Tuesday, December 27, 2016

no investigators

Monday- We had our zone pday at the park! We played some good sports like kickball, dodgeball, and then just some random games! It was super hot outside but it was fun! After Pday we had to go and clean our flat because we had an inspection the next day! After we cleaned the flat we made some dinner and went to bed!

Tuesday- We did some tracting in the morning in the 40 degree heat and man I was sweating from every part of my body!! When we got back for lunch we ate and then chilled out in the bedroom where the air conditioning is! Then we went and saw a less active named Frances! He is an RM and its sad to see RM's who have gone less active.. doesn't make sense to me! It was a good time getting to know him though and the lesson went good! Then after that we did some more tracting until we had to go to the chapel for splits! Then for splits we went and saw some people and had some good visits!

Wednesday- We had service in the morning for Carmel and we just mowed her lawn and did some cleaning up for her! Then we went back home and got changed and drove to Mortdale to get my comp a new Opal card (the card that we use to ride busses and trains) After we got back from that we went and did some GQing at the station! Then after that we went and saw the Newlands and had a lesson with them!

Thursday- We went in the morning to try and find some good sun hats because we are sick of getting cooked while we tract haha we didn't find any that are approved for missionary standards but we will keep looking! After that we did some service for Leni Latu and helped move around some furniture and what not! Then we went and did some finding at the train station until we had dinner at the Ah Mu's house! It was a good dinner with them and they are an awesome family!

Friday- We had DTM in the morning where we just had a good discussion on answers to questions that we have or our investigators have! Then after DTM we stayed and practiced the haka for a little bit and then we went and picked up a new workout machine from the side of the rode! Bro Ah Mu helped us to pick it up! Then we went and did GQing at the station for a couple of hours until dinner at the Matamuas! We had a solid lesson with them about doing missionary work and hopefully something comes from it!

Saturday- I was on tradeoffs with Elder Laga'aia and we literally tracted all day haha! It was pretty good we didn't really find anyone, but it felt good to work hard! At the end of the day we went and got some dinner where a member works and she gave us a really good discount so that was a blessing from a long day of work haha!

Sunday- We had ward council before church, then we had church which went really solid! It was a spiritual sacrament meeting about the true meaning of Christmas and everything was way good! After church we went and tried to follow up on some potentials with no luck, so we went and saw Bobby, who is a less active member! We talked to him for awhile and played with his puppy pitbull! Then we went and did some GQing at the station. Then we had to go to another companionships flat and talk to them because they are having some issues with each other, so we just tried to talk to them and see what is going on! Hopefully they can continue to work it out haha!

So the work is pretty slow here right now! We have 0 investigators and not too many less actives that are willing to come back. We are finding like all day every day it feels like and its tough to find people to teach right now because everyone is so darn busy hahaha! All is well though! We just gotta keep putting our shoulder to the wheel and pushing along! :) I hope you all remember the true meaning of Christmas and that you keep Christ in your heart and mind all year long! Remember He is the gift! Love you all have a good week! Merry Christmas!!

Elder Jenson

Monday, December 12, 2016

seek ye first the kingdom of God

Monday- We had a normal P day and didn't get up to a whole lot, but it was nice having a day off haha! After P day we went and had dinner with the Matamua family and we had FHE with them and another family from the ward! I over ate... as usual!

Tuesday- We did finding pretty much the whole day haha! We just went and knocked doors, and GQ'd around the train station as well! We didn't have much success but we did find a former investigator as we knocked doors so we should be able to go and teach him again soon which will be nice! That night we got to go to the Paki's house for a delicious dinner and a good lesson! I lost my voice this day so teaching and stuff was funny because I sounded like I was going through puberty all over again haha! But they invited us over for Christmas too so that will be fun!

Wednesday- We did service for an non member lady who's name is Carmel! We helped her to clean up her yard for Christmas time and what not! Then we had some good lunch with her! Then we went and did tracting for 3 straight hours hahaha it was a good time! Then after tracting we went and visited a less active member who was cool but super awkward and didn't talk a whole lot so it was weird.. After that we went and got some dinner and called it a night!

Thursday- We did service at the Latu's house this morning and I was sick the whole time! When we got home I just slept the rest of the day until our appointment that night! I hate colds!!! Haha the dinner appointment we had was with a less active family and we got to play a game with them and teach them a good lesson about the new #LightTheWorld thing for Christmas!

