Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Eve Activity at the Temple Visitors' Center






A Very Merry Hawaiian Christmas!

Aloha!!

What a great week!

First!  We had interviews with our Mission President - President Warner - which I always love.  They are only 15 minutes and only happen every 3 months, but are so uplifting.  He is so nice and him and his wife get to come to the Temple Visitors' Center so we get to see her too.  They are always happy.

Second! Christmas Eve! My companion and I put together the Christmas Eve Activity for our Zone  Elders and Sisters.  We worked really hard to get all of it done and I was so happy that it all worked out.  We decorated the VC according to different events that happened in the life of Jesus Christ [more pictures on sisterlindsayevans.blogspot.com] because that is why we celebrate His birth isn't it?  Everyone got to walk through the different places and become "witnesses" of Jesus Christ.  Although he was not actually there, the spirit was very sweet as we all walked through.  I am so thankful for Him. 

Third!  Christmas!!  We got up. Studied.  Skyped family - this only happens twice a year and I loved it so much.  It was so good to see them all.  My family is the greatest!!  Then we caroled to people in our ward.  We did some missionary work.  We had dinner with the VC Sisters [yumm].  We had a gift exchange and each gift was related to an attribute of Christ.  Then to finish the night we watched a film of a play called Forgotten Carols.  The music was great and the message was even better.  I highly recommend it.  

My thoughts this week have to do with Peace again.  Peace is just so powerful.   My thought this week were how water is related to peace.  Many know that Christ is also called the Living Water.  Peace comes from Him like it comes from a peaceful river.  I love 1 Nephi 20:18 that says when we keep the commandments we will have "peace ... as a river".  

I love you all and a very merry Christmas too you.  I have such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and I am so blessed that imperfections and all, I have the opportunity of representing and serving Him for these precious 18 months.  I love my calling.  How will YOU represent Him??

Much love and aloha,
Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - On our way to deliver some "Good News" if you know what I am saying.  If you don't... Gospel = Good News
Photo 2 -  A kind member who fed us Christmas lunch! These are my Visitors' Center Sister Friends by the way. 
 
 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mele Kalikimaka!!

Aloha Everyone!! And Mele Kalikimaka!!

Can you believe it is almost Christmas?!  This year has been so wonderful and I am so grateful that for me half of it has been on a mission and serving Jesus Christ as well as the wonderful people of Hawaii.  What part of 2015 are you grateful for? :)

In YSA right now the wards are combined because so many went home for Christmas.  The work is going well too.  We had another of our wonderful friends to whom we always teach lessons come to church.  She is so sweet.  I think something that helps people to keep commitments is to read the scriptures with them.  The scriptures truly invite the spirit into our lives and they help build a desire in us to follow the Savior.  

Christmas insight?  I heard in church that everything about the Savior is humble and it all started with His humble birth.  Humility is an attribute of His that I am always trying to acquire.  I know it brings joy.  

Many members of the church here have been so kind this season and blessed us with gifts and love in so many ways.  They are so kind and such a wonderful example to me.   Help someone else this Christmas season and experience the joy and love that Heavenly Father has for His children.  

Also I have been thinking a lot about virtue.   I have the strongest testimony that when we have virtue we will have the ability to be confident in the presence of God.  Virtue can have a lot of different meanings, but I want to invite you to come up with a definition for YOU.   For me it is having thoughts and desires that are worthy, positive, uplifting, loving, and so much more.  It is thinking as our Savior would about our daily lives and this wonderful Plan of Happiness and Redemption.  

I sincerely wish you all a Merry Christmas from Hawaii!
Aloooooha!!

-Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 -  Christmas cookie decorating!!


Photo 2 -  One of those beautiful Hawaiian mornings from my backyard.  





Monday, December 14, 2015

Six Months of Life-long Lessons

ALOHA!

Oh man, missions are the best.  I hit my six month mark this week [December 10th]! Crazy!  I have learned so many lessons during this time period and I am being prepared for my next adventure post-mission.  Don't get me wrong though, I am SO glad I have one more year to serve.  I am thankful for all that I have learned and will continue to learn. 

Some things I have learned are...
-Humility
-Diligence
-Obedience
-CHARITY & Love
-Patience
-Faith
The list could go on.  Am I perfect?  Far from it, but I am so grateful for Gods help in learning these important life-long lessons.  Also, you may notice that this list is very simple.  The gospel is simple too and oh so beautiful.  We all have different ways of learning the same wonderful lessons.  How has God taught you??  What is He teaching you now??

Yesterday a women walked up to me a few minutes before the VC closed and started talking all about one thing - peace.  I will never forget it.  She said that Satan can imitate so many "fruits of the spirit" such as joy and love, but he cannot imitate peace.  "That is the one thing, he cannot touch," she said.  She told me that she realized this on her mission in France and that she has studied it ever since and gave me a few insights such as three different aspects of peace.
  1. Peace with God - This comes from knowing who you are, a child of God, and knowing your purpose.
  2. Peace with Yourself - This comes from applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  3. Peace with Others - This comes naturally in relationships when the first two are in place.
I am sure there is a lot more two it than that, but I just thought that was amazing.  Giving me peace has been one of God's greatest gifts to me and I loved her wonderful insights.  

