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!