Chapter IX – 2nd Transfer! // 第九篇 – 第二個搬家期!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hi everyone! So I’m officially in my second transfer now – 1 down, 11 more to go! Transfers are super crazy here at the Square (I’m sure it’s crazy in other missions as well) but it’s a little more difficult since we need to make sure there are enough sisters still manning the Square! We had almost 30 sisters go outbound this transfer – they were called to Washington, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, San Diego and some other states. One of the sisters is now in Washington D.C., which is where I really want to go! Super jealous. But anyways, Sister Cheng and I are still companions actually and we didn’t even have to move! The only thing that changed is our zone/assignments and our PDays, which is now on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. But I’m sure by next transfer, they will split us up and we’ll have to move – sisters rarely stay together for more than 2 transfers here at the Square.

This week has flown by because of all this transfer excitement and we also got our new MTC sisters yesterday! I can’t even remember what has happened these past few days. I do remember John Bytheway though. Yup, he came to speak to us! He’s a really well-known Mormon speaker for the youth but he came and talked to us sisters on Tuesday. He focused on the parables found in Luke 15 about the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son and related these parables to missionary work. Some people do not understand the gospel because of ignorance (the lost sheep). Some have fallen away because of negligence (the lost coin). Finally, some oppose the gospel because of rebellion (the prodigal son) while others because of pride (the prodigal son’s brother). As missionaries, it is our job to find those who do not have the gospel in their lives for whatever reason and bring them back on the right path.

These last few days, I have been studying in the Book of Mormon about the Iron Rod, more specifically in 1 Nephi 8. I love the symbolism that is found in this chapter. There’s too much for me to explain, so I invite you all to read that chapter when you have time! But I do want to share one verse with you – it’s 1 Nephi 8:24 “And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.” This morning in Relief Society, we talked about Christ-like attributes and how hope is one of those attributes. Sometimes we may be doing all the right things (“clinging to the rod of iron”) but we still sometimes can’t feel God’s love for us or we don’t feel like we’re getting answers to our prayers. But that’s why it’s so important to have hope, despite the difficult trials we may be facing. Our Heavenly Father truly does love us each and every one of us very much and He hears all of our prayers. But sometimes our faith needs to be tested so that we can prove how much hope and trust we have in the Lord. I promise you that as we continue to press forward, we will have a taste of that fruit, otherwise known as God’s love. I think this has been on my mind recently since our investigator that had a baptism date set for this weekend told us she can’t get baptized yet. Long story short, her parents were very upset when she told them she had decided to get baptized and do not support her at all. She has been doing all the right things and keeping up with all the commitments but now she has a trial standing in front of her. But I promised her that as long as she continues to be faithful and exercise trust in the Lord, she will find a way to be baptized without creating tension in her family. Baptism is a commandment from God and there is no commandment that God has given us that we cannot keep and He will always provide a way for us to follow them. I firmly believe that miracles can happen but it all depends on how much faith we have in Him.

Have a great week everyone! I miss and love you all very much! I ran into Angela Evans’ family on the Square last week and it was so great to see them. Sister Cheng and I were actually covering desk duty for some other sisters when Angela’s family found me and we usually are never at that desk. If we didn’t cover the desk that day, we might not have run into each other. Miracles happen every day on the Square, I promise!

Love, Sister Olivia Ying

Sister Stolp from Northern California is going to the Spokane, Washington mission!

Sister Stolp from Northern California is going to the Spokane, Washington mission!

Matching with my cousin!

Matching with my cousin!

Don't judge our appearances - we woke up at 5:15 to drop off Sister Felsted at the airport. She went home to Georgia! She is Sister Cheng's mommy/trainer and my grandma!

Don’t judge our appearances – we woke up at 5:15 to drop off Sister Felsted at the airport. She went home to Georgia! She is Sister Cheng’s mommy/trainer and my grandma!