Friday- We had DTM in the morning and then after that my companion had to meet with the school advisers for a little bit and then after that we had a good little farewell party thing for some of the missionaries leaving this next week! Then we went and got some lunch, made our Christmas cards and then we did finding at the train station! Sister Paki made us some dinner again this night and so we went and picked it up and ate it at the flat! It was like cafĂ© rio sweet pork but it was chicken instead! Sooooo goood!!!:)

Saturday- We had a lesson with the Archers in the morning which was good! Then we went and did some finding at the train station again! After finding we went and helped set up for the Ward Christmas party! We helped to make some Otai (a delicious tongan drink made from watermelon, milk, sugar, and coconut shavings) Then we had the ward Christmas party which was super fun and there was so much food!!

Sunday- We did some finding in the morning before we went to church. Church was really good, we had some good lessons on service! After church we went to the Pikula's home for dinner and a lesson! After that we went and watched this orchestra/choir sing at the chapel! It was a good turn out a lot of people cam! I got to see Elder Foa'i there too which was cool haha I miss that guy!

My spiritual thought is from 3 Nephi when Christ is teaching the Nephite people and this is His counsel to them,

3 Nephi 13:30-34

 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, evenso will he clothe you, if ye are not of little faith.
 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we beclothed?
 32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficientis the day unto the evil thereof.
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD!! Heavenly Father knows of our needs and he will make sure that we have what we NEED, if we seek His Kingdom, and do His will!
Love you guys!!
Elder Jenson

serve others

Monday- We did our emails and went to the mall to browse around a little bit! Then we went to the chapel and started to learn the Haka for Christmas conference! After that we got to go and follow up on some potentials with no luck and then tried to see some less actives but no one was there!

Tuesday- We had a full on day of finding! We started off with tracting in the morning and we found a few potentials! then we went and had lunch at the flat. After that we went and followed up on some potentials and also went and saw two less actives! After that we went and had splits at the chapel with the ward mission leader and Bro. Ramirez! It was good because we went and visited some active members and they were home haha!

Wednesday- We had Zone conference the whole day with President and Sister Back! It was super good and I felt pretty uplifted and inspired afterwards which is always great! After Zone conference we just did some GQing at the train station before we went and had dinner.

Thursday- We did service in the morning for the Latu family! We painted another bedroom in their house which was good for the world wide day of service #LIGHTtheWORLD! Hahaha after service we had MCM with our ward mission leader. Then we went and visited Vera and Bobby, a less active couple and they were awesome! We had a really good discussion with them about the plan of salvation and why bad things happen to good people! They also had the cutest little puppy too so I enjoyed playing around with it haha!

Friday- We did our weekly planning in the morning and then we stayed home the whole day because my companion was sick! So while he slept I got to do heaps of extra studies and I learned so much! I have learned to love studying and reading on my mission which is a huge blessing because I hated it before the mission haha! It was a nice day to be able to just have heaps of time to read and learn more.

Saturday- We took the bus around all day and did finding haha! Some members saw us walking and gave us money for lunch so that was nice! We tracted for ages in the heat and we had no potentials haha but we did meet a lot of Hindus! After tracting we went to the Ormsby's house for dinner and they were so awesome! They have the cutest kids and it was just a great time there! This ward has so many great families! After that we did some GQing at the station and then walked home in the ghetto hahaha we were lucky no one stabbed us ;) we did get yelled at by people driving by though haha haters gonna hate!!

Sunday- I woke up sick this morning haha so I took a power nap before ward council! After we had ward council and then church we went and visited some members with the Elders Quorum president! Then we went to have dinner at the Pikula's house and we had a nice baked ham! It was the perfect way to end our fast!

I love in the Book of Mormon how we are able to gain a better and deeper understanding of the Atonement! We read in Alma 7:11-12 that the Atonement covers more than just sin but it covers EVERYTHING!!!

Alma 7,

11.And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the wordmight be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
 12 .And he will take upon him deaththat he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he willtake upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he mayknow according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities
I can testify that the power of the Atonement and Christ's grace is real and it can change us and transform us into true followers of Christ and we can become like him through it! Love you all have a good week and remember to serve others this month!
Elder Jenson

bump, set, spike!

pee day

glasses are def. his thing 


president and sister back


they designed this church to look like the ones back home