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 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I want Fogo children!



Week 54:  October 2, 2017

Herro :) It´s me, your girl Sis J. So this week FLEW by ... really. My new area is....hot. there´s a reason this island is named 'Fogo' (fire) ... holy!  It´s super 'cool' here though. We kinda live on a mountain so you can see the ocean every day and at times, Brava (the other tiny little island by Fogo). But hey, happy conference weekend!!! Conference was AMAZING, as always, and there was so much I learned! Also so many questions that were answered. I hope it was the same for all of you and that you will apply the teachings in your lives for these next 6 months until the next conference!

All the talks were great, but Elder Zwick's really hit home. It was SO cool seeing someone who had recently visited our mission behind the pulpit. Hearing the story about Beau Richey again ripped my heart to pieces. I love that boy and I've never even met him. I know he is with God and helping so many in the spirit world choose to be 'happi' and follow the path that God has created for them. The plan of salvation is SO real and I am SO grateful for that. It not only hit home with hearing about Beau, but also with things going on in our area at the moment. This past week two young 'pessoas' (people) passed away. One was a 15 year old boy who was involved in a bike crash, and another 2 year old little girl who had a random heart attack. Both of these deaths have affected a lot in our area seeing as everyone here in Cabo Verde is family. I am so excited to stop by their houses this week and share with them the wonderful message of this gospel and let them know that they WILL be able to see their beautiful babies again some day. Ahh this gospel is so amazing. 

Other than that, not much else has happened. Sis Barbosa and I laugh our heads off every day at the most random things and life in Fogo is pretty great. The work is a little slow, and our bishop is currently in America and no one knows when he is coming home....BUT, I know there are people truly prepared here in São Filipe. It will be a little hard to find them this week seeing as I will be on divisions in Mosteiros until Thursday, BUT WE WILL FIND THEM. Choose to be HAPPI this week and always choose the right.

p.s. shoutout to Justin Jones on the mission call. You're all grown up! :,) So, so happy for you! 

p.p.s no pics this week because Mosteiros is in the mountains will less than average computers. k, tchauuuuuuuuuu xoxo

Monday, September 25, 2017

Life just got 10x hotter :,)

WEEK 53: September 25, 2017


Hello from the great island of FOGO! Yes, you heard that right. Your girl is now living on a volcano (:  Just arrived about an hour ago and I'm already sweating buckets. Love life, but actually super stoked to be here! I´ll be serving with another Brazilian named Sis Barbosa. She´s awesome and this should be a great transfer! Stay tuned for the next 6 weeks to see for yourself!

Yesterday all the sisters in Praia were able to go and watch the women´s broadcast. It was SO great!! Unfortunately, my notebook that I took notes in is all packed away, but I loved all the talks. They were all so great and so focused on standing out in a darkening world and sharing our light by being happy and positive and Christ-like. I learned so much and hope all of you mudjers out there were able to watch it and take some good notes. I challenge you all to go back, print out the talks, and read them again. Everything they talked was revelation from God himself that ALL of us can learn from and use in our day to day lives. 

As far as the rest of the week went..Sis T and I were able to find new pesquisadors and mark dates with some awesome people! I just hope and pray they will actually get baptized. We also had dinner with one of our favorite families this week and it was soooo good. She made baked chicken and Sis T and I almost shed tears of joy... it tasted like America!!  We were also able to share a scripture with their family from Alma 43:43-50 and talked to them and their two kids about how they can be examples for others especially with school just starting. It was so good and the spirit was so strong. Made me miss my amazing family, but also made me SO grateful for eternal families and the strong relationships that come from them.  EVERYONE, go hug your family members and tell them you´re grateful for them rn. You won´t regret it. 



















Well, that´s about it for this week. I miss Sis T so much already, but I know she´ll continue to kill it in Terra Branca. I´m also super pumped for this next fase de vida,( stage of life) and know the Lord will be with us along every step of the way. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the love and support, kind notes, smiles and everything. Ya´ll are amazing and I love you!  Have a great week and jump for joy because life is FAB!!

