Chapter XXXVII – Fires and Zone Conference // 第三十七篇 – 火災和地帶大會

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello everyone! This past week, we had zone conference, which is a meeting with our mission president and a couple other zones in the mission. A couple sisters came over the night before to stay at our place since they lived a couple hours away. Well, the morning of zone conference, we woke up and we saw that there was a lot of commotion outside. We soon realized that the apartment right next to us was ON FIRE! We could see smoke coming out of the window and there were a ton of ambulances and firefighters outside. Apparently, an electrical fire had started in the attic in our neighbor’s and they were evacuating people who were in that building. They had the fire maintained for the most part, but they told us to pack up our valuable things in case we needed to evacuate at the last second as well. So as you can imagine, this was a really hectic morning. We were running around, packing up all our things while trying to get ready for zone conference at the same time. It’s funny how in situations like this, you realize what matters most to you. None of the things that I grabbed were material things. I only had the clothes on my back and everything else that I packed away were scriptures/study materials, all my letters from home and journals that I’ve kept since I’ve been on my mission. Situations like this really make you stop and think about what’s truly important in your life. I hope that we can always remember to not take some things for granted. Luckily, the fire was quickly contained and all of us missionaries were okay.

Zone conference was amazing though! We focused a lot on how to find the people who have been prepared for us. Our mission president encouraged us to not pray for new investigators but to pray for the courage and faith to go and find them. There are people waiting to hear the gospel – we just need to do our part to find them. Our mission president also focused on working with members. Members are so important in missionary work – we really can’t do it without them! Sometimes, just being a member of the Church goes a long way. People notice your example and that honestly goes a long way.

Anyways, I really have to go now! It’s still really cold here….it was like 18 degrees when I got up this morning. I can’t wait for springtime.

Love,
Sister Olivia Ying

Missionary dinner at the Leavitt family's house

Missionary dinner at the Leavitt family’s house

2014年 3月 24日,星期一

大家好!我們上個禮拜舉行了地帶大會,也就是有一個機會我們會跟我們的傳道部會長和其他的地帶開會。有兩個姐妹是因為她們住的地方很遠,而昨天晚上來這邊過夜。地帶大會的那天早上,我們起床時,聽到和看到外面的一場騷動。我們很快就發現到隔壁的公寓著火了!當時我們可以看到從窗戶出來的煙,而且我們也看到在外面的許多救護車和消防人員。會發生這件事,是因為我們鄰居的閣樓電線走火了。所以那些消防隊員來到我們小區來幫助住在那座公寓裡面的人疏散。雖然他們很快就控制那個閣樓的火,但是他們告訴我們說,萬一我們也需要疏散,那麼我們得把家裡面的貴重物品收拾好。所以呢,你們很容易能想像昨天早上的情況多麼紊亂。當時我們就是在跑來跑去找我們寶貴的東西,同時我們也是在準備出門而去參加地帶大會。我覺得一件很有趣的事情就是,我發現了當你在這樣的情況下時,你就會很快地發覺到哪些東西是你所愛的。我所拿到的東西都不是現實的物品。除了我身上的衣服之外,其他的東西就包括我的經文,研讀的東西,從家裡所有的信,還有從我開始傳教所寫的日記。這樣可怕的情況真的使你停下來而想到哪些東西確實是對你很重要的。我希望我們都能記得不要把我們生活中最重要的事情看成理所當然的。幸虧的事,那把火很快地就被控制住了,而我們這些傳教士都沒事。

地帶大會真的非常棒!我們集中討論如何找到那些已經準備好聽福音的人。我們的傳導部會長鼓勵我們說,我們不該隨便祈求神給我們新的慕道友,反而我們應該祈求神賜給我們勇敢和信心,然後幫助我們去找到他們。外面真的有很多在等待聽福音的人,所以我們需要做我們的部分來找到他們。我們的傳導部會長也強調說,我們得跟當地的成員合作。成員真的是神的事工其中非常重要的一部分。我們這些傳教士若沒有他們的話,就沒有辦法!有時候當一個虔誠的成員就夠了,就是因為你周圍的人就會注意到你的榜樣。

我得走了!這邊還是非常冷!今天早上是大概十八度。我真的等不及春天的來臨。

愛,
應姐妹

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