A Trunky Weekend

I’ll get to the title later.

We had a really long Zone Conference that lasted from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, which was actually really good. We started in the chapel, but moved around to different rooms, which was really nice; all in all, the conference was very enlightening. We talked a lot about working with members and stuff like that, and we learned a lot of different things that we can do to help members understand how we really want to work with them and what they can do to help our efforts as well.
I finally got to go on exchanges in Green Tree, my greenie ward! Huzzah!
It was a really good day. Elder Memmott is an awesome and very loving leader–he was my MTC companion. I didn’t like him in the MTC, but we both have grown a lot since then, I think.
The highlight was probably when we decided to do some street contacting in the freezing cold, and the first people we talked to were like, “I don’t believe in the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith.”
So we were like, “That’s cool,” and we just kept talking to them, talking about Jesus Christ and things, and they said again that they didn’t believe what we did. So we just kept talking and stuff, and they emphasized again, but with each emphasis, their hearts were softened more and more. By the end of it all, they both requested a copy of the Book of Mormon and–while Elder Memmott was talking to one of the two–I gave two pamphlets to the one I was talking to and answered a lot of his questions. They said we could come back. I wish I could be there for that.
We got the number of Marissa, so now we can text her ahead of time and see if she’s free.
Other than that, we had service and helped Reatha with her family history, which was pretty cool, and when it got really dark, we worked on my sword out in Dan’s shop.
Just the usual. Weekly planning and such. Dan made some good biscuits and gravy, this time the gravy being called Eggs A La Golden or something.
There was a wedding reception, which made my pretty trunky to get married. I’m excited for that, I guess.
At church, there was a homecoming for a missionary. That obviously made me trunky.
Well, there’s my week. Short, but good. It was enjoyable.
Elder Jensen out.
Upsidedown Sunsets
From: Jonah David Jensen <jensen.jonah@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 12:34 PM
To: Jim Jensen
Subject: Re: I’m old
On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:42 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

That’s about all I can say.

It’s kind of sad, but I’m solidly in my mid-50s now. I remember years ago looking ahead and doing the math and thinking I’d be in my 50s when Sariah graduates high school. I thought I would be old and wrinkly by then. Thanks to your Mom, who has been my personal fitness instructor, I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve even noticed that my hip, which was starting to hurt a lot has been feeling better. It reminds me of D&C 84:33,

“For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.”

I definitely have a testimony of this scripture and the Word of Wisdom that teaches you how to eat and not eat. 

 Yeah, you definitely do not look or act old, but you’ve got wisdom on your side, so it’s a double-edged sword. The word of wisdom does have some amazing promises. It’s crazy. I never knew all of them.

Had another week fly by. This week will, too. Tuesday is Mom’s and my actual 25th anniversary. November 22nd was the date we got married in 1991. I’m going to get off work a little early and we’re going to go shopping and buy each other a nice gift. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. We’re going to eat at Uncle John’s. Of course we’ll miss you and Garrett. But we will all feel so proud that you guys are on your missions.

 What do you mean by “actual”? But hey, Garrett and I will be home for the next Thanksgiving.

I don’t know if you’ve heard much from Reggie lately. I stopped and asked Karter how he was doing yesterday at church. Karter said “He’s doing much better.” I asked him if something was wrong, and he said that Reggie had been struggling for a while. I didn’t really ask him what about, but if you have his email, maybe you should drop him a note of encouragement. You guys are bearing down on your last 6 months, so stay strong.

 Alright, I’ll think about what to say and do that.

Athen has to work at Best Buy on Black Friday which means he has to be there at 6 on Thanksgiving. We should totally outlaw retail stores from being open on Thanksgiving. It’s a crime against humanity. There’s no reason Black Friday has to start on Thursday. Lame.

 I thought that they weren’t going to let it start on Thursday? That really bothers me, because I think Black Friday is a horrible holiday.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s such a spiritual holiday. Plus whoever scheduled it to be on Thursday was a genius because so many companies figure they might as well close on Friday, too, so you’re guaranteed a four-day weekend.

 Ha ha, that makes sense. It is a really great holiday, though.

Sounds like you guys need a few more investigators. I pray for you and your work every day, so I’ll make sure to continue to focus on the finding part. I’m glad you are staying close to Dan. I remember as a new member feeling lost sometimes. Have you talked to him about receiving the preisthood? Seems like he should be able to receive the Aaronic priesthood fairly soon. Maybe it’s six months. But make sure you point his mind toward getting the priesthood and getting to the temple ASAP.

 You can receive both priesthoods as soon as you feel ready. He’s already recieved the Aaronic. It’s exciting.

Speaking of the temple, I’ve been working a bit up on FamilySearch the last few weeks. The Church has done an amazing job with this web application to make doing family history work interesting and exciting. My Mom is going to bring some stories to Thanksgiving and we’re going to put them all into FamilySearch so you’ll be able to read about your ancestors when you are able to get back on the internet.

 Oh, that’s exciting. I wish I could be there.

The family is doing great. We are being blessed by your mission. Thanks for all your hard work. Keep the faith.

I’m looking forward to your letter.

Here’s a sunset from Friday night out my office window. Pretty spectacular. All My Love, Dad.


From: Jonah David Jensen <jensen.jonah@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 12:49 PM
To: Susan Jensen
Cc: jim.jensen@live.com
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving is a comin’
On Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 6:46 PM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello Elder Jensen!
I hope you have a Thanksgiving invite now. I want you to have a nice Holliday!

 We o have a thanksgiving invitation. It’s with this family called the Wales. Should be good! 

Sariah had her final tryouts this week. We will know tomorrow what team she makes. I can tell you tomorrow.

 As in you can tell me today? 

  She looked really good!
Do you get pretty sunsets where you live? I love the sunsets we get here so I wonder if you get to see some.

 Yeah, i actually have a cool one I plan to send to you guys. 

Did you end up teaching the ice cream man? That would be a good story to tell!

 We have not, but maybe it was just a seed planted. 

     We went out to dinner for dads bday.


 That’s cool. Where to? 

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