Much love Sis. Jorgensen xoxo













Monday, September 18, 2017

WEEK 52: September 18, 2017


Heyyyoooo

Hows life?! So sorry about not having a weekly update last week. I was puking my guts out (: but all is well now and I will no longer be eating at that shack that made me sick. This week started out rough bc of the sickness, but by Wednesday we were finally able to get back to work and see HUGE milagres!!! 

Sis T and I have a goal to leave this area better than we found it. It is definitely a tough task, but we are trying our hardest. Once again, only 2 pesquisadors showed up to church yesterday... :( it´s definitely better than zero, but we´re working on it. Shoutout to Annabana for having 7 though! SO DOPE! 2 weeks ago was also Zone Conference and we were able to talk lots about helping our investigators make and keep commitments, along with helping them plant the seed of faith within their hearts. It was really cool, and President and Sis Amo are so amazing. I really loved the thought that Pres. Amo shared with everyone about how WE have to first have that seed of faith planted within us, and continually nourish it, to help others implant that same seed. When our investigators read the Book of Mormon, THAT is how they will plant the seed. By reading daily, the seed will continue to grow within them until it becomes APART of them. That seed is CHRIST, and once we have Christ with us, we will ultimately become better people and true disciples of Christ. Ultimately, the Book of Mormon is the key to everything. It is called the keystone of our religion for a reason. This book has TRULY changed my life since being on my mission. I am so beyond grateful for it, and challenge you ALL to continue to read it daily. And if you´re not reading it daily, it´s never too late to start (; 

As far as the miragles go (shoutout to Sis Pendleton haha) they were AMAZING! So...Wednesday night we were out contacting because all our apptm´s fell through. We were walking on one of our membros roads and Sis T decided to take a becko (alleyway) to a different road. She stopped at this random house, and boy I am so grateful she did! We ended up finding a 26 year old woman, Milu, at home with her 5 year old daughter, Ludmilla. She looked very depressed and downhearted as we walked into her one room cement house. She proceeded to tell us all about her life and how difficult things were at the moment. Her family stopped helping her, she was having trouble paying rent, she couldn´t find a good job, and she didn´t have enough money to feed her daughter. It was so sad. Sis T and I just sat there for a long time and listened to her. I think she really needed that. We were planning on teaching the first lesson, but after listening, the spirit directed us somewhere else. We were able to read alma 36:27 with her and testify of God´s love for her. She began to cry and we all just sat there in silence for awhile. The spirit was SO strong. We asked her how she felt and she said, `relieved.` We testified of how she could feel this same feeling when reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending church each week. Since then, we have been able to teach her more and she currently has a baptismal date! I love this work! 

Not enough time to write about the other miracles, but this week was great! Transfers are this upcoming Monday, and Sis T and I have big plans to help this area as much as possible before leaving (if we leave that is...) I am so grateful for this work. For my Savior. And for my family. You all mean the WORLD to me, and I would NOT be here without your love and support. That goes for anyone who is reading this or who is apart of my life. I love you all.  I love being a missionary! Have a great week and keep reading the Book of Mormon!!!!!!!! 

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Much love, Sister Jorgensen 








Monday, September 4, 2017

Quando vocé vai dar luz?

WEEK 50: September 4, 2017


Modi k´nos sta? Hope things are goin well for everyone and that you´re all enjoying malaria-free environments (: life is great out here on the islands. Just hot, and humid, and more hot!  But the saddest news of all is that mango season is officially over... I about cried when the market ladies told me that. I´ve decided I´m having a friend from Fogo send them to me when I move back home (,:

So this week was busy de mais! We had divisions on Wednesday and I was able to be with Sis Whitney (my comp from my tripla back in Sintonton.) It was fun to talk to her again and catch up. It was also AWESOME being back in my first area (Tira Chapeu.) I will always love that area. I got to see Fatima, and the bread members, and Dudu´s mom, and girls with Sis Frongners latern things. It was great to say the least. And the best part was that I learned a new phrase, hence the title. Apparently when you ask someone, `quando vocé vai dar luz?` (when will you give light?) means, when will you have the baby? Like, what the heck!? portuguese man...anyways, I just thought it was hilarious and now Sis t and I always ask eachother that after we are done eating lunch. It´s great!! 

