Hello Friends and Family
Well this week has been pretty good! We met in Quito this week for verification, so that was a really awesome experience. It was soo nice to meet with my friends from the ccm for a day.. we got to leave our trainers and drive with president y hermana murphy to el pentacillo I think. The huge statue in Quito overlooking the whole city.. It was tough to leave because it was basically the first day over again.. we said good bye and left back to our sectors.. Those like 2 hours away got to sleep in Quito one night together so we had all the coast y oriente elders. Emmelkamp, Palmer , Ericksen, and Haslam are in the coast.. Palmer and Emmelkamp stay in the same house cause one of theirs was destroyed in the earthquake before we got here.. Ericksen is close by to them but not in the same district.. Haslam is like 2 hours away in (I have 0 idea how to spell it) quiniday.. so they've seen each other a little bit in zone mtngs.. Baumgartner and one other kid not from our ccm district se llama Elder Searle are at the coast together.. in Quito is Gehring, Christensen and Moody.. the first 2 are in the same zone, and Moody's zone is based in Quito but it turns out, he's like 40/45 min away from Cayambe in Guayabamba so its pretty similar there.. Then its me and Dougherty here in the zones touching Otavalo.. basically everyone had a really tough week where they didn't know if they could do it.. The coast elders have had a really tough time.. its really humid there, the ppl speak really fast and like mumble and Ericksen has to shower with a bucket. basically I was really humbled after that.. I have it easy here. but it was really awesome to be together for a day.. the last time in 2 years we´ll all see each other together for 2 years.. Hopìng I get an opportunity to be comps with them or in the same district some time with one of them.. oh and in the car ride I was all pumped telling them that the dodgers have a chance to make it to the world series, then Ericksen was like "ya, they did" I was like what, then I remembered they have pday on Monday so they heard like 5 days before me.. I was all pumped all week for it, then I was just shattered.. oh well haha thanks Ericksen! not much happened this week.. it's cold here, but not that cold.. only in the morning and the night.. it doesn't rain that much but when it does, it rains a lot.. it usually is pretty cloudy though.
Pictures from the Mission Facebook page from the verification time in Quito.
We have a new investigator.. her name is Ericka.. We talked to her one day, and she listened but asked a lot of questions trying to make us stumble or make us feel bad, but when we got to the Joseph Smith part, she stopped and listened .. she said she felt peace.. two days later we came back and taught about prayer and in the middle of it she asked about the BoM.. we told her about it and she said she wanted a copy.. we snagged her a copy later that day, and she also told us she will come to church this week.! really hoping it works out with her.. everyone else isn't really progressing.. so that's a bummer.
The branch is pretty small.. the problem here is that there a TONS of menos activos.. tons.. lots of ppl get baptized but don't stay in the church.. so that's pretty tough.. we probably work more with menos activos than investigators because not many ppl want to listen in the first place, and the MA´s usually invite us in to listen.. so basically we're trying to rescue a lot of ppl. The branch is pretty small so not many ppl.. they don't have a piano.. they have a small little keyboard that they never pull out.. so they just play the cd in church..
Oh also there is a promotion here where if you find 12 pilsener beer caps on the ground in good condition and bring $4 you get a soccer jersey.. so I'm gonna do it this week cause I have everything just need to trade it in.. I'll show you next week!
We went to laguna mojanda today and got some sweet pics!! that was a blast but a really tough hike!! Especially with the altitude.. we had to taxi up to the mountain for like 30 min then hike into a valley to the laguna, the hike up sucked, but hey the pics are sweet!! well that's basically my week!! miss you all!!
Love Elder Jensen