Friday, September 29, 2017

Week 90

Area: Raytown, MO
Companion: Elder Merrill

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 a lot of fun and kinda crazy, so here are the highlights:

 - Showed up at a recent converts house to wish him a happy birthday and came just at the right time for cheesecake :)
- Exchanges with the Assistants
- Interviewed a 17 year old kid who is going to be a great member of the church
- Visited a less active out in the boonies who randomly had a Gibbon Ape
- Went to the Independence Visitor Centers with some investigators 
- Had interviews with our Mission President Love
- Met a guy from Israel who speaks 5 languages, taught him about the Book of Mormon and we have a return appointment for this next week!
- A recent convert from my first area went to the temple!!
- Jeffery and Jo both came to church again!

It was a great week, I love being a missionary.
Thank you for your support. You are all amazing!
Elder Jensen




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 89

Area: Raytown, MO
Companion: Elder Merrill

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

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

This week was awesome and kinda crazy.

Tues - We met with a guy named Kim who said that he was visited by Joseph Smith in the form of a bird in the backyard today. I asked him how he knew it was Joseph Smith and he said he just knew it was him.

Wed - was really good, we had a meeting with our mission president called MLC. It was great but like 7 hours long. Then we met with the Stake presidency that night to talk about the missionary efforts in the stake
 
After a long day of meetings

Thur - We did service for a Catholic Nunnery. We talked to a couple people just about their beliefs and one guy named Paul talked with us for about 30 min. He said that he has always been interested in religion and wanted to know more about the Mormons. He lives right down the street from a church building and a lot of neighbors were members but nobody had talked with him about the church, so he eventually approached one of his neighbors and asked for a Book of Mormon. Then he read the whole thing. It was a good testimony to me that there are people out there who are ready and are seeking the knowledge, we just have to open our mouths. There is no doubt that Paul would have accepted a Book of Mormon much sooner if his neighbors had reached out and he would be much farther along on his path to discipleship.

Fri - We went to 2 district meetings to try to get to know the Zone better. Then our ward mission leader made us BBQ, so that was nice.

Sat - We helped setup for the Raytown farmers market. Then every Saturday morning we go to a member who lives right next to us and make him breakfast. He has MS and is in a wheel chair. His name is Patrick Murphy, he has a lot of character and I'm sure you will be hearing a lot about him. We had a couple really cool lessons today, it is amazing to be the instrument in doing the Lord's work. I am so grateful for the blessings God has given me that has allowed me to be on a mission at this time.

Sun - We had two investigators, Jeff and Jo, come to church and they had a great time. We had a whole other family that was going to come, but they didn't, so that was sad. 

Overall it was a great week. I love being a missionary and the Lord is so good to us and I know that this is His work.
 
Thank you for all the support that you give me, I couldn't do it without you!
 
Elder Jensen
 
The Chief and Royal stadium is in our area, so we get to see them often.
 
A picture I received from one of my cousins.

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.

The Cold Laser

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.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Week 81

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

So this week has been a lot of the same. Elder Nielsen's ankle is doing much better, he is starting to walk on it and the bruising has gone down a lot. The doctor still wants him to stay off the foot. We are going for a check up appointment tomorrow so we will see what the next week has in store for us. 

Although we haven't been able to go out proselytizing very much we have still seen some amazing miracles. We went to go help a family weed their garden so we were in service clothes and a lady pulled over and stopped my companion as he was backing me out of our parking spot. She asked if we were the Mormon Missionaries. He said yes and she told him that she was a less active member of the church and asked where the building was at and wanted us to come by and visit her sometime. She said "but if my husband answers the door say that you're suppose to be there, he doesn't like you very much." We have knocked a couple of times but we have not caught them at home yet.

We had a good lesson with Peter again this week. He is having a lot of health issues and is going through a lot so he has been struggling. But he has been reading the Book of Mormon, which is amazing!

I went on exchanges with two Elders this week who are both going home next week. It was an awesome opportunity to see the growth in people and hear the advice from a "seasoned" missionary.

This week has kinda been a weird week and we haven't been able to get out as much because of Elder Nielsen's ankle, but it's alright. We have talked a lot, watched probably every video/movie the church has made, and studied the gospel.

Thank you for the love and support!

Elder Jensen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week 80

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


Well to start of the week, about 2 hours after I sent out my last email, my companion was playing basketball and sprained his ankle super bad. It seriously swelled up big enough it looked like an orange was just attached to the side of his foot. The mission nurse told him no walking for the next 3 days. The next day we went to a foot doctor and he gave him a big clunky boot and said no walking for 2 -3 weeks! So basically we can leave the house for dinner and teaching appointments, but not much else.... so this week we have done a lot of nothing and sitting at home.



 
Although two 20 year olds stuck in an apartment get some crazy ideas. Lesson learned: don't try to share a hammock with an exercise ball. Yes, we set up a hammock in our apartment, it's pretty nice. We also built a fort out of our couch cushions and blankets and had a movie night watching the Restoration. Then we slept in the fort, because we are still children on the inside.

