Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 96

Area: Raytown Ward 
Companion: Elder Martinez

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 crazy busy, but a great week.

Mon - We were able to contact several people and set up return appointments. A man approached us at Walmart and invited us to his bible study.

Tue - Halloween was a good day. We had to do some administrative stuff. We had dinner with a family from Tonga and they fed us forever. It was awesome. We got a referral for a less active member who wanted to get back into church and meet with missionaries. We knocked on his door but he wasn’t there, so we tracted around his house and ran into these two really cool ladies. One is a young mother and one is an older lady. They both asked us to come back on Thursday. 

Wed - We had a meeting with all the Zone leaders and we got the new phones. Every companionship in the mission is going to get a galaxy J3. They are pretty nice, but super weird to get used to. We are also on Facebook now, also really weird to see everyone’s posts. I am excited though for the new technology it should improve the work in the area.

Thurs - We went back to the two ladies we found on Tuesday. The first one came to the door and was really excited to meet with us. She had looked in the Book of Mormon a little. So we taught the restoration and invited her to be baptized on Dec 2nd. It was a great lesson and our team up was a young man who is about to go out on his mission. He did great testifying. She asked if we could come back. It was sweet. As we were teaching, a random guy walked 12

Fri - We went on exchanges with the assistants. So Elder Merrill (my last companion) and I were working around Raytown, just like the good ol’ days.... 4 weeks ago. It was pretty fun though.

Sat - Today was awesome and crazy. We had a bit more administrative stuff to do like figuring out the miles missionaries can drive. We set up for interviews with our mission president. We had a great lesson with a less active member who really wants to come back to church and his wife and kids to be baptized so hopefully things get rolling with them.  Then we went to a bible study, that same guy (Diamond) who invited us on Monday. When we showed up he said that they were in the middle of their service so we caught the last half of the service. Everything was Korean but they spoke English. The only Korean person there was the preacher. It was was really interesting, but is was good. They taught pretty good principles but not completely the truth. Then we had a bible study with them, it was also good and we are going to go back and try to invite Diamond to the visitors center. It was definitely an experience to remember.

Sun - We had stake conference and it was awesome! Elder Hintze from the Quorum of the 70 came. It was a good day.

Thank you all for the love and support, I’m loving it out here in Missouri. The Lord loves you and will help you.
 
Elder Jensen
 

Week 95

Area: Raytown Ward 
Companion: Elder Martinez

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 kinda boring, not going to lie. It has been a lot of meetings and administrative stuff. 

Although on Monday it was 8:55 pm and we were on our way home and decided to try one more person. We met a cool guy who is a member of the ward, but doesn't come very often. He was pretty welcoming and said we could come back this week!

Tue - We took a young man out with us. He was just ordained an Elder and put in his mission papers. It was cool to answer his questions and talk with him.

Wed. - We went to 4 different meetings :) The mission is getting Facebook, so we got to log in and make some changes to our profile... it is super weird. I still have no idea what the rules are but I'm assuming I can friend people, I just can't chat through out the week, but still really exciting. We also get smart phones next Wednesday!

Thurs - We did our weekly planning and took Brother Murphy to a scripture study class at the Visitor's Center. It was a great class and a lot of people showed up. It has definitely been getting colder here. So Bro Murphy is in a wheelchair and as we were about to push him outside he asked if it was cold outside. We replied "no, its not to bad". Murphy grabbed his beanie then we headed out. As soon as the wind hit him he almost yelled "This is white mans weather! I'm cold" Then the whole rest of the ride he talked about how black people are built for the cold. It was pretty funny. 

Fri - I went on exchanges to the Hill Park area with E. Hamblin. Hill Park is the area with the Visitor Center, the Community of Christ Temple and conference center, it has downtown Independence, and it has the Temple Lot where Joseph Smith dedicated the ground for the Independence temple. So a pretty cool area. We were out contacting people and we sat down for a little break. Elder Hamblin said he wasn't feeling super good so we went inside to rest for maybe 30 min, it was about 4:00. So I took a nap then about 40 minutes later I heard him in the bathroom throwing up, poor guy. There was nothing I could do for him so I went back to sleep... So we stayed inside the rest of the night. I got to read and watch church videos.

Sat - The ward had a big campfire activity. We roasted hotdogs and marshmallows and then Bishop Searls gave a message all about missionary work. It was a great activity. We got to go early and set up for the event, so I got to chop wood and do a little manual labor for a change. :)

Sun - The whole church service was focused on missionary work. It was awesome! I am so pumped for the ward to catch a hold of the spirit of missionary work. It is going to be great.

