Monday, August 14, 2017

Segunda Milha

WEEK 47: August 14, 2017

So this week was long and tiring and a lil disappointing, but what´s mission work without all of that amiright? (camdog dont edit that) On a positive note, SIS T AND I ARE STAYING TOGETHER ANOTHER TRANSFER WOOOOOOOT! The only down side is that we have to change houses....which means no more AC and hot water...AND WE HAVE TO CLEAN ANOTHER ELDERS HOUSE :( good thing im a missionary and a disciple of Christ who never gets mad at elders for leaving their houses dirty.....smh. BUT, Sis T and I definitely have our work cut out for us. Our area just doubled in size, and we will now be the only missionaries in our ward. This will be my 3rd white wash in just a short 11 months. Time is crazy. 

As for our pesquisadors...that was the disappointing part. We had an awesome noite familiar saturday night and about 10 of our peeps said they would come to church the next afternoon. Well guess how many ended up coming?? ZERO. the words of Sis Stevenson... `that´s all i have to say about that!!` but we´ll keep trying. 4 of them still have baptismal dates, but if they don´t come to church ka ta da. So plsss pray for this area !!

As for the title, President Amo has given MCVP (missao cabo verde praia) a new motto which is Segunda Milha. Ou seja,(that is) the "second mile". We are starting, as a mission, to cleanse ourselves first and repent. Once we have personally become closer to Christ, it is important to do the little things each day to bring the spirit into our lives and His work. Which means making our bed every morning, cleaning all the dishes before we leave, and just having a clean house in general. Once we have created an environment for the Holy Ghost to preside, we will start having that same spirit with us once we leave the house to teach. This will help us `go the second mile` and help our mission become a `second mile` mission. I really love the whole concept, and President Amo is a great man who is really trying to help this mission become better to then help Cabo Verde become better and closer to the Lord. I invite you all to take up this challenge as well, and really purify yourselves personally to come closer to your Savior, and then complete the little tasks each day to constantly have the spirit with you. I know it will work because Sis T and I have already seen such a huge difference in our lives by doing so. And we will once again feel that after cleaning up the old elders house we moved into today........Lord help us!!

I love you all and am so so grateful for your love and support. Kade and Nate, pls stop growing up on me. Just wait 7 more months k? Nate, take good care of Juan (the truck) and love the experience of driving a stick shift (; Kade, have so much fun at college and remember that you are preparing to go on a mission (; remember who you are and WHO´s you are. and remember to do the little things every day and go the extra mile ((: LOVE YOU XO

Much love, Sister Jorgensen

Bishop Pires...his niece was one of my comps

Monday, August 7, 2017

Post - "Bomb"

WEEK 46: August 7, 2017

Well folks, I have officially survived "The Bomb" (aka parasite pills.) Oh how I love this country. The work has been a little slow here in Terra Branca because of it, but Sis T and I are hoping that things will only go up from here! Pray for us lol. 

On a positive note, it was a week full of miracles and very humbling experiences!! First off, we were able to get 3 of our 'dates marked' to church on Sunday and they really loved it! Two of them are 19 year old boys who are really looking to grow closer to the Savior. Danielson and Junior. The other was a 35ish year old man named Nivaldo who is the most spiritual man I have EVER met. He wants so badly to grow closer to God and stay on the straight and narrow path. They are all reading the BofM and always have the best questions when we go over to teach them. With Danielson and Junior, it always gets a little tricky teaching them because they live in a bar, and all the drunk guys like to sit with us while we teach. At times it takes everything in me not to burst out laughing. Life is great!!

Also, for a Zone meeting this morning we were able to watch Ephraim´s Rescue. and it changed my life, not gonna lie. It´s the most humbling movie ever. I invite you all to watch it and really think about what you have been blessed with in your lives. 

These past couple months on the mission, I´ve really been able to look back on my life and realize how much I have been given the past 20 years. Life hasn´t always been easy, but I´ve always had what I´ve needed, and for that I am so grateful. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father, and His son Jesus Christ who gave His life for me. I am BEYOND grateful for a loving family who has always supported me through thick and thin, and have always brought a smile to my face during rough times. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the people of Cabo Verde right now. No, it is not easy AT ALL. And there are moments I want to quit, but I know this is exactly where I need to be. I know I was supposed to meet all of these people for a reason, and they have truly changed my life...Including those I have met since I entered the MTC. I´m grateful for all of you, and your continuous support. It means the world to me.  I am so grateful for this gospel, and have already seen it change so many peoples´ lives.  I just want to say how grateful I am for the life Ive been given!  Have a great week!

Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxoxo

P-day lunch by the Ocean

Yuri's baptism!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"The Bomb"

WEEK 45: July 31, 2017

Well folks, it´s August tomorrow and my mind is officially blown. These past 10 months have been the LONGEST yet FASTEST ten months of my life. Mission time is somethin else man. This week was ight though! 

We were finally able to mark some baptismal dates, and one of them is SOOO cool! His name is Nivaldo. He is a 35 year old man, who is truly looking for the truth in his life. We´ve only taught him 2 lessons so far, but he gladly accepted a baptismal date and wants to continue to learn more and follow Christ. Unfortunately we have had to stay in the house a little seeing as I have a stomach bug, and we weren´t expecting many people to come to church because of it. Long story short, we tried calling and passing by all our pesquisadors before church and the only one who showed up was Nivaldo. He stayed for all 3 hours and even brought his Livro de Mormon (Book of Mormon) with him. It was so awesome! We´ll follow up with him this week and see how he liked it. Keep him in your prayers pls! 

Also, we had a ward baptism this past Saturday and it was so awesome. His name is Yuri, and he´s the cutest thing ever. I def regret not going to ward baptisms before the mission. It´s so important to show support for these little kids and help them realize how awesome it is that they have decided to be baptized. It is a goal of mine to attend ward baptisms when i get home, and I encourage all of you to do the same. Ward missionary work is SO SO important people.

Well, that´s about it for this week. Also, I HAD BLOOD DRAWN AND DIDNT PASS OUT!!!  Yes, miracles do happen. Missions change a person...Especially here in Cabo Verde lol. K have a great week. Love you all!!!! Shoutout to Kade for moving out and starting college. So proud of you (,: Don't forget about me. xoxoxo

Much love, Sister Jorgensen 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Encontrar*ing* até o pó

WEEK 44: July 24, 2017

Heyyyyyy fammmmmm :) 

Sorry about last week. I didnt have time to write ya´ll. Time just keeps flying by and it feels like i never have time to do anything.. weekly´s included haha. BUT, no need to fret. I´m back, stomach bug and ALL. (dont worry Cam, it´s not too bad.) 

But hey, this past week was lit. Sis T and I got down to business and were able to find 20 novos pesquisadors. HALLELUJAH! We have some high hopes for a few of them, and this week will be allll about marking dates with them and helping them work towards a new life and repenting. Keep them in your prayers pls! Hopefully their hearts will truly be opened to our message! 

We´re currently working with this super cute couple, Daisy and Fabio, who have the cutest son EVER named Freddy (with the MASSIVE eyeballs). Anyways, we´ve been teaching them and talking to them about marriage and baptism. They are super open to our message, and Fabio has such a strong desire to learn more! We are planning to go to the registro with them this up coming Wednesday, so pls pray that everything will work out and that they will continue to have this desire to seguir Cristo. This work is so amazing and I look forward to leaving each day and looking for those who are truly prepared to hear this gospel. I am so excited for kade and nate to experience all these things, and see people change their lives´ for the better.

Also, we had TXEU menos ativos (lots of less actives) at church yesterday and it was sooo awesome. Missionary work is such an adrenaline rush man. Other than that, not much else has happened. Only sad news is that i haven´t been able to eat a mango for a WHOLE WEEK because of this stupid stomach bug. SO shatu (annoying). OH, and random fact of the week, kite in kreolu is papaguyu (papa-guy-ooh). k tchau. Love you ALL. Mostly Maizy (Kenzies dog) tho lol. XOXO

PS... funny of the week: so Saturdays here are our days to do service and help people clean their houses or wash clothes. and this past Saturday we did exactly that! We helped this cute family bater ropas and let´s just say I´ve never been more grateful for american washing machines...anyways, the whole time we were washing clothes there was this little old lady talking to us through a cracked wooden door. Come to find out, this old lady was the mom of the lady we were helping clean clothes. She was like 77 or something like that, and apparently they had LOCKED HER inside this old wooden house, because if they let her out she would go to the bar and get super wasted. hahahah. So the whole time we cleaned clothes, this 77 year old woman was yelling at us in kreolu to open the door because it was hot and dark and she had to use the bathroom. But we weren´t allowed to open it, so all we could do was smile and say `desculpa, me ka pode.` It was hilarious. Especially when her grandson would call her a drunk and she would yell through the crack in the door, `MENTIRA!` and `CALABOCA!` which means liar and shutup. Man i love this country.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mangos and Bananas

WEEK 42: July 10 2017

Okay, so I lied in my last weekly. My fidja is actually 100% Filipino, BUT she has lived in Hawaii her whole life. If you're wondering who her parents are look in the Gordon B Hinckley Teachings of the Presidents book, chapter 10, and that cute hawaiian slash filipino couple...yep those are her adorable parents. cool right? Anyways, how's everyone doin?? I hope this past week was good and that ya´ll were able to eat lots of good food, and celebrate the Land of the Free!! Things were good here in Praia. Eu e Sis T had our baptism of EMILIO!! AH it was SO good!  He was 30 minutes early to his baptism and 30 minutes early to church the next day before he was confirmed! He is such an awesome young man and we are trying to talk to him lots about missionary work. He would be such a great elder!

