Saturday, March 18, 2017

Area: Ottawa, KSCompanions: Elder Timmreck and Elder Jeffery
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Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

Alright, so this week was interesting. First off Elder Timmreck returned home on Saturday and I stayed in Ottawa and received a new companion. His name is Elder Jeffery. He is from Utah, likes fishing, is 6 foot 7 inches, and speaks Spanish. Lots of people say we look like brothers.

So closer to the beginning of the week had a huge storm come through and it actually turned into a tornado closer to Kansas City. The church sent our "Helping Hands" to help clean up. I took some videos but the wind was blowing so hard you can hardly hear me. It was actually kinda hard to stay flat on your feet because of the wind.

We helped a member do some renovations to his house. It is super run down and the member is usually away with the National Guard or on business trips. So it's not taken care of very well and is kinda falling apart. We put up some sheet rock and installed a tile ceiling. I learned to make sure your ladder is in a good spot before you climb on to it. To put the sheet rock in I had to stand on a ladder and hold the sheet rock in just the right place above my head and Elder Timmreck was trying to use a 2x4 to steady the other side while the member screwed it in. So after I set the ladder and was already on the ladder with the sheet rock above me, I realized that the ladder was not directly underneath me. I had to wrap my leg around the ladder and lean way out to hold the sheet rock just in the right place.  It felt like I was going to tip over and I definitely got my work out for that day. I hope you can imagine me doing this, I'm sure it was graceful. Probably like a baby giraffe trying to stand up for the first time.

On Thursday we had a Zone Conference which was a really awesome spiritual meeting that lasted from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. So it was long, but really good.

This week we have been able to teach some amazing people who have been so prepared for the gospel. The Ottawa ward is really good for less active work as well. So we have been in contact with some people who don't go to church that often but most still have a very strong testimony that the church is true.

Thank you all for everything you do. Missions are amazing, the church is true.
(My Hick accent is only growing stronger)

Thank you!
Elder Jensen

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