I have let too much time go by before updating Jarren's blog so this post will be a long one. Jarren was moved from Kissy 2 at the end of October to Kenema, Bo district. Since his relocation Kenema has gone from one Branch to three; South Branch, Central Branch and North Branch. Jarren serves in the North Branch at Kenema.
Recently I was asked to speak at Stake Conference so I asked Jarren to give me some good stories to tell about his mission. He had this to say," Seriously I do not have any stories that should be told in Stake Conference. This place I am in is riddled with secret combinations, oath bound societies, and a twisted perverted mentality of God's commandments, doctrine, and gospel that makes it very difficult to teach someone. I have stories, just none that would go well to be told in Stake Conference unless you want a perfect example of how to lead your life down the crapper!"
There is an individual, which Jarren calls Korihor, that is very anti. Jarren had this to say about this poor fellow, " I saw him today. The guy is insaine! I would rather jump in the lagoon at a dairy than be around him again!!"
They had several baptisms lined up. The water comes on Tuesday and Thursday. Someone didn't set the plug on the baptismal font so most of their water drained out. All baptisms take place on Friday. They reset the plug and squeezed enough water out of the tank to fill the font to just above their ankles. The people getting baptized had to lie down in the font and turn their heads so their noses would be under water. They made it work.
Jarren's companion, Elder Tade, was burning the trash. They have a place in the corner of the yard to do this. Jarren said that Elder Tade poured about a half gallon of gasoline on the trash and then lit a match. The trash went KABOOM!!! Jarren said a wave of heat went over him. He was standing about 5 feet away. The blast broke one of the kitchen windows and knocked off the dishes that were on the counter. He said people came running out of their homes thinking that the civil war had started back up. On into the night their neighbors came by one by one to tell the Elders that they needed to be notified the next time they decided to blow something up! Jarren said later in the week as they taught discussions the people would ask them if they heard about the big explosion?! Boys will be boys.