Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Up up up can only go up from here"

WEEK 61: November 20, 2017

Sooo this week Shania Twain gets a fat shoutout!! Things only went UP and got better from last week and I am so so grateful for that! Last week was one of those weeks that everyone needs to slap them back into reality. I thought I was already there, but guess not..lol. On a very positive note, WE HAD A BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION!! We always have to specify that last part bc sometimes here in Cabo Verde people end up missing church the next day and then never end up getting confirmed membros ...BUT, Diana was baptized and now officially has the gift of the Holy Ghost and is a member of the true church of Christ! QUE BENÇÃO. I'm so grateful I have gotten to know these two cute girls and their family. They are such great examples and I know their family will continue to see the difference in them and have the desire to have that same light of Christ. This past week we were able to go to the church with both of them and have the Martineau's (a senior missionary couple) help them create a family history account. It was easily one of the cutest things I have seen here on my mission. Diana was SO thrilled everytime she would type in the name of one of her ancestors and it would pop up in her family tree. Just watching her face light up made me so happy, and in that moment I received yet another confirmation that I am EXACTLY where I'm supposed to be. I was supposed to meet these girls for a reason. God is good. 


Sis Miller and I also found the COOLEST family EVER. Normally when we meet people who are Catholic they are not receptive at all... but this family was just super cool and had the light of Christ about them. They gladly welcomed us in and afterwards fed us peixinho (small fried fishies.) It was so good and thankfully they welcomed us back for another visit in which we were able to share with them the message of the restoration. It was so amazing and the spirit was so strong. They are very open to hearing the word of God and learning more about Him and His Son. So we are expecting very good things from them. We go back tomorrow so will keep ya'll updated. 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: We were able to go with a few membros in our ward and give a spiritual thought at the Fogo prison. Let me just say that it was easily the coolest and most spiritual experience of my ENTIRE mission and I will NEVER forget the spirit that was there that day. I literally felt as though Sis Miller and I were teaching from a pillar of fire like Néfi e Leí in Helaman 5. It was amazing. I don't have words to describe how cool it was and how repentent those prisoners were. All I know is that God loves ALL of his children no matter what, and He has a perfect plan for EVERYONE. 

Fun facts of the week: got to hold another baby monkey and Ive decided that I want a pet monkey when I get back to MURICA. Also gave a bunch of adorable black children, fidget spinners this week and they absolutely LOVED them. Thank you Camdog...AND biggest news of all, I ate a fish eyeball...and that will definitely be the LAST time I ever eat a fish eyeball :) You're welcome for another novel ;) have a FAB week and remember that if God loves prisoners in a Fogo prison, that He too loves YOU!!  bj'sssss txau 


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Much love
Sister Jorgensen































Monday, November 13, 2017

"Everybody has those days, everybody gets that way..."

WEEK 60: November 13, 2017
Thank you to Hannah Montana for making a song very relatable to this past week of missionary work here in Sao Filipe....Yes, it was hard. Yes, it was hot, and Yes we walked A BAJILLIION miles... BUT Yes, I learned a lot. And Yes, we are going to keep working our skirts off until we figure things out with this area. The people here just have Catholic hearts a little harder than most, but I know we'll be able to figure things out. Sis Miller and I had lots of time in the streets to discuss how we are "seed planting" missionaries rather than "baptizing 20 people each week" missionaries and you know what, Im okay with that. Although weeks like these can be very frustrating and disappointing I also know that this is what builds character and is what will help me in the long run. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a novel for you all this week lol que triste (; not much happened, and our goal is to find  new, prepared people to hear the good word of God. If ya'll could send a lil' prayer Fogo's way it would be much appreciated. On a good note, our two young girls Diana and Gilmara are doing FAB!  Diana (the younger sister of the girl who was baptized two weeks ago) will be getting baptized this weekend and we couldn't be happier. I know that these little miracles are making a difference and that God's hand truly is in the details of this work. Thank you SO SO Sosososo much for all the constant love, support, and emails. It means the world to me and is what helps during hard weeks like this past week. I am happy and healthy though and I AM A MISSIONARY SO LIFE IS GREAT. SMILE PPL. GOD IS GOOD!

Shoutout to my UVU girls for KICKING TRASH and winning the WAC... Ya'll are amazing and I miss you more than life itself. 

Love Sis Jorgensen




Monday, November 6, 2017

Anotha one in FOGO

Week 59: November 6, 2017

Soooooo another transfer has come and gone and I literally dont know how time keeps playing mind games with me. I swear I just got here to Fogo. Unfortunately, Sis Barbosa will be leaving me and heading to the great and spacious city of Praia. So sad we won't be serving together anymore :(  It's been a great past 6 weeks and I love her to death!  I'll be recieving Sis Miller as my new comp tomorrow morning. We were in the MTC together so at least we will know eachother a little bit. I'll let ya'll know how things go...

