Final Transfer News!

Dear Family and Friends,

Wow! To think this is my last and final transfer in the mission is crazy! What felt even crazier was to hear who would be my last companion in the field. A weird thought indeed it is. We got transfer news Tuesday, found out Sister Mason was leaving and I was staying, and that my last companion would be Sister Tacy. She is awesome and a hard worker! She is from Salem, Oregon, and will be out a year this transfer. Tempe Rural was her “greenie” (first) area and it is fun to have her back serve in these two great wards with me.

On our first day together, we experienced an amazing miracle.  We went to see Dee, but when we discovered she wasn’t home, we decided to try and visit Jeff, our other investigator who lives in the same complex as Dee and has been missing in action the last couple weeks. We decided to go and see him. As we were about to knock on Jeff’s door, I see this man with a young son walk to his apartment. I remembered that we had a referral in this complex named Curtis, but he was referred to us without an apartment number or phone number to contact with. He was described as a man in his thirties with a young son. We have been knocking doors trying to find him and it has been about a month of doing so. So when I saw this man, I had a feeling it was Curtis. Sister Tacy and I see him go into his apartment, which as fate would have it, was right next to Jeff’s apartment! Long story short, we decide to knock on Jeff’s door first, and when we knocked, he actually answered the door! We got in contact with him and were able to make a return appointment! Plus, the man then came back out of the apartment next door, and when we talked to him, we found out that he is indeed Curtis! Yay! We got to contact two of our missing in action! The Lord is truly blessing us.

Our young investigator, Sabrina, will be on date this week, as she and her father are praying for a date for her to work towards. She is so sweet and shy, and is one tall nine year old. Plus, helping her father be reactivated is an awesome perk!  He is teaching her with us during our appointments, which is cool to watch a less active dad help us teach gospel truths to his daughter.  We also received four referrals and got in contact with one of them! I am excited to see what the rest of this last transfer brings!

I also received a surprise this week. One of the member families here, the Wades, had us over for dinner last Thursday. As we were waiting for the dinner to cook, we heard a door bell ring. As Sister Wade opened the door, I heard someone talking and instantly recognized that voice. It was my Granny!  She came and totally surprised me!  It was good to see her after a long period of time. Sister Tacy caught pictures of the surprised look I had on my face . Haha – Fun times.

I am so thankful that I have been able to serve in this mission, for I have grown so much in these last 17 months, I cannot wait to see what these last five weeks will bring. I invite you all to enjoy each day and take each challenge as well as the good time as a learning experience and look back on what the Lord has transformed you to become from that experience. I promise that as you do this, you will see the potential that your Heavenly Father sees in you and that you will grow in confidence in your own talents and abilities.  I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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My new companion Sister Tacy!  She is from Salem, Oregon and she is awesome!

Cute Sabrina, age 9, with St. Mason  /  Video call with Leigha

Surprise visit from my Granny!  She had dinner with us at a members home.  My Granny and the members were neighbors when she used to live in this ward!

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Last Door 🚪 and Rattle Snakes 🐍

Dear family and friends,

Wow, this transfer has already come to an end! It has gone by so fast, I feel like I am on a conveyor belt that won’t stop and it gets faster to the end! Man, life is just a whirlwind and I feel like I’m in a time warp in the mission. Thank you for all of your prayers. I have always been thankful for the prayers and blessings I have been receiving. These last couple of weeks have been challenging, especially mentally preparing myself that this upcoming transfer is my last. Crazy to think about! *Sigh* But I know the Lord will bring miracles as I continue to work faithfully these last couple of weeks.

Well, speaking of miracles, this week was a pretty good week. Last night Sister Mason and I had a pretty cool experience with stretching our faith. Earlier this week, I listened to the “fourth floor, last door” talk by President Uchtdorf. I wanted to find at least one new investigator this last part of the week, and prayed in my heart we would be able to do so. Last evening, as we went finding for an investigator, with no response, I decided to knock on the other doors surrounding the home. There were four doors total in that hallway. We knocked each door with no success, until the last door where sweet YSA aged girl answered the door. We explained our purpose and what we do and that we answer questions about “where did we come from?”, “why we are here?”, and “where we are going?” And… she agreed to meet with us! We have a return appointment for Sunday in the evening. I thanked God in my heart that He heard my prayer and that if my companion and I act on our faith and keep trying, we will find someone to teach. So I like to say that it was the first floor, last door! Haha.

