- Received stewardship of additional Church historic sites and are creating a 20-year master plan. (Before Nauvoo and Martin’s Cove had not been under the sponsorship of the Church History Department.)
-Working on the last major Church history site that will be restored in America in Harmony, Pennsylvania. This fall, the Church will be breaking ground to restore the site there, including restoring Isaac Hale’s home and the cabin where Joseph and Emma Smith lived.
--Instituted studies of the Church Museum’s exhibits and physical plant and looking forward to coming forth with a major renovation of our exhibits and our facility.
-Creating a patriarchal blessings submission system and have a secure access under study so that the Church can provide a secure access to go online and receive a copy of our own blessings. The first step was to digitize 4,000,000 blessings.
Elder Jensen said that our competitive advantage in being able to make such major strides forward in the collecting, preserving and sharing of our history is that we have prophets and every decision is squeezed through the narrow neck at the head of the Church so that all decisions are very deliberative.
On a personal note he added, “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a Church Historian, but it has been the most enjoyable, fulfilling, stretching experience that I could have imagined.
My heart has been in this. I really have given it my best.”
When someone asked him what it has done to his testimony to be so closely associated with the history of the Church, he said, “The more I’ve learned, the more I’ve believed. Our history is very faith-promoting, very optimistic.”