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Conversations: Elder Marlin K. Jensen

December 31, 2015

The Conversations episode we are highlighting this week features Elder Marlin K. Jensen, emeritus member of the Seventy, and his wife, Kathy. Elder Jensen also served as Church Historian for many years.

Elder and Sister Jensen are a wonderfully insightful and humble couple. In the episode we learn about their defining moments from childhood, in which Elder Jensen discusses growing up on a farm, having a brother with a disability, and gaining an appreciation for music. He shares that growing up on a farm taught him that you have to stick with life, whatever it brings.

Sister Jensen’s defining moments include growing up in midtown America, losing her father at the age of 11, and growing to love reading.

Elder Jensen served a mission in Germany, where he really gained his testimony. When he came home he and Sister Jensen were set up on a blind date, which she admits not being too excited about. However, that changed very quickly and they were soon married and living on the farm.

The couple raised eight children, seven of whom they took to Rochester, New York, when Elder Jensen was called to serve as mission president.

Also in this episode, we learn about Elder Jensen’s service as Church Historian and Recorder, which is a unique and interesting position in the Church. Along with sharing his experience, Elder Jensen also shares his testimony of Christ, the “be-all and end-all of our existence,” and of the gospel, which produces happiness and peace.

Listen to this wonderful couple share their experience in this Conversations episode.