Sunday was also quite the day. Once again, we had difficulties with getting people to church. It´s such a struggle in this area right now....they are willing to meet with us, and want to grow closer to Christ, but aren´t willing to walk 15 minutes to church to show their faith. It´s pretty sad and super dissappointing at times, but we´re working on it. Fortunately, Nivaldo came all by himself and is continuing to amaze us. We will be setting a baptismal date with him this week. We were also told 5 minutes before sunday school that we would be teaching the lesson..haha. Very normal thing here in CV. So Sis T and I prepared in literally 30 seconds and taught about fasting. All in portuguese/kriolu. It actually went great, and I no longer have a fear of teaching lessons at church anymore (: I also got peed on by one of our pesq. daughter later that night after church, so that was great (: 

Other than that, not much else is new. But, I do have an invite for ya´ll. Go read Elder Hales `Becoming a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ` in this past general conference liahona. It is such a great talk and something that we can ALL work on in our lives. I was able to study it this past week during personal study, and it really strengthened my testimony about what our purpose is here on earth. I love you all so much and hope you have a great week. xoxo 

P.s. funny of the week: during lunch this week a drunk man came and took my chicken leg off my plate, ate it, then put the bones back on my plate. love this country (:

Much Love

Sis. Jorgensen xoxoxo

Monday, August 28, 2017

That dirt looks nice...

WEEK 49: August 28, 2017

So to start off this weeks email, I would like to share with ya´ll the greatest prank ever feito por mi mesmo (done by myself). SO, Sis T had once again been taken over by the sprirt while reading her scriptures during personal study, and was having some nice dreams about who knows what. Anyways, while I was sitting there, pondering my scriptures, the greatest thought popped into my head, `switch all the clocks back 15 minutes and pretend like nothing happened.` So I went ahead with the plan and changed all the clocks. Including my watch. I woke her up and asked her to hand me something. 15 minutes later I did the same thing, and asked her to hand me the same thing. I did this same thing 15 minutes later, and BOY DO I WISH YA´LL COULD HAVE BEEN THERE TO SEE THE LOOK ON HER FACE!!  Thanks to Court, I was able to keep a straight face and go with it until that night at 10:25pm while we were laying in our beds. She thought for sure she had gone crazy and could not believe that she had had such vivid ´dreams´ of me asking her to do the same thing over and over again. Hahaha talk about groundhog day! It was awesome, and easily the highlight of that day!!

As far as missionary work goes..haha WE HAD A BAPTISM THIS LAST SATURDAY! WOOT! Her name is Jacky and she is the cutest and sassiest little 11 yr old ever. Her mom and older sister are already members but for some reason she was never baptized when she was 8. So the elders before us started teaching her, and then we finished the lessons and were able to see her baptized and confirmed this past weekend. It was so awesome to see her get up after her baptism and share her testimony. She is so intelligent and bore the greatest testimony I have ever heard an 11 year old bear. I love this work and these people so much (: 


Sis T and I saw so many miracles this week and were able to mark 2 weddings and 4 baptisms in the process. Things have definitely been stressful and busy here having to look after two areas, but somehow we are making ends meet all with the help of the Lord and the Holy Ghost. Tomorrow I will be giving a training on following/teaching with the spirit, which has helped me really think about and study what needs to take place before we can teach with, and follow the spirit. We must be purifying our hearts every day, and having the faith and desire to come closer to Christ. We must be doing our part daily and making sure our lives are purified enough to where the Spirit will be able to reside with us. I challenge you all to do that and come closer to Christ each and every day! I love you all!  Have a great week!

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Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxoxo

My fav...Mangoes!!



Taste of Home!!  

FHE!! Eating Yummy carmel popcorn