Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Another Transfer

Hello Hello Hello every one! 

Well... sad news... :(... Sister Layton is leaving me to go to the south of the mission... my guess is that she will go either to Cardston or Medicine Hat (which I would love)... but I am rEEEAaaaalllLLLyyyyy going to miss her. Luckily we live in the same state and are going home at the same time so it won't be too big of an issue. I just hope that because she is going south that I will see her again before we leave. 

Okay so other then that sad news this week has been AMAZING! (Like always!)

Crazy food, crazy fun, and great progress in the work! 

Let us start with the CraZy food of the week! 
Tuesday: SUPER SPICY PABLANO SOUP... okay it was really good and not that crazy but I felt bad leaving it out because it was out of the normal. 

Wednesday: (Here is where the fun begins) We have had dinner with our member Sister Anderson before and she promised us that next time we have dinner at her house she is making Jamaican food... which includes.... wait for it.... GOAT!!!!!! We had goat curry! It is actually really good and I wasn't sure that I would like it.

Thursday: Sushi! (okay not weird for me but it was really good). A member decided to take us out for dinner.... I really like Sushi. 

Saturday: We had Escargot! The Guidis are an French/Italian couple in our ward and they always make great food. She wanted to make us a traditional holiday meal so we had a four course meal of Escargot, Cappelini in Bouillon, Lamb steak, (a cheese course with both Italian and French cheese) and Pie... Blueberry pie. I love them. They are so missionary minded and the are the couple that have been helping us with Eddy. The best! 

Sunday: Organic foods! 

Okay so enough for making you hungry... it was just a really strange week in the food department! 

On to the more eventful and miraculous things! 

Miracles of the week: 
Last week we got a phone call from a lady named Shelby. She has a friend that is LDS and she needed some help getting to the food bank and back so she called us up and we set up a member who could go with us to take her and talk to her about the gospel. Tuesday was the day! Sister Bauer drove us all to the Food Bank and we got to see what it was like to be on the other side of the conveyor belt for once. Shelby and her kids are allergic to gluten so she got special foods, but got the food that she needed. Sister Bauer was a great fellow shipper as she has a lot in common with Shelby and on our way home we talked a lot about her beliefs and what she knew about the church. We are hoping to be able to sit down with her this week before transfers! 

We also have been in contact with Kory and Catherine a couple of other potential investigators who are really struggling financially right now. It has been really great to support them and gain a relationship with them and they have taught me a lot about trusting in the Lord. They said that they might come to church this upcoming Sunday, so hopefully they can make it out. 

We had an amazing District meeting this week. I am really going to miss this district as most of them are getting transferred but I am super proud because most of the Elders in our district have just come out and they are all training a new missionary this transfer. 

On Thursday we did another round of Christmas wrapping in the mall. It is always a fun time but this time we didn't have another set of missionaries with us we had two volunteers. Their names were Shelby and Lina. It was great talking with them and we got into a natural conversation about religion. One was super into Christianity and the other was Chinese so it was great to hear about their cultural. I love Sister Layton because she is always looking for chances to share what she knows and she was trying to get them to ask questions so that she could share and by the end of the day we had only wrapped 5 presents (it wasn't busy at all), but we had taught the Plan of Salvation to them so that was amazing. I really felt the spirit and hope that it helped them start off the Christmas season right! 

We met a new less-active. Heavenly Father keeps helping us find new less-actives to teach. Seriously I think we found a least a new one every week... Hmm...  well I am okay with that. 

Sunday one of our members brought their Friend Sophie to our Stake Christmas Music Festival! I seriously love this ward! 

Okay so other fun events of the week! 

Check it out! We went to the Calgary Tower and had lunch as a district! The tower has a restaurant at the top that looks out over the city and it rotates as you eat so you can see the city from everyside. The picture on the top consists of some of my area... including the bit of downtown that we cover. 

We went to our young women's activity to try to get to know a nonmember part member girl who comes to church every week and made cute little sock snowmen... THEY ARE SO CUTE! And we got to know Mckenzie better too! 

The Wildwood ward asked us as a district to sing at their ward Christmas party... which as so happened to be a ward Christmas lunch. We sang Oh Come All Ye Faithful and it went pretty well. Elder Linford who covers wildwood was on the Voice and so that whole ward has been pretty hyped on missionaries singing. It went well. I think that this zone has been the most musical zone I have ever been in which I love! We also got to sing for the Stake Musical Fireside which was great. We sung the First Noel and because Elder Clabaux is French we sang the first verse in French. We also sang with the Stake Choir. 

(Soooo sorry this is so long... you can skim and just look at the pictures if you want)

We also made a poem this week so encourage the Christmas Book of Mormon challenge that we extended out to the ward. It goes as follows. 

Twas 2 weeks before Christmas 
and all through the ward
all the members were learning 
about Christ the Lord

All there coats were hung 
in the coatroom with care
in hopes that the spirit
soon would be there

All the children were singing
by their teachers were led
while visions of Prophets
danced in their heads

And mom in her dress 
and dad in his tie
had just settled down 
for a lesson in 3 Nephi

They learned and they listened 
there was quite the chatter
you may ask "Well, why?"
and this was the matter:

The star in the sky
more precious then Gold
gave the luster of Mid-day
as the prophets foretold

The star was a symbol 
or Hope,love and birth
they knew in a moment 
Christ has come to the Earth

Now this is the story
the Book of Mormon Shares
that Christ did come 
and YES! He does care! 

You all have a witness
We know that it's true
Here is our challenge
we give it to you

Hand out a copy
to friend or to foe
it will bless you
no need to feel low

We are here to support you
to lend you our aid
we hope with this poem 
your day has been made! 

Well that is the week everyone! It was great with a lot of events! I love you all! 

Have a great week! 


Sister Jensen 

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