recommend when they are 38. Also, a better chance to graduate college and be a manager at work. All around, you’re much better off if you can serve a mission.
I would agree. It’s like a cushion to the hard world in my opinion. Helps you learn all these life skills without actually throwing you into the fire if you fall.
We are getting so excited to see you. We talk about it every single day. It’s going to be so cool.
I agree. It is exciting to think about. 42 days. I only know that because that’s how long a transfer is.
Have a great week! And talk to you soon.

Love,

Dad

From: Susan Jensen
Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:10 PM
To: Jonah Jensen; Jim Jensen
Subject: 6!

Hey Jonahman!! Time is flying. They are getting the back to school stuff in at the store and getting rid of the summer stuff. I hate that! Busy week ahead. Work is busy, Sariah has drivers ed and volleyball plus privates for VB, Anna has a karate camp all week. This week will zoom by. Looks like the Brede’s will be here when you come home!! So they will go out to dinner with us for Joel’s bday and your homecoming dinner. It’s so cool that you come home on his bday.
I loved your card to Athen. So funny! He’s wanting to get moved out soon and you’ll have that room to yourself.
So something to think about when you get home. You’ll need to find a job that will let you have that week off for Hawaii. So probably not something in retail. Maybe you’ll need to get something to just get you by until after the trip. Athen can’t come to the first two days of the trip. So if you are thinking of Best Buy it may have to wait.
Enough about the future. How has your week been? Reggie had his homecoming and he lamented how hard tracting is and how it never works. it seems he had some success with it. How do you feel about it? So from what I remember you had one girl get baptized that you found to teach. Other elders got to baptize her though. You got to baptize those two ladies in the beginning who had been being taught. I wonder how they are doing. Tell me if you feel like any other seeds were planted. Have any been planted this week? I think even if nobody accepted the gospel message but you were changed by your mission, if your testimony is strengthened then it was a success. All the Lord ask is that we thrust in our sickle. Things may be happening in the hearts of people who didn’t even accept.
I’m sure it’s been crazy hot there. It’s been bad here too! We’ve had a couple fires on the mountain by Alpine.
Are you planning on attending the singles ward or ours? You, Joel, and Athen should take an institute class together.
So how is your companion? You get along ok? And how long does he have left? Do you know sister Hughes? Her mom is on FB and it looks like she comes home on the flight with you but she has to switch planes in SLC to go to Georgia.
Do you meet much with the mission president? I don’t hear much about him. You said once what a great man he is.
Well, I hope I get a chance to talk to you tomorrow. Love you always!!
Mom

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Holiday Week

Sort of. Just two of them.

Tuesday:
Happy America day, gents!
That’s mostly all of what happened. District meeting was good. There’s this Elder named Elder Honeycutt, and he makes everything hilarious. He’s super trunky; he goes home this upcoming week.
Anyway, we had to go in early because of the whole 4th of July thing. Speaking of which, I wonder why we call it 4th of July so much, rather than Independence Day? Who really knows.
Again, we just tried to visit people. Not many have been home. Probably because summer break and stuff.

Wednesday:
I kept getting these e-mails telling me that I need to do this thing called “My Plan”, which is this thing for missionaries to make them trunkier, and also to help them plan ahead for when they go home, so I thought that I needed to go do My Plan, so we did that, and when I got there, it told me I didn’t need to do it until my last transfer, so there’s that. Elder Broadhead had to use the computers to get some music on his iPod though, so I went on LDS.org and stuff.

Thursday:
Squarsh for friends. There’s a guy at the farm named Mark who kind of works there, and he genuinely does call it squarsh. I have no clue why.
Anyway, me and this other missionary named Elder Plautz teamed up and planted a bunch of cucumbers or something; some of those plants were half as tall as me; and we had to untangle them and all that junk. Also, there’s one constant in Hesperia, California, and that is wind. There is always wind in Hesperia—sometimes more than we can handle; always wind, that is, except on days of squash. It was hot.
Also, after that, we went and gave a blessing to a lady at the Victor Valley hospital in Green Tree, and then found out that it was not the Victor Valley hospital, so that was fun. We drove to a different hospital and gave her a blessing and she talked to us for time and all eternity. We had to walk away while she was trying to talk to us because she talked so much. I found out, too, that she was the grandma of a boy I knew in Santa Fe ward. So there’s that.

Friday:
Happy birthday to AthenWeekly planning and visiting peeps. We really need new investigators. It’s hard.

Saturday:
Elder Broadhead made this surprisingly tasty meal for lunch. It was just cooked spam, pork and beans and rice. I enjoyed it. I don’t know if it was terribly healthy, but his Hawaiian companion taught it to him. They apparently like spam a lot, I guess? Is that right, Garrett? I don’t even know if you read this one.
Afterward, we visited the same peeps, but at least we saw Carrie this time, our investigator. She was hurting and stuff, so she couldn’t stay and talk, and she wasn’t able to make it to church, sadly. Something called a heel spur.
Also, there’s this game in this mission that I should’ve told you about, it’s called Poop and Seek. It’s where one missionary goes to poop, so you run around, turn out all the lights in the house and hide, so that when the missionary comes out from the pooper, he has to come find you.

