August 26, 2013 - Be still and know that I am God

hey family.  
school school school.  wow, can you believe it's been a year since i got my call?  nathan is a junior right?  what?  no i don't believe it.  emma is going to turn 9 this year or 8.  i can never get it right, seems like everyone is growing up.  kenzie [miller] in the philipines huh.  wow that's awesome.  i got a letter this week from her from some kid in her primary class at church. tell her good luck for me!  

yeah the rain wasn't a lot.  togo, in general, i hear is one of the drier countries in west africa, but yeah not a lot.   no, i haven't really heard too many people complain or worry about the lack of rain.  

there are three zones in togo and 3 districts in hezdranawoe zone. there would be 4 if we had all elders but the sisters go into the kegue district so they have 8.  i'm not exactly sure about all the others because i've only been here in hedzranawoe zone.  three zones in benin too.  our district is just our apartment so 4 people.  all the districts have district meeting every tuesday morning and we have zone meetings every month and zone conferences every 3 months.  we have a transfer coming up next week because we have a bunch of missionaries leaving soon and some coming in i guess. then again in october a bunch more leaving so more coming in which means big changes coming up for next week and then in october again. a lot of missionaries are going to train.  transfers get complicated and so it's a headache that i'm am very glad to leave in the hands of president.  i just go where he tells me and work and that works for me. :)  

benjamin said that there was a new temple video coming out and so i'm glad to hear that its good.  i really miss the temple, and i'm excited to see it when i get back.  benjamin also said that josh [peterson] just got engaged?! what! sheesh what am i talking about big changes here, josh married?

yesterday we visited some members and i had a couple more of those reality check moments where you realize that some people are going through some really hard times.  their faith is inspiring.  i'm glad for my testimony, and i'm glad for the opportunity i have to share it here because it grows as i do.  it's always that leap of faith moment right after someone tells you about some problems, worries, troubles, etc. and you get to testify.  the bigger the problems the harder it is to tell someone that just living the gospel will solve their problems, but as you take that leap it strengthens your own hope.  some people have told me some things that makes me almost want to ask God sometimes if he's sure that they can take any more because i sure couldn't, but then i think of the scripture i shared with you a couple of weeks ago and with one of these members yesterday - doctrine and covenants 101: 16 "all flesh is in my hands, be still and know that i am god".  i know it's true all of it, god knows us, he knows what's best for us.  

i've asked myself this question multiple times since being here: "what did i do to deserve the life that i have, blessed with my family, home, friends, and most importantly the gospel? what right to i have to have all that?"  i still don't have an answer and likely never will, but i believe in a just God, a merciful God, who sent his son to make it all right.  as elder christopherson said this last conference, the atonement pays justice for the mistakes we make to get mercy. yes, but also it pays us, making up for all the wrong we have suffered because of others or just the unfairnesses of life.

sorry no pictures again this week. i think next week i'll have some.  have a great week!  i love you all.  keep it up accept and reflect the light of christ this week. :) 
Elder Rybin

