Monday, November 18, 2013


November 18, 2013

Hey Everyone!!!!

Having Elder Holland speak to our mission was soooo sweet!!! As I listened carefully to Elder Vinas (Area President from Uruguay) and Elder Holland, I literally felt like Nephi and Lehi in Helaman 5 when they were surrounded by fire so that those that wanted to kill them weren't able to. Well, there wasn't anyone trying to kill me, but I felt the spirit soooo strong in that meeting. Elder Holland talked to us for a little over an hour. It was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had in my entire life. He talked about various things some of the highlights being how something really bugged him and there's not a lot of things in this life that do that. One thing that bugs Elder Holland is when return missionaries don't stay in the church after they return. He told us that when we get back from our missions and we are giving our Homecoming talk, we need to just blow the back end out of the building and just level the place because we bring so much of the spirit!!!! I loved hearing that. Elder Holland told us that while we are on our missions, we teach the first lesson the most (The Restoration of the Gospel) and that sometimes we just teach the first lesson lazily like its nothing and we fall into that habit. We have many first lessons, but not as many second. He told us that when we are in that first lesson we need to ASTONISH everyone that we are teaching with our words. We need to just be teaching with so much power and authority that their knees (investigators) become weak and they have to sit back down after listening to us and then we leave. We need to teach the first lesson like that is their only chance in their entire life that they have to accept this gospel and we will never see them again. Elder Holland also talked about an 18 yr old boy who had won 4 olympic medals, had 22 world records and 37 US records in swimming. They asked him how he was able to do all of this at such a young age...He said that he could answer that in one sentence..."I kick when I don't want to kick and I stroke when I don't want to stroke." That was it!! That's the big secret!! If I want to be the best missionary I can be, I have to talk with people when I don't want to talk and work harder when my body tells me to stop!! Another quote I liked is when Elder Holland said that "The road to salvation has to pass through Gethsemane." If we really want to be disciples of Jesus Christ on the earth, then why in the world should life be easy?! It shouldn't!! Now we won't bleed from every pore, but there will be a few tearful nights and heartbreaks, but its OK!!

Now those are just a few things that Elder Holland said, but he definitely astonished me!! It really strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel and because of those really powerful experiences, I can keep working really diligently to help rescue His lost sheep. It's obvious that Elder Holland was called of God as one of His apostles.

The day after Elder Holland, we had our district class. I was able to teach about how to use the Restoration pamphlet to teach lesson 1. I really focused on how to teach that lesson with power and authority since Elder Holland countlessly said that we need to teach that lesson with so much power that our investigators will need to take a seat again after we leave! I really focused on another phrase Elder Holland told us which was that we have to teach lesson 1 as if that is the ONLY time in our investigators life that they will be able to accept this message and then we will never see them ever again. As I really focused on those two things, teaching with power and authority and that this was their only chance, I started the demonstration (teach lesson 1 in less than 14 minutes) and I couldn't even get through the first point without getting emotional telling the investigator how much God loved him. It was like a train came and knocked us all over. The spirit was so strong. As I kept teaching the lesson, my eyes couldn't stay dry especially when reciting the first vision. I could barely say it! I finished the lesson talking about the Book of Mormon and how he (our investigator) was going to feel the spirit so strongly after he read. When I finished, no one said a word for about 30 seconds probably. I couldn't contain myself and started crying again because the spirit was just soooo strong in the room. Elder Cheshire was the one that I was teaching lesson 1 to. He said that I could've stopped after the first point and he would've listened to me. Elder Breed then spoke up and said that the lesson was taught with so much power and authority that we need to teach every lesson like that. The rest of the missionaries were asking me how I was able to teach that lesson so powerfully and I was like speechless. All I can say is I didn't teach that lesson...The spirit taught everyone there. I don't want to tell you this to sound my trumpet or beat my chest, but to just tell you that since then, I feel like the Lord has changed my heart and has helped me really LOVE the people I teach and remember when teaching a lesson, it is the only time that they have to accept this gospel. It's one of the most incredible experiences ever. That is really the potential that we have as missionaries, to really astonish everyone we meet. We need to do it!! Now it's not just the missionaries job either!' the members job to astonish as well. So all of the members that are reading this letter today have some homework!!! "HOW CAN I ASTONISH SOMEBODY TODAY, AND WHO WILL IT BE?"

Thoughts/Highlights of the week:

I'm feeling way better :) Thanks for the prayers!

Empanadas still are one of my favorites. I love the shrimp and cheese, pino and napolitano!! So good :)

Wow, that Indian food looks really good. That's one thing I miss....the food!!!