How will YOU become more like Christ this Christmas season??
I promise you it will bring you more peace and happiness than anything else.

I love you all!  Mahalo nui loa [Thank you very much] to you all for supporting me on my mission.  I am truly loving it. 

-Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - I am losing my wonderful German companion this week!!  She is done with her mission and returning with honor. I will miss you Sister Merkel!


Photo 2 - Written by a little boy who came into the Visitors' Center.  On the topic of children, this week we were having lunch with a family who has a little boy named Ethan.   Sitting at the table, Ethan put his hands under the table.  "No hands!"  he said.  And then he would pull them out and start laughing.  He got such a kick out of it!  He kept laughing and laughing and before I knew it, I was crying.  It was the most pure sound I have ever heard.  There is no other way to describe it than pure joy.  I love children.  This season may we remember that the very founder of Christmas was a child himself.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rejoice! Rejoice!!



Aloha!!

So this week has been wonderful as usual.  My German companion and I have been working hard, exercising our faith, and loving it.   

Yesterday we had something called a Mission Tour.  This is where a General Authority comes and speaks to your mission.  Usually the whole mission would get together, but in my case it is the whole island instead.    We learned about being sober missionaries. I know what you are thinking, but he was speaking of the sober that is used in the scriptures meaning being spiritually focused, attentive, and aware.   It was a really good talk that reminded us to be more aware and mature in our conduct. Sometimes I think of myself as a nineteen year old, but God does not see me as that right now.  He sees me as His personal representative.   It is such a blessing to be a called, set apart, full-time witness of Jesus Christ.  It makes me happy, humble, and motivated when that truly sinks in.  

When we were at the Mission Tour,  my companion and I plus my MTC companion, Sister Walker got to sing a beautiful rendition of O Come Emmanuel.   I felt so blessed to sing it with them because of how much it touched me when I heard it the first time.   It says, "Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel shall come to thee..."  This is amazing news.  I felt the spirit so powerfully as I practiced the song and gave attention to the words we were singing as well.  

An Ohana named the MacDonalds fed all the VC sisters this week. They designed there how to look like Bethlehem in olden times.  We sat on the floor and wore fabric on our heads.  The kids helped out a lot and brought us quite a bit of genuine Christmas joy.  It is about the simple things.   A Savior was Born that day, in the city of David.  He is Christ, our Lord.  

Merry Christmas Everyone!
And Alooooha!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Mission Tour Lunch


Photo 2 - A Night in Bethlehem. There was some great music to go along with out theme as well.



Photo 3 - We had to take some coins when we came in to pay for our dinner.  




Monday, November 30, 2015

A Savior is Born!

Aloha Everyone!

I don't have much time, but I will try to pack all the wonderful things that happened this week into this email.  Here we go.

1. Thanksgiving!  It was so much fun!  We spent a few hours in the morning giving service at a small local restaurant named Tita's Grill.  There were many tables set up behind the restaurant and they were all under a big tent because, of course, it poured rain on and off all morning.  We prepared the food and tables to serve the local senior missionaries and the homeless.  There was such a special spirit there and we talked to many people.  We ate too. No worries.
2. Christmas Fireside!  Last night at 6pm we had a Christmas Fireside at the Visitors' Center.  We had testimonies and songs.  My companion and I sang a cool version of What Child is This.  We may not be the perfect performers, but I love that your beliefs can be felt through performance.  That has always been something I have loved. The song O Come Emmanuel was my favorite.  It says, "Rejoice! Rejoice!"  I knew when I heard those simple words that among all the craziness of life and of a mission, God wants me to be happy.  He is cheering me on and wants me to have the peace, joy, and hope of the gospel.
3. An Unexpected Lesson. We taught some young single adults in our ward this week.  There were about 8 of them.  We asked them all why they were grateful for the atonement.  What started with a simple question, turned into an amazing experience.  We testified of God's love for each of them.  "God so loved [you] that he sent his only begotten son" [John 3:16].  I am so thankful for Jesus Christ. 
4.  A Miracle.  A man walked into the Visitors' Center this week and after a long tour - previously having heard nothing about the church - accepted the invitation to be baptized.  How amazing is that?!  He came to the Fireside a few days later and loved it.  

The Church has put out a new video called A Savior is Born.  I know that He was born for all of us to save us from sin and from sadness.  Through Him we may have peace, joy, and hope.  I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.  

I love you all!
-Sister Lindsay Evans

Find the new video - A Savior is Born - at christmas.mormon.org


Photo 1 - The Fireside.  It was a full house. 



Photo 2 - Thanksgiving Service!


Photo 3 - I love working with families.  Especially with kids who give my their precious stickers.  [They are now on the back of my tag]


Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Preparations

Aloha everyone!!

