Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adventures in FLMTH Week 13

How the heck is everyone doing this fine day? Well, I hope. I'm sure you all look fantastic.

This was a crazy week here in Oregon. And I mean like an actually crazy week, not a sarcastic crazy week. We were all over the place.

So to bring everyone up to speed, we left off with Elder Johnson peacing out and Elder Thompson and I meandering around Philomath and Corvallis for a few days. And what a good few days they were. We stopped in on this man in the 4th Ward named Joseph to see if he was reading from the Book of Mormon. A short check-in turned into a long discussion and we actually talked to him a lot about baptism. We told him that if he were to find out that the Book of Mormon is true, then he could be baptized by his son who recently converted. He got pretty choked up about that, and accepted a date to be baptized! He said that he felt like this was something he's been waiting for his whole life. It was a pretty special moment and I'm glad that I got to be a part of it, even though it wasn't in Philomath.

On Wednesday, we drove down to the Stake Center in Eugene for the trainers meeting. It was good to see a bunch of friends from the mission who are also training. They kinda singed our eyebrows a little with saying how great we need to be as missionaries and how if we screwed up we'd ruin these poor missionary's missions for the REST OF THEIR LIVES. Needless to say, there were some nerves there.

The next morning however, the nerves were gone and were replaced with excitement. Like, I haven't been that excited for a while. They had all of the trainers and some of the missionaries from around the valley meet in the chapel and sing the Bring the World His Truth medley as the new missionaries came in. Holy Spirit Batman, that was powerful. Such a simple song could bring such a powerful feeling. It was amazing.

After those fun shenanigans were over, they lined us up in the gym and assigned us to our trainees. "In Philomath, Elder Jensen will be training Elder... SEARCY!!!!"

We embraced in the manliest of ways.

Elder Searcy (Sear-See) is a really cool kid. He reminds me of Elder Redding and Elder Carter kinda mixed into a little redheaded kid from Madison, Indiana.

Upon arrival in Philomath, we got right to work. We started knocking doors for a while, as missionaries do. When Elder Searcy got to his first door, it got slammed right in his face. Welcome to the mission field!

We actually did experience a lot of miracles in our first few days together. Elder Searcy got aquatinted with most of the people we teach and is super excited to get to work with them. On Thursday, we went around doing our thing right? Knocking doors, talking to people and whatnot, the works. Elder Searcy decided that he wanted to give out all of the copies of the Book of Mormon we had. So, there's like 15 minutes before we go in for the night, and he had one more Book of Mormon left to give out. So, we set out for adventure. We accidentally knocked into two members, walked around, and ultimately we both get the same prompting to go and knock on this door. We knock on the door, and nothing. So, kinda defeated, we start to walk home. Lo and behold, here walks up this lady that I'd seen once or twice. We actually ended up giving her a Book of Mormon and getting a return appointment with her. It goes to show that the Lord works in mysterious ways!

Honestly, it's been an fantastic week. It's great to get a little bit of the fire back under my wings. I've really seen the Lord work in my life this week with comforting and strengthening me. I know this church is true and I'm excited to keep serving!

Love you all so much!

Stay over easy,

Elder Jensen

PO Box 765
Philomath, Oregon

My boy in front of his first door

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