Monday, October 24, 2011

Wonderful Week

This last week was WONDERFUL!
Monday- Taught the Bishop's family and had dinner! Taco salad! We committed them to memorize a scripture!
We taught the Covey Family, Carissa, Dee,Todd, and Daniel. And the Schultes. We taught the principle of authority. Worked out well, when Daniel is being a good boy. Daniel is 6! Dee, she is 11 and Todd is 14. We mentioned to them how important authority is and how it is important for baptism.
Tuesday- We met with Sister Dellaire for lunch and helped her put up blinds. We met with Sister Sibley who gets a service project of chopping wood from the whole ward. That happened last Sat. She is very sweet! Met with our Investigator Matt who is 30 and ELECT! He is curious, and searching and understands where we are coming from. His lessons are spiritual and tailored to him. We shared with him the role of the Holy Ghost and he is progressing! He is also dating his fellow shipper! If he goes to church he will go to the stake center in Ann Arbor.
Wed- We had district meeting.We met with the Smiths who came to church Sunday AND STAYED FOR ALL THREE HOURS! YES!!!!! We are so proud of them. We picked up a new investigator in Chelsea. She is a cop for a university and we stood at her door for her, cause she was ashamed of the inside but she was lovely to talk too. Testimony is so important in those moments at the door. Just let one out, and pray they feel the spirit you are trying to convey in your nervousness!
Thursday- We folded laundry for a family and helped clean an upstairs room that was such a burden to them. It was fun! Weird cleaning being fun!!!! We met with Mike, who is our investigator. At that lesson he said, "So, what are we going to do about this baptism thing. This Sat. is coming up, are you going to let me know what I need to do to prepare?" Little did he know, that with his big bag of tobacco we were going to introduce and commit him to the Word of Wisdom so he could prepare for baptism. I chuckled inside but wasn't prepared for what happened next. We had Sister Smith, who is working on this commandment too, give her testimony and definition of the Word of Wisdom, once he grasped the concept that he was not to smoke, drink, or have coffee or tea, he said well, if I can't smoke to be baptized here is the stuff. He gave us all the tobacco he had and cigarettes. That night was cool. He also came to church and survived the three hours because he was getting a ride home. He is quiet and sweet and very subdued. We also met with a recent convert, David Lukasiak, and Sister Smith came to all our appts with us that night which was really good for her to get out of the house.
Friday- We did weekly planning. We were able to talk to a "Less Active" who is struggling keeping house. We met with Matt again and he watched the Restoration DVD with us and said, "That movie answered all my questions about how he started all this." It was so cool to see him commit to read Enos 1 and pray to know for himself what is true. We met Sister Smith's kids and taught them Sabbath Day. The WHOLE FAMILY CAME!!!!!!
Sat- We went tracting in Manchester. We got two potentials living in a trailer park. I love trailer parks now. They have a lot of humble people who are really simple. They listen as well. We continued to stop by people and met with members and the Covey family again. Dee accepted and baptism date is set for Nov 12th. Carissa did as well! We taught the Atonement, simplified! Dee gave a perfect Alma 32 definition of faith. She inspires me!

ALL of our investigators came to all three hours! HALLELUJAH
We met with members and Correlated with our Ward mission leader. I was so happy this week!
Sister Jones and I are singing this Thursday at the fireside and her b-day is on Friday.

Love you,
Finish Strong and You can do Hard Things!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Watch out for Deer!

This week I was amazed at the Love Jesus Offers Me! I LOVE Hymns!
He offered me a chance to live. Last night at 8:40 I hit a Deer going home. The car has a small dent in it and the driver side mirror is taken off and smashed. Tiny bit of blood and Sister Jones thinks she saw the deer wobble or walk away. I did not have my brights on. I screamed loud. We called Elder Harbertson two min. later and pulled off the side of the road. So today we are going to a dealership to see what the cost of the damage is. I didn't even try to dodge it, but I did press on the brakes. It happened so fast for me.

Jesus offered me a chance to find people every day this week. He offered me a chance to trust Him by stopping and helping a lady who was not interested in what we presented, but she wanted us to visit an aunt who is old and sick just down the street. We are scheduling that soon.
Jesus offered me repentance as I slowed my train of thought in lessons and tried to catch myself when I started to complicate things. He offered me a reminder that Sister Jones and I are remembered by the members and we are lead by people that don't even know us. Example was in Stake Conference.

Sister Jones and I are doing a lot more role playing in our Comp study. We are doing this exercise, where I state true doctrine, then she gives a follow-up question and waits for me to answer, then she reiterates what I said and waits if I have anything else to add. It worked out really well today, and I noticed how much courage it takes to teach simply. You share a short sentence and wait to let the person think, when in reality I want to keep talking and sharing all the knowledge I know. Wow, the spirit was sweet and so strong in my heart.
Our goal is to bring people on date and find more investigators. where members can come with us. We are grateful for every referral we receive and contact!
I learned also that my spirit is OLD! So it must have a lot of wisdom already, I just don't remember it. So I thought to myself, then why do I fear when I have a really old spirit in me, so to speak, that has been with God and that gained a witness that this plan was meant to be and is real. So when I feel I can't do something I think about MY Spirit/or ME!!!!!! I can do this. I have that knowledge and that it was created by GOD!
WOW I love the Gospel! Finish Strong! I can do Hard things!
Sister Burnham

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Year Mark

Here are the Missionaries that entered the Mission 1 year ago today!!!!
Happy 1st year Sister Burnham

Elder Robison and Sister Burnham
Elder Robison was in Brianne's MTC District .

