The Floods

Before this week, I thought the Lord had covenanted not to flood the earth again.

It’s just a joke, not literal.

Tuesday:

Not much happened, but I almost died to a train. Not almost. But there was one train stopped on the tracks and we have to cross them to get to our apartment, and as soon as I get past the stopped train, I see another train coming toward me. So, I booked it back off the tracks and it was just going ham on its horn. We got a text from the members we just had dinner with and they were like, “Was the train honking at you?” It was funny.

Other than that, we tried to visit Jonathan, but something prompted us to not knock on the door, so we didn’t.

Wednesday:

Y’know, I didn’t write anything down apparently. I swear I write every night. An imp must’ve stolen it from my journal.

Thursday:

We had to walk up to the Roberts’ house because we left our bikes there overnight due to storming and darkness, and the wind was blowing vehemently, basically trying to throw us from center Hesperia up north to Victorville. The same wind attacked us on our bikes as we rode to the top of our area to find someone who wasn’t there.

Friday:

It rained so much that the streets were literally flooded beyond the ability to walk or ride. Sultana street turned into a river.

Saturday:

We did service to beautify someone’s yard for them, so that definitely wasn’t necessary as far as service goes, but we did it anyway, I guess. She told us that it was causing problems, but it wasn’t. That took up a lot of the day, plus just helping Dan with things.

Sunday:

Sultana River was even higher today, covering the sidewalks, so yeah, that was literally our day. Maybe if we were allowed to swim as missionaries, we would’ve, but even then it wouldn’t have done much.

Well, there’s my week. Very stormy, I guess. Disabled us a lot.

Elder Jensen out.

 

From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 12:12 PM
To: Susan Jensen
Cc: jim.jensen@live.com
Subject: Re: Down to 7

The work is going good. Slowly picking up. I’ll probably be leaving the area this upcoming week, though. We weren’t able to get in contact with Edwin or Dixon this week, though. We talked to them both on Friday/Sunday, however, and they’re still interested.

Yes, much flooding.

Yeah, it’s really annoying. However, if so much contention is raised up against Trump, it honestly gives me a bit of hope, just because that means that Satan apparently doesn’t want him in office. I don’t know how he’s going to be, but the things I’ve heard sound somewhat promising. I don’t know. I wish that people could just get over themselves.

She does look really good, ha ha. (Also, I think if you put pictures in before you finish your e-mail, the rest of your e-mail comes up in a text document.)

On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 7:53 PM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:

How is the work going? I’m hoping there is some good news with the investigators we have talked about. And how is the weather there? Any flooding? We have had a lot of snow.
Sariah had a tournament so our weekend was spent doing that. Not much new is going on. Joel just went to the missionary fireside with dad.
I’m really tired of the political unrest. There is so much division and hate. The left despises the right. I’ve had so many people berating me and calling me things I am not. It’s crazy.
Here is a a couple pictures of sariah from the photo shoot she did for a clothing company

From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 12:22 PM
To: Jim Jensen
Subject: Re: Mission prep

On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 5:12 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

Hi Jonah,

I hope you had a great week. I’m looking forward to your email. This week zoomed by, which is good. The sooner we can get through the next last week of winter the better.

Joel and I went to the PMG Fireside at the stake last night. I thought about you a lot and would loved to hear your thoughts on the things that were said. We are gently pointing Joel toward serving a mission, but he is not really focused on it right now. At least he’s not like Athen who was saying he couldn’t see himself serving a mission. But Joel just seems to be trying not to think about it.

Yeah, but I’ve talked to Joel a bit about it, and I think he’s going to go on a mission. I mean, I didn’t really want to think about the idea of being away from everything for two years either, so I know what he’s feeling a little bit.

After the meeting, which I thought was really good and energizing, I asked Joel if he had any impressions or feelings about him serving a mission during the meeting. He said, “Uh, I don’t know.” I waited for a few moments and then asked, “So that’s you’re answer?” And he said, “Well, I tried to pay attention for a while, but, honestly, I started to space out at the end.”

Yeah, I wouldn’t worry too much. I mean, still try to get him excited for the mission and everything, but he’s just a teenager. He doesn’t quite understand the gospel and all that it encompasses. I didn’t even know what it meant to have a real testimony until about a week before I came out.

I think he’s just trying to NOT think about it. At this point in his life, Joel doesn’t handle stress very well. I think moving out and living on his own and working really hard all the time stresses him out. So he doesn’t like to think about it.

 Again, that was the same for me.

He’s been working at his lifeguard job for 9 months or so. It’s kind of an interesting job in the summer when it’s super busy, but during the winter it sounds super boring. A while back I asked Joel how he like the job and he said it was great because he really didn’t have to do much to get paid. I was thinking, wouldn’t you rather work hard and have the time go by faster? But then this month, he wanted to quit because he said that it is so boring he loses his mind while he’s there. We told him he really needed to get another job before he quit, but it seems like the thought of doing another job where he had to do more didn’t sound so appealing. But at least it’s progress that he’s getting bored.

Yeah, that’s true. It’s just natural, though. 

I know he gets a depressed and sad sometimes, so that can really make things hard. I wish there was a way to show him that hard work and getting this accomplished help you to feel better.

Anyway, I really liked some of the things that were said at the fireside yesterday. President Hunt, who works for the Church Education System (seminary and institute teacher) said, Try reading the book of Mormon at the rate of 7.5 pages per day. If you do that you can read it in about 65 days which is how long it took Joseph to translate it. If you do, you will fully understand that there is no way that Joseph wrote the book on his own and that it had to come from the power of God.

Ha ha, or you can just pray about it. Both work.

We had ward conference yesterday. With my calling in the stake YM presidency, I get to help teach the deacons and Beehives during the 2nd and 3rd hours. The youth theme this year is “Ask” taken from James 1:5-6. The stake does all 7 wards throughout the year and we started with our ward this month. I was reading in Alma 40 this week where Alma talks about the resurrection. He noted that some questions you can get an answer to. Some questions no one has the answer to, and some things it just doesn’t matter. The youth we worked with were really great and we had a great lesson.

Yeah, it’s a good theme. Alma’s a pro.

Well, time to get going on the day. I hope you have an awesome P-day and a great week! I love you and thank you for your great example. All your hard work is blessing our family so much!

Talk to you soon.

Dad

 

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