Tuesday, June 23, 2015

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hello My dear Family, friends and all others whom I love!!!

This last week was pretty great!! I can't believe that we only have another 2 weeks left in this transfer. Seriously, 5 week transfers are the worst!! That means that we only have about 2 weeks left before we get a new mission president!!! CRAZY! I seriously never thought that I would get to this point in my mission. I remember thinking at the beginning that I would just always be in the first area, with my first companion... but funny thing about time is that it is always moving with or without us.

Monday!! - Monday was probably the hottest day that Medicine Hat has had for the year. But just like Calgary, the weather here does not stay the same for any amount of time. We had the opportunity to go to the butterfly house. Although it was really humid and hot, it was really cool to see all of the different butterflies. They are Sister Allard's favorite and she really enjoyed looking at all of the different ones and taking pictures of them.

Tuesday - We had Zone Training Meeting on Tuesday. I was really proud of my zone in how well they did and the spirit that was brought into the meeting. There are only 14 missionaries in our zone, and only 10 actually live in the Medicine Hat area. That is a huge difference compared to my first zone of 28 missionaries and my last zone of 22. But it is really nice because we get to know each other really well. We talked a lot about our relationships with Heavenly Father and about feeding the "good wolf" vs. the "bad wolf".

Wednesday - Sister Allard's neck started acting up this week from a past injury from when she was really little. So we stayed in that morning until her advil kicked in an she could stand up straight again. We made cookies for some less-actives and investigators, wrote our thank you notes that we give to those who help us in the ward, and by lunch time we were out and doing work!! Nothing all that special to report from Wednesday, but a good day non the less.

Friday - AWESOMELY BUSY DAY!! We ended up seeing 3 investigators, and 3 less-actives!!! I had a really special opportunity to share a lesson with an investigator named Emeka. Sister Allard shared with me before we went that he was not really committed to the gospel, so we wanted to see about his goals and reasons for meeting with us. As we got to know him a little better, we discovered that his concern was about the Priesthood authority. I could tell that both Sister Allard and I had no idea what to say to him as he talked about baptism, but as I sat there I prayed that Heavenly Father would help me know what to say and how to say it. When I opened my mouth, thing I knew but had forgotten came out of my mouth. The spirit was felt and was very near, and we invited him to truly search and know for himself that the Book of Mormon was true and the Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet. It was really cool to see the change in him as we talked. At first you could tell that he was not really interested on doing anything about his concern, but by the end he was really willing to search out his answers. I love this gospel!!!

Oh and on Friday we had a CRAAZZZZZYYYY storm. We had parked our car about 20 feet from the house we were going to and then walked to a less-actives house just down the street, but while we were walking it was just a few drops every couple of seconds. Once we got to the Less-actives house it was picking up (only like a minute or two) and then when we were inside the wind was so strong and the rain was so hard that it started blowing shingles off of the roof across the street and knocked the power out at her house. We had to run back to our car in this, but really it was quite fun haha!!! Nothing like the adventures of being a missionary!! The wind was so crazy that it blew quit a few trees down and many branches.

Saturday - SERVICE DAY!!! The 3rd ward Elders called us a week ago and told us that they had a unique opportunity to do service for a Color Run here in Medicine Hat and asked if we could help too. It was being put on through a Humanitarian group that was run by 2 of the members of their ward and they needed help. It was held at a regional park called Echo Dale which was actually closed to the public because of all of the downed trees and branches from the storm the day before. The color run got to keep going on, so we helped by picking up branches, handing out t-shirts and keeping times/throwing color at the runners as they went by. This was their first ever color run, so it was nice that we could be there to help sort out the crazy when we started. At the end of a color run everyone stands in a circle and does a giant color party where they through colors in the air and at each other. Sister Allard stayed out of the big party so that we couldn't have to shower again after... but the Elders that were there didn't like that idea so in a matter of no time we were covered in blue and pink corn starch. I will send a picture. I am still getting the blue off of my neckline. 

That night we also had a Stake Steak Social!! Our investigator Gerald came, as well as many less-actives and a few potential investigators. I love having activities that the ward members can invite friends to as well as we can invite investigators to. Gerald really enjoyed it, and it is really nice that he gets to continue to know the members. He is doing really well and progressing nicely to his baptismal date on July 25th!!

Sunday - Last but not least Sunday. We have a couple in our ward who is leaving to be the mission president and wife in Brazil so they spoke on Sunday. It was really awesome to here their testimonies and to have people come that we have been trying to see for a while. Karen, an investigator who is friends with the Hills (that are leaving), came and she really is the sweetest lady I have ever met. She doesn't have a lot of time to meet right now as she is a first grade teacher and the school year is almost done here. But I am confident that she will continue to progress in the gospel.

Gerald also came to church and bible study. We were able to have a "heart to heart" (as he called it!!) with him after and really talk about his progression and where he wanted to go from here. We also got to meet with the bishop and talk about how we can be better use to his ward!! We are excited to continue to find and receive those whom the Lord is preparing for baptism in this area.

Oh and answer to our fast. Last week the stake asked us to fast for rain that would help out the land.... we have had rain 3 times this week. One huge storm and it looks like we will get more soon!!! I love you all!!! Have a great week!!

Sister Kelliann Jensen

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