Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween and Thanksgiving packages have arrived.

Man it was a pretty fast week with not too much going on! There were some really good highlights but there was some slow and basic days as well but here it is :)

Monday- Had my final P day in Fairfield and we did the basic emails, shop, and play touch rugby and basketball at a park! 

Tuesday-I got to go to the Sydney Temple which was so awesome! It is a lot smaller than it looks in pictures though haha but still really pretty! After that I ended up having another P day because I am back in Sutherland with Elders Smith and Boden! The reason I got another P day was because the day your zone goes to the temple is your P day for that week so lucky me I got another P day haha! We went to a member's house for dinner after P day and on the way there it was raining pretty dang hard! I loved it haha

Wednesday- Started off the day by teaching Gavin, one of our investigators! We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he loved it! The spirit really worked through him as we taught him because his wife was trying to prove us wrong, which she didn't, haha and he was just like, I don't care what she says I am listening to my heart and sticking to what I believe and he believes what we are teaching him! Such an awesome lesson! Then we went and taught Rolf our other investigator about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we really focused on Faith with him. He needs to quit smoking so he can be baptised and so we told him he needs faith that the Lord can help him to overcome his addiction! We gave him a blessing and a quit smoking pamphlet to help him and we are going to get him some cinnamon flavored everything haha to help! I really felt the spirit work through me during these lessons and help me to know what to say and I was so grateful for the help from the Spirit in these lessons! It was a good day!

Thursday- We visited a Less Active member who has been in and out of jail and taught him about the power of the priesthood! He has a strong testimony but just struggles with addictions and bad habits! He really wants his brother and all his family to join the Gospel! He said he would give up his place in the Celestial Kingdom if it meant his family could be there, which I thought was just so awesome that family meant that much to him! Then we went to a member's home and taught her less active son and he was the fetching man! He was so cool to talk to and he was just a really awesome all around kid! We taught him about how the Lord is always with us and helps support us! He really wants to start coming back to church!

Friday- Really basic day! We had District Training in the morning and just then had a basic day of finding on the train and knocking some doors! I love knocking doors haha some people are really rude and it pisses me off, not gonna lie haha but i laugh at the same time because it is funny! They don't even let us say more than 3 words sometimes but it's all goods! Then Elder Yardley and Elder Piukalla came down from there area and stayed the night for Chris Lee's baptism the next day! It was a good day and night! 

Saturday- It was the man, the myth, the legend Chris Lee's Baptism!! It was such a sweet experience seeing someone as happy as him and someone with so much faith and such a strong testimony be baptised! It was truly beautiful!! He was literally glowing! haha Then we went and had lunch with Yardley and Piukalla before they left! We Tried this hot salsa from a mexican restaurant that was made from the Carolina Reaper which is a mix of a Ghost chile and a Habenaro Pepper! It burnt my mouth so bad I had to ask for another burrito with new salsa in it and go to the store and buy some milk to drink! The worker just told us that it was pretty hot, not that it was going to burn our faces off!!! Elders Smith and Yardley tried it and they were dying the instant it touched their mouth hahahaha! So we bought two sides it to take to members houses with us so they can try it :) lol!

Sunday- Rolf came to church like he usually does and he loves it! This week was the Primary Program and it was a success for them!! Such a good spirit felt there! Then we did more finding during the day and then had dinner with members! Solid Sabbath day!

The mission is so awesome!! I love being here and mission life is so freaking fun!! I can't wait to keep going on through my mission! :) I miss you all and would love to hear from any of you! haha so don't be afraid to send me an email or some pics! hahaha!This is a good Scriptural thought I wanted to send it is Mosiah 4:7  
"I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the fall of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world." The Atonement is for EVERYONE! It covers all! Anything can be healed from the Atonement and everyone will return to live with our Heavenly Father because of the Atonement of Christ! So use the Atonement and Thank God for it often!! Love ya all heaps!! 

temple time

Zone at the temple

aww.. my mom sent a cute little package for Cam and his comp.

knocking and getting rejected #missionlyfe

Chris Lee's baptism

The chinese elders, so fun!

Cam, Elder Smith, Chris Lee, and Elder Yardley

Look at that cool tie knot.

Thanksgiving/halloween package... he's a "turkey" get it? 

Wow... He's the cutest

Robes from the DI... they said they washed them.. who really knows though
Chris Lee's Baptism


Sunday, October 18, 2015

McDonalds three times in a week.

