Chapter IV – First Week at Temple Square! // 第四篇 – 在聖殿廣場的第一週!

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.

Sister Ying + Sister Cheng

Sister Ying + Sister Cheng

2013年 7月 31日,星期三

想到我在聖殿廣場已經一個星期了就讓我很驚訝!我覺得自從我離開MTC以來,已經過了很久。不過,最近好像每一天都過得有一點慢。我應該是這樣子想,因為我們每天都需要工作十六個鐘頭。對我來說,這個禮拜比較困難,因為我得了支氣管炎。我剛來這裡的第二天,我咳嗽地很厲害,而且我的嗓子沙啞了。我昨天終於有機會去看醫生,然後他就告訴我喝很多流質,吃維生素C和其他的非處方藥。我需要吃的藥丸非常大,我今天早上試著分四次才終於把它吞下去了。一點也不好玩!我不知道我怎麼得了支氣管炎(我覺得這種病不會傳染)因為我不常生病。為了恢復健康,我就是需要一些時間來恢復。睡眠有時是很困難的,因為我常常半夜就會醒來咳嗽很厲害。我的同伴很可憐。我們帶領參觀團的時候她大部分的時間得講話,因為我不能說太多,不然我就會又開始咳嗽。我的嗓子還沒有完全恢復了,所以我在聖殿廣場的第一個星期不太好。

我這次寫電郵的時候忘了帶我的日記來,所以我現在想不起來上個禮拜發生的每一件事情。我會試試看很快地跟你們分享上個星期的一些經驗。程姊妹和我平常帶普通話的團。好多坐著中國人的巴士每天來這裡,所以我跟程姊妹常常需要帶領三十多個中國人參觀聖殿廣場。我們真的非常忙。我最近發現到我的中文沒有那麼好!對我來說,用英文解釋教會的歷史和福音的原則已經很難,然後用中文真的難的不得了。而且,因為我在MTC的時候,三個禮拜都沒有說中文,所以我國語說話的能力退步了很多!我還是完全聽得懂中國人說的每一句話,可是我有時候講不出來中文的基本福音用語!比如說,“先知”,“教會成員”,甚至“聖殿”!不過,我傳道部會長的諮理給我一個語言的祝福使我能更流利地說中文。但是因為我還有支氣管炎的病狀,所以我還是不能講很多話。

我最近發覺到聖殿廣場是一個很難的傳道部。在這裡,我們跟參加參觀團的人真的沒有很多時間在一起。而且,他們大部分往往是對學習我們教會的歷史和基本的事實有興趣。他們不太想要學習我們的信仰或原則。對我來說,最難的事情就是教導來自中國大陸的人。他們大多數都沒有甚麼宗教背景,而且他們都不知道耶穌基督是誰。所以呢,他們都很樂意學習這些事情。不過,他們只有半個小時在這裡參觀,然後他們就會馬上回去巴士。在這樣的情況下,我和程姊妹沒有很多時間跟這些大陸人完全回答他們對教會的問題。他們大部分都會把回條卡填好,然後也會要求我們之後跟他們聯絡。不過,因為中國大陸還沒有開放宗教的禁止,所以我們不可以跟他們保持聯繫。我們的教會會儘可能遵守和尊重中國的法律,結果,雖然他們會跟我們留下他們的地址,但是我們還是不能跟他們聯絡。這樣子真的讓我很難過,因為我們最近認識很多想要多學習福音的中國人,可是我們確不能跟他們分享更多。我們只可以跟他們在聖殿廣場分享我們所能在很少時間之內解釋的事情。

上個星期發生的一件事請,讓我留下很深的印象。我碰到一位來自中國大陸的先生。他那個時候拿著一張耶穌基督的卡片,而他問我在那張卡的正面是不是楊百翰。我告訴這位祂就是耶穌基督,然後他看起來很驚訝。他接著問我說,“哦,你認為耶穌基督是一個真實的人呢?”在我生活中,我碰到很多人問我是否相信耶穌是基督,可是呢,我從來沒有經過這樣的經驗,就是有一個人問我是不是相信耶穌基督確實是一個真的人。這個問題令我非常驚訝,而且我整個禮拜都在思考這個經驗。我從來沒有想過耶穌基督是一個被虛構的人物。我知道基督肯定不是一個虛構的人,而祂真的存在,並行了許多奇蹟。我知道祂為我們的罪受苦而死。我也知道祂還活著。阿爾瑪書第七張第十一到十二節說,“祂必到各處去,受盡各種痛苦,折磨,試探,以應驗祂要承擔人民痛苦,疾病的預言。祂要承受死亡,使祂能打開束縛他人民的死亡枷鎖;祂也要承擔他們的軟弱,使祂的心腸能因肉身而滿懷慈悲,這樣祂才能因肉身,了解如何依照祂人民的軟弱來救助他們。”這節經文就是解釋耶穌基督如何為我們的罪受難使我們大家都能得到永生。我確實知道耶穌基督愛我們每一個人,甚至祂願意為我們大家犧牲自己的性命。

對了,在我停筆之前,想要告訴你們關於上個禮拜在聖殿廣場發生的很令人興奮的事情!有一位很有名的人來這裡的教堂錄製音樂!我幾乎看到他!他的車子來的時候他一直坐著在車上,等了很久以後他終於從車裡面出來了。不巧的事情就是那個時候一大群亞洲客人突然來了,所以我跟程姊妹不得不離開去帶領他們參觀廣場。可是,我可能會在電視上,因為一個人名叫戴維弗羅斯特有一個電視節目,所以他來採訪這個有名的歌手。這位歌手出來之前,戴維弗羅斯特跟我和其他的姊妹們握手而打個招呼一下。所以呢,你門也許會在電視上看到我!

我非常想念你們大家,而且我常常為你們禱告,特別是耶魯分會!

愛,

應姊妹

P.S. 我上個禮拜在聖殿廣場見到喬(他是我在派的公司其中的一個同事)!他來這裡拍照婚禮。我也碰到忠航和明浩,因為他們來這裡的聖殿做恩道門。今天我也看到我的MTC老師,他是那個跟馬歇爾在華盛頓一起傳教的老師。我真的常常在這裡碰到很多人。

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One response to “Chapter IV – First Week at Temple Square! // 第四篇 – 在聖殿廣場的第一週!

  1. Sister Ying, it’s great to hear your experience. Maybe the Lord had you lose your voice so that you would have more time to get adjusted to speaking Chinese again. ;> Btw, can you actually tell the people from China that they can contact the Church in Hong Kong or Macao if they want to find out more? Maybe you can show them the Church’s address in Hong Kong, can you?
    PS: Wow, you know about Marshall. I guess you never really left the Branch! haha~
    Good luck on your mission!! Miss you!!

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