Monday, January 8, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
I don’t even know where to begin because I know that whatever I write will not adequately describe all the feelings of my heart. We had our transfer conference this morning and us departing sisters bore our final testimonies. I think it was then that it really hit me that I will be home by the end of this week. There is no way for me to sum up everything I’ve learned in this one email but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve a mission. Thanks for being on this crazy journey of mine for the last 18 months.
I have been reflecting a lot on my past year and a half and if I could narrow everything down to a few points, it would be this:
- Work hard and work effectively: There is literally no time to waste. The time I had to serve as a full-time representative of my Savior, Jesus Christ, was short and flew by. I know that I won’t have this experience again and I feel confident enough to say that I know I did my best and that I have served the Lord with everything that I had. When I go home, I can still do missionary work but I also know that as a member missionary, the work will be different.
- Do not get discouraged. When times get hard, let that motivate you to work even harder and fight back. When Sister Reed and I became companions 6 weeks ago, we literally didn’t have a single solid person we were teaching. Instead of moping around, we let those trials motivate us to work even harder. 6 weeks later, we were able to not only help one person enter the waters of baptism, but two. We had a baptism in Dan Shui, Taiwan, this past weekend and we are so happy for M. This was her third attempt at baptism because her parents were not very supportive. After her parents dissuaded her from getting baptized the second time, she got on on the Chinese mormon.org chat to ask us why she even needed to be baptized anymore. She didn’t see the purpose of getting baptized anymore and she was ready to call it quits. We called her every week (Taiwan is 15 hours ahead so you can imagine it wasn’t easy with the time difference) and helped her rekindle that desire of being baptized again.
- Trust in the Lord. He has His timing and His plan. If we can learn to submit our will to His will, then He will bless us immensely. His plan is perfect. I know from personal experience that His plan is always better than my plan.
Well, that’s about all that I have to share with you. Oh yeah, the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh mission is getting another Temple Square Chinese sister, and this time she’s actually from Mainland China. Her name is Sister Ye and I am SO excited for her to serve in State College. I love her! She’s an amazing missionary. Incredibly bold yet loving, and she has a firm testimony. I’m excited for her to impact many lives there. I know she will bless many.
Anyways, I will see you all very soon. Unfortunately I am sick again and lost my voice this last week but hopefully, I’ll be all better by the time I see you! I know this gospel is so true and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. We also have a loving Heavenly Father who knows us perfectly. I know that as we do the simple things such as praying and reading our scriptures daily and going to church, we will never stray from the right path. I love you all so much and I will see you soon!
Sister Olivia Ying
2014年 12月 8日，星期一
- 不要氣餒. 當困難的時機時，也正是你要更努力工作的動機和去戰勝它。當我和任姊妹剛成為同伴的六週前，我們幾乎沒有一個人可以讓我們去教導。反而這個逆境促使我們更加努力工作，六個禮拜後，我們不僅幫助了一個人進入水中受洗，反而是二個人。我們有一個洗禮會是在台灣的淡水，在這過去的週末，我們真的為明姊妹感到好開心！這是她第三次想要受洗，因為她的父母之前並不支持，在第二次和她父母提到受洗的討論之後，她也一直上中文的摩門網站和我們交談，這也是她問我們為何需要受洗。她本來並不知道受洗的目的，幾乎都要放棄，我們每週都打電話給她（台灣是比這裡快十五個小時，所以你可以想像我們在時間上是多不容易和她連絡）就這樣幫助她再次重新想要去接受洗禮。
- 對主信頼. 祂有祂的時間表和計劃。如果我們能夠學習將我們的意念去建立在祂的意念上，那祂將會給予我們更大的祝福！祂的計劃是完美的。我知道從我個人的經驗裡面告訴我，祂的計劃比我的計劃更好。