Well, honestly there was not a lot that happened this week.  We didn't talk to too many people or have too many tours, but I have really enjoyed thinking about the topic of gratitude.  It can change our whole lives.  We can be in the worst of circumstances, but having gratitude changes how we view things and makes life a little lighter and a little more joyful.

We taught one of our Ohana this week the Restoration.  I really loved the lesson because we focused on God's love for us.  The spirit was so strong for me and even though I was in a bit of pain from recovering from my sickness, I was so happy to bear testimony of Christ's gospel restored.  In lessons like that I love thinking, "Because of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I can feel the spirit right now."  How wonderful is that?!  God's blessings are endless!

I am so thankful to know that I am part of His family.  I am His precious daughter and He talks to me today.  And to you!

"If the Restoration did anything, it shattered the age-old myth that God has stopped talking to His children."

I don't have any plans for Thanksgiving yet, but I will let you know how it goes. (: Until then,

Aloha!
Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - This week we are decorating for Christmas in the Visitors' Center!  I love it!  There is just a warm spirit that comes from seeing Christmas trees all lit up in the Center.  The statue of Jesus Christ makes it even better.




Photo 2 - Everyone working hard to decorate.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Live in Thanksgiving Daily

Aloha Friends!

Well this week has been crazy to say the least, but I have learned some wonderful lessons.  First the...

Visitors' Center Story of the Week!
When I was on shift this week and just sort of wandering around in the front room of the VC, this group of some 20 young adults walked in and came straight up to me. Whoa!  I learned later that they were all students attending a Christian school in California.  The first one asked why the name of our church is the "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" and before I knew it I had taught almost every single point of the missionary lessons - The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Plan of Salvation, AND The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Before they left they said to me, "You have so much life!" and they were so sincere!  One of them even gave me a hug and blessed me which was sort of like a casual prayer.  So nice! Different, yes, than what most Latter-day Saints are used to. But nice! I was genuinely touched. Then, as soon as they came they were gone. I was so spiritually and mentally exhausted after that, that I had to sit down haha. I won't forget about that one any time soon. 

In other news... In my area right now we are working with a lot of recent converts and just visiting students in general.  It is really fun and I love teaching the gospel.  No matter who they are I feel as if it is so easy to love them right away. I am thankful that God helps me to do that. 

Also, this week I was sick.  It started off with a soar throat which progressed into a cold and then a bad headache.  This resulted in a lot of extra sleeping [probably the only time I will get extra sleep on my mission haha] as well as a lot of help from the sisters and a priesthood blessing. Eventually my headache subsided and I am feeling much better. Yay! The wonderful thing about this is that everything happens for a reason and I learned some simple, but powerful lessons. The greatest of all was...

GRATITUDE - "to live with gratitude in our hearts is to touch heaven."
I really love this quote because no matter how easy or difficult our circumstance may be, we can bring ourselves closer to God by being grateful.  Especially in challenging circumstances, gratitude will help us to see how wonderful this great Plan of Happiness truly is.  I can testify that it is wonderful. We just have to open our eyes and see it. 

God truly loves us and I am so thankful for that.  Have a wonderful week everyone!

-Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - This week I went on exchanges with this wonderful Sister.  Upon tracting houses of a married BYUH student ward we met this Mongolian Sister who kindly invited us into her house. We quickly learned that she only spoke Mongolian.  By hand gestures and pictures we actually learned quite a bit about her.  She is a recent convert and will be going through the temple in December!  We then learned that her whole family was recently converted, including her 92 year old mother! Wow!  We got a picture with her and then asked her to pray before we left.  It's those precious moments with precious people you really appreciate on your mission. And how perfect is it that we got the Mongolian flag in the background?! I love it!



Photo 2 - My companion to the right and her trainee in the back. It's not hard to love these, and all, the Sisters here in Hawaii. 



Monday, November 9, 2015

Behold La'ie - 150th Celebration

Aloha Everyone!

First off, shout out to La'ie, Hawaii!! Happy 150th Birthday!

 FUN FACTs
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been here in La'ie since 1865
- The Book of Mormon was translated into Hawaiian by 1855
- The La'ie Hawaii Temple was the first to be built outside of the mainland United States - 1919

Alright, so this was my first week of serving in a Young Single Adult ward and it is so weird...  Really fun too, but you just have to laugh at the awkwardness of being the same age as everyone else sometimes.  But hey, it is the same gospel wherever you go and I am thankful for the opportunity to help them however I can at this crazy time of life.

My new companion is wonderful.  She's got a good sense of humor and is good at being genuine with those we teach.  This is actually her last transfer!  Hopefully we can work hard, have fun, and make it a good one.

Being a Sister Training leader is awesome.  We have the responsibility of going on exchanges with the sisters that we cover [basically we switch companions for a day and help train & uplift them] and planning trainings for the meetings we have [we just teach about an aspect of missionary work].  Today for our weekly Visitors' Center Training ,Meeting, my companion and I got to introduce our theme for the transfer - John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."  Our Goal this transfer is to...
LOVE GOD and BE EXACTLY OBEDIENT. 
Being obedient brings blessings, but without being exactly obedient you miss the greatest miracle - The change within yourself - your personal conversion to God.

