Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 88

From: "Kenneth Michael Jensen" <kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net>
To: "Mindy Jensen" <mindyjensen@hotmail.com>
Subject: Week 88 - I got Transferred!

Ok this week has all kinda been a blur and it feels like a lot has happened.
 We helped a family move a Big piano. It was one of the old ones from the early 1900s. Luckily there we were in a trio so we had an extra set of hands.

On Tuesday night we received word that both Elder Denney and I will be transferred this week. So we spent pretty much all of Wednesday saying goodbye to people and packing.

Thursday was crazy! We went to transfers and found out that I am got transferred to the Raytown ward in the Independence stake, I made it to Zion :)  My new companion is Elder Merrill, he is from American Fork Utah, and has been out for 20 months. It has been a ton of fun and a lot of learning new things. We have the independence visitors center in our zone now and I went from the smallest zone (7 companionships) to the biggest ( 15 companionships) so it has been interesting trying to figure out how it all works here.

Friday was awesome, we got to help out at the Stone Church in Independence. It is the Community of Christ's (used to the the RLDS) equivalent of the assembly hall in Salt Lake City. They are having a garage sale and had us sort a bunch of old books they are selling. They let us take what we wanted from the pile, so I got an old copy of the RLDS version of the Book of Mormon.  That's pretty cool.

Saturday we had a special all mission conference.  Elder D. Todd Christofferson from the quorum of the 12 apostles, and Elder Andersen, and Elder Wakolo from the quorum of the seventy came. They all spoke to us and trained us. It was awesome! He talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the Power/Grace of Jesus Christ. They are one and the same.

Then on Sunday we had a stake conference where Elder Andersen and Elder Rosen( the area 70) came and spoke to the stake. Also amazing.

I am excited to be here, Raytown is a strange place and much different than my other areas but it should be good. Thank you all for the work you do. The mission has been the best thing I could've done in my life. Thanks!

Elder Denney, Bro Untch, and me

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Elder Jensen

Friday, September 8, 2017

Week 87

Area: Tiffany Springs, MO
Companions: Elder Nielsen and Elder Denney
Hello everyone! This week has been a great week of missionary service.

Tue - We had another great lesson with Celeste. She is still planning on being baptized in September and she came to church this week!! Although we found out that she lives in a different ward boundary. She is excited to continue towards baptism.

Wed - I went on exchanges with Elder Kuhre in Parkville. It was a good time. We tried a bunch of people but no luck, although we did get to walk a dog for a little. That was fun.

Thur -  We did weekly planning and a member took us to an awesome diner, super good hamburgers! But not much else happened.

Fri - I went to the chiropractor again and he popped my ankle, poked me with acupuncture needles, and shot me with a cold laser. Kinda weird but my ankle is doing way better than it was. Then I went on exchanges with Elder Hunt. I got to go back to one of my old areas, Leavenworth!! So that was a ton of fun. We went and tried to see all the people I know there, surprisingly I only got to see a couple but it was a fun day of missionary work.

Sat - had kind of a crazy start, there were a couple of missionaries who got trainer calls. So we had to do some splits with our ZLs. But eventually after lunch all 3 of use were back together and in Tiffany Springs. Then later that night we were supposed to do service for a lady at 8:00. She needed some furniture moved into her house. But due to some miscommunications we ended up sitting in our car in the parking lot for an hour. Then they showed up and we helped for 15 minutes and then it was time to go home. So that was a fun day.

Sun - was an awesome day. Ruth made it to sacrament meeting and Celeste made it to 2nd hour. Celeste brought her little 4 year old to primary and when we went and picked her up she said "mom can we come here again, it was fun!" It was awesome and we are excited to keep working with her.


Well thank you all again for the love and support. You are all amazing! 

Elder Jensen

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Week 86

Area: Tiffany Springs, MO
Companions: Elder Nielsen and Elder Denny

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

Well, even though this is just a report since Wednesday quite a lot still happened. While playing basketball I wrecked my ankle. It was just a sprain, nothing near as bad as Elder Nielsen's sprain a few weeks ago, but it still has some pretty colors.

