Monday, March 28, 2016

It is Better to Look Up!

Aloha!!

My Mom asked me this week how thing are moving along here at the Visitors' Center. Well, things are moving along quickly and the VC is improving at a rapid rate.  It is amazing to witness firsthand.  Contained in every little moment is a miracle. 

She also asked me how we as a VC ended up being able to send 136 referrals to the local missionaries last week.  You'll be surprised how simple the answer is. We have weekly number goals that we set every Monday [i.e. number of baptisms, lessons taught, etc.]. They are called Key Indicators.  These numbers inspire us to work harder and fulfill our purpose.  We used to have really OK Key Indicators. So... not all that great. We counted the number of lessons we taught and other things. The problem was that our goal was not to teach lessons, but to invite others to learn more and eventually send referrals to the local missionaries. So we changed our Key Indicators. Now we only count four - New InvestigatorsReferrals Sent, confirmed Transitions to the local missionaries, and Converts.  By simply shifting our focus we were able to reach heights we had never seen.  If shifting your focus is needed in your life, I would invite to you shift it! Make it simple too! You'll be impressed with the results. 

This week Sister Penales and I went to two Zone Conferences on the island and invited people to the VC.  One was our own Zone Conference. We haven't had a whole lot of extra proselyting time, but the business has taught me a lot of lessons I will not forget.  A lot of it is thanks to my amazing leaders the Swintons.  They are very inspired people. They make you laugh too and thats always good. 

Miracle of the Week!
Someone random called me last week. She asked to talk to Sister Evans. She told me someone might be calling me who wants to learn more about the gospel. "Okay...." I thought. I still had no clue who she was. Cool though!  Anyway, the girl ended up calling us wanting to learn more.  We met her at the VC this week and taught her the Restoration.  She committed to be baptized too! Wow!  One of those golden investigators who is unbelievably prepared to accept the message.  We will be meeting with her again this next week hopefully.  

Life is full of aloha over here and I hope all is well wherever you are.  God hand is in all of our lives. I hope we can recognize it and be grateful. "Remember, it is better to look up!" -President Monson

Aloha!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - A poor picture of our lunch at Zone Conference.  This was one of the many power outages this week.  Almost our whole Conference was in the dark.  It went out for a few minutes at the grocery store this morning too. That was exciting!


Photo 2 - Our VCTM this morning.  Kinda funny looking, BUT we didn't tell the sisters what we were doing. So that makes up for it. :) We just arranged them and snapped the photo. Our message was that we have to see things from God's perspective, including and especially the Visitors' Center. 



Monday, March 21, 2016

Missionary Miracles

Aloha!!

Basic updates - I'm 20!  Pretty crazy. Also I am super busy with all the VC Coordination stuff we are doing, but I am witnessing miracles all over the place.

My Missionary Miracle of the Week....

I chatted with a guy names John last week and I called him this week to talk about faith a little more. He expressed some of his concerns to me about the Mormon faith.  He loves it, but there were things that were holding him back.  Well, concerns are like a bruise.  If you try to perform surgery on a bruise and pull it apart you are only going to ended up with a bigger bruise.  SO...  I decided to not explain everything he had a question about.  We just kept talking. As we did, the Spirit guided the conversation.  Somehow some of his questions were resolved. I am sure it was not coincidence.  The rest of the conversation helped to build his faith.  Some of his questions were not answered, but his faith was such that the questions he had didn't have to be answered immediately.  His faith and patience will the "bruise" to heal up a bit.  And I guess by healing I mean that his faith and patience will allow God to witness to His heart the truthfulness of this gospel.  He will feel in his heart and know that it is true. And it's true, so after that, any concerns or questions that were bugging him before, simply will not matter as much as he thought they did when he was poking and prodding and the bruise. 

That's my story. I hope it makes sense.  Miracles happen everyone.  Real miracles that happen because of God.  It amazes me every day and it makes me happy on top of that.  I know God lives and loves us. He love you.  Jesus Christ is our Savior. 

Aloha Brothers and Sisters!
Have a great week!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Sister Penales and I baked a pizza on my birthday at 9pm.  We were too busy to have dinner earlier. It had pesto sauce and it smelled so good that we could smell it from down the hall.  Our pad-mates were pretty excited too. 



Photo 2 - Oh happy day!!  We made a goal to send 30 people's information to the local missionaries. We got 136!!!  Whoa!  So many reasons to celebrate!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Milestones

Aloha everyone!!

So last week on the 10th of March I hit my 9 months mark on my mission. That means I am half way!!  I can't believe it!  I am so thankful for the time that I have had here.  I have learned more than I ever thought I would. I have grown more that I ever thought I could in 9 months.  Someone once said you leave on a mission to pay back the great debt you owe to God for the blessings he has provided you. Then, you come back in greater debt to Him.  It's true. I am so thankful for all that He has done for me. He knows me so well. 

