Miracles are Abundant

Hello world!!

Happy SIXTEENTH birthday to my favorite sister, Harriet!! I can’t¬†believe you’re already sixteen….. I love you so so much and I hope¬†your birthday is as beautiful, fun and awesome as you are!

This week was AWESOME! We saw so many miracles!

Matthew was baptized yesterday!!!!! Remember how Satan went hard at¬†Cory right before he got baptized (he and his wife had to go to the¬†ER)? Well we thought it couldn’t get worse than that for Matthew, but¬†Satan went even harder this time! He wasn’t able to make it to church¬†because of some crazy crazy stuff and then we had to postpone his¬†baptism because he almost didn’t make it to that. He had a huge¬†anxiety/panic attack but he also has the best fellowshipper ever – he¬†is a returned missionary and he is awesome. He went over to pick¬†Matthew up and got him to calm down and they made it to the baptism!¬†Matthew said that he still had a lot of nerves until he got baptized.¬†After that, he felt completely calm and at peace. And he bore his¬†testimony after and it was POWERFUL. He is converted and he has¬†experienced the power of the Atonement. I love him so much and I know¬†he will continue to grow and become stronger in his faith. He is¬†amazing and it has been the biggest privilege to work with him.

The service itself was another miracle. Soooo many people came to support him. He has so many fellowshippers! There was so much love in that room and service. A recent convert gave the talk in baptism and a less active gave the closing prayer. Matthew has helped unify the ward.

We had interviews with President Villanueva on Tuesday!!! I love that¬†man so much and I am grateful everyday that I was called to serve¬†under him. He is the best mission president ever. He has changed this¬†mission so much and he emphasizes the principle of BEDIENCE like no¬†other. It’s been such a blessing.

Sister Robinson and I were asked to help out with the Gladys Knight fireside on Friday so we got to go down to Arcadia! It was such a nice tender mercy. Since the fireside was for all the wards and stakes in our mission, I got to see investigators and members from the past
areas I’ve served in! AHHHHH it was such a happy night! I got to see¬†the Li family (the family in Arcadia that was baptized two weeks after¬†I got transferred out), and a couple of English class students and the¬†bishops/branch president from Arcadia and Alhambra. Not to mention, I¬†got to see my trainer, Dorian Huang, and Megan Chan!! I was really¬†grateful to Heavenly Father for that blessing. We didn’t get to see¬†too much of the fireside, but the part that we did get to see was¬†really good!

Last night was so special. We went to do our weekly visit with a¬†couple who is coming back to activity. The wife has gone to church¬†faithfully for almost two months now and her husband has now come for¬†two weeks in a row! They just talked about their progression and all¬†the “firsts” that are happening – both said their first prayer in¬†church meetings yesterday, they’re both going to the temple to do¬†baptisms for the dead for the first time on June 11, the wife read a¬†verse of scripture in Sunday School for the first time – and all the¬†blessings they are seeing from it. I felt so much happiness for them!¬†We testified to them that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them¬†so much and are so proud of them. The wife started crying and her¬†husband said “I think she’s touched.” It was a precious moment. I love¬†seeing how the gospel and spiritual CPR a changes people and truly¬†makes them happier.

We also had so many small experiences this week that has strengthened our testimony that Heavenly Father truly answers our prayers, even the small ones Рfor example, buses being on time.

I know that the Lord keeps all His promises. I know that He doesn’t¬†give us anything we can’t handle. However, He gives us many¬†opportunities to be stretched and stronger. I know that our faith in¬†Jesus Christ and His Atonement can strengthened simply by praying,¬†studying the scriptures (especially the Book of Mormon), and going to¬†church. I know repentance is real and it is central to our message.¬†That is why we are to teach repentance! I am so grateful to serve in¬†the Sunland area at this time. Miracles are abundant here and the¬†Lord’s hand is apparent.

