|Your guess is as good as mine, just silly hermanas|
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Hola mi familia y mi amigos!!!!
un otro semana en el ccm!!!! :)))
-temple anniversary last week! it was 15 years!! and we got to go and do a session on the exact hour it was dedicated! I LOVE THE TEMPLE!
-we went to the University and La Tienda again!!!
-all the missionaries left for Santiago and Puerto Rico! it was so lonely and quiet here and sad that they left!!
-BUT we got new ones a couple days later!!!! YAY!! they are Latinos that are going to our missions!! ive absolutely fallen in love with them all!! there are only 4 other hermanas going to west!!
-I HIT MY 1 MONTH MARK! cant believe i leave here in 2 weeks!!
- I get to go to my mission on splits tomorrow!! :))))))))
Since i have arrived in my mission ive been thinking about what i want to accomplish as a missionary!! and as i have thought about it i have realized that a lot of what i want to accomplish is a little out of my comfort zone.. i know surprise i have a comfort zone, but i do... but since I got here ive told myself that i am no longer Rachel Jenson...i left her at home along with all her insicurities, fears, and weaknesses! i am now Hermana Jenson, bold, more courageous and fearless than i ever have been before, i am filling everything with Christ! I have been praying for strength to maintain this mentality! i need to have this for my investigators and for the future Hermana Jenson that the Lord wants me to become! the only way that i am able to do this is by the help of my Father in Heaven. For He casteth out all fear! i can be the Hermana Jenson He wants me to be because I KNOW He has the confidence in me! and I KNOW each of you can be exactly who He wanes you to become through Him! let Him make us who He wants us to be! i am trying my hardest to Fully hand myself over to HIm! For HE can make me strong (ether 12:27) in a devotional this week that we heard form Elder Holland, "obedience is the 1st law to pretty much everything!" i know that is starts from the small and simple things! i know that we can have a strong foundation and give up ourselves to be who the Lord wants us to be! (heleman 5:12) i know im where He wants me when He wants me and im trying to become who He wants be to be!!! i know that the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of all truth!! i love this gospel and i couldnt be more honored to represent my Savior!!! Thank you all for the love and support! :) i am so happy!!!!! its undescribable!!
much love from the DR!!!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
|High on the Gospel|
|P-Day Ritual (fort making)|
|strike a pose|
|Rachel's normal picture face|
|Rachel's district in the MTC|
|Hermanas: Juchau (cinderella) Garcia (teacher/fairy god mother) |
Jenson (merida or brave) Shaw (ariel)
nicknames from Hermana Garcia
|So much love|
so much happened this week i dont even know where to start!!
i met my mission president! and some sisters, and elders in my mission!! it was so refreshing to see people who are in the field!! my mission president is amazing and so are all the missionaries! i met a sister who could be my trainer, and we started laughing and we both snorted at the same time!! ha we just looked and each other and then started laughing and snorting again!! so great!! i cannot wait to get out there and start doing The Lords work!! I WANT TO SHOUT THE TRUTH FROM THE ROOFTOPS! and i will! :)
so my roommates and i got this idea to do a pday eve tradition!! haha so we got all our mattresses in the same room and built a fort! ill send pictures!
we got to go to the university and contact people!! REAL LIFE DOMINICAN PEOPLE!! i was stoked out of my mind!! one thing i have learned this week, is that with Heavenly Father on your side there is no room to be afraid or be insecure or scared! i always thought i would be somewhat embarrassed when i had to talk to someone or scared! haha but I HAD NOT ONE FEAR!! even though i still dont know spanish!! I truly am set apart and i love it!! so contacting went SO well!! my companions and i talked to so many people PLACED OUR FIRST BOOK OF MORMON (3) and had to go steal pamphlets from the elders! haha i was feeling kind of blessed to be a sister missionary at that moment! haha
it was my turn to talk to this lady who was sitting on a bench, i saw her and just knew we had to talk to her! so i start talking about the restoration in the little spanish i know and LITERALLY she just starts finishing all my sentences for me, even though she knows nothing about the gospel.... i was about to start crying in the middle of the campus! so many prophets and leaders have told us that if we just love and try that the people will help us and i was a witness of that promise! i am so extra grateful for prophets in our day and that they have the power to communicate with our Father in Heaven to give us guidance and direction! listen to the priesthood!!!!! and im so grateful to be a woman that has the opportunity to support and appreciate that priesthood!! i love this gospel!! IT IS THE ONLY TRUE GOSPEL ON EARTH!!
Remember that we have the great opportunity to be forgiven, every single day! take advantage of it!!!
I love my Father in Heaven and im so grateful for this opportunity to be so close to him! thank you all for the love support and prayers, they are all felt and not going to waste!! i pray for you all!! THANK YOU!!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Hola familia y amigos!!!
wow another fantastic week as a missionary in the DR CCM!!!