Sunday:
Throughout the day I listened to this oratory about the life of Jesus Christ called “Lamb of God” by Rob Gardner, and it is super good. I’ve listened to it before, but as I was listening to it this time I really felt the spirit strongly. I got kind of emotional thinking about the phrase that Christ is the resurrection and the life, and when it got to the part of Christ being crucified, I felt a sense of indignation about it, giving me a bit of a hint into what it must’ve been like to be an apostle at that time and witness our own Lord and Savior being so cruelly martyred. It was really emotional to me, and I’m very grateful for the sacrifice of God’s Only Begotten.

Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great week.
Elder Jensen out.

 

On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 5:21 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Hey Elder,

How was your week? Ours was super-hot and I bet yours was hotter.
I won’t take that bet. I know mine was hotter.

I hope you got a chance to celebrate the 4th on the 4th. Do they allow fireworks down there? Seems like they should be legal since everything looks so dead that if everything burned down, probably no one would notice…
Ha ha, I don’t know if they do, honestly. We heard one firework go off on the 4th and another on the 5th.

We had a some family over. Mike and Laurie, John’s family with Amy’s Mom. My Mom, and Susan’s niece Misty, with her fiancé and baby. It was hot and fun. I was thinking that I was glad that it is the last holiday that you will miss with our family. (Other than Athen’s and Mom’s birthdays).
At least you guys have a pool to get in when it’s hot, ha ha.

I’ve heard Reggie is home, but so far I haven’t seen him, other than some bad photos from Facebook Mom showed me. Yesterday at church Dallin Cahoon and Ethan Brunson both gave their farewell talks. Dallin pointed out something cool. In Section 75, the Lord names a few companionships for missions. Verses 33-34 say: “Also my servant Hyrum Smith and my servant Reynolds Cahoon; and also my servant Daniel Stanton and my servant Seymour Brunson;” Reynolds Cahoon is one of Dallin’s ancestors and Seymour Brunson is one of Ethan’s ancestors. So two of their great, great, great, grandchildren were going into the MTC on the same day. Funny.
Holy cow, that’s super awesome XD I love that.

Sariah also gave a talk before the two soon-to-be Elders. She did a great job, but man was she nervous. Apparently she has an irrational fear of getting up in front of people, which is so weird because she is so confident in other things. But many she was in tears begging us to let her off the hook. But we were proud, cause ultimately she ended up doing it anyway.
That’s good. It does seem uncharacteristic of her, though.

Athen had his 22nd birthday this week. It was kind of a normal day. We got him a 7-round magazine for his handgun (yea, he carries now) with some 45 caliber ammo. Later, we headed down to Orem for some pizza. He didn’t do much else, cause most of his friends have gotten married now or have sort of moved on in life.
Really, he got a handgun? That’s pretty cool. And he has a permit to carry it?

We finished painting the trim on the house on Saturday. It looks a LOT better. I think you’ll like it. I had to fight the Wasp Wars to finish the side over the garage. There were dozens of wasps nesting up under the eves literally right where I had to paint. I went through two cans of Raid and the final score was Me: 30, Wasps: 0. It helps to be more intelligent than an insect.
Wow, that’s a lot of wasps XD Sounds fun. And potentially frightening at the thought of them surviving and attacking.

Joel went to Seattle this week to visit his friend Calvin and have what he is calling his senior trip. He should have a great week and has already said it’s the most beautiful scenery he’s been to. He comes home on Saturday.
Apparently there’s half of Washington that’s beautiful and another half that looks, pretty much, like Hesperia.

Sariah has her learner’s permit and has been driving us around everywhere. She’s doing really well. Anna went camping with Aunt Laurie’s family this weekend and a four-year-old accidentally hit her in the head with a rock and it started bleeding and she freaked. Fun times. She’s home safe and sound now. Haha.
Poor Anna, ha ha. I’m glad she didn’t exercise her wrath on them.

Mom mentioned that we were invited to her niece, Misty’s, sons first birthday part on July 23. I thought about that and how it’s not that far away and by the time we’re there it will be only a month left for you. Man, this is so cool. We heard Ryan M is headed home the first week of August. I know Garrett is coming home in there somewhere, but I can’t remember the date. Crazy times.
Yeah, it’s really weird to think. I can’t believe July is almost half over too….

We love you, brother. Keep the faith and finish strong! You’re the best.

All my love,

Dad

Slow Days Again

Man, the high desert is so unmotivating. The deadness of everything is just … well, that: dead. Or maybe it’s just Hesperia. I promise it’s not normal to serve in the same zone for 3/5ths of your mission.

Tuesday:
We had a good district meeting. Talked about teaching repentance and baptizing converts. I also really like the district I’m in; it’s hilarious. Mostly because of this Elder named Elder Honeycutt. He’s so trunky. The second trunkiest man I’ve ever met. Other than that, we played a fun game with a member in our “housemates” ward, meaning Mojave River.

