This morning was weird and I forgot my journal yet again.
I do have my planner this time, though. This week, however, consisted of just a lot of visiting people and not much answers to doors.
With the new schedule, it’s strange. We’re inside pretty much until 12:30 because of companionship study. But, we did a TON of organizing. Just organizing the phone, the area book, stuff like that.
We went around and met a lot of the members of the ward, which was really nice. The ward is amazing; everybody is so friendly and missionary-minded, and there aren’t nearly as many crazies as there were in the high desert. In fact, I’d say there are basically no crazies.
We met our ward mission leader, Brother Larcabal, and he’s really enthusiastic. He’s an optometrist who only works 2 days a week and can afford to have a large house with pretty much a lake in his backyard, but it’s awesome because he’s free all the time. He took us to meet a lady named Betty Uribe, an investigator of ours, who published a book 2 weeks ago and is now an international best-seller author who is going from country to country and meeting their presidents to talk to them about the leadership qualities discussed in her book. She just did a book-thing in the Vatican, apparently. That was really interesting.
Pretty much everyone is successful here in Chino Hills.
Some more organizing and such. Lots of driving around trying to find people.
We had a long drive to the mission office and back, so that honestly took most of our day. Again, just lots of visiting members and people.
There was finally a shift in the meta-game as we were able to meet another one of our investigators: Paula. She was very nice! Unfortunately, she told us that they would continue to go to their church, but she still set up a time to meet with us. We’re hoping we can answer some of her questions. Her husband is Paul, but we haven’t met him yet.
We had ward choir after church and ward coordination and council before church, so that took up most of our day, honestly. This ward is weird because we have to meet for sunday school and priesthood/relief society first, and then sacrament is last. I couldn’t tell you why. But it was enjoyable still.
After that, we just visited a few more members and set up more appointments.
Well, there’s the week. So very basic. I’m sorry, friends.
Have a good week, though!
Elder Jensen out.
On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 9:04 PM, Jim Jensen <email@example.com> wrote:
Hope you had a great week!
I checked out your new area on Google Maps and it looks pretty nice . . . other than the big prison at the south end.
Yeah, but it’s pretty much the nicest area in the mission. Million dollar homes everywhere.
I have all the same questions as Mom, so I’ll wait for you to answer hers.
I’m hailing from Phoenix as promised. I flew down here around dinner time. It was kind of warm and stuffy on the cab ride to the hotel. That’s the first time I’ve been hot in months. Felt good.
I’m looking forward to spending the next two days standing on a concrete floor covered with a thin layer of carpet . . . and talking to Mercedes-Benz parts and service managers.
Well, since you white-washed some other elders, did they have anything going for you guys?
Not really. Just a couple investigators who we hope we can help strengthen.
Things are still good at home. Everyone is doing well. I was surprised this week by Athen telling Sariah that she needs to try harder in school because you don’t want to be wasting money on remedial math classes your first semester in college like he is. Really kind of ironic.
Ha ha, well, at least he’s trying to help others to not repeat what he did.
Anyway, for some reason, hearing him say that made my hope that he might still serve a mission go up. If he grinds away in college for a couple years and doesn’t get married to Katie (which seems less and less likely as time goes by), he may just end up going. We heard about the guy Ellory Osborne was dating in fast meeting today. He left for his mission when he was 24 and is doing really well. We got his school loan approved this week, so now he has no excuses. He’s been working pretty hard between Best Buy and his classes. I need to get with him, though, and see if I can help him make an education plan.
Well, it’s good to hear that he’s working hard. There’s definitely hope for him to go on a mission then.
I started reading a good book this week by a BYU psychology professor called “The Fearless Mind” by Craig Manning. It’s really good, true stuff about how you need to stay focused on the present. Forget guilt about the past. Stop worrying about the future. Only deal with things you have control over and forget about things you don’t have control over. It’s super-big on pursuing your dreams and not settling for a “safe” life, one where the whole focus of your life is just “not losing”. It made me think of you and your desire to write your book when you get off your mission. You need to pursue that with passion. He talks about how people should pursue education in things they are interested in and not things that will make them money and keep the safe.
We have this investigator named Betty Uribe who, two weeks ago, published a book about leadership values, and she is now an international best-seller who’s going from country to country, meeting their presidents and talking about leadership.