2013年 9月 6日,星期四

大家好!我剛剛開始了我的第二個搬家期…. 一個已經過了,剩下還有十一個!在聖殿廣場每一次過搬家日都會讓我們這些姊妹非常激動,而且在這邊搬家日也是很瘋狂,(我估計每一個傳道部的搬家期都很瘋狂)可是在這裡搬家日的時候我們還需要安排足夠的姊妹在廣場服務。我們這個搬家期幾乎有三十個姊妹要調到新的傳道部去 - 她們被分配去華盛頓州,內華達州,佛羅里達州,賓夕法尼亞州,聖地亞哥,還有其他的州。有一位聖殿廣場姊妹現在在華盛頓特區傳教,那邊就是我非常想去的地方!我很羨慕她!反正,程姊妹和我還是在一起。實際上,我們也沒有搬家了!我們這個搬家期只有一些小小的變化,比如說,我們的地帶,責任,還有我們的準備日改成禮拜四。不過我猜想下個搬家期我跟程姊妹會被分開,而且我估計我們也會需要搬家。在這裡一對同伴團在一起不常會超過兩個搬家期的時間。

這週過得非常快,我是這麼想是因為搬家日的關係,而且來自傳教士訓練中心的新來姊妹們昨天才來到這邊了!其實,我現在想不起前幾天來發生的一些事情。我還是記得白約翰上個禮拜過來向我們姊妹做個演講!他是一個很有名的摩爾門演講者。他平常是向教會的男女青年做演講的,可是上週二他來這兒拜訪我們這些姊妹們。他那天強調路加福音第十五章的比喻。他把這些比喻關於迷失的羊,丟失的硬幣,還有回頭的浪子比做為傳教的事工。有的人是因為無知而不了解福音(迷失的羊)。有的人是因為粗心大意而迷失方向(丟失的硬幣)。最後,有的人是因為反叛而叛逆福音(回頭的浪子),反而有的人是因為驕傲而叛逆的(浪子的兄弟)。我們這些傳教士都有責任去找那些還沒有接觸福音的人,而且我們的目的是幫助他們接受福音而幫他們開始走在耶穌基督的道路上。

最近我在摩爾門經裡閱讀的是鐵桿的意義。我的研讀集中在尼腓一書第八章上。我真的非常喜歡這章的所有象徵。可是因為這章的象徵太多了,所以我不能完全解釋全部。所以呢,我邀請你們大家都有空的時候閱讀這章!不過我還是想要跟你們分享一節經文,就是尼腓一書,第八章,第二十四節,“事情是這樣的,我看到其他的人努力前進,他們前來,抓住鐵桿的一端,並且緊握著鐵桿,努力前進,穿過黑霧,直到他們前來吃到樹上的果子。”今天早上在慈助會的時候,我們談到基督般的品格,而我們強調其中的一個就是希望。我們有時會正義地努力前進(“緊握著鐵桿”),可是我們可能還是沒有感覺到神對我們的愛,或者說,我們覺得神不會回答我們的祈禱。在這樣的情況下,最重要的事情就是保持希望的態度。雖然我們有時候會碰到種種的考驗,但是我們得一直有希望。我們的天父真的愛我們每一個人,而且祂真的會聽得到我們的每一個禱告。不過,因為我們需要常常證明我們對神的希望和信賴,所以我們的信心有時候需要通過各種各樣的考驗。我應許你們只要我們不斷前進,我們會吃到那棵樹上美好的果子,換句話說,我們會感覺到神對我們的愛。我覺得最近我一直想到這一點是因為我們的一個慕道友本來打算在這個週末接受洗禮,可是她後來決定說她不能受洗。長話短說,她的父母一聽到她要加入教會就非常生氣,而他們完全不贊成她受洗的決定。雖然她最近一直努力做神要她做的事情,比如說遵守我們給她的承諾,但是她突然遇到這個很大的挑戰。不過我答應她說只要她繼續表達她對神的信心和信賴,她就會找到辦法能受洗,而這個辦法並不會造成她跟她父母之間的任何問題。洗禮就是神給我們的一個誡命,而且神也不會給我們一個我們不能遵守的誡命。祂一定總會預備方法來幫助我們遵從祂的一切誡命。我確實相信奇蹟的真實性,不過為了受到奇蹟我們得先表達我們對神的信心。

祝你們一切好!我非常想念你們大家!我也愛你們!我上週在廣場的時候碰到溫家庭!見到他們就讓我很高興!那個時候我和程姊妹剛好就是在代替櫃台的姊妹。我們平常不會這麼做,所以我們要是沒有代替她們的話,我們就可能不會看到溫家庭。在聖殿廣場奇蹟每天都會發生!

愛,

應姊妹

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