Elder Semken, Sr. Missionary's 8/20/13 ramblings

Hello to all of you,
     Your missionaries are doing well.  We all have our ups and downs, like the waves on the ocean.  Sometimes you're on the crest and other times you are in the trough.  Your missionaries are learning the various lessons of life.
    1.  We had a missionary who got sick in about April and after extensive tests and exams we found the problem; which probably started when he was 10 and finally became a problem.  He is from Africa.  He is the only member of his family.  His father in the Military.  President Weed visited with his dad and his dad said that he was supportive.  The elder wanted to return once surgery and recovery was completed.  We hoped so.  He return home, had surgery and received clearance from his physician that he could do the mission labors.  He returned last week.  We were very pleased to have him back.  Several lessons to learn.  Your missionaries are supportive and will be able to learn many lessons from this experience.
  2.  Your sons will learn some more lessons in the next few months about preparation, like food storage.  They are protected here in this mission.  As I believe I have stated there has been a severe drought this past season.  I am told that many, many crops will not be harvested in neighboring countries as well as Togo and Benin.  I don't know the impact on the economy and food availability for sure, but hopefully it won't be to severe.  But, I do hear some talk.
    3.  This past Saturday the church held its annual service project day.  This year rather than having one major project, the branches were clustered into groups and we had 3 or 4.  I think there were about 500 in Benin who participated.  Some worked at a government institution, hospitals and things like that.  We worked side by side with our neighbors of Africa.  There was a lot of excellent TV and Radio coverage.  One set of elders receive 5 significant teaching engagements.  These people who didn't know us before were excited to see us and participate with us.  When in the service of your fellow man, you are in the service of God.
    4.  The elders learn other great lessons.  Sister Semken and I were on an errand later in the day but before the sun goes down (about 7pm).  We got a call from a recent convert.  She is known very well in her company and whenever anyone needs counsel the owners of this prestigious company approach her and ask her to give counsel.  Well, one of the employees was having some problems following the birth of a child about 3 or 4 months ago.  This convert had visited with her before.
Well this convert requested that we come and give her a blessing.  The boss told her to help solve this employees problem.  So, I asked a missionary companionship to assist me.  We arrived at the office and 6:30.  We were greeted by the owner of the business and taken into his small office.  The employee was there and not feeling well.  The owner left the office and said thank you for coming.  I gave some thoughts in English, translated by the convert and the missionaries.  We then had a kneeling prayer.  Just prior to the blessing I asked one elder to give the blessing.  He had to review how to do it. I don't know if it was his first time or not.  I gave him some further instructions and told him to have patience and take in giving the blessing.  A blessing he gave which will be remember by all of us.  At the conclusion of the blessing the young lady stood up and immediately felt better.  The Elder said that it was a wonderful experience.  Only he knows what he learned.  But, another lesson learned by serving.
    We are proud of the way these young men behave.  They learn the blessings of obedience and the the power that comes from magnifying their calling.  It is our privileged to serve side by side with them.  It is a wonderful thing to see the lessons learned.
            Elder Semken

Elder Semken, Sr. Missionary's 8/2/13 ramblings

To all:
      This early morning I walked to the local bakery.  As I entered I could smell the aroma of hot fresh bread which filled the whole bakery.  It reminded me of  the homemade bread made by Francine and my mother too.  Two minutes is all it took for me to return home and slice the hot bread.  I put butter on it and wished that I had some honey.  What a wonderful way to start the day.  
     We do not have any new missionaries coming or going home in August.  This will allow the missionaries to settle in without any interruptions that are caused by entering the mission field.  That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it provides a time for some longer term planning, and teaching of their investigators by the same set of missionaries.
      We now will have 18 new missionaries coming to the mission on October 16th.  Who knows if they will send more then.  They are all from Africa.  We do know that we will get another 6 sisters by then. Bringing the number to 18.  I think we will slowly continue the number of missionaries up to 120.  We will have about 110 by January.  I wouldn't be surprised to see more.  We could double the number of missionaries in our mission.  All of the missionaries would continue to teach 7 or more lessons a day.  However, it is very important to grow prudently.  We are climbing mountains one step at a time.  We do it as the Lord wants it done.  Constant and Consistent.
     These young men and women are well prepared as they enter their field of labor.  Sure, they have a lot to learn, but they are ready for this great task.
      Someone said, I hope that you, Elder Semken don't judge Benin and Togo on just the city life that we see.  Please don't leave until you have seen more of the countries.  Last week, the President and his wife along with Francine and I were invited to travel about 1 1/2 hours north of Cotonou to visit a village of only 600,000 where a member grew up.  He showed us some marvelous scenery and groves of Teak Trees, etc.  I took the time to look for and photograph butterflies.  Yes, this is a beautiful country.
     The rainy season that didn't happen.  I am told that this was one of the driest seasons recorded.  Many of the crops will not produce.  There is a second mini season that starts in about a month and lasts for about 2 months.  I hope these people get the proper and necessary rain for the production of food.
     A branch was divided last week; and I know two more will be divided in a the next month or so.  So, you can see your missionaries are doing their work well.  they appreciate your support.
      See, you later,
             elder semken