I invite you all to read “Witnesses Unto Me” by Jeffrey R. Holland in¬†the April 2001 General Conference. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2001/04/witnesses-unto-me?lang=eng). Something I stood out to me while I read this talk during studies¬†this morning was when he talked about praying for missionaries. Thank¬†you for praying for us! We need it! But there’s more to just praying¬†for the missionaries! We know that when we pray, we need to pray with¬†real intent which is to pray with the intent of acting in the
promptings/answers you receive. So when you pray for missionaries,¬†make sure to act on the prompting you receive as to how YOU can help¬†us missionaries in this work! The stats show it – more convert¬†baptisms come from member referrals than from the missionaries’
efforts alone. We need you! I know that whenever we participate in missionary work, the Lord blesses us with more joy and an added amount of the Spirit. He knows exactly what you need and if you help do His work, He will give you those blessings. I love this work so much.
Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Huang

Opposition in All Things‚ÄŹ

Hello world!!!

I hope you all had a really happy and wonderful week this past week. We had a super eventful week that was FULL of opposition. I was thinking of how prevalent this theme was in this past week. There were parts of this week that were some of the most enjoyable times on my mission and there were parts that were some of the worst times on my
mission. But I am grateful looking back at just this one week. I’ve¬†learned and come to understand more is Heavenly Father’s plan and the¬†why’s of it all.

I have learned to acknowledge my Savior’s love and grace on a deeper¬†level. I have learned to be more patient in our path in attaining¬†perfection and that it’s okay to fall short of the glory of God¬†because that is how you learn to access the Atonement. I have learned
that it is okay to doubt and to be discouraged and to be sad. If we never doubted, were discouraged or sad, how could we ever experience and have faith, confidence and happiness? For the longest time, I would suppress those feelings because I thought it was bad. I thought I HAD to be happy and suuuuper faithful all the time but to be honest,
that’s really hard! So in the doctrine of Sister Huang, it’s okay to¬†feel those negative feelings. What’s not okay is to not do anything¬†about it. When we have those feelings, we need to take action and fix¬†it by praying, reading the scriptures, going to church, getting a
priesthood blessing if necessary and serving others! Sometimes, it¬†takes more effort and time to feel better, but as long as we are¬†facing Christ and relying on His Atonement in grace, the dark times¬†will pass and you’ll come out a lot better and stronger and more
refined than before.

I’ll try my best to summarize this week ūüôā

Tuesday: WE HAD MLC (Mission Leadership Council) AT THE TEMPLE AND GOT¬†TO DO A SESSION WITH PRESIDENT AND SISTER VILLANUEVA. Who gets to do¬†that ever?! I feel so blessed. So much of that day was a testament and¬†confirmation to me that I am at the right place at the right time and¬†all of this was predestined. MLC was only an hour and a half long but¬†it was so powerful. President Villanueva showed us some stats and it’s¬†incredible how much our mission has improved since last year. All of¬†our key indicators have gone up which means that we are being more¬†diligent and obedient. It is so clear that the mission culture has¬†changed and that we really are on fire. I know that President¬†Villanueva is inspired and called of God to preside over this mission¬†and I feel so blessed to serve under him and to be a part of this¬†change! He told us that right now “is the best time on the mission.”¬†Wow. But right after, he quoted President Hinckley and said “it is not¬†enough! There is more we need to do!” And he knows exactly what it is¬†and how to do it. This man is amazing. And the temple was spiritually¬†fulfilling and edifying. I love the temple so much. It was the best¬†temple trip. Save the best for last, right?

Wednesday: We had a BOMB proselyting day – which was really good¬†because it was our only full day of proselyting of last week. We did a¬†come and see exchange with the Glendale sisters – Sister Dunn and¬†Sister Colson – and that’s when we bring both of them into our area¬†and do splits there for a day. I was with Sister Colson and we just¬†had a billion and one miracles. One of my favorites from that day was¬†when we went with a member to go teach a lesson. We got to the home¬†and the investigator was pulling out of his driveway. So it fell¬†through. But I really wanted our member to have some missionary¬†experience so we took him to find some other potentials that lived¬†near the area. We ended up finding one of them at home and got to¬†teach a really spiritual and solid lesson on the Book of Mormon and¬†our member did an amazing job bearing testimony and sharing his own
experience on how the Book of Mormon blessed him. I love when members come out with us. So please go out with the missionaries whenever you can! It will bless you so much! Nothing is better than missionary work.