 
Elder Nielsen had a pretty cool coloring book for grown ups and since we had nothing to do this week I went and bought one, so I have been drawing a lot this week as well.

I found out on Tuesday that one of my recent converts in Leavenworth passed away this week. Its alright though at the spry age of 88 he was still going strong, but I suppose that he was needed on the other side of the veil. You will be missed Herbert but I know that we will see you again.

The church is true! I have had a great amount of time to read the scriptures and study the Savior. I know He lives and that He loves us so much He was willing to sacrifice all. Stay strong in the faith and "be ambitious for Christ!"

Elder Jensen

We went to Five Guys and apparently they got the potatoes from Rexburd :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Week 79

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 a lot of walking and talking with people. We honestly didn't see much success this week, but we went out and invited all we could to learn more. That's all we really can do.

On Thursday we got to meet our new mission President. His name is President Love. He and his wife are really good people and are super funny.
Later that night we had a lesson set up with a former investigator. We called him and he invited us over. He sent us his address but it wasn't the one that we had on record. So we went anyway and we ended up in the same apartment complex that our Zone Leaders live in. So we had a good lesson and he had recently moved there so we transferred the records to them.

While we were walking one day we were standing on a street corner and a lady pulled up, totally blocking traffic, and said "Elders, you look like you could use some chicken nuggets" and she handed us a thing of chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-a. Tender mercies of the Lord.

Another miracle we saw - we were walking down the street and we didn't have enough time to go see the people we were planning to go see but we both felt like we should keep going. As we walked, a lady who was holding a big business sign saying "liquidation sale" stopped us and said that she had been baptized into the church a few years ago but since then had fallen away. Her husband had been shot in a gang shooting just a few weeks before and she was left on her own. She said that she had prayed that day for the first time in a long time for simple peace of mind. We were able to talk with her for a while and she gave us water. It is amazing to be the answer to someone's prayers. I encourage you to look around and seek out the spiritual sensitivity to be the answer to someone's prayers. I promise that the Lord will use you to stand in His place and be His servant.

Thank you all for the love and support!

Elder Jensen

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 78

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

So to start off, last week there were some technical problems with the internet. I wrote up and sent all of my emails then about 30 mins later I looked and it said that none of my emails sent and they were not saved. So I had to rewrite all the letters, I am sorry if I did not respond to your email last week. It got really confusing what emails actually got sent and which ones did not.

Well, on Monday we had a good day and we headed home. As we pulled up the people that live across the hall from us all came out and invited us to come into their apartment and "hang out for a little". We only had about 15 minutes before we had to be in our apartment but we went in. It was interesting. There were about 7 people who most of them had had a few beers. They were super nice though, they were really respectful of what we could and couldn't do. Although they really wanted to see which one of us would win in a match of street fighter. Ever since that night we have been pretty good friends with them.

On Wednesday we had probably one of the best lessons I have ever had. We were on exchanges with our Zone Leaders. Elder Lancaster and I had an appointment with a man that had been tracted into a few months ago. We showed up and he had a quad scripture set on his table with 3 pads of paper and a pencil. He is a huge religionist and loves learning. He had some LDS friends growing up and met with missionaries back in 2007. But he had a ton questions and in 1 hour we taught him the first 3 lessons and a few of the commandments. It was really incredible for me to see how all the lessons are interconnected.

Elder Nielsen got bit by a pretty nasty bug. It started out looking just like a mosquito bite on his had, but a day and a half later you could not see his knuckles anymore because his hand was so swollen. So we went to an urgent care and they gave him steroids, Yay! 

The biggest news of the week - Shane got Baptized! It was an awesome service and Elder Nielsen confirmed him a member of the church on Sunday

This week our bishop got an email from the temple in Kansas City saying a man called wanting to meet the missionaries. So we went over and met Peter. He is 82 years old and back in the 80s he joined the church and was active for a while but eventually through some things he decided to take his name off the records. Fast forward a while and he recently moved to Kansas City and said that he wants to come back and check it out. So we met him on Saturday and he came to church on Sunday! He is super awesome, it reminds me a lot of teaching Herbert from Leavenworth.

It has been a good week. The days sometimes seem to go slow but then I look back on the week and it seems that it has gone by so fast.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes again. I know the church is true!

Elder Jensen

Week 77

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 pretty fun, Tuesday was my birthday. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a memorable day.  We had a dinner appointment way out at the other side of our area with a single mom and her kids. We tried almost every priesthood holder in the ward to come with us and nobody answered until like 1 hour before we were supposed to leave. Finally a brother answered and was able to take us. The family didn't know it was my birthday but they fed us steak, so I was ok with that.  Afterwards on our way home the brother who took us out stopped at Sonic and bought us cream slushies. I had never had one before but they are pretty good.

We received a media referral this week for a man named Michael. It just said that he had requested a Book of Mormon. So we called and set up an appointment. We asked how he found the church or why he wanted a Book of Mormon. He said that he had an app on his phone that gave him bible verses each day and he saw an add pop up for a free Bible so he clicked on it and ordered a bible. Soon the missionary department called him and then soon we called him and came over.  We were able to give him a Book of Mormon and a Bible, he was grateful to receive both. We were able to testify of the Savior and of eternal families. It struck a deep cord with him because he is extremely religious and loves his children and grandchildren very much. I love to see the Lord reach out to his children through us. It is incredible.

