Monday, February 27, 2017

6 Months!!!

Hello everyone!!!  I'm officially 6 Months into my mission!!! Super fast!!
Well sounds like a fun week back home..  The mission calls are starting to come, exciting times!!  Congrats to the Skousen twins and to Bryson Murset on their calls, and excited to hear where the other guys are going!
Well out here in Cayambe it's been a normal week... except a little thing called Carnaval!  Yep, this doesn't exist in the states..  and it's pretty cool..  basically it's a huge water fight, that started at like the beginning of the month, but right now it's picking up!!  The last 3 days of the month are the biggest, and here, monday and tuesday are holidays, soo no school and no work..  ya, we're not allowed to leave the house for 3 days.. Only today, since it's pday we can leave to do the necessary things and write.. but ya, it's not even really big here in Vayambe..  Ppl are playin but it's not dangerous at all.. which kinda sucks, cause the carnaval rules for the missionaries is that we can only leave for set lessons and by taxi.. no buses.. so kinda lame.  This last Friday we had exchanges, so I was with Elder Crist, a gringo, and we're in their sector, the center of cayambe.. When school got out, there were 2 huge groups of students in their uniforms, like more than 200 ppl!!  It was like a rival school fight in the streets with water, paint, flour, and a bunch of other things.. We luckily were right by the branch presidents store so we ducked in there and hid, because they were getting everyone wet!!  Super cool..  but ya we're in for a long boring day tmrw..
Other than that a normal week ish..  The Rosero Family didn't come to church and we have 0 idea why.. We swung by their house before church and no one answered, tampoco contestaron the cell..  kinda a bummer in that regard. But ya a miracle! Hma Maria came to church finally!!  It's been like 5 weeks and I've been getting a lot of crap from Elder Paz that my convert was less active after being a member for like 2 months..  idk what happened, cause every time we passed by she wasn't there and she wasn't answering the cell. But ya I was super relieved that she came!!  She seems super excited again too..  
That's the week really..  half way done with the transfer, sooo ya mismo un nuevo sector!!  Woohoo ok well love you guys and hope you all have another great week!
Elder Jensen 


Monday, February 20, 2017

Time is Flying!

Hey everyone, another week out here in the great City of Cayambe!!!  Time still flying, and this week I hit 6 months.. I mean I guess that's pretty cool.
But ya another week has passed.. we've been working hard out here, and we have some super pilas investigators.. Por Fin!!!  The Rosero Family is our saving grace for this transfer.. we found them one night contacting..  well they're our neighbors..  our house has a little courtyard thing that we enter into before the door, and they live right on the other side of the wall.. soo ya we found them last Sunday, and they were super interested, and now they have listened to like 3 lessons, and the hma came to church with her 3 kids and niece and nephew!!  The husband was at work in the flower plantations.. but luckily this was his last week to work on Sunday for a long time..  They are all super excited and the hma had a great experience this Sunday.. They are planning to come next week, and have a baptismal date for the last Saturday of this change, 18 de marzo..  We're super excited for that and hoping for the best with them!!  The other hma, didn't come this week cause of the elections.  Ecuador has a new president, and the Sunday of the elections is a little crazy.. We could only meet for 1 hour, and everyone has to vote if they have a cedula..  But ya she went to like Ibarra to vote, cause they have assigned places to vote..    
But ya this next week should be good..  we're hoping for some baptisms!!  Other than that it has been a good week..  
Pday, kinda boring, we didn't have anything planned, so as a district, we went to Ibarra to get to know that place a little.. we didn't do much there..  but ya, after that we went to KFC, which is almost as good as the KFC in the states.. 
Nice to eat something kinda familiar.. not fast food really here.. only KFC and a few more things in Quito, but super expensive..  
Oh ya, this Saturday, Elder Pas and I cooked patacones, which is made from verde, a banana looking thing.. but ya it's super popular in the coast and it's pretty good.. a little tough to master the technique but ya still good.. I'll take some pics this week.. but ya, I screwed up the batido de piƱa..  I was adding sugar.. but it wasn't sugar, it was salt.. classic Sam move, but hey a veces toca.. haha
Gonna try again this week and master the crap out of it;)
Ya well that's my week!!  This change is moving fast!! I had an interview with President Murphy this week and he told me it's no surprise that I'll be changing sectors this change!!  That got me excited, ready for a change, but also gonna finish my work here over these next 3/4 weeks!!  He also told Elder Crist, another Elder in my district that other than Elder Jensen, Cayambe has had a lot of mediocre missionaries in the past like 6 months, so that was pretty cool I guess ;) haha
Ya well, talk to you all next week!!
Elder Jensen
Pictures from Zone Conference for Otavalo and Imbaya Zones
Ecuador Quito North Mission Facebook Page


