Monday, March 10, 2014
Hello everyone! So as expected, midterms week and Spring Break has wiped us out. We didn’t have many lessons this past week and it’s hard to schedule any lessons for this next coming week. But luckily, Spring Break is only a week long and we have some ideas to do service in hopes of finding potential investigators.
However, we were able to meet with one of our investigators, who is planning on getting baptized in about a month or so. He is about 20 years old and he has some amazing ambitions for what he wants to do. He wants to be a doctor, researcher, inventor, the list goes on and on. He’s an incredibly smart kid and works really hard to achieve those dreams of his. But in the process of achieving his dreams, he has completely worn himself out. He doesn’t sleep or eat regularly because his whole existence is consumed by school. We had this lesson in our branch mission leader’s home and our investigator basically had a mental breakdown right there in the living room. As I (awkwardly) sat there and looked at him bawling his eyes out (I’m so bad at handling tears), I just felt so much love for this young man. But at the same time, he was breaking my heart because of how alone and helpless he felt. As I quietly sat there, I thought of all the many times where I have been in his shoes, where I felt like I was drowning in despair with no sense of hope. But the difference between me and him was the fact that I had the gospel in my life and I knew that I had to turn it all over to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. Although he has a baptismal date set and has been learning about the gospel, he still hasn’t been able to completely turn things over to our Heavenly Father. Now, I’m not saying that I always am able to put my trust in Him, but I know through my trials and experiences that when we are at our lowest point in our lives, we need to turn to Him more than ever.
So I guess my message for you guys this week is the same thing that we shared with our investigator. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father. He loves each and every single one of us and he knows each person perfectly. He wants to hear from us and He wants us to turn to Him. He can help us with anything but we need to turn to Him first. And I know that as we do these things and rely on the healing power of the Atonement, we will feel Him walk with us every step of the way. No matter what trials we are facing, He has promised us that He will be there. I wanna share my favorite scripture (again) with you guys – Ether 2:24-25 (“For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth. And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?”). I love these verses because of the imagery, the promises and the comfort that it brings to me. These verses have carried me throughout my mission. I hope that they can be of comfort to you, too.
My time is up so I must go. The good news is that it’s warming up a little bit – it’s 39 degrees today! Anyways, I miss and love you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 3月 10日，星期一
所以呢，我這個禮拜想要跟你們分享的信息就是我跟我們的慕道友所分享的一樣。我知道神是我們慈愛的天父。祂愛我們大家，而且祂十分地認識世上的每個人。祂非常想聽到我們的聲音，祂也希望我們會信賴祂。祂可以在任何的方面幫助我們，但是我們得先去尋找祂。並且，我知道只要我們做我們的部分和靠著贖罪的力量，祂一步一步都會跟我們在一起。不管我們遇到的考驗是什麼，他已經應許我們祂會提供協助。我要再跟你們分享我最喜歡的經文，以帖书，第二章，第二十四到二十五節 (“因為看啊，你將如海中的鯨，將有如山的巨浪衝撞你。然而，我仍會把你從海底再帶上來；因為風出自我口，雨和洪水也由我發出。看啊，我使你預備好面對這些事；除非我使你預備好面對海上的狂風巨浪，以及將要來到的洪水，否則你就無法渡此大海。所以你要我怎樣為你準備，使你被吞入海底時仍有光呢?”)。 我非常喜歡這兩段，就是因為它們的意像。這兩節的應許真的使我感到安慰。它們幫助我不斷地努力傳教。我希望它們也會讓你們感覺安慰。