As for the rest of this week I spent 5 out of the 7 days in Mosteiros with Sis Morgan! It was cool being there again and seeing other parts of the island. That área is super super rad. Then on Friday Sis B and I got on a hiace at 6am and finally made it back to lovely São Filipe where the sun melts your soul :) We were able to find a lot of success for just being in our área for 3 days!! It was really good and got me and Sis Barbosa pumped about what can happen in this área! We are still working with a lot of jovens, but just like Presidente Amo said, "these children are the future of the church and so we MUST work with them." It's very true and Im slowly learning to change my perspective on working strictly with children.

Well fam, that's about all I got. Things are great here. I love my mission with my whole heart. I've said it once and I'll say it forever, this has easily been the most challenging experience of my entire life but I wouldnt trade it for absolutely ANYTHING. I love all that I've learned here and continue to learn. I love my Savior and know that He atoned for ALL of us so that someday we could return to live with Him again in a state of purê and endless happiness. I love this gospel! I love you all (especially Maiz) and hope ya'll have a great week. BIG KISS little hug nachoooooo (:


 Much love, Sister Jorgensen 


Fun to see a soccer camp for kids


Look at the colors on that fishy!!

























Monday, October 30, 2017

Me daum batismo so um batismo

WEEK 58: October 30, 2017

Herro again! First of all, shoutout to my girl Dorothy for making it safely to Boston and being in the same district as Sis Kini. I love you both so much and can't wait to speak straight kriolu when you get back xo. Second, this week was fab bc BATISMO!! Our girl Gilmara was baptized and it was so great. She was so happy and couldn't stop smiling all day. Her little sister was unable to be baptized with her that day, but no worries we are re-marking with her tonight! The mom got a little stressed last minute and didn't feel as though Diana, the younger sister, was prepared. The entire family is so cool and we are currently working on getting the parents married and baptized. I'll keep you updated on how things go. 

We are currently on the last week of the transfer and I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. Sis Barbosa and I are working good together and are trying our hardest to find people who are prepared and actually want to learn more about the church of the "Elders." Not much else is happening here on the island of Fogo. The sun is still hotter than ever and Sis B and I have decided that not only is our outer layer of skin burnt, but also our souls. 

Sorry this weeks update is short. Literally nothing happened. I'll be in Mosteiros again until Friday and super pumped to not die of heat there! Have a great week and know that I am so grateful for your constant love and support. xoxo

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Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxo






































































Monday, October 23, 2017

Hospital Guessing Games

WEEK 57: October 23, 2017


Welcome to another week in the African life of Sis Kjorgy. Island life is the good life, and also the sweaty life. #burningcalories LOL JOKES. Shoutout to Duffin and Leswes for returning back to America and real life. Im so sorry..haha. I never want to return back to normal life. I think I´ll stay here 5ever...but really, Im glad you two made it back safely. I love you both and so grateful for your examples and strong testimonies. Keep kickin Satan´s butt in Utah (: ~

As for this week, it was quite eventful. just the usual happened Mon-Thurs. Lots of walking, knocking doors, teaching lessons, and feeling the spirit. It was amazing. And then the weekend happened...and things got real fun real fast! First, on Friday our 1st counselor called saying that a 40 year old women in our ward had passed away. Sis Barbosa and I didn't know her because she has been inactive for quite some time, but the family wanted her to have a funeral in an LDS church. Our first counselor called that afternoon asking for help on how to plan out a funeral. So me and Sis B got right on over to the church to help him out. Little did we know, the funeral would be starting in an hour at the chapel....HA HA Cabo Verde! So yeah, we planned a funeral in roughly 45 minutes and then walked down to the cemetery with the family. Here it is tradition to walk behind the car with the casket, so we walked 20 minutes down to the cemetery. And then when they buried the body....man you would have thought someone got shot. So much screaming. Here in Cabo Verde it´s tradition to scream and sing words at the same time. Quite the experience. It was so sad though bc these ppl have no idea that they will see that lovely woman again some day. We definitely have our work cut out in teaching all those people the plan of salvation!


Second, on Saturday afternoon Sis Barbosa noticed what looked like a small mosquito bite on her arm. Sunday morning, to our surprise, she had what looked like a tennis ball sized lump on her forearm. So of course we took her into the hospital. We waited about 2 hours before seeing the medic, and seeing as we´re in Cabo Verde, the kind woman grabbed her arm, stared at it for a little, touched it with her pointer finger and proclaimed `you´ve been bit by a centipede!` ........ no tests were run. nothing. haha I wish you all could live here for a week just to see what it´s like. I love it (: on the bright side, they prescribed her some meds that she started taking today, so we´ll see if anything changes. Pray for her pls! 


MIRACLE OF THE WEEK: WE HAD 5 PESQ IN IGREJA (church) AGAIN. PPL. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. this area is so amazing and there are so many amazing people here. Unfortunately, they dont always want to listen to us or change their lives for the better, but I still love them. This gospel is amazing and I love serving the Lord everyday!! It´s so nice focusing on others. We also have two girls planned for baptism this weekend. They are sisters and absolutely adorable. Their names are Gilmara and Diana. They are so prepared and their uncle is a returned missionary which should truly help them stay active! Pics will be sent next week of them. Anyways, this is longggg so imma peace out. Have a great day and remember WHO´S you are. (a daughter and/or son of GOD) I love you all so much and hope you all know how much I love my Savior and His work.

