Monday, May 2, 2016

May Day May Day May Day Wee-ooo Wee-ooo Wee-ooo

So this has been another really slow week. We had roughly 8 or 9 of our lessons fall through and not a lot of success when we've been working. It's been a bummer, but I know that if we keep working, we'll find success.

There has been a lot of good that has happened though. We had the baptism for Ray on Saturday. It was such a fantastic treat to see him go all the way from that first phone call when he was talking to us to him being a full fledged member of the church. What made it even more special was that I was privileged enough to be the one to baptize him. After the ordinance, Ray just kinda sat there in the font for a second. When I asked him what was going on, he said that he just wanted to soak the whole experience in for a moment. It was touching to see the change in him and see how far he's come. The spirit was very very strong in the meeting.

Other exciting missionary moments in the life of Elder Jensen ... we did some service for a part member family to try and tame some blackberry bushes. Now, in Oregon, blackberries just kinda grow wild, like weeds. So these bad boys were ENORMOUS. It was a close battle, but in the end, the missionaries won! Not without some injuries on the side of the victors. (seriously those things are supah nasty)

Also, crazy Oregonian story of the week. We were in church yesterday doing Ray's conformation. Everything was lovely and the ward was really welcoming him in during their testimonies, when all of a sudden, this rather disheveled man walks in an sits down on a pew. We don't think too much of it for a while, and then he starts rocking back and forth very strangely. Still, we don't really say much and the meeting goes on. Well, there was a lull in the testimonies as testimony meetings go, so this guy decides to get up and say a few things. He was sun darkened, wearing a variety of Native American jewels and necklaces, with a nice ol' beard on his face. He starts speaking, and at first it's not too bad. You can tell he's not 100% there, but he was still saying good things about building our relationship with God. Then he starts to talk about how everyday is someone's birthday, followed quickly by a discussion about Bigfoot. Then, the singing started. Well, it was more of like a mystic chant of some sort. That lasted for a good minute or two with him capping off his remarks with a deep "Oh Yeah" and then him limping out of the chapel, never to be seen again. Oregon man.

That's about it for our week this week. We're going up Roseburg so we can go to MLC tomorrow in preparation for ZTM on Friday.  It should be a great week. We have a lot of lessons set up and lots of fun things planned so it should be all good.

Take care and don't be square.

Elder Jensen

We decided to eat fancy

*note* those bottles are filled with WATER if you're nervous
(excellent photobomb by Cap'n Jack)

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