Well, I really don’t know what to say this week. I can’t make long e-mails anymore because my companion won’t let me e-mail for more than an hour. At this point, the only time I have to mass-e-mail is to give very significant highlights, but there’s really not much happening in this ward, and I’m kind of struggling with this companion so hard right now to the point where, as I look back on my week, no highlights come to mind because of the state of negativity my mind is in. I’m really sorry; hopefully this dry-spell won’t last for more than 5 more weeks. If you ever have any questions, either try to e-mail them to me, or just write me a letter. At this point, letter would be easiest. My address is 3528 Glen Ridge Dr. Chino Hills, CA, 91709
On Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 6:57 PM, Susan Jensen <email@example.com> wrote:
Hey Elder! I hope you’ve had a great week. Did you finally get your cards? Sister Campbell sent me a text and shared your wonderful testimony. She took notes. Sounds like it was inspired. Did another family have you over for your birthday? I got another text from someone else with photos. I love it when they do that!
No, nobody else had us over. But, a few people have taken pictures and sent them so far; this ward is super nice.
Last week our flight home from Denver got canceled and we had to drive home. I was with three moms and their girls. After about two hours they closed the roads down. Luckily they opened them up after about an hour and a half.
Wow, that’s crazy.
So you do have a car now, right? Is that nice? What are you doing for your 30 minutes of exercise each day now? Did you get your garments? Do you go to the youth activities very often? Sister Campbell said you guys were helping out at the last one.
Yes we do. It is very nice, but mostly just because our area is very big. We’re going to play tennis. I did get my garments. No, we don’t typically go to youth activities, but we did help with this one because they needed decoys.
Not much else is going on here. Just the usual work etc. Has Athen written to you? He had some cool news with work. Ask him about it if he hasn’t told you.
Yeah, he has written me. The birthday letter and what not.
I love you Jonah!
Sent from my iPhone
On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:18 AM, Jim Jensen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Well, from your last letter, it sounds like you’re doing a lot of visiting names. I know it may not seem like much now, but I know when I was elders quorum president and bishop I was always prompted by the spirit to go visit people. I went pretty much every single week for 8 or 9 years. There is something important about just going into people’s homes with the priesthood in the name of Christ that has an effect on people. It’s a super good thing to do. I’ve had people tell me things like how our visit was an answer to their prayers, that they knew Heavenly Father was aware of them and our visit was a sign he loved them. I’ve seen lots of other miracles come just from simple visits. But I’m also aware that the visits made a lot of difference that I was not aware of. I learned that Heavenly Father mercifully keeps us from a knowledge of the good effects our efforts have. I think if we really knew how much good we were doing, we would get puffed up thinking that it was all from us instead of from God.
We had stake conference this weekend and it was really good. We had two major themes. In the adult session they talked a lot about missionary work. We had President Lindley from the Utah Orem mission talking about the idea of a “divine rendezvous”. He said that if you’re open to Heavenly Father’s guidance, he will place people in your path that he has prepared for you to invite. He told about how he and his wife were praying to know who to invite to a fireside and they both were given the name of the same person. It was the 5th wife of one of the leaders of the United Apostolic Brethren church. They thought it odd, but they followed the impression and went to invite her. She accepted and had to get released from her polygamous marriage to join the church.
Another story was from Randy Garn who is the course director on the Wood Badge course I’m on staff for this spring. He told about the recent baptism of Rudy Reuttiger, a football coach from Notre Dame. He was a Catholic and a famous speaker and made his living from speaking at Catholic events and writing books. Randy told how he knew him and how Rudy was introduced to the gospel. He told the story of how Rudy got a testimony that the Book of Mormon was true and it took him years to work his way up to being baptized, but he finally did recently. It was hard for him because he was afraid he would lose his livelihood, but he was promised that the Lord would take care of him. It was a very cool story.
We also heard a lot on the topic of ministering like Christ, which is our stake theme this year. And President Sheffield, the stake president, focused his talks mostly on the “doctrine of Christ”. So overall, it was a very good conference. So I went to six hours of meetings with the priesthood session at 7 a.m. yesterday.
I can’t believe March is half over already. It feels like things are speeding up. I’ve got Wood Badge in May and the stake high adventure at Entrada in southern Utah in June and they I should be able to coast in my calling a little bit. But right now it’s super busy.
I was thinking yesterday, I don’t know if this is good, but we might ask your mission president if you can come back a week early so you can go with us to Yellowstone for the eclipse on August 21st. What are your thoughts on that? He’ll probably say no, but it never hurts to ask. It’s up to you, though. We won’t ask if you don’t think it’s a good idea.
You could ask. I don’t know what he would say, honestly.
Have a great week! You’re doing awesome. It’s so great to see the pictures of you. See if you can send us a picture of the outside of your apartment or your neighborhood. I’d just like to see the area.
Are you guys going to get to go to the temple again soon?
All my love,