Wednesday:
A day of service. One for Brother Davies, the same member from the Mojave River ward, and then for a family moving in from Russia. They were teaching school there for four years.
Brother Davies had us defile and refile a grave of a close friend of his. Yeah, when his friend died, he buried him in his front yard, so we kinda put rocks all over his grave and stuff after tearing them off.
Oh also, his friend is a dog. Y’know, man’s best friend and all that. I should’ve mentioned that first.
For the people moving from Russia, we just moved a bunch of suitcases, because all they could take on a plane was suitcases. There were, like, 36 of them or something.

Thursday:
A boring day, other than dinner with the Payne’s. They made scones; I haven’t had scones in a thousand years it seems. And she knew that, so that’s why she made them apparently. But they were so tasty and bad for you. I covered mine in Nutella. Heck yeah.

Friday:
We did service for the Bennett’s again, another family in the MR ward. Hesperia should have a weed on their flag, because it’s the land of weeds, not joshua trees. Though joshua trees are in rich abundance here too. In other words, we weeded for them. And they gave us lunch. Surprisingly, I ate a lot even though I don’t like turkey meat on my sammiches.
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Saturday:
Yet more service. A fetch ton of service. Helping people move and also taking things to Goodwill to be given away and stuff. That was pretty much our whole day. It’s relaxing when people other than missionaries come to help, which was the case for the move.

Sunday:
We had dinner with an interesting family at 3 o’clock because I guess that’s how fast Sunday works. As long as you eat food at lunch time and call it dinner, it counts as fasting, right? Anyway I’m not gonna’ complain. I like not starving. Also, this family was one I had had dinner with on exchanges while I was in Green Tree 2 years ago.

Well, that’s all folks. HAGS a good summer.
Elder Jensen out.

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:01 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Hey Elder!

Hope you had a great week! Can’t wait to hear about it since we never got a letter from you last week. ☹ I guess you really were tired of writing the weekly emails. Haha. Please let us know how it’s going with your investigators. I prayed and fasted for them yesterday.
I thought I sent an e-mail saying that I didn’t have time; did I not? Sorry.

This week went by so fast it was almost as if it didn’t exist. On June 28th, I thought about you and how I would see you in 2 months! Yay!
It’s really crazy. This is the 5th week of the 6 week transfers, which is just weird to think.

It was a rough week at work. On Monday, I learned that my friend and long time work companion, Blake, got fired over some of the growing pains we’ve been going through. It was totally unfair. The guy needed the company to give him some help, not come in and take over. It was a sad day. I called him Friday after work and although he sounded OK, I know it’s got to be super-hard for him. Needless to say I’m not very happy with my company right now. I will still do my best, and hopefully it will improve, or I might have to start doing something else.
That’s really sad…. It’s always hard to hear about that. You get a lot of that in Cali.

Mom and I talked about some other business ideas, mostly in real estate. Maybe with my brother. We probably need to come up with something in the next 10 years because we need a good retirement plan. Haha.
Fair enough.

Not much else happened this week except Sariah getting here learner’s permit. We’ve been letting her drive around on some of her errands. Trouble’s brewin’! We’ve been working on painting the trim on our house, so it will look different/better when you get home. Oh, and we also got a new A/C and furnace last week because they’ve been telling us every year when it breaks down how it’s on it’s last leg. (Probs true since our house is 25 years old this year.) Next year it will probably bee the roof.
There’s always just enough to do. You think that you won’t have to spend money one day and then next thing you know, you do.

We had a great sacrament meeting yesterday. We had a lot of visitors for a baby blessing. The family that blessed the baby had 12 priesthood holders in the circle. How awesome would it be to have that many in your family?? So cool. So powerful. The dad also bore his testimony and told how he healed one of his kids through fasting and a blessing. There were a dozen other people that fore their testimony too and we went like 15 minutes over.
Those are usually good meetings. Sometimes people just give thankamonies though.

But the best part was Mom’s. She told about her temple recommend interview that she had with Brother Cahoon last week. It sounds like it was a spiritual experience for her and how questions were so meaningful. (She’ll have to explain it better than me.) But anyway, it really touched me because I had a similar experience with Brother Cahoon in my temple recommend interview. As I listened to the questions, I looked for any part of the questions that I felt like I might be holding back from the Lord, but there wasn’t any. I was so grateful to be able to answer all of the questions in a fully honest way and bear my testimony with simple “Yes” or “I do” answers. The gospel is so important to me and your Mom. It brings so much clarity and purpose to our lives. It’s so awesome to be a part of it.
That’s awesome. It really does feel good, just because you know that you’re actually genuinely worthy to enter the Lord’s presence.

Mom shared an awesome missionary story from Elder Holland for FHE last night. Hopefully, she gets to share it with you. I also shared the story from stake conference about a missionary who went to Spain and one who came from Spain years later to rescue him. We could send these two you in a letter since they would take a little longer to read. I looked back through my journal and see that I mailed it to you in a letter last year.
That would be good. You mailed what to me?

I’ve also been working on a short story that expands on a few scriptures from Luke 5 and John 21. I’m almost done editing it, and I’ll mail it down so you can give me some pointers.
Ha ha, I can try, I don’t know how well I’d do.

Mom and Sariah left at 5:15a this morning to take Sariah to her private vb lessons. Man! Those girls are dedicated. It’s so awesome to see.
Yeah, it sound like they’re working really hard.

