Friday, November 8, 2013
I have about 12 minutes to write this email so this will have to be a quick one. Here are just some highlights of what happened this week.
We had our first snowfall of the year! It started to snow a little bit on Sunday morning but later that night, it started to come down a lot harder. Sister May and I ran outside to play in it for a little bit. The next morning, we woke up to snow EVERYWHERE! All of the sisters were really excited since it was their first time seeing snow. But it only snowed that one day and it’s back up in the 50s now.
We had a mission meeting today and we were called to repentance hardcore. Our mission president and the APs talked to us about being exactly obedient and I felt pretty guilty. There were so many things I thought of that I needed to improve on. I think we all felt guilty, or at least I hope we all did. As missionaries, we may not be committing huge noticeable sins but that does not mean we are perfect. We make mistakes every single day and often times we don’t even notice them. It was a good wake up call and I’m really grateful because they want to hold all of the missionaries here to a higher standard.
We also had an opportunity to fast this week and Sister May and I decided that we wanted to fast to understand repentance and the Atonement more. I really feel like our fast and prayers were answered because this whole week, in each meeting, they talked about repentance and the Atonement. During Relief Society, we talked about the enabling power of the Atonement. The Atonement is something I don’t think I will ever fully understand but something that I will always be grateful for. Just think about this – Heavenly Father loves us so much that He was willing to send His Only Son down to Earth to be sacrificed for us, and Jesus Christ loves us so much that He was willing to satisfy the demands of justice for us. The Atonement is not only something we use for repentance but also for us to rely on to become stronger. I have seen myself do things I never thought imaginable – talk and bear my testimony to complete random strangers, take a large group tour in Chinese, teach over the phone, meet Antis, stay awake and on my feet for 16 hours, the list goes on and on. But I do know that I have been able to do this because of the Atonement. Christ has already paid the price for us and we just need to trust in Him and He will give us the strength to do things.
Someone said this during district meeting as we were discussing repentance and the Atonement and I loved it so I wanna share it with you guys – “When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of your future.” We all need to repent but once we’ve truly repented, then just let it go. Sometimes the hardest thing is to forgive yourself. But remember that Christ has already suffered for us so that we don’t have to.
Anyways, I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister Olivia Ying
2013年 11月 8日，星期五