Monday, March 17, 2014
It seems like getting diagnosed with some medical condition has been a theme of my mission. I have bronchitis again and possibly laryngitis. I had a cold a few weeks ago and I thought it went away but this past week, I started coughing a lot, which really hurt my chest and lungs. I had a feeling that I had bronchitis again since I never went on any medication for it when I first got it at Temple Square at the beginning of my mission. We called the mission doctor and he diagnosed me over the phone. He didn’t even actually talk to me – he talked to my companion because I lost my voice at this point. Anyways, he prescribed me antibiotics and steroids for bronchitis and laryngitis. So now, I’ll be on medications for the rest of the week! I have some side effects from the medications, but for the most part, I’m feeling a lot better already.
When Justin, our branch mission leader, heard that I had bronchitis, he came over to give me a blessing of healing. I love the power of the priesthood. He blessed me with health but in addition to that, he said things that applied to my life perfectly at this time. I know that Heavenly Father was using Justin as an instrument, and that blessing brought me a lot of comfort. We could all feel the Spirit so strongly. Justin started talking about the people that I’m meant to meet and teach here in State College and mentioned that I promised these people that I would bring them the message of the gospel. Even Justin started to get emotional and he’s like a tough, ex-Marine guy. But I know that priesthood blessings come directly from Heavenly Father and what was said that day really comforted me.
This past week was Spring Break at Penn State, but we managed to still find and teach people! We knew that tracting would be ineffective because so many people were gone, so we decided to look through a list of all of our potential investigators. My best friend, Adrienne, taught me how being organized makes your life so much better and it’s so true! Our binder was totally outdated and so we spent the majority of our week combing through these potentials and found people that past missionaries never contacted. I’m telling you guys, organization is key. One girl even called us out of the blue and asked us to meet with her, so we met up with her and taught the Restoration. I asked her to be baptized when she came to know that this was all true and she said yes! I think that was the first time I’ve asked someone to be baptized in person during the very first lesson. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet with her again soon and teach her! She was asking great questions and is genuinely seeking for the truth.
Anyways, I hope you all had a great week! I heard California is like 80 degrees or something. We’re still in our winter phase. It’s like 24 degrees or something today. I can’t wait for spring time! I love and miss you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 3月 17日，星期一