Category Archives: Before The Mission

Last Days

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It’s merely hours before I get set apart. I just thought I would add a short post for all my friends out there, whether I know you or even if I haven’t met you yet. I will miss you all! And I’m excited to enter the MTC in a short 24 hours.

The previous Sunday I gave my farewell talk. My topic was Gratitude. I thought I’d share s thought from my talk.

President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven” At this quote, my eyes teared up. It is such a moving quote spoken by our current prophet. I encourage each of you to take this quote and live by it. Live with Gratitude and you will be blessed. Thank others daily, especially those around you. Your life will change for the better.

I want to thank my school teachers for being hard on me and helping me grow as a student. My church leaders, for being encouraging and for also for helping me in preparation for my mission. My young Women leaders, for always being there to talk to and for always being interested in my life. My friends, for being fun and spending time with me. My friends from Jordan High, thank you for being such a great example to me. My first outing with the whole group, we prayed over the pizza, at a birthday. Thank you for your testimonies. Thank you to those of you who freaked out with me over the missionary age change. Jumping up and down in ecitemnet is my favorite thing to do.

Thank you to all my friends serving missions. Though I may not write you, just know you mean a lot to me being out there and doing what I will soon be doing as well.

Thank you to my two sisters who have served missions. You are and always will be an inspiration with your spirit. I hope you continue to do well in your life and succeed whilst I am out serving. My other sister, who shares my humor and holds a great amount of love from me, I thank you for always being there for me. You helped me grow up and have taught me a lot. I miss you so much, but I’m glad you chose this time to move, instead of earlier. I hope the best for you, and I want you to pray for me as I pray for you. God is on your side, no matter what.

To my parents, I love you. The past nine years in this new combined family has taught me a lot about my self and about how a family should work. I cant thank you enough for supporting me throughout all I have done and loving me even on my bad days. I will write you often and tell you about all my struggles and epiphanies. Don’t miss me too much!

And last, but most importantly, thank you my dear Heavenly Father. He who has granted me life and blessed me with a family well developed in the Gospel, I cannot ask for more. I have everything I have ever wanted. I am so thankful for each and everyone of the persons listed above. Please bless them as I leave for a mission. Thank you for modern technology and for the missionary service as it is today.

Thank you to all those out there that are reading this. And thank you to those whom I did not mention. I love you dearly. I will miss you. Keep in touch by emailing me or sending me mail. Ask my mom, or leave a comment. She monitors this blog, she will get your message. Thank you!!!!!!!! Kamsahamnida! Saranghaeyo! Anyeong!

(Sister) Missionary Packing List

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Bags and Suitcase

  • Backpack/Shoulder bag aka THE missionary bag
  • 2 suitcases
  • 1 carry-on suitcase
  • Camera case
  • Toiletry bags
  • Scripture case
  • Packing cubes – Set of 3 (Medium) for garments, tights, and slips.

Underclothes

  • 10 sets of garments
  • 2 running sports bras
  • 3 white/nude bras
  • Six underwear (For TOM)

Feet

  • 3 comfortable flats for walking: durable, waterproof, with inserts.        
  • Winter boots
  • Casual slip-ons for P-day
  • Tennis shoes (Workout & Service)
  • 10 pairs of ped socks (6 nude/4 black)
  • 5 pairs of running socks

Workout Clothes

  • 3 short sleeved running shirts
  • Basketball shorts
  • Capri sweats
  • Long sweats

Service & Sleep time clothes

  • Exercise bottoms can double as pajamas bottoms!
  • 3 PJ t-shirts
  • Pair of jeans (Service & Pday)

Outer wear: Will differ!

  • Hoodie for p-day
  • 2 Light weight rain coats
  • Down coat for winter (shipped to me once I get to Korea)

Everyday Wash and Wear

  • 2 dresses
  • 6 skirts
  • 18 shirts (three shirts for every skirt)
  • Jewelry and a watch

Bathroom Supplies

  • 2  bath towels
  • 4 wash cloths
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Mascara
  • Base and powder
  • Makeup brush
  • Eyeliner
  • Chap sticks
  • Razor and one refill
  • deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Shower comb
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tampons & pads
  • Midol (Enough for 18 months)

Bedding

  • 2 Twin sheets
  • 2 pillow cases
  • Rilakkuma Pillow

Other items

  • Tide TO GO
  • Small photo album
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • iPod with CHURCH MUSIC
  • Glasses (case and cloth to clean glasses)
  • Contacts and solution
  • Sewing Kit
  • Laundry Bag
  • Scissors to cut hair
  • Hair accessories
  • Disney cards

Church studying

  • My Scriptures
  • 2 journals
  • Notebook
  • Pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters
  • Copy of Patriarchal Blessing
  • Copy of call letter
  • Missionary four book-set

Medical Items

  • Multi-vitamins And vitamin C
  • Cold and Allergy medication
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Tums
  • Pain reliever (naproxen)

Items to not leave home without!

