Chapter VIII – Last Week of My First Transfer! // 第八篇 - 第一個搬家期的最後一週!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hi everyone! So this is my last week of my very first transfer (each transfer lasts for 6 weeks) and I’m excited but nervous for all the new changes coming up. On Monday, we had a mission meeting, where President Gillette announced 28 sisters who are going outbound. Outbound is when the Temple Square missionaries are reassigned to a different state in the United States (you can actually get sent to different cities in Utah though) for about 2-3 transfers. Some of the sisters knew they were already going outbound while some were completely shocked. They don’t know where they’re going yet, but we will all find out on Sunday and then they’re off to their new mission on Tuesday! How crazy is that!? I’ve still got a few transfers to go before I’m sent outbound though!

Anyways, this has been one crazy and busy week. Last Thursday, there was some sort of chemical spill in the South Visitors’ Center here. Sister Cheng and I were actually sitting right outside the maintenance room where the spill happened….we had been studying there for a good hour or so when we noticed a strange smell. We weren’t sure what it was (we thought it was cleaning supplies for the bathroom) but then people started rushing out of the maintenance room and we heard them say “Call security.” Suddenly, the fire alarm went off and someone yelled at us to get out. A couple minutes later, we heard the ambulances and fire trucks coming and we were escorted to talk with security and the medics. All of us had to get checked out by the medics to make sure we were okay since the chemical caused some physical problems. I was feeling pretty lightheaded and dizzy and since I had bronchitis earlier this month, this incident kinda re-triggered my cough. A couple sisters ended up going to the hospital to get checked out but the medic that cleared me said that my lungs were fine and that I should be okay. I felt kinda weird the rest of the day but nothing too serious!

On Saturday, we had the opportunity to hike up Ensign Peak. The history behind this place is pretty cool. When Brigham Young decided to move all the pioneers out west, he didn’t know where exactly he was going. However, he received a revelation from Joseph Smith and was told that there would be a peak that would indicate “the spot.” That peak was Ensign Peak. It was a super hot day when we went on that hike, but it was the same path that the pioneers walked on. When we go to the top of Ensign Peak, the view was amazing! We could see all of Salt Lake City, including Temple Square. But obviously when Brigham Young got there, all he saw was a desert. However, he saw the potential that this place could be. I thought about how often times we don’t see our own potential or the potential other people have. However, just like Brigham Young saw the potential of Salt Lake City and what it could be, our Heavenly Father sees the potential in all of us. At times, we may feel discouraged or feel like we’re not good enough, but just remember that our Father in Heaven believes in us so much and we all have so much potential to be person our Heavenly Father knows we can be.

On one particular day this week, Sister Cheng and I were hit hardcore by Antis on both chat and over the phone. I’ve talked with some before, but on that particular day, it really shook me. They said some really horrible and degrading things about the Church and it hurt to hear someone speak so harshly about something that I love so much and have been blessed by. But when I hung up the phone, a scripture came into my mind that I had just read a few hours earlier during my personal study. It was Matthew 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” After that call, I read that verse again and felt so much more comforted. As missionaries, we serve as representatives of Jesus Christ Himself, and we invite everyone to come unto Him. However, at times, we will be met with a lot of opposition and it can be really difficult. But I know that all those who are faithful will be greatly blessed. I also thought of Joseph Smith and all of the hardships and persecution he went through and I know that he had a much harder time than me.

Well, my time is almost up again so I need to quickly tell you guys a couple good news. First, one of our investigators that we met on chat has decided she wants to get baptized! Sister Cheng and I could tell she was golden as soon as she came on chat and asked us some questions. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make it to her baptism because it is out of our boundaries. But we’re still so excited! She lives in Utah and plans on coming to Temple Square to meet us. The next good news is my Chinese is improving! I have noticed less people are making fun of my Chinese and people have been telling me that my Chinese is really good for an ABC. One lady from Taiwan told me that I explained everything very clearly and thoroughly, and she was really impressed. But I know it’s not me – it’s the Spirit guiding my thoughts and words to help those who come to the Square draw closer to our Savior.

Have a great week everyone! I love and miss you all so much!

Love, Sister Olivia Ying

Sister Pien (my cousin) and I with the medic that cleared me

Sister Pien (my cousin) and I with the medic that cleared me

My district at Ensign Peak - Sister Cheng (Hong Kong), Sister Takita (Orem, UT but left for Tokyo), Sister Nakaima (Japan), me, Sister May (Arizona), Sister Stolp (California), Sister Takahashi (Canada) and Sister Zhang (China)

My district at Ensign Peak – Sister Cheng (Hong Kong), Sister Takita (Orem, UT but left for Tokyo), Sister Nakaima (Japan), me, Sister May (Arizona), Sister Stolp (California), Sister Takahashi (Canada) and Sister Zhang (China)

President Gillette arranged for the sisters to go to the Bountiful Temple this morning!

President Gillette arranged for the sisters to go to the Bountiful Temple this morning!

