Monday, May 30, 2016

Week #99

Brody is in the ZONE. We were getting worried about Brody getting a little too relaxed. According to this email, all that has changed. He sent us an email saying he couldn't chat back and forth today because he needed to stay focused. It's crazy, but he only has 5 weeks left. Thanks for all of your support.
He sent some other pictures that will be on his blog.

Well Hello Everyone,
so it has been a really interesting week but a good one for sure! some of the week has seemed long but we have been super busy!! so on tuesday we drove down to the temple in fresno to the transfer hub and to get our new companions. so as i said last week i am with Elder Harrison. He is from Preston, Idaho. and he has been out one transfer less than me. we are in an english area but we both speak spanish so we can still practice together!!! Elder Harrison is actually cousins with the Barkers who live in santaquin! he likes to ball as well! we get along great.
last monday i had to say goodbye to some of my favorite people that i have got to know on my mission. it was really hard and sad. i really have come to love the people that i serve out here. i can't even imagine the feeling that i am going to have when i have to come home. i feel like California is my home now and i don't wanna leave the people out here! i am now about 15 minutes south of atwater in merced. so i get to see some of the atwater people once in a while. i cover two congregations here.... i cover an english ward and then i cover the stake YSA. yesterday at church was a long day. we are at church from 8 in the morning until 3 for meetings and classes. i really enjoy serving in the ysa with kids my age. i taught the lesson yesterday on sunday, we only get around 15 people to sacrament meeting but it is still fun! we actually have a ysa activity every tuesday night, this week we will be eating and playing volleyball. and then on friday nights we go to atwater to play basketball so i get to see my homies in atwater on fridays. we have actually played a lot of ball this week! i miss serving the hispanics so that is gonna take some time to get used to.
so my new apartment is pretty sick haha. i actually live in the basement of some members. they are retired so the house is really quiet. i will send some pics of my new crib!
so now i will tell you a little bit about what i have been up to this last week. so as zone leaders we are really busy. one thing we do is in the morning we go and see other missionaries in our zone and do companionship studies with them to help them out, it is nice to be able to go and see other missionaries! also i work a lot closer with the assistants and President Clark now, in fact i will be having a meeting for the mission with President and the assistants this friday in Fresno. one day this week we had to wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise and then go to a seminary and meet the seniors that will soon be YSA. also since we are serving in the YSA we can be out a lot later, so that day we were working from 5 in the morning until 10:30 at night. i was praying that my last transfer i could keep busy and not think about the time..... be careful what you ask for haha. but even though i am always tired and busy i am loving it! i am on like a spiritual high and feeling the spirit super strong in lessons. i feel exhausted at the end of the day but it feels so good! we talk with every single person on the streets. we chase them down even if they look a little sketchy haha. we even stop the car roll the window down to talk with everyone. most people are pretty nice but once in a while we get a mean one. it is a lot of fun even when they are mean though! we have quite a bit of investigators and one of them even called us up this week because she wanted to wax our eyebrows hahaha! so we went and it was a rather different experience haha.
we have been teaching a lot this week, we teach at the college campus somedays as well. we have set a baptismal date for June 11th and should have a couple more baptisms in the month of June. most of them are YSA. it is so amazing to see how the gospel can change peoples lives! i love sharing it with them and seeing them recognize the spirit! it scares me to think about the little bit of time i have left to share this message, so i just work hard to forget about the time! i encourage you all to do the same haha.
so here in the mission there is a term which is called "trunky" it means that you are too excited to go home and can't wait to get home. i would say that for some of my mission i was trunky but i truly believe that i am the least trunky right now than i have been on my whole mission! the mission is great and i don't want it to end really. it has changed my life in so many ways, i am so grateful for the blessings that i have and the miracles that i have seen! i wouldn't trade what i have learned and come to know out here for nothing! a mission is priceless!
everything i do is because i love the Lord Jesus Christ and i want to serve my brothers and sisters! i look forward to finishing strong!
i love and miss you all and hope that you have a great week!
-Elder Jensen
p.s. congratulations to camri for graduating this past week! and i hope you all have a great summer! 

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