October 26, 2015

Hey everyone,

 This week’s been topsy-turvy for me. We have this huge list of 30-40 potential investigators, so we’ve been trying to get in contact with them. A bunch of them have crazy schedules so it’s difficult to set appointments with them. Some days we see more turkeys than people (our record’s around 25 turkeys).

 We first met two of our potentials when they were playing basketball as they were walking Saturday. They challenged us, we said no, but we invited them to play at the church at 1pm today. We’re hoping some other elders have time to join us.

 The highlight of the week was with one of our Cathies. Her name is Cathie Abernathy, and when we first met her she hasn’t been to church since she was 13. She had some concerns about returning to church because of previous experiences but we answered her questions. And she surprised us yesterday by showing up to sacrament meeting! We invited her to the Gospel Principles class and found someone to befriend her and lead her to Relief Society. She said she’d meet with the bishop after church as well.

 Also, in case you haven’t heard yet, I have some big news. Most of you are aware that I was initially called to serve for two transfers, or three months, before if the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles feels like I’m ready to serve for two years they give me a call to serve again. This Thursday we were having interviews with President Samuelian. He called most of our district in and before giving a devotional that lasted around 20 minutes, he announced that I was called to serve a mission.

 He reassured me a couple times that I’m ready, and I felt comforted. I’ve been praying a ton about that moment and realized how dependent on the Lord I’ve been all throughout my mission. I concluded that it was very likely that I’d serve the full two years because the Lord would continue to strengthen me. After our interview President offered the closing prayer, and he asked God that I would be able to do things on my mission I wouldn’t imagine myself doing.

 I haven’t received my mission call yet, although I will sometime around tomorrow. The plan is that either I open the call when I receive it or wait until the next transfer meeting to. I’m likely to wait until the transfer meeting on November 10th, two weeks from tomorrow. Until then I’ve got some finishing up to do in Dallas since I’ll probably be sent to a different mission. Should be fun.

 Elder Jensen

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