I really like it. Since he’s an epic tennis player and was the BYU girls tennis coach (he’s also LDS and tries to stay focused on the doctrine) he focuses a lot on making plans with achievable objectives to build confidence through successive successes. He gives a few methods for applying the philosophy to your life. Anyway, I’d heard about his work from Bishop Daines, and the from the stake presidency, and today, I was visiting the 18th ward teacher’s quorum and the advisor played a 30 minute video of a BYU devotional he gave recently and we watched it in teachers quorum. It made me think of, “by the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every truth be established”. Since it was my third “witness” I decided to pick up his book and read it on the way to Phoenix.
It’s not the gospel, but it does apply certain gospel principles like faith and doubt not being able to occupy the same mind at the same time (Monson, Oct 2015 GC) and he quoted from Lectures on Faith by JS in the video we watched:
“Let us here offer some explanation in relation to faith, that our meaning may be clearly comprehended. We ask, then, what are we to understand by a man’s working by faith? We answer — we understand that when a man works by faith he works by mental exertion instead of physical force. It is by words, instead of exerting his physical powers, with which every being works when he works by faith. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” Joshua spake, and the great lights which God had created stood still. Elijah commanded, and the heavens were stayed for the space of three years and six months, so that it did not rain: he again commanded and the heavens gave forth rain. All this was done by faith. And the Savior says, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, say to this mountain, ‘Remove,’ and it will remove; or say to that sycamine tree, ‘Be ye plucked up, and planted in the midst of the sea,’ and it shall obey you.” Faith, then, works by words; and with these its mightiest works have been, and will be, performed”.
Just some good, clean statements about getting your mind out of negative thinking patterns which can become so destructive as to paralyze you to inaction. I think Joel’s struggling with that now, too. If physical illness is the malfunctioning of some part of the body, then mental illness is the malfunctioning of the mind. The mind thinks. If the mind malfunctions, then thinking become improper. And where I think mental illness is a facilitator to negative thinking patterns and an inhibitor to improved thinking powers, like any illness, you should be able to be healed from it if you know what the remedy is and how to apply it.
Sorry, sort of rambling here. It’s what you do when you’re sitting in a hotel room by yourself.
No, it’s good to hear. I’ll keep talking to Joel and trying to help him.
Keep up the awesome, hard work. I love you so much and I’m so impressed with your service.
Have a great week!
On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Susan Jensen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hello Jonahman! It was cool to see someone put a picture of you up on Facebook. She said she heard you bearing your testimony. Did she come up to you and ask to take a picture so I could see it? I love when I can see pictures of you!
Yeah, did she tell you about how strange it was? She said that while I was bearing my testimony, she went onto the Facebook page and saw your post as the very top one.
Sariah looked great at her last tournament. She got 9 serves in a row and some great blocks. I really like her team and coach.
That’s awesome! Good to hear.
Joel told his boss he didn’t want to work anymore this winter. He said he wants to in the Summer again. He hates the bubble. I’m begging him to find a date for prom. It’s in 4 weeks. He’s shy like you. I bet you will be less shy when you get home. Learning to ask girls out and date is important. Dating helps you prepare for marriage.
Yeah, I’m definitely a lot less shy than I was when I came out.
So tell me what your new area is like. It looks nice. How is it for teaching? And tell me about your companion. What is he like and where is he from? Do you ever hear from brother Lopez? I haven’t heard from him in a long time. I figured he has moved on.
Chino Hills is really beautiful. I have a few pictures I’ll have to send home that were just gorgeous. We have this place called the Carbon Canyon that is green and luscious (apparently because of the rain recently), but it’s basically what you would imagine Southern Cali to look like. Plus, the ward is amazing. It’s super missionary minded and kind. I love it. We don’t have too many investigators, but we’re working on it. Elder Cooke is awesome. We get along pretty well. Again, we knew each other before we were companions. I was wondering about Japhet recently too.
I love that in Primary we are studying D&C. I’ve been learning from some of the programs on Mormon channel about Joseph and early church history. I just bought a book on Emma. Got lots of reading to do.
Well, that’s about all for now. Love you much my boy! Hugs to you!
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