Thursday, September 19, 2013
Hi everyone! I’m having SO much fun out here on my mission! This really is the best mission ever because I get to meet people from literally all around the world. Right now, we are teaching two investigators who live in the United Kingdom! We also have an investigator who is getting baptized on Saturday in Logan, Utah! She is only 18 years old and her parents were really against her being baptized when she first told them. Although they still don’t approve of her decision, she has decided that she will be baptized this Saturday and she’s very excited. Sister Cheng and I are really happy for her because she is so golden and has such a strong testimony! I really admire her because she will be the first member in her family and she will definitely set a great example for her family.
This week, our mission president and his counselor arranged a special family home evening (FHE) for us. As Temple Square missionaries, we aren’t allowed to have lunch or dinner with members in their home but President Seppi (the counselor) arranged for the mission to eat appetizers at a member’s house this week! There were several families that signed up to feed us and we all split into groups of about 20 sisters. It felt SO GOOD to be in a real house for once and eat a real meal! I forgot what a good home cooked meal tastes like. I’m getting pretty sick of my cooking, not gonna lie. Not to mention, we almost never have time to make food anyways. We went to the Shoell’s house and they have 8 children! We only met 3 of their daughters though – Sister Shoell told their sons to stay out of the house while we were over because none of them are married yet. She said we can come back after the mission and date any of her sons though. She’s so funny. Many of their children served missions and one daughter just got back from Winnipeg, Canada. They were such a wonderful and sweet family and we had a great time with them! After we ate some appetizers with them, we drove to their local church and had dinner. Unfortunately, they had Sloppy Joe’s so I didn’t eat much, but they had Cold Stone Ice Cream cater for us! We are definitely so spoiled. We just relaxed at the park and I got to catch up with my MTC companion, Sister Sherratt. We then had a special guest speaker who was a psychologist and does mental health for the missionaries. I learned what personality I am! Brother Hartman, the psychologist, categorized 4 personalities into colors – red, blue, white, and yellow. I scored the highest in blue (20) and then scored 13 in white. I can’t remember what I scored in yellow but I had only 2 red. Here’s how he broke it down:
Red – Arrogant, controlling, gets things done, strong leadership skills, winning is the only thing.
Blue – Emotional, feels guilty/hard on themselves, nurturing, judgmental, very detail-oriented.
White – Kind, hates confrontation, indecisive, gets along with almost everyone/anything.
Yellow – Very optimistic, doesn’t hold grudges, forgets easily, hard to focus.
The bottom line is no personality is perfect but our personalities are gifts from our Heavenly Father. There are pros/cons to each personality and our personality is something we cannot change. However, we can change our character. We can try and incorporate all the pros in these personalities to help us become more Christlike. I’m so lucky to be able to serve with so many sisters from all over the world – I have this wonderful opportunity to learn from each personality I meet to help myself be a better person. But the bottom line comes down to this scripture in Alma 7:23-24 (“And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive. And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.”
Have a great week everyone! I love and miss you all! By the way, it’s definitely starting to cool down here in Salt Lake. I’m FREEZING already! How will I ever survive the snow here!? But I’m so excited! Oh by the way, General Conference is 15 days away. Sisters are already getting ready, trying to lose weight, and get cute clothes. Except me. I feel like I’m the black sheep of the group but I don’t really mind. Bye!
Love, Sister Olivia Ying
2013年 9月 19日，星期四