“Regrets Are Experiences Not Learned From”

Sister Xia hit her halfway mark!

Sister Xia hit her halfway mark!

After exchanges!

After exchanges!

Sister Xia hit her halfway mark!

Sister Xia hit her halfway mark!

Joe's baptism

Joe’s baptism

Joe's baptism

Joe’s baptism

Hello world!!!
Joe was baptized yesterday!!!! It was the most beautiful, spiritual, powerful baptismal service I have ever been to. This baptism was really unique because although we taught Joe in Chinese, he was baptized into the English ward because his main fellowshipper goes there. So both us and the English sisters got to participate in this amazing miracle. The best part of this baptism was that Joe’s parents came all the way from China to see him get baptized. We met them for the first time yesterday and they are ANGELS. Also, they are probably the tallest/biggest Chinese people I have seen. Anyway, it was just so tender to see how much they loved and supported Joe in his decision to get baptized. We were also able to give them each a Book of Mormon for them to read when they go back to China today!
So Joe’s conversion story is the definition of prime member-missionary work. He came to America for school and it was his neighbor (a member) who started taking him to church. We met Joe in May and like most people from China, he didn’t know anything about God. But after we invited him to pray for the first time, he said he received a very clear answer that Heavenly Father lives. And it just kept going uphill from then! And his neighbor (the most hilarious 80 man ever) has been right beside him, every step of the way – sitting in with us on lessons (even though he had no clue what we were saying) and taking Joe to church every week. Also, I have just been so impressed with how much wisdom and desire this 17 year old boy has. I know Heavenly Father prepared him to come to America to receive the gospel. I also know that Heavenly Father prepared Joe’s neighbor and his wife to receive the gospel so that they could be an instrument in helping Joe receive the gospel. I know that Joe’s decision will impact and influence his parents and his sister for good. I love Heavenly Father’s perfect orchestrations!
We also had exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders! I went up to Sunland again to be with Sister Thatcher and Sister Baker. It’s been awhile since we did exchanges and it was exciting to be in English work for a day. They had a super bomb day planned, but like many days go, all the lessons got dropped so we spent a lot of time walking and talking in the incredibly uphill Sunland. During that day, there seemed to be a theme of Jesus Christ’s Atonement and prayer. I love the idea of grace. In the definition of grace in “True to the Faith” it says:
“Reliance upon His grace enables you to progress and grow in righteousness. Jesus Himself ‘received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness'”.
A complete sacrifice won’t happen in over just the course of one day, or maybe a week or a month. It involves a lot of ups and downs. Even Jesus Christ “recieved not the fulness at first” and even He needed grace. But I’ve learned that once you make the decision to change and have the desire to forsake a sin or a bad habit or a characteristic, you have begun your journey of progression and righteous growth. And in that course is when we have to completely rely on Christ’s grace. Many times this week, I felt like I only had His grace to cling on to and that’s when I truly found out for myself that His grace is sufficient.
Sister Thatcher also told me a quote that I really liked and needed at that moment: “Regrets are experiences not learned from.” According to that definition, it really is possible to live with no regrets!!! I love the Atonement.
So hilarious story of the week. The Zone Leaders don’t have a car this transfer so we’ve kind of become their chauffeurs and we had to take them to District meeting this week. So in Thursday morning, we got inside our car and found out TIWI (a new mission driving device thing) sucked up all our car battery. We called the Zone Leaders to let them know we would be late. Their response was very matter-of-fact. They said we had to pray and then after, yell at the car “FA DONG (Chinese for “Start”), ELEMENTS OBEY,” because apparently it works every time they did it. So we were yelling at the car (probably for 5-10 minutes), but it still didn’t work and then the Zone Leaders told us we didn’t have enough faith and that we weren’t yelling loud enough. And then Sister Mann said since she is a physics major, her faith in our battery was pretty low, Anyway, long story short, we had someone from the mission office to come jumpstart our car. The elders were really disappointed in us and Elder Chen even memorized his first scripture in English to scold us for having little faith: Matthew 14:31. Oh man, it was quite the morning.
I love you all! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Love,
Sister Huang
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The Sabbath is a Delight

Sister Mann and I with BUNNIES!!!! I died.

Sister Mann and I with BUNNIES!!!! I died.