The work has been slowly progressing.  We got a couple potentials that have a desire to be baptized, unfortunately scheduling has not been on our side for almost all of them. We are praying that we can actually keep an appointment this week. We have two on date for baptism, Dee and Jeff, and the adversary has been an annoying influence. Pray that they may continue to be strong in the gospel and that they will continue to stand strong, because they are amazing people!

This week our members took us out to dinner at an expensive restaurant that they take missionaries out to every three years and we happened to be the lucky ones! It is called Rustler’s Rooste and it is a like rustler’s cabin on top of a hill, and it is full of fun surprises and a beautiful view! We had quite the options for dinner. Our appetizer was fried rattle snake and prickly pear fries! Yes you read that right… rattlesnake! It is like squishy chicken, but it was pretty good!  I had sword fish and steak for dinner, and it was delicious. They even had a slide on our way to our table, so we got to go down a slide, which was super fun! In the end, Sister Mason and I got shirts saying, “I ate the Snake!” It was a fun place and definitely delicious! I hope to take my family there one of these days! Haha!

I also had the amazing experience of watching the temple dedication of the Tucson Temple yesterday. This temple is now dedicated as the Lord’s house, and will bring millions closer to Him as they continue to stay worthy of the blessings of it. The temple is a special place where you can feel peace, joy, and comfort from the influences of the world. It is a refuge from the storms of the adversary, where we can receive revelation, guidance or answers from our Heavenly Father. I invite you to do as Dieter F. Uchtdorf invited us all to do, to follow the standards from the “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet. As you do that, it will lead you to be worthy to hold a recommend to enter the temple. I promise you all that as you stay worthy or prepare to enter the temple, that you will have the light of Christ with you and that you will feel His love for you and others around you constantly. I love you all so much, and hope you have a wonderful week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

From poor Guadalupe to not-so-poor Ahwatukee.  

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Restoration lesson 🙂

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Awkward District picture – haha

We had some awesome members take us to Rustler’s Rooste for dinner.  It was SO good!  I hope to take my family here sometime.

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We ate rattlesnake and Prickly Pear cactus for our appetizers!  They were actually pretty good!

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Had to buy the T-Shirt! 🙂

Sword fish and steak for dinner and cotton candy for dessert!

Out enjoying the view.

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With my awesome comp, Sister Mason.  It was a fun dinner!

“For Our Profit and Learning” 📖 ❤️

Hello Family and Friends!

I hope you all are having a great week. This week has had its ups and downs, but the Lord has been a part of it every step of the way. The adversary is hitting me hard, but these trials help me learn and grow in ways I have never known!

Small miracles have been happening. For example, we have been receiving a lot of referrals lately, and have been able to get into contact with them… especially part member families. I know the Lord has been “raining blessings [or miracles] upon us”. Unfortunately quite a few people have had to cancel and reschedule this week, but we keep praying and hoping that the Lord will bless us for our efforts.

The missionaries in our stake have decided to start a Book of Mormon class. After much effort in putting it all together, we had a good turnout of converts, investigators, and Less Actives in attendance! It was awesome! The Elders taught about the history and introduction of the Book of Mormon, and it was cool to see how the Spirit touched everyone and how everyone wants to come back! The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God.

It is so amazing to see how the Lord shows love to His children. We went finding last week, and as we were planning our day, we felt like we should go and see one of our investigators, named Kong, who has been hard to get in contact with. When we went by, his family was over there. His brother was outside smoking, and sent someone to go get him. When he walked outside, he was surprised to see us, but let us stay and talk with him.  He is struggling with an addiction and doesn’t want to go to rehab because it will be hard. His brother was pep talking him on the side saying that “yes it is hard!… but you need to get your *[act]* together!” After helping him understand that this path is hard but the right way to go, we felt impressed to talk about the power of the Book of Mormon with him. We read him Alma 36:3&27 and applied it to him:

“3 And now, O my son [Kong], behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.