2013年 8月 28日,星期三

大家好!這週是我第一個搬家期的最後一個星期(每一個搬家期是六個禮拜)。我是因為即將要發生的變化而感到很期待,可是我也是有一點緊張!上個禮拜一我們舉行了一個傳道部大會,那個時候吉列會長宣布說二十八個姊妹們要調到別的地方去傳教。我們這些聖殿廣場的姊妹們在我們傳教的十八個月的時間內會有機會調到美國的另外一州去傳教(我們也許可以去猶他州的其他的城市)。這個調走的機會就是兩到三個搬家期左右。有些姊妹已經知道她們要調走,反而有的非常吃驚。她們還不知道要去甚麼地方,可是我們這個星期天都會意識到這個令人驚訝的消息,然後她們下個星期二就會到她們新的傳道部去!真不可思議的!我還有幾個搬家期才能被調走!

總之,這個星期非常瘋狂,我這週也是忙得慌。上個禮拜四在聖殿廣場的南部遊客中心發生了一種化學品洩漏。那個時候我和程姊妹坐著在那個現場的設備室旁邊。我們在那裡閱讀了大概一個小時,然後我們突然聞到一個很奇怪的味道。我們一聞到時不太確定那個味道是甚麼(我們本來覺得就是洗手間的清潔用品)不過很多人突然從設備室裡面跑出來了,而且我們聽到他們大喊說“報警!”突然間,火警響了而另外一個人大聲地告訴我們趕快跑走。幾分鐘後,我們聽到救護車跟消防車的汽笛,所以我們知道他們快到了。因為那些被洩露出來的化學品可能會造成身體上的問題,所以我們那時候都需要去看急救醫士。我們都先被急救醫士檢查才能離開。那天我感到有一點頭暈,而且因為我這個月已經得了支氣管炎,所以這個事故再使我咳嗽。有些姊妹不得不去醫院看病,可是檢查我的那個醫士說我的肺都沒有問題,所以我不用擔心。我那天還是感到有一點不舒服,不過沒甚麼大的問題!

上個週六我們姊妹們有機會去旗幟峰爬山。這個地方的歷史真的是令我感動的。當楊百翰決定跟教會的先驅者搬到西方去時,他不知道他們要去的特定地點。不過他從約瑟斯密那裡受到啓示,而這個啓示就讓他知道他會遇到一座山峰,然後這座山峰就會表示他們的目的地。那座山峰就是旗幟峰。我們去爬山的那一天非常熱,不過能走在先驅者以前走過的同樣道路就令我很感動。我們到旗幟峰的山頂時就看到了太美麗的風景!我們當時能看到鹽湖城的全部範圍,包括聖殿廣場。可是楊百翰到達那邊的時候當然只能看到沙漠的地形。但是他那個時候也是意識到那個地點的潛能。我在那座山上的時候想到自己的潛能,而且我覺得我們常常都看不到自己的潛能,同時我們也看不到別人的。不過就像楊百翰看到鹽湖城的潛能一樣,我們的天父也會看到我們每一個人所擁有的潛能。雖然我們有時候會感到灰心或沮喪,但是我們都應該記得我們的天父對我門每一個人都有信賴。我們也要記得我們都有潛能來成為我們的天父要我們成為的人。

這個禮拜程姊妹和我有一天碰到很多堅強的反教者。我們在網上還有在電話上都遇到這些反教者。我以前跟反教者講過,不過那天跟他們講就給我留下很不好的印象。他們跟我們說對教會的一些又可怕又粗魯的話。聽到這些人這樣說關於我所喜愛也被祝福的教會就傷了我的感情。不過我掛電話後就想到我那天在個人研讀的時候看到的一節經文。那節就是馬太福音第十章,第二十二節:“並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。”我跟那個反教者講完電話之後,再看那節經文,然後感到很多安慰。我們這些傳教士都是耶穌基督的代表,並且我們邀請每一個人歸向祂。可是我們有時候會碰到很多的對立,而在這樣的情況下我們很容易會感到氣餒的感覺。不過我知道那些有信心的人肯定會受到很多祝福。我也想到約瑟斯密所面臨的困難和迫害。我知道他所遇到的挑戰都比我遇到的還厲害。

我的時間快到了!可是我還需要告訴你們一些好消息!首先,我們在網上認識的一個慕道友決定要接受洗禮!程姊妹和我在網上一開始跟她聊天就知道她是一個金色的慕道友。可是不巧的事情就是因為她住的地方是在我們範圍的外面,所以我們不能參加她的洗禮會。不過我們還是很高興她決定要受洗了!她住在猶他州,所以她打算來聖殿廣場拜訪我們。還有我的中文進步了很多!我最近發現到人家批評我的中文是越來越少的。實際上,很多人最近告訴我說雖然我是個ABC(在美國出生的中國人),但是我的中文非常流利。有一天一位來自台灣的女人跟我說我把我所分享的每一件事情都解釋得很清楚,而且我的中文使她很驚訝。不過我知道我中文的進步並不是因為我自己的優點,反而就是因為聖靈在引領我的思想跟我所說的話來幫助那些來聖殿廣場的人更加接近我們的救主。

祝你們一週愉快!我很想念和愛你們大家!

應姊妹

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