Hello world!!
This week was a soul stretching week. I feel every week, I learn more about how the Atonement works and therefore, rely more on my Savior, Jesus Christ.
We saw many miracles this week. We have been so focused on contacting and finding people this past month and we finally saw some of the fruits of our labor. After a month of no new investigators, we finally found two new investigators this week! One of our lessons was a church tour and we were also able to have peike. I think it was one of the most spiritual lessons I’ve had on my mission. I just remember the four of us sitting there in the chapel in beautiful silence and the spirit was so there. Sister Mann and I taught in almost complete unity and I definitely felt the Spirit guiding us in what to say. Our investigator is agnostic, but by the end of the lesson, he was willing to learn more. He also said that he was willing to get baptized if he comes to know that there’s a God. Sister Mann and I left that lesson feeling so blessed and also in awe. God loves His missionaries!
We have one investigator who has been struggling to keep commitments, especially coming to church. It has also been a while since we were able to visit him. But this past week, we made a bigger effort in helping our friend. We gave his mom a call on Thursday, inviting them to Sports Night and he came! And not only did he come, but his whole family, including his dad (who we have never been able to meet before), came! It was the happiest. And then even happier, he came to church on Sunday! God loves His missionaries!
Our progressing investigator is getting baptized this coming Sunday! We have been working with him since May and it’s so great to see the progress he has made. He never had any problem accepting our message, but his testimony has strengthened and solidified so much. At the end of our lesson on Friday, I bore testimony to him that Heavenly Father is so proud of him. At that moment, I felt a surge of love for this friend of ours. He is making the best decision of his life and I KNOW that Heavenly Father is in heaven rejoicing for him. But keep him in your prayers! Satan always throws a curveball the week before the baptism.
I’ve come to love and yearn for the sacrament every week. By the time Saturday night/Sunday rolls around, I am just dying to get to church and partake of the sacrament and have that renewal. I definitely took it for granted before my mission and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has taught me to appreciate it. I am grateful for my Savior’s infinite Atonement and His grace. My soul felt like it was at war with itself this week and there were so many times when I just wanted to give in and give up. But the power of the Atonement is REAL. I can’t say that enough. It’s something everyone has to experience for themselves personally, but it is so wonderful! When Sundaycame along, my soul felt at peace once again. I love the Sabbath and I love the Sacrament.
Well, I love you all so so so much! Have a splendid week!
Love,
Sister Huang ้ป„ๅงๅฆน

God’s Words

Hello world!!
As we went about missionary life this week, so many scriptures, General Conference talks, and hymns flowed through my mind. I love how God’s words come in different forms.
After General Conference, the first scripture I decided to “ponderize” was Alma 5:26:
“And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”
I love this scripture. I loved Devin G. Durrant’s invite. This past week, I have felt that change of heart. The process of developing a broken heart and contrite spirit is what Sister Mann would say is “soul cringing” but it is so worth it. And I have realized that the process doesn’t just happen over the course of one day, but it’s also part of “enduring to the end.” But each time my heart breaks a little or my soul cringes, I begin to feel more of this “change of heart” and boy, do I want to belt out the song of redeeming love! Like Sister Neill F. Marriott said, “Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. ‘Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit,’ the Lord declares. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need.”
Yesterday during the Sacrament, I was pondering over and trying to figure out God’s will for our area. A scripture popped into my head that made my heart swell. It is Alma 26:12:
“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; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”
This transfer has humbled me a lot. In the span of six weeks, I feel as if Heavenly Father exposed all my weaknesses and man, I am WEAK. Sister Xia made up for all my weaknesses and after six months of being with her, six weeks without her was hard. But change is part of life and change is how we improve. And during this transfer, I feel like I have come to know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on a more personal level and my love for them has deepen. I have learned to humble myself. I have learned to trust in God. I have learned to rely on His strength. I have learned and am continuing to learn from the refiner’s fire.
Also last week marked a year since I opened my call letter. I still remember that morning when my mom texted me to read the hymn “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” I remember when I was reading the first verse, my eyes welled up and I went from being nervous to at peace. I was reading the lyrics again the other day and this time, it was the third verse that stuck out to me.
“There’s surely somewhere in a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus Christ, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.”
I want to share one more scripture that I thought of this week. Several people have sent me this scripture during my mission. It’s Doctrine and Covenants 84:88:
“And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
The members in the Mountain View Ward are angels. Right now, we are still struggling to find people. It can get really discouraging at times. But these members can make any rough day a good one. Their example and their kindness and selflessness all radiate the light of Christ. One of the biggest blessings of serving here is working with these members.
We had a lesson with our progressing investigator and we invited one of our less actives to come teach with us. She has been going strong on the path to reactivation. During the lesson, she bore her testimony several times and it was so heartwarming to hear her journey of knowing that there is a God and developing a testimony. I love being a missionary.
Well, I love you all so much! I am grateful to be a servant of the Lord in Arcadia. I am grateful for every single experience the mission has brought me. I am grateful for each person that I have crossed paths with and worked with. This gospel is true! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lives!
Love,
Sister Huang

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Spiritual High

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my not-anymore-conjoined twin

my not-anymore-conjoined twin

the sisters :)

the sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

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TEMPLE! Unfortunately, our zone got split up for this temple trip, but at least our district got to go together!