27 And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me.”

He looked at us, tears filling his eyes, and asked how we knew to pick that scripture for him. We invited him to read the rest of the chapter, and apply it to his life. It was a special experience we had that night, right there on his driveway.

he scriptures are so powerful and they are God’s words directly to us! There have been many times that God speaks to us through a scripture. It has happened to me many times when I pray and cry unto Him for help or guidance, both before and during my mission.  Often we hear His answers to us through the passages of the Book of Mormon and Bible. When we learn to apply the scriptures to us, we can learn and grow and receive spiritual strength. As a Book of Mormon prophet named Nephi taught (1 Nephi 19:23):

“23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.”

I promise you that as you appIy the scriptures to your daily life, you will know how to deal with choices and trials you face, and that you will have greater strength to overcome temptation. I also want to testify that the Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies with the Bible that Jesus is the Christ. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of you, and does hear and answer your prayers, especially through the scriptures or other people.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Multi-Zone Picture with President and Sister Christensen

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With Sisters Ith and Mason

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Zone temple trip to the Mesa Temple

Sisters Connelly and Mason

Me and Sister Ith

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Zone Sisters Picture

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With my comp – Sister Mason!

“God is Mindful of Every People”

Hey Everyone!

How are you all? Well, this week has had its ups and downs, but it has been good. Lately we have been getting a few referrals and two of them want to be baptized. We have appointments with them this week, and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for them.  The Lord has truly been blessing His children with His love and miracles!

We had exchanges this week, and I went with Sister Ith, she is being trained by Sister Cottrell and is doing amazing! I had a cool experience with her on our exchange. We went to this apartment complex to find some investigators. Before we left for our next appointment, we felt like we should see this less active family. As we approach the door, their next door neighbor was outside with his phone with earbuds in. The apartment looked dark, the one we were looking for, so I approached this guy and started a conversation with him. We talked about how years ago he got hit on his motorcycle and sustained brain damage and therefore forgets things very easily. This poor guy called his sister to ask what religion he was when we asked him. His name is Justin. We talked about the hope that comes from the resurrection and how God loves him. I have never met a more positive guy, for being in such a situation. As we were talking to him, I felt like I had met this guy before, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then his eyes went wide as if a light just switched on, and he pointed to me saying, “Didn’t you just give me a Book of Mormon card? I swear you two were just talking to me on a bench today!” Sister Ith and I looked at each other, we didn’t see any guy on a bench recently. Then it dawned on me…he was thinking about an experience six months ago! Sister Evans and I were walking on our way to the church to meet some people, this was in February, and we saw him at a bus stop sitting on a bench. We had the opportunity to talk to him and learn about his accident and brain injury. We left him with a Book of Mormon card and our number before he left on the bus. The Spirit totally reminded him of that experience, even when his memory fails him! I told him, after we realized that we knew each other, that this was a sign from God that He loves him and is aware of him. I shared with him Alma 26:37 from the Book of Mormon, which says:

“Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.”

It was such a humbling experience for me, to know that talking to everyone truly does affect people and it is so important. We are truly God’s hands in reaching out to His children. We are meeting with him Wednesday, and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for him too!

God is truly mindful of each and every one of us, and He often reaches out to His children through each of you. You never know when your smile, your simple “hello”, or acts of kindness affect people. We are the Lord’s hands, and He will magnify our efforts as we do acts of random kindness. I promise that as you continue to reach out to everyone in kindness and service, that you will feel the Savior’s love for you increasingly every day! I love you all so much and am thankful to have each of you as a part of my life. Have a fantastic month of August! ☀

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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My District… The Ahwatukee Outkasts!  We cover part of Ahwatukee, near Tempe.

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Wall of art in Guadalupe… at least it’s pretty graffiti this time!

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Just some lovely ducks!  haha

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Skyping our investigator, John from the church.  He’s awesome!  This was the chart we shared with him on the board.