Hope you have a great week. Stay chill! And I can’t wait to hear from you.

All my love,

Dad

 

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 7:57 AM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:
Hey babe! First I want to share with you parts of this talk from Elder Holland:
Elder Holland closed by relating a story — being careful to protect the privacy and anonymity of the participants — of a young man from southern Idaho. One night the young man stormed out of the house and set off to join an infamous motorcycle gang. He succeeded in that resolve and for 20 years became immersed in a culture “of temptations yielded to and degradations explored,” never contacting his parents, who feared that he was dead.
Eventually ending up in Southern California, he one day was sitting on the porch of a rented home when he saw two LDS missionaries making their way up the street.
“With a rush of memory and guilt, regret and rage, he despised the very sight of them,” Elder Holland recounted. “But he was safe, because he kept all visitors at bay by employing two Doberman Pinschers who viciously charged the gate every moment that anyone came near.”
The dogs startled the missionaries as they passed by and continued on, “our man on the porch laughing at the lovely little drama he had just witnessed, wishing only that the gate hadn’t restrained his two dogs.”
Then, the two elders stopped, looked at each other, conversed a little, “likely said a silent prayer,” then turned around and approached the gate.
“The Dobermans on cue charged the gate again, hit it, snarling, frothing, and then stopped in their tracks,” Elder Holland said. “They looked at the missionaries, dropped their heads, ambled back to the front steps and lay down.”
Holy fetch.
The man on the porch was speechless as the missionaries opened the gate, walked up the path and greeted him.
“One of the elders said, ‘Are you from this part of California?’
“The man said, ‘No. If you want to know, I’m from Pocatello, Idaho.’
“There was a pause. ‘That’s interesting,’ the elder said. ‘Do you know the [such-and-such] family in Pocatello?’
“With a stunned look, our biker paused, and then, in very measured words, said, ‘Yeah, I know them. They are my parents.’
“ ‘Well, they’re my parents too,’ the missionary said. ‘God has sent me to invite you to come home.’ ”
Mind blown.
The younger brother had been born after the older boy had left home. The elder brother did not even know of him.
“Mom and Dad have been praying for you every morning and night for 20 years,” the younger brother said. “They were not sure you were alive, but they knew if you were, that someday you would come back to us.”
The wayward son invited the two in, and they talked for the rest of the day and some of the night. He did return home, returned to Church activity and, in March 2015, was married and sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple.
Commenting on the account, Elder Holland said, “This is a story of the role of Almighty God, the Savior of the World, and the Holy Ghost involved in the work of the ministry to which we’ve been called.
This is so amazing and shows how he works from beginning to end to orchestrate our lives if we listen to him.

As dad was saying about the testimony meeting. When I had my temple recommend interview I just felt so strongly how much I believe these things are true. I love the Lord. I may not always feel him near me but I know it’s true and have a desire for more faith.

That’s amazing. I wish I had an experience like that XD But at the same time, I enjoy knowing all of my brothers.
I saw Reggie Sunday! It’s good to see our boys returning with honor! I love you and can’t wait to hear from you! Big hugs!!!
Wow, way to make me trunky XD Just kidding.
Mom

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Letters From Home

Jonah didn’t send his weekly email, so here are the responses to the letters we sent.

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:20 AM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello Elder! What a week! Florida was nice. The girls played their best some times and not so good some times. They placed 31st out of 500. If they played consistently they could be much higher. They have the skills but not the mental toughness.
That’s pretty cool, though. Nice work.

We arrived Saturday and went to the beach that evening. The beach is warm and very humid. Sticky. The water is warm. I’m not a beach fan so I don’t really care what it’s like. Sariah was in heaven. I was with another mom and her daughter and another girl.
I don’t care for the beach either. I’d rather be on a mountain or something. Speaking of which, Dad needs to take us skiing again.

Sunday we had a nice breakfast at our condo then a devotional. It was nice. They had a little practice in the middle of the day. We had dinner then hung out by the pool at the condo.
Monday we were up bright and early and at the conference center. We had a group dinner and then went to the mall. We got to bed early so we could get rested for games.
Tuesday after games we went paddle boarding. I was one of only two parents who would do it. It was so fun. And the lake water was warm. Like a pool. Once I got out to the middle of the lake and it was time to row back there was wind and waves and I had moved to my knees. I towed and towed and it wasn’t moving. Everyone was way ahead of me. Sariah’s coach came and showed me how I was too far forward on my board and it was pushing the tip down. Wish I would have known sooner. I was pretty tired by then so he had me hold onto the role of his board and he paddled me in. He said the weight of pulling me actually made it easier. So that was kinda fun. I wasn’t planning on doing the paddle board because the other parents weren’t going so I hadn’t dressed in clothes that could get wet. Laying down on the board got me wet. It was not comfortable so we had to go buy me some pants since we weren’t planning on heading home yet and I was freezing and super wet.