TEMPLE! Unfortunately, our zone got split up for this temple trip, but at least our district got to go together!

Hello world!!!
First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DADDY!!!! I’m glad you got my card and I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! I mean you HAVE to celebrate big when you hit half a century hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰
Wow so much stuff happened this week plus our PDAY got switched to Wednesday! And I don’t have much time today so I’ll try my best to sum it all up in an email. Basically, so much spiritual boost. General Conference was amazing. Probably my favorite ever. We got to go to the temple today. I love the temple so much. I love the Plan of Salvation and all its perfectness. Our less actives are all progressing back to activation and it’s the most wonderful. I got to meet with Sister Villanueva (apparently my stress was a little out of control) and she is an angel. Not only are mission presidents called of God, but their wives are as well. After I left our meeting, I felt like I was a new person with a new perspective on the mission as well as life.
And on the side/funny note: we got locked out of our apartment, again. Luckily this time, we had our bags and phone and car keys haha.
I loved all the talks from General Conference. I love our prophet, Thomas S. Monson and all our church leaders. I love this church and gospel. I went in with many questions and Conference answered them all. There was a definite outpouring of the Spirit. I love how there was such an emphasis on keeping the sabbath day holy and going back to the basics of the gospel and making sure you do everything you can to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. I also loved the invites: asking Heavenly Father “What lack I yet?”, ponderizing and conducting a personal council. I loved the testimonies of our three new apostles. General Conference was a delight.
So our teaching pool is still a work in progress but we are seeing blessings from our hard work. This past week, Sister Mann and I decided to recommit ourselves to talking to everyone. We also recommitted to bear our testimony each time we talked to someone. We had some pretty neat contacting experiences. As we were riding home one day, we passed by a mom and her young daughter. While we were talking to her, we found out she and her family met with the Alhambra missionaries a long time ago, but then they moved to Arcadia and I guess that was that. And then we found her here and she still seemed interested and we were able to get her contact information and hopefully, it’ll turn into something even better! I really believe she was someone that God specifically put in our path home.
Another tender contacting experience we had was yesterday. We were biking and saw a girl at the bus stop. So to stay true to our commitment, we stopped and talked to her. Right away, I could tell that something was wrong – she was trying to hide tears, but they were still apparent. We both bore fervent testimonies that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loved her so very much and that they knew exactly how she was feeling and exactly how to help her. We left a Book of Mormon with her and each gave her a long hug. As we were getting ready to start biking again, she said “Thank you so much. I really needed that.” So even though she didn’t want to give us any contact information or set another appointment, Sister Mann and I biked away feeling like we could answer the affirmative to the hymn “Have I Done Any Good?”
