My Final Email!

Wow Everyone!

The day has finally come! I had a great final week, a lot of great appointments, a fun service project with an Eagle Scout, and a great last church meeting with both the Tempe Rural and Ahwatukee Groves wards. I will miss the people so much! They are my friends, and I have felt the Savior’s love for them! I pray that they will continue to feel His love for them and come closer to Christ each day!  18 Months has flown by so fast, it doesn’t feel like it has been that long. I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve these past 18 months for the Lord to bring others closer to Christ! I have enjoyed the good days and the bad days, the hard days and the easy days, the best days and the worst days! Not only did I bring others closer to Christ, I have brought myself closer to Christ. Not only did I help people partake of Christ’s Atonement, I have enjoyed and used Christ’s Atonement throughout my mission. I am grateful for your prayers and support. I have felt them and give thanks to God for all of you! I just want to testify that I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that any reader will come closer to Christ as they abide by its precepts. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and has restored Christ’s Church here on earth. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is the Lord’s kingdom here on earth. And I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. It is joy through Christ that we can be saved as we remember Him and keep his commandments. I love you all so much, and will see you all very soon! God bless you all!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Final District pictures!

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Helping out with a ward member’s Eagle project.

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I’ll be home in a few hours!  So thankful for my mission. Love you all and I’ll see you soon!

 

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“Sabrina is Baptized!”

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

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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! 

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Last NCD with Juliana!

9-18 #9 Eating real Chinese food with Mee Ling

REAL Chinese food with Ming Lee.  It was actually pretty good! Much better than the Americanized versions of Chinese food.

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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!

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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.

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Teaching my final Book of Mormon class. 

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With Susie Kienasts. She brought me a nice going away gift.  So sweet of her!

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My last Bahama Bucks!

9-18 #17 Someone loves too many cats!

This was on the back of the car in front of us.  Crazy cat lady?! lol

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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!

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Lunch with my missionary roomies.  Love them so much!

“Elder Corbridge and Miracles!”

Hey everyone!

Sorry, I forgot to tell my family that my P-day was moved to today.  Oops! We had a Mission Tour yesterday with Elder Corbridge of the 70 and he shared with us of how we can better teach repentance to our investigators and help them understand the “why” of baptism. It was very well done and we are excited to apply what we have learned.

Wow, this week has truly been amazing! Miracles are happening left and right everywhere we go. Sabrina, our nine year old investigator, is getting baptized this Saturday! She is soaking in the lessons and is applying what she learns. She is such a great example to her family, she really wanted to make it to church on time, and she did! We are excited for her and are glad that she wants to be a good example to her family.

Jeff is progressing once again! He is excited to work towards baptism for October 7. We had an amazing miracle with him this past week. He smokes a pack day (average of twenty six cigarettes/day which means he smokes about one an hour), and we made goals and plans with him to help him overcome his smoking habit. We promised him that as he follows his plans and reads and prays every day that he will smoke less. Three days later we followed up, and he said that he is now down to nine or ten cigarettes /day and waits three hours before he has another cigarette! Wahoo! He is doing awesome!

Tone is also doing well!  He is the fourteen year old and is excited to work towards baptism. We have Skype lessons with him because he is not always available to meet in person. He was able to go to the temple visitor center with the youth last Wednesday and had a good time.

We were able to get a hold of a part member family, the Adams. They came to church last week, and today we got to teach Lila, their cute nine year old, the plan of salvation.  She soaked it all in and expressed her desire to be baptized! They first have to talk to her nonmember dad for permission, but she is excited to learn more from us and even said that she would read the Book of Mormon as her school project! Cute kid! Love her to death.

This week has been so busy, but so good! Remember that God is aware of you, and will make your efforts more than enough to become more! Christ loves you dearly and will always help you as you turn to Him and let Him walk by your side. Me+Christ=MORE!

Love you all so much!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Sister Tacy being weird! haha

We are teaching one of the Cardinal’s football players.  This is his house.

