Stories about My Granddaughter
(Minghui.org) Lan Lan is eleven years old and lives in southern China. She is currently in fifth grade. This year, Lan Lan came to my house during the Chinese New Year. Since I left the book Zhuan Falun at her house, Lan Lan brought it and said she wanted to study the Fa with me.
I was very surprised that she thought about it herself. She said she did not want her parents to know because she was afraid they would not allow her to bring the book. While she was packing, her father stood right in front of the place where the book was hidden. She was worried and silently asked her father to step out. Her father indeed stepped out and Lan Lan hurriedly packed the book. Lan Lan said she put Zhuan Falun between two other books so it would be less conspicuous. When she arrived at my house, she took Zhuan Falun from her bag and placed it in a drawer where I put Dafa books.
Studying the Fa While Cultivating One’s Heart
We planned to read one lecture of Zhuan Falun. Because Lan Lan had online classes in the mornings and homework assignments in the afternoon, I woke her up around 6:20 a.m. every day.
The first time we read the Fa, Lan Lan started to get sleepy and was about to lay down. I explained that studying the Fa was a serious matter. Before we read the Fa, we should wash our hands. We need to set aside any distracting thoughts to show our respect for Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) and the Fa. She agreed and corrected her posture before she resumed reading.
Lan Lan would often ask questions while we read and I would discuss my experiences and understandings with her. After studying the Fa one day, Lan Lan said she decided not to pursue a doctor’s degree. When I asked why, she said she longed to do as Master says; to let go of fame and self-interest. I told her we are cultivators in ordinary society and follow the natural course of things while being good people. I explained that many young practitioners validated the Fa by ranking top in their class. Lan Lan seemed to understand what I said.
After reading Lecture Four one day, Lan Lan said she regretted one thing she did. She told me she had an argument with a friend. At the beginning Lan Lan tried to be patient but her friend was being unreasonable so Lan Lan reprimanded her. She said she did not abide by the principle of,
“When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)
Lan Lan said she needed to follow the principles of Dafa and not argue with her friend anymore. I was very happy for her.
One day, when we read,
“Those practices that cultivate both mind and body make one look very young in appearance, and one looks quite different from one’s actual age.” (Lecture Five, Zhuan Falun)
Lan Lan said, “Grandma, do you remember my friend, Zhi Rui? He called you “auntie” when he first met you. But I told him you were my grandma! Zhi Rui said you look so young!” I told her that practitioners look younger than their actual age, and perhaps this was one of the amazing aspects of Falun Dafa.
Lan Lan had a clear understanding of the Fa principles and always thought about her own cultivation. Once when she was on the playground, a boy accidentally bumped into her and scraped her knee. Her classmates asked what happened, but Lan Lan said she was fine and it was nothing to worry about. I asked why she didn’t explain what happened. Lan Lan said if she had told her friends, they would have started to bully him. It was not a big deal because it was an accident.
“I Have to Come”
Lan Lan and I would always think of ways to awaken more sentient beings. We decided to take a stroll in our neighborhood while we were on a lockdown due to the CCP virus (coronavirus). Lan Lan showed me that she had two amulets, a pen and a piece of paper to record the names of people quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in her pocket. I was very touched.
This reminded me of during her summer vacation of 2018, when she came to my place and we clarified the truth together in a hospital lobby. Several people sat on the steps and I started to talk to an elderly man. Lan Lan sat quietly behind me and after a while, she took out the Falun Dafa keepsake and gave it to him. She looked very calm and dignified, and then said, “This is for you. Hope all is well and stay safe!” The elderly man looked at the amulet then glanced at Lan Lan. He praised her for being such a good child. He happily thanked her. How did Lan Lan know to give out amulets? I never talked to her about it and we cooperated so seamlessly when she handed out the amulet at the “right time”.
Once while I was clarifying the truth, Lan Lan’s backpack fell to the ground and a cellphone and several amulets fell out. She went to pick the amulets up while I picked up the cellphone. She pointed to the amulets in her hand and said, “This is more important!”
I had made arrangements with another practitioner to distribute truth-clarification materials one night. That practitioner had no intention of bringing Lan Lan. However, when Lan Lan heard that we were heading out, she put on her winter jacket and said, “I have to come.” Each of us was in charge of one building unit. Not only was Lan Lan faster than both of us, the flyers that she pasted up were neatly and properly done. The practitioner praised Lan Lan for being so responsible. Over the next few days, Lan Lan and I went out again and I noticed that all the flyers that she previously put up were still there.
Lan Lan was raised by her aunt until she was two and a half years old. Afterward, she left China to live with her parents. Although my time with Lan Lan is short, we are still very close. When she visits me she goes with me to clarify the truth. When I forgot to bring the amulets one time, Lan Lan decided to take a piece of paper and write, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good." She also drew a beautiful lotus on each piece of paper. Everyone who received it was happy.
While I was clarifying the truth one time, she whispered, “Grandma, let’s go.” I thought something was going on, so we left. When we got to the car, Lan Lan said, “Sorry that you were only able to clarify the truth to one person. I saw two policemen, so I asked you to leave." Though Lan Lan is young, she is very smart. This is probably Master’s way of protecting us. Thank you Master!
Believe in Master, Believe In the Fa
Lan Lan started to cough when she came home for Chinese New Year in 2016. Her aunt decided to give her some medication. She refused to take it and silently recited “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” The next day, Lan Lan felt fine.
When Lan Lan came back to China in May 2017, she had to repeat second grade because of the different courses taught overseas. Since she was slow in writing, she often was not able to catch up with what was taught in school. During final examinations, I told her to silently recite, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Master will help you.” She nodded and agreed with me.
When I went to pick her up in the afternoon, I asked if she had answered all the questions on her exam papers. She said she finished all the questions and still had 30 minutes left. I asked her how this was possible when she wrote so slowly. She said while she was reciting the “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is good,” a great, big hand guided her hand and answered all the questions. She said in a serious tone, “Master was helping me.”
One day while doing her homework on the computer, the computer suddenly shut down. She said silently, “Master, please just let me send my homework.” Instantly, the computer screen came back on again and she was able to send her homework. Lan Lan was really happy and said Master helped her again!
Once Lan Lan asked if I remembered clarifying the truth to her when she was six years old. I remembered in 2014, when Lan Lan was three years old, I traveled overseas to visit her. I started to read Zhuan Falun out loud. After reading for a while, I stopped. Lan Lan asked, “Why did you stop reading?” I told her I stopped reading because I saw her playing. However Lan Lan told me she was listening to me the whole time. I resumed reading and Lan Lan was able to tell me where I left off.
This time, Lan Lan stayed with me for 37 days because of the CCP virus. We read Zhuan Falun four times. She told me that she knows how to be a better person. We’ve also read all five books of Hong Yin and watched Master’s exercise videos. While we were watching the third set of exercises, Lan Lan said this exercise is truly powerful. I bought her a music box with Master’s lectures and five sets of exercises downloaded in it.
When she was about to leave, we sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate anything negative while passing through airport security. When Lan Lan arrived home, she said everything was fine and I need not worry.
On the third day, she called me and said when her friend came over, she had her friend quit the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations. She told me her friend’s real name and asked me to record it online.
I am truly happy and grateful for Lan Lan. I hope she grows up well, immersed in Dafa's boundless grace! I need to do well and be more diligent too!