Monday, February 13, 2017

Another Week in the Mission!

Shoot another week in the mission!!! It's flyin!! Almost 6 months out here..
Well another week down in Cayambe, and still not much to report..  we're working hard everyday, and finding some new people to teach.. hopefully some with potential..  
We actually had a really cool story.. this week, on Friday like every single lesson fell.. it was a super long day, and we were feeling down.. and a little bit bored.. haha
but as we were walking down our street we saw this moving truck unloading a big armoir thing..  soo we helped them take it out of the truck.. then we pushed it inside these gates to where all the furniture was.   There we told them we had nothing to do and that we wanted to help them load everything in the house..  soo there began the fun!  They live on the second story in some apartment complex, but not like anything you'd imagine in the states..  the stairs were too skinny for the couches and the armoir and stuff, but because they had a balcony edge thing, we tied ropes around the furniture and pulled it up to the balcony that way.. pretty interesting move to be honest.  but hey we ended up having the  family listen to us the next day and they came to church Sunday, so service really does do some amazing things..  Other than that, the other investigators we have aren't really progressing..  hoping for a turn around in these weeks!! I want to finish my time in Cayambe with a baptism..
On the note of our converts.. hma Maria is losing it.. idk what's happening. she has bastante probs with her kids and husband.  But basically hasn't attended church for 4 weeks now.. we pass by every week to see what's up, and she is reading and praying everyday!  But her promise to come to church always fails.  We're gonna have to work with her a lot again in these weeks.  but hma Ana on the other hand is super active and participating.. she'll be a strong member here, and we're hoping that she can get a little calling here in the rama real soon!  
But.. ya that's about it here for that week..  Pday we went to Otavalo today to play with our zona and zona imbaya in futbol and volibol, and dodgeball..  pretty fun.. met a lot of new elders and hmas.  We have a lot of new people in these zones!! Super cool to meet new people..   a lot of the gringos are from Utah, but one brand new one who just arrived is from Florida..  they all seem pretty cool!! It'll be fun to see how these next few changes go and to meet more people in the mission..  
Ya well that's the week, I'll talk to you all next week!
Elder Jensen 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Los Comabios?????? Nahh Cayambe Todavia!!!

Ya wellll this week hit the changes..  sooo I guess I haven't finished my work here in cayambe, 6 more weeks!!  Oh well,  a veces toca en la mision.. I'm going to make the best of it and find others to come unto Christ and share this amazing message with!!

But ya.. one more change in cayambe with elder paz.. should be good..  
Well this week was a fast one..  time moves fast in the mission, and it turns out I almost have 6 months!! super crazy!!  The days are kinda slow, but then before you know it there goes a week, then a month..   but ya, really enjoying the mission.. sometimes it's really hard, especially here in cayambe, but like I heard from a great bishop once, all the problems in your mission can be solved by working a little harder, praying a little harder, studying a little harder, and loving a little more.

We were able to find a few more investigators this week, but not many with potential..we're going to work a lot with them in this transfer..  

Staying strong in my studies and loving the scriptures more each day!! Really is the best part of the day to have that time to really study and grow personally and spiritually..   I know the BoM is true!! and that  each time you read, you'll learn something from it!

Not much to report.. kinda a boring fast week, but I'll think of something more to write about next week.

Thanks for Everything 
Elder Jensen