As for the rest of the week, Sis T and I are trying really hard to find new investigators. It was really easy the first 6 weeks here because we didnt know anyone, but now that we are getting used to things and this area it´s been a little harder. Those people are definitely out there and ready to be taught, we just havent found them yet. So pray for us and the progress of Terra Branca pls (:  

Funny of the week: So Sis T only has about a week here in Cabo Verde and is still adjusting big time to the time difference and literally everything else that this blessed country has to offer. Anyways, this past week we were doing our personal study and she decided to study the same page in the BOM for 20 minutes...haha I´m suprised she wasn´t snoring by then. Luckily, I had the genius idea to scare her awake!! So i yelled `SISTER` really loud, and the look she had on her face quazi made me pee my pants. It was the best! And yes, I got it on film. Ask Camdog, and she can show you. 

Well folks, thats about it. As you can see by the title, our lives consist of bananas and mangos at the moment. We eat about 15-20 each week and i LOVE it. k love ya´ll tchauuuuu xoxo

Monday, July 3, 2017

God Bless the Red White Blue and Yellow

WEEK 41: July 3, 2017

Fat HBD shoutout to AMERICA! Eat lots of fireworks and shoot lots of hotdogs for me lol (; So sad I won´t be there to celebrate with ya´ll but I actually might bleed red white blue AND yellow now... #caboverde5ever!! How´s everyone doing though?? Things are goin really good over here in Terra Branca. My filha ("daughter" or brand new sister missionary) is KILLIN it and I love her to death. You´ll never guess where she´s from though.....THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII!!!!! Literally my fav island ever and she lives in Kona! So yeah, you could say we are bff´s now. So much for her speaking spanish though haha. It´s so crazy to see where she´s at, because I swear I was just there yesterday... very wide eyed and wondering what I had gotten myself into. She´s really good at saying `how are you` and `my name is` in Portuguese haha. I love her to death though, and the language will come along with time. If I can communicate in Portuguese then anyone can.

Unfortunately our baptism did not happen this past weekend. Emilio woke up two days before with a swollen face and didnt want to be baptized looking like the chubby kid from Willy Wonka lol!! All is well though because he is still beyond prepared and ready to be baptized this coming Saturday. Keep him and his face in your prayers pls (:

Our new president also got in this past weekend and we will be having zone conference with him and his wife this Wednesday. Im super excited to meet him and see how things are gonna work with a new president. That´s about it for this week though. Happy late birthday to my favorite McCALL! Hope it was rad...can´t believe you´re legal now. Also, shoutout to my girl Shelbs for sealin the deal. Proud daughter moment (´: and the BIGGEST shoutout ever to my amazing Dad for turning 29 yesterday!!  Love you so much!  Have a great week and take a nap for me (;

Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxo

Monday, June 26, 2017

Trainee going on trainer

Week 40: June 26, 2017

YOOOO, what a week! Transfer calls came last night, and like always emotions were at an all time high! I thought for sure I would be leaving, but NOPE! turns out I will be TRAINING! not ready, but super excited to meet my first daughter and see how things go! Her name is Sis Transfiguration or something??!! I think she might be Spanish. Transfers continue to blow my mind, but i´m excited to stay in this area (and this house WOOT! hashtag hot water and AC. god bless.) I´m still pretty new to this area, but we´ve found some awesome people so far, and I´m excited to see who else we will find during this next transfer!
Not much else happened in the area this week. Sis Frandsen and I continued to work with our dates marked and find new people. We will be having a baptism this weekend for an 18 year old boy named Emilio. He showed up to church the first weekend we invited him, and has been coming ever since then! He is super prepared and has such a strong testimony. I am so excited to see him get baptized this weekend and recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost! 

This place is still hot as ever, and 2-3 showers a day is completely normal. It´s also mango season which means life is GREAT right now. I love these people. I love this work, and I love seeing people change their lives´ for the better. There´s no where else i´d rather be right now, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of my mission has in store. Keep reading your scriptures every day and praying, and keep going to church each week. I know it will bless your life more than you will ever know, because it has already changed mine. I am so grateful for this gospel in my life and the chance we have to continually repent and become better. I love you all more than you will ever know and pray for you daily. Have a great week!! 
Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxoxo