Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 91

Area: Raytown, MO
Companion: Elder Merrill

Email address:  kenneth.jensen@myldsmail.net 

Mailing Address:
Elder Kenneth Jensen
Missouri Independence Mission
517 W Walnut St
Independence, MO 64050

This week has been a lot of fun and kinda weird at the same time. 

Mon was awesome. We had a lesson with a member who is returning to full activity. We had planned on reading out of the Book of Mormon with him. The ward also wanted us to talk with him about preparing to receive the priesthood. So we get there and visit for a minute and Brother Bruce says "Well why don't we read out of the Book of Mormon" he flips open to a random page and says "Lets read this one, Alma 13" which as we came to find out was the perfect chapter on the priesthood and some of the responsibilities that come with it. It was divine intervention for sure.

Tuesday was full of administrative stuff but we were able to talk to some very nice people and we will hopefully get in contact with them this week. I also met the epitome of a grumpy old man that told us to go away, it was pretty funny and I just had to take a minute to laugh. 

Wednesday we went to several district meetings and then had dinner. Then we had a meeting with the Stake Presidency and our Mission President. Afterwards we felt impressed to try a family who use to investigate the church about a month ago but all of the sudden they turned a 180 and completely turned away from us. So we went and knocked right as they were pulling into the driveway, they were trapped! Luckily they were happy to see us again and we are going to start meeting with them again! It was surely the Lord leading us.

Thursday we talked to a couple people at McDonalds, no takers but it was fun. Then we went on exchanges with the Riverview Elders. The Riverview branch covers Downtown KC MO. So it was a lot of fun.

Friday we saw some really cool miracles, people who just let us right in and share a message with them. We saw a house that had a business sign that said "Da Candy House" so naturally we stopped to see what it was, really hoping it wasn't a drug house. As we walked up there was a family sitting outside. We were able to talk with them and learned that the man's wife had passed away at the beginning of September and he was really looking for peace. The Spirit put into my mind the scriptures to share with him and we had a tender moment. He said that he would like us to come back. Sadly, Da Candy House was not open at the moment but we knew we had found what we were looking for.

Saturday and Sunday were awesome, General Conference was amazing. I really enjoyed Elder Rasband's talk about how there are no coincidences. The Lord knows us and loves us. He would not deprive you of the opportunity to serve those around you and be a light unto the nations. Stay strong and push forward. 

Also, there are a TON of Polynesian people in Independence so we were fed well in between sessions. And everywhere we went people would see us and either give us the food in their hands saying "Elders, please eat" or "You still look hungry, go get some food" and they would usually make sure we got some. It was great, I think I found my people.

Thank you for all of the love and support, it is great to hear from you! Missions are the best, I am loving it out here in Missouri. #ZION


Elder Jensen

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