Thursday: After a super hectic and crazy morning, we were able to teach at Zone Meeting for our zone (La Crescenta) and the Pasadena Zone. I never would have thought I would say this (because I am terrified of public speaking), but I love teaching at Zone Meetings. We taught on having the faith to find and also the faith to drop. I love feeling and seeing the Spirit work through us and the missionaries as we all engage in helping each other build our faith and be better missionaries. We have amazing missionaries and awesome zones. Wow I just love being a missionary in the California Arcadia mission.

The Zone Leaders also did a really powerful object lesson that some of you probably have read about. Basically what happened was they had a box of donuts for us. They asked each of us if we wanted one and we could take it or not take it. However, one of the elders, Elder
Baguley, had to do 5 push ups for each donut, whether we took it or¬†not. It seems so small, even silly perhaps, but the message definitely¬†got across. It’s best stated in Alma 7:11-12:

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and¬†temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled¬†which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his¬†people.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death¬†which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities,¬†that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that¬†he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according¬†to their infirmities.”

We have to choose everyday whether we accept His infinite gift to us or not. I love Jesus Christ so much and I am so very grateful for His personal sacrifice for me. He is my Savior.

Friday: It was a day full of helping our sisters as well as ourselves.¬†Let’s just say it had been awhile since we really took care of¬†ourselves and that needed to happen.

Saturday: We had an awesome Zone Leadership Council where the Zone Leaders and District Leaders and us got together and talked about the needs of each member and companionship in our zone. There was so much love and compassion and support. We discussed about how to better support and love our missionaries so that in turn, they can have more fire for the work. I love the leaders in this zone.

Sunday: It was a really tough day spiritual wise. I’ve definitely had¬†hard days on the mission, but yesterday, it was pushed to a whole new¬†level. I am grateful for Sister Robinson and her constant support and¬†love. I am also grateful for miracles and tender mercies because they¬†are great pick me ups. After my breakdown, we went out and worked and¬†saw the immediate blessings from that. We met with a less active who¬†was baptized when he was eight but never went to church after that. We¬†found him one night while looking for some people and he is literally¬†the golden less active. We invited him to pray and start reading the¬†Book of Mormon to come to know if there’s a God because he didn’t
believe in God before. And after just three lessons and praying daily¬†and reading Alma 32, he told us he feels that God exists!!!!! And he¬†said his first vocal prayer yesterday!!! Also, on the side note, he¬†travels and does iron mans so that’s super legit. He biked 62 miles in
three hours yesterday morning so yeah, no biggie, haha. Anyway, it was so so awesome. And the members we brought with us just clicked with him!

Wow that was a super long email, sorry! I just want you all to know that I know that God and Jesus Christ lives and they love you. I know that His plan is perfect and opposition is necessary. I know that the Atonement is as real as you make it to be. Use it everyday and I
promise that you will come to love and know our Savior on a deeper¬†level and that you will be enabled to reach your divine potential. I¬†know The a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s¬†kingdom on the earth.

Love,
Sister Huang

And It Was a Rough One… But My Brother is Going on a Mission!!!

Hello world!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY BROTHER FOR GETTING HIS MISSION CALL TO THE¬†TAIWAN TAICHUNG MISSION!!! You’re going to the best place ever!!! It’s¬†our motherland and the same mission my mom went! When I found out, I¬†started crying on floor. Words can’t even begin to describe how proud¬†I am of you and how happy I am for you! I just want to hug you a¬†million times and scream for joy!! You are going to be an amazing¬†missionary, example, friend and leader. I KNOW you will do wonders and¬†that the Lord will perform so many miracles through you as long as you¬†are obedient and humble (which you are!). I am still really sad that¬†you’re leaving two months before I get home aka we won’t see each¬†other for 3 1/2 years ūüė¶ But I just want you to know how much I love¬†being a missionary. I love it with my whole heart and soul and it¬†really is the best decision I have ever made and probably will ever¬†make. And I know you will love your mission just as much! Doctrine and
Covenants 15:6:

“And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the¬†most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people,¬†that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the¬†kingdom of my Father. Amen.”

You have just signed up to be part of the best thing ever.

Okay so this week was ROUGHHHHH. It started on Monday and when we¬†thought it couldn’t get worse, it kept getting worse. One thing I have¬†definitely learned on my mission is that Satan is so real and he’s¬†doing a lot to stop us from fulfilling our purpose as missionaries. We¬†are glad that week is over but I also learned a lot.

