Chapter XXVIII – Hello from Penn State! // 第二十八篇 – 來自宾州州立大学的問好!

Monday, January 20, 2014

I have finally arrived in State College! I got here Tuesday night and the drive wasn’t that bad actually – it was only three hours from Pittsburgh. I don’t have much time but I’ll sum up my week in this quick paragraph.

I love Penn State! It’s a beautiful campus and I really like the East Coast, except for the weather. It’s FREEZING here. Anyways, I’m serving in a small YSA branch and there are a total of four sisters in the branch. We work very closely together and we don’t really have any boundaries. We can teach whoever is under 30 or married couples without kids who goes to Penn State. The majority of our investigators are students from China so my Chinese skills are being tested hardcore out here. I have a hard time understanding them because of their accent and different vocabulary words, so I’ve been studying Chinese a ton. I met with the mission branch leader and he expressed concern for some of the Chinese recent converts. Since there are no Chinese members, except for the recent converts, it is hard for them to sometimes understand what is going on in church, which makes it easy for them to fall away and stop coming. Justin (mission branch leader) would really like me to extend another transfer here because once I go back to Temple Square, there will be no more Chinese-speaking missionaries and school doesn’t end until May. I’m supposed to go back at the beginning of April, so he’s worried about what will happen to the Chinese members/investigators during April and May.

We met with two Chinese investigators this past week who both have baptismal dates. They are R and J. When we met with R, he told us that he has been reading the Book of Mormon and really believes that it’s true! J is starting to recognize Heavenly Father and our Savior’s love for him and he expressed how grateful he was for that. He asked us how he got so lucky to hear about the gospel. I was really touched by that because I know there are so many people who don’t even know what they’re missing and it was so awesome to witness him realizing that we do have a Father in Heaven who loves us and knows us.

Anyways, my time is up. I miss you all so much but I’m having a good time here, even if it is cold and windy.

Love,
Sister Olivia Ying

My lovely air mattress that I slept on for a week

My lovely air mattress that I slept on for a week

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Big Pennsylvania snowflakes

Big Pennsylvania snowflakes

2014年 1月 20日,星期一

我終於到達州立公園了!我禮拜二的晚上就到了。實際上,匹茲堡和州立公園的距離沒有那麼遠,就是三個小時而已。我的時間不多,所以我會很快地跟你們分享這週發生的事情!

我非常喜歡宾州州立大学! 它的校園真的很漂亮!我很喜歡美國東部(但是這邊的天氣不太好)。最近外面特別冷!我就是在這邊的一個單身支會服務。我們的支會一共有四個傳教士(我們都是姐妹)。我們四個常常一起合作,而且我們的範圍包括整個傳道部的界限。我們針對教導三十歲以下或已經結婚但沒有小孩的學生。我們大部份的慕道友都是來自中國的學生,所以我的中文天天都在進步!我有時候覺得聽懂他們說的普通話很困難,特別是因為他們的口音和口語跟台灣人的很不一樣。結果,我最近在努力地學習中文。我這個禮拜跟我們的支會傳道領袖見面時,聽到他說他對那些來自中國的新歸信者有點擔心。因為在這個支會裡面,除了那些新歸信者之外,一個中國成員也沒有,所以那些歸信者在參加教會聚會有時候不懂我們在幹什麼。結果,他們可能很快就會離開教會。贾斯汀(支會傳道領袖)說他想要我在這裡延長一個搬家期(我原來應該四月初離開),就是因為我回去聖殿廣場之後,這邊不會有一個說中文的傳教士。還有,他們這邊五月份就放暑假,所以贾斯汀擔心四月到五月那些中國新歸信者會怎麼樣。

這週我們跟兩個來自中國的慕道友見面,他們倆都有個洗禮目標。他們的名字叫理查德和雅各布。當我們跟理查德見面時,他跟我們說他最近在研讀摩爾門經,而且他也說他相信它是真實的!雅各布最近感覺到我們的天父和救主對他的愛,所以他跟我們說他非常感激能體會到這點。他也問我們,他怎麼那麼幸運能夠聽到福音的訊息。聽到這點使我很感動,尤其是因為我知道外面有很多人,他們並不了解這個褔音的重要性。所以呢,幫助一個人認識天父,還有開始相信祂愛和認識我們每一個人,就讓我很興奮。

我的時間到了!我很想念你們!雖然這邊的天氣很冷,但是我還是很快樂!

愛,
應姐妹

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