Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Springfield Episode 3: Public Transportation and Intense Precipitation

Hey everyone! How's it going? It's your friendly neighborhood Elder Jensen here, live from Springfield Oregon. We got to experience fall for probably about a week or so, then the rain came. And it hasn't stopped since. I now understand the stereotypes of the Pacific Northwest.

Due in part to the rain and the fact that we're just sick of walking everywhere, we figured out how to use the bus system around here and it is SO HELPFUL OH BOY. Walks that'd take an hour are cut down to maybe 10 minutes at most. It gives us so much more time to get stuff done, which is awesome. The Lane Transit District is also home to some of the funniest individuals I've ever met, so that's up there too.

This has been a pretty interesting week; lots of highs and lots of lows. All in all though, it's been a pretty positive experience. Sometimes you just have to take a look at the bad to be able to enjoy the good a little bit more. I've definitely felt that.

This week technically started on Wednesday I guess after we got done with the temple. The Portland temple is fantastic by the way, just so you're all aware. The next day, we had every single one of our lessons cancel on us. We were able to talk to a few people, but everything that was set up happened to fall through. We went over to visit the Hastings for our lesson, and got some bad news. It turns out that Zabs dad heard some information about the church that he didn't like, so he didn't want us to come back. We were devastated; they were really starting to come around. Sister Hastings said she always felt good when we were over, and we were able to tell her that that was the spirit working in her. Hopefully she'll remember that and be able to come around sometime. The door is always open.

On Friday I went out to Oakridge (about 45 minutes outside Springfield) with Elder Garrett Peterson from Kaysville! It was good to spend some time with an old friend and work in someone else's area for a while. Oh man, some of the people out in Oakridge are NUTS! We went over to visit this lady named Anna who was the perfect mixture of hilarious and bonkers. We're sitting there talking to her when all of a sudden she jumps up and says she'll be right back. When she returns, she gives us two bowls just FULL of beets. Beets? Beets. That combined with conversation about the best type of marijuana, Native American spirituality rituals, how terrible white men are, and how she got banned from the local Jehovah's Witness congregation made for one roller coaster of a...lesson? I don't even know.

Things did start to pick up towards the end of the week though. We taught some great lessons to some less active members and our investigators. We found a new person to teach named Victor who's pretty much a member already, but just needs to be baptized. We're excited to be working with him and get to know him more.

We finished off the week with a special broadcast from Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve. He was down in the Medford/Central Point area for regional training and gave a devotional for everyone too. It was awesome hear from an apostle in a more casual environment. There were so many wonderful things discussed and I learned a lot of how I can better my missionary work and discipleship to our Savior.

That's about it for me. Thank you all so much for all that you do; the prayers, love, and support mean more to me than you could imagine.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Stay dry, I know I'm trying to!

Much love. Be good!

Elder Jensen

Take me down to the Springfield City where the fields are springs and the springs are fieldy

Oregon is pretty cool I guess 

Anna + Pete + Jensen

Huge hole in my right shoe so at the end of the rainy day this is what my brown shoes look like 

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