I love La'ie and I feel so blessed to serve here in this sacred place.
Love you all!
ALOHA!

-Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Our tickets for the Behold Laie Celebration.  It was a celebration put on by the youth from this area.  It was similar to the ones that they have for temple dedications, but packed with more history.  It was so much fun to watch too I really loved it.  The Hawaiian [and Polynesian] Culture is amazing.


Photo 2 -  The Parade!  We celebrated 150 years of the church being in La'ie Saturday morning with a parade.  The whole town simultaneously sang Happy Birthday and released thousands of balloons.



Photo 3 - Behold La'ie Finale pose.



Monday, November 2, 2015

Change


In my best attempt to follow rules my email will be short this week, but oh man, was it a good week. 

So I am changing wards and companions this coming Wednesday.  My heart was tender when I found out because I have truly come to love the people I work with.  They will always hold a big place in my heart.  I am excited to see what God has in store for me though!

My new companion in German. Sister Merkel. We are both Sister Training Leaders. We do exchanges with other sisters and help to change the sisters as well as present training meetings as the Visitors' Center. So exciting!

This week's biggest lesson...
You cannot change if you do not allow your heart and your head to change even if you are doing the very thing things that you are supposed to be doing.  
I will try to explain.  In any time of our lives we can completely change our behavior to conform to the Lord's will, but if we do not change our hearts and our heads [our desires]  our natures will not change. And change is the very essence of the gospel - good news - of Jesus Christ. 

I have changed a lot and now more than ever I can feel the love my Father in Heaven has more me and for every one of His children.  It is truly indescribable.
Moroni 7:48

I love you all! Thank you!
-Sister Lindsay Evans



Photo 1 - Happy Halloween!  We dressed up as each other!  We had to be off the streets by 5, but had a fun Zone potluck and games.  We matched for that as well. 


Photo 2 - My new companion!

Photo 3 - Hawaiian Sunrise

Monday, October 26, 2015

We Are Winning!

This week I heard a description of those coming and leaving a mission. Those coming look bright eyed and ready to go. Those leaving look like they just came back from war.  That made me laugh because every night that I come home to sit down and plan I feel like a just came back from the days battle.  Still I am not discouraged because no matter how tired I am or how many things may have gone wrong that day I feel like I am in a war and I am on the winning side.  God's side. This is often how I think of my mission.

This week we have been testifying a lot about the Restoration. I love it!!  We have been doing quick visits with the members and don't have much time to elaborate on the story and yet it brings in the spirit every time.  Many we have encouraged to start where they are and finish reading the Book of Mormon and when they finish to pray or pray again to know if it is true. Then after that we committed them to sharing that testimony with someone who needs it.  Will you all do this? You readers?? ... Great!  It will bless your life because true happiness comes in making others happy.  

Also we taught a wonderful family this week [mostly the father], many of which are not members of the church.  The second we got to know them I could feel Christ's love for that family and I feel so blessed to have gained a few new friends in the Lord as well as have been able to testify to them of this wonderful gospel restored in these last days. We also shared this with another kind and happy, hardworking sister who is not a member in our other ward.  I just really love these people. 

Other than that we have been working hard and I love my mission more every single day that I serve here.  I already feel like a new person with a greater understanding of God and His wonderful Plan of Happiness for us. I feel so blessed to be a part of this "war" in which I know I can have hope for a wonderful outcome. 

God truly loves His children and I know that these things I am preaching are part of a miraculous restored gospel.
I love you all! Keep serving, reading, and praying!

-Sister Lindsay Evans



Photo 1 - First pumpkin pie of the season!


Photo 2 - Have you ever had to get your car fixed in Kaneohe and stopped for a bite at Teddy's Bigger Burgers??  If not, we would highly recommend it. 



Monday, October 19, 2015

We Shall See Him As He Is

Aloha Everyone!  You know everyone has the "best mission"... but I am in Hawaii and I am convinced it doesn't get any better than this for me. I love it here. 

Monday Fun Facts!
-Our Area Books [where we keep a record of our missionary service] are three ring binders and they are actually get really rusty because we live on the beach. 
-There was a guy who we are teaching who said a prayer for us this week and compared us to "baseball fans for God".  Haha. I love people. 

This week was absolutely amazing. We went to the temple, for one.  For two, I matched with my companion twice on accident. Also! On a more spiritual level we are teaching this guy over the phone. We'll call him...

Jared.
Jared is someone that we actually met on chat from mormon.org.  He was in a rough place and has been in and out of rough patches in his life and all along has been seeking peace from this crazy world. When we started teaching him over the phone was was very receptive and thankful for our friendship.  He also just loved our teachings.  He is still learning and wants to be baptized eventually. He is now a close friend of ours. Genuinely we are all friends and we laugh all the time. 