1.) Even in the hardest of times, if you are unified and love your companion, all is well in Zion. It makes things a lot easier to handle and you can still be happy and laughing during the challenging times. We were able to laugh a lot this week and it was great. And after 14
months, I feel like I have finally learned how to have true charity for my companion and how to put her before my area. Love overcomes fear and charity never faileth!

2.) The best medicine is work. Though we were in a rough spot¬†spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally, we kept working and¬†we worked hard. We taught many people and 26 lessons and it always did¬†make us feel better. Work work work! Sometimes, it’s hard to get¬†yourself to start, but when you do and you put your all in it, you¬†feel SO good.

3.) I went to Alhambra with Sister Mann this past week to do exchanges¬†and I totally thought I would feel “homesick” for Chinese work, but I¬†didn’t! It was a confirmation to me that I am supposed to be here¬†serving in Sunland in English work with Sister Robinson at this time.¬†Don’t get me wrong, I still love and miss the Chinese people and food¬†and culture and how unique the work is, but Heavenly Father has helped¬†me move on.

4.) Contacting referrals within 24 hours is inspired direction. We got two referrals this week and contacted one in 20 minutes and the other one in 2 hours and we were able to pick up two new investigators! One was a self referral and the other was the girlfriend of a less active that we were told to visit!

So those were just a few of the many lessons I learned this week. I am¬†really grateful for trials, but also with the many opportunities to¬†help bear other people’s burdens and exercise that charity.

We had a super bomb lesson with Matthew on Saturday with the best members ever. He really won the gold mine for fellowshippers. The Spirit was guiding every single person in that lesson. I wish it was recorded so I could replay it over and over. It was one of the most
powerful lessons I have ever had on my mission. All of his lessons are. I feel so privileged to be a part of his journey.

Speaking of being a part of people’s journeys, we found out yesterday¬†that the Marrs are moving to Arizona on Wednesday. Yep, this¬†Wednesday. We were so sad. So so sad. This family means everything to¬†us and the fact that we can’t see them twice or three times a week is¬†so sad. But they are going to do great wherever they are. Cory got the¬†priesthood yesterday and Natalia received her patriarchal blessing¬†yesterday as well. So they are super solid and never wavering. We are¬†going to miss them so much. Their next ward is one lucky ward. Ooh¬†also fun fact. The ward they are moving to was actually the first¬†church Cory went to. At that time, both of them were not members and¬†he was upset that Natalia was going. And now, they are going back and¬†both are members!! I am so grateful to be part of their journey. And¬†yes, Sister Robinson and I are still going to their temple sealing
next year.

Well, we just got some bad news so please please please keep us in your prayers. Good news is we are going to have a really really cool Mission Leadership Council on the temple grounds and then doing a session as an MLC tomorrow! We are super stoked. Also probably why Satan has been getting super real recently. But yeah, super excited!!

I love you all. Thank you so much for your love, support, and example. Each one of you means so much to me! And I want you all to know how much I truly love my Savior. He is my all and it really is the best blessing to wear His name over my heart everyday and do His work. Despite all the hardships, I love being a missionary. I love it more than dancing and food and llamas combined. I LOVE IT.

Have an amazing week! Hug someone this week and remind them that God and Jesus Christ loves them so much.

Love,
Sister Huang

Act Now

Hello world!!!

It’s the start of a new transfer! Sister Robinson and I will be¬†staying together in Sunland! We are both really happy about that.¬†We’ve set transfer goals and are expecting to see many miracles this¬†transfer. And you bet we will be continuing to work super hard!

So highlight of everyone’s week: GENERAL CONFERENCE. AHHH it was SO¬†good. I have never been so excited for Conference in my entire life.¬†Sister Robinson and I were saying it is better than Christmas and¬†Easter combined. Every talk was so good and I received so much insight¬†from each of them. Some of the highlights:

-President Monson’s short but POWERFUL talk in choices: “Choose the¬†HARDER a right, not the EASIER wrong.” I love it. Obedience is often¬†hard, but it’s so worth it, especially because “choices determine our¬†destiny”!

