Helping a Lawyer

A Falun Dafa practitioner in my local area was arrested while delivering truth-clarification DVDs in March 2012. His wife had also recently started to practice Falun Dafa.

His case was sent to the Procuratorate, and his wife insisted on hiring a lawyer that she knew. The lawyer didn't know the true situation about the persecution of Falun Dafa and said that she wouldn't file a “not guilty” plea for the other woman’s husband.

However, the wife insisted that she was the right lawyer for the case, wanting to use her because they knew each other and would therefore charge less than others.

Some local practitioners and I wondered whether it was worth it, or even appropriate, to spend money on a lawyer who would not speak up for Dafa. Another practitioner thought that we should not hire the lawyer as it would have grave consequences for her to misrepresent a practitioner.

We didn’t want to force the wife to change her decision, so we looked for other ways to help. I said, “We can talk to the lawyer about Falun Dafa. If she is aware of the true situation about the persecution she will defend Dafa and position herself well.”

Master said:

“Wherever there's a problem, that is where you need to clarify the truth and save people. Don't take a detour when you run into difficulties. When you see something that does us harm, or when you see something blocking our validating the Fa, don't take a detour -- you should face it, and clarify the truth and save those beings.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference II)

We all agreed, and two practitioners said that they would join me to visit the lawyer.

We found the lawyer the next day, and let her know why we were there. “We are Falun Dafa practitioners,” I said. “And today, we are here to tell you about Falun Dafa.”

“Please, go ahead,” she said, as she warmly asked us to sit down.

We told her about Falun Dafa and how the peaceful practice has been welcomed around the world. We also told her about the staged Tiananmen self-immolation incident.

We concluded by saying that we hoped that she would quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. She was happy to do so.

We then talked about the case of the arrested practitioner, and said that we hoped she could position herself well by speaking up in the practitioner's defense. She said that she would think it over.

I went to the arrested practitioner's house that evening, and his wife told me, “I received a call from the lawyer and her attitude towards Dafa is much better than before.”

The next morning, the lawyer expressed her complete willingness to speak in defense of our fellow practitioner. And in the courtroom, the lawyer indeed pleaded “not guilty” on behalf of the practitioner.

Supporting My Mother-In-Law

When my father-in-law passed away last year, my husband asked what I thought about his mother moving in with us so we could look after her.

My husband's parents loved their youngest daughter so much that they helped raise her child. However, they never bothered to look after our child when he was young.

When my child went to visit his grandparents, my father-in-law always found him tiresome. He once made a heartless remark to us: “We won’t count on you when we are old.”

As a Dafa practitioner, I shouldn’t complain about favoritism towards the youngest daughter, so I said nothing and agreed to look after his mother.

If this had happened before I had started to practice Dafa, I probably wouldn’t have agreed to it. Even if I had agreed reluctantly, I would have complained about it.

As my husband was willing to look after his mother, I didn’t want to make things difficult for him. Neither did I want to displease my mother-in-law, as it is our obligation to look after the elderly.

When my father-in-law died last year, we paid a lot of money for his funeral without asking his youngest daughter to pay a penny. I also told my husband that we wouldn’t fight for any property that belonged to my husband's parents.

Their youngest daughter was so moved by our decision that she offered us the property rights.

My mother-in-law has poor eyesight and has to feel her way around. It is difficult for her to do things on her own, but since she moved in with us I make delicious meals for her and take care of her the best I can.

I gave our door keys to my husband’s two sisters and told them that they are welcome at our home any time. They were deeply touched.

We used to live in a small apartment on the third floor, but my mother-in-law thought that it was too small, and it wasn't easy for us to take her out, so we decided to move to a larger apartment on the ground floor. My mother-in-law was very happy.

Now, the two sisters, with their husbands and children, often come to visit us, and all my relatives have positive views of Falun Dafa. We are a happy family.

The most important thing is that the arrival of my mother-in-law didn’t affect me doing the three things that a practitioner should do. Every morning I attend group Fa-study, and my husband stays at home to look after his mother.

Sometimes, practitioners come to my house to study the Fa, and my mother-in-law sits nearby listening.

In the afternoon, I go out to tell people about Falun Dafa or do some other Dafa work. My mother-in-law is always very supportive.