I was thinking the other day how little I have communicated with my grandparents and extended family in general (due to language barrier) and it made me sad. But now that I know some Chinese and because I am a missionary, I feel the most I can do is to let them know my testimony! And that I love them! (So mom, can you please forward this to all of them?)
ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃๅพŒๆœŸ่–ๅพ’ๆ•™ๆœƒๆ˜ฏ็ฅžๅœจไธ–็•ŒไธŠๅ”ฏไธ€็š„ๆ•™ๆœƒใ€‚็ด„็‘Ÿๆ–ฏๅฏ†ๅพฉ่ˆˆไบ†่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃ็š„ๆ•™ๆœƒๅ’Œ่–่ทๆฌŠๆŸ„ใ€‚ๆˆ‘ไนŸ็Ÿฅ้“ไป–็ฟป่ญฏไบ†ๆ‘ฉ็ˆพ้–€็ถ“ใ€‚ๆˆ‘ๅพˆๆ„Ÿ่ฌๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ไปŠๅคฉๅœจ้€™ๅ€‹ๆ™‚ไปฃไนŸๆœ‰ๅ…ˆ็Ÿฅไพ†ๅธถ้ ˜ๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ใ€‚ๅคฉ็ˆถ็œŸ็š„้žๅธธๆ„›ๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ใ€‚ๆˆ‘ไนŸ็Ÿฅ้“ๆ‘ฉ็ˆพ้–€็ถ“ๆ˜ฏ็œŸๅฏฆ็š„๏ผŒไนŸๆ˜ฏ็ฅž็š„่ฉฑใ€‚ๆ‘ฉ็ˆพ้–€็ถ“ๅธถไพ†ไบ†ๆˆ‘ๅพˆๅคšๅ•Ÿ็คบ๏ผŒ็ญ”ๆกˆ๏ผŒๅฎ‰ๆ…ฐ๏ผŒๅ’Œๅผ•ๅฐŽใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๆ‘ฉ็ˆพ้–€็ถ“ๅฏไปฅๅธถไพ†ไฝ ไธ€ๆจฃใ€‚
ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“้€™ๅ€‹็ฆ้Ÿณๆœƒๅธถไพ†ๆฏๅ€‹ไบบๆœ€ๅคš็š„ๅฟซๆจ‚ใ€‚ๆˆ‘้žๅธธๆ„Ÿ่ฌๆˆ‘ๅพžๅฐ้ƒฝๆœ‰็ฆ้Ÿณ็š„ๆ•™ๅฐŽใ€‚ๅฐๆˆ‘ไพ†่ชช๏ผŒ้€™ๅ€‹ๆ‡‰่ฉฒๆ˜ฏ็ฅž็ตฆๆˆ‘ๆœ€ๅคง็š„็ฅ็ฆใ€‚ๆˆ‘ไนŸ็Ÿฅ้“ๅคฉ็ˆถๅ’Œ่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃๆ˜ฏๆดป่‘—็š„ใ€‚็ฅ‚ๅ€‘ๅฐๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ๆฏๅ€‹ไบบๆœ‰ไธ€ๅ€‹ๅฎŒ็พŽ็š„ๆ„›ใ€‚ๆˆ‘ๅพˆๅคšๆฌกๅœจๅ‚ณๆ•™็š„ๆ™‚ๅ€™ๆœ‰ๆ„Ÿ่ฆบๅˆฐ็ฅžๅฐ็ฅ‚็š„ๅ…’ๅฅณ็š„ๆ„›็š„ไธ€ๅฐ้ƒจๅˆ†ใ€‚ๅฆ‚ๆžœไฝ ้‚„ไธ็Ÿฅ้“ๆˆ–่€…้‚„ไธ็ขบๅฎš็ฅž็œŸ็š„ๆ„›ไฝ ๏ผŒๆˆ‘้‚€่ซ‹ไฝ ่ทชไธ‹ไพ†็„ถๅพŒๆฑ‚ๅ•็ฅ‚ใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“็ฅ‚ไธ€ๅฎšๆœƒ้€้Ž่–้ˆ่ฎ“ไฝ ็Ÿฅ้“็ฅ‚็ขบๅฏฆ้žๅธธๆ„›ไฝ ใ€‚
ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃ็‚บๆˆ‘ๅ€‘่ด–็ฝชใ€‚็ฅ‚ๅœจๅฎข่ฅฟ้ฆฌๅฐผๅœ’็‚บๆˆ‘ๅ€‘่ด–็ฝช็š„ๆ™‚ๅ€™๏ผŒ็ฅ‚ๆœ‰ๆƒณๅˆฐไฝ -ไป–็œŸ็š„็Ÿฅ้“ไฝ ็š„ๅๅญ—ๅ’Œไฝ ๆฏๅ€‹็…ฉๆƒฑๅ’Œ็—›่‹ฆๅ’ŒๆŒ‘ๆˆฐใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๅ› ็‚บ่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃ็‚บๆˆ‘ๅ€‘็Šง็‰ฒ๏ผŒๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ๆ‰ไธ้œ€่ฆๆ‰ฟๆ“”ๆˆ‘ๅ€‘็ฝช็š„้‡ๆ“”ใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๅ› ็‚บ่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃ็‚บๆˆ‘ๅ€‘็Šง็‰ฒ๏ผŒๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ๆ‰ๅฏไปฅๆœ‰ๆฉŸๆœƒๆ”นๅ–„ๅ’Œ้€ฒๆญฅใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๅ› ็‚บ่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃ็‚บๆˆ‘ๅ€‘็Šง็‰ฒ๏ผŒๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ๅฏไปฅๆœ‰่ƒฝๅŠ›ไพ†ๅŽŸ่ซ’ๅˆฅไบบๅ’Œ่‡ชๅทฑๅพ—ๅˆฐๅฏฌๆ•ใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๆ•‘ๆฉ่จˆ็•ซๆ˜ฏ็ฅž็ตฆๆˆ‘ๅ€‘็š„ๅฎŒ็พŽ็š„่จˆๅŠƒใ€‚ๆˆ‘็Ÿฅ้“ๅฎถๅบญๅฏไปฅๆฐธ้ ๅœจไธ€่ตทใ€‚้€™ๅ€‹ๅŽŸๅ‰‡่ฎ“ๆˆ‘ๆ„Ÿ่ฆบๅพˆๅ–œๆจ‚ใ€‚ๆˆ‘ๆ„›ๆˆ‘็š„ๅฎถๅบญใ€‚ๆˆ‘ๆ„›ๆˆ‘็š„ๅคฉ็ˆถใ€‚ๆˆ‘ๆ„›ๆˆ‘็š„ๆ•‘ไธป๏ผŒ่€ถ็ฉŒๅŸบ็ฃใ€‚
I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Sister Huang ้ปƒๅงๅฆน