-President Henry B. Eyring’s superb testimony of the power that comes¬†from General Conference. He promised us that the through watching¬†Conference with the Spirit, we will have greater capacity to love¬†Jesus Christ and have increased faith. Everything about General¬†Conference is truly inspired and directed by the Lord.

-President Uchtdorf’s talk on how it matters not how far we have sunk¬†because God has the power to help us be restored! You cannot fall too¬†deep that the rescuing power of the Atonement can’t reach you. God¬†sees is worthy of rescue! However, we have to first be willing to ask¬†and receive help and change, aka obedience. “There’s nothing good
unless we do it!”

-Paul V. Johnson: “Jesus has already cured your __________!”

-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s uplifting talk: Because of the Atonement,¬†we get the credit for simply just TRYING. Therefore, we need to give¬†credit to others who try, even if they don’t succeed at times. Also,¬†first commandment: love God with all your heart, might, mind and
strength. First truth: God loves us with all His heart, might, mind¬†and strength. “HEAVEN IS CHEERING FOR YOU!!”

-Elder Dale G. Renlund: “The greater the distance between the giver¬†and the receiver, the more the receiver develops a sense of¬†entitlement.” We must keep the ones we love and care for and¬†responsible for close to us. The closer we are to Christ, the more we
understand His nature and grace.

Ahh every talk was just so good! And can I just say that I love the¬†Mormon Tabernacle Choir!? Their performance of “Come Thou Fount of¬†Every Blessing” just shook me. I love General Conference!!!! I hope¬†you all enjoyed it just as much!

As for this week. It was definitely a very faith trying week. And it¬†continues to be. In fact, that’s one of our transfer goals¬†individually and as a companionship: to have faith, not doubt or fear.¬†There were just what seemingly felt like an extra amount of dropped
lessons and uninterested people. Our teaching pool right now consists¬†of one. But he is so golden so that’s a huge blessing. Finding the¬†elect is hard, but we have to hope. President James E. Faust said¬†“Hope is trust in God’s promises, faith that if we act now, the¬†desired blessings will be fulfilled in the future.” So all we can do¬†is act NOW by continuing to work hard and talk with everyone and¬†believing that God will give us the desired blessings in the future,¬†whether that be this week, this month, next month or even¬†post-mission.

But guess what guys!?! Tuesday was AWESOME because I got to contact a¬†Chinese lady!!! We were walking down the street and we saw this lady¬†working on her garden. FYI I still can’t tell the difference between¬†the different kinds of Asians haha. But there are so very few Asians¬†here in Sunland and the ones that we’ve met have been Korean. Anyway,I asked her if she spoke Chinese and SHE DID!! When we realized we¬†both spoke Chinese we just ran to each other and kept saying how it¬†felt like we found family. It was the best tender mercy, even though¬†my Chinese has gotten SOOO bad. But I was very grateful to Heavenly¬†Father that that had happen ūüôā

There was another day when we were walking on the street and we passed¬†by a potential that we had stopped by at least 3 times before but was¬†never home. We actually planned to see him later that evening, but I¬†felt a slight nudge to go knock on his door right then. And he was¬†home!! He has been doing a ton of research on our church and it led to¬†a ton of anti stuff. But he is really cool and level-headed and¬†accepted our invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.¬†He said he really hopes that we are right because he’s concerned for¬†our salvation so that was very nice of him to say.

Oh! One of the BIGGEST highlights of this week was the fact that we¬†started biking (partially because we were almost out of miles for the¬†month). It has been forever since missionaries have biked here in¬†Sunland and now we know why. It’s all hills and with walking, it’s not¬†too bad. But man, biking is ROUGH. And for some reason, it brought all
the weird and unfortunate circumstances. For example, an old Mexican man kissing our cheek and getting rained down on (when it never rains in California!!). But it was great and we enjoyed it and now we know hahahaha.

We are excited for this transfer! It’s off to a rocky start, but hey,¬†we need to hit lows before we can hit the highs, right? Elder Dallin¬†H. Oaks talked about opposition. It is essential to be tested in this¬†life and it is through making the right choices that we can grow! God¬†will consecrate our afflictions for our gain, and that is a PROMISE.

I hope you all enjoy this upcoming week. Remember that you each are a precious son or daughter of God with divine worth, divine potential and a divine heritage. You each are oh so special and I love you!

Love,
Sister Huang