Friday, December 27, 2013
This has been such a fun week because it was Christmas, which is my favorite holiday ever! First off, I just wanna thank everyone who sent me packages! You are all the best and everything will be eaten/put to good use. And I will definitely be sharing snacks with other sisters here. Thanks again! I will eventually get caught up with writing you all back as well.
Last Saturday, we got to eat dinner at a member’s house and it was so nice to be able to be in an actual house for the first time in months. I was really hoping that they would have a cat or dog in their home but they didn’t. But we still had lots of fun at their house. We sang Christmas songs and just talked about family Christmas traditions (which made me realize that my family doesn’t really have any…that needs to change).
On Christmas Eve, the Square closed at 5 and we had a mission party! Cafe Rio catered our dinner (SO YUMMY!) and then we watched a movie about Christ’s birth. I think it was called The Nativity Story or something like that. I really love Christmas but I think this one has been the most meaningful to me since we get to focus on our Savior so much. After the movie, we went on a little walk around Temple Square. The senior couples and mission presidency were dressed as characters from Christ’s birth such as shepherds, a Roman soldier, angels, etc. It was both fun and spiritual and it helped us remember the true meaning of Christmas even more.
The next day, we got to call home!!!! So I got to talk to my family and my cat. Yes, he meowed over the phone so I consider that talking with him. The Square closed at 5 pm again and we had another Christmas party! They provided dinner for us once again and we watched another Christmas movie called “Christmas for a Dollar.” It’s a cute and cheesy movie. Then, Santa Claus came to visit. It was actually Elder Creer, one of the senior couples that served here and went home a couple months ago. He is the BEST (and craziest) Santa Claus ever! We were all really excited and happy to see him. He is the only one that is allowed to hug the sisters here haha. Our mission got us stockings and they filled them with all sorts of different presents that were perfect for missionaries! Such as notebooks, pens, lotion, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc. After that, we watched another movie, “Happy Feet,” and then we called it a night.
This last week, I called one of my past investigators to wish him a merry Christmas. Sister Cheng and I used to teach him twice a week but then one day he told us he didn’t want to learn anymore and that broke my heart. I have been waiting for the past two months to have an excuse to call him and unfortunately, he didn’t answer, so I just left a voicemail for him. BUT THEN!!!!! He emailed me a couple days later to tell me he got my message and that it made his day! I’m not sure if he’s interested in learning about the gospel again, but this is the first contact I’ve had with him in months and so I’m really happy to hear from him.
Anyways, I must be off now. I love you all and miss you very much. Happy New Year!
Love, Sister Olivia Ying
P.S. I find out next Thursday if I go outbound. I’ve kinda got a feeling that I am…..they send out a ton of sisters after Christmas since the Square isn’t busy after Christmas. We’ll find out soon!
2013年 12月 27日，星期五