Monday, December 28, 2015

Well Merry Christmas again! And a Happy New Year!

This last week went by pretty fast and it was full of some really good things! 

On Tuesday we went back to Shilin right by my old area for our mission Christmas conference! We had a really really good meal and some awesome talent shows! There are a ton of super talented people in this mission! Lots of people that are great at all sorts of instruments and singing so it was a lot of fun! I got to see all my friends from the MTC and catch up on how everyone is doing and I got to see Elder Matua again so it was great! 

Then on Wednesday I was on exchanges with Elder Diepeveen's trainee. That was my first time being with someone that has been on the island for less time than I have! It was a really good experience and I was able to learn a lot! 

Thursday we had a great time sharing Christmas cheer with everyone! Hardly anyone celebrates Christmas here it seemed like.. So it was great to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and try to share a message about Christ with them! That night we sang some Christmas songs in our house and read about the Birth of Christ! It was a great day!

Christmas we had a great day as well just sharing the joy of Christmas with everyone! It was a great day! Thank you to everyone who sent letters and things! It was great to hear how you and your families and everyone is doing! 

The next day I got to talk to the family and that was great!! Haha it is so good to see and talk to everyone! 

On both Christmas Eve and Christmas we went and ate stinky tofu so that we could tell the families of those that still hadn't eaten it! I think we all forgot when we were talking though! It was pretty good though I guess. It just leaves a pretty bad garlic aftertaste forever after you eat it! 

All week we just did a ton of finding! We are still working on getting some solid investigators that want to meet with us! Hopefully it picks up this week! It went okay this last week! We were able to find a few people willing to meet so I think things are looking up! 

I'm really enjoying serving with Elder Welch. He and I are both just working hard and trying to get better and it is going well! We set a goal to say a prayer every hour throughout the day to make sure we are doing what we should be and to be ready to receive any guidance we should need! We haven't been perfect at it for sure but it is going well and we are getting better at it! 

Last night a family fed us a super delicious dinner! It was wonderful! I always love when we get to go spend sometime with members and eat a dinner! I spent a lot of time talking with and playing with their two little kids! 

I hope that you all have a great week and a happy New Year! 

I'll just close quickly with a testimony that I know that this work is God's work. I know that he has plans for each of us and that as we trust Him and work our hardest we will see those plans unfolding in our lives! I have seen to this point how my mission has been perfect for me full of experiences to help me learn and grow! It is wonderful! Our Heavenly Father loves us! He listens to us and He gives us what we need to learn and become more like Him! 

I love and miss you all!! 

Love Elder Jensen!

The Street of Xiangshan and sunset! And Stinky Tofu!

Elder Welch, I, and our Philippino friend Michelle! She is a member and she's awesome! 

And Awesome nativity from uncle Eric.. Hard to see!

Christmas socks I bought. 

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