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Exchanges with Sister Ith. We had some cool experiences this week!

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FHE with the Palomares Family… They are so fun!

 

 

“Lots of Meetings and Small Miracles”

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing? Sorry if my last email was full of typos, we didn’t have much time to email last week, and auto correct was not on my side! Haha 😂  Well, there is not much to report this week, except a lot of meetings. We had Zone Conference on Tuesday, Correlation meeting on Wednesday, Thursday was District Meeting, Friday we had weekly planning and another training meeting! So Saturday was a lot of catching up to do, and we did a lot of calls and proselyting. But Saturday was super cool, for the Lord always seems to work differently than we want Him to. There was a baptism Saturday evening and we had our investigator planning on coming.  Then, last minute something came up and she couldn’t come. I was super discouraged.  I was hoping to go this baptism and have Dee feel of the spirit there. Well, we went to our back up plan, and went to an apartment complex to find our new investigators. We were able to contact them! We were also able to contact a former and get a return appointment. As we were trying to find a part-member, someone else moved in about three weeks ago, and although she wasn’t who we were looking for, she agreed to a return appointment to learn about the Plan of Salvation! The Lord is so good to us, and everything worked out in the end, even if it wasn’t the way I wanted it.

That the is central message of what I wanted to share, is that Heavenly Father has so much in store for you all.. and it is for your good. The Lord’s ‘NO’s’ often mean that you are in store for a much greater ‘YES’ down the road. So don’t give up on the Lord! He loves and knows you and always wants you to turn to Him.  He is listening and ready to bless you!

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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There was a wall of rain coming our way!

It got super dark for a bit with the clouds, but it was such a pretty night.

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Unhealthy Toast and New Investigators

Hey Family and friends,

I hope that you are all doing well! This has been quite a week. I am quite enjoying being in a car with cool air conditioning blowing against my face and having fun Christian songs on. It’s a new experience.  Well I’ve got quite the funny story for you concerning toast. One of our investigators that we are teaching, named Willie, made us quite the toast. Willie is an older man, kind of blind, has a nice big beer belly and was just getting over being sick. This is my first time meeting him, and he said he wanted to give us some delicious homemade cinnamon toast. With his funny beer belly sticking out of his shirt, he goes into to make us toast right after he told us he just recovered from being really sick. After a lot of “oh no’s” and clattering of pans, he came out with this squishy, nasty, soaked in I don’t know what toast. Let’s just say that my stomach was not happy after eating it! Haha  So that is my unhealthy toast experience for the week.

Then we had a cool miracle on Sunday. A member of the ward brought two people who are looking into investigating the church. This was their first time at church and they really enjoyed the experience.  We have a return appointment with them next Sunday! Their names are Daryl and Andrea and we are very excited to help them learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am so thankful for the opportunity we have every week to partake of the sacrament.  The sacrament is such a special opportunity to remember our Savior’s grace and love for us. It is a good opportunity to have a fresh start and to recharge our spiritual battery. I invite you all to take time to think of Christ and to focus on His love for you and how proud He is of you when you take the sacrament. I love you all so much!  Keep being the best Christian, disciples of Christ, you can become! ❤

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

Arizona Sunsets!

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Funny mat we saw while out tracting.

Sister Mason is the best!

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“Balut & Transfers”

Hello Everyone!

Wow, July is already flying by so fast! Sister Avancena and I had a pretty fun 4th of July, except all the fireworks were blocked by huge trees, so we couldn’t see them… but we could hear and feel the power of the fireworks. Well, this week also was quite interesting. Last P-day we had a Philipino meal with a member in Sister Garate and Sataraka’s area. Everything was 100% Philipino food and it was quite delicious.. till we got to the balut. Sister Avancena wanted to make sure that everyone got a chance to eat it.  So, the disgusting challenge began, and I was the first of the other three sisters to eat it!  And let me just say that never again will I eat such a dish! Blah! But I can officially say that I have eaten Balut in America!