Zone Conference
This takes place every 3 months. We just had another one this last Friday and I didn't know how big of a blessing it would be. Among other things I was really touched by the principle of CHARITY. Charity is the pure love of Christ.  God commanded that we love God and we love our fellow men. It is so important. "God IS love." [1 John 4:8].  

Moroni 7:48 - "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

I was overwhelmed by the love that He has for me and determined to pray with all the energy of my heart for a greater love for my fellow brothers and sisters.  I would invite you to do the same. I can promise that if you do so, when you see Him again, you will not just recognize who He is. You will KNOW Him.  Because in some small way, and by His grace, you will be like Him. 
Keep Loving! Love you all,
Sister Lindsay Evans



Photo 1 - This is Sister Wakazono. She is so cute and she loved that I was "so elf" that day. Very loving and funny Sister. 



Photo 2 - Missions can be stressful. I say - When in doubt, hike it out. 



Monday, October 12, 2015

The People I Meet and Love...



So nothing too crazy this week, just working hard, praying, learning how to pray, following the spirit, and so forth.

This week we meet a golden person who walked into the Visitors' Center. He was so prepared to hear the gospel. With a strong Christian background and faith in Christ he shared how it helped him to overcome drugs and alcohol. Also when they found spots in his lungs from smoking he decided that he would only stop if it was not cancer AND not anly would he stop, but he said, "I will quit in Christ's make."  He broke the habit in a month. I love the faith of others. 

We also met a wonderful person who was very intrigued by the church and asked all sorts of questions. We was more of a typical surfer than anyone I have ever met and he was really cool.  I thought it was just great when he said [like a surfer], "The best thing you could ever be in life is a soul surfer man."  Made my day. He ended up wanting to attend church. Cool!

Also, there is this really great couple in our area that we are visiting with - we'll call them Jane and Sam - and they are adopting! We got to see the baby too! They are so genuine and I really enjoy interacting with these wonderful people. 

So the scripture I am ponderizing this week is Mark 1:17 "Come ye after me and I will make you to become fishers of men."  The main thing I got out of this was that Christ already set the perfect example. We simply have to study it and follow it to the best of oiur ability. He will help us to become. 

Also PLEASE review the Conference talks again! Apply them! It's [gradually] life changing and you will not regret it! They are proof of God's love for us. 

Much love & ALOOOHAA!

-Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Yeah. We are flooded. Man, I love Hawaii. 


Photo 2 - If we look like family, WE ARE! This is my wonderful cousin and it was such a huge blessing to be able to see her and her fiance this week. 





Photo 3 - Good old service. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Simple Is Beautiful

Hi Everyone! General Conference was AMAZING right?  I don't have much time to read emails, but I would love to hear everyone's favorite one-liners from it. We got up at 6am to watch it live here in Hawaii. Early, but worth it.

There were so many things I got from General Conference that it would be impossible to write them all in the time I have, but I will share one thing that I learned and loved...

"Living the Gospel doesn't need to be complicated."  Sometimes the doctrines of the gospel can seem complex and crazy. The beautiful part about the gospel is that there is always more to learn, BUT it is simple enough that even a child can understand.  Keeping it simple can help us to realize how wonderful and beautiful the Plan of Salvation really is.  I have a testimony of simple truths.
God lives. He loves His children. Our families can be together forever. Jesus Christ is my Savior and yours. Jesus Christ's church has been restored to the earth today. We can return to live with God again through Him.  THAT is amazing.

I love you all! Thank you for the prayers and support!
Also, training is a challenge, but amazing and my area is prospering. YAY!

-Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Sister Weygandt and I at our General Conference Breakfast. The more I get to know her the more I realize that she is more similar to me in a lot of ways than anyone I have ever met. Same dorky sense of humor. We are always laughing.



Photo 2 - One of the ward members had us over for lunch and invited her 2 friends. Notice the table settings and the fridge. What a blessing to have lunch with these 3 lovely ladies. So precious and sweet!


Photo 3 - I feel like I finally became a real missionary. Riding bikes here is a little sketchy because of the roads, but the exercise and the nice ocean breeze is pretty great.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Finding Happiness


So this week has been wonderful! The work that has been taking place doesn't really show in our numbers, but those we visit consistently are doing really well. Which is SO wonderful.

New Companion!
My new companion, Sister Weygandt [Why-Gant... as in Why Can't you say her last name?], thought it was pretty funny when some young men walked by this week and asked how we were doing. I said,
"Well. How are you?"
"Good."
"How's your scripture study?"
They just laughed and said "Good as ever!"
Might as well ask right? Haha.

Sister Weygandt is an amazing missionary! She came straight from the Missionary Training Center and she always laughs. We have a lot of similarities and I admire her already for her peaceful ability to invite the spirit. She jumped right into teaching lessons [we taught 3 on her first day]. She came pre-trained. Love her. 

Well, I have experienced more constant stress than I ever have in my life this week because I just started training Sister Weygandt. And you know what? It is so worth it. I am growing like I never thought I would grow. The experience is teaching me to rely on God’s strength and I am happier than I have ever been because I am losing my life in the service of others. I am focused on God’s work... and that makes me happy.