Wednesday we just hung out after the games. Thursday was the last day of games and the girls finished early so we all went to the beach as a team. The girls had so much fun! And the parents are so wonderful. Arlene was the other mom I was staying with and she was so fun! I just love her. She was married twice before her current marriage. Wasn’t active in the church. Was single for 10 years and got active. She finally married a guy with 14 kids that is 10 years older than her. She said it was only by Heavenly Fathers guidance that she married him. He was not what she thought she wanted. She says now she sees he was the best thing for her. She says he’s the best husband. He’s a former seminary principal but has been a lawyer for years.

Friday was the last day there. We went on an airboat and saw alligators. It was very cool! I’m going to add some pics to this and a video of the alligators. Watch it all the way. It’s cool.
Sounds like you had a really fun week.
It is nice to be home. Dad and I had an amazing hike Saturday. I think he is sending you a video. Don’t know if you can watch.

I hope you have had a wonderful week, even through the heat. I love you sweetie!!
I love you too

Mom

 

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:22 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

Hey Jonah,

Can’t believe it’s P-day again! Wow last week flew by fast. If the rest of the summer goes by like that, you’ll be home in no time. But don’t get trunky. Finish strong!
Ha ha, I’m trying my best not to. It can be hard.

In your letter last week you mentioned you followed up on a “ton” of referrals. Where do all those referrals come from? Has anything else happened with them yet?
Well, by a ton I mean two. They just came from other missionaries. But nothing else has happened with them yet. We’re trying to get back in contact with him.

I heard there was a little fire out your way last week. Up by Big Bear lake. We had our own little fire on Saturday, but they did a great job of putting it out. It helps that there’s a ton of rock and not much fuel where it started.
Lots of fires lately. Weird stuff.

This is upon on the hill behind the gravel pit at the mouth of American Fork Canyon.

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Just curious. Does Tio even know how to read? A lot of people won’t read the Book of Mormon because the can’t/don’t read. What do you do with people like that? Are we saying it’s a lot harder to be saved if you don’t know how to read?
Yeah, he can read. He just needs glasses.

I loved your prayer story! The Lord takes care of his missionaries. I think it is so cool how you guys are so connected through the Spirit. And it must be awesome for you to be sensitive enough to follow those subtle promptings. Even when you have someone right there saying your prompting is wrong. I hope you spend the rest of your life working on refining that skill and teaching your children how to develop it.
I do too. It’s way nicer to have the spirit than not

I hope you got the picture of the truck. The week went by quickly, but it was a rough week at work. Some of our leaders were so stressed out about our meeting with Toyota on Friday that they lost all common sense. The meeting actually ended up going WAY better than anyone expected (except me). Hopefully this week people will calm down and things will get back to normal.
Ha ha, you expected it to go that well?

With Mom and Sariah gone last week, it was pretty quiet around here. It was mostly just me and Anna and/or Joel for dinner. Kind of weird.
That does sound different. Basically like missionary life.

We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa Abbott last night to have dinner and help with some things around the house. Athen was saying he is planning on getting an apartment with a couple guys from Best Buy and moving out this summer. That will be perfect timing so you’ll have a place when you move back.
That’s pretty cool. Does he know where?

Mom and I took a beautiful hike up to Horsetail Falls on Saturday. Dry Creek is running super-high so the falls were amazing. Here’s a picture and I’ll try to link a short video below as well.
Nice. Looks pretty. I miss it.

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Like most outdoor photos, the camera really doesn’t do justice to the actual falls. You can’t tell how much water is pouring over.
No, it doesn’t— but at least it’s better than my camera, oddly enough.

Hope you have a great week. It’s fast Sunday next week, so let us know if there’s anything you need us to fast for.
Just that we can find new people to teach, or that our investigators will read and pray about the Book of Mormon.

All my love,

Dad

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Tuesday:
We had the classic District Meeting. Afterward, we visited a ton of referrals and met a guy named Chris. He was passed off to us by the sisters, and he’s super cool. He’s going to try to get his friend to take the lessons with him, who had kind of taken them before, but one sister in the past turned him away because she was flirtatious, strangely enough. Usually it’s vice versa.

Wednesday:
We did some disgusting service. We “helped this guy move” by cleaning up his horrifyingly nasty little room that he was renting out. I used my gloves for fear of something crawling out, biting my finger and causing me to go into a state of seizures as the poison slipped effortlessly through my bloodstream.
Luckily, none of that actually even came close to happening, but it was still a really nasty house. We all insta-threw our clothes in the washer afterward.
After all that, we visited the Paddisons again, who we’ll probably drop, because they’re just not progressing at all.
We also went with the Mojave River Elders to play this game invented by a member. It’s pretty fun and 1000% luck.

Thursday:
Appointments cancelled and what not and we did some service for a member, which we thought was gonna take a couple hours, but 50% of the time, we were just kind of standing in confusion. At the end, we had to walk up and ask if we were done, to which he said, “Oh, yeah, thanks a ton!” and what not. He told us he would see us in sacrament meeting, but he did not.