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Sister Burnham

We received a couple of little messages from Sister Burnham today. In another one,she challenged us to celebrate her birthday by doing some kind of missionary work. After all that's how she is celebrating. I think we might be able to work something out. Have a great day!
By the way if you want to leave some Birthday messages or how you did some missionary work on the blog I will email them to her next week. Just click on "comments" at the bottom.

From Sister Burnham:
Chelsea is awesome. The members are missionary minded like no other ward. Sterling Heights comes pretty close to it though.

The work is moving along. We are working on speaking clearly and simply to the people we teach. Which wasn't very many this week, 20 lessons, Why are we slacking? I must not be doing everything I should be.

We are ready to baptize people in Chelsea and all the other villages. We are ready to be faithful. Well, we are faithful. We are seeing LA (Less Actives) open doors and letting us talk to them. We are seeing how people are liking Sister Missionaries. We just need to prove to ourselves, to God, that this change will be taken seriously. To the point where there will be no doubt in any ones mind, God sent us here.

We already had a former (investigator) want us to come back, begging that we would. In the same breath she was also telling us she will never believe in the Word of Wisdom and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. But she has read some of the Book of Mormon. Silly one she is.

Okay so I just erased some negative feelings about my teaching skills. I feel better now. I want you to know that we are struggling to know where to go. Who needs us in what village and how do we decide together. We are to the point where we are very sensitive to each other. We know exactly when the Spirit is teaching with us and when HE is not, and we don't have the faith to stop, take a breath and pray.

I feel I need to pray more fervently, with more soberness.

Okay, so, President I was just venting there.

Okay I want to follow the Spirit. I want to be Obedient. I want to love the Book of Mormon. I have done all these things on my mission. So if want to do all of these things, I need to Love my Savior and do it because it is going to be my nature to serve. I want to have charity. I want to have love. I do have a testimony.

I have learned that I talk a lot. Wow, so silence is a goal I will work with this week. Using silence appropriately. Okay, let the Holy Spirit guide.

I will Finish Strong! And God will help me do hard things.

Thank You so much for the birthday gifts. They were perfect. I loved the cheese cake and the nail polish and the Card form Brooklyn. I will want to wear those earrings with a big smile on the doors knowing I got them from you. I will have something to remind me that my family might not be with standing next to me, but you are with me helping me talk to those people that I just meet on the street. Your prayers are heard and we are loving the ward. They are full blown missionaries here and I am hoping I stay here for the rest of my mission.
Sister JONES HAS 5 WEEKS LEFT. I get to kill her off. It is going to be a great help to keep her in your prayers that she doesn't get trunky and continues to progress. I wake up every morning excited to work. I go to bed every night excited to sleep and rest so I can work the next day. I love missionary work. Specifically I love seeing members get excited about it. The Members are my angels.
Happy Birthday to everyone born on this day! And an anniversary for being a one year missionary. How spoiled I feel sometimes and humbled that God loves me to send me to a wonderful family who has shown more support than I could ever ask for.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Transfer to...

This is Sister Burnham's first letter:
I am grateful to be getting transferred. It will be a good change for the area and for me. I am still staying comps with Sister Jones. We will find out tomorrow where we are going to teach.
I love the Conference this month. I love the prayers said and the love the feeling as I share the TRUTH, not my guesses.
I am being converted everyday with each prayer and each confirmation from the Spirit. With each baptism and each lesson. With each Sunday when I take the Sacrament and remember that it is JESUS CHRIST who I am representing. How great is my calling!
Love you so much.
Finish Strong and God will help you do hard things tomorrow. The Work NEVER Stops.
PS Thank you for the Packages! They came at such a perfect time! I love you!

This is her second letter when she found out where she was being transferred too:

Hi I am in a new area. I am staying with Sister Jones and serving in Chelsea. It is a big area. HELL is in our area! Cool!

View My Saved Places in a larger map

Our District has Howell and Brighton.
Our Zone Leaders live in Ypsi. Pronounced ipsee. We have met with some awesome people. The area is beautiful farm land and wide open spaces with five villages. Can't name them yet, sorry. The apt. is nice and clean. We don't have a gym so we went on an early morning stroll around our apt. It is so dark in the morning. But it was nice to experience all this change with Sister Jones. I am very happy we didn't get separated.
We are organizing a lot though. We are making a binder to record the times we stop by to see people and things to keep the ward council papers and information about the members in. It is like a mini area book. Wonderful to have with you. So we are going to PEC tonight.
Talk to you on my Birthday!!!!! I won't open the box til then, but it is very tempting.
Finish Strong and Do Hard things!