(Clearwisdom.net) In 1998, there was a big flood in my hometown. Our house was built beside the river. The roaring waves came racing down from upstream, engulfed and washed away two brick houses nearby. A big tree stump was deposited in front of our house and stopped there. When the flood came to the stump, it changed direction and bypassed the stump, rushing towards the other side, leaving only silvery sand behind. My father said emotionally: "Master Li Hongzhi is taking care of us!"

1. I Grew Up Amidst Tribulations

I am a nurse. Forty-three years ago, I was born into an impoverished family. Neither one of my parents could read. We relied on their slender incomes to support the seven people in our family. Because of the all-year-round hard work, my father suffered from stomach problems and angina, and my mother suffered from migraine headaches, stomach problems and rheumatism. When I was six years old, my mother had typhoid fever. My little brother, who had just been born, died from malnutrition because my mother didn't have any breast milk to feed him. When I was nine years old, my older brother took me to study in a forestry school. I had to walk more than three miles on mountain roads back and forth every day to get to school. I did this for seven years.

Gradually, I began to think about my life. I asked myself: "Why do my parents have to live such a hard life? Am I going to do the same? Where do we come from and where are we going? What are we doing here in this life?" When I was in middle school, a new teacher came and opened up a whole new world to me.

The teacher had many books. I read his books one after another. In two years, I finished reading all the books in his bookcase. I became the first person admitted to a technical secondary school in our mountain area. After I went to the medical school, I had access to a large number of books there. I understood that there are countless mysteries in the universe. One of the biggest for me was understanding why human beings come to this world.

After graduation, I found a job as a nurse. I got married and started a family, and began a life that was exactly the same as my mother's. Problems from work and everyday life brought me all kinds of worries and illness.

2. After I Encountered Falun Dafa, My Life Became Vibrant

In July 1994, I was on a bus traveling to the provincial capital and saw a banner showing the schedule of Falun Gong classes to be held in a certain stadium. The three golden Chinese characters for "Falun Gong" became deeply engraved in my mind.

In April 1997, I went back to the provincial capital, and I went to visit my uncle and his family. At that time, my cousin, my uncle and aunt were talking about their cultivation experiences and some remarkable things that had happened to them. I sat and quietly listened. It sounded like a beautiful fairy tale. I was immersed in the wonderful stories they told. I thought, "It's magical!" I was fascinated by the stories of what had happened to them after they began practicing Falun Dafa. I remembered my uncle said that once when he was walking in the street, a sedan and a motorcycle almost hit him. Just at that very moment, both the sedan and the motorcycle stopped. How dangerous it could have been! It must be Master who was protecting him. My cousin talked about the beautiful and intricate scenes he saw in other dimensions. As I was listening to them, my cousin asked me: "Yan'er, do you feel uncomfortable about our conversation?" I told him, "Not at all. I like listening to it very much."

Then my cousin brought me a copy of the book Zhuan Falun and said: "You can read this book after you go back. If you accept it, the book is yours, but if you can't accept it, please return it to me."

I couldn't wait to read this magical book Zhuan Falun. When I opened it, I saw Master's photo, smiling at me. I suddenly felt that I had seen Master somewhere before. Master is so benevolent and kind. Within three days, I finished reading the precious book. I told my husband that for years I had been asking where we come from and where we are going. I had been wondering about the true meaning of life for a long time but failed to find the answers. Now I found it! Humans are created by divine beings, and the reason for our lives is to return to our origins and true selves.

After reading the book, I realized that I should not divorce my husband as I had been considering. I understood that all the tribulations that I suffered from in the past are from karma. I should treat other people kindly. I experienced true joy from the bottom of my heart after beginning to practice Falun Dafa.

3. When One Person Practices Dafa, the Whole Family Benefits

After I read the book Zhuan Falun, I went back to my hometown feeling much more relaxed.

My husband came to the station to pick me up. He looked very pale, his face was sweating, and his voice was very weak. I asked him what happened. He told me he was fine and helped me carry the travel bag with all the gifts for our family to my mother-in-law's house. After we distributed all the gifts and arrived at our own house, my husband told me that before he went to pick me up, he was hit by a bus that was backing up in the parking lot, and he was thrown more than 10 meters (over 30 feet). It had hit him right on his chest. The driver and his colleagues all became very worried and asked him if he needed to go to the hospital. He stood up and stretched his body and said, "I'm fine. I'm going to pick up my wife." It turned out that he wasn't hurt at all. Then I thought, "Did he know that I had read Zhuan Falun?" I had just decided to practice Falun Dafa and Master had already begun to take care of my family members.

From the time my son was eight months old until he was six years old, when I obtained the Fa, he had to have injections seven or eight times every year. He had been very weak. After that, my son never had to take medicine again. Now he is twenty-one years old. In 2000, I went out to hang a banner reading "Falun Dafa is good" with him. He wanted to hang the banner, so I gave it to him. He hung up two banners, feeling very happy about it. On our way back home, he began to cough, and he coughed up something. After that, the pneumonia that had bothered him since he was very young never bothered him again.

When I went back to my hometown, I told the cultivation stories of my uncle's family to my parents, and I also shared my own experiences with them. Both of my parents then started to practice Falun Dafa and never took any medicine again.