Friday:
We visited people in the morning and did weekly planning in the afternoon, because it was hotter than the dickens out, as it has been for the past while. It’s miserable.
Tio finally read something; it was the pamphlet. But he still won’t read the Book of Mormon. We’re thinking that we’ll probably drop him next time if he doesn’t actually read the Book of Mormon, because we’re not really making progress with him.
Also, want to know that the Lord answers prayers? Listen to this experience right here:
We were driving home from a failed appointment that morning. Pretty much everything had fallen through, and we were going back about 30 minutes early to have lunch. It was 12:00. We were on the main street leading back to our house when I said, “I’m gonna’ call the Mojave River Elders and see if they need a ride home.”
“I don’t think they do,” began Elder Broadhead in reply. “They said thy’re busy until 12:30 this morning.”
I shrugged and slid the phone out of my pocket. “Oh well, you never know.”
So I called and Tuihaa answered, and he sounded very excited when we offered to pick them up. We came to find out that 30 seconds before, they had prayed that someone would give them a ride home because it was so hot. They were just starting to walk to a member to get a ride when we called.
Let’s do the math: 10 seconds to call + 15/20 seconds for Broadhead and I to discuss it + or – any time that human error supplies in both their comment and my math, it seems to have literally been an instantaneous prompting.
Next level.

Saturday:
We started playing a roleplaying game as a house, and we’ve been having a fun time with that lately. Funny stories that I would tell if only everyone would understand them. I will forebear.
As far as the day is concerned though, not much happened. We really struggled to get out of dinner with the Barrett family in a decent time, but they kept pulling us back in. It was kind of funny. It was this strange vortex of, “Oh, you’ve got to go? Are you sure? Oh, okay. Well,” and then they would begin a story, and then after five minutes, say, “Oh, yo’ve got to go? Are you sure you don’t want to stay and play another game? Oh, okay. Well,” etc. etc.

Sunday:
We had dinner with the Paynes again. It had been a while since they were up with most of you in Utah. Not with you, but in the same vicinity. Isn’t it crazy how I’m literally not even that far, yet it feels like I’m in a different world?
Anyway, we all shared stories about times with our fathers for fathers day, and for the thought we talked about righteous fathers, and I would just like to say that I’m grateful for my righteous father who’s been such a good example to me all of my life. Thanks, Dad! Happy Father’s day!

Thanks for reading, errybody.
Elder Jensen out.

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 6:43 AM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:
Hello my wonderful boy! I hope your week has been good. I’m in Florida for nationals. First game just sucked. Florida is humid but it hasn’t bothered me. Not too crazy hot. I kinda like the warm air that feels like a blanket. But it’s been mostly cloudy. We went to the beach the first day. Nice beach. Not amazing but nice. I wouldn’t want to live here but it’s fine.
I hope the teaching is coming along for you guys. I loved your video! I still never could see the pictures. Not much has happened this week so I’ll wait to hear from you. I love you! And here’s a picture of a house that fell from Heaven.

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Wait, what is that house?

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 5:23 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

Hey Elder!

Hope you had a great week. It sure flew by for me. It was pretty stressful because we’ve been having some growing pains at work with a couple of our new products and it’s affecting our business with Toyota. There’s a meeting with Toyota in Dallas this Friday that I spent a lot of last week preparing for, but now it sounds like I may not have to go to.
Mm, that’s stressful.

Hopefully this week will be better.

I didn’t get to look at a lot of your pictures and video last week because the permissions weren’t set right. Hopefully you got requests to access from me. It’s so weird that the permissions always get messed up when you share. You have to look at the share option and look for a way to change it to “anyone with the link can view”. Or if you’re always putting them in the same folder, just set the permissions on the folder to “public”. Another thing may be that when you invite me to Google Drive stuff you have to use my jim.jensen.mail@gmail.com email address cause I don’t have an account on my Live address.
Yeah, I set it to do that, but sometimes it doesn’t work. I don’t know, when I get home, I’ll just pretty much post all the pictures on Facebook and you guys can look through my camera.

Mom somehow got your video though and it was hilarious! You’re getting pretty good at your gay voice. Haha! The mansion looks like quite the nice place. When we watched that we were hoping you boys aren’t trashing the place too much.
We try to keep it relatively clean. Some past missionaries have really made the walls look like trash, but what we can control we do.

Mom left for Orlando and Sariah’s last volleyball tournament of the season. They went straight to the beach when they got there. I’m sure they’re going to have a fun week.
Ha ha, doesn’t surprise me.

I spent all Saturday working in the yard. Joel helped me cut down some big branches off the trees by our fire pit and load up several months worth of yard junk we’d been piling on the side of the house. When I told him we had to get it all into my pickup bed, he was like, “No way! It is physically not possible to get al that in.” I told him we had to and we cut the branches down until it all crammed in. He was amazed.
Ha ha, that’s funny. You know, until you just said that, I wasn’t even sure if you actually got a truck. Mom mentioned it once in passing like, a year ago and I’ve never even seen a picture or been told what kind of truck it is.

Sorry. Possibly the only thing more boring than doing yardwork is reading about someone else doing it.

Sounds like the work is a little better right now with Tio, Pam and Brother Vivas. We’ll keep them in our prayers. Your mission blog at https://elderjonahjensen.com is coming along nicely, so don’t give up on writing the emails yet!
Ha ha, I won’t. How long is that supposed to stay up?

