Things in the field are completely different from anything I've ever heard. Missionary life out in the field is very different than I had thought!! I don't even know where to begin...Let's see. Last Wednesday night we finally made it back to our apartment. We essentially dropped our bags off and went out and walked around our area. After meeting several people, we headed back home and went right to bed; I was so, so tired! The next morning I unpacked and starting cleaning the apartment. Let's just say it wasn't up to par on the Russell Scale. I still have to finish cleaning today, but I should get it pretty clean. My apartment is on the 4th floor of a really nice apartment building. It has a living area, kitchen, and 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. The power and water goes out pretty regularly, so I've learned to just go with whatever works that day. I'm high enough that I can see my area and I have a very pretty view of the mountains. So that's kind of what my apartment is like. It's pretty fun!!
Once we leave our apartment we go right to work. I've only been here for a week, but I've met a ton of people! We've taught quite a few lessons and contacted so many people. My area has a lot of rich people, but also a lot of poor people too; so I have a pretty good variety of people here to teach. The people are so, so nice and loving. We walk up to their gate and yell, "Buenas!" and they usually come out and talk to us. After introductions, they invite us to come in and sit down. It's kind of weird that people here let random strangers inside and tell us missionaries their complete life story and how Jesus Christ had helped them. The only problem is is trying to get them to commit to stuff or are home for the next meeting. Some people are really cool and have interesting stories. We were contacting and stopped at a guy's house. He invited us in and we told him that we were missionaries with a message that can bless his life. He said not 30 seconds before we showed up he post on a blog site something like "I'm stuck right now. I don't know what to do with life or my family." That really shows how the lord blesses and prepares the people for us to teach. I just hope this man is prepared and ready to come unto Christ. We've met some other people who also seem ready to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The food here is very different! Rice, and lots of rice. I get tired of rice. The propane in our house is gone, so today we have to get our tank filled up. Also, we really don't have a lot of food right now, so there is another thing we have to get done today. Busy, busy, busy. But we seem to get everything done.
Walking. Who knew that word could be something so hard? I've never walked so much in my entire life. I think we probably walk 8+ miles everyday. My blisters have blisters. The sun is brutal too, I don't think I've ever sweat so hard in my life too! But I love being in the field. I'd rather be out in the field then my apartment, because meeting people and staying busy is really keeping my spirits high!! I've also lost a little more than 5 pounds in one week! I'm gonna come home a tooth pick.
Love, Elder Jensen