This week the BYUH Devotional was given by our very own Sister Swinton of the Laie Hawaii Temple VC. She was the one who wrote President Monson's biography and she boldly testifies of his true calling as a prophet of God every time that she gets the chance. It is always inspiring. In her devotional she focused on one of President Monson's favorite scriptures - Proverbs 3:5-6. Like President Monson we ought to be putting greater and greater trust in the Lord, His will, and His timing. I was reminded again that every single struggle we have to face in our life is to help us become more like Christ. Trust that. Look for the lesson he wants you to be learning. His plan is planned. It's already perfect. Trust that.
We had a "District Flood" this week. No, not a real flood though it is almost rainy season and not uncommon here. It is where the missionaries in our District all go to one companionship's area and knock doors in order to find more people for that companionship to teach. We didn't have large success, but we asked one lady who turned us down to answer questions for a made up survey. It was good because it got her talking and even though she was not interested we made a friend and left a good impression on her... at least we hope we did (:
We did some training in the VC this morning about teaching on temple grounds and really following the Spirit. It sounds so simple and yet I am still working on it. Sometimes it takes slowing down and just listening. Trusting that God will help you to know what to say. And for me, trusting that the other people won't feel really awkward if I slow down a bit haha. It is a real struggle though. I am learning though! I have been my whole mission and I intend on learning until the very end. A mission is a wonderful foundation for you life. You learn lesson after lesson and I know it is just what I needed to do.
I hope you are all doing wonderfully! Happy Monday! Trust in the Lord and He won't simply direct your paths, He will direct them for GOOD!
Much love and ALOOOHAA!
Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - She played and played and played with my long long hair.
Photo 2 - The Camerons are the only proselyting senior couple in our zone. They are really, really funny and have the sweetest hearts you've ever known. This was after the District Flood. They provided root-beer floats.
I bet you are already wondering what this weeks email is all about. Have you ever heard someone in church jokingly tell you not to pray for humility because trials will come? Have you ever actually prayed for humility?? This week I prayed for humility and I want to let you all know that all of those crazy rumors are completely true. Haha
Last week on Friday I lost my name tag. How?? Only Heaven knows. What is crazier is that I lost my normal tag and my back-up tag. But I picked myself up and, somewhat shamefully, fashioned my pocket name tag to my clothes. It was obvious. The next few days continued and I lost my American flag tag for the VC. Then at one point I lost my planner [then found it a few days later]. Then every time we went to the car I would have to search my bag for my keys. It all built up to the finally lost item. On Friday I realized that I lost my SD card. I left it in the computer on Monday. Now it is nowhere to be found. Yes, I am still praying to find it. I also recently found my back-up name tag so that is good. Now, this isn't God's fault, it is mine, but I could not believe how much happened this week. And it was all on top of the regular missionary responsibilities as well as leadership meetings and other crazy things that take a lot of my time. When I lost my SD card I remembered once again my prayer for humility. Honestly, it helped! As long as you are willing to take whatever life has to throws at you, pray for humility. It helped remind me what this work is really about and how good I have it here. It reminded me to serve and to love with everything I have. It reminded me of my Savior. I would rather lose and be humble than have all the comforts I now enjoy, because I know that it is most important. How can you be more humble? I will give you one idea among many. Serve.
This week we went through the temple again. I have such a strong testimony that it is the house of God. I learn so much when go. I feel peaceful and happy. I even often catch myself smiling. Our goal in this life, as children of our Father in Heaven, should be the temple. It should be to make and keep our promises with God to love & serve Him and His children.
Funny story (:
This week while on exchange with Sister Penales we ended were online. She accidentally clicked on this guys info, but declined it because we realized that it was a Spanish speaker. Somehow, the persons info jumped right back onto Sister Penales' screen and she called him. It was a guy who wanted a Book of Mormon. The conversation when a little like this...
Would you like a Book of Mormon?