I really hope Joan will be baptized before I get transferred. Joan still keeps coming to church and is so prepared to be baptized!! Proud of that kid.

No packages got here this week, but I did get letters from you and dad, tar, tal, tay nana and papa. Thanks for all the support! I LOVE hearing from all of you.

Yo se mas nunca que la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias es el reino del Senor que de nuevo se ha establecido para nuestro beneficio en preparacion de la segunda venida del Mesias. Cristo vive. El nos ama y realmente quiere que seamos felices. Siempre esta con nosotros y se siente su presencia muy fuerte en la mision. Yo se con todo mi corazon que Jose Smith fue un profeta de Dios y que no fue mentira lo qu el dijo ni hizo. La evidencia es el Libro de Mormon!! Cualquiera puede tomar el Libro y leerlo. Les prometo que cuando lo hagan, sentiran el espiritu testificandoles que realmente lo que esta leyendo viene de Dios. Es su promesa (1 Nefi 1:11-12)! Lehi fue lleno del Espiritu del Senor. Pregunten a Dios y les hara saber por medio de ese mismo espiritu que el Libro de Mormon es verdadero. Eso significa que esta es la unica iglesia sobre la faz de la tierra que es verdadera y tiene TODA la verdad. Cristo dirige su iglesia, se lo prometo. Esto comparto con mucho amor en el nombre de Jesucristo, mi Salvador, Amen.

English translation of Elder Jenson's testimony:
I know more than ever that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church established for our behalf in preparation for the second coming of the Messiah. Christ lives. He loves us and really wants us to be happy. He is always with us and I feel a very strong presence of Him on my mission. I know with all my heart that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that it was not a lie what he said or did. The evidence is the Book of Mormon! Anyone can take the book and read it. I promise that when you do, you will feel the spirit testifying that it is the word of God as promised in (1 Nephi 1:11-12)! Lehi was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. Just ask God and He will let you know by that same spirit that the Book of Mormon is true. This is the only true church on the face of the earth that is true and has ALL the truth. Christ leads His church, I promise. This testimony I share with you with a lot of love in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, Amen.

One more thing...Rafaela will be baptized this Saturday after the ward activity that we planned!! Have her in your prayers so everything goes smoothly!! Love you lots!

Elder Jenson

Monday, November 11, 2013

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is in Chile!

November 11, 2013

Hey all!!

Elder Jenson, Elder Breed, Elder Chinga (Ecuador) and Elder Baldovino (Argentina) golfing at Cuidad Empresarial golf course October 28, 2013 (*all Elders pictured are in the same District and serve in the Lo Prado 2 Ward)

So to start my email I've got some news.....Elder Holland (yes, Jeffrey R. Holland....seriously though) will be speaking to us tomorrow!!!! Elder Holland will be speaking with our mission and two others. Elder Breed and I have to get up at 5am tomorrow to be able to travel to get there in time. I'm so excited!!!!

This week was a little bit slower since Elder Breed and I were both sick and had to go to the doctor and recuperate. We both were coughing non stop with all kinds of junk lodged in our throats that shouldn't be there. It was cool to be right next to the temple again though! Elder Breed and I were able to buy a few things in this tiny store that's basically a mini Deseret Book....very mini.

Our investigators are doing pretty well! Nico (12) and Angelo (13), cousins, came to church again this week and are progressing towards baptism on the 1st of December. Francisco also came to church for the third time in a row and is progressing towards his date of the 8th of Dec. Rafaela is doing good as ever as she will be baptized on the 23rd of November. Amaro is doing pretty well but couldn't come to church this week because Pamela (mom) is not letting him do anything since he's got bad grades in school. Kind of a bummer but hopefully Amaro gets those grades up so he can keep coming to church! The Fuentes family is doing pretty well although Hugo and Ana aren't really progressing. Hugo is struggling with keeping some of the commandmetns and doesn't want to get baptized until he feels ready to live them. Elder Breed and I have tried over and over again to help Hugo but he is now not coming to church so it's tough. Ana is strugglin a little bit as well because she feels she can't leave her Catholic religion. Elder Breed and I are continuing to work with her. Joan is doing awesome...basically a member but not baptized yet. Joan goes to mutual, church and all the activities. He's a stud. We dropped by Joan's house a few days ago with a baptism and confirmation form with his name on it. We filled it all out together and then we stopped at the end with the signature and were like...this one signature is the only thing that stops you from being baptized...get it done!!! Joan's got some homework :)

Thoughts/Highlights of the week:

Tell the Caballero family I love them!!!

