WOW! One week left! Crazy right? It has been a spectacular 18 months!
Well, this week has been incredibly busy, but amazing! Elder Rasband was reassigned to one of the natural disaster areas, so we had Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Greer and his wife, and Elder Schwitzer of the 70, here for our mission Zone Conferences this week an it was awesome! They did a magnificent job and I learned a lot.
Also, we had an amazing blessing this week…SABRINA was baptized! Our cute nine year old investigator had her special day on September 16, 2017! Her sweet dad, Jeremy, got to baptize her, and she looked beautiful in her white jumper and dress. She was so excited for her big day! Her nonmember mom and aunt came as well, which was awesome! The baptism was very special, we had amazing talks on baptism and the Holy Ghost, and then Sabrina gave me a special assignment. Her sweet aunt, who is my age and currently serving in the Washington Tacoma Mission , sent Sabrina a letter to be read at her baptism. Sabrina gave me the opportunity to read aloud to her after the talks were given. It was a very special testimony from Sister Catherine Cheney for Sabrina. The spirit enveloped the room as I read it, and sweet Sabrina started cry. I could feel Sister Cheney’s love for her as I read the letter. I felt honored that she gave me this opportunity to share it with her. What made the baptism even more special was that her dad, who was once less active, is returning to activity and was worthy and able to baptize her! It was a very special baptism!
This week has also been very fun! One of our members, named Mee Ling, took us to an authentic Chinese restaurant, and Sister Tacy had a chicken foot with her soup! Tasty, right?… especially with all those bones that she had to take out. Ewww. And, I got to eat squid!… which actually was tasty! Haha. This Chinese food was so much better than our typical American Chinese, and their Chinese broccoli was a lot tastier than American broccoli! Who knew? Delish!
The Lupati’s, the Cardinal football player and his family that we are teaching, are so fun! He let us take a picture with him holding his helmet and even let us try on his helmet! That helmet is SO big and heavy I will say!
I got to teach the Book of Mormon class with a Sister Tacy this week (which was my last time to teach one as a missionary L). The class was great! We read Mosiah 4:9-12, and discussed how we can feel God’s love and access it through the simple things we do. It was a powerful class. The love God has for His children is real and beautiful! I have felt His love for the people I have taught or am teaching, and it is indescribable. I do want to share with you what we taught in the Book of Mormon class. I wanted to focus on Mosiah 4:10-12:
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
When we choose to forsake the things we know are wrong and turn to Him, we will feel of His love and receive greater joy that we would receive in no other way. Believe in God! Trust Him! Know that He loves you so much, and desires you to feel the joy and happiness only He can give. But when we decide to rebel or sin, it is like putting up an umbrella, denying or blocking those blessings from raining upon you. He loves you, and He has His arms always opened to welcome each of you.
I love you all so much and hope you have a wonderful week! I know I certainly will!
Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron
Sabrina’s Baptism! With Sr. Tacy and I.
Sabrina was baptized by her dad, Jeremy, who is currently reactivating. She was joined by her mother and other family members who are not members as well. It was an awesome day!
Last NCD with Juliana!
REAL Chinese food with Ming Lee. It was actually pretty good! Much better than the Americanized versions of Chinese food.
Sr. Tacy eating the chicken foot in her soup. She had to spit out about 10 bones! Ewww. She said it tastes like chicken. haha I ate squid right after that, which was actually pretty good!
My Last Zone Conference picture. Elder Corbridge and his wife are sitting just to the right of President and Sister Christensen. I’m in the very back in the middle.
Teaching my final Book of Mormon class.
With Susie Kienasts. She brought me a nice going away gift. So sweet of her!
My last Bahama Bucks!
This was on the back of the car in front of us. Crazy cat lady?! lol
We are still teaching Mike Lupati, a football player for the AZ Cardinals, and his family. He let me try on his helmet. Can I just say it was SO big and heavy! They have been a fun family!
Lunch with my missionary roomies. Love them so much!