The young men of the ward (there's only about 4 of them) had a fundraiser to help them go to scout camp this year. It was a spaghetti dinner and an auction. Families brought things like tents, stained glass, and lots of desserts. The ward members also offered many of their own services to be auctioned out. It was amazing to see the ward support as they came to support the boys and donate some of their time and talents. One of the items was the movie "Finding Dory" and Elder Nielsen thought it would be a great idea to help raise the bid some. So he bid at $15 and nobody took it... so he paid the $15 and now we have Finding Dory in his bag. I think he is planning on giving it to a family in our ward who has a lot of kids.



Thank you all for the letters and support that I got this week. It is amazing to hear from you.

Thanks!
Elder Jensen

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Alright so this week was pretty exciting. On Monday we went and met with a member named Gary and his roommate, Richard. Richard was interested in the church and wanted to learn more. So we went and taught the first lesson. The Spirit filled the room as we testified of the Savior, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Richard accepted a baptismal date for July 15th.

On Tuesday we found out that Elder Fowlks was going to be transferred so we spent a good amount of Wednesday packing and saying goodbye to people. He was here for 6 months so we had a lot of people to see. 

Thursday we had breakfast at the ward mission leader's house and then left for transfers. Elder Fowlks was transferred to the Cedar Creek Ward in Lenexa. My new companion is Elder Nielsen. He is from Tucson, Arizona and has been out for 20 months. He has served in Leavenworth and Chanute, two of my past areas! So we have had a good amount to talk about. It has been pretty fun the past couple of days. 

We have a spicy BBQ sauce in our fridge called Devil's Butt and Elder Nielsen wanted to try it. So we sat down to have lunch and we said a prayer and as soon as we closed the prayer. He popped up and said "I have to grab the Devil's Butt!" without realizing what he had said.

A member here works for Chrysler and they provide him a car so he has a really nice 2017 Dodge Challenger that he took us out in and drove us around a little. It was sweet. 

The past couple of days we have had some pretty crazy storms. There were a few tornados about 20 minutes north of us, but not too much damage was done. And we are safe Mom. It was kinda funny though we called one of our investigators Saturday night to make sure he was coming to church and he said he was driving home and his phone said there was a tornado that was within 5 miles of him, but he said that he would make it to church. I made a joke and told him that if he didn't make it to church it had better be because he got caught in a tornado... He didn't come, so we will make sure that he is alright.

But overall it was a really good week, I am grateful for my family and especially for my Father. He has been an amazing example for me and others to look towards. I hope to grow into the man that he expects me to be. Thank you Dad, I love you.

Elder Jensen

When the heat index is 111 degrees and your water is super hot

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Area: Tiffany Springs, MO
Companion: Elder Fowlks

This week has been amazing. It started off by teaching a part member family who has a 9 year old named Shane who is not baptized. We taught them the restoration and committed him to be baptized on June 24th!  Since he is a kid I knew I could be straight up with him. We started by asking him what he thinks missionaries do. He said "teach the Gospel" and I said "Yes, we teach people so that they can get baptized. Is that something you want to do?" and Shane said yes. The spirit flooded the room and we were able to start teaching the 1st lesson, it was amazing.

Tuesday we had a Zone Conference, it was a spiritual feast. It was amazing to hear from our President one more time before he heads home. Although it was still a 6 hour meeting...

On Thursday our ward mission leader was driving us up to a town way in the north part of our area for a lesson. As we were driving up our WML told us that there was a family in this town that needed help moving some furniture. So we went over and found that they were moving a piano out of their house and putting a new one in. So that was fun. They also were replacing a bed and their couches. We asked them what they were going to do with their old couch and they said they were going to donate it. Then they offered to give it to us if we wanted it. We gladly accepted because our couch was very broken on the bottom and if you sat in the right spot you were basically just sitting on the floor. So a new couch has been very nice.

The fireflies are finally out this year. It looks so amazing to see a whole wheat field that glows and sparkles at night. Also as you drive if you hit any of them they leave little specks of glowing light on your windshield.

We did service for the Millers this week (she was baptized 2 weeks ago and their daughter is getting baptized this week!) We helped them cut up some branches and then burn them in a barrel. We went until the barrel was full of coals and we couldn't fit anymore in. Then we helped another family in our ward on their home garden, mostly just weeding but she made us a lunch that was amazing!

This last Sunday was Stake Conference and Elder Weatherford T. Clayton came and presided. In the middle of the meeting he asked all of the full time missionaries in the congregation to come up to the front and then we sang "I am a child of God". Then he asked several of us to bear our testimonies. Afterwards we got to talk with Elder Clayton. It was an amazing experience, he told us "your grandchildren are so happy that you have decided to serve a mission. There is a lot more to heaven than we can see." It was super cool.

We have been able to see some amazing miracles recently and my testimony has grown so much from this last week and the last 17 months! Thank you all so much for the support you give. It is always great to hear from you.

Elder Jensen