Countdown Begins

Now that I don’t have to account for separate months and stuff, it’s a lot easier to count down.

Tuesday:
District meeting again. The I can’t remember if I mentioned this last week, but the contacting goal we’ve got has turned into a points-system, which makes me even more reluctant to join in, because things like this are dumb. It totally ruins the spiritual aspect of it. But hey, that’s okay. We’ll still try, I guess.
Other than that, we had to run a bunch of errands. It was weird. We’re going to make a zone shirt for Hesperia (finally, after three times being in this zone), so we did a few things involving that.

Wednesday:
We did this thing called My Plan that I’ve been doing for the past few weeks; if I haven’t told you what it is, it’s basically a thing for missionaries to plan their coming home and stuff. It’s pretty cool; if everyone could do it, I would recommend it in that way. But I don’t think you guys can, so, sorry.
Also, in my studies, I was looking up what it meant to be “worthy”, and I didn’t find an answer, but when I went to do My Plan, I was perusing LDS.org and found this quote that says, “To be worthy does not mean to be perfect,” which I thought was cool. I love how the Lord always answers prayers–in his own time, but he does always answer.

Thursday:
We had squash, which was actually kind of simple, not hard and boring. But I guess that’s good. It was overcast and kind of windy, so I hardly even worked up a sweat, and we just walked around spraying a bunch of plants with water mixed with fertilizer and garlic.
I had a drawing I was gonna’ put on, but it appears I forgot my camera.
Then, we drove around and visited people. We still haven’t gotten to get in contact with Carrie, which is unfortunate. I hope she’s doing okay.

Friday:
We went to the Ridgecrest church building to do some family history work according to the direction of President Taylor, and that was cool. I was traveling back through the family history to I guess familiarize myself with the website. It’s cool stuff.
We had In-N-Out for lunch after, which I was glad to do. Then, Elder Brooksby’s companion, Elder Arellano started doing push ups to “work it off”. The only thing was we could all tell he was trying too hard to show off something. We didn’t mind necessarily though, THIS time. And then, after weekly planning, we went to the Barrets for dinner, and those two came with us–and again, in the middle of a member’s home, in front of people he’d never met before, he got up after dinner and started doing push-ups without asking permission or anything. THAT was weird. Also, even though it was our member, he decided he would give the dinner thought, and just gave a thought on the Shakers from Doctrine and Covenants.

Saturday:
I can’t remember. I forgot to write.

Sunday:
It was a pretty good day, other than the awkward fact that I forgot to fast. But I’ll fast another day this month. I bore my last Fast-&-Testimony-Meeting testimony on my mission. *Sniff sniff*.
Also, if you recall the game that I made with all the pictures that I drew for cards, I decided to begin the long and laborious task of drawing them all again. I was doing that as I listened to the young women give rather inspiring testimonies about their experience at Girl’s Camp.

Well, there’s my week. It was alright. I just like having the Spirit with me, that’s all I can say. It feels good.

Thanks for reading.
Elder Jensen out.

 

On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 7:51 AM, Jim Jensen <jim.jensen@live.com> wrote:
Can’t believe how close it is. Sorry to hear about your nose last week. Have you seen a doctor for that? Mom said a friend of her mentioned that if you put a little Vaseline on the inside of your nose, it will keep it from drying out so much.
I e-mailed the mission president about it, and even though he normally doesn’t read e-mails until Friday or something, he apparently read mine that day and called the mission nurse instantly. It was literally not even a few hours later that I got the call. She told me to rub Neosporin up my nose with a q-tip

Yea, so Anna’s trip to the hospital in Price this week cost more than her entire week of camp. I don’t know how these health care people sleep at night charging $500 so someone can see a doctor to get an antibiotics prescription. Our health care system is totally screwed up.
That’s pretty dumb.

Yea, we had a great testimony meeting yesterday. The spirit was so strong in our ward. Athen’s testimony was amazing. It’s probably been a couple years since he’s done that and he now knows for himself the happiness the gospel brings. So if that was the only conversion you had on your mission, it was totally worth it!
That’s super awesome. I’m so glad to hear that.

Like Mom said, Sariah was bummed over the weekend, but I know Heavenly Father only makes things better and that this is going to be life-changing for her. Sometimes our biggest blessings come disguised as our biggest trials. The whole thing just feels right to me.
It seemed right when I read it too. I don’t know.

It was fun to Welcome Garrett home at the airport. He took the red-eye so he seemed stunned when we were talking to him. (It was 3 a.m. Hawaii time.) We were literally on our way to the airport when Mom got a text from April with a picture of Paul. So they landed within 30 minutes of each other. Unbelievable. Then for some reason, John and Amy decided it would be a good idea to go to a Denny’s at a truck stop on the west side of South Salt Lake for his welcome home meal. K, whatever. John said, “Wow, we’re taking him to a truck stop.” And I was like, Yea, Susan and I were wondering what you guys were thinking. It was kind of awkward, but very memorable. Haha.
Ha ha, that’s an interesting welcome home. Pretty funny XD

We’ve got Tyler Jones going to the Philippines and Elijah Turner going to Africa this week. They both gave good farewell talks.
Man, weird.

We had FHE last night and talked about how Moses got the Melchizedek priesthood from his father-in-law, Jethro, the High Priest of Midian and learned about how Midian was a son of Abraham by Keturah. Then we watched part of the Prince of Egypt. Great movie. So excited to have you home to help with FHE for a while.
I love Prince of Egypt.

I celebrated a little yesterday because I paid my tithing and made my last payment on your mission! Haha. Best investment I’ve ever made. The returns were beyond my wildest imagination!
Ha ha, wow that’s crazy XD That kind of made me laugh.

Stay focused, work hard, and keep the faith.

We love you so much and can’t wait to see you!

Dad

From: Susan Jensen
Sent: Sunday, August 6, 2017 3:32 PM
To: Jonah Jensen; Jim Jensen
Subject: 3

Hey Sweetie! It’s been an emotional weekend. Sariah had her tryouts. She did not make the team but all of her friends did. We found out that the coach told other that Sariah is lazy. That is insane. She has spent her Summer almost consumed with VB. She has worked harder than anyone I know. And the girl who she gave the position to didn’t touch a ball for a month. So who is lazy? She’s been crushed. Only thing I can say is that we may just be lucky. This coach is obviously not a kind and upbeat person. The coach she is getting seems awesome. The girls aren’t as good but we hope Sariah can bring the team up. And the one she made is close by so no more long drives.
I’m hoping your week of missionary work was more successful! Garrett is home! So is Paul! Wow! And on the same day. I’ll attach pictures so Joel is wanting Buffalo Wild Wings for his Bday. Are you good with that as your welcome home dinner?
Anna went to Clear Creek but ended up in the insta care. She got cellulitis. Her arm was hot and swollen. Poor girl was too far away for us to be with her and she was scared to death. But she was ok the next day and had a great week!
Athen bore his testimony today and it was so wonderful. He admonished his siblings to live the gospel for happiness. He talked about how much happier he is living it. Maybe dad can tell you more in his letter.
Well, that’s about it! I love you forever! And I like you for always!
Mommy

GarrettHomePaulHome

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