 
Thursday-  we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I didn't have a brace for my ankle just a compression sock, so I had to hobble around for a day.

Friday - got a brace - much better and was able to walk pretty good. We did our weekly planning and not much else happened

Sat - the ward had an emergency preparedness fair. It was really awesome! About 20 booths with members of the ward and companies showing off their stuff. Then outside there was about every type of emergency response vehicle they have. A fire truck, squad car, a swat assault vehicle, ambulance, mobile police headquarters, and then to top it all off we had a Life Flight helicopter come and land in the parking lot. It was super cool and unfortunately I did not get any pictures, but I will try to get some from people who did and send them next week.

Sunday - great day of church, had dinner with a bunch of Polynesians, then we picked up a new companion, Elder Denny! His companion blew out his knee playing soccer a few weeks ago and tore a few ligaments and will have to return home for medical help. So Elder Denny is with us for the rest of the transfer. He is from Idaho Falls, went to Hillcrest High school, and has been out for about 7 weeks. So he is still in his first transfer. It will be an interesting couple of weeks.

Thank you for all of the love and support, you guys are amazing! 

Elder Jensen

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Week 85

Area: Tiffany Springs, MO
Companion: Elder Nielsen

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

Alright, a lot has happened this week so I will try to condense it.
Monday we had our first appointment with a lady named Celeste. It was a perfect setup and she listened intently. As we shared the restoration with her the Spirit flooded the room and she accepted to be baptized in September!

Tuesday we had an appointment with a part member family wayyyyy up in the north part of our area. We had a member take us all the way up there and they were not home... so we drove all the way back and that was pretty much our evening.

Wednesday we had a lesson with a lady named Ruth and her daughter, Princess. They are refugees from Liberia but have been in the States for about 8 years. They are awesome and use to meet with missionaries in Philadelphia but moved to Kansas City in July. They stopped us in a McDonald's parking lot and we got their info. We met with them later in the week and they accepted the challenge to be baptized as well!!

Thursday was full of mostly pulling weeds in a service project.

Fri - weekly planning and not much.

Sat - we went out and had a lesson with the Guerreras again (recent converts), they are awesome. I always love our lessons with them although a bird pooped on me as we were walking around :(

Sun - RUTH CAME TO CHURCH! It was awesome. There was also a ton of ward business, every presidency was changed except relief society and primary. We also got a new ward mission leader. I am sad to see Brother Untch get called to be the Elders Quorum President, but Bro Aiono (formerly in the bishopric) will do awesome.
Chris Miller (a family we have been working with a lot) also received the Melchizedek Priesthood and became an Elder. Then about an hour later he became the 2nd counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency.  Great day!

Mon - Usually our P-day but it was switched due to a solar eclipse that came right through KC. We were invited to a less active member's house for a BBQ. She practices a Hebrew religion now and all of her church friends were there. So it was about 30 people from their church and then the mormon missionaries. But they seriously were some of the nicest people. It was a very interesting party though. Lots of horn playing, prayers in Hebrew and praising God. The eclipse was pretty cool even though it was pretty overcast and we couldn't see much. Everything did get very dark for a few minutes though and what we did see was beautiful. Right after it POURED rain. So much so that as we were driving we crossed a bridge where the water was at the edge of the lip. Then about 15 min later it had completely flooded and we got out and watched the flash flood happen with other people. It was strong enough to break the guard rails. Crazy day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tue - We had a Zone Conference. We left at 7:30 and got home at 5:20, long meeting but it was amazing and inspiring. 
 


Anyway that was my crazy week. Thank you all for the love and support you have given me. Remember the Lord hears and answers every prayer.
 
