April 26, 2021


Tahlequah, OK


Elder Manning

Rianne got Baptized!!

Hello friends and family!!

I'm sorry that I haven't written an email in a while now! I got a new companion a little bit ago! His name is Elder Hill and we have been wanting to serve with each other for like a year now! We played ball against each other growing up and we were instant friends when we met up! He is a fantastic missionary and we will for sure be friends for life!

I also just wanted to update yall on how amazing the work is going here in Tahlequah! The Lord is taking very good care of us and I have been able to meet some of my very favorite people I have ever met in my whole life on my mission! Words can't begin to describe how thankful I am for my mission.

I want to give y'all a very brief introduction to my friend Rianne. Rianne was someone that we reached out to on Facebook and accepted to hear a message about Jesus Christ because she was "curious." At the time she was Athiest and had no idea who God is. As a result of that, she was very depressed. She didn't realize that she needed God at the time but we did haha! For some reason she allowed us to meet with her a few times. She stopped texting us back after a while until one day Heavenly Father reached out to her and showed her that He was real and that she was loved. Brothers and Sisters, if you receive a prompting to go visit/serve someone please do not delay that prompting! After Rianne had this awesome experience, she asked what she needed to be Baptized. I watched the Savior and His Gospel change Rianne. Her trajectory is totally different than what it was before. The Savior and His Gospel not only changed her life but literally saved it as well. She is GLOWING! Her Testimony is so powerful and she has given us 5 of her friends to teach. The Savior's Atonement is real Brothers and Sisters. It brings all those who are willing to apply it more joy than can be explained in words. Rianne is now one of the happiest people I have ever met. I will add a screenshot of her Facebook post so yall can get a small taste of how awesome she is!

We also working with some other amazing people right now. I am so thankful for my mission. I love these people so much. Heavenly Father has a perfect plan and I'm grateful that He allowed me to cross paths with such amazing people. My mission is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I know my Savior. I know my Father in Heaven. I know the Gospel is true. God speed brothers and sisters!!

Iakwe kom

Elder Barben


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