ALSO, on Friday I will be 20 years old!  Honestly, it is so weird... But I can't tell you how thankful I am that I despite my imperfections through the years, I did all that I could.  And all that I could do was choose to follow Jesus Christ.  I haven't been perfect in my efforts, but every time I turn to Him I find new life. [https://www.mormon.org/easter] Along with all those in the video, I can genuinely say #Hallelujah (meaning "praise ye the Lord").

So being a Coordinating Sister for the Visitors' Center has been super busy.  What do we do?  We create the shift schedule for the Sisters. We figure out who of the 25 Sisters can use the 7 computers when. We drive people last minute. We answer questions. If any of you have been on a mission it is as busy as being an Assistant to the President. The only difference is that we assist a director. Being we [Sister Penales and I] are CSs we had the opportunity to attend a Mission Leader Conference with the Mission President, APs, Zone Leaders, and Sister Training Leaders. We learned all about asking inspired questions and got to roleplay with some awesome missionaries in another zone. I am glad we got to learn so much.  That was yesterday which is why I am emailing today.  It is also why Sister Penales and I took an hour long nap after shopping for groceries today.

My miracle of the week is that I was back on the computers working when I felt that I needed to go out to the VC and greet the guest who just came in from the Laie Tram Tour.  All I had to do was walk to a certain area when one lady stopped me and started asking me questions. Then another joined her to listen. The first one left eventually, but the other was very interested. She left her information for me to stay in contact with her. It surprised me how simple it was. Follow a prompting and you will bless the life of another or perhaps your own life.  I love the simple daily miracles.

Life here is wonderful. It usually is. Even the hard days are something that I feel blessed to be a part of.  Let me just say that I really love being a Visitors' Center Sister too. There is so much going on in the church with the Easter Initiative and online work in general. I feel like I am on the front lines trying the new systems and helping to work out the bugs. Did you know 30% of baptisms in the church first heard about it in a Visitors' Center?  Pretty amazing right?  Not to mention that we get to work and teach on temple grounds.  I am so thankful for these blessings. I am also so thankful for the crucial role that the non-VC missionaries play in this work. We honestly could not do anything without them.

The work is God's work. I am learning not to get in the way. I feel grateful to be a tool in His prefect hands.  Please watch the Easter Initiative.  Find new life! Help others find new life!

Have an amazing week!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1  - Getting ready for Mission Leader Conference.


Photo 2 - A little heavy lifting in preparation for setting up the banners for the Easter Initiative.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Almost 1/2 Way!

Aloha everybody!!

Another wonderful week here in Hawaii!

The other day we had a guy from Norway come into the center.  He was a convert of three years from the northern part of Norway.  He had come to Hawaii to receive his endowments.  He had been investigating the church since 1999 and when he prayed about being baptized he was given the answer that he needed to wait.  He really wanted to be baptized though. But he followed the promptings of the Spirit.  He later health issues and was afraid that he would pass away so he determined that he would finally join the church. Still the Lord told him that he he was making the decision for the wring reasons and that should put his trust in God and not be baptized quite yet.  Eventually that time came and he was baptized. We got to see him before and after he went through temple. I had never heard a story quite like this before, but it was clear to me that God knew this man.  God's relationship with all of us is so individual.

Last night we had "Sistrict" meeting with all the VC Sisters in our District.  Instead of training them we had interviews with them by companionship.  We asked them what they had learned this transfer that they would apply next transfer.  The answers were all different, but as Sister after Sister answered I was given a witness in my heart that God knew each one of these Sisters and his plan for them was perfect. It was especially obvious regarding the companionships they were placed in.  We have a wonderful group of Sisters here. I am so thankful for them and I know that they have been called of God.

This week on Saturday I received a call from our Mission President, President Warner. He said that he was extending me a new call to be a Coordinating Sister [Coordinating Sisters are the two Sisters who are over all the Sisters in the VC.  They handle much of the logistical/behind-the-scenes stuff.]. He said I would be serving in this position with Sister Penales. Does this sound familiar??  She was my trainer!  President continued to explain some of the things I would be doing and the whole time I was thinking, "Should I ask him if he meant someone else?? Maybe he said the name wrong??"  He didn't!  I will be back with my Filipina trainer again and it will be really great.  Can't wait!!

Also I want to bear you my testimony that one of the greatest source of peace and happiness I this life is trust.  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart."  If you do I promise that you will feel a weight lifted from your shoulders and you will be confident in your Father in Heaven, Savior, and the Spirit.  They love you and will guide you for your good. 

I hope you all are well!! Happy Monday and AlooooHA!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - We had service at Pearl Harbor this week.  Lots of sweeping little places on the deck.  Afterwards we all went to a Honolulu favorite - Itchy Butt.  I know... so inappropriate... and... I won't go on.  But their chicken is actually quite good and super cheap.  We always run into the local firemen.  The missionaries aren't the only ones who love it. 



Photo 2 - Most people here the news about next transfer by receiving a phone call or a text from their mission president or zone leader.  Not at the La'ie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center.  We change it up every transfer.  This time we played a matching game to find our companions. When we matched them they told us our area.  Pretty fun!!