Chapter LXXI – The Perks of Being a Temple Square Missionary // 第七十一篇 – 當聖殿廣場的姊妹傳教士的一些祝福

Monday, November 24, 2014

Here’s my past week summed up in a few points…I am grateful to be a missionary at Temple Square and here’s a few reasons why.

The Senior Couples: Last Monday, we had our zone activity at the Moore’s place. They are a fairly new senior couple that work in the mission office. They are wonderful! And they happen to be in our zone, so they invited all of the sisters to have our zone activity in their home. Serving at Temple Square means you rarely have an opportunity to walk into a home since we are always serving on the grounds of the temple and we do not have ward members to work with. Like I mentioned before, our ward consists of the 200 (approximately) sisters that serve here. I realized that on my entire mission, I have only had sacrament meeting in an actual church building 3 times. Crazy, huh?! Even when I was outbound in PA, there was no church building that the branch gathered in. But they actually completed a church building right after I came back to Temple Square! Anyways, we had a fun and relaxing night at the Moore’s. We had some good food and made turkey hats that we donated to a children’s hospital, and decorated some sugar cookies. It was nice to see everyone relaxed and happy since the sisters in our zone have been working really hard.

Savior of the World: I’m not sure if you guys have heard of this, but this is a play that the Church puts on every year and it takes place in the Conference Center Theater. This play focuses on the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal of this and it was wonderful! I felt the Spirit so strongly throughout the play. I watched this play last year and it was interesting to see how my testimony of the Savior has grown this past year. I know He died for all of us and I know that He lives.

Clayton Christensen: Have you heard of him? He wrote “The Power of Everyday Missionaries, How Will You Measure Your Life?” A lot of missionaries outbound talked about him and the books that he wrote. He is also a professor at the Harvard Business School and served as a mission president’s counselor in the past. He came to speak to us for Relief Society and shared some personal experiences and he talked about missionary work. He was very inspiring and he helped me understand how I can have a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon. He also shared his member missionary experiences and I received a lot of insight on how I can do missionary work after I go home from the mission.

Skyping Baptisms: Remember R? She is the one that I met during General Conference last month. She was baptized yesterday and we had permission to Skype in to watch her baptismal service! It was so sweet and we could feel the Spirit so strongly, even though we were in a different state and it was on a computer screen. She looked so happy though, and Sister Reed and I are just so excited and happy for her!

There are so many more reasons that I could list but I would be here all day. I am so grateful to serve as a representative of Jesus Christ. As the holiday season has been coming up, I have found myself reflecting more and more on the Savior and gratitude, which is definitely something I need to think more often about. But I am grateful to be serving at Temple Square and for the many miracles Sister Reed and I have been able to witness together this past transfer. When we became companions, we really didn’t have many people we were teaching. We set our baptismal goal for just 1. To some, it might seem low, but we wanted to set an achievable and realistic goal. With our lack of teaching pool at the beginning of the transfer, we knew we would have to work like crazy in order to find the one who was prepared. We definitely had some discouraging days but we didn’t let that get to us. We threw a pity party for ourselves for maybe 5 minutes at most and then snapped out of it. The adversary was working against us many times and we knew that. But instead of letting that discourage us, we just felt even more motivated and worked even harder. And we found the one! But not only that, we also found 2 more of God’s elect who will be getting baptized in the next few upcoming months. I am just so grateful to be a part of Heavenly Father’s amazing work.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy it with those you love. Don’t forget to count your blessings. See you all very soon 🙂

Love,
Sister Olivia Ying

Zone activity at the Moore's! We have sisters from Germany, Arizona, Texas, California, American Samoa, Washington DC, South Korea, Tahiti, Vanuatu, the Philippines, Oklahoma, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Fiji, Hong Kong, Brazil and Japan!

Zone activity at the Moore’s! We have sisters from Germany, Arizona, Texas, California, American Samoa, Washington DC, South Korea, Tahiti, Vanuatu, the Philippines, Oklahoma, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Fiji, Hong Kong, Brazil and Japan!

Temple Square

Temple Square

Time for the departing class to take pictures!

Time for the departing class to take pictures!