Elder Semken, Sr. Missionary's 7/21/13 ramblings

21 July 2013
     I take this moment to inform you that today the Cococodji Branch was created.  A long time member and friend, Paul Dansu, is the new branch President.  He is our egg man.  He started an egg farm with the encouragement of the Southams and has done well.  His first counselor in Elvis, a young returned missionary, he and his wife recently had their first child.  
     This is the first branch that Francine and I had an opportunity to have a lot of involvement.  The missionaries were assigned to this area only in February of this year (2013).  The mission president had a tug-a-war as to where we should send two sets of missionaries because of the very limited number of missionaries in the field.  He could have sent them to Porto Novo which was the expected place to send them since there are several members there.  Another area that was a possibility was Calavi. The members out in Cococodji were being serviced very well by the Menotin Branch.  The President sent me out to explore all three areas with an office elder.  A set of Assistants to the Mission President were also sent to Porto Novo to get their opinion.  Our reports said that all three areas could support missionaries.  The President consulted with the Branch Presidency.  There input was invaluable.  They liked Calavi and Cococodji.  The President then decided after careful consideration and imploring with the Lord what he should do.  He decided to send them to Cococodji.
    As I have mentioned the first week we had 47, then 54 and today there was 103 on a rainy day.  Last week there were 110.  
    Getting the building we now meet in was an interesting event as well.  Today was the first day of meetings in this beautiful building.  This building can accommodate two branches at the same time.  The lot is beautifully landscaped.  I love it!  And I have some new ideas that I could incorporate in my yard.  Not that I could have the same vegetation, no palm trees grow where I live in Utah.  Nevertheless I have some new ideas.  Oh dear, says Francine.  
     The available buildings for a branch were in reality not in existence.  We us Paul Toffi to help us find apartments.  I requested his assistance.  In a day or two he was at the office explaining to us what he had found.  Now it seem that Paul knows everyone.  He found a building that was occupied some Chinese road consultants that were about to vacate the building.  He found the building because he knew someone who knew about this landlord.  So we entered negotiations.  The price was way to high which is normal. We got it down to where we could be serious about it.  The members in the area frequently could not go to the Menotin Branch building because of its cost.  So, Paul went a days journey north to visit the landlord (the wife and owner)  her husband was in Liberia.  As it turns out the village Paul went to is where Paul had lived and he knew the wife.  They agreed on a price and then he brought the proposal back to which we negotiated the final agreement.  The Lord absolutely knows and directs people to fulfill his purposes.  He is involved in the details.  I am but an instrument in his hands for I could never have known about this place, I didn't know the landlord, I didn't live in their village as a youth, I don't speak French.  Stop and think how things can turn out.  
     Yesterday, Saturday 20 July 2013, the elders and I went to prepare the building for the meeting.  We had to make five trips to take chairs, etc.  I wasn't surprised when many members just showed up to work.  Youth and adults and a couple of babies.  I had Elder Welch be the supervisor.  His companion Elder Mulumba was the chief coordinator to the members.  The work that was completed was nothing short of spectacular!  People just went to work! Willingly!  A couple of sisters swept the entire long driveway (125 yards long)  and the walkways that beautifully mark the attractive landscaped facilities.  Of course the women were their beautiful clothes to perform this service.  They do not wear "grubbies" for work done for the Lord.  I am so touched by the respect that they have for the church grounds and that they know that the Lord is well pleased.
     Today, there was adequate room for everyone.  They were as excited as children opening presents on Christmas morning.  Though that for them is but a dream.  But, they feel and felt the need to be there to perform this task.  
     I took a lot of pictures.  After the meeting everyone wanted their picture taken.  It really started when a father requested (in French, but I understood perfectly what he wanted) that I take his picture with his family.  You see this marks a great day in the lives of these people.  And it does.  It also, makes a great day in Francine and my life as well.  They were very reverent and respectful during the services.
     Thank you for your missionaries and for your support and prayers,
               Elder Semken

