Birthday Week and Such

I’m sorry, I have to keep this as short as I can today.

Tuesday:

Nothing really. I forgot my journal again anyway.

We went to the Campbell family’s home for dinner, which was very nice. They’re a super nice family. Most of the dinner was spent with them trying to guess our names and such. They had a young son named Andrew who came out with us to visit people– which didn’t really work out. But, they found out that it was my birthday on Saturday, and the mother got super excited about that. She offered to take us out to eat on my birthday, which we gratefully accepted.

Wednesday:

Other than trying to visit another butt-ton of people, not much happened. We went on splits with Andrew this day, and still nothing happened.

Thursday:

Well, we forgot about our lesson with Ernie again, but luckily it was cancelled anyway, we came to find out. We helped teach an English class for people learning it who are from different countries and such, which was fun. It’s funny because they don’t know what soccer is.

Friday:

Weekly planning and such. It took a long time as usual.

Saturday:

A ton more of visiting names.

Sunday:

Just a stressful fast Sunday of visiting names. Although, I did get to bear my testimony in testimony meeting, which was very nice. I said some things I didn’t really consider much before, so it was probably by the Spirit.

Alright, I think that’s it. Sorry, I’m just in such a rush. Elder Cooke doesn’t like to e-mail, so I barely get to e-mail at all.

Elder Jensen out.

I probably forgot a thousand things.

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:13 AM, Susan Jensen <susan.jensen@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello to my 20 year old son!

 It’s really weird to think, ha ha. 

I was so happy to see that sister Campbell took you to celebrate. What a wonderful woman she is! I’m so grateful she could step in and help you feel as special as you are. You are so loved!! How was that pizza and ice cream pie? And what little gift did she give you?
It was all really good. She’s definitely a missionary mom– she’s really nice and funny. The pizza was delicious, but I haven’t gotten to try the ice cream pie yet, with it being fast sunday yesterday and all of that. She gave us anti-gravity pens and socks, and then peanut butter M&M’s and Skittles to me.    

I won’t ask about the work because I know in your group email you will tell us. But just know that not a day goes by that I don’t pray for you and those who are searching for truth. I love the gospel and know you do to. I hope and pray you can be an instrument in His hands.
It’s been a fun weekend in Denver. The girls have had some intense games. Losing some and winning some. Overall a good time. It’s a bit too bad that Sariah plays a position that doesn’t get much in way of action with the ball. We have a setter that almost never sets the ball to anyone but the outside (left). It’s annoying.
 That doesn’t sound fun. 

Anna was staying with Aunt Laurie for the weekend but they took her home early. She was with Ben and Klarah and wanted to go to Target. Laurie let them go by themselves. They went into the employees only area and found the ladder to the roof and climbed up on the roof. They got written up for trespassing and something else and got told they could never go to that store again. Ugh!! What were they thinking??
 Holy cow, that’s crazy! I wonder why Target got so angry at them, though, aren’t they pretty small? 

Well, that’s about it for my week. I love you so much Jonah! Keep up the great work!
Mom

Sent from my iPhone

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 5:31 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:

Hey Jonah,

I loved your letter last week. That was such a cool story about the elote stand and using all your money to buy food for others and then getting paid back four-fold in the end. That is so how the Lord works in blessing us. We can never get in his debt. I’m pretty sure I’ve been blessed at least four-fold since you’ve been on your mission.

 It’s true.  

It reminds me of that scripture in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 2, where King B says:

“And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?

It’s so awesome to understand these spiritual laws.

(btw, I checked “ilote” on Google and it’s spelled “elote”.)

 That’s what I thought, but then I saw it written on a streetlight with an I.

Oh, and btw, why don’t you get a good recipe for it and send it over so we can have it when you get home?? It doesn’t look that hard to make. Plus I see some good recipes for it on allrecipes.com. We’ll totally try it.

 Well, there’s not really a recipe, i don’t think. Again, it’s a street-corner thing. people walk around with shopping carts full of the ingredients and make it for you. Pretty ghetto. It’s literally just boiled corn, covered in butter, then mayo, then Parmesan cheese, then lime juice, then chili powder.

How did it go with Wen this week. Did you get to see her again?

 No, we did not, sadly. She hasn’t responded. Even the member, in her testimony yesterday, though, said she wasn’t sure how genuine Wen was.

Hey, another thing I was going to ask you about is that I went to a training a couple weeks ago about a church resourced called JustServe.org. They told us that they are letting the missionaries get involved with this during the day when a lot of people aren’t home. Have you heard about it?

 oh, yeah, that’s been going on for as long as I’ve been on the mission.

Basically, it’s a service project exchange where non-profit groups post projects where they need volunteers to help with labor do any kind of work to help their caused. For example, a group might say, we’re assembling wheel chairs on Saturday from 8 to 5 and we need people to unbox and assemble parts. They post their project on the church’s web site justserve.org and anyone who wants to volunteer during that time just shows up for as long as they can.

At this training I attended, there was a general authority introducing it and he said one of the main three purposes of the project was to help get missionaries involved when they have extra time. But they are not allowed to actually proselyte while serving, but I think they still wear their name badges.

 Yes we do.

If your mission hasn’t been involved at all, you should run it up the flag pole through your district leader to your mission president. If he’s from UT, I guess there’s a chance he hasn’t heard of it. It has been rolled out all over the country for the last couple years. Utah was the last place to receive it (probably because we already have a good service network).

It sounds like a great project.

Your area looks beautiful. I always thought southern CA was one of the most amazing places on the planet. Unfortunately, it’s sort of been overrun with other people who think the same thing.

 It’s okay, ha ha. Apparently Chino does not look that good when they don’t get rain.

It was great to see you celebrating your 20th birthday on Saturday. It was funny, because I was saying to Mom, we should take a picture of us eating out and send it to Jonah and tell him we are celebrating his birthday with him and then a few minutes later she was showing me pictures of you and your Oreo pie! This is such an amazing world we live in.

 Yeah, the Campbell’s were wonderful. It was super nice of them!

Thankfully, that’s the last birthday you’ll celebrate without us for a long time.

 I agree.

I love seeing pictures of you. You look so happy. I am so proud of you for finishing your mission. I can’t imagine how hard it must be sometimes.

 Well, I’ve gotten used to it at this point

Looking forward to hearing from you today. All my love,

Dad

 

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