Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Hi everyone!! Life is crazy and life is busy but so many cool things have been happening that I can’t wait to share with you all! But first things first, this is the last full week of the transfer. On Monday, we will have transfer conference so I will find out all my new assignments/companion/PDay/other random stuff. I will still have my PDay next Tuesday and then transfer day is on Wednesday! So all the new stuff will go in effect next Wednesday. When I email next Tuesday, I will let you all know what’s going on for next transfer!
I am just so excited because so many good things are happening! On Thursday, we will find out who is going where for outbound. I was pretty certain someone would go to PA this next transfer since my mission president had told me a couple things but it hasn’t been officially announced. I had reminded him to send a Chinese speaker out there and last week, he stopped me in the hall and told me thanks for the reminder and that he had called the Brethren and put in the recommendation. That’s pretty cool. It’s not like anyone can just call the prophet or apostles. Anyways, I got an email from my outbound companions telling me that their mission president had announced that a Chinese sister from Temple Square is coming! Now it’s confirmed and I am so happy knowing that a Chinese speaker will be there next week. I don’t know who it is yet but I will find out this Thursday. Yay!!
On top of that, I was finally able to get a hold of B, the last recent convert I met outbound. To refresh your memory, he was baptized and confirmed and left for China for the rest of the summer the day after his confirmation. Recently I’ve been trying to get a hold of him but his number didn’t work. My last companion outbound has been transferred out of State College, so I was really worried that somehow B would fall through the cracks since he would come back to PA with all new missionaries. I had been stressing so much about him ’cause I wanted to know how he was doing and finally one night, I just begged Heavenly Father that we would somehow track him down and get to talk to him. That night, I had a dream that we did get a hold of B and found out that he was doing well. Long story short, the very next day, we really did get a hold of him and we found out that he’s doing really well!! He was able to attend church in China and he went back to church this last Sunday in State College. I can’t even describe how happy I was when we heard back from him! I just know Heavenly Father takes care of His children. I also got to talk with J, another one of the recent converts in State College, and he told me all about his experiences as a member in China. He even helped the missionaries when he was in Macau and sat in on a lesson for them because the investigator didn’t speak Cantonese or English, but Jacob speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. He said he had just run into those missionaries in Macau and ended up helping them out with that lesson. How awesome is that?! Heavenly Father truly does look out for His children.
Last week, I also got a chance to talk with my mission president. Lately, I’ve been feeling really stressed, anxious and disheartened. I think as a leader, you tend to notice more of the bad things happening since you have more responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I see so many miracles every day. But I guess the hard thing for me is seeing missionaries not live up to their full potential and fulfill their purpose. I was able to sit down with my mission president and talk about it. He had words of advice and I felt less stressed after talking with him. But serving as a district leader has helped me realize how God sees us. We know what’s right and yet we sometimes use our agency to make the wrong decisions. How that must hurt our loving Heavenly Father! Yet He is patient with us. He loves us unconditionally and He lets us make our decisions so that we can live and learn. I know that I am not perfect but this has helped me realize that I have so much more potential to live up to because I am a daughter of God. None of us are perfect, but we can continue to strive to do what is right and eventually live up to our full potential.
Well, have a great week everyone!! I can’t wait to tell you who is going to PA next week! So exciting. I love PA and Temple Square and I love you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 9月 9日，星期二