Friday, June 19, 2015

Week 2 MTC

This week was so wonderful! Not easy all the time, but still wonderful.

Okay, so a word about the district of missionaries that I am with... They are so ridiculous. We are always saying that we probably have more fun than any other district has had at the MTC.  If this statement is false, we are definitely a close second. The Elders are hilarious and every once in a while [maybe more often than that] as us sisters are falling asleep, something - who know's what! - will get us laughing and we CANNOT stop no matter how hard we try. It's only lasts 15 minutes or so and then we are good.

Funny story -
Last night I started coughing after I was laughing. A sister asked why and I said it was from laughing and having phlegm in my throat [I know... gross]. But then she says - I kid you not - "Isn't that a Mexican dessert?"   [flan....] being from CA and being well versed in Mexican food, I started laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe! Anyway, thought you [especially the Californians] might enjoy that.

I could share a lot, but I will stick to 1 or 2 short stories.

First story...

There was one point this week that I did not want to work. We do the same thing every day and sometimes there are thing that you just don't want to do. My message?? If it's a good thing - man up! woman up! elder up! sister up! Just do it! It will bless your life more than you know [or want to believe in the moment]. True humility, acceptance, and surrender - especially to God - are things that we all need to develop. 
"Try a little harder to be a little better." - 
I'll quote Elder Connor Lee as well - "Work hard. Play Hard. Because if it's not hard, it's not worth it."

^That's the truth brothers and sisters.

Next story...

We get to teach real investigators here at the MTC [some are members and some are not, but they don't tell us]. My companion and I taught a lady named Sydney. She is a peppy grandma, a wicked knitter [seriously, she's a pro], a gospel and bible scholar, and one of the best friends I have every had the chance of meeting. I LOVE HER. Really. I don't know how to express it in words. 

Sister Walker and I made an instant connection. We have taught her everything. She understands everything and last night we made a sincere effort to help her to feel the spirit. It is in fact real, recognizable, and powerful. Much of what we talked with her about was informational, but we really invited her to she if she felt something new through what we were saying. We read her the story of Joseph Smith [for the 2nd time] in Joseph Smith History. She didn't say anything, but her eyes... (: Her eyes lit up. There is no way to describe it really, so I will leave it at that. 

At the end of the lesson she asked us where we were headed ... Hawaii... and gave us her email so that we could all keep in touch. [These investigators are not required to do this, she just liked us haha]. She told us she would reply, joked around with us some more [she is super funny and likes to say "Cool!" with a big smile], then we were on our merry way. 

Us missionaries here [and everywhere] are in the Lord's army! How cool it that! My heart was so full of love for everything and everyone for the rest of the night. Same with sister Walker. We said a prayer of thanks. It's only by God's grace that that this is all possible. 

I know I am supposed to be here. I love you all sincerely, and pray for you.
The challenges are what make the good times so worth it. 

Mahalo and Aloha,

Sister Lindsay Evans

Friday, June 12, 2015

MTC - The Growth Zone

Aloha everyone!

How are you?! I would love to hear :)

Where do I begin... the MTC [Missionary Training Center] is amazing! The best way to sum it up is the quote, "There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone," along with the fact that growing [while it's hard] makes you so happy. 

The first day that I got here I picked up all my stuff - my missionary name tag, my books, room key, yada yada... It was all a blur because you have no idea where you are or where you are going. After watching the cheesy introduction videos they make you watch I finally ended up in my class [5th floor, no elevators, 72 stairs] and got to meet my district and my companion. My companion's name is Sister Walker! I contacted her through Facebook before I came and she is the sweetest girl on earth.  We are already great friends. She is so focused on her purpose and is naturally kind to others. She reaches out without thinking and I really admire that. The rest of my district is almost as wonderful as her! Both the Elders and Sister are so funny and dedicated to missionary work. There are 12 in our district [which I guess is a large amount...]. Our Zone has 12 more missionaries that are also pretty cool [but not quite as cool as the district I was placed with]. (: One word to describe them would be cheery. I love it. 

Our branch president talked to all 24 of us last night. Fun fact - he has the entire standard works [Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price] memorized! He even knows where it is on the page! Brother Greiner [my previous mission prep teacher] has some competition haha.

So what have I done for 2.5 days you ask?  Class, workshop, eat, class, workshop, sleep, plan, class, gym, class... And more prayers than I can count. 

For some workshops here they hire members of our church and some who are not members to role play as church investigators for us. We teach them in workshops and just as 2 companions [I have not had that opportunity yet].  Also they don't tell you if they are members or not so be prepared and do your best! You never know!  You also teach your teachers who pretend to be investigators. I will be doing that tomorrow. We will be teaching "Audrey" about God's love for her and the happiness that is found in living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether she is a real investigator or not, I am so excited to testify of God's love for her, that he is her loving Father in Heaven. We are teaching from the Book of Mormon as well. How can you not be excited about that?! Our district is focusing on it. It truly is the word of God. Read it. Keep Reading it. God will make it known to you that the words are His words. Can't hurt right? 

 It is so fun preparing lessons - especially with Sister Walker. She focuses on the person and their needs which I love. 

I have taken so many notes, it's crazy. LOVE the classes her. The beauty is in the basics and that is exactly what we are teaching.

I'll be here for 3 weeks. Last week is Visitor Center training. I heard we will get more VC Sisters soon. Can't wait!

Anyway, the food isn't bad, I'm sleeping fine, it's really hard, but also great. I think if I were to come home today people would notice something a little different. The Lord is working through me a lot. Helping me be a better person. Helping me love. Helping me schedule [I was not a fan at first, but it's okaayyy now.. love/hate relationship, but I know it's necessary and mostly love it]. He is also helping me know that He loves me as an individual and is proud of me. And all of His children!

Anyway, no need to worry about me! I love it here! It's so hard and I can't believe I haven't taken the opportunity to challenge myself in this way or others so much before! It's awesome!

Love you all! Aloooha!

Sister Evans

​Photo 1 - Sister Walker [so sweet] and MY Purpose --> Invite other to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, baptism, repentance, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. 

​Photo 2 - My district sisters! We already love each other. Can you tell?