Monday, March 13, 2017

Just Another Week in Paradise- February 27, 2017

Dear Family,

This week was a very eventful one. I woke up last Monday with a bit of a headache, which progressively just got worse and worse until I was feeling really crappy. I took a nap and it escalated pretty quick. I don't think I have ever been so sick as I was those couple of days, I was completely out until Friday, when we finally got back out to work. It was a brutal couple of days though to be honest. But, I'm better now and we are all good again.

Another thing that happened this week, TRANSFERS!!!! So we had ours a little bit early. I got a call on Thursday from the APs for transfers. My new companion is Elder Koncurat, who is from Maryland. He is already with me now, Elder Leo left yesterday and things are pretty much back to normal now.

In other news, BAPTISMS COMING UP!!!! We should be having 3 this weekend. A couple of weeks ago, we were teaching Clovis and Jaqueline, and we talked again about baptism. They all really, really want to be baptized, the only problem is that they are not married. The kids really really don't want to wait though. We placed March 4th as a hard-baptismal date and told them that we would push for that, but if the parents weren't married yet at that point, at least the kids could get done. We then got into contact with some friends in high places and are currently working out a way to get ahold of their papers without having to go clear to Toliear, 2 days away. It doesn't currently look like we are going to be able to pull of the marriage in time, so the kids will be baptized this week and the parents here in a week or two, just as soon as all the papers get here. Either way, we are way excited.

So, this week for studies I spent some time looking at a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott called The Transforming Power of Faith And Character. It talks all about how our acts of faith are what build our character. Now, I don't mean the really big trials or temptations that we have in our lives. If we wait until that point we are too late. We build our faith and character through all of the little things that we do each day. Example, praying morning and night, reading the scriptures daily, consistently trying to be honest in all we do. All these little things are what add up to build our faith and our character. Elder Scott said:

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. Righteous character is a precious manifestation of what you are becoming."

I love that quote. All of life is about choices. Who we are is just the sum of all that we do. In that sense, we become the person that we be by constantly striving each day to be who we want to become. I know that with a sincere effort, we can become not only who we want to be, but the kind of people that our Heavenly Father knows we can become. Love you all so much,

Elder Jensen

Scripture of the Week: the talk... The Transforming Power Of Faith And Character, by Elder Richard G. Scott

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