Scriptures

"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
-Alma 5:45-46,48-49
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
-Moroni 10:32

My Address: (I LOVE MAIL!)
Sister Zhenya Plumb
California Arcadia Mission
614 W. Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006-2030

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Bubbles from Easter Package Sent from Home

video

LOVE

                                                            3/28/16

Wow this week was something else. Literally I have learned so much,
and unfortunately there is just no way to explain it all in an email.
This week we sang happy birthday and made a birthday cake for an
investigator and to a less active, we contacted people on the street
with a ukulele, gave service where we hauled some cubes, and biked 46
miles.
Also, being that it was Easter week, for my studies, I read what the
Savior was doing each day until his resurrection. I wish so badly that
I could have been there by His side the whole time. As missionaries we
are supposed to try to emulate all the attributes of Christ as best we
can. As I have been working on one each week, I thought for Easter
charity and love would be more fitting, since it's one that I really
want to work at. What I've learned is that love is so dang powerful.
In the most destructive and in the most wonderful way, love can
change everything for someone. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of
love. He knows each of us so perfectly because he has gone through
each sorrow and pain that we have. Despite all that He was hated and
betrayed, and yet was still able to forgive and love those who hurt
him. When I think of Jesus Christ I think of love. I am so grateful
for Him, words really can't describe. When you feel that no one
understands or if you can't see a brighter future, remember what your
facing right now has already been faced and it has been conquered. We
can look to the future with Hope because of Him.
The mission is amazing. There are always things to look forward to each and everyday.
I love you all! Sorry it's so short!

Love always,

Sister Plumb

A Personal Message Just to Mom - More Details About her Easter

Mom! Thank you for all the pictures!!! I seriously love them! It's good to hear how much fun y'all had for Easter! 
My Easter was good! We had dinner with sister Iverson, whose family was going to be gone for Easter. She gave a card with 50 dollars in it! Which was amazing because.... We needed it haha 
Also I got your package today! Thank you so much! Here's a video of me and sister Tilini who is going home next week! Transfers will be this week and I'm pretty sure sister Vaea will be transferred because she has been in the same area for 8 months. She wanted to say thank you for the gifts she got from you in the package! You're seriously the best mom ever! 
I really enjoyed this Easter because I was able to teach about Jesus Christ as opposed to just hearing about him. We are teaching an Asian family with no Christian background and we told them about the last week of Christ's life leading up to his resurrection. It was such an amazing experience. 
I really have learned so much from Him and I have so much more to learn. 
I love you so much! Have a great week!


Zhenya

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lynn's Baptism Pictures

                            Sister Plumb, Lynn Egan, and Sister Vaea (Zhenya's companion from Tonga)



Lynn and her Aunt = Happy Reunion

Lynn Egan

Good afternoon everyone!                           3/21/16

This week was so special, especially for Lynn (that's why I'm naming
this email after her)! On Friday Lynn got baptized. This is a decision
that she has studied out for years, and finally came to the decision
of making it 3 months ago. Her story can be an example to all of us on
how important it is to be a missionary to everyone. Lynn's first
experience with the church was when she was very young and would go to
church with her aunt who was a faithful member. She loved her aunt and
the values that she lived by so much that she wanted to stay with her,
but she was unable to because she had to care for her 3 younger
sisters. As her life went on she got married and now has 3 daughters
and 13 grandchildren!
All her life she has studied the bible, has gone to a couple general conferences, and even has a family search account she's been working on. She said that the things that she has learned has helped her and her family stay united and close. The funny thing is that Lynn knew she had two neighbors who were Mormon. They have been friends for 10 years and have invited her to relief society activities, but didn't really talk about the gospel with her. Until one day their daughter gave Lynn a Book of Mormon and invited her to read it. Lynn read it and then went back and wanted to learn more. As we taught her she continued to thirst for knowledge. She read the ensigns (Church magazine), past general conference talks, and one day we came by and she told us that she had read all of preach my gospel! (That is a manual that we use to teach people!).
Lynn told us that she had always wanted to be baptized she just needed the right guidance to get there.  She knows that it takes time to get your own testimony, and she hopes that she can be the same example to the rest of her family as her Aunt was to her. Oh the best part of this story! Her Aunt is like 91 and she wanted to surprise her by bringing her Aunt to her baptism. It was such a tender reunion! And her Aunt was so happy to see her all in white. Lynn's husband Larry even came to the baptism! He isn't too thrilled about church, but he likes to see his wife happy.
Lynn is an example to me of how beautiful things come over time and through a lot of work, and even if it takes a while that doesn't mean we give up. We keep going and we can always start again, because we have a Savior. We fall and mess up time and time again, but because of Him we can be freed from our mistakes and our trials. We can look at each new day as a new beginning to our lives. There is so much good in this world. I
have seen it in people and in the work that I do. I'm so grateful for
Lynn and the decision she made and the progress that she will continue
to make.
I challenge you all to pray to find someone who is looking
for this knowledge and invite them to come to church with you or read
the Book of Mormon. You won't regret it :)

Thank you all for your prayers and your support! You all have made a
difference in my life and I'm so grateful for each and everyone of you
:)
Love
Sister Plumb

Pics will come later!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Will of God

Hello beautiful people!
                                                                                          3/14/16
It's so nice that y'all aren't sick of my emails yet ;)
This week was just as good as the last! Despite Sister Vaea getting
sick this Wednesday :( poor girl... Sounds like she is hacking up a
lung and yet she still wants to go out and work. That is the kind of
missionary she is :) until on Friday she had pushed herself too much
she didn't even wake up....I thought she was dead, she wasn't
waking up! Just kidding, that is super dramatic but she was
pretty sick so she slept the whole day. I still went out and did
missionary work though! Thankfully we live with another set of
sisters in our apartment and Sister Chatterton had had surgery on her
toe, so she was bed ridden. Sister Tilini (Sister Chattertons
companion) and I worked each other's areas. It was awesome! And we got a lot done despite us driving back and forth to each area. So that was
pretty eventful.

Saturday will be my main topic of this email though because it was mission conference!!!! Yay! We had Elder Hamula of the 70 (name of a leadership group in our church) come and speak to us. He was going to talk with us for an hour and a half however he stopped 30 min into his talk and said, "Brothers and Sisters I do have a talk and a topic to speak with you today, however I feel like I need to open up a question and answer for you all right now." So that was way cool and way needed because there was a new rule that president came out with regarding our preparation days (P-Days). Instead of emailing the whole day, we now get an hour and a half to
email, also we have an hour to play sports, and we have to be at our
church buildings in our area. So a lot of the questions were centered
around the will of God, which I found really interesting seeing as
this has been a topic in my studies for a good month or two. What I
really liked is his process in how to change, and that is to:
1) accept that you have the agency to act and not be acted upon
2) act outwardly the way you want to be inwardly
3) avail yourself of the lords grace.
I'm really grateful for these new rules because it will make our
mission so much better. I know the Lord needs us to change some things
in order to further his work and if a little thing like this is going
to do it then I know the missionaries here and the people they teach
are going to be blessed.

In other news I am so pumped for this week!!! Lynn Egan is getting
baptized this Friday and we will be attending the temple with her
tomorrow! She is seriously my favorite. She made us homemade bread and it was delicious.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week! Btw go check out mormon.org
and search #hallelujah you won't regret it :)


Sister Plumb