My parents believe in the existence of divine beings, and they earnestly listened to Master's lectures. Their bodies became stronger and stronger, and they have a very happy life now. At that time, my father was already seventy-seven years old, and my mother was almost seventy. Before the communist regime started the evil persecution, there were more than twenty people that practiced Dafa in our family, from a three-year-old child to those in their seventies.

4. Experiences from the Cruel Persecution Strengthened My Righteous Thoughts

In October 2000, I started my Fa-rectification cultivation by handing out a truth clarification flier.

On April 20, 2001, while I was posting a "Falun Dafa is good" message, I was illegally arrested and sentenced to one year of forced labor. On May 11, 2001, I was transferred to a detention center. I told the police that I practice Falun Dafa because it's a righteous practice, and it teaches people to be kind. Our Master is teaching us the principles of the universe.

In the detention center, they kept me with three other Dafa disciples. Although we didn't know each other, we encouraged each other to have righteous thoughts. They arranged a dozen "transformed" people to talk to me, but I ignored them and their nonsense. I repeatedly recited the verse for the second set of exercises: "Wisdom is Enhanced and Powers Strengthened, The Heart is Harmonized and Body Lightened, As if in a Wondrous and Enlightened State, The Falun Begins to Rise." Their nonsensical words seemed to be resolved immediately. After that, they never talked to me again.

We received Master's latest articles and after we recited them, we passed them on to other practitioners. I recited the book Guiding the Voyage, and "Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A. (2001)". The practitioners in my cell and I managed to find some pens and paper, so we wrote letters to the leaders in our workplace and to our family members. Every letter was examined, and the police officers shouted out very loudly: "Are you still talking to others about Falun Gong and the persecution?" However, every letter was somehow sent. After I got back home from the forced labor camp, I went to talk to the leader in my workplace and asked if I could return to work. He took out the letter I had sent him long before from the labor camp. It turned out he had kept it all this time.

My personal experience is that: Studying the Fa well is the basis for us to walk a righteous way and it helps us to judge things from the Fa's perspective when we encounter tribulations. If we remember we are Dafa practitioners, we can pass the tests and tribulations with dignity. Everything in me is given by Master, and I should firmly believe in Master and Dafa. As long as I study the Fa with a clear mind, Master will enlighten me to whatever I need to know.

5. Validating the Fa in My Family and My Workplace

At work, I conduct myself to be a good person according to the Fa. When I have conflicts with other people, I first look within myself to see if I have done anything wrong.

When I was detained, my family members turned to every connection they had to get me out. I made up my mind: "Those things that I won't do as a practitioner, my family won't be able to do either." As a result, when my family members wanted to sign a Repentance Statement for me, people from the 610 Office told them they couldn't. I very clearly understood that I made all the decisions, therefore they couldn't do anything inappropriate. The police officers went to my workplace to ask my leader to write an introduction letter for me. After they came back, they told me, "The introduction your leader wrote about you was good enough to recommend you as a Model Worker." During my detention in the forced labor camp, all the heads from my workplace came to visit me. A police officer asked me, "Why are all of your workplace heads coming to visit you? What's so special about you?" I told her, "All of my leaders are really nice people, and they also respect good people."

After I returned to work, before the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the deputy head of the 610 Office went with another director to my workplace. They found me through the Party Committee and questioned me about Falun Gong. I told them how I benefited from practicing Dafa both mentally and physically in front of the Party Secretary. Later on, the deputy director of my workplace asked me if I had any requests. I said, "I hope the Constitution can protect my personal liberty, and I don't want to be harassed either in my personal life or at work." I told the deputy director how the people from the 610 Office had come to my workplace to harass me. The Party Secretary told me: "It's illegal for them to look for you directly without any permission from the hospital heads. If they come to you again, you can refuse to meet with them, or you can come to me directly." After that, no one ever came to harass me again.

My in-laws also began to accept Dafa. At the beginning of 2009, my mother-in-law became very sick and she began to live in the hospital. I sincerely told her, "If you have difficulties, you should recite 'Falun Dafa is good' and Master will help you." Later on, one night, when my husband and my sister-in-law were taking care of my mother-in-law in the hospital, they heard her saying very loudly twice: "Falun Dafa is good!" After that, her health kept improving, and soon she was able to leave the hospital and rest at home. My sister-in-law went to Hong Kong, and she saw many Dafa disciples were there clarifying the truth and helping people to quit the CCP. She thought, "What they are doing is right". Just after this thought, her legs that used to hurt a lot when she climbed up the stairs no longer felt painful. When she told me this, I took the opportunity to explain the reason for quitting the CCP to her and she immediately agreed to quit. While I was taking care of my mother-in-law, my father-in-law also changed his opinion towards Dafa. I told him the stories from the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and how the CCP persecutes the Chinese people. I asked if I could help him to quit the CCP, and he agreed.

At the beginning of 2010, the H1N1 flu raged through China, and my husband was infected. I asked him, "Do you want to go to the hospital and be quarantined there? Most of the people there are very sick." He said he didn't want to go to the hospital. So I told him, "How about you do the exercises together with me?" He agreed, got out of bed and did the exercises. Within half an hour, his body temperature dropped from 38.6 °C to 37 °C. The next day he had recovered and went back to work.

Let me stop here. In fact, I only want to tell you one thing, "Falun Dafa is good", "Falun Dafa is a righteous practice". I have witnessed it myself in the last thirteen years. I hope those people who don't know the truth of Falun Gong find out as soon as possible and make the right choice.