  • Temple recommend
  • ID
  • Immunization Records
  • DMV Driving Record
  • Debit Card
  • Give parents a copy of all cards/items taking in my wallet (front and back)
  • $200 dollars for travelling expensive

 MTC Tips

  • Slidey-clip! $2 at the bookstore
  • Buy an MTC water bottle
  • Bring family pictures!
  • Bring string for your key so you can tie to your clip. (We had to cut string off our scripture bookmarks)
  • Tie colored ribbon to your suitcase so you know which one is yours.
  • Buy those little socks that fit inside your flats. Trust me.
  • Bring a foldable laundry bag for P-days.

 

New Blog!

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New blog… Like it? This blog is here for a few reasons.

1) To Help My Mom: This blog is to help her have less stress as I head off to the mission field. With previous missionaries in my family, my mom sent letters out to friends and family each week. With this blog she can upload my weekly emails and invite others to follow if they choose.

2) For Family and Friends: 잘 지내셨어요? I hope you are all doing well! I am thankful that you are reading my blog!

3) Fellow Missionaries: 처음 뵙겠습니다? It’s nice to meet you. Either you’re here for advice as a missionary or you’re here because you’re also going to Korea!! Either way I’m so happy for you! I will put a few blog posts directed to you before I go, addressing packing and such. Good luck!

Thanks for the support everyone! Saranghaeyo!

Temple Day

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Image(Oquirrh Mountain Temple)

August 8th I went through the temple for the first time. I went there to get my endowments done. It was a strange and wonderful experience. I learned many new things and earned a new connection with my dear Father in heaven. I am so thankful to those who attended for me and who have helped me get this far in life.

Image(My sister who is six years older than me and went on a mission to Sweden while I was in 10th grade)

 

Image(My sister who is 8 years older than me and lives close)

Image(My sweet sweet boyfriend and I at the dinner afterwards)

Image(My dad, mom, and my grandma)

Image(Another one of us! He’s making fun of me and how I always do an Asian sign in my pictures)

Image(One last picture of another gorgeous nearby temple!)

Mission Call

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The preparation for my call went by soundly. There wasn’t much to do before I got my call actually. I took the Mission Prep class, I had my interviews, and I got my check-ups. I told everyone to come over June 20th just in case the call came Thursday instead of Wednesday. It came Wednesday. My dad came in with the mail Wednesday afternoon. No big white envelope. I was sad, but I had prepared myself for it. I busied myself with other things the rest of the day. When my mom got home around dinner time, I told her the call had not come. She laughed and told me to go check the mailbox. I knew immediately I had been fooled. With camera in hand my mom and dad followed me outside and took a picture of a happy over-excited me.

My name is Whitney Jenson and I live in the Mormon state of Utah. A week before my 18th birthday, in the 2012 October General Conference, President Monson announced that girls could serve a mission at age nineteen. My life changed. I have planned on serving a mission since I was sixteen, but now I don’t have to wait that extra two years. This year has passed by quickly. I am so much closer to serving than I was a year ago.

On June 20th I opened my mission call. Only two friends guessed correctly on where I was going to spend a year and a half of my life. Many of my friends guessed  Canada or Texas. The two that guessed South Korea only did so because they knew I really wanted to go there. Who actually gets called where they want to go? Since the tenth grade I have been obsessed with Korea. Obsessed with their dramas, culture, and the language. When I opened the call and said aloud “You are assigned to labor in the Korea, Daejeon Mission.”, everyone freaked out, including myself. I dreamed and dreamed about getting called to Korea! I never imagined I would get my wish! I had to show many people the actual call letter to prove to them that I wasn’t kidding. My dad even asked, at the end of the video, “Is this real?” because in fact my boyfriend at the time, pranked me and read “Seoul, South Korea Mission” when he opened his call about a month earlier.

I am extremely thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point in my life. I’m eternally grateful to be called to the one place I wanted to go. I know I would’ve learned to love anywhere I went, but it will be a huge blessing that I already have a passion for the people I will meet and for the language I will be required to learn.