I'm reading in D & C now. Im in section 36. I love reading D &C!! It's great to read the words from the Savior himself in our day! The Savior's so bold. I love it!

I'm thinking about getting a scripture cover. Thinking about the images I want to put on them and if I want one for my quad or my spanish be continued...:)

Tell tal....GO NUMBER 11!

Elder McKinley finishes his mission in 3 weeks!

There are about 250 missionaries in the mish

LOVE YOU MOM!! Glad you liked my letter just for you!!

Loved seeing the Santiago temple this week!

Elder Breed and I are hosting a PUERTAS ABIERTAS (Open House) on 23 November. We made big invitations and have put them up on bus stops and street corners and made small invites that we give out to our contacts. We've given out 70 so far and have a goal of giving out 110 invites this week!

No packages this week but lots of letters. Thanks especially to tay, tar and tal!! Love you all!!! Thanks for your support. Love hearing from you.

I love you all!!! Don't have any more time left!! byeeeeee

Elder Jenson!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"I Love Miracles!"

November 4, 2013

Hey all!!

Elder Jenson working hard in Lo Prado 2!

This week was a good week! Elder Breed and I are working really hard and we keep finding a lot of new investigators and have been able to teach first lessons which has been really good for us. We were able to teach 10 first lessons this week which is a ton and also found 13 new investigators. There are a lot of prepared people in our sector that we are beginning to find and teach. It's great to see the investigators progress as they read and pray about the Book of Mormon and come to church.


Elder Breed and Elder Jenson searching for investigators in Lo Prado 2!

Two of our investigators are relatives of the Relief Society President in our ward....her daughter in law (Pamela) and grandson (Amaro). Amaro is Rafaela's cousin!! (they're both grandchildren of the Relief Society Pres. in the ward). Pamela hadn't really let Amaro go to church with his grandma or his cousin before but Elder Breed and I taught them about the Restoration on Saturday with the spirit and she softened up as the spirit testified to her that this is true. We invited them both to be baptized and they accepted. Amaro and Pamela are now really excited to be coming to church, reading and praying so that they can be prepared to be baptized. I love miracles!


Elder Jenson teaching a discussion in an investigators home in Lo Prado 2.

Elder Breed and I were able to have 7 investigators in church this week as well (rafaela, joan, carmen, javier, nico, carlos and francisco) and that was pretty sweet. We still have a goal to have 10 in church. We taught 24 lessons this week, 12 with a member present.

Another successful week in Lo Prado 2 for Elder Jenson!

Highlights/Thoughts of the Week:

Susana wants to talk with you guys!!

Elder Breed and Elder Jenson giving a thumbs up for dinner with Susana and her family!

Dad, Seminary works like's tuesday through friday from 7-8 pm. It's just one class with all the youth of the ward from 14-18 yrs old. Vivana B. is the teacher and she's the Stake Presidents wife...They live in our sector!

Tar thanks for the spanish holiday ornament...pretty sweet!

Hugo and Ana are strugglin...They're not really progressing and we've tried everything in the book. We pass by their house a lot and the spirit is so strong, but they choose to's kind of frustrating, but we will be seeking more guidance for them this week.

I hear from my converts every once in a while...Susana is doing reallllly well. She wrote me and said that she goes to church every week and is loving everything. She said that her baptism 6 days after I left was awesome as was her confirmation. I heard from Sergio about a month ago and also talked with a few missionaries that have been to Vespucio. Sergio has the Melchizedek priesthood and is the young men's president now!!!!! What a stud. Kevin and his mom write me a bunch as well from Renca and Kevin is doing so well...going to seminary every day, passing and preparing the sacrament and preparing himself to serve a mission. I've heard good news from all of them!

Transfers are the 1st of December

Yep we definitely felt the earthquake on thursday. We were teaching carmen and then all of a sudden the house started to move haha but it wasn't anything serious...hope a bigger earthquake doesn't hit!

Good luck Tal with your bball game this week!! You'll do great!

Out 17 months...only a few flags left to take down in the kitchen ! Ha! Ha!

Well I feel like there's never any time to tell you much about the investigators we're finding and teaching, but you can see the ones we're focussing on in the picture I sent (*we never received this picture. Internet problems) I hope you have a great week! Thanks for your support.

Elder Jenson all dressed in white (September 29, 2013)!

* We were able to connect with Susana from Elder Jenson's mission. She shared these pictures that you see in this weeks blog. Thanks Susana!


Elder Jenson