Monday, February 23, 2015

Sounding a bit down this week -- Email from 23 Feb 2015



Hey mom and dad.

How are you doing? I hope that your week was good and that you had a good time. I'm glad that dad is staying busy and also that the quilting weekend was good. I'm missing Fort Collins a ton! 

This week was good. We have been working really hard and try to find people to help. We had 5 people in the chapel this Sunday so that is pretty cool. Nobody is progressing towards a baptismal date yet, but I have faith that somebody will soon. If not, its okay too. I have realized that i need to be more patient. 

As for me I'm doing okay. You guys should not worry about me, because I know that heavenly father has a plan for me and I am here for a reason.

I love you! 
Elder Jensen

Monday, February 16, 2015

The New Area -- Email from 16 Feb 2015




Hey all, 

Elder Flores, my new companion from columbia
This week I went to the villa in the intercity. It’s pretty different. A villa is like a ghetto but with house built on top of each other, and instead of roads there are narrow passageways one-person wide to arrive in the houses, which aren’t really houses but more like huts. All the people who live here are immigrants from Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru. All the different ethnicities clash pretty hard. My first day a kid get shot in the knee cap. We were not very close up (a block) but still we booked it out of there. Yesterday a dog tried to bite me but I was defending myself with the book of Mormon and kicked it in the face. It ripped a hole in the book of Mormon. Safe to say that I’m not going to go down that passageway again. They aren’t going to do anything to us because we really don’t have anything to rob and they know that. If they shot down missionaries than the police would be all over them too. It’s safe for us just not for the people who live there. I heard that the night time is bad from a couple members.

This week I’m going to try and find a house of a member to take a picture of the villa. We don’t really have anyone that is progressing right now. We have people who come to church but the problem is that they work in the fair (there is a huge fair where everyone sells stuff in the streets of the villa every Sunday). The investigators come for the reunion sacramental and the leave afterwards to go and sell. So we can’t baptize anyone until they give up selling on Sunday, which nobody in the area is going to do.

Here are some pictures of the baptism of Marbella in Pacheco :)

 Love you all
Elder Jensen



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My First Baptism and first Transfer -- Email from 10 Feb 2015





Marbela Rios at her baptism
Hey,
I don’t have much time so this is going to be short. Remember how we were working in the other area in Pacheco for the last week?  I connected well with one of the investigators there and she asked me to baptize her this last Sunday. It was really cool.  I will send pictures next week because I forgot the cord.  Her name is Marbela Rios. It was super cool – one of the coolest things ever.
Today I was transferred to Parque Avellaneda. It’s an area in capital. We have a villa in our area that is eight city blocks squared and we are going to work in that a lot. It’s a poorer area than my last one.  Houses are built on top of other houses and everyone is a foreigner. This area should be fun and I’m excited for this opportunity to work.  Our villa is called Villa CildaƱez if you want to look it up.

Lau Llerena
My new companion is Elder Flores from Columbia. We get along well.  He is going to finish the mission in May.  He won’t finish as my companion because he already has 3 transfers in this area but that’s okay. He thinks I am going to train the next transfer here.  Hopefully not for while but he told me he thinks I am ready.  Yeah my Spanish is coming along well.

I don’t have more time but will send pictures next week. Please get on my Facebook and add some friends for me.

Gracias!  Les Amo!

Elder Jensen



Monday, February 2, 2015

Success...Well Maybe -- Email from 2 Feb 2015



Hello.

This has been a good week. We worked hard and this Friday we received a call from president [saying] that he is going to close our area of Pacheco because of the lack of missionaries. 45 missionaries are leaving and 20 are coming. In the next three transfers over 100 missionaries are headed home out of the 250 that we have. The number of missionaries’ full time here is going to drop from 250 to like 195.  So president told us that he would rather put us in an area where we are going to have more success. It’s cool because our mission has the entire city. They are combining the two areas in Pacheco into one.  We’re going to be working in the other area this week with the other elders to try and strengthen their areas before we are pulled out. Also, this next Tuesday I get transferred. I hope I get sent to the capital.

Speaking of success we had two investigators in the capilla [chapel] this Sunday. One is a child of 8 anos, the son of Norma the old investigator. He is 8 years old and she wants him baptized so we are going to do it this next Sunday. The other was a woman named Kris who moved here from Peru two Sundays ago, and she isn’t baptized but has gone to church since she was little. She came to the chapel alone and introduced herself to us. So that was a huge blessing. It’s a bit unlikely that she will be baptized this week but were going to try to commit her for this Sunday. I’m not leaving until next Tuesday so I hope that she will commit this Sunday. If she waits for two Sundays the other elders that take over the area will baptize her. 

What I learned this week: I watched other elders who have struggles getting along.  Some don’t try to get along with their compaƱero.  I realized that it is pretty easy to get along with anyone, you just have to work hard and really try and smile a lot too.  I guess I learned that I can get along with anyone if I want to.

This last week I had a crazy food poisoning Saturday morning. I woke up and was throwing up for like 2 hours and then I was good after that. I think it’s because I found a cockroach in our food from the day before. 

Elder Martinez heads home next week. Since it’s his last p-day, we went to the capital to sight see and buy stuff. Did you know that Buenos Aires is a state and also city? While Pacheco is in the state of Buenos Aires, the capital is the big city. We went Abasto mall and looked around and ate Wendy’s!!! So that was sick. And we are going to walk back in the street 11 and there are street vendors in that street everywhere. All the black guys sell watches and sunglasses for cheap.  I’m going to buy a couple cool ones because they have fake Rolexes and other nice brands but I’m not going to use them until I’m back in the states, or I will get robbed again.

Well I will write you all next Tuesday with my new area and companion.

Chau!
Matt