Thank you all for the support. I love being a missionary and I know it is a short time that I have to serve the Lord. I have been impressed recently of the power of the Book of Mormon. If you read it every day, you will never fall away. I know this to be true and I ask all of you, including myself, to make a more dedicated effort to read the Book of Mormon. Make it the Most Important part of your day. 

Thank you, love you all.
 
Elder Jensen

Week 94

Area: Raytown Ward & Riverview Branch (Kansas City, MO)
Companions: Elders Horne & Martinson & Martinez

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

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

Alright, this week had a ton of changes. New companion, almost a whole new Zone, but same ward. Transfers were this week. Elder Horne got transferred to Olathe, as a 6 week trainer and he is whitewashing, what a champ! And I returned to Raytown fulltime.

Monday - We had dinner with a Marshallese family, one of the daughters had a non-member boyfriend over. So we were able to teach the restoration and give him a Book of Mormon, it was a good night.

Tue - So for the past week I had been catching a cold and it was just getting worse and worse so finally I broke down and went to the doctor. She told me that I had a sinus infection, an ear infection, and bronchitis.  So I guess I had good reason to feel sick. She gave me some medicine and told me good luck. For most of the rest of the day we rested and I tried to recover.  We had dinner with an investigator family, they were the cutest little Mexican family. They made some amazing homemade Mexican food, it was awesome. 

Wed - I was still recovering, so the other Elders prepped their apartment for transfers. They are sharing with a new companionship in their apartment so they had to move a bunch of things around. 

Thurs - Transfer day! My new companion is Elder Martinez, he is from Moses Lake, Washington. I am super excited. I have served around E Martinez a bit before. We came back to Raytown and unpacked then tried a few people. We meet the fiancĂ© of a less active member who seems really promising. We had dinner with our WML and then took Brother Murphy to a scripture study class at the Visitor's center. He is so funny, we just laugh the whole time. 

Fri. - We mostly did weekly planning and running around collecting things that missionaries forgot at transfers. We had dinner at Steak & Shake, then had a lesson with Bro Bruce. He is doing really well. He is almost at full activity, and he accepted the assignment to speak in Sacrament meeting! 

Sat - We had correlation with our WML, which included chocolate chip pancakes :) We were able to contact a few people and had a lesson with our High Priest Group leader. 

Sun - We had church, it was nice to be back in Raytown. We tried to find some new people, had dinner with the Clarks (who are from South Africa and moved here because...it's Zion). They are super cool. 

It was a pretty fun week, I am feeling much better now. There were a lot of changes in the zone, only one companionship stayed the same and out of the 17 companionships 11 are training new missionaries.  It should be a good transfer. I am so happy that I get to be a missionary in the Lord's Kingdom on the earth. It is a huge privilege and I get the feeling that I need to make the most of it. Thank you all so much, you are amazing examples. Thank you!

Elder Jensen


I was very sick and trying to do my laundry. I came upstairs and went to fold my laundry and apparently fell asleep.


We found a Frog on top of our car.


 
 

Week 93


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 really and seems to have flown by.

Mon - We had a choir rehearsal to prepare for a musical number in Zone Conference.
It was 4 sets of Elders, some sang English, some Spanish, some in American Sign Language.  I had never conducted a rehearsal, so that was a first.

Tue - We had Zone Conference for most of the day. Elder and Sister Echo Hawk came to the conference. Elder Echo Hawk is a member of the 70. It was amazing to get to hear from him. Then we had MLC right after where he talked with a smaller group of us.

 
Wed - We went to the second round of zone conference. Since my zone is the biggest, we had to split the zone in half. So I got to go to both meetings. I met with the Stake Presidency to talk about the missionary work in the stake, those are always cool meetings.

 
Thurs - We did our weekly planning which was weird since I'm am in a trio, but the only one representing Raytown. So I did weekly planning by myself, which is much different than normal. We also had our Book of Mormon study class that happens every Thursday. We had a member of a restoration branch come. He had a Book of Mormon that was very well marked up and he knew it very well. It was really cool. I don't think he is particularly interested in joining our church but likes the class.

Fri - We had a few people from Salt Lake come and observe our mission. The mission is getting smart phones and Facebook, so we were the experiment. They had to see what the mission is like before the phones and stuff.  We did our daily planning at the church building and he basically watched us plan, study, and proselyte. It was a little weird but fun.  And both of my companions got trainer calls!! So E. Horne is going to be a 6 week trainer! I'm probably more excited than they are.