Video calls with Tone, Jeff and King

Part of our Word of Wisdom lesson…TACO (Tobacco, Alcohol, Cigarettes & Other Illegal Drugs)

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Fun with Lila!  Love this kid.

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Dairy Queen with the Palomares family.

 

 

Birthdays and Miracles!

Hey everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful week. I cannot believe that it is already September! That is hard to believe! Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I am thankful to see all your support and to feel your love from the many acts of kindness that came my way. I had a lot of fun on my birthday! My district, the day before my birthday, made a cake for me.  They made it BLUE!… it being my favorite color.  Then I had (my last) Zone Conference on my birthday was awesome to be surrounded by missionaries whom I love! As a bonus, I got to bear my farewell testimony on my birthday too! Wahoo! What a gift, haha.  And then Sabrina’s family surprised me with a birthday cake with my name on it, which was so kind of them! And then to celebrate the fact that I am 21… me, my companion, and our roommates, played soda pong, Mormon style. Let me just say, we probably won’t have that much soda all together again anytime soon! Haha It was another perfect birthday on my mission.

This transfer has been super busy! Which is awesome! Sister Tacy and I are literally having miracles happen here and there, to and fro!  Two weeks ago, Bishop Ward referred us to a part member family who just moved in. They have a fourteen year old son who wants to work towards baptism. His name is Tone. We met with him last Sunday and had a Skype call with him Tuesday. He is incredible! He has kept all of his commitments, and even picked a baptismal date! He will be baptized September 23rd! We just had an amazing text lesson with him today. He perfectly explained to us why he wants to baptized and how the gift of the Holy Ghost can help him. He is truly prepared, and is excited to start this new journey to follow Christ in his life. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for him.

We also have our cute nine years old, Sabrina, getting baptized next Saturday, September 16th. We were able to take her to a baptism to witness what hers will be like. She is excited for her baptism, and will even be a part of the primary program in our ward. The Lord has truly been blessing us, and I cannot wait to see what other miracles and blessings the Lord has in store for us.  The Primary  Program also brought another miracle.  Another part member that has been trying to come to church for weeks, finally was able to come, since her nine year old daughter will be in the program too! We will meet with them this Saturday.

Our other two on date, Jeff and Dee, are not progressing, sadly. They are not keeping their commitments much, or coming to church, or meeting with us. We don’t want to give up on them, but we pray that the Lord will help us get in contact with them and help them have the fire they have had before and spark that again. Keep them in your prayers; they need them!

Besides Twelve Oaks in South Tempe, this might be the busiest time of my mission. I’m trying my best to finish strong! Sister Tacy is so great! We have our up and down days, but she has taught me a lot about love, service, and patience. I have definitely learned a lot about myself and feel more happy and peaceful this transfer (which is ironic, because I am leaving after this transfer).

Miracles are out there! I reflect a lot about my mission, and the fact that I have made it this far on my mission is a true blessing. I was super sick last summer, and the fact that I’m still here was made possible through all your prayers and fasts. Miracles are happening daily in your life! Look out for them as they are constantly around you, full of your Heavenly Father’s love for each of you! I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic September!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Sister Tacy and I with Sabrina.  She is getting baptized September 16th!

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The Cheney family surprised me with this fun birthday cake!

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Roommate birthday love!

Since it’s the Big 21 for me, my roommates and I played “Soda Pong”.  It was so hilarious, but none of us want to drink pop for awhile!

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Birthday lunch at the Blaze pizza.  Sooo good!

Surprise breakfast from Sister Tacy – she knows I LOVE Nutella and strawberries.  Also, my district made me a BLUE birthday cake, since it’s my favorite color.  🙂 

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My roommates decorated my Mission wall of Love.  haha

 

“Swept Away”

Hey Everyone!

What a week! A lot of amazing and fun things have happened this last week. Now, where do I begin? Maybe with the fun stuff!

