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