-pipes breaking and locked in
-Faith and Fasting
so ill start with the funny stuff!! haha so on thursday morning Hermana shaw couldnt get our door open to go to breakfast so she locked the door then tried unlocking it to see if it would work... and the lock got stuck! haha so we were banging on the door and trying to get it undone and finally some other hermanas came to help us! haha then..... that night i was putting a stool under our sink (where it belongs) and i barely pushed it under and i heard all this water spraying EVERYWEHRE!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA one of the pipes broke and so i go underthere and grab the pipe and kind of stick it back on(as im screaming) and i look and i have nasty black and green stuff all over me!!! like whatever was in the drains and the pipes was all over me!! bahaha! so then the president and his wife and the plummer were all in our room till way late fixing it and i took a sanitizer bath!! haha it was really funny in the long run! i felt like Heavenly Father was just laughing at me cause that is probably nothing to what ill experience in the feild! haha
so on Tuesday we got to go to La Tienda!! THE STORE!!! that means they let us little missionaries out of the gates!!! wow! they almost had to drag me back to the CCM i love love love it out there! i honestly cant wait to get out there! (side note: i met my mission presidents wife and she is so cute and so awesome i just love her, but she told me that they only wear clear nail polish... NO NAIL POLISH! HAHA IM DYING!!) for any of you that know my obsession, this may be something i need to pray for strength for! but God will help me!
Sundays are the best days everybody! i love them they are truly a day to reevaluate and get pumped up spiritually for the week! i love them with all my heart! i have the opening prayer IN SPANISH for sacrament meeting in front of everyone! the gift of tongues is real everybody! i was blessed, my Heavenly Father was looking out for me! so we always watch a devotional from the provo mtc and this one we watched was brand new and i normally see people i know and the first people i saw were.... CRYSTAL TAYLOR AND MY ROOMATE FROM COLLEGE ALIYA!! it was like they were here with me! i love them so much! it was like a tender mercy! :)
so sunday was also fast sunday and our topic for sunday was Faith! gosh i love fasting and i love faith! so i really focused on how to strengthen my faith this week, one of the senior hermanas here shared this with us "one thing that must come before faith is humility, we must accept that we do not know everything amd that we NEED faith!!" my faith grew so much this week by me depending on him to help me with all my studies and being a good companion this week! i realized that faith is more than just believe in something faith is what brings us to action we must act!!! its not my work, its His. i know that if i do the best i can and have faith in HIm he will deliver me!!! go read Alma 26:12! He is our strength!! i know that this is the church of God and that He loves each and everyone of us!! :)) im praying for you all! thanks for all the love!
remember to have family prayer and scripture study!
all the love in the world!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
i LOVE being a missionary!hola!!!
Holy cow i just have to say that i am so overwhelmed at all of the love and support i saw when i opened my email! :) you guys are seriously so incredible i am the luckiest missionary because of all the love and prayers i get! i can honestly feel all of your prayers so THANK YOU!
being a missionary is the best thing ever!! i wish everyone got this opportunity!!
okay, my companions! there was another sister that came a day after us and she is in my companionship! so its Hna Juchau, Hna Shaw, and i! TRIO!!! and to be honest i was a little nervous but it has honestly been the best thing for us, we get a long so well and love each other so much, Hna Shaw is just like me, super crazy and loud and always laughing and silly, then Hna Juchau is like really mellow and quiet and it is so funny cause we just hug her and sing to her and stuff she acts annoyed sometimes, but we know she loves it and loves us! we work really well and really hard as a companionship. They both have really strong testimonies and the most loving hearts! I SERIOUSLY LOVE THEM SO MUCH THEY ARE MY BFFS! they are both going to the east mission and i will probably be companions, so im sad i wont see them after this! but i know we will be friends for life. there is a total of 12 sisters here! haha crazy!!
a little about the CCM (mtc) its 4 floors, we live on the 4th one (of course) haha and we eat on the 1st, class on the 2nd and gym on the 3rd. the food is so good!!! SO MUCH RICE AND BEANS AND MYSTERY MEAT! haha but its dandy! i am happy! my district has us 3 hermanas and then 8 elders! i love them all and we work hard but laugh a lot! haha we have class all day every day! our teachers are crazy, funny and so firm in the gospel its truly an honor to learn from them! they speak a little english so we teach them and they teach us! haha there are 7 haitians here and they love me and my hair and i love them we play basketball together everyday at gym its awesome!
So spiritual thought for you all, so as you know i am learning spanish, which is just really funny, i am not quite fluent yet.... hahaha! actually not even close! but i know how to pray, testify, commit someone to baptism, and some other things in just one week! anyway we teach investigators, (really just our teachers dressed up) and we have this one her name is Diana, so we had our first lesson with her, i coulndnt say anything cause i dont speak spanish and that night i was so down on myself about everything, just feeling overwhelmed about spanish, so i knelt down in prayer that night just begging my father in heaven to help me and i prayed for Diana to feel love for her and eveything and just for the spirit to lift my own spirits! and the next night we planned the lesson and went in to teach her. we taught about the restoration and the first vision! it was THE most spiritual moment so far for me, i was able to bear a 3 sentence testimony of how I KNOW that Jose smith is a true prophet because i was able to visit the sacred grove and the spirit i felt there testified that to me. i know i didnt say all the words right (mostly cause i was crying cause the spirit was so strong) but i just knew and know now that THE SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE A LANGUAGE BARRIER! whether i speak spanish or not, the spirit will testify. God hears us and answers our prayers, sometimes we just need to be humbled a little before we can see true success! and..... Dianna commited to be baptised!! ha so i went from a low to The Lord lifting me up to a spiritual high!!! :) This church is true!!
there is so much more but no time!! know that i love this gospel and the church is true! and I LOVE LOOKING DOWN AND SEEN JESUCRISTO ON MY NAMETAG!
I LOVE YOU ALL! thanks for the love, support, and prayers! sorry if i cant write i dont have much time!