Also a word about Sister Penales [my trainer].  I learned SO much from her. She truly knows how to love with all of her heart and is passionate about being the very best missionary she can be. I feel so blessed to have been her companion.

Spiritual Thought
"I am just an ordinary man with an extraordinary calling."
We all have a calling of some sort and are all meant to play a part in God's work on this earth. So smile a little more. Relax. Reach out to other people. Reach out to God. You will find happniess in doing so. I can promise you that.
John 14:27
Mosiah 2:17

Love you all!
-Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - The enthusiasm... I love it. This is Sister Weygandt.




Photo 2 - If it is in the middle of the table it is "eat me" food. We had a lot of that today. There is plenty more that you can't see, but these sisters are sweet enough to make up for it.




Photo 3 - This is an unscratched bug bite I got on Tuesday. It was pretty swollen. I took some medicine and now it's gone, but of course I made sure to take a picture first.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Big News!

Big News Everyone!
It is a new transfer and with the new transfer I have received a new call... I'm going to be a trainer! A brand new missionary straight from the MTC [Missionary Training Center] is coming my way. Her name is Sister Weygandt. She is from Japan and speaks both Japanese and English. I have heard she is wonderful. I have been saying how I would love to train for about two weeks now... "Ask and ye shall receive." ... So excited to serve this wonderful Sister!  It will be such a blessing.

Living Water
Thanks to my Mom I have thought a lot about how Jesus Christ is the living water for each one of us. I wanted to share what she sent me in her email this week. She said, If we are on the right path, with the Lord, the fountain of living water, we will see things that others will not.  We will experience things in a different spirit, a joyful spirit, even though the rains may be pounding all around us. It will be amazing and powerful run through this life!"   It's true! I also loved this quote she sent...

"In every drop of water there is a story of life." I am so thankful for the many ways that God has blessed my life. Every drop of water, or blessing He has given me, has supplied me with a greater life in Him. 
How has He been the Living Water for you?

Love you all!
-Sister Lindsay Evans



Photo 1 - This is not a joke. This is a real butterfly.  I have wanted to do this my whole life and God sent me this beautiful creature when I needed it the most. So cool!




Photo 2 - This is the U.S.S. Missouri [AKA Might Mo] in Pearl Harbor. There is a real special spirit to this place.  I have a lot of respect for the wonderful history.



Photo 3 - We made bookmarks in the old cafeteria for our service project! It's a small thing to do, but is still such a blessing to be working with amazing missionaries in an amazing place. [Still no service compares to serving God and helping to increase the faith of another (; ]


Monday, September 14, 2015

Freedom in Rock Climbing

Chickens & Beebee guns
So there are many house that have two levels in Hawaii and most of them to not have doorbells so knocking can sometimes be a challenge. Well, the other day we knocked and no one answered, but the person upstairs came out on there balcony above our heads and started shooting the chickens in their front yard with a beebee gun. They had no idea we were watching. We just silently laughed until all the chickens were gone and the person went back inside. I guess we'll try that house again next week.

Goals
Well this week was pretty amazing. I have a firm testimony of setting goals and having faith that God will help you to reach them. We set a goal to visit 15 member households in our area this week and we ended up visiting 18! So great! Hard work, trust, and obedience really pays off - even if it is spiritually instead of in numbers.

Freedom in Rock Climbing
This week I learned that there is freedom in obedience. A talk that a man shared in church related this idea to rock climbing.  He used to be an avid climber and said that he would always use a rope and harness. He could have free climbed without them. It's not necessary and many people who do it are totally fine... but WITH the rope and harness he was able to try harder routes and more challenging maneuvers. The rope and harness gave him freedom. It is the same way with the commandments. Every single thing that God asks us to do is in perfect wisdom of someone who loves us and wants to give us every opportunity.
How does [insert commandment here] make YOU free? Try it!

I wish you all well this week and don't forget set goals and be exactly obedient to the very best of your ability.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" [See above]. -Mark 8:35-37

Much love,
Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - One of the most fun P-days ever!! I taught them all a fast game with lot of yelling the word "Hy-yaa!!" Good way to get rid of stress and prepare for the week.


​Photo 2 - Face-sized Mango! I am learning how to cut them properly. Woo-hoo! SOO good!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Is It Still Wonderful To You?

This week was awesome, but before I get going on my experiences I have a couple shout outs...

1. My cousin Kayla!! She is engaged! I couldn't be happier for both you, Kayla and Blake. You're perfect! I love you! :)
2. My Mom! She is one of the most selfless people I know and has so much compassion for those around her. Love you, Mom!

