The Week Before the Week of Christmas, I Guess

I hear sicknesses are best combated with chicken noodle soup. I should buy some of that.


We had a District Meeting as usual, which went well even though the Mojave River A Elders weren’t there. I say well, but I think I actually mean it was very unusual and it went well for the fact that two of the people assigned to do thoughts weren’t there to do their thoughts.

After that, we just tried to visit Yesenia and tracted.


President Kirby drove us to Elisa’s, a lost member, but she was busy, so we drove to Juan and Julie’s (some potential investigators), but President Kirby was very adamant that they were not sincere as he had been there for many lessons many times.

After that, we went back to his house and practiced some songs for the Christmas party on Friday.


We were at the Lord’s Table until 3:00 unloading boxes off of pallets, so our entire day was basically just that, and then Reatha also asked us to come help put ornaments on her Christmas tree, which was nice.


I was sick again, believe it or not (I could’ve sworn my immune system was better than this) so we stayed in until the Christmas party.

The singing was horrible, by the way. Very abominable. You know how the song of the heart is a prayer unto the Lord? Not those songs.


We had a lesson with Bishop and the Sisters–a pass-off lesson, rather–and that went well. His name was Edwin and the Bishop got along really well with him, so that definitely helped a lot. The Bishop is very unorthodox and funny.


At church, a member bore a very powerful testimony that strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ a lot, and in ward coordination, we went through the entire ward list and marked down some information about each of the people, so that took a very long time. By the time we got home and had lunch, it was already almost time for dinner. So exciting.

Well, that’s all. Definitely a lot shorter than I expected. But there you go.

Anyway, everyone, thank you for reading! I hope you all have a great Christmas and enjoy your time together! We’ll be with Dan and Reatha.

Elder Jensen out.

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 8:49 AM, Susan Jensen <> wrote:

image1770Hey my boy! Friday night Laurie and I took the girls for a girls weekend downtown. We stayed at Little America. The kids swam and we stayed in a nice room. We shopped and ate and enjoyed the Christmas lights. Good weekend.
People thought Laurie and I are twins. Funny. I don’t think we look that much alike. Sariah brought two friends and had their own room. They loved that.
I’m at the Dr right now waiting for my pre-op appointment. Not too excited about this. So you know your Christmas schedule yet? Also, if anything you want me to add to my talk happens before New Years then email me.

I’m hating driving to Woods Cross and having to sit for over three hours for practice. Super boring. I don’t mind driving but the sitting is killing me.
I hope to talk to you today but am super excited to talk face to face on Sunday!!
Love ya!
Sent from my iPhone

From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2016 12:18 PM
To: Susan Jensen
Subject: Re: The countdown is on!

That’s funny, ha ha

Your pre-op appointment?

Oooh, I thought you were giving the talk this last Sunday for some reason. I didn’t know it was New Years, I guess.

I guess you need to bring something to do while you’re waiting.

As far as Christmas is concerned, we’ve got church until 12, and then when we get home, we’ll probably be opening presents and such, so it might not be until 1 or 2 that we call.

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 5:27 AM, Jim Jensen <> wrote:

Hey Jonah!

We’re counting down the days till we can talk to you again. We probably need to figure out the logistics today unless you can somehow let us know later this week.

I let Mom know everything I know.

Our plan for Christmas is to do the present thing in the morning, then drive to Magna for breakfast and be back in time for church at 1. We should be done with church by 230 and then we have nothing planned after that. So it should be pretty easy to hook up as long as you don’t try to call in the morning. As a reminder, you can reach me on Skype at

Oh, okay, then I’ll wait until 3 or so to call.

Can’t remember if we told you last week, but Athen applied for a full time position at Best Buy and got it. He’s excited because it provides tuition reimbursement and he’s planning on going to UVU starting in January.

That’s awesome news!

Speaking of UVU, we saw Brady Daines at church yesterday. He looked like Jesus. Long hair and beard. He also said he’s going to UVU.

That’s weird.

I was talking to Joel this week, and he said he’s been having lots of dreams about you coming home from your mission. I thought that was interesting. I didn’t really ask him the details, but it’s good to know he’s thinking about you. I am concerned about him this term cause he’s right on the verge of failing a couple classes and if he does, he might have to take an online course to make up the credit in order to graduate. Why he puts it off for so long is beyond me . . .

I’ve been having a lot of dreams about being home as well. Honestly, weirdly enough, they’ve mostly just been me and him going to hang out with Cooper, ha ha. 

I kind of freaked out this week as I was trying to find a place to stay for the eclipse in August. I tried booking it a couple months ago and places were saying they weren’t taking reservations for 2017 yet. Then this week, I started calling up into Grand Teton National Park and everything was sold out. I called a few places and tried to book online at a dozen and there was nothing available. So I’m thinking, OK, well it would have been nice to be in the national park, but I’ll be find just staying in Rigby ID which is also in the path of the total eclipse. So I went on Expedia which showed me 40 hotels within 50 miles of Rigby and they were all sold out for that weekend. I checked every city within 100 miles of i-15 in the path and nothing.

Holy cow, that’s crazy….

I was totally bummed out as the thing I’d been thinking about for 10 years went up in flames. Then the next day, a guy from the KOA in WY called me back and had a couple camp sites. They were about the price of a hotel, $90/night, and you have to do a rafting tour down the Snake to stay there, but I snatched them up.

Ha ha, well that’s a tender mercy.

Mom is scheduled to get her elbow surgery next week. She won’t be able to work until it feels better, so let’s pray for her that she heals quickly. She loves doing hair and this may be the longest she’s ever taken off from doing it in her life.

What’s the surgery for? Maybe you can give her a blessing afterward and see if the Lord has anything to say about it.

Looks like you’re going to enjoy decent weather this week, in the 50s and 60s. We’re freezing our butts off right now.

You guys don’t even know what the high desert cold is like. The wind just tears you to pieces up here, ha ha.

I thought I would end with this assignment from Sariah I found on my computer this morning. She’s obviously applying for a job at the North Pole, and I thought you’d like to read it.

Santa’s Workshop Factory 1

December 17th, 2016

Toy Tester

I am here to show you how much I want this job. A very good friend from Yale Tide (senior)  suggested this job to me, she says I would be amazing at this job and really enjoy it. I am a hardworking person and when I really want to accomplish something I will. I always have a growth mindset. I can always have fun when it is the appropriate time! I have always  had lots of interest in kids. I care about their  interest and everything they want! I love to see happy faces.

My  latest job was at the toy shop, but all I wanted to do was make sure they worked right and people would like  them. I am all about working hard! I majored in toy testing but I  wanted to try other things to make sure this was the job I wanted. This is the job I want. Wouldn’t you want  someone who isn’t afraid to correct people’s poor work and take leaderships? From the past I have learned very well techniques to give people motivation and also to take leadership. I also love interacting with other elves. We could all agree on what should be passed off and what shouldn’t.

I could make sure we are hardworking and taking it seriously but also making  memories and having fun. When I attended Yale Tide for 4 years I majored in toy testing I have always been interested in it since a young elf. I  hope to make everyone  have a great Christmas and to make Santa less stressed about the big night.  I feel like this is a very important job for Christmas because we do not, whatsoever, want the kids waking up Christmas morning to a broken toy! Just because an elf was slacking off, that is not acceptable our job is to make kid happy and want to be good all  year and become better  people  and I know I can help benefit the upcoming Christmases with my leadership , love for kids and spirit!  I hope you consider me for this amazing job. Thank  you for taking your time to read this!


Jingle Cupcakes.    

That’s an interesting article, ha ha.

Have a great week and talk to you Sunday!!!!!

All my love,





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