Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Tissues

Dear Family,

I got a Christmas package! I love having a present to open each day this month, and yesterday's was a real tender mercy. So...I haven't been feeling too hot the past couple of days. I have a cold or a sinus infection or something. But I was really feeling it yesterday morning as I groggily opened my present for the day. And my present was nothing other than tissues. I laughed and thanked Heavenly Father for inspired parents, as I was running out of tissues. 

I am sure you are all dying to know that J. did get baptized on Tuesday! It was incredible, a day filled with the Spirit. She was having a really tough day. She called us and broke down in tears. And she wasn't worried that she was making the wrong choice or anything like that. She told us so was so afraid that she would let the church down, and we wouldn't want her anymore. We did our best to reassure her that that would never happen, and as long as she tried her best she couldn't fail. I had the prompting that we should invite her to our dinner that night, which was with some of my favorite ladies, Sister P. and Sister D. They are the two older, single sisters that we ate with the first week here, and they really lifted my spirits during that rough transition. We texted her the address and invited her, but she didn't show up for the first half hour. But she called while we were eating and assured us that she was on her way but couldn't find the address on her phone. We gave her directions and she made it! And it was the best thing that could have happened before her baptism. Sister P. is a convert, she joined the church in Chile when she was 17. She was able to bear her testimony that being baptized was without a doubt the best decision that she had ever made. She told her how much the restored gospel of Jesus Christ had blessed her life, especially in the hard times. Sister D. as well was able to bear her strong testimony of the the truthfulness of the church. I was so grateful for the opportunity to be in that Spirit-filled home and hear these amazing women bear their testimonies to J. We soon realized that it was time to get to the church. When we got there we learned that we actually had plenty of time because the font was barely filled. That was a little stressful, because there were a lot of people there, but it was alright because J. got to talk to all of the missionaries that had taught her the past year. We eventually started with the font still filling, which was a little noisy, but could there be a better sound? Well, the font filled in time and J. was baptized by the bishop. Her face was just glowing when it came out of the water and we could hear her squeal with happiness as she walked out of the water. She told us a couple of days later that she felt so light after her baptism, like she had been carrying a ton of weight and it had taken away. We met with her the day after the baptism and it was amazing to see how full of hope she was. She just kept telling us that she knew everything would work out and that she was very content with her current situation, however tough it is. She was confirmed yesterday and she showed up with her daughter! We hadn't met D. yet, so we were very excited. We had a lovely baby blessing and then J. was confirmed by the bishop, and the Spirit was of course very strong as she received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was testimony meeting, so she got to stand up and bear her testimony last. It was incredible because she addressed most of it to her daughter, testifying that this is the true church and that everyone wouldn't be working so hard against it if it wasn't. She asked us in her testimony to pray for her daughter.  After the meeting, they were both swarmed by ward members who wanted to talk to them. D. met the Young Women's president and some of the girls, and was able to go to the youth classes with her mom. We had invited them to come to our dinner yesterday. It was with a super sweet older couple, but then another family with a girl D.'s age invited them, so there was bit of a tug of war between the dinner invites, all in good fun of course. They ended up going to eat at the other family's house, which is a huge blessing and answer to our prayers for D.  I can't wait to see how she continues to progress in the gospel and I am so thankful that I got to have a small part in the process. 

We taught the B.’s again this week.  I often think of the missionaries that taught Sister B., a set of sister missionaries and a set of elders, and the joy they would have if they only knew that she has come back to her loving Heavenly Father's arms. We may never know on this earth the full impact of our influence, especially when it comes to missionary service. Our numbers can never measure the lives that we can touch with the beauty of Christ's atonement and gospel. I am so thankful for this short time I have to fully commit myself to this work. 

I love you all so much and thank you for all the emails, letters and packages! I am so lucky to have so many loving and supportive people in my life. I know Heavenly Father loves you all so much!

Sister Jensen

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