Next thing is transfer news! Can someone give me a drum roll……..Yes! I got transferred!… with Sister Avancena! Elders are whitewashing into our area, and we pray that they take good care of this area. So, my new companion is Sister Mason from Falls Church, Virgina. She has been out 13 months. She is awesome and fun to work with…and the best news is, I get a car! Wow, I didn’t realize how refreshing it feels to be in a car again after being on a bike all day in th3e heat.  Now I do not have to worry about helmet hair, haha! I got transferred back to Tempe Rural! Wow! I am back in my mom’s old ward that I served in during January and February with Sister Evans. We also have another ward, Ahwatukee Groves ward. I am now serving in Tempe, Phoenix (Ahwatukee), and Guadalupe all in one area! Woot! We’ve got a lot of work to do here. It is so fun to see so many familiar faces again, I have missed all of these amazing people.

So much has happened that I will never be able to tell it all. But one thing that I know is so important, is journal writing. Journal writing is so important, because it helps us see God’s hands in our life from our families, friends, trials, and triumphs. Journal writing helps me see how much I have grown and see how the Lord has been a part of every step of my life. I invite you all to take time to write in your journals on how God has affected you today, and if you do not believe in God, try writing down the things that you are thankful for throughout the day, for there you will see God’s hand in your life. God loves you all and knows your needs, and I promise that as you write down these things, you will feel His love for you and know that He is aware of everything you need.

I love you all so much, and am grateful to have you as a part of my life. Have a great week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

Face timing Michelle… we are going to miss her so much!

Both Sr. Avancena and I are getting transferred!  Elders are coming in to take over the farm and our biking area. Crazy! We are going to really miss the Partridge and Greenfield first wards! 

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We had a farewell Philipino dinner tonight and Sr. Avancena wanted us all to eat Balut.  Balut is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originates and is commonly sold as street-food in the Philippines.  It was so gross! I was the first one to eat it, but my tummy did not like it very much.  Never doing that again!

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Here is my Wall of Love from home!  Had to take a picture of it before I take it all down for transfers !

My new companion, Sr. Mason, from Virginia. She’s awesome!

“Short Week and Happy 4th of July”

Hello Everyone!

Well, this was a short week! But we have had a good week! Sunday, we had some of our less Actives that we have been working with come to church for the first time in a long time! Yay! They have a desire to come back to church, and so they have turned to us, which is awesome! We had a pretty slow, but good week. Almost everyone is gone for the 4th of July week, so the work has been getting slower.

But today, I would love to share, since it is the 4th of July, how blessed we are to be in this land of liberty. We are blessed that we can worship God with our families, and that we have amazing men and women who sacrifice their lives so that they can protect our liberty and freedom! There is a great example in the Book of Mormon, of someone who had great courage and love for the liberty of his people. His name was Captain Moroni (Alma 48:11-13; 46:12 pg.329&323):

“11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;

12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.

13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood….And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it–In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children–and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.”

He wanted to help defend his people, and didn’t delight in the bloodshed of men. How grateful I am to have men and women who are willing to do that for us. May we continue to stand firm for our freedom, our families, and for our God!

I love you all so much! And happy 4th of July US!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Polka dots!

My friend, Desiree Sones; Sr. Avancena; and Face-timing Sr. Cope, a member that we read the Book of Mormon with.  She’s the best!

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Hugging a cactus!  haha

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Changing a realtor sign to what it should say!  ;>]

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Our investigator requested we send her a Book of Mormon reading reminder from Sponge Bob… so we sent her the real thing!  lol

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The end-of mission struggle of picking out an outfit is real.

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Got a good kick out of this sign that we saw while tracting today.  

“One of a Kind P-Day”

Hello Everyone!

Yes I know, I am emailing on a Wednesday! Crazy right? Our Mission President interviews were held on Monday, which means we had to move it to today! I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. Well, so much has happened this week, I don’t know where to start. Well, I guess I can say yesterday I got what we missionaries call, “the trunky call”, it is when the mission office calls to confirm flight plans for my departure! Crazy! We had NCD (New Convert Devotional) on Sunday, and one of my converts that I taught with Sisters Cindric and Avanceña, Jill Fowler, spoke and she did a great job and spoke with the spirit. She was baptized in February and it was such a beautiful baptism. She is doing so well and is a great example of true conversion. Another one of my converts, Juliana Edwards, got to visit me on Sunday, which was so fun. I miss and love that girl.  She is one of my dearest friends.