Elder Semken, Sr. Missionary's 7/16/13 ramblings

Hello to all of you,
      Yesterday was a very unusual day.  All of the missions were given some direction to provide or make available more zone activities on a regular basis.  So about once a quarter a zone (about 12 missionaries in our mission) will have some kind of activity.  Like playing basketball, or going somewhere or to the beach.  Benin and Togo are not teeming with very many interesting places to go like in the U S.  In the U S they can go to museums, they can go to Mormon Night baseball, they go air craft carriers,  they go to state parks, they can visit the Empire State Building etc.  None of that exists here in the cities of Lome nor Cotonou.  Our two cities are concrete and dirt. But, this one zone was informed about some valley near Porto Novo that was unique.  It was told to them that there are only 2 valleys like this in Africa.  One of the valleys is in the Nile River drainage and the other here in Porto Novo.  This valley I am told by the member, who is reliable, that this valley has rich and fertile soil.  Most of Africa's soil has been used over and over and over.  There is no resting of the soil for a season like in the US.  We have winter and the soil rests.  Well they put together a zone activity with the member's help.  Francine and I were the bus drivers.  The location is 80 km (50 Miles) away.  It takes  about 1 1/2 hours to get there.  This means we had good roads for Africa. The member got us to the valley and sure enough it looks great.  But, what do we do now that we have seen it.  I suggested to this member that maybe we could find a road on one of the hills of the valley so that we could hike for a while.  We went back across a bridge and found a path that we might take.  So we did.  As we walked we found a river on our left side.  We walk about 1 km and could see a small village.  It has about 25 members.  The children came to greet us.  A little timid at first.  Then we shook their hands.  It was obvious that they hadn't seen very many white people and one or two had never seen a white person. Three women came to see what was going on and two men then came a met with us.  The member visited with them.  And they were friendly enough. They spoke Fon.  One of many tribal languages.  So, I asked if we could visit the village.  They said yes and they would take us to the river.  We walked into the village which was right next to a river.  Not the same one we saw we hiked next to on our way in.  The hike was not extreme in the least.  It was more like a stroll along an irrigation ditch.  This river was about 100-150 yards wide.  We did a little looking around and visited and asked questions and took pictures.  One of the elders from Scotland asked about animals and they said that their were crocodiles.  I couldn't confirm if this was a current sighting or in the past.  They did say that their used to be many croc's but they were hunted and are nearly gone.  They told me that they had a farm across the river. I asked what they grew.  Maize, beans, casaba, etc.  I asked if I could go to the farm when I came back.  They said yes.  
    The river was about 5 to 6 feet (2 meters) below the bank.  In the second raining season (about September)  the river generally will rise about three feet (1 meter) above the river bank.  Wow, would this be an impressive sight to see!  I hope to go there then as well.  I then examined their huts and sure enough they have been build up on bricks or mounds of dirt so they won't be flooded.  They then get to the road by canoe.  If this is the case then I can see why this would be such a fertile valley.  
     I took several pictures and they said that they would love a copy when I came back.  We found two or three species of birds that I haven't seen.  I am sure that there is a lot that I didn't observe. I also found a couple more butterflies and flowers  Back to the river.  They are sandwiched between two rivers.  We will look on google earth to see where we were.  They do not have any water, other than the river and they do not have any electricity.  This village, though small, is what one we might think of when we read about African villages.  The valley was very beautiful.  The earth is full and there is enough, and to spare. 
     As I asked the missionaries if they enjoyed the trip.  Without exception they thought this might be the best activity they had.  One of the new elders said; this is a most welcome relief, it came at a good time for me. 
     One more thing, apparently we are in a severe drought.  This is the second year in a row.  With this year being more severe.  From what I can piece together the crops for this harvest will yield very little.  Even if we got rain now, it wouldn't help for the current crops and of course would benefit the next crop.  Things to grow year round but even so, there are seasons.  Not like in the US or Canada nor Europe, but seasons when things grow better than others.  
     We are getting ready to occupy a new branch building in Cococodji in the next week or two.  Remember, this area was opened for missionary work in Feb/Mar.  The first group meeting was held in May.  There were 47 in attendance.  From the very start the room we met in was not able to hold the number who attended.  Last week there were 110 in attendance.  35 inside and 75 on the patio.  It is a marvelous thing to see the literal fulfillment of prophesy.  The gospel is being taken to the whole world.  
     We are now preparing the required paper work to organize a Stake in Togo.  I wouldn't be surprised that this will be ready by the end of the year. I don't think that I will be here for the first stake in Benin, but just 3 months after we complete our mission and just before the President has competed his assignment, their could be a Stake in Benin.
     All of a sudden, it seems as their has been several illnesses.  Most can be treated like the flu.  I hope they get over it soon.
     As reported we are having 24 missionaries go home over the next 2 months, 6 left this past week.  I thought we would drop down the missionary count of when I first arrived (about 90).  But, as of yesterday when the final 6 of the 24 go home, the next week we will get 16 new ones and with the other 6-8 we will be at 104.  It now appears as if we will climb to 120 over a period of time.  
     Well, the elders are faithful in these trying circumstances.
                Elder & Sister Semken

