This past week has been a little slow in Fantino,
but it sounds like things back home were a blast!! I'm super happy that
Holli loved going to Prom and had an excellent time! It seems like
life continues forward, and all of us are growing up.
The past 7 days were filled with teaching, walking, and sleeping.
We've starting working really hard with the branch leaders to try and
create some excitement for missionary work. We've started doing
exchanges again, visiting the members everyday, and attending alot of
meetings with them. Things seem to be picking up, and the members are
slowing waking up again. We've even received a couple of referrals this
past week too!
On Sunday, we had 3 new people come to church that we'd never met
before. They were referrals from a member of the Branch Presidency.
One was a couple in there late 40's and the other was a 24 year old
young man. They seemed to enjoy it alot and want to continue
attending. We stopped by their houses yesterday and shared a first
message with them. The couple seems very timid right now, but they want
to continue learning. So I'm very excited! We then stopped by the 24
year old guy. He's very smart and reminds me alot of David from
Gurabo. He picks up on things very early, and has alot of intelligent,
profound questions. I'm looking forward to seeing all 3 of them
progress in the gospel lessons.
Our other investigators are continuing to progress and gain
testimonies. The biggest struggle we seem to be facing right now is
getting people to church. Especially on time!! It seems like Mormon
Standard Time has taken on a whole new meaning!! However, at least they
make it to church, so that's the most important part. I think we can
learn as members, that we set the example to the investigators of the
church. If we don't attend all our meetings, and especially show up on
time; we can't expect our children and investigators to do like wise!!
My companion and I are doing great too! Elder Mendoza is a really
fun person and an excellent missionary! He's obedient, has a love for
the work, and is a great person! I'm grateful for my time here in
Fantino with him as my companion. We've gone without water, power,
money, and clean clothes together; and he sure makes things a blast.
I'm learning alot in Fantino about how hard people have it is come
places in the world. I'm so grateful that I have water that I can drink
from the tap, AC, power 24/7, and the knowledge that all is well! I'm
grateful for this opportunity to learn gratitude!
I love missionary work and I'm grateful for this chance to serve my
Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. The master is hastening his
work, and we can see a difference here in the Dominican Republic. I
love this opportunity to learn and grow as I serve the lord in his
vineyard. I know this work is real. God lives, and he is our loving
father-in-heaven. We truly have the potential to become like him. And I
LOVE sharing the message of happiness! En el nombre de Jesucristo,
Have an Excellent week everyone!!
Love, Elder Jensen