PS...give Maizy a hug for me. xoxo

 Much love Sis Jorgensen




Monday, October 16, 2017

Barata Na Cabelo

WEEK 56: October 16, 2017


Soooo...there´s this game here in Cabo Verde called barata na boca (aka cockroach in your mouth.) Sounds weird, yes. But don't forget, I am living in Cabo Verde. Anyways, we always play this game during FHE and it´s not what you think it is. I´ll explain it to my family when I get home. ANYWAYS, instead of playing barrata na boca this week, a barrata decided to NOT be a homie and play in my hair instead!! You can imagine how loud the screaming was when we walked into our apartment  at 9:15pm that night and discovered a barata playing hide n´seek in my thick, now blonde head of hair. I´m actually surprised our neighbors didn´t call the cops. I haven´t screamed that loud in a long time...or ever i think. 

As for the missionary side of things, it was a week full of SO MANY MILAGRES. AGAIN! São Filipe is turning out to be quite the area. Sis Barbosa and I hit ALL of the standards of excellence this week, which for those of you who have been keeping up on these email things, know that I havent had that in sooooooooooo long. We finally had 5 PESQUISADORS IN CHURCH. YES YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. 5 PESQUISADORS. God is good. Our 
"date marks" are on the right track for their baptisms as well, and that is all we can ask for as missionaries. 

We also found a less active mom this past week whose 3 children have yet to be baptized. Her kids ASKED US to be baptized one day while we were in the street, and we had never even taught them before. QUE MILAGRE! We were able to stop by and visit them after church on Sunday and share the restoration video. We also set a baptism date for her two kids (the third will be moving to Portugal to study.) Their mom sat in with us and ended up giving the closing prayer. In her prayer she asked God to help those that were lost, specifically herself, return back to the path so that she and her kids could all follow the Savior´s example. It was AMAZING! God is real and will help this family become ONE and return back to church. I love this work. 

Hope you all have a great week and keep on keepin´ on. Cannot believe that Kade has officially submitted his papers....where does the time go?! So so excited for you though Kade and know the Lord has chosen somewhere PERFECT for you and that there are people waiting for you and your amazing personality and testimony... love you! 

ps. shoutout to my fav Dot Smith for recieving her call to Boston, MA. I love you so much and can´t wait to speak Kriolu with you when you get back. You will be AMAZING as always xoxo
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Much love, Sister Jorgensen 




Monday, October 9, 2017

I FEAR NO MAN


WEEK 55: October 9, 2017

Island of Fogo
What a week! Mosteiros was GORGEOUS and I loved getting to know Sis Morgan and her area a little better. Fogo is quite the island. So green and gorgeous and hotter than satan himself... but all is well and Sis Barbosa and I are back in our area again! We have been seeing so many milagres here in our little (literally teeny) area. This past Thursday we were able to stop by the house of the 2 yr old little girl who passed away. We sat down with her mom and had the most down to earth discussion I have ever had while being here on my mission. All 3 of us were crying and I couldn't help but feel the love that God had for this mother and her sweet angel daughter. They had placed a picture of the daughter on the wall and we all just kind of looked at the photo, cried, and talked about o mundo espiritual and how one day this amazing mom will see her beautiful daughter again. The spirit was stronger than ever in that room, and i know that 2 yr old girl was with us during those moments. I hope that mother was able to understand that her daughter is truly living in the presence of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that one day they will be able to see eachother again. Definitely one of those moments I will never forget.

Sis Barbosa and I were also able to hit our goals of finding new investigators and marking dates, which was great! Unfortunately, this ward also struggles with church attendance and retaining their members. It´s really sad actually. Our area is full of inactive return missionaries... Those of you out serving right now, GIVE IT ALL YOU HAVE AND DON'T EVER FALL AWAY WHEN YOU RETURN HOME. Don´t waste 1 1/2 or 2 years of your time. AND more importantly the Lord´s time. Never forget all the moments and experiences when you have felt the spirit of the Lord, and His love for you and His children in whatever part of the world you are serving in. Do me a favor and go read the Ricciardi letter. Actually, I´ll do you a favor. It´s attached to this letter. Read it. Ponder it. Study it. And most importantly, apply it. I am forever grateful for this letter and it has literally changed my mission and i think the rest of my life. I fear no man (or woman, or cabo verdian dog lol!!) But really, read it. Special shoutout to Kade and Nate. Pls read this. It will help you prepare for your missions and help you change your way of thinking before even entering the mission field. I love you both and am SO extremely excited for you both to serve. Ahhh where does the time go. 

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes and kind words. Ya´ll give me more credit than I deserve. Your love and support means more than you´ll ever know. Shoutout to Mick (aka Dad) for the sweetest letter I have ever read. I will cherish that for the rest of my life. and biggest shoutout of all to Camdog for the amazing bday package and for just being amazing in general. Don't know what I would do without you as my momma and best friend. Hope you all have a great week and choose to FEAR NO MAN and be happi. xoxo

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Much love, Sister Jorgensen