Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I can’t believe I’ve been at Temple Square for a week already! It seems like the MTC was forever ago yet at the same time, the days are going by so slowly. Probably because we have 16 hour days every day. So this first week has been pretty rough mainly because I have viral bronchitis. Yup. I had a really bad cough the second day I got here and I even lost my voice for 2 days. I was finally able to see the doctor yesterday and he told me to just keep drinking lots of fluids, take Vitamin C tablets and take Mucinex, which is an over-the-counter medicine. The pill is HUGE and it took me 4 tries to swallow it down this morning. Not fun. Not quite sure how I got bronchitis (I don’t think it’s contagious) since I’ve never really been that sick but there’s not much I can do about it except to let it run its course. Sleeping is hard sometimes because I wake up in the middle of the night and cough like crazy. My poor companion. And she has to do most of the talking during the tours because I can’t talk for very long before I start coughing a ton again. And my voice still isn’t completely back so it’s been a rough start at the Square.
I forgot to bring my journal with me this time so I can’t remember all that happened this past week. I’ll try and do a quick recap though. Sister Cheng and I usually do Mandarin tours. For some reason, huge tour buses come in and there’s like over 30 Chinese people in a group that come to Temple Square for tours so Sister Cheng and I are in constant demand. I realized how bad my Chinese is though! It’s hard enough for me to talk about church history and gospel principles in English, let alone Chinese. And not using any Chinese at the MTC for 3 weeks has seriously affected my speaking skills! I still understand everything when someone talks to me, but I can’t even remember key Chinese gospel vocabulary words like prophet, “church members,” and even “temple” sometimes! But the mission president’s counselor gave me a language blessing to be able to speak Chinese more fluently. But so far….I can’t even really talk, thanks to bronchitis.
I’ve come to realize that Temple Square is a pretty hard mission…..you really don’t have much time with the people who come for a tour and they’re mostly interested in hearing about the history and basic facts rather than learning more about our beliefs and principles. One of the most frustrating things for me is trying to teach people from Mainland China. Many of them have no knowledge of what religion is or who Jesus Christ is, so they are eager to learn more. However, they have to go back on their tour bus in 30 minutes so Sister Cheng and I really don’t have time to fully explain the answers. They then fill out referral cards and ask us to contact them, but since China is not open yet and the Church obeys and respects all the laws, we cannot contact them if they list their China address. It really is so frustrating because we have had quite a few people from China approach us and tell us that they are interested in learning more, but we literally cannot tell them more. We can only tell them as much as we can in the little time we have at the Square with them.
One incident in particular really stood out to me. A man from China was holding a card with Jesus Christ on it and he asked me if He was Brigham Young. I told him that He was Jesus Christ and the man seemed surprised. Then he asked me, “Oh, so you think that Jesus Christ was a real person?” Now, I’ve had a lot of people ask me (in my whole life, not just at the Square) if I believe in Christ but no one has ever asked me if I believed that Christ was actually a real person. That question took me by surprise and it has really stood out to me all week. I never thought of Jesus Christ as just some person who was made up. I know that Christ was not a made up person and that He really did perform miracles. I know that He died for our sins and that He lives. 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.”) talks about how Christ suffered for our sins so that we can have eternal life. I know without a doubt that Christ loves us all so much that He died for us.
Oh yeah, before I sign off, something really exciting happened at the Square this week! A very famous person came to the Tabernacle to record some music! I was SO CLOSE to seeing him too! His car pulled up but he sat in his car for a few minutes before he came out. Unfortunately, my giant group of Asians pulled up around the same time so Sister Cheng and I had to quickly escort them the other way. But I might be on TV…apparently some guy named David Frost has his own show and he was waiting for the famous musician to come out to interview him. Before he came, David Frost came up to me and some of the other sisters to shake our hands and talk to us. So hey, I might be on TV. Look for me!
I miss you all very much and you are all in my prayers, especially the branch!
Love, Sister Ying
Oh P.S. I saw Joe from Pye’s office at the Square! He was here shooting a wedding. And then I ran into Jeremy and Kimchi because they were doing a session at the temple. Oh and today I saw my teacher from the MTC, who served in Washington DC with Marshall! I run into people all the time here, seriously.
2013年 7月 31日，星期三