Monday, August 15, 2016

Humbled

A couple of weeks ago, I had a crystal clear thought that I needed to get to know the Visitors Center sisters a little bit better. I felt like I needed to reach out to them and show them my love. I have been growing closer and closer to them and I swear every single night I write in my journal, "I just LOVE all of the sisters!!" I know this was one of the ways that the Lord was preparing me for the phone call I received on Saturday morning. I was called to be a Sister Training Leader. For those of you who don't know what that is, it is the leadership position for the sisters instead of a district or zone leader for the elders. I will be leaving the Oakland 9th ward and going to the Berkeley YSA ward! I will still serve in the Visitors Center, thank goodness. My companion is Sister Chiang from Hong Kong! She will be my 5th Asian companion!! I will be attending a lot of meetings and trainings, but our main job is to love and take care of and lead the sisters. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve and love and reach outside myself even more. I KNOW the Lord was preparing my heart. These sisters really are my family, my sisters, here while I am away from my blood sisters. I am humbled to receive this call and I am really really excited to accept it with my whole heart. Sunday morning in sacrament meeting, the Spirit touched my heart with peace that this was going to be a great learning experience for me and I was going to REALLY forget myself and go to work. My worries and concerns and all thoughts of myself are going out the door so I can love these sisters with everything I have! I am grateful to be an instrument in the Lord's hands, wherever He needs me and whatever He needs me for. 

"I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things.."
Alma 26:11-12

     We got to go to the temple last week and it was SO beautiful and peaceful. I loved it. I am SO grateful to live so close to the temple and see it every day!
     We found a new investigator this week! He was a referral from church headquarters because he requested a Bible and a Book of Mormon. His name is Jean-Philipe and he is from Haiti. Our lesson on the Restoration went really well and he prayed at the end with his entire family. No one speaks English except for him but the Spirit filled the room as we explained the role of the Book of Mormon. He has a lot of potential and we are helping him see the importance of being baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority. I am sad to leave, but I know they will set a baptismal date with him! 
     We had a meeting with our district about what we can all do to achieve this goal of every companionship having a baptismal date by the end of the month. We really united in thought and prayer and set goals to work together to achieve this. This goal wont be achieved due to our efforts alone. We HAVE to rely on the Lord. We HAVE to have a miracle. My prayers have just DOUBLED in faith. We are seeing miracles left and right and I know that with the Lord's help, as long as we do our part, we can do anything. No goal is too high for the Lord. I will be leaving Oakland and going to Berkeley tomorrow morning! I LOVED serving here. I loved the people and the ward and the area. I am going to miss it. We saw so many miracles and I grew so close to the Lord as I relied on prayer and scripture study more than ever! I am so excited to serve in Berkeley and continue to see miracles there!! 

"We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed;
we are perplexed,
but not in despair;
persecuted,
but not forsaken;
cast down,
but not destroyed;
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, 
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
2 Cor 4:8-9, 17

     Thank you for all of you prayers. I am so grateful for each and every one of you and your LOVE and support. I would not be here or who I am today without your testimonies and influence and friendship. I love & miss you. 
Always,
Sister Brinton
Langarica Family

Elissa is going on her mission to Florida

Temple Day with the district







Ice Cream with Emily!

VC training

Elder Nielsen



VC Sisters



Jorgensens are going home

Angel :)

Langarica family again


We visited Pixar animation studios!








Sister Tam

Temple Day













I fell running again. hhahahah


Pixar







Sister Neves

Teacha, Teacha

Hi hi
Time is flying. I swear I was just sitting here at the computer 5 minutes ago, but it has been a WHOLE WEEK! We had a good, busy week. We had a few great hours of tracting. We try to use different approaches at the door like emphasizing the Restoration, Jesus Christ, families, the Book of Mormon, ect. I love all of them but I have found the most power as I bear my testimony of Jesus Christ. It is so important to remember that we INVITE people to come unto Christ. We offer them something (the best thing ever, the gospel) and it is their choice to accept or reject. Sometimes it's frustrating because I just want to say YOU WILL BE HAPPIER, but they have their agency. If only we could use Satan's plan to force them to accept it. Imagine how Heavenly Father feels about His children using their agency. I hope He is proud of most of us for the way we have used ours. What a beautiful gift.
     We got to do some service pulling weeds this week which was nice to be outside and finally do some service. The Visitors Center is as busy as ever! I got to teach English class this week and all the Chinese people love me because I write funny sentences on the board haha. They call me "teacha teacha." I just stand up there and think about how even though we are so so different, we are all the same in God's eyes! They are His children just as much as I am His child. I have been working on my Chinese and they think that is hilarious but they clap for me.
     I had a few people come onto Mormon.org chat (we answer chats) and she was so so caught up with how men lead the church and men hold the priesthood and God is a man and blah blah blah. My heart just ached for her. No matter how much I tried to bear testimony or explain, she was just so caught up and blinded. Whenever I talk to people with questions like that, I am just overwhelmed with GRATITUDE for my testimony of modern day prophets and the priesthood and God being our literal Father with a body of flesh and bone who loves us. I know that God has a plan and that we can trust Him. What a beautiful plan.
     We have a good week ahead of us! Some potential lessons set up, some tracting time, some trainings, some miracles just waiting to happen! This Saturday we will get calls about transfers. Everyone thinks Sister Hsiao is going to go to LEAVE ME and go to the Chinese program. I am so grateful that these calls are from the Lord! Cant wait to see what blessings He has in store. This week we also get to go to the temple!! I am really really looking forward to it. I have been counting down the days. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to go to the temple on my mission! What a special experience. I have been reading some talks in preparation for it. I know that I will feel His peace and love as I enter in those doors and remember the covenants I have made. 

"As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace which will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' My brothers and sisters, in our lives we will have temptations; we will have trials and challenges. As we go to the temple, as we remember the covenants we make there, we will be better able to overcome those temptations and to bear our trials. In the temple we can find peace." 
President Monson

     It is not only in the temple that we can feel this heavenly peace. We can feel it in our hearts every day of our lives because of the gift of the Holy Ghost. It can testify to us that we are making good choices, that Heavenly Father is proud of us and our decisions. This is the peace that the gospel and daily repentance brings. I have felt this in my mission as I have striven to become more the Savior and work hard and LOVE and be patient and have trust.
Please keep the 400 in your prayers! :)
I love you
I miss you
I am so grateful for you.
I am so grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ
Love
Sister Emma Brinton!




breakfast




Sisters that served in the VC before my time



English Class


My sweet companion