Sister Avanceña and I are slowly being cooked under the sun as we bike, but we are being so blessed for it. Even though most people do not want to talk to the “Mormon missionaries”, we still do our best to keep an optimistic attitude.

The end of this transfer is nigh, which means my trainer and repetitive companion, Sister Cindric, is “dying” (leaving) this transfer! Crazy to think about. There are so many good missionaries who are leaving this transfer, it is hard to say good bye to these amazing Elders and Sisters.

There are so many things that have run through my mind this week, but this week, I thought about courage. In these days, it is really hard to stand up for what is right or to make the right choice, especially when it is different from other views or even your own. The greatest example I can think of is Esther from the Bible. She was faced with a really hard task, but was willing to stand up and be willing to face death to save her people. I can promise that as you continue to make the right choices or stand up for what is right, you will be blessed with a brighter future as you submit to our Heavenly Father’s will.  And that we will always have His spirit to be with us! I know that God will reward and bless us when we submit to His will and choose the right!

I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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New Convert devotional with Juliana and Jill Fowler, who spoke!

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With our friend, Sister Cope.

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Final pics with the San Tan Zone!  Many of them are “dying” (going home)!

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“Exchanges and Roller Coasters”

Hey everyone!

Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there! I am thankful for all the hard work you put into helping your families. I am also thankful for an amazing Father in Heaven, for He has truly been a part of my life!

Wow! Let me just say… what a week it has been.  I cannot believe that it is already Monday! This week has been pretty crazy.  First of all, I had a great exchange with a Sister Garate, my Sister Training Leader.  First of all, my bike started acting up on me again.  My brakes keep getting stuck, which we had someone kindly fix it. After biking a little longer, my skirt then got stuck in the brake! It took a while to get it out, but we eventually were able to. We had some good lessons with the members and then got to test out our Spanish with some people on the street. Let us say that I murder Spanish and am not very good at it! Haha.  Sister Garate is so great! She is from Reno, Nevada and is only five months out! Crazy that she already has a calling, so far I am calling free these last fifteen months. Yes! (Less stress on my plate).

Now for the Roller Coaster, there have been a lot of ups and lots of downs this week. Some days are so rough that you just want to be done, but yet God has also given me and my companion some great ups as well. With our different backgrounds, it has been hard to understand each other, but with our willingness to help each other and to work together, we have been able to make our weaknesses more of a strength. My companion and I are a great team, because we work together to write our purpose in our hearts, which is to invite all people to come unto Christ through His gospel.

With everyone gone or busy for the summer, we have been focusing a lot on how we can help the members, and many here want to help with the work and are making their own goals to help and be examples to their friends. I hope you all are being missionaries in your own wards.  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” It is our actions that matter the most when it comes to sharing the gospel.

But today I wanted to focus on the roller coaster. Each of us is going on our very own roller coaster ride. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs, lots of twists and turns, lots of fear and joy. That is what makes life so great!  If there weren’t downs, there would be no such thing as ups. It would just be a flat line, which would not be the most enjoyable roller coaster ride. The Lord gave us opposition so that we may have joy!

“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:13 pg. 58).

I can testify that there is a God! He IS our Father in Heaven, and wants us to become even as He is! But in order for us to grow and learn, we are going to have to stretch, face hard times, and make choices. I can also testify that bad days will come to an end, and in the end, all things will work out. I know that your Father in Heaven is waiting to help you as you come to Him!

I love you all so much and have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Exchanges with Sister Garate

6-19 #2 My skirt got caught in my bike

My skirt got caught in my bike brake again!

We encountered dangerous dinosaurs while out proselyting on exchange today, but don’t worry, we didn’t get eaten!

Beautiful Arizona sunsets!

Selfies with Sister Avancena!

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Biking pictures!

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More Sunsets – I never get tired of them!