Friday, June 13, 2014
Isn’t that crazy?! This last week, I hit my “I’ve been out for over a year” mark. Technically my year mark would be July 3 since that’s when I went into the MTC, but my departure date is December 10, which is less than 6 months away. It is the weirdest thing. I never thought this day would come for me to tell guests that I’ve been out for over a year now. Time is just flying by. And this transfer is almost over already too! It’s the end of Week 5 already. On Thursday, we will find out which sisters are going outbound. I just want to know who will get sent to Pittsburgh! They won’t be sending anyone there until August though, which is when Penn State starts their fall semester. Speaking of outbound, I saw the first counselor in the branch presidency from my outbound YSA branch today! I was in the Assembly Hall and was getting ready to leave when I heard someone call my name. I was a little confused because it was a man’s voice that I didn’t really recognize. I turned around and there was Brother Owen sitting in the very last row! I was so shocked but so happy I almost cried. I love and miss everyone there so much and it was so good to see a familiar face. He said that he had been asking around to know where I was but sisters had told him it was my PDay. He was gonna leave soon but he finally spotted me walking to the Assembly Hall. We chatted for a while and he filled me in on what was going on with the branch. The branch sounds like they’re doing awesome and I was so happy to hear that my old companion, Sister Wade, is doing great work there.
Anyways, we had a pretty exciting week because we picked up a new investigator who lives in Belgium and we got to Skype a baptism in New Mexico! That was the very first time I got to Skype a baptism, and even though I wasn’t physically there for the service, I could still feel the Spirit so strongly, especially when we got to see A actually be baptized. Tears were welling up in my eyes and I just love being a missionary! Sister Cheng was also with me when we Skyped because she started teaching him back in October. Our new investigator in Belgium is only 18 years old but he has so many great questions about the gospel and is very mature for his age. I feel like the people I’ve worked with on my mission are all young adults. It is amazing to see how there are so many young people who are so prepared to receive the gospel!
This week, I also lead my first Mandarin motorcoach since I’ve been back from outbound. There were 36 people on that tour! I still get nervous when I take Chinese tours, especially when it’s a large group, but I’m praying every day for the gift of tongues and just trusting the Lord. We actually have been doing way more German tours since Sister Hadzik just passed off in German tours – I’m even starting to pick up on some German words. I can introduce myself and say “Thank you” and “You’re welcome!” I’m still praying for a Spanish companion though because German is way too hard for me to learn! I can say way more things in Spanish than I can in German. Anyways, between the 2 of us, we can speak 3 languages so we have just been super busy with taking tours. We did have an “Explore Day” though since Sister Hadzik is new here. We basically just get a few hours to go around the city and get to know the places around. We went to Heritage Park, which has a lot of monuments dealing with church history, as well as the State Capitol.
Well I hope you all had a great week! Talk to you all soon! Don’t forget – I miss and love you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 6月 13日，星期五