(Minghui.org) I am a retired teacher in my 80s. When families gathered in 2020 to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I was arrested and detained in the No. 2 Detention Center for 43 days. I would like to share my experience.

Following the principles of Falun Dafa—Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance— for many years and always trying to be a good person, I was angry when I was first locked up. I quickly adjusted my mentality, eliminated resentment and embraced righteous thoughts, because Master taught us to always be good people. 

I decided to turn a bad thing into a good thing and use this opportunity in detention to tell more people the truth about Dafa.

I tried to find joy in hardship. I ate the food regardless of how poorly it tasted. I adapted to the environment without complaint about discomfort. With righteous thoughts I improved my character.

All my cellmates (about 20 people) came to respect Dafa. Some of them had been around Dafa practitioners before, and their impression improved even more. They commented that Dafa practitioners are always good and kind. 

They respected me and enjoyed our chats about the principles of Dafa. 

One inmate asked me to cure her illness. I told her, “Falun Dafa practitioners do not cure illnesses, however, as long as you believe and repeat, ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,’ you will be rewarded.” She was happy to do as I suggested.

They also praised me for my good health and youthful glowing skin. I had few wrinkles for a woman in her 80s. I found that little girls would come and hug me. This puzzled me. Later, someone told me that they wanted to get energy by hugging me. 

Observing the positive attitudes of those around me towards Dafa, I paid even more attention to my words and actions. The head of the cell said I was a role model.
She was nice to me, allowed me to practice the Dafa exercises freely, and was not strict. Whenever I had time, I would recite and practice Dafa, clarify the truth and persuade people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

During the detention period, the guards tried to persuade me to write the so-called guarantee statement to stop practicing Dafa, and attempted to transform me. I refused them all with righteous thoughts. Using compassion I clarified the truth and persuaded the prison guards to stop following the CCP in persecuting Dafa practitioners.

With Master's protection I walked out of the detention 43 days later, without writing a guarantee letter.