Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hi everyone, I’m in Salt Lake City now! We got here yesterday and today is my P-Day. For the next 6 weeks, my P-Day will always be Wednesday, which is when I get to email and write letters. Oh and I get 2 hours instead of just 1 hour now, so I have a little more time to email everyone!
On Saturday, we actually had the chance to come up to Temple Square for a few hours to see what it’s like to serve in Temple Square. We were all assigned to new companions that are currently serving here. My companion was Sister Imangazi, and she is from Kazakhstan. How crazy is that!? I had no idea where that was until she showed a map to me. Oh and she speaks a TON of languages. She speaks Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, some Korean and more that I can’t even remember. We did a Russian tour (I obviously didn’t understand a single thing they were talking about) around the Square and it was really cool to meet people from literally all around the world. Oh and guess who I saw at Temple Square on Saturday? Kimchi! I didn’t get a chance to talk to him a lot because we were in the middle of our tour, but we did say hi to each other.
On Sunday, we had a fireside and the speaker talked about the pioneers because it was Pioneer Day this week. I love hearing stories about the pioneers – they’re always so inspiring and the amount of faith that they had always blows me away. We also watched a talk by Elder Bednard and he talked about the character of Christ. It was a really inspiring talk and he basically told us that we need to serve and love others. It’s so easy to get caught up in your own problems but we need to be more selfless and more like Christ. He also talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ gives us the strength that we need. There are many things in life that we cannot do alone and we need to rely and trust in Him because we really are weak without Him. This talk made me think about the different trials that I have faced in my life and I feel like so many things are clicking for me now. The trials I went through have only made me a stronger and better person and they have shaped me into the person I am today. These trials have caused my faith in Christ to be strengthened so much more and I am fully aware that I need to put my trust in Him whenever I feel like I’m going through something that I can’t handle.
Monday was spent packing everything up for Salt Lake and cleaning up our room. We also got to chat with people online to answer their questions. Sometimes, it is seriously SO hard to talk to these people! The majority of people that Sister Sherratt and I talked to online are mostly just trolling us and it gets really frustrating because they’re really not serious about learning about the gospel. Or we get some really rude people sometimes. Those are always fun. But still, I love chatting with people online because it is such a cool way to proselyte.
Anyways, at 6 in the morning yesterday, all of the Temple Square sisters piled into the bus and drove up to Salt Lake City. When we were walking over to Temple Square, I ran into Justin, Jeremy’s brother! He works right across the Square so I was wondering when I was gonna see him. It was nice to see a familiar face before I walked into Temple Square because I was feeling pretty nervous and anxious. We met our mission president and his wife and took care of some administrative stuff. Then we got to go to the Church History Museum, right across from Temple Square. Although I’ve been to Temple Square a lot before my mission, I’ve never actually gone to the museum. The museum was filled with a ton of cool stuff, but my favorite was the Prophets Exhibit. They had a little bit of history on every single prophet of the Church as well as some personal items, like a horse saddle and outfits. They even had some original letters written by the prophets themselves, all the way back to Joseph Smith. So cool!
After the museum, we went back to Temple Square and we were assigned our new companions. They went alphabetically so I was in the bottom 2. They had me and the last MTC sister close our eyes and turn around. Then they did the same with the last 2 Temple Square sisters. The suspense was killing me. But my companion is Sister Cheng and she is from Hong Kong! Cantonese is her native language but she can speak Mandarin too so we sometimes speak in Chinese. We are also on the list to do Mandarin tours because a TON of buses come with 30+ Chinese people to the Square and they need a lot of Mandarin-speaking missionaries to take them around. After we were paired up with our companions, we got to go to Walmart to do some grocery shopping! Seriously the best day of my life. I’ve been dying to go grocery shopping so that I can eat what I actually want to eat. The remainder of the night was spent cleaning up our new place and unpacking everything.
Today is Pioneer Day so we got to watch the Pioneer Parade that went through downtown Salt Lake City! I realized that this was the first parade that I have ever been to and it was so much fun! The coolest thing is President Uchtdorf was in the parade and he waved to all of us sister missionaries! When the parade was over, we saw Elder Perry in the crowd and we all went up to say hi and to take some pictures. He’s SUPER tall. Some missionaries also saw Elder Anderson but I didn’t find him. But how cool is that!? After the parade, Sister Cheng and I walked around the Square for a little bit. A man asked us if he could have 10 Book of Mormons (BOMs) in Chinese because everyone in the tour group was really interested in reading it. How awesome is that!? We were only able to find 7 BOMs but we gave them some pass-along cards with the church website on it. We then walked over to City Creek for some lunch and since it was P-Day, we got to walk around and do some shopping. Well, more like window shopping. We have P-Day for the rest of the entire day so we will probably just go home and write some letters and cook dinner.
I don’t have a scripture for this week, but I do have a fortune that I got today….it says “The world will soon be ready to receive your talents.” This is one of the rare times where I felt like a fortune actually fit my life! Temple Square has people from literally all over the world and hopefully I have some talents that I can use to bless other people’s lives. The craziest thing about this fortune is that Jeremy received the same exact fortune from Panda Express in Provo today. I got my fortune cookie from a different Chinese fast food place (can’t remember the name but definitely not Panda Express) at City Creek…..so weird.
I miss you all and I hope you are all doing! My new Salt Lake City address will be added to the blog so please write me! 🙂
Love, Sister Ying
2013年 7月 24日，星期三