Monday, March 3, 2014
Yup, I hit my 8 month mark today! It’s kind of crazy, I’m almost halfway done with my mission yet I feel like I still have a million things to learn. I only have about 10 minutes to write this email so I’ll spare you all my angst and worries about all that.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great week for missionary work and it’s going to be slow the next couple weeks due to midterms and Spring Break. But what slowed down missionary work this past week was “State Patty’s Day.” We’ve all heard of St. Patrick’s Day. Well, State Patty’s Day was something started by students. Since St. Patrick’s Day is during their Spring Break, they wanted to find another reason to get drunk before they left for break so “State Patty’s Day” was created. It apparently started on Thursday night and lasted the whole weekend. We were not allowed to be outside, go tracting, or take public transportation unless we already had scheduled appointments, preferably earlier in the day. We actually had a lesson at 9:00 am on Saturday and felt like taking the 8:30 am bus would be okay. We traveled in safety but when we got on that 8:30 am bus, half of the bus was intoxicated already from their adventures the night before and they were headed to their next party place. On Sunday morning at 2:00 am, I woke up to ambulances and cops outside our apartment. We watched someone get carried out on a stretcher and everything. Scary stuff. During college, I was asked so many times why Mormons had the Word of Wisdom and why I didn’t drink. A common argument I got was that “everything is fine in moderation” and that I didn’t need to get drunk, but that I could still drink. All I can say is that Heavenly Father loves us and He knows what’s good for us. He will bless us more than we can ever imagine when we keep His commandments. One of the biggest blessings that we can have is to always have His Spirit with us as long as we are living righteously.
Last night, we were able to watch the CES Devotional by Sister Burton, the Relief Society President, at our branch missionary leader’s home and it was an amazing talk about learning to recognize the Spirit. I learned so many new things that I am eager to apply to my life as a missionary, but there were two things that stood out to me the most:
1. Saying earnest and humble prayers
2. Recording spiritual impressions
I know that keeping the Word of Wisdom during college prepared me to receive promptings from the Spirit and I’ve been so blessed to have the gospel in my life. Anyways, my time is up and I must go! Have a great week everyone! I love and miss you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 3月 3日，星期一