First of all, Elder and Sister Hill, who are our office missionaries, took us out to eat at a very fun and wild restaurant. It is called the Rain Forest Cafe! It feels like you are eating in a jungle.  You can hear the elephant, the jaguar, a monkey and there is even a storm that happens! It is quite the place. If anyone In Utah remembers the Mayan restaurant that used to be in Jordan Commons, that’s kind of what this place felt like.  Super fun!  After dinner, as we went finding, a huge wall of dust was coming, another HABOOB! (Duststorm).  It was pretty cool to watch, but it’s also a storm to certainly be careful of.  We also got poured on with other crazy storms later in the week! Monsoons here seriously are the best!

Second, we are starting to do family home evenings with a new family this week, and it just so happens that the dad is a football player for the Phoenix Cardinals! So, for anyone watching the game this week, I am teaching #76!  And, he is awesome!

Now to the amazing things!

We have been having much more success in the work lately.  Last week we found three new investigators and this week we have two! We also got to put two on date this week! Leigha has a desire to be baptized, and after we taught a great lesson to her on the Plan of Salvation, we felt impressed to put her on date. She is working towards December 23rd, and feels that she could even be baptized before then! We are excited for her! Then a nine year old we have been teaching, Sabrina, also has a desire to be baptized. Today she told us that she prayed and wants to be baptized on September 9th! We also had a referral from the bishop of a mother who has a fourteen year old son, named Tone, who is not baptized yet, and wants us to help him work towards baptism. We taught him the plan of salvation and we soft committed him to baptism, we want to make sure that it is what he wants for himself. He soaked in the Plan of Salvation, and is excited for us to continue teaching him.

Another one of our new investigators is named QuiShaun, and he is incredible! He is already so in tune with the Spirit that he believes pretty much everything we teach him. After talking about the plan of salvation, we asked if he has been baptized before. He said that he has been baptized twice, once as an infant and once as a sixteen year old. We simply explained about priesthood authority, and soft committed him to baptism…and he said yes! Miracles! It has been an awesome week! Lots miracles… and there is so much more to share.

But this next story is based on the title of this email. We are teaching a less active in our ward that wants to become active again, named Gayle. She has the purest heart in the world and is so in tune with the Spirit. We felt prompted that we should read the Book of Enos with her from the Book of Mormon. As we started reading it, we read the verses 5 and 6:

“And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.  And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.” (Underline added)

It went quiet as we could tell the Spirit had touched her somehow and she started to cry.  When she was able to compose herself, she said, “Just as simple as that, He has answered my prayer! He has already swept away my sins!” We were so touched how two words struck her so hard.  We started talking about how Christ’s love and sacrifice for us provides a way for our sins and guilt to be “swept away” and so that we can forgive ourselves! In celebration of this, we had her sweep away her tissue in symbolism of sweeping away our guilt and sins! I will never look at a broom the same after that day! I know for you all that your guilt and sins can be “swept away” too! All you have to do is to act on your faith in Christ, change/repent of the things that keep you from coming closer to Christ, and to enter the waters of baptism and partake of the sacrament, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost! Christ is there to help us! I promise you all as you change your lives for Christ, the feelings of guilt and embarrassment will be swept away!

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic last week of August!

Love, Sister Jenna LeBaron

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Elder and Sister Hill took sister Tacy and I to the Rain Forest Cafe.  It’s like eating in a jungle.  Super fun!

Face mask time again!

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Zone meeting games

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The light bulb moment for Gayle that your sins and guilt can be “Swept Away!”  It was an amazing discussion.

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Plan of Salvation or the “Plan of Love” lesson.  🙂

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Sisters Ith and Cottrell.  They’re so fun!

A big dust storm was coming and look at the difference in these pictures in just a few minutes.  It got SO dark in the middle of the day!

Trying to outrun the storm. 🙂

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Cafe Rio with Sister Tacy… we were too far out and starving! So good.

 

 

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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