Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boise Idaho Temple

Dear Family,

This week was great, it went by really fast! It honestly kind of scares me how fast time is passing me by. But I am just grateful to Heavenly Father for the time that I've had on my mission and the time that I have left. I have met so many precious sons and daughters of God, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to help them on their journey home to Him. It really does make me excited thinking about the time I have left and the people I have yet to love and serve. 

C.'s baptism went off without a hitch! Friday was kind of a crazy day. In the morning, we were in Middleton, Idaho because we stayed the night after my temple trip (which I will write about momentarily). We drove the two hours home to Baker, then a couple of hours after that we drove an hour to Halfway for a couple of lessons. We taught an investigator, whose grandma is a member, along with one of her friends. Then we also taught another one of our rock solid investigators there. She has a great desire to be baptized, and told us just how much learning about the Plan of Salvation touched her. After our lesson, we headed back to Baker for dinner then went to the baptism. I love baptisms, but I am also really happy when they are over. I just get so stressed before and during them. Especially when I have to play the piano, like I did at C.’s baptism. I played the prelude music and forgot to get pictures with him before he was baptized. But it’s really no big deal, I am just happy it went through and he felt so good about it. Then he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday and bore his testimony. That is the third time I've had a recent convert bear their testimony soon after their baptism. I feel like I have been really blessed to teach solid people, which is exactly what I wanted before the mission. I didn't necessarily want tons of baptisms, I just wanted to find and teach people who would be truly converted. And I feel like I've found them so far :)

I went on my halfway temple trip on Thursday! It is weird that I did that because I just got here on the mission a couple weeks ago. No complaining though, because it was the temple. We drove down that morning and I went and had lunch with Sister Shurtleff in her area in Nampa :) It is always the best to see her. We met at the mission office with the rest of the missionaries who were going. Only two other sisters went with me, they are both Spanish speaking. President and Sister Sorensen took us in their car, which was fun. 

Sister Sorensen kept on telling us how obsessed she is now with cows and farming, showing us pictures of Oreo cows and being really excited about it. President was just rolling his eyes the whole time, it was pretty entertaining. Within no time we were at the temple! We took some pictures then went inside. 

I can't describe what it was like being back in the Lord's house after such a long absence. It was just the most peaceful and wonderful feeling. We had a chapel session with one of the counselors and his wife, and it was good to hear from them. They made me think of grandma and grandpa, and all the hours that they have spent serving in the temple. The session was good, and then of course the Celestial Room was my favorite part. I just spent my time pondering and praying and reading the scriptures. Eventually, most everyone in our group filtered out. I thought to my, "Please, can't I just stay a little longer?" It is pretty customary for the missionaries to take a question to the temple seeking answers. I didn't really have a specific question, but I just wanted to know what I lacked yet. I wanted to know how I could make this second half of my mission the best it can be. Well, as I had this thought of staying a little bit longer, my mind went to Christ when He was visiting His lost sheep in the Americas:

3 Nephi Chapter 17

1 Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my time is at hand.

2 I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.

3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.

4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them.

5 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.

6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.

As I thought of this beautiful image, the Savior looking upon the people, seeing their tears, perceiving their desire for Him to stay, and having great compassion for them, I knew that it was the Savior Himself that I have to look to in my service. I need to study Him, His life, His teachings, His attributes. I need to serve Him and His children. I need to bring people to Him, help them receive the healing, cleansing, and changing power of His atonement. And I need to represent Him in all that I do and say. I am so grateful for this opportunity to go to the temple, and now I look forward to participating in the Meridian Temple open house and dedication. I love my mission, I love the gospel, and I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Sister Jensen 

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