Monday, September 26, 2011

Forget Not

A little picture of what President Uchtdorf talked about at the General Relief Society Meeting on Saturday night.

Dear Family,

Oh how I love you!
I am sorry I wasn't able to get a letter from you this week, but thats okay I know that you are so busy. I am surprised when it doesn't come though. I hope you are well and seeing many miracles.
This week was interesting. I was able to sit next to Jenni at the Broadcast. I was able to eat lots of tasty pie and teach a lesson. It was interesting because the two sisters from sterling heights joined. We had a member there and Edna, one of my baptisms, saw me and didn't want to leave me, so she sat in it as well. She is getting up there in age, but it was so cute to hear her say the opening prayer. It was so child like and sweet.
We are working with great people who are wanting to make a change in their life. One investigator is going to tell us in a week if he wants to join or not. We are hesitant because we want to call him every day now and prompt him to recognize the Spirit. I don't know if I need to sit back and let him study and pray for a week or call him. ............ I think I will call him sometimes during the week. He loves us and really cherishes the members.
I am working on asking good questions in lessons. I AM HORRIBLE AT THIS! I just talk to people instead of teach them and that doesn't work. So I am humbling myself. If you have any good questions I can use in my lessons to teach the restoration or the Plan of Salvation or even some of the commandments, please i would love some input.
I am telling myself now that I can do hard things. If I think God wants me to do something and i think it is hard or scary, I am trying to vocally tell myself I can do hard things.
This is the last week of the transfer which means Sister Jones might be staying her last transfer here or she might move for her last transfer.
I struggling in being to casual in some parts of my mission. The way i talk to people or treat others. I need to be a little bit more professional when I am even with Sister Jones in our cozy apt.
It's been a hard week for me, But I will finish strong and do hard things.
I hope all is well, I love you!
By the way did I tell you I sat next to Jenni. I sure loved having her there. I am so spoiled here on the mission. I missed Mom, though. I feel it would have been complete if Mom was there with us. But it is cool Mom, that you were watching it too.

Love you Beautiful Ladies of the Burnham Family!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Zone Conference

This week and last were full of miracles, but today I want to tell you what I learned at the Zone Conference yesterday.
The notes I took are for all of us. But I want future missionaries to focus on this especially.
Teach for Conversion and True Repentance. To teach this we must have lived it. How converted are you? If you are not yet close to knowing with out a doubt who's you are, and where you came from, and what your ultimate goal is, I suggest you find out. In that I have found peace and freedom. Freedom from Satan and temptation. Freedom from fear. Freedom to Love unconditionally.
Make A Goal to do Hard things! Missionaries are trained to do hard things. We live to do hard things. I have made a personal goal to love to do lots of hard things a day. I might even put a number on it later. How many hard things do you do a day?
How comfortable are you with change? When it comes time to go home, will you find it difficult to leave earth, because of change or will you leave your will behind and follow Christ?
How do we offend the Spirit? When you go home from church, how long does it take for you to forget what the spirit felt like? How long does it take for you to become rambunctious and forget what it means to have the Spirit with you always? I am working on this between lessons.
What's the language of the Spirit?
How much of the Doctrine of Christ do you know? How much of it can you testify of?
We teach the people who are seeking! How do we figure out that they are seekers?
Our Mission is too casual, so President Holmes gave us a warning that even on the phone we are being too casual. That is my goal, that I am becoming Christ's Missionary! No more horsing around. I can have fun though but what full fills my purpose!
There are means to the End!

Any insights I would love to hear from you!
Finish Strong!
Love You xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stake Conference

Jennilyn's update:

Since Sister Burnham is back serving in our stake we had the privilege of taking her and her companion out to dinner. Saturday before the adult session of stake conference we went out to eat. Then while Christian was at the Priesthood leadership mtg. I went to an appointment with the Sisters! It was so fun so see Sister Burnham in action. She is a great senior companion and everywhere she goes she fills the room with such a wonderful spirit!

We went to visit a less active in the ward. Sister Burnham and Sister Jones taught and sang about the joy and peace we can find through song and developing any talents that the Lord has blessed us with. We should use these talents to brighten someones day, to share the gospel and help build up the kingdom of God.

When they sang the spirit was so strong and I couldn't stop the tears. Sister Jones is such a wonderful young woman and they work so well together! I am so thankful that I got to see her and mostly HUG her again! I never realized how much I missed her since she was serving in our ward back in March.

I also saw her mission president; Pre. Holmes and he had nothing but great things to say about Brianne. -of course-

Don't forget Sister Burnham's Birthday is October 10th. Send her some great letters for her Birthday!!!

Brianne sends all her Love to everyone and all those that are caring and praying for her.