Man so this week has been fun!! Today is my last day in fairfield, then I am back to Sutherland tomorrow! The ward I have been in here is Samoan! I have loved it because I know that there is no pressure for me to learn the language because i was only here for two weeks haha! I have loved the ward so much and all the members have been amazing to me and so funny!! If this was an English speaking ward/area I would never want to leave!! I also get to go to the Sydney Temple tomorrow with my zone so that is going to be awesome because I miss going to the Temple! Here is the week rundown.

Monday- Had a fun P day with other Elders in our zone, we went and played laser tag at some place for only 3 bucks a game!! It was a ton of fun haha the Tongan elders are funny as when you play them in any competition type thing haha. The best i ever did was 3rd place so I mean I am above average at laser tag haha then we just had family home evening with our ward mission leader and his family! He is a young guy named Tony Mu who just got home from his mission in the Philippines a couple months ago! He actually served with Collin Boothe so if anyone could tell Boothe that or have him email me so I could talk to him that would be sweet!

Tuesday- Really basic day. We walked to member's houses because we don't have a car haha it was blazing hot and most the members weren't there when we got there haha but it was a good thing we tried to visit them haha and then we went to Mcdonalds with a member we met from visiting! We went to rescue night at the church to go visit Less Actives and we showed up at the wrong time haha so the bishop sent us with another member who showed up late, to Mcdonalds! haha so we had Mcdonalds twice within like an hour haha but i loved it because I was still hungry :)

Wednesday- Had another basic day haha just visited families and all that! I wrote in my journal this day, "God is great, work is good, and people are lost." haha so that sums up the mission here in Australia haha :)

Thursday- Kept visiting families in the ward! Had lunch with one family and they fed us heaps!!! I was so dang full after the first plate then the Dad of the family took my plate and piled more food on!! I finished it like a boss but i was so full! haha two short hours later we had dinner with another member family and had some delicious stirfry and curry! I tried an islander food called tarro and it was nasty! It is basically like eating wax! haha but everything else was really good!

Friday- We had Zone training meeting in the morning then we went around with the ZL's for the day which was pretty fun! It was like 35 degrees Celsius on this day and i was sweating everywhere!! haha it was so dang hot! Then we went to a steak house with a member from the ward who just got back from his mission a month ago! His name is Duke To'o and he has the funniest stories from his mission!! I was crying I was laughing so hard at his stories haha and he can't park a car to save his life!! He took like 5 minutes to park in the biggest parking spot ever!! haha

Saturday- Took the wrong bus and ended up in the north mission... whoops! haha so we had to get back into our mission then we went to lunch with a member at guess where?? Mcdonalds!! haha i really love Mcdonalds here haha I crave it too much.. I talked to a lady on this day who goes around blessing people with oil and all this weird stuff haha she was christian and non denominational and I asked if she had read the Book of Mormon and she said that she didn't like it because it honored Joseph Smith instead of Christ.. I told her how the Book of Mormon only testifies of Christ and she just said that it was hidden haha and that she would stick with the Bible.. I don't think she has actually read the BoM because her thoughts of it are really backwards and not true haha

Sunday- Sat through a Samoan ward meetings and couldn't understand a thing but still felt the spirit! I sung some hymns in Samoan haha well I tried! The hymns are beautiful in their language! Then we went to our ward mission leader's house for lunch and taught his 10 year old nephew which was awesome! I love teaching kids because it is so simple! I want to continue to teach that simple to everyone! We then did Zone splits and visited members and less actives and then had dinner at the stake mission leader's house!

I go back to my old area tomorrow and i am excited but a little sad as well! Everyone try to do the little things like prayer, scripture study, Family home evening, and attending church! These little things will help us to build on the foundation of Christ, and when we are built on that rock we CANNOT FALL!! So awesome so always remember that! 

Love youse heaps!!

Elder Jenson :)
jersey for 30 bones.. go bulls.