2014年 11月 24日,星期一

在以下就是我上個禮拜所發生的一些經驗。我很感激能夠在聖殿廣場傳教。我要和你們分享我為什麼很感謝。

夫婦傳教士:我們在上個禮拜一在莫家庭的家舉行了一個地帶活動。他們是新來的夫婦傳教士,而他們在傳道部的辦公室工作。他們真的很棒!因為他們也是在我們的地帶裡面,所以他們邀請我們這些姊妹去他們家來辦我們的地帶活動。在這邊服務的一個難點就是我們很少會有機會進去一個家,尤其是因為我們這些傳教士總是都在聖殿廣場上工作。並且,我們的支會也沒有任何其它成員。我以前提到這點,我們的支會包括大概二百個姊妹的傳教士。我最近發覺到在我整個傳教的時間之內,我只有三次在一座真正的教堂裡面參加過聖餐聚會。不可思議!就連在賓州傳教時,也是這樣子,因為那裡的分會也沒有一座教堂。但他們在我回來這裡之後,蓋完了一座教堂!總之,我們在莫家庭的家過的很愉快。我們在那裡時,吃過了好吃的食物,我們做了一些火雞的帽子,而我們也烤了一些餅乾。我們打算把那些做好得帽子送給這邊的兒童醫院裡面的小孩子。能夠在那邊看到那些姊妹快快樂樂的樣子使我也很高興,特別是因為我們地帶裡面的姊妹最近工作地很辛苦。

世界的救主:我不知你們有沒有聽過“世界的救主。”這就是我們教會所辦的戲劇。他們每年在會議中心的劇場那裡會有這個戲劇。這個戲劇集中在耶穌基督的誕生和復活上。我們的傳道部有機會去看他們的彩排。好棒!我在看時,一直感覺到聖靈。我去年也有機會去看這個戲劇。我發現到從那時到現在,我對救主的見證已經變得更強。我知道祂為我們每個人犧牲自己的性命。並且,我也知道祂還活著。

克萊頓 克里斯琴森:你們有沒有聽過他?他寫過這本書,“傳教士的力量,你如何會衡量自己的生活?”我在賓州時,經常聽到他的名字,還有他所寫的書籍。他是哈佛大學的商學院的一個教授。而且,他以前也當過一個傳道部會長的諮理。他上個禮拜在我們的慈助會時,向我們這些姊妹做個了演講。他和我們講過的信息是有關於傳教的工作。他所說過的話幫助我更了解如何培養一個對摩爾門經更強的見證。他也和我們分享了自己的成員傳教的一些經驗。聽到這些都讓我知道在我返鄉之後,如何繼續做傳教的工作。

用視訊來參加洗禮會:你們還記得雷歇爾嗎?我在上個月的總會大會時,認識她了。她昨天接受了洗禮!我和我的同伴得到了傳道部會長的允許,這樣我們才能用視訊的方式來參加她的洗禮會。雖然我們那時在另外一州,而在看一個電腦的屏幕,但我們還是能很強得感覺到聖靈。她當時看起來非常快樂。我和任姊妹以她為榮!

我對這個話題,也就是我為什麼愛這個聖殿廣場的傳道部,還有更多的原因。但是這個話題太長了,我沒辦法和你們分享全部。我非常感激能夠當耶穌基督的代表。只要聖誕節越來越接近,我發現我會想到救主和對祂的感恩更加深切!我真的需要花更多的時間在思考這些事情上。我實在真的好感謝我有這個機會在聖殿廣場服務。我也很感謝我和任姊妹在一起時,所看到的每個奇蹟。當我們一變成同伴團時,我們的慕道友很少。我們所設定的洗禮目標就是一個而已。有些人會認為這個目標很少,但我們那時只想要設定一個現實的目標。因為在這個搬家期一開始時,我們的慕道友非常少,所以我們知道我們會需要努力地工作來找到一位已經準備好的人。我們真的過了一些令我們灰心的幾天,但我們並沒有放棄。我們所抱怨的時間一共沒超過五分鐘。我們知道撒旦那時也在努力地工作來讓我們沮喪。但我們不讓這點令我們氣餒。其實,這些事情都使我們更加的感覺到決心,而我們更加的付出努力。我們後來找到了一位準備好的人!我們不只是找到了這位,而我們也找到了神所預備好的其它的兩位。他們即將要在未來的幾個月中接受洗禮。我真的很感激能夠做天父的事工。

我希望你們感恩節的週末都過得愉快!我也希望你們都能和你們所愛的人享受這個節日!別忘記數你們所得的祝福!我快要看到你們!

愛,
應姊妹

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