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
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!