Sat - We got to do some sweet service setting up for a kids Halloween enchanted forest. It was way fun, we got to move hay bails, set up tarp walls in the trees, and all sorts of stuff. I got to spend about an hour with Elder Pauley, who is deaf. We were suppose to hang these camouflaged tarps in the woods with ropes. Pretty logistical stuff and we couldn't really talk to each other, but we worked pretty well with the little sign language I know.

Sunday was another great day in the service of the Lord. We mostly tried to contact people and get back in contact with old investigators. 
 
Thank you all so much for the support, it is always great to hear from you!

Elder Jensen



 

Week 92

Area: Raytown Ward & Riverview Branch (Kansas City, MO)
Companions: Elder Merrill, Elders Horne & Martinson

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050
 
Hey everyone, this week has been crazy and busy. I will try to give details but my brain is pretty fried now.

Tue - We actually did some proselytizing and had a great lesson with Brother Bruce.

Wed - We had meetings literally all day :)

Thursday - Elder Merrill got a call to be an assistant to the President. So he was emergency transferred to be in a trio with the assistants.

Fri - We tried a few people and packed and we were asked to help set up for a big service project for tomorrow. We were supposed to be there for maybe 20 minutes but it turned into more like  3 1/2 hours. 

Saturday - We went and helped at the actual service project. It was held at the Community of Christ (RLDS) auditorium. It is basically the equivalent of the conference center for us. It was a huge project to help the needy and homeless. So there were companies offering free services like hair cuts, job resumes, and medical check ups. Our job was to guide people around. The ward made care packages with towels, toothpaste and copies of the Book of Mormon.  I don't have the pictures of the event right now, but hopefully I will get them soon.  Afterwards we exchanged, E. Merrill went with the APs and I went with the Riverview Elders (Horne and Martinson.) So now we are double covering. The Riverview area has downtown KC MO. Its kinda sketchy, but its been a lot of fun.

Sunday we went to Riverview for church, it is a small branch with about 40 people, its pretty fun.

Anyway, sorry this week has been kinda short. They have kinda thrown me into the fire and I'm trying to get everything done that I need to. Thank you for all the emails this week, it was great to hear from you all!
 
 
Elder Jensen
 
This keeps us warm at night.

Week 91

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 weird at the same time. 

Mon was awesome. We had a lesson with a member who is returning to full activity. We had planned on reading out of the Book of Mormon with him. The ward also wanted us to talk with him about preparing to receive the priesthood. So we get there and visit for a minute and Brother Bruce says "Well why don't we read out of the Book of Mormon" he flips open to a random page and says "Lets read this one, Alma 13" which as we came to find out was the perfect chapter on the priesthood and some of the responsibilities that come with it. It was divine intervention for sure.

Tuesday was full of administrative stuff but we were able to talk to some very nice people and we will hopefully get in contact with them this week. I also met the epitome of a grumpy old man that told us to go away, it was pretty funny and I just had to take a minute to laugh. 

Wednesday we went to several district meetings and then had dinner. Then we had a meeting with the Stake Presidency and our Mission President. Afterwards we felt impressed to try a family who use to investigate the church about a month ago but all of the sudden they turned a 180 and completely turned away from us. So we went and knocked right as they were pulling into the driveway, they were trapped! Luckily they were happy to see us again and we are going to start meeting with them again! It was surely the Lord leading us.

Thursday we talked to a couple people at McDonalds, no takers but it was fun. Then we went on exchanges with the Riverview Elders. The Riverview branch covers Downtown KC MO. So it was a lot of fun.

Friday we saw some really cool miracles, people who just let us right in and share a message with them. We saw a house that had a business sign that said "Da Candy House" so naturally we stopped to see what it was, really hoping it wasn't a drug house. As we walked up there was a family sitting outside. We were able to talk with them and learned that the man's wife had passed away at the beginning of September and he was really looking for peace. The Spirit put into my mind the scriptures to share with him and we had a tender moment. He said that he would like us to come back. Sadly, Da Candy House was not open at the moment but we knew we had found what we were looking for.

Saturday and Sunday were awesome, General Conference was amazing. I really enjoyed Elder Rasband's talk about how there are no coincidences. The Lord knows us and loves us. He would not deprive you of the opportunity to serve those around you and be a light unto the nations. Stay strong and push forward. 

Also, there are a TON of Polynesian people in Independence so we were fed well in between sessions. And everywhere we went people would see us and either give us the food in their hands saying "Elders, please eat" or "You still look hungry, go get some food" and they would usually make sure we got some. It was great, I think I found my people.

Thank you for all of the love and support, it is great to hear from you! Missions are the best, I am loving it out here in Missouri. #ZION


Elder Jensen

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.