June 10th, 2013
So we have 6 Hmong missionaries in Fresno now! Elder Bradford and Elder Mabey came down to be with us. We are in two sets of 3. It’s a lot of fun. Teaching is a little different and running in the morning is crazy with all 6 of us.
We also had some great miracles this week. All the people that have been baptized on our side (East) since I got here, all of them came to church. Julie also got a calling. She's awesome! She's going to be a ward missionary so we're excited for her too!
We had a great zone conference and we got some great training. A senior couple gave some great instruction on communication and dispensations.
3 types of communication
-Superficial: Basic surface information of a person's life.
-Personal: Thoughts, feelings, deeper than just mundane facts...
-Validation: finding strengths...compliments etc.
The more personal and validating communication, the greater risk we take, but we also get the most feedback and satisfaction. It makes a ton of sense actually. They gave us great ideas for how to improve communication with others.
President had some great counsel and instruction. He said "Christ doesn't ask us to go through Gethsemane, but rather to just wait by the gate of the garden. He just asks us to be there with him. To be his friend."
He also talked about obedience and Abraham and Isaac. In the apocrypha, he referenced that an account said Abraham gushed out tears over his son right before he was preparing to sacrifice him. He said this "He sobbed. He wept. But he was obedient." Just stresses the importance of obedience.
"It’s human nature to set our sights low....IT CANNOT BE THIS WAY WITH US"
These were just a few of the things they talked about...super awesome.
"Jean Valjean, my brother, you belong no longer to evil but to good...I will draw it [his soul] from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition..."
This is for Ray Ray and her graduation. I love this line. Our goal is to help our brothers and sisters return to good; return to God. Let us be as forgiving and loving as the bishop that forgave Jean Valjean. Let’s reach out to those that are struggling and lift them back up.
I love you all so much. Please let me know if you have any specific questions or anything! xoxox
Elder Burdick (Tseem Fwv Leem)