Elder Jensen

Trip to the Kansas City Temple today
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week 84

Area: Tiffany Springs, MOCompanion: Elder Nielsen

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net  

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050



This week was amazing but full of pretty normal missionary things. I will just hit some of the highlights.
On Tuesday we got a new car - a Nissan Altima :) and got to hang out with some past mission companions while we waited.

We found a few potential investigators and have return appointments with them for this coming week!

We went on an exchange and saw some great miracles.

We contacted a less active part member family that has taken the lessons before and got so close to baptism. We are going back to start teaching them the lessons again.

We got to do some awesome service cleaning up a yard. We had to clear a chain link fence from vines and trees that had overtaken it. It was fun, we moved A LOT of plants.

We went back to Dr. Hoyas to have my companion poked with acupuncture needles.

On Saturday we went out with our ward mission leader to visit some less active members. Most of the ones who answered turned out to not be the person we were looking for and they apparently have moved out. We made a list and record of all the LAs that no longer live at the address we have. Its about 1/4 of the ward! Its kinda crazy.

Sunday was probably the best day of the week. Echo Miller, a recent convert of about 2 months, gave a talk in sacrament meeting. You could tell she really dislikes getting up in front of people but she did great and the ward gave her so much support it was awesome! 

It has been a good week, I am doing well and loving the mission. We are working hard to find and teach new people and we have people in the works but nothing amazing has happened quite yet.

Thank you for all the support, you are awesome!

Elder Jensen

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 83

Area: Tiffany Springs, MOCompanion: Elder Nielsen

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net  

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050
This week has been pretty great. First, Mia - our recent convert was able to go with the youth group to Nauvoo. She learned so much about the church and was able to go and do baptisms for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple. It was a great experience for her.

We received a referral for a man who had talked with a member of the church about Adam-Ondi-Ahman, which is in the mission. The man was very interested and wanted to meet with missionaries. So we were able to contact him and meet with him. His name is Edward. He lived all his life in West Virginia, then read an article that said all the righteous in the last days will flee the coasts and gather in the center of the United States... so that's what he did. He quit his job that he had for 20+ years and moved to Kansas City. We had a great lesson with him and he is very excited to learn more about the history and future of this great place where we live. I also want to know who wrote that article... he has something going on.

We also had a new member move into our ward. When we first went and met him I soon realized that he was from Paola, Kansas and that I had gone on exchanges in that area and was in that District when he got baptized! It was cool to finally sit down with him and we are excited that he is in our ward.

The weather has been so nice here recently, except for yesterday it rained like crazy! I love the rain, but it makes it hard to talk to people. I can just imagine people opening the door and seeing two completely drenched missionaries and thinking "what in the world are they doing?" But it was a fun storm with lots of lighting and thunder. 

Thank you all, I hope you have a good week!

It might be hard to see but there is so much corn here, it's ridiculous.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 82

Area: Tiffany Springs, MOCompanion: Elder Nielsen
 
Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net  
 
Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

This week was transfers and we found out that both Elder Nielsen and I will be staying in the Tiffany Springs ward!

We went to the Doctor and found out for sure Elder Nielsen's ankle was not broken and no torn ligaments. So we went to a chiropractor who is a member and adjusts missionaries for free and they but him under a "Cold Laser", adjusted the bones in his ankle, and then did acupuncture. Kinda weird but it seems to be helping, so we will go with it.

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Acupuncture
 
So we have resumed normal work for the most part. That being said not a whole lot happened this week. We went out and talked to a lot of people and had some pretty cool experiences, but we didn't find any new investigators.

One nice experience: we were walking down the road and there was a lady outside with 3 kids running around. We said Hello and then something just prompted me to say "We come sharing messages about how families can be together forever. Would you allow us to share that message with you?" And she looked at us and said "Yes, I would like that" we talked a little about the restoration and how we may live together after this life as a family. We will be contacting her this week.

Sorry for such a short one this week. We worked hard and are trying to bring people closer to Christ!  Thank you for all the support!

Elder Jensen

We had a HUGE rainstorm, my coat worked but my legs were soaked.