What a crazy week it's been here in good old Laramie. On Tuesday I said goodbye to my beloved Sister Jenks, and that was seriously the worst. I'm really bad at goodbyes and I just love her a whole lot so basically I hugged her and ran so that I could cry without her really seeing. Sister J truly was the most amazing comp I could've asked for. Luckily she is my STL, so I still get to see her on occasion! :) I spent Tuesday night down in Wellington, CO with Sister Patillo and Sister Burden, who are amazing sisters! They are both training as well, and it's their second time training, so I grilled them for advice.
Wednesday we had to be at the church early for a trainer’s meeting, and then to watch a worldwide missionary broadcast. The broadcast was seriously amazing. While we didn't really learn anything new from the General Authorities, they helped us to refocus our efforts on the fundamentals and basics of missionary work. It was a super awesome experience to get to hear from the leaders of our church about how these principles will bless and help our missionary efforts.
After, we got to pick up our trainees! I am training Sister Meadows, and she is seriously so great. I'm pretty sure she's been out on her mission longer than me because she just has everything down. She
hasn't been homesick or worried about anything. She is ready to go to work. She has the sweetest spirit with her and just testifies so strongly of Christ and His gospel. Literally I don't know why I am
training her because she has everything down pat.
So some fun things/traditions in Laramie:
1.) Pizza Hut. Every Friday, all of the missionaries in Laramie get together at Pizza Hut. Casino, the guy that owns Pizza Hut, says that when he has missionaries eating there, his business does better. So he has us all come and eat for $3, which is awesome as a missionary.
2.) Grandma’s. Grandma is the sweetest woman. She lives alone here in Laramie and loves the missionaries. So every Saturday night, all of the missionaries go to her house and sing to her and talk with her. She has jars and jars of candy around her house that we are required to eat. When you first get to Laramie, you are required to sing Grandma a solo. The other sisters in Laramie took us over to Grandmas on Friday so that we wouldn't have to sing our solos in front of all of the elders. That was very kind of them since I am terrible at singing.
We have been so busy this week is ridiculous. There have been so many things to get done and so many things to do! Sister Meadows and I are currently still living out of our suitcases because we still haven't had time to unpack. Today we will HOPEFULLY get that done.
Church yesterday was good! We cover two wards so we were there from 9 to 3 and it honestly wasn't bad at all. I love church so getting to spend the whole day there was awesome. Everyone is so nice and welcoming to us. They all kept saying how nice it was to have sisters back because they missed having sisters. We got like 3 referrals at church, and we get a referral almost every time we eat with the members. School is starting up here today, which is nice because now people will be back in town. It's going to be different doing missionary work here, but I am super excited for it. We taught a lesson our first night here and got a new investigator and we have taught a bunch of other people. I am absolutely loving being a missionary and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us here in Laramie!
PS: My new address is:
1010 1/2 Steele Street
The Rojas family
Sister Wesley and Sister Patillo
My love, Sister Jensen
Fort Collins Colorado Temple
Sister Mauss (Sister J's first trainee)
Sister Gardner, Sister Ligon, Sister Meadows, and me!