Chapter LV – Happy Pioneer Day! // 第五十五篇 – 先驅者節日快樂!

Friday, July 25, 2014

167 years ago, on July 21st, the first pioneers arrived in Salt Lake Valley! To celebrate Pioneer Day, we got to watch the parade that goes through downtown Salt Lake City. It was a lot of fun. I can’t believe just a year ago, it was only day 2 of my mission. Time flies! Last year, President Uchtdorf was in the parade. This year, it was President Monson! I have seen him before at General Conference and at the Christmas concert, but this time, I was much closer to him. I am so lucky to serve here! I am just so grateful for all the sacrifices those early members of the Church made. Before my mission, I didn’t really care about pioneer stories but now that I serve at Temple Square and share pioneer stories daily, I have grown a deeper appreciation and love for them. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today, and my family in Taiwan would have never received the gospel back in the 1960s. They truly did pave the way so that thousands more could have the gospel in their lives. Although not all members have pioneer ancestors, I know that we have all been impacted by them in some way. Actually, we are our own pioneers, too! I know my grandparents were pioneers and some of the very first members of the Church in Taiwan. In fact, on my mission, I have often thought of my grandpa who was the first to join the Church in my dad’s family. I never knew him because he passed away when I was only 3 months old, but I am so grateful that he accepted the missionaries’ invitation to learn about the gospel because the gospel has changed my life and my family. I am grateful for those early missionaries who were willing to sacrifice 3 years (back then it was 3 years) to share the gospel with others. My current mission president served 3 years himself in the Taiwan Gaoxiong mission (maybe it was Taichung, can’t remember). Anyways, we can see that these early members of the Church impacted many, many lives. But we can also pave the way for those now and those in the future. We can be our own pioneers! So stop and think to yourself, “What do I want my future descendants to think of me?”

This week, I decided to keep track of how many Chinese people I take on tours. From Monday until today, I have taken 166 Chinese people on a tour already. This isn’t even a full week yet! Ever since I found out how many Chinese people come to Temple Square, I was curious to see how many Chinese people I take around in a week. Well, out of those 166 people, only 3 people referred themselves. It reminds me the scriptures, “Many are called but few are chosen….” Anyways this week, I had a really cool experience that proves to me that God truly does have a plan. Yesterday, we got a text about a Mandarin group wanting a tour. We called in to say we would take it and they said it was still available, so we started walking over. When we got there, they said that another sister had already picked them up and that there were no more tours. A couple hours later, we went to take a Mandarin tour that was texted out. Long story short, it was the same group of Chinese people that we were supposed to take around earlier but was taken by other sisters. Well, guess where these 2 girls are currently staying? In Irvine, my city! How crazy is that!? They originally said they had 30 minutes but we ended up spending almost an hour and a half with them. I taught them the Restoration and at the end, they both referred themselves and took a copy of the Book of Mormon. They didn’t refer to the first Chinese sisters that took them around, but I know that Heavenly Father really did want us to meet each other. I meet plenty of people from California but rarely are they from Irvine or staying in Irvine. This experience really showed me that God really does have a plan and that He does place specific people in our paths.

Well that’s about all that I have time for this week. But I just wanted to send a quick shout out to the Irvine Stake Young Women’s. I got a bunch of letters from them this last week! They were at Girls’ Camp and they all wrote me such sweet notes! Thank you! Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! I love you guys.

Love,
Sister Olivia Ying

P.S. We have been teaching a Chinese man over the phone who came to Temple Square and he lives in Washington now. We finally got him local missionaries this past week. Turns out these elders live in the same apartment complex as our investigator. Crazy huh?

Pioneer Day parade

Pioneer Day parade

Sister Kuo and I were matching that day! You can't really tell but her skirt is polka dots too

Sister Kuo and I were matching that day! You can’t really tell but her skirt is polka dots too

Happy Pioneer Day!

Happy Pioneer Day!