Laundry
So this week I learned yet another powerful lesson. Sometimes our daily tasks can seem so mundane - work, vacuuming, reading the scriptures, etc. - but a lady in my ward Relief Society helped change my perspective...
Our lesson in church was entitled, "Is It Still Wonderful to You?" One lady shared her experience of doing laundry.  She would always think to herself, "Really? Again? Another load?" until one day the thought occurred to her "I want to do laundry." Why? "I don't want to smell and I don't want my kids to be the smelly kids at school". It's as simple as that. She realized she wanted to do do it.
I attend 5 hours of church minimum every week and often times we don't see success as missionaries. I could get frustrated, but why would I?  No matter the situation, I want to be here on a mission giving people the opportunity to hear the gospel.
What can YOU realize that want to do? Prayer? Church meetings?
Always remember the question, "Is the gospel still wonderful to you?"
This is the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer. God is our Father.  I mean, this is really amazing. This is the way to happiness.God is aware of every one of us. Let us do our best to be aware of Him.

Quick Spiritual Food for Thought...
- "I want to do everything I can and be content with the fact that I can't do everything."  Do your best and rely on the Lord.
- Our trials teach us how to have compassion.
- "Over times our daily decisions will bundle together and show clearly what we value."

I love you all!

- Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - After I put my hand this close to the bug I found in my house, I was informed that it was a poisonous centipede and that the poison comes from those scary back legs.  I also learned that if you squish it then the smell will attract more! We sprayed it with ant spray and left it under a clear container for a few days. It didn't totally die so we eventually killed it in bleach.



Photo 2 - This photo was taken shortly after a painting service project for the stake president.  I seriously LOVE this family and these missionaries and service!  They were kind enough to also allow us to join in their tradition of waffles on Saturday. All I could think was, "This is home away from home. These people are my mission family."



Photo 3 - "Do you guys want to take some mangoes home with you?" is a common question among the member here in Laie. Of course we want to take mangoes home! So grateful for their generosity and tropical fruit!




Monday, August 31, 2015

TRUST

This week in my mission, everything has changed because I decided to trust God. With everything! I will never look back because, with newfound, wholehearted trust in God, I will truly, truly love my mission.
I thought about the idea of trusting God at the beginning of this week, but I didn't really know why. Then we had a Zone Meeting. The topic was  - GIVE YOUR ALL. They Zone Leaders - Elder Liava'a and Elder Purevdorj - had us do an activity in which we wrote down the percentage of how much we were giving to the Lord. Some wrote down 50% some wrote 97%. I, of course, had my own percentage. They then told us that for every percent that was missing we had to write down one thing that was holding us back from giving our all. Whoa.
I started to write down things, but most of us didn't have time to finish in the time we were given. I remember looking at the list and thinking - I don't want these weaknesses anymore. So guess what I did?
I gave everything to Jesus Christ.

I told Him I would trust Him if He took the little anxieties away. We were walking down the street that day and I realized I was so happy. That I could give every worry to Him and He would talk care of it and allow me to accomplish my purpose.  In those little moments my mission changed - maybe my life if I allow it to. 
I wrote in my journal that night, "Today I gave my worries away and He took them from me. When I strove to be the best missionary I could and accomplish my purpose, His grace was sufficient. Today I testified simply of Jesus Christ. I asked for referrals. I worked hard. I loved. And... I'm happy."
I AM! I am SO happy!! :)
We may not all be on full-time missions, but we all have a purpose. What is yours? If you don't know - ask! He will answer you! Trusting in Him doesn't mean you will never have trials, but you will be blessed with a testimony of Jesus Christ. If you have that, hope and happiness come naturally. President Hinckley encouraged us to, "enjoy more fully the sunlight," and I would encourage you do do the same. This is the Good News [Gospel] of Jesus Christ! Everyone is welcome! There is no reason we should not be happy.
Love you all!
-Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - This was taken today. Us sisters had a potluck lunch and lots of fun. Love them!


Photo 2 - Meet my wonderful district! This was taken shortly after our temple trip. It was such a blessing to go through the temple with so many wonderful individuals. Each one of them has something to give.

Photo 3 - Yesterday I performed If The Savior Stood Beside Me in a Missionary Musical Fireside at the Temple Visitors' Center with this beautiful sister.  We sang a cappella and added one more verse before the last. It reads....
"If the Savior stood beside me, I would feel His warm embrace.
As the tears roll down my cheeks I'd see a smile upon His face.
"Child I am always near you, though you do not see me there.
Through every pain and joy you'll always be in my watchful care.""


Monday, August 24, 2015

This is Good News!

So this week in Hawaii has been RAINY. SO rainy and hot. It's pretty great actually because I feel like I am truly living on a tropical island.

So Visitor Centers need a little more appreciation. I mean, they are awesome! Fun Fact -  we get about 3,000 visitors per week! This is the second busiest VC [first being Temple Square] and people just love it. It introduces so many people to the gospel and gives them such a wonderful opportunity to feel the spirit.

Tongan Family
This week we did a lot of member visits and got to have dinner with a Tongan Family. When we walked yesterday in they were playing the ukulele and singing hymns. So cool. Then we ate dinner and one of the kids says to me, "Don't worry about being polite. This is a Tongan house." Something about it made me feel right at home. They had no worries! The casual, family-centered, loving nature of the home was refreshing. They served us Faikakai for dessert - flour dumplings baked in coconut milk and sugar. I love Polynesians.

