Wednesday, August 21, 2013
First off, I just want to reiterate my point about how sacrifices bring blessings. I already talked about how I saw a cat on my way to the temple but little did I know, a bigger blessing was in store for me! As I was getting ready for bed that night, a cat WALKED INTO OUR HOUSE! No joke. It just strolled in and to say I was ecstatic is a bit of an understatement. My roommates let me play with it for a few minutes before kicking it out (2 of them hate cats). But then that cat literally walked around our house the ENTIRE NIGHT, meowing and crying at every single window because it wanted to come back in. I may or may not have shed a couple tears…..I had a sleepless night because it literally meowed by the window I sleep right next to.
Anyways, it’s been a crazy week here at the Square, filled with ups and downs. But we have noticed that the Square is dying down and we no longer have hundreds of Chinese people flocking over here. Probably because school is starting soon. Being on the Square can be tough at times. There are some Antis that like to hang out here every week, but luckily I haven’t had much interaction with them. There are also Antis that come onto chat and challenge us about every little thing – we get those pretty often. And once in a while, we’ll get people who get very offended/angry at us during a tour (usually it’s because we tell them we can’t take them into the temple or that we believe the Book of Mormon is also the Word of God). It’s difficult to handle those situations because there are so many people in our group and incidents like that really drive away the Spirit, and people who were interested before feel a little uneasy and are no longer interested. All you can really do is bear your testimony to them, which sometimes makes them even more angry. I usually just say that if this wasn’t Christ’s true church on Earth, I wouldn’t sacrifice 18 months of my life to be here to serve the Lord. It sometimes amuses me though – we never force them to take a tour with us and they’re not paying us any money so they really have no obligation to stick around to hear what we have to say yet they continue to stay and argue with us sometimes. Some of them can’t even appreciate the fact that we’re young adults who made a commitment to leave their loved ones and home behind to serve the Lord. But hey, it’s all a part of the experience serving here at Temple Square and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not the argumentative type but it’s interesting to hear what they have to say.
But being on Temple Square definitely has more perks than cons. First, my mission president gave me special permission to take Jeremy and his dad on a tour here last week. Yes, it was intimidating to take them around, but it went really well and it was so good to see the both of them! Temple Square is such a special place and I was so excited to take them around a place I love so much. Next, we had 2 very special speakers this week – Sister Oaks (Dallin H. Oaks’s wife) and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland! Sister Oaks talked to us about having a firm testimony in this gospel. The gospel really is pretty simple and the reason why it can be complicated sometimes is because WE make it complicated, which is so true. Elder Holland talked to us about missionary work and it was really inspirational. I have never been that close to an apostle (the closest was when I saw Elder Perry at the Pioneer Parade) in my life and I was seriously like in shock. I sat in the most perfect seat in the entire theater – he walked right past me! He couldn’t stay for very long and had originally planned to shake all of our hands but he ran out of time. As he was walking out, he happened to pause right by me and said to all of us sisters, “Invite me back so I can shake all your hands” and then he kinda reached his hand out towards me since I was standing so close to him. I didn’t know what to do so I kinda just like extended my hand out too so it was like a weird awkward half-pat half-handshake with him. But it doesn’t matter! I touched an apostle of Christ for the first time in my entire life! My body turned into like jelly right after he left. After Elder Holland left, President Gillette had another special treat lined up for us sisters. We got to watch a video of the behind-the-scenes photography shoot for “Reflections of Christ,” which seriously is so touching because they had a scene for each major event in Christ’s life. I have been thinking a lot about the Atonement of Christ this week and Elder Holland briefly touched on that subject when he was with us too. Sometimes, the hardest person to forgive is yourself. But Elder Holland said that if we never forgive ourselves, we are denying the Atonement. If someone so much greater than us has already paid the price of our sins, who are we to stand in the way and reject the power of the Atonement? I came across Alma 11:40 (“And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else”) during my personal study this morning and I could just feel the love that the Savior has for all of us as I read it. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that because of Him, we can live with Heavenly Father and our families again.
Alright everyone, my time is up! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your last few weeks of summer. I miss you and love you all so much but I really do love my mission out here, both the good and the bad (that was something Elder Holland talked to us about). Have a wonderful week and talk to you all soon! Oh yeah, I’m going to Kitty City today to get my crazy cat lady fix. Yup.
P.S. I am getting eaten alive out here by bugs. I got bit walking back home from the Square at night and I now have 2 massive swollen bumps on my arm. I think I might be a little allergic. Medicine/anti-itch cream didn’t work….help?
Love, Sister Olivia Ying
Mom and Dad – I literally JUST SAW Grace Chen (is that her last name?) She just walked into the building that I was emailing in. She says hi!
2013年 8月 21日，星期三