Looks like you guys are in for a major heat wave this week. Good luck with that!
yaaaaay

Now for the email topic. Elder Ben King came home on Wednesday and had his homecoming address on Sunday. This should open the floodgates of missionaries coming home this summer. Tyler Jones (not sure if you know/remember him) got his call to the Philippines last week. Leaves August 9th.
Wow, that’s pretty cool.

I loved Ben’s talk. It was so good to see/hear from him. One story he told particularly touched me. He said that he was having a hard time with one of his companions in the Washington DC South mission and things weren’t going very well for him during that portion of his mission. He was sort of getting down in the dumps about things. One day they had done a lot of tracting and had nothing but rejections and no-answers. He and his companion were walking back together and he said he must have looked really depressed as they slogged along toward home. Then a car that had BYU Cougar stickers all over it went by. A guy with a BYU hat was driving and saw them walking down the street. He rolled down the window and yelled, “Elder! Elders! Don’t give up! Don’t give up! It’s true! It’s true!”, and then kept on driving by.
Ha ha, that’s awesome. Prayers are answered in mysterious ways. It’s great.

I just love how Heavenly Father sends little bits of help and encouragement along the way just as you most need it. What a great message for that guy to yell. I feel like he was an angel to Ben and his companion. Sometimes we get so myopic and caught up in the minutiae we fail to stand back and comprehend that most glorious fact of all. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in upstate New York in 1820 and called him to restore the gospel. They sent angels and prophets to assist in the great work and somehow they laid the foundation for all the great and glorious works we see around us today with the priesthood and temples, and the whole church organization. It is miraculous, really. And we’re so blessed to live during this time. I wish I could always keep the simple and profound thought in my mind, “It’s true! It’s true!”.
I really hope I can maintain that through my life. It’s a scary thought, thinking about going less-active, and I really hope I never forget to read my scriptures and pray. Elder Brown once said, while we were walking along, “If one day, you hear that I’m less-active, call me up and tell me to quit being lazy; because the only real reason anyone ever really goes less-active is because they don’t want to keep the commandments.”

I know that it is. I’m so grateful to have you coming home in a couple months. You’ve done such an awesome job and I’m so proud of you. We have all been blessed because of your sacrifice.

Keep the faith and finish strong, my son!

All my love,

Dad

 

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Quick answers.

Yep got a truck like a year ago. It’s a silver F-150.  That’s a good truck. cool

Elderjonahjensen.com can stay up as long as we want!

Btw, I just posted your video from last week up there like 30 minutes ago.

Jim

Life and Stuff

I keep having these nightmares (not actually; they’re more of daymares) that I’ll get transferred this upcoming transfer, and I REALLY hope I don’t. If I have to transfer again, I’ll kill somebody. Sorry, just a random sidethought.

Tuesday:
Literally nothing. We tried a flip ton of people, and nobody answered. It was unfortunate.
Also, I got distracted while I was writing and forgot to write some of the things I was thinking.

Wednesday:
We helped some peeps in the Mojave River ward try to build up a pool, but we kind of didn’t succeed, and I may or may not have broken one of their chairs.
Tio was a “return to last checkpoint” lesson, but this time we tried to give him less to do to see if he would do it. It was still a decent lesson.
We taught Pam the Plan of Salvation, which went well. She’s an awesome lady, as fried as her brain seems to be from drugs. She’s very nice. An honest seeker of truth, I’d say.
We also taught Brother Vivas. He’s just a less-active who is really cool.

Thursday:
Squash for friends and Pep Boys. Awww yeah. I got super trunky because, whilst at Pep Boys, waiting for our car to finish being fixed, Elder Broadhead changed seats for no apparent reason; so I followed, only to be met by a ton of archery magazines. Hoooooooooraaaaaaaay. Funny story, though, they were all from 2009, so they weren’t anything new and exciting.
We also had lamb for dinner. It was interesting.
pic1After all that, we had ward coordination, which was fun I guess. The Bishop is awesome, ha ha. Apparently, according to him, you’re not allowed to end your time as a bishop until you’ve offended everyone in the ward (this is a joke, in case you couldn’t tell).

Friday:
Pretty much weekly planning and failing to visit people. Well, I guess you could say we succeeded, but they did not let us in or answer.

Saturday:
We park contacted, and I discovered rapidly that truly, Elder Broadhead does not like contacting.

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We tried a lot more people, and finally got to get in with Brother Gibbons, who is in the Bishopric. We want to have a dinner with him and some of our potential investigators to hopefully expose them to someone from the church and give them friends. Hurrah. Friendship is magic.

Sunday:
Nothing. I don’t really know why, but I just wrote nothing in my journal, and my brain is everywhere right now. I just know things fell through.

In case you can’t tell, I’m growing tired of writing these weekly e-mails–BUT, that will not stop me.

Thanks for reading,
Elder Jensen out.

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:13 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Hey Elder!

Mom said she got an email with your itinerary last week! Yee haw! That is so awesome. Sorry, but we’re super-excited to have you come home and have a returned missionary living with us.
Yeah, lots going through my head about that XD

Sorry I didn’t email last week. I said I wouldn’t be able to since I was on the stake encampment, which went really well by the way. It was hot, but not killer hot cause it’s a little higher elevation. We had about 250 boys and leaders down there all week. We had just the right amount of injuries and broken bones, but no serious issues. We wore the boys down as planned and from all reports on Sunday, we think everyone had a great time.
That’s fine, I remembered that you said that you wouldn’t be able to.