Hearts That Are Prepared
We also met a lady this week who was SO prepared to hear the gospel. We gave her a Book of Mormon before she left the VC and she said, "I have been waiting for this!"  So wonderful

Spiritual Thought...
The same lady who we gave the Book of Mormon also said something SO interesting. She said, "My hairdresser is Mormon. I have known her for a few years. Thanksgiving rolled around, then Christmas, and she never gave me a Book of Mormon!" No need to be afraid to share this gospel. It's wonderful! It's GOOD NEWS! Great news! It is the greatest thing we have!

Love you all! Share goodness this week!

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - A beautiful, windy, COOL, P-day.  We left the windows to our car cracked open last night and it rained all night. It even created a nice puddle in the cup holders! Impressive!




Photo 2 - Even 7 seconds in the rain will soak you. We just laugh and laugh. It is so much fun.


Photo 3 - Eighteen months in Hawaii and I will never be used to this beauty of this place.



Monday, August 17, 2015

J.O.Y.

So this week my funny and spiritual story are combined...

Yesterday was awesome. Stake Conference and then lesson with our [single] progressing investigator. If you remember, we are going over the baptismal interview questions this week with him and we are on question number 2. We got to answer the questions he had and explain the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He asked me my thoughts on the restoration. I told him, what I will tell you. I know that God and Jesus Christ did in reality appear to Joseph Smith. This IS God's restored gospel and I know that because I have experienced the joy for myself.  This was a precious moment. I honestly didn't know if he would say he believed, but to my astonishment, he did! It took a moment or two to sink in. He then told us that meeting with us is the best part of his week. It's one of our favorite times as well.

The funny part of the story is that when we went to get in our car afterwards my companion checked the phone. Apparently he had canceled the appointment and tried to reschedule. Haha whoops! Well... I guess it was meant to be because it was an awesome lesson. I just found it funny that we showed up and gave him a lesson anyway. He must have thought we were very determined. Haha.

Humility...
This week I have truly begun to learn about humility. Of course, there is always more to learn, but I am so thankful for what God is teaching me.
- Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it is thinking less about yourself.
- Humility has a direct connection to JOY.
When I was discussing this with my companion I told her that I didn't quiet understand HOW losing your life in the service of God and others actually helped you to find it [and, of course, bring joy along with it]. How does that work? She told me that when you lose your life for God in order to find it, you begin to see AND become who GOD wants you to be.  And could it get any more joyful than that?!

JOY comes from putting
Jesus first, then
Other, then
Yourself.

Remember that this week.

I love you all! Much thanks and aloha!

- Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Getting ready for Tram Tours and enjoying that natural Hawaiian air conditioning. Aloooha!



Photo 2 - We taught about Pharaoh, Moses, and the plagues during this weeks story time for young children. Scary story, but they seemed to enjoy it. The ones who were listening anyway... haha



Photo 3 - In Hawaii, when it rains it pours. Yet, it is still crazy hot. Luckily the members gave us ice-pops. So nice!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Planting Seeds

So not much happened this week missionary work wise. It was one of those "you show up and they don't" weeks, but that's okay because it's all in the Lord's timing and maybe last week prepared them for this week! I sure hope so!

Planting Seeds...
We didn't get many people who left their information at the VC, but it was such a cool week because we had so many good conversations about gospel topics. Many of the times, they were especially wonderful because we took the time to get to know them and be their friends. Genuinely!
Some sisters don't like that you can't see what happens to many of these people who we talk to, but I've never been that way. No because I am any better, but because I just LOVE planting seeds! Seriously! It's the best! Plus, I figure we will see each other in heaven right? That will be the greatest. (:

Also we got to have dinner with our progressing investigator and his family who are members. They are wonderful. I always learn something from them and it's always nice to see your investigator listening intently as you testify of Jesus Christ. Those are precious moments.

Spiritual Thought
God is always aware of us and He loves us and understands us more than we know. One of the best ways to become aware of His love is to become like Him. Reach out. What do the people around you need? How can you help? Trust me, whether you know it or not, you can help! It's wonderful! This link goes to one of my favorite songs called "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?" if you are interested.

Alright everyone, time to follow President Hinckley's counsel - "Forget yourself and go to work."

Much love and thanks to everyone!
- Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - These are a few of all the missionaries who went bowling last Monday. So fun! It's always nice to have a break too. I'll just throw it out there... I also won the game which I was pretty proud of.  Don't ask for the score though.... haha.



Photo 2 - Lovely Sister Penales. I am staying with her for one for transfer!!! Woo-hoo!! We are staying in the same area as well! I cannot wait to continue to teach the wonderful people in the Laie stake. They are the best.



Photo 3 - Sister Jenkins is going home this week. I haven't said much about her, but all you have to know is that she is one of my angels. I love her to pieces and hate to see her go. Still, the Lord has good things in store. I just know it. Love her!!