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 is someone that we actually met on chat from  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.