So reading your last couple letters, it sounds like your mission has a little drama going on. Uh, come on, elders. You must need more work, haha.
Yeah, it’s super dumb. I’m ready to leave when the time comes.

But it sounds like you’ve got a few things going on with Fred, Tio, and Pam. We’ll pray for them and hope they don’t have to keep going back to the checkpoint. Oh, and when you get back and meet with President Sheffield to get released, don’t make fun of pickleball. He is literally an international champion for his age category. He went to Italy to play in some huge tournament and won in a couple categories.
Ha ha, that’s funny. Alright, I won’t mention it, lol.

How’s Elder Broadhead? He looks like a nice guy from your pic. Speaking of arrowheads and broad heads, I went to the rock shop in Moab and got each of the kids a little gift. Since you are into archery, I got you an arrowhead. I’ll give it to your when you get home, but here’s a picture of it for now.
He’s pretty cool. We have a lot in common, as I said to Mom. He is very nice. A little quirky, but nice.
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Sweet! Thanks a ton.
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And here’s a picture from my sleeping back last week. It was awesome. Have a great week! Finish strong!
Wow, that’s cool.

Love,

Dad

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:59 AM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:
I got and email with your travel plans! You’ll be home by 1 pm on the 28th. Wow, it’s crazy how close that is!
Yeah, my mind is getting blown each day.
I’ve been busy painting the trim on our house. It’s a big project. It’s looking way better though! It was lame having dad gone all week. Man, I missed that hunk of burning love! Aunt Rose died, grandpa Jensens sister, and her funeral was Saturday. She was such a sweet person. She always said the kindest things to me on FB.
Awww, that’s sad to hear…. But, I guess it is “the way of all the earth”.
Sariah and I leave for nationals on Saturday. It should be pretty fun! It’s in Florida. Coleman submitted his papers. They aren’t sure if he will be able to go very far. It may just be close like Orem or Provo. We will see.
Those are both some exciting items of news. Nationals? That’s crazy. And I hope Coleman gets somewhere that he can enjoy.
Well, I’m curious to how the new companionship is going. Are you the senior companion? How do you get along? And are you still at the mansion?
It’s going well, we have a lot in common, more or less. I am the senior, not that it means anything in this mission. I am still at the mansion. I should go home from here.
Well, not much is going on here. Just a busy summer. We found a great family for our rental home. They are moving in July 1st. That’s about all. Anything you need from me? Hope to talk to you today.
I don’t think I need anything.
I LOVE you!
Mother

Cooling Down and Heating Up

Our lives are cooling down, but the conditions of the surrounding air are heating up. Verily much so.

Tuesday:
Elder Matthews e-mail president and whined to him and claimed that Elder Ogbonna “chastised him” for “being obedient”, and President got angry at Elder Ogbonna. It was really annoying, especially because the zone leaders said, “Yeah, don’t worry about it, as long as it doesn’t happen again.” It pissed Dan off a lot more when he found out that he told President yet again.

Wednesday:
I realized it was the last day of May and about pooped my pants.
We met with Fred, and the best way to explain this is when you die in a video game and you have to return to the last checkpoint, because he literally reverted to the same way he was when we had last met with him.
Then, we visited Tio, which was also a return to last checkpoint, because he just wanted us to come watch him play Pickleball, and he still hadn’t read. So that was sad. He might have read this time though.

Thursday:
We met with Pam again, which was good, and we taught her the Restoration, but beyond that, all of our appointments fell through.
That night, we went and watched Tio play pickleball, which is basically just, like, if tennis is too hard for you because it’s too fast, and ping pong is too hard for you because it’s too small, then you’ve got pickleball. It was kind of funny. We just acted as commentators the whole time. But, Tio said he would try to read the Book of Mormon!

Friday:
We got transfer info that Elder Ogbonna had to leave me…. So sad. But that’s alright, life goes on.
Also, everyone cool in Hesperia left, basically.
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Elder Ogbonna just said goodbye to a lot of people.
The Rosenthal family made some delicious teriyaki chicken for us.

Saturday:
Service for the Payne family all day, which was a party, but also very tiring. It was Elder Ogbonna’s birthday, so they made us their delicious pizza and some crazy-awful-for-you-dessert.

Sundaaaaaaaaay:
I received the information that I would be with Elder Broadhead (he heh, funny because he’s in the arrowhead ward … and his name is Broadhead….).
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Also, fast Sunday. I bore my testimony and now the whole ward thinks I’m trunky– which I kind of am, but not in a bad way!
Elder Ogbonna spent the day saying goodbye to peeps, then we had another dinner of ribs at the Rosenthal’s. It was very delicious.
Also, testimonies in testimony meeting were very, very strange, and I miss Utah where people are not fried from drugs. That’s all I’ll say.

Thanks for reading, all you peeps and other forms of marshmallows.
Elder Jensen out.