HEY JENSONS! well this week was a little bit better! but first off i wanna tell you how happy i am for everthing that is happening up there you guys are so awesome and have been a good example to reflect on when im having a hard time. so i guess thats blessing number one is knowing i have support back home from you guys! like i said this week was better. even though i got drenched. that was pretty funny and just so you know how great it was i will tell the story.
It all started when we went to visit a family of one of the older sisters. she recently had a stroke. so we go visit once or twice a week. we talked about priesthood and how great the blessings are. then when we finished it started raining. we thought it would pass by fast and so we left. they even let us borrow an umbrella. well about 100 yards on our way the torments came down from the heavens and it started hailing. so we had our next brilliant idea, close the umbrella and run to the next members house. it was only a quarter mile away. so we started running and then we just got soaked. and not just from above. we also got car splashed running on the sidewalk. it was pretty epic! by the time we got to the members house we were so wet it didnt matter any more not to mention the fact that crossing streets felt like a mexican version of the sweet water river crossing. haha. then we retreated to the peace of our house heated up some water and bathed ourselves. it was quite the afternoon.
also this week we had another talk with our beloved second counselor. i love talking to that guy because every time we do i feel inspired and i have a little more understanding of things in life. he thought we were looking a little down one day when we went to eat at there house, and sat us down after and asked if anyone had been bothering us. nobody had so we said no. afterwards he explained that there are some people that are members of the church that poison those around them and especially those who have what they want. be it callings, a happy family, como sea... and then he explained that these people seek power. and when they dont have it it causes them to lash out at those who are doing good things. it was quite interesting to analyze what he said. and even though that hadnt been the problem it made me think of how we should react to circumstances like that.
this week we talked with the woman in the wheelchair that got baptized the first week i was here. and guess what she read the whole book of mormon and in like 2 months! and not just read but understood and analyzed. she is an awesome lady and is waiting a surgery to see if she will walk again. but has a lot of faith and an interest in learning.
im grateful for my ward mission leader, ex 70, super great family we ate with them yesterday and it was so much fun the reminded me of eating back in utah. and i dont know how to explain it but when we eat there the have a little bit of culture of utah and its nice to be able to talk about home with someone that has been there and knows a little bit about the place!
im grateful for the lessons i have learned. yesterday we talked with and inactive ex missionary and he talked about all of the great experiences he had in his mission, a lot a lot of baptisms and success and fun experiences. but hes inactive i couldnt understand. and after joking around a bit we talked about utah and the way things are. he said who knows maybe if i woulda married in the church in the temple things would be different, maybe i would still be active. it was interesting to see his perspective,being off the mission for ten years.
really im happy to be here, things have been a little tough lately, but i know its good for me and will help me grow a lot more than having it easy and in the end i know these two years will pass no matter what i do, so i feel like i just need to buckle down and smile a little more jaja even though i know, "its not all about the fun, ya know"
once again glad for such an awesome family back home you guys are the best! i wish you all the best enjoy your summer while it lasts! then you have to go back to school. love the pictures thanks mom! ttfn ta ta for now!
love elder jenson