Thanks for all your support! Sounds like Vancouver had a rainstorm too. The other day (Saturday I think) me and Elder Hardy got caught in a rainstorm while we were street contacting outside. We were about a mile and a half from our car when it hit. But before some other elders could come rescue us someone we tracted earlier and rejected us harshly felt bad for us and offered us a ride. It goes to show that kindness can happen when you least expect it.
As of this week as a whole, it’s good in some ways and bad in others. We lost half of our investigators, including Dale since he’s moving to Portland, but we still taught 14 lessons, mainly among less-actives and recent converts. Food’s also been a highlight of my mission; I’ve had good dinners and bad dinners. One of them I forgot to share last week was that I tried hot wings! The sauce was mild but I got through them and actually enjoyed them.
I’m coming to like the other elders better as well. Our district leader is Elder Hancock, and he and another new missionary, Elder Barnes, serve in the Pioneer Ward, and Elder Carlisle and Elder Evans (who goes home this transfer) serve in the Snow Peak Ward, all with the same church building. Our zone leaders are Elder Sumner, who was originally a Spanish missionary but now speaks English so he can be a zone leader, and Elder Pozernick. As for President Samuelian, I really wish I could know him better, I think he’s the most Christlike person I have ever met.
On the 3rd will be my first zone conference, and we’re having a member fireside at the end with President Samuelian. I’m really looking forward to it, though I’m still not sure what will happen there. I hope that we’ll find more investigators as well, otherwise I’ll be in my apartment for too long. Elder Hardy’s still great, he’s been in Riverview Ward for all his mission so far and fills me in on a lot of things I missed.
By the way, I only have an hour each week to read and send email, so I’ll have more time to read snail mail if it’s possible for you to send. Sorry about no pictures this week either, I’m still figuring out how to send them. But I will soon! Thanks again!
My first week in the mission field has certainly been one of the wildest in my life, but surprisingly even though I was very busy for the most part and didn’t have much success so far I’m starting to enjoy serving the Lord. I didn’t have the opportunity to enter the MTC, so after a day of training I was paired with my new companion/trainer, Elder Hardy, and sent to Lebanon, Oregon, into the Riverview Ward. Elder Hardy has only been in the mission for three months, and he admits to being nervous about taking over a whole area, but he’s humble and patient with me. We share similar interests and have already become good friends.
Last Thursday we took a field trip to what our mission president, President Samuelian, calls one of the two most sacred places in the mission, the first being the temple. On the Oregon coast sits one of the largest haystack rocks in the world, which the President says might have been created and placed to stand unmoved, and we sat in a sandy area where we can see it from a distance. Even when all the massive waves and bellowing winds crash upon it, it doesn’t budge an inch. Hence our mission theme, Built Upon the Rock (see Helaman 5:12, D&C 6:34). It was a very spiritual experience.
For the most part in the mission field we’ve attended meetings and I didn’t have much idea what was going on at first, so I let Elder Hardy take the lead, and we’ve only taught four lessons so far. One of them was to our only new investigator, Dale Ramsey, a 57-year-old man with an inspiring story. He has a strong desire to change and I believe he knows more about the doctrine of our church than he realizes.
I’m doing well out here, and am not bothering too much by thoughts of home. Be sure you all write back (I didn’t get any mail this week!), my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope next week I’ll have more to tell about our investigators and I’ll have a better grasp of what’s going on. Hope to hear from you soon!
Elder Jensen is now in the hands of the lovely people of the Oregon Salem mission. We met the incoming 29! missionaries at the Portland temple on Wednesday, August 19th. Our good-byes were short as they were ready to be off and running. Much to do!
I got a wonderful text from the president yesterday that Elder Jensen is in good hands and has been placed in Lebanon with an Elder Hardy who he described as one of the kindest persons he has ever known. He felt strongly that he was supposed to be Isaak’s trainer. We anxiously await our first email, likely tomorrow. I will post pictures and communication here, so if you’re interested in following this crazy journey, check back weekly!