Elder Semken, Sr. Missionary's 6/27/13 ramblings

Hello to all of you,
     Your missionaries are doing well.  They are firm in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am sure that you would be very impressed, as I am, when they teach and witness to the truthfulness of the restoration.  The missionaries have studied well.  Even the new elders study and learn a great deal in depth.  The new members generally do very well.  Their activity is good.  The converts are lifted up as having "a brightness of hope" and then lift the people around them.  The rain season has been minimal thus far.  I get conflicting reports as to when the rainy season is here.  Most said June to or through Sept.  I did just read a security report that said that the rainy season is July to early Sept.  Even with that the elders in Finagnon sometimes wear rubber irrigation boots in some areas.
    We are entering a period of time when we will have 24 elders released from their missionary service.  Most of these elders are from the Congo. We only have 15 scheduled to arrive.  We anticipate more in Nov, Dec, and Jan.
     This is also a time of expansion.  Baptisms have been consistent at about 60 per month.  In Togo we now have enough members to form a stake.  In Cotonou we have just approved 4 new branches.  This is to make it easier for the members to attend church.  The Cococodji branch just received final approval last week.  We have secured a beautiful building for them to meet in.  We had hoped to begin meeting their this week, but the current occupants won't be out until the end of July.
      I just can't believe  the wonderful and miraculous conversions that happen.  For example:  Some elders were beginning to teach a family the gospel.  The two older daughter (their ages about 22 and 24) were furious and didn't want their family to take the lessons.  They were against the missionaries from the start.  Well, as you know, in Cotonou though French is the primary language.  But there are significant other tribal languages which has caused a sort of "merging" words and phrases that it is difficult to always convey the whole meaning of thoughts.  In this case, Fon was also spoken.  A language a few of the elders become familiar.  So, the elders asked the 2 older girls to translate from the French to Fon and back, etc.  They said that they would help just so they could show their parents how foolish of them to listen to these elders.  As the discussion progressed the family was ready to be baptized but not the 2 girls.  The family was baptized, and as you might know by now the 2 girls wanted to be baptized.  Just amazing.  At their baptism the sister missionaries showed up.  The girls didn't know that we had sister missionaries.  These beautiful converts were anxious to visit the sister following the meeting.  They did.  The next day (Sunday) I was at the branch.  The boys of the family requested a blessing.  I invited the family to come in.  It was "finals" time at school and they thought that it would help.  Following that the 2 girls requested a blessing the following week since it would be their week of "finals".  President Weed was there to accommodate their wish.  
     This kind of experience is not unusual. Your sons and daughters are in the middle of this.
     We had the final visit of one of the seventy.  Elder Dickson and his wife.  He is now 70 and will be formally released in October.  But, this was his last Mission tour and Zone Conference.  He is just wonderful.  He has been involved with 460 stake reorganizations etc.  He has been the Africa West Area President for several years.  He served as a mission president one or two times.  He spoke at this past April Conference.  He had to have his right arm amputated just before he left for his mission when he was 19.  He says that it has been a blessing to have lost his arm.  You see, challenges are for everyone.  He had a successful business when he was called to serve as a mission president at age 36.  They had 2 of their children born during that time.  
     Your missionaries are blessed with various challenges as well.  We notice their change.  They grow.  They learn about the 8 or 9 other cultures from the missionaries of various cultures.  It is not easy.  But, they are more than equal to the task.  We love their enthusiasm.
     I thought that we had come to serve and in the end it is us who have been served by them, the missionaries and the people of Benin and Togo.  How blessed we have been.  We can hardly wait to see what happens during the next half of our mission.
     We wish you well. Your missionaries pray for you.  They are glad to be here. They are in very good hands, the Lord's hand.
          Elder Semken

August 19, 2013 - Members to visit, neighbors

hey family!
school starting wow the summer has flown by.  good luck with all your classes.  yep 8 months today.  wow crazy! that's one third.... dang its going by so fast.  i didn't go on my roof monday night so i didn't see any meteors but sounds like you had fun.  good work with the book of mormon nathan.  what'd ya learn?  mom did you start at the beginning in french or just where you were? i am luc [Luke] now in the bible in french.  its coming along.  i like reading and then reading the explanations in jesus the christ. 