2014年 7月 25日,星期五

一百六十七年前,在七月二十一日,第一批先驅者就到達鹽湖山谷!為了慶祝先驅者日,我們這些傳教士有機會去看經過鹽湖城市區的遊行。我覺得很好玩!去年的七月二十五號就是我在這裡傳教的第二天。不可思議!時間過得非常快!鄔希鐸會長去年參與了那個先驅者的遊行,今年是孟蓀會長!我過去在總會大會也在聖誕節的音樂會時,見到他了,但是這次我離他很近!我真的好幸運能夠在這邊服務!我很感謝那些早期教會的先驅者所犧牲的。傳教前,我對先驅者的故事沒有很多的興趣,但因為我在聖殿廣場每天都會分享先驅者的故事,所以我培養了對他們的感激和愛心。我們若沒他們的話,我肯定不會在這邊,而且我台灣的家人在一九六零年代並不會有機會接受福音。他們所做的犧牲的確使成千上萬的人能夠獲得福音。雖然不是每個教友都會有先驅者的祖先,但我知道我們都是因為他們而蒙福了。其實,我們也是自己的先驅者!我知道我父母的父母親都是先驅者,他們是在台灣最早的教友。我在傳教時,經常想到我的爺爺,他是我爸爸家庭中第一個加入教會的人。我從來沒見過他,因為在我三個月大的時候,他就去世了。但是我還是非常感激他以前願意接受傳教士所給他的邀請,也就是學習福音。這個福音確實改變了我的生活,也幫助了我的家庭。我也很感謝那些早期的傳教士願意付出三年(以前是三年)來跟別人分享福音。我現在的傳道部會長在他年輕的時候去台灣高雄的傳道部,他在那邊服務三年了。總之,我們能夠看到那些早期的教友的確影響到許許多多的人。我們也可以像他們一樣,為後代鋪平道路。我們也可以成為先驅者!所以呢,要記住而問自己,“我希望我未來的子孫會對我有什麼樣的看法?”

我這週決定記錄我所帶的每個中國團。從禮拜一到禮拜五,我已經帶了一百六十六的中國遊客!這就是五天的統計!我一發現到來到聖殿廣場的中國遊客有多少人之後,就很好奇的在計算我每個星期所帶的中國遊客是多少人。但從我所帶的一百六十六的中國人,只有三個人願意留下他們的資料給我們。這讓我想到這節經文,“被召喚的多,但蒙揀選的少。”這個星期發生了一件很酷的經驗。對我來說,這件事證明神確實有一個計劃。我們昨天收到了一個短信有關於一個想要參觀聖殿廣場的中文團。我們決定要帶這個團體參觀,然後就去跟他們碰面。但我們到他們那裡時,就發現到另外一對同伴團已經開始帶這群人去參觀。過了兩小時之後,我們就去帶另外一個中文團。長話短說,這個團體是我們那天原來打算帶的中文團。你們猜猜這個團體其中的兩個女生是從哪裡來…. 她們來自爾灣,我的家鄉!不可思議!她們本來說她們只有三十分鐘,但我們後來就跟她們上了一個半小時的課。我教導她們有關於復興的福音,然後她們走之前都留下她們的資料給我,而且她們也願意接受一本摩爾門經。她們原來沒有把她們的資料留下給那些其它的姊妹,所以我知道天父真的想要我們認識彼此。我在這裡所認識的加州人不少,但我很難得認識從爾灣來的人。這個經驗讓我知道神真的已經為我們預備了一個特定的計劃,祂也會把我們所需要認識的人送到我們的道路上。

我的時間到了!對了,我要跟爾灣支聯會的女青年說謝謝!我上個禮拜收到了她們所寫給我的很多的信!她們在女青年的露營時,就寫了這幾封信!謝謝!希望你們都好!我愛你們!

愛,
應姊妹

對了,我們最近在用電話來教導一個教導一位來過聖殿廣場的中國男士。他現在住在華盛頓。我們上個星期終於找到了在那邊的一些傳教士。他們恰好住在我們慕道友的同一棟公寓!很特別!

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