Friday, May 30, 2014
Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already the end of May?! I’ll be home in about 6 months! So crazy. Time is flying by. This last week has been pretty busy and we had some pretty cool experiences.
We contacted a girl in the Tabernacle and she didn’t strike me as someone who would be interested in learning about the gospel. However, we felt impressed to say hi to her and then take her over to the Temple Model. Long story short, her friend met up with us and we taught them the whole Restoration, including the First Vision. I have never actually shared the whole First Vision with someone on the Square until that day and it was powerful! The Spirit was so strong and you could tell that they were feeling the Spirit too. At the end, they both accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and were excited to read it. They told us that everything we talked about was what they needed to hear at this time and it really hit home for them. That was probably the most powerful experience that I’ve ever had here and I will never forget the Spirit we felt and the look on their faces when we testified of the Restoration and of eternal families. We’re excited to see what happens with them!
We also have an investigator who is planning to get baptized next Saturday! Sister Cheng and I met him on chat months ago and he wanted to be baptized then, but his parents wouldn’t let him and since he was under 18, he wasn’t baptized. I called him this past week and he told me that his parents had a change of heart and that he will be baptized, even though he’s not 18 yet!
There was one last thing that I’ve been thinking about lately this past week. I recently was chatting with a recent convert and was sad to hear that he hadn’t been regularly attending church or keeping the Sabbath Day holy. He said it was difficult because his friends, who are not members, invite him to go places on Sunday and it’s very hard for him to turn them down. In the end, he goes with them because he feels like he’ll be lonely if he doesn’t hang out with them. It is so important that recent converts are loved by the ward members! It can be lonely and everything is so new when you step into “Mormon world.” The culture, expectations, language….everything is different than what they are used to! Gordon B. Hinckley once said that every convert needs a friend! Someone who will help them adjust to their new life. Without someone by their side, they won’t stick around in the Church for very long. So, I want to encourage you all to reach out to those who are investigating the Church or to those who have just joined the Church. Your kindness and love will go far beyond what you can imagine.
Anyways, on a more personal note – I need to start looking into school. I had an interview with my mission president this past week and he encouraged me to start thinking of post-mish life. That’s not something I want to think about yet! But I really am running out of time. He gave me permission to start looking up programs on PDay. Next Pday, I will be going to a courtroom (our financial secretary is a judge) to kinda see what it’s like over there. I’ve been in courtrooms before when I was interning at the police department but I’m still excited for this opportunity. Well, I am out of time now! I love and miss you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
P.S. I went to the temple for the first time this whole year! There was no temple in my outbound mission boundaries. It was awesome! It definitely brought peace into my life as I’m trying to decide what to do after my mission!
2014年 5月 30日，星期五