Well. It looks like we’ve made it, boys. 23 months and 20 days later, I hit my two-year mark on the 26th. I’ll be home on the 28th. Among missionaries, it seems like a sin to say that you’re excited to go home, but everyone is excited, deep down inside. I’ll admit that I’m very excited. I’m ready to come home.
These past two years have been amazing. So amazing, I wish I could accurately describe it, but I wager that such a feat is impossible. The things I’ve learned are innumerable. The ways I’ve grown are immeasurable. The struggles I’ve overcome at times seemed unconquerable. And here I am; from boy to man in a short two years.
I’ve seen the world; I’ve felt to mourn for the sins therein, and felt to rejoice for the repentance I’ve seen, and known. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way back to heaven and that it is true. Jesus is the Christ, the Lord and Savior of the world. If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, have a desire. Let that desire work within you, even until you believe. The happiness that the gospel of our Lord brings us is paramount.
Unparalleled. Insurmountable. Unending. Redemption comes through the plan of salvation laid forth by our Father in Heaven, and it is the sweetest thing I have ever tasted in my short twenty years on this earth–yet I know that it is the sweetest thing there is to taste. Believe in God; believe that He is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth. Even if you can have no more than a desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until you believe; for belief in Christ is the greatest gift I know.
I would not trade these two years for anything. No amount of classes or tests, strategies or tactics, lifestyles or living conditions, could prepare me for my life ahead as well as my mission for the Lord Jesus Christ did, for none teach me to have so much faith in him as this has. In the world, I know that we will have tribulation; but be of good cheer! Christ has overcome the world. All things are possible, if we but have faith in him, and the mission has made that ring truer than anything in my ears.
I am excited to go home; I can barely contain it. I’m ready to see my family, to hug them, to talk with them, to be there for them, and to be there with them. I’m ready to pet my adorable little dog, play video games with my friends, find an eternal companion and start a life. But I’m only this way because I know that my time for serving the Lord in this capacity has come to a close. I have a lifetime of service ahead of me, and two years of experience behind me. The Lord asked two years of me, and I did my best, repenting where I fell short, and continuing on as best as I knew how.
If any of you are contemplating whether or not you should serve a mission, or know somebody who is, I would have you know this: there is nothing better that we can do as priesthood holders. If you are a female in this church, pray about it. Sometimes, the Lord has greater things for you. Be thoughtful and consider it and listen to what the Lord says. If you are a male–what are you waiting for? God has commanded us to preach the gospel, and preach the gospel we will! Don’t let him down. There are children of our Father in Heaven who are waiting for the gospel, kept from the truth ONLY because they know not where to find it. You can pray about it and ask the Lord if you should go on a mission, but I can promise you this: He will say yes. For all reasons except for an assurance of your calling, it is a waste of time. God is calling out to you. He is calling out for you. He needs your help. He wants your help. Until you have served a mission, there is no better way to spend those two years.
And on that note, as you prepare for a mission, do not be deceived; the mission is not the best two years of your life; it is the best two years for your life. It is not easy, but it is not overly hard either! Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too hard, especially if that person is the adversary of your soul. If you are able to serve a mission, priesthood holder, do it. It is worth every step. I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master that you will not regret it! Don’t take such a promise lightly either. When something is promised in the name of Jesus Christ under the direction of the Holy Spirit, it is truth, and there are no two ways about it.
I’ve experienced every emotion known to humankind on the mission, and the most powerful one is the love you feel from God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. You don’t want to miss out on that. Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto Christ, and have faith in him, that ye may be saved.
I write you these things in the name of our Good Lord, our Shepherd and our Master, even Jesus, who is the Christ; the promised Messiah; the Savior of the World, who was, and is, and is to come.
From: Jim Jensen
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:57 PM
To: Jonah David Jensen
Subject: Re: The Lord of the Scrubs: Return of the Dragon King
Jonah! Best email ever! It made me cry. I’m so happy for you.
I hope you’re still at the computer. We just saw the eclipse and it was cool, but not as cool as it will be to see you in a week.
We’ve got a long drive ahead and need to get home safe. School starts tomorrow. Ad our new life with you home starts in a week. We’ve been getting things ready for you and can’t wait.
I’m so proud of you. #Jesus (don’t know why the Jesus hash tag showed up on my phone keyboard suggestions, but I put it in for you.)
All my love,
On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:01 PM, Susan Jensen <email@example.com> wrote:
Jonahman! This is crazy! Only one week! Soak it all in baby. We are at a KOA campground in Wyoming. It’s right on the snake river. It’s been super nice. We went rafting and horseback riding. It’s not to crazy here like we thought it would be. People are coming from all over. But somehow it doesn’t seem to crazy.
I hope you can enjoy and feel the Spirit this last week of service. Luckily our lives are service so this does not end. What a busy week we have before you get home. Eclipse Monday and driving home, first day of school, my birthday, sariah’s first high school VB game of the season, and then the weekend before you come home. Gotta finish getting stuff ready. Your room will be cramped since Athen is still here.
I need to contact Elder Brown’s mom again to set a time up for next Tuesday for the BBQ. We will go shopping that day for you some clothes. I’m so excited!
Not much else is going on. I’m hoping I will have cell service to be able to chat tomorrow. I’m not sure if that will happen. But we all love you and are so excited to see you!
I’m trying to, but it just doesn’t soak in. I wish I could be there. Funny that I should technically already be on the plane, if it weren’t for 7 week transfers.
That’s true. I hope I can do some member missionary work when I get home, but I’m not sure how easy that’ll be. Utahhhh.
Yeah, happy birthday! I wanted to get you and Joel cards, but I genuinely have literally no money left. I planned out the usage of personal funds up to be out right at this last week or so, which happened, and my MSF is out. Know that I had intentions and that I remember your birthdays….
That’s okay, I don’t mind living in the same room as him. That’s fine.
We can go on Monday. I mean, since I’ll be a missionary until 5:00, there’s really nothing for me to do until then, and since it’s p-day, we would normally be shopping anyway. What is happening on Monday? I thought that the barbecue was Monday.
On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 9:36 PM, Jim Jensen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Funny you should say that about going back to playing sports. When Mom said that to me, I said I didn’t think it was any different than someone who loved golf before their mission, coming home and going back to playing golf. She said, yea, except video games can be violent and golf isn’t. I said, Really? Obviously you haven’t been on very many golf outings. It can get pretty nasty when dudes hit a bad shot. Haha.
Ha ha, that’s funny. Now that you mention it, I think I’ve seen some of that, lol.
And, it’s not like we play video games because they’re violent anyway. When we “kill” someone in a video game, we fully acknowledge that they’re not actually dead, and we even recognize that they’re going to be back again in less than ten seconds. There are definitely some games that are not good, because they’re just literally there so you can pretend to kill people and rob banks and stuff *cough* Grand Theft Auto *cough*, but I hate those games as much as Mom does. As far as any video games people like Paul and I play, we just play it for the way it plays, not for the idea of killing anybody or anything like that.