yep mathias and engonam are amazing.  it was my camera battery that died so were good there.  this week i accidentally called their little son, prince, a big monkey instead of a big boss in éwé.  haha oops. i'm learning a lot in éwé but it's hard because it's all about the way you say it sometimes.  but i like learning and i'm determined to testify in éwé when i leave attiegou, which will be hard but i can do it.  they love it when i speak though.  their faces just light up even just a few words. :) 

the church is pretty much always open but we don't really do tours i don't know if we'll start or what.  the church is so young here that we can't really keep up with all the new advances and programs but we do our best.  the branch is improving though.  I'm really making an effort to make some changes here and get some things rolling rather than just sitting back and doing the regular missionary stuff.  its going good so far but just takes time.

this week we taught a guy who turned out to be a pastor who started preaching to us all this stuff, and then he started to speak to us in tongues! (giberish) he said if we really had the spirit we would have understood. ahhh....

also did i tell you about our neighbor yet!  I've never seen her as far as i know but every wednesday she prays all day long into a microphone in her house.  no joke ALL day long.  she just repeats as far as i understand thank you god over and over almost singing yelling.

we visited this old member couple pascal and afi this week.  they are so great.  they don't really speak french so we brought a member, elolo, with us.  i wish you could just be there sometimes to experience the people because there is just too much to explain in writing.  picture is a thousand words kinda deal.  he's blind in one eye, doesn't walk very well, but is there at church every week.  he has lived in his little shack with his family for 19 years now. And he's happy! i told him that seeing him and all his family makes me really happy and that god was happy too.  he just told me thank you like 10 times and shook my hand over and over.  now he calls me "mon ami"  haha i love the african people so much.  they are the most amazing people ever!

that's all for this week! i love you all!  have a great week (in school haha)
Elder Rybin

August 12, 2013 - Three baptisms

hello again family! 
sounds like you all had a busy week.  heather is so big!! wow stop it! stop growing. she'll be one of those little minion cakes running around when i get back!  don't do it! what day does school start again?  i feel like you just said a couple of letters ago that school was just ending, wow the summer has gone by so fast.  it's a little weird not having the season changes here to keep me on track with what time of the year it is.  it looks weird all your pictures because when i left it was a frozen wasteland, now it's all green and nice looking.  i still feel like its winter back home sometimes because that's what i left it as, but like heather, i guess things still change even though i'm not there to see them.

sounds like this stake conference things went good too.  just because you're in utah doesn't mean there isn't missionary work to do, or helping to build the kingdom of god.  even if what you do is small in the church or our family and influence is small looking at everyone in the world and everything that needs to be done, but like pres utchdorf said, lift where you stand.  you'd be surprised how much a difference it would make if we all just made the tiniest, tiniest bit more effort to magnify our callings, honor our priesthood, do missionary work, build and strengthen gods kingdom and children. so don't wait for some big opportunity - do it now.  think and pray about it and you'll think of something to do improve or help. :)

elder rybin, mathias, prince, engonam, onivia, elder ndaye. (girl in blue shirt not theirs)
this week surprise!  we had three baptisms!  that's the big news anyways. adele a little girl whose parents aren't married (so they can't get baptized yet), got baptized along with the super awesome couple we found.  i don't know if i told you about them or not.  mathias and engonam.  i feel like i did.  they are so amazing, so prepared.  my camera died but elder ndaye took some pictures that I'll have him send me to forward to you.  we were going to have marie get baptized too, but saturday morning she informed us that her mom was either in surgery to fix her hip or just got out, i'm not sure which but that she couldn't come.  kinda bitter sweet because her mom needed that operation really bad and they had to do it as soon as possible but bummer that she couldn't get baptized this saturday.  she will though. 

hmmm what else happened this week. we were rushing all over trying to get everyone ready for the baptism which was kind of stressful.  it always feels like you're all ready and then you remember all these other little things to do to get ready for the baptism so your running around, talking, calling, setting up.  its good though the baptism went well.

also we had a missionary activity on saturday right after the baptism for everyone where we watched a film of the church and talked about it and had some refreshments, it went well too.  august is already one third over!? what? where is all the time going? well i think that is all for this week.  good luck everyone with school prep and work dad with stock trading keep at it. 

love you all!
Elder Rybin