Zone dinner last night (Sunday)

MOM, it looks like he got our package with his shirt... and he found a pretty lava lava to wear (Polynesian type wrap/dress.)

what.... he knows how to cook his own meals? Breakfast of champions, baby.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Church is TRUE y'all

Man what a crazy week it has been so far! Here are the details on what happened from transfers! I got sent into the Tongan program with two Tongan Elders and it was a huge shock to me what that all really entailed. I was expecting to just study the language everyday and then be in a ward/area where there was some Tongan speaking members/people and the rest English. Well boy was I wrong! We visited members and investigators and I couldn't understand them and they couldn't understand me! I missed being able to enjoy a simple conversation and being able to bear my testimony and to testify of the truthfulness of our message. I found out that all we would be doing is finding and teaching Tongan people, no English speaking people. I began to become overwhelmed and my anxiety that I had experienced before came right back! I am pretty ashamed and embarrassed to say that I called President Back and asked to go back to the English program. He was able to get me back to Sutherland with Elder Smith and our new trainee that came in this week. I felt a lot better being back into an English program and my anxiety went away! President Back is the best Mission President I could have asked for! Well then some more change came my way haha I got news from the Ap's that I would need to go to Fairfield for 2 weeks to be with Elder Falefitu because his new trainee is coming in later than the rest and he needed a companion! Weird thing is before I received this news I had Elder Smith give me a blessing to calm my nerves and anxiety and boy did it work! I felt so at peace and I knew how much the savior loved me and that he is fully aware of my situation and all he cares is that I move forward with faith and strength and keep trying my best! I felt so loved and comforted by the Spirit. I knew that this temporary assignment was for my own good and experience. I get nervous about getting new companions and going to a new area and I know that after this blessing that the Lord gave me this assignment because he know
s it will prepare me for the future of my mission! So don't worry family and friends Cam Jens is doing good!! :) I am slowly finding myself more and more each day! Conference really helped me with everything as well! I kept hearing the message through out the talks that as long as we submit ourselves to the will of the Father and accept his will for us and have faith in it then all will be ok and he will provide a way for us to overcome our trials. I also knew that everything I have gone through and all that I will go through will be for my own good and for my personal progression! It is hard to pick a favorite talk from conference because the whole thing was just so dang good!! The message that I took away was to trust in God with all our heart, might, mind and strength and that is what I need to get better at on the mission! I also loved Elder Holland's talk on mothers and how their love for their children is the closest thing to Christ's love for us! It made me appreciate my mother so much more and made me realize all that she does for me, big and little! I love this Gospel and I love being a missionary! I really would invite anyone who isn't a member to take the missionary discussions and to give this Church a try because what is it going to hurt if you just try? It will only make you happier and fill your life with more peace! Our Heavenly Father loves us all so much and he wants us all to return to live with him again and so he sent his only begotten son  Jesus Christ to perform the most amazing and loving act ever for EVERYONE and that is the Atonement! The Atonement of Christ is why I am still on a mission today. Without the Atonement I would not be able to overcome the hard times out here but through Christ all is possible and because of it Christ Understands anything and everything that we have or will go through! Use the Atonement often and you will feel more peace and comfort in your own life. I can truly testify of that because it has done that for me and continues to do it for me everyday! This church is TRUE!! I invite all to find that out for themselves because you will come to know the truth and come on what's it going to hurt to just give it a shot? :) Love you all heaps! Keep me all updated on your lives as well!
Chris Lee, golden investigator. He was baptized 10/24/2015

Old district in Sutherland.

transfer, Movie on 6" screen

I'm a DRIVER NOWWWW watch out Aussies.

Their new son, Elder Boden from the Phoenix area.

Oh look, another cute bird

Elder Melville from Timp, played against him in basketball, apparently he's really good.

The Philippios  

Selfie with his ZOOOONE

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two investigators....

No pictures this week, hopefully next week we will have a longer e-mail and some pictures. Transfers were this week so next weeks email should be a lot more detailed. Please keep the investigators Cameron and his companion are teaching in your prayers. Thank you for all of the prayers and continued support, we are forever grateful! Also, sorry this is a few days late, I got busy (lazy) and forgot to post it Monday night.

This week has been awesome! So many miracles that the Lord has put in our way! We picked up 4 new investigators this week we have only taught two so far, his name is Gavin! He is such an awesome guy and he has a strong belief in God! He is super willing to learn and just wants to keep learning! The other guy we taught is Rolf! He has already read the whole Book Of Mormon and has a strong testimony of the Church! We set him to a baptismal date and we know he will be ready by then! There hasn't been anything else too crazy this week! I will send a better detailed email next week! Until then we will continue to work hard and find souls to teach! Love you all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Jenson