No abla Englais.
uhh... uno momento por favor.... [that is all i know how to say]
Then as quickly as we could we hopped on to google translate and started to type our basic sentences and questions. I would listen to them and then try my best to repeat it back. I am sure we sounded completely ridiculous. But, hey! He wants to meet missionaries! It was a good laugh for sure.
Anyway, the work is rolling on here and I really love every part of it. I love being in Hawaii. I love working in the VC. Make no mistake, it is work and we are always busy. It is so fun though and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
God lives. He loves you. The gospel has been restored. I know it.
Much love and aloha,
Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - Found myself a friend. My companion didn't think he was so friendly. Cute spotted gecko.
Well life has been absolutely crazy here at the La'ie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center. Being a leader has taken me from exchanges, to meetings, to the PCC, to more meetings, and I just don't think I could be more busy. That is a mission though right? Being super busy for everyone except yourself. I love it.
Being an online sisters has been really fun. We take chats from mormon.org, we call people who came to the Temple VC, we call referrals, we email people, we send referrals to local missionaries, we take call from mormon.org. The whole thing is something I love. The only problem is that the computer room [or Teaching Center] is freezing!! It is legitimately the temperature of a refrigerator. We make due with blankets and rice bags that we heat up in the microwave.
I hit my 8 months on a mission this week! Not just that, but it was exactly a year ago that I opened my mission call and went through the Los Angeles Temple for the first time with my parents. Very fond memories. I feel so blessed to be serving now. I am loving it and looking forward to the rest of it.
The Regional Conference this Sunday was amazing. Watch it! My challenge to all of you is whether you are talking to another member of the church or someone who knows nothing about it, give "the short answer". Modern revelation is such an important thing to know and understand. It is how God has spoken to us throughout time. It is how he speaks today. We should cherish modern day revelation.
The gospel is true. Aloha and have a wonderful week!
Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - Pancake Breakfast with President and Sister Warner because we hit our goals. The Zone Leaders bought all the sisters matching flowers.
Last week P-day I played table tennis with one of the tram driver from the PCC. He is so serious about it. I did pretty okay though. I told him, "I won't hold it against you that I won." He says, "Yeah right!"
My companion hit her year mark!! Woo-hoo! It all goes by too fast. This month I will be hitting my 8 month mark. I also will hit my one year mark of opening my mission call and receiving my endowment in the Los Angeles temple.
Funny story. I have a good friend and investigator named "Jared" [not really] who I mentioned awhile ago. He left me a voicemail on the computer, as he usually does, and told me that he is going to be baptized! Wow! Then I called him that day and after a few calls to Jason and Jason's calls to local missionaries we figured out that it would be March 5th, not February 5th. Still good! I know it doesn't seem funny, but Jared is a funny guy and I think it hilarious that we got all excited only to have this little mishap. Haha. We will see in March I guess!
Exchanges with Sisters are starting up again. They are busy, but I love them. Why? I love the sisters! We always learn from each other.
In testimony meeting this Sunday, one of the YSA was bearing his testimony of the Savior. He said, "I know Him.... And I know He loves each and every one of us." I loved that. I feel as if I know Him as well, imperfect as I am. He is my brother and yours. Him and our Father in Heaven are as real as me and you. I know that. Heaven is not so distant as it seems. We are literally surrounded by angels and loved by Father in Heaven who is aware of the details of our lives.
Fun News! My dream has come true! I am now going to be serving as an online sister! So what does that mean?? Instead of spending time finding people in my area [made up of BYUH students], I will not work only by member referrals. In the mean time, instead of finding/visiting members, I will be sending emails, making/taking phone calls, and taking chats from mormon.org. I will be working with online investigators and less-actives. This is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I have a very deep love for Visitors' Centers. Miracles happen here and many of them take place through online teaching. I am humbled by and grateful for, my calling.
Okay, I love you all! Mahalo Nui Loa!!! Have a wonderful week!
Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - My companion, Sister Hamano, has Tuberculosis or TB. Don't worry, Mom. She takes her medicine every day. Today we drove to Honolulu to get a refill.
Photo 2 - Walmart in Hawaii. Hawaiian Sun in a very popular brand. It tastes SO good, but on a healthy level it is SO not good. We reserve it for special occasions. The coconut syrup they make is heavenly.
It was a jam-packed week and I can't wait to tell all of you about it.
First of all, Happy Birthday to my Mom and Dad! They have done more for me than any two people I know. They have taught me by example to love, to work hard, and to serve. They truly are dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ to me. Thank you Mom/Dad!
We had fun looking for members of our ward in a town next to La'ie called Hau'ula. We prayed in the morning to find anyone that needed our message. We were looking for a certain house number, but it was a little difficult. Hawaiian housing isn't exactly... organized. So we came to one house and knocked on 3 different doors. No answer. For whatever reason [the Holy Spirit] we knocked on the last door which required going up some sketchy stair to the 2nd story. There we found sweet Helen from our ward who was surprised to see us, but kindly invited us in. We shared our message and came to find out that she was thinking about serving a mission, but as usual, the adversary had been very discouraging. I was blessed enough to share my experience with her about coming out on a mission. It was scary! But we told her of God's love for her, and that she would be able to do anything with His help. I remember saying, "If our Father in Heaven was here he would have told you the same thing... He loves you." In a way it is a bold statement, but as as a set apart representative of Jesus Christ I know that what I said to her was true. I am glad that God lead us to her just when she needed it.
We also had our last lesson with our good friends Vickie and Kekoa this week. We have all learned so much from discussing gospel truths with each other. It was our last lesson because they are moving. I will miss them dearly, but most certainly see them again.
Okay here is the big one...
On Saturday all of the missionaries on Oahu had the privilege of hearing Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speak to us. It was simply amazing. He was so much funnier than I think we all expected too. He pretended at the beginning that he was here to "Scare the living daylights out of you!" and pretended to strangle this VC Sister who has only been out for two days!! AH! "The color will return," he laughed later.
Also, before he started speaking, Sister Walker and I had the privilege to sing I Know That My Redeemer Lives. Sister Yamamoto accompanied us on the piano. Sister Weygandt who I trained accompanied us on the violin. The Spirit was there and I was so thankful to have been a part of the meeting.
As far as the messages that he truly taught us, one of the most memorable was his message about when we return home from our missions. He pleaded with us to use our time well and not to go back to real life. With his voice raised a bit he said, "Look you get it straight. This is the closest you will ever get to Real Life. Capital R. Capital L." I know that what he said was true and our time here on a mission is SO important. I would not trade this for anything. He continued, "[When you get home] you can't walk away from that," and with greater sound and enunciation said, "You do not have the right to do that." I pray that all the return missionaries will stay the course as well as progress. I want to live my mission so that I will do the same.
The other thing was his wonderful insights on the Book of Mormon. He said, "The Book of Mormon is 532 pages in English of revelation and that God speaks to man." To fully understand his message to us, read 1 Nephi 1:1-14. Is it not the Joseph Smith story? Is it not the story of all the prophets from the beginning of time? I hope you will all enjoy studying that. I know I have even though I am only beginning.
Church was amazing yesterday. I am really enjoying the sacrament. It is a sacred time of personal, spiritual renewal for me whenever I allow it to be. I most definitely need it.
Brothers and Sisters I know that God lives. He is our literal Father. He knows and loves us. That is exactly why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ. I will be forever thankful for their sacrifice for us. May we all learn and keep our covenant or promises with God. I know they will bless our lives here and forever. That makes me smile.
All my love and aloha,
Sister Lindsay Evans
Photo 1 - "The first [Jesus Christ] came and stood before my father [Lehi], and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord." 1 Nephi 1:11-12