Friday, July 11, 2014
Hey everyone! Guess what? In less than 5 months, I will be HOME. Time is flying. This week, I ran into Chris on the Square. Chris (sorry, don’t remember his last name…) is Guo Mama’s grandson and he told me that he is going to Boston, Massachusetts, Chinese-speaking for his mission! I’m sure you all already knew that but I was so excited to hear about how well he is doing! He is so humble and I know he is going to be such a great missionary and will bless the lives of many. I also saw the Byers family this week! They ran into Sister Yang, Elder So’s girlfriend, first and she called me to let me know they were here. It was so good to see them all! It’s weird because it doesn’t seem like the last time I saw them was over a year ago. It seemed like just yesterday when I was working on my mission papers with Bishop Byers. I gave them the VIP tour and took them downstairs to see the mission office and our teaching center. Bishop Byers met a few of the Chinese sisters and got to chat with them for a little bit.
We also met a less active young man. He has a strong desire to come back and is thinking about a mission but he’s not really sure yet. But hey, that’s what missionaries are for! So we got his contact information and he actually lives near Salt Lake City so he will come visit us on the Square to have lessons. I’m really excited for him because he does have a testimony of the gospel and he knows that it makes him happy. He has seen and felt the differences in his life when he is active in the gospel. There are struggles and trials in his life right now but I know that as he continues to have a desire to come back, he will become active again! And eventually serve a full-time mission. I know that God has a plan for him and he will become an effective instrument in the Lord’s Hands.
This last week, we also had a couple meetings with the people who work on the programs we use to chat and call investigators. All I have to say is, technology is AWESOME. And the Lord’s work truly is hastening because of it. There are so many cool things in store but it will take a while for things to run smoothly. They’ve been working on different languages so that we can chat and take calls in different languages. We can already do that right now, but they’re working on a new program that will be even better than the one we have now. I’m really excited about it, but I think I will be long gone by the time the new programs are up and running. We’re basically testing it all out for them right now and giving them our feedback.
We’ve had a good week but I have one piece of sad news. R, my first Chinese convert and first convert outbound, went back to China this week. He graduated from Penn State and is back home in China now. He’s not sure when he will come back to the States again. Because of the government in China, our mission president has asked us missionaries to refrain from keeping in contact with people who are in China. We had our last phone call with him and the next time I talk to him will probably be after my mission. Richard has been such a great example to many of us and was always so willing to help us out with our lessons. He has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and has a strong desire to keep the commandments. I have no idea when I will ever see him again. Later that night, I knelt down to say a prayer before bed and felt an overwhelming sense of humility come over me. Of course I shed a few tears since we all know that State College, PA, has a special place in my heart. But I feel so lucky to be able to serve a mission and to meet people like R. It’s so hard to send off a good friend to a place where the Church is not yet recognized. He had questions that I could not answer because I’ve never experienced church in China. All I can do now is just trust in Heavenly Father, that He will take care of R for me. And I know He will. Right now, we might not be able to proselyte in China but we do have the blessing of teaching those who are visiting from China. Often times, Temple Square is the first and only time Chinese people will hear about the gospel. There is no time to waste. But I know that one day, China will open.
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 7月 11日，星期五