Monday, October 27, 2014
Oh my, time is flying by so fast! This is already Week 1 of my very last transfer but Transfer Day will be on Wednesday. Alright, so here is what’s happening to me in my very last transfer…
My new companion is Sister Reed and she is also from California! I think she’s from Murrieta, so that’s pretty close to where I went to school. She is currently outbound in the Salt Lake City East Mission and will get here tomorrow. Yup, it is possible to go to Utah for outbound haha. But she already knew that if she did serve an outbound mission, she would be in Salt Lake City due to some medical concerns. I am so excited to work with her in my last transfer, though! I have heard so many good things about her and I feel so blessed to be her companion! Besides my companion, everything else will stay the same. Same apartment, same PDay, and still a zone leader. We have new sisters in my zone though and there are now a total of 5 companionships training in my zone so that will be a lot of work, but I’m excited.
Well this week, there were some pretty cool miracles that I would love to share with you all.
Last Monday, we were at Walmart doing some PDay shopping. I ended up meeting a Chinese boy who is living with a LDS family here in Salt Lake City. He is from Hong Kong originally and goes to church every Sunday with his host family and really enjoys it. This experience reminded me of a scripture found in Doctrine and Covenants: “It is not needful for … mine elders to be moving swiftly … whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief” (D&C 61:3). Oftentimes, we are so caught up with things that need to be done that we will miss some golden opportunities. That is something I really learned from outbound and is something I’m trying to apply here at Temple Square. We were in a rush to grab the things we needed so that we could have a little more relaxing time on PDay but really, we should never stop being a missionary. As soon as I saw this young boy come around the corner, I felt the impression to pause and say hello. He gave us his contact information so I’m excited to see what happens with him!
Another miracle I had was meeting a man at the Map Desk. We were actually covering for other sisters at night and it was pretty quiet and empty. Not many people were coming in or were interested in talking with us. However, he approached me and we started talking. Somehow, I ended up teaching him the entire message of the Restoration and committed him to be baptized on the spot. I think this was the very first time I had committed someone to be baptized on the Square. It was so powerful! I don’t even remember what was said but I know it was completely by the Spirit. He told me he attends a Christian church but he’s just searching for truth because he doesn’t feel like he’s getting it in the church he is currently in. I am just so grateful to have had that opportunity because it reminded me how there really are so many people who are prepared to hear the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “The field is white, already to harvest…” is a promise that I believe in so much. I learned the truth of that promise when I was companions with Sister Wade during my last transfer outbound. I am just so grateful to be serving as a missionary!
Anyways, I hope you are all doing wonderful!! I will see you all so soon, can you believe it?! It’s starting to get pretty chilly down here but I’m excited for Christmastime here. I can’t wait for the lights! I love you all!
Sister Olivia Ying
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention some of the sisters who are going outbound! No one’s going out to PA yet because Sister Kuo is still there. But Sister Lopez, my last companion, is going to the New York Utica Mission!
2014年 10月 27日，星期一