From: Jonah David Jensen
Sent: Monday, April 3, 2017 1:15 PM
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Subject: The End of the Tabernacle: a Beginning of Temple Understanding
A large portion of this week was consumed with the tabernacle, so I won’t have as much to say– certainly more than last week though.
We worked at the Tabernacle, but not all day. We had dinner at 5:00, and after that we just tried to visit people, but it didn’t really work out; we just came home for companionship study around 8:00 and what not.
We got to go to the Redlands Temple this week, which was great. I went on Family Search and found a name of an ancestor, William Henry Eddy, and took out Endowments in proxy for him at the temple; it was nice. A different experience than just doing temple names. Brother [This name has been exempt from the e-mail because he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s rich] took us and the Chinese speaking Elders to the temple, which was just a party. He took us to Cafe Rio for lunch (YEAAAAAAH!) and to Dairy Queen afterward for ice cream. It is so predictable how nice that guy will be. He’s too nice for his own good. And too rich– but don’t tell anybody.
After that, we worked at the tabernacle yet again, until our lesson with Rose Alva and Sevarin (as a reminder, Rose is a less-active). We read 3 Nephi 11 with them, when Jesus Christ comes and visits the people in ancient America.
We went to the library and typed out this HUGE list of members we’ve visited and our experiences with them for our ward mission leader, and my belt broke while we were at the temple for whatever reason, so we had to go get a new one. After that, we just tried people.
We got to go to the library and look at Mormon.org to view the new Easter video, which, by the way, is amazing. If you haven’t seen it at this point, go watch it! And, watch all the 8 or so videos that are beneath it. They’re amazing.
Also weekly planning.
General conference really occupied the whole day. It was very good; we got to watch it at the home in which we live because the members with whom we live have a thousand televisions. It was really relaxing, honestly.
General conference again (for those of you who aren’t members, by the way, this is when the prophet and the apostles of our church speak to us and give us direction from the Lord), but this time we had Elder Brown and Elder Henson come over with us after we got the okay from the Wiggins’, who we live with. That was really fun, in a good way. We just kind of relaxed on the couches and stuff, and we had breakfast and lunch together.
I had a few great insights, but I have them written down in my study journal right now, so I couldn’t tell you them.
I hope you all had a great week; see you next week.
Elder Jensen out.
I honestly feel like Joel is doing a lot more than me. I wouldn’t be two worried about him if I were you; I mean, obviously be worried to the point that you want to help him, but don’t stress yourself.
On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Jim Jensen <email@example.com> wrote:
So was conference on TV at your house? Or did you watch it over the Internet?
Yea, Joel, actually only made one comment about a conference talk, I think, and it was on Elder Christofferson. It was when he was saying, “everyone, including religious people, should be able to express their ideas and opinions without suffering personal attacks or being shut down” (or something like that). And Joel was like, “Whoa! He is literally describing the left.” (As in political left.) It was funny.
I’m glad to hear you think Joel is strong in the gospel, and I think he is too. Just wish he’d show a little more of an effort on personal scripture study and mission prep, etc. At least he’ll always participate when we do family scripture study.
On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 5:02 AM, Jim Jensen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I hope you have time to write a few things this week. I’m just looking back over your blog and see you haven’t sent an actual update for 3 weeks now. You’ve just replied to our emails. I hope you have a little time today. By the way, your blog is really starting to look nice. It has every one of your letters plus almost all of mine and Mom’s posted to it. One post a week going back to August 2015. When I saw that date
Really? I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t have written those other two weeks…. I’ll definitely write today, I know that.
I’ve still just been praying for you and the Sparkes family. I hope you guys are making some progress.
Well, we haven’t gotten to meet with them yet since the first one.
How did you like conference this weekend? I really enjoyed it. The weekend flew by. It’s overwhelming to hear that many talks in a row and remember much from it. I’ll be glad to start listening to new talks on my commute.
Yeah, it was awesome. We actually just got to watch it in the home we live in, which was really relaxing. For the two Sunday sessions, we had Elder Brown and Elder Henson come to our home and watch with us. It was really nice. I’m really liking D. Todd Christofferson lately. It was all amazing.
I was excited to hear Elder Ballard and he made a really funny joke at the beginning. Since his talk was about goals and plans, he said, “My assignment is to give you an inspirational address. Your assignment is to listen. My goal is to finish my assignment before you finish yours.” Really good given that he was the last speaker on Saturday afternoon.
Yeah, that was hilarious, ha ha
It was good to hear from President Monson again in both general conference and the priesthood session. What an amazing man.
You could tell that he was doing a bit better in the general session than the priesthood.
This week is spring break for the kids. We’re going to go to St George next weekend and hopefully get into a little warmer weather for a bit. We’ll be attending church down there, too. So we’ll send you a couple pics next week from the red rock hopefully. April is the month I usually want to bear my testimony, so hopefully the St. George ward has fast and testimony meeting after conference instead of before. (I never like it when stakes do testimony meeting before GC because testimonies are so much better after hearing the brethren.
I had another dream that you came home from your mission. It seems like I’ve had a couple dreams like that recently. In them I’m super happy to see you but in the back of my mind I know you’re not supposed to be home yet so it sort of takes the shine off it a little bit.
Yeah, I’ve had some of those too. Maybe our minds know that it’s getting close.
Not much else to report this week. It was a pretty average week other than GC. Joel somehow survived last term after doing some attendance school, so he’s still on track to graduate. Athen’s still doing well at Best Buy and at UVU. He’s been talking a lot to this girl named Kasey who is on a humanitarian mission in Ecuador.
That’s exciting to hear about both of them. I pray a lot for them and think about Athen a lot. I trust that Joel is already pretty strong in the gospel with how he talks with me, and I can tell Athen wants to come closer to God.
She comes back next month and he expects to date her. So that’s good. Sariah has started practicing at a new position, setter. Mom and I are super-excited. We’ve been encouraging her to do it for a while for a couple reasons. One is because there’s only one setter on her team and she needs help. Also, with Sariah’s height, she has a much better chance of competing in college. All the middles are going to be over six feet tall. I think she finally decided to do it after they did so horribly in their last tournament and she said, I’ve got to start playing other positions because my teammates are sucking and I can do better than them. So her confidence is getting up there.
Ha ha, I guess that’s good?
Anna seems to be doing better in general too. So overall things are going well.
Welp! Gotta go work out. Mom’s a slave driver.
Ha ha, alright.
Have a great week! I love you son and I’m super proud of your!
Keep up the great work and service.
All my love, Dad.