August 31, 2017




Sister Mohammad

Half Way There

By the end of this month I will be halfway around the world. I'll have gone to Hong Kong, Manilla and eventually Baguio. The days are like weeks and the weeks are like days.

The 6 weekers are now gone and we are officially the oldies of the branch. Between all one sister companionships to choose from to make the new sister training leaders, to everyone's surprise my trio was selected. It was sad to see the sisters that were so good to us leave yesterday. But when the new sisters arrived later that day I had a new surge of energy and excitement. I often think "What would the sisters do?" when interacting with them. Hence we then made all their beds, gave lots of hugs and lots of encouraging words. We plan on also leaving sticky notes and treats on their door later today.

I had the toughest trial yet occur for me this week. It began to dawn on me how difficult it is to be with someone 24/7. Times 2. A trio has so many benefits but also its fair share of drawbacks. Don't get me wrong. These girls are truly amazing and I love them more every day but I am just someone who is big into alone time and that essentially doesn't exist anymore. Then I received a form of personal revelation at the Tuesday night devotional. God never intended for us to be alone. When we work together we have the opportunity to spiritually uplift one another and be supported when we can't carry ourselves. That's why families are eternal, that's why we have a ward or branch, and that's why missionaries have companions. I made a goal to strengthen the Christ like attribute of love and charity with my companions as well as my district. I know that as I do this, I will have increased joy and an increased desire to be around all these amazing missionaries.

On a lighter note the language is coming! I'm in no way a pro but I can definitely say I have improved since August 9th! I am starting to get into the habit of using Tagalog with certain words. For example "opo" means yes so now I never actually say "yes". When people ask me questions I can't help but respond with "opo" and then I have to correct myself and say "I mean, yes!". I have been receiving many confused looks as a result of this... Overall I am still having a great time! I hope you can find the joy around you as well. We are on earth to be happy, and to become more like our Father in Heaven through our choices. God loves you more than you can comprehend and wants you to be happy.

Much Love,
Sister Jensen


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