Monday, May 30, 2016

Choose and Remember

Aloha everyone!

I know what you are thinking - "Sister Evans sure switches her P-days a lot.... What is up with her?"  Well, not too much is up other than the fact that we have really crazy schedules here at the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center, especially in the leadership position that we hold.  After today my P-day will go back to being on Wednesday for awhile. 

These past four days have been full of preparing for next transfer. Sister Walker and I come up with all the schedules. We schedule the Sisters shifts, we assign the bikes and the cars, we assign the P-days, we schedule the Sisters' online time, and that it just the start of it all.  On Friday and Saturday we also spent a few hours preparing an exciting video with the Sisters' Transfer news.  Most of us change areas, but stay within the same zone for most of our missions. We make the video to make the news more exciting.  

On Sunday we taught four lessons.  I was so exhausted, but it was worth it.  All of them went well, but we had to drop one of the sisters we were teaching.  It was a little sad for us, but it was the right thing to do and I know that she is in good hands. Another one of the lessons we taught was two someone who had decided they did not want to meet with us, but ended up coming to church!  She still felt basically the same about our message, but it was a miracle that we actually got to teach her again.

VC miracles are happening all the time and I want to mention one.  More and more Chinese guests are coming to the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center.  I wish I had time to explain all the details, but I will just say this...  This VC is a gateway to opening mainland China for missionaries.  I feel so blessed to see this work coming to pass right before my eyes.  Whenever they come I just stand there with my Chinese Book of Mormon as they all take pictures.  Some are interested and will even take it with them.  

Anyway, amazing stuff.  The gospel really is true.  My spiritual thought for the week...  Choose you battles.  AND... Remember who the real enemy is.
You can think about what that means to you.

I love you all!

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - We made spam musubi this week - 6 of them!  Yum! 

Photo 2 - Finished product.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Week 6 Mix

Aloha everyone!

I am emailing on Thursday because I am a Coordinating Sister here at the Visitors’ Center with Sister Walker.  What that means is that we are sort of like assistants to the Director and we have plenty of responsibilities.  This week on Monday we went to the Mission Leader Council with all of the other Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders.  This was the last one we will have with our current mission, President Warner.  We will miss him and Sister Warner. They have taught us a lot.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, President Warner came to the Laie Zone for interviews.  He has 15 minute interviews with each missionary and during that time we review their planners and area books and give them feedback as to how they could improve. It usually lasts from 9:30am to 4:00pm.  So, here we are on Thursday finally emailing home.

On last weeks P-day we had a neat experience when we went to the Fijian market place to get Thai food. While we were waiting for the food we walked into a small little shop and met a guy named Ammon who is a young adult and member of the church, but not active.  We talked a bit and I remember feeling this overwhelming need to testify to him of the truthfulness of this gospel.  My companion and I did.  I felt the love that God had for him.  Nothing grand changed in his life in that moment, but we left him one of my favorite poems that I have memorized. I is called good timbers.  “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”
On Sunday we got a new fellowshipper for an investigator we have an she was perfect!  Miracle!  Also we went to a return missionary fireside and of course, the whole thing ended up being about marriage.  It was really funny.  We felt a little out of place, but we were invited to go by our ward mission leader and we went.  I don’t regret it.  The stories were pretty funny and the messages were really uplifting.  The four pieces of counsel they gave to the young adults and return missionaries, I will give to you…

    Feast upon the words of Christ. Don’t just swallow it whole because your mom said you can't leave the table until you finish your food.  
    Pray. No vain repetitions.  You are speaking you your all-knowing and all-loving Father in Heaven. He wants to hear from YOU.
    Attend the Temple. 
    Always be preparing to invite someone to come to church. Be anxiously engaged in a good cause of your own agency and choice.

I know that the gospel is true.  I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior.  I know that we should not run faster than we have strength, but we should always be moving forward.  I know God loves me and that He loves you as well.  Stay strong.  It will all work out.

Much love and aloha,

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Blurry picture of dinner with a cute family.  I learned how to make Kimchi fried rice with them!

 Photo 2 - BBQ chicken salad.  Sister Walker and I have been trying to eat healthy.

Photo 3 - Friends from the Mission Leader Council.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Miracle May


This week has been a good one!  Sister Walker and I have been planning very thoroughly every day.  We even plan the meals we eat.  Actually it is really fun.  When you plan a happy day, generally you have a happy day.  It doesn't mean that trials don't come, but I have realized on my mission the power of choices.  We CAN "choose the harder right" as President Monson has counseled. What a blessing!

Miracles of the week!

1)  We had four lessons in our area on Sunday!!  This does not happen every day. I want to share with you all specifically two of the lessons. 
1. There were two non-members guys from town side who asked two sisters in the ward if they could attend church on Sunday.  They had never been, they just wanted to go.  Later we heard that they had, the night before, been asking the girls about our beliefs.  Well, for the second hour of church we didn't have a gospel principles class. No problem!  The 2 girls, 2 guys, and us 2 missionaries found a room and taught them the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Spirit was so strong!  They are golden and so down-to-earth.  Fun people to teach.   Next week they have agreed to come again.  Gotta love those unexpected blessings.
2.  An investigator who we have previously had trouble meeting with finally met with us and loved that the message of the restoration would bless his family.  I think he is one of the most sincere people I have ever met.  At the end of the lesson he committed to be baptized on June 11th.  He almost jumped at the opportunity.  How can you not just smile all day after something like that? 

To know that someone else may have the opportunity to feel what so many of us do as members of the church is just about the best feeling in the world.  I love these people.  I am so happy that they are finding the same happiness as the Spirit testifies to their hearts that what we teach is true.  It is true.  I will continuously bare my witness of that.

The other miracle is that we are doing "Miracle May" as a mission.  Each zone set a goal for number of baptisms.  The VC set 8 as a goal.  This last week we get another 4 and now we are up to 9!   I cannot believe it!  We thought we set a pretty high goal, but we still have two weeks to go.  The Lord is working His miracles!

I love you all! Have an amazing week!

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Dinner with our investigator.  These girls are the sweetest.  We ended up not having time to make food so we went to a little local joint called Seven Brothers.  
 Photo 2 - This spider was found in our bedroom.  How terrible is that? Haha.  It's the size of the palm of my hand and faster than any other spider I have seen.
Photo 3 - People think that Hawaiian food is all fruits and coconuts.  In reality, most of the time it's meat and carbs in all their varieties.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spinning Plates

Aloha everyone!

In Hawaii this week, my companion and I have been trying to balance a bunch of spinning plates.  You know how those people do that at the circus - they hold sticks and spin plates that are balanced on top of them?  Well, that is like life. Right now I am on a mission and balancing spinning plates of being there for the Sisters in the Visitors' Center, taking care of the students at BYUH, running errands/making schedules/doing chores to help the Senior couples, and taking care of the investigators we have online.  I don't know how we do it and this last week I wasn't sure we could do it at all.  As my companion and I reflected on our similar feelings we realized that the only way to balance these spinning plates is by relying on the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It is clear that we can't do it alone, but He will help us.  Rely on His Atonement.  When you get home from a mission I know that the plates are bigger and you have all different sizes and shapes of things to balance.  I am grateful for this time I have to "practice" and prepare for that time as I focus on my mission, but for all of you that are home I want you to know that everything can be balanced.  Prioritize the gospel and everything else will fall into place.  You have the guidance of a loving Heavenly Father. He may not tell you the answer right away, but He will guide you, sometimes slowly, to the answer you need to find. 

My investigators are doing well. We are making dinner with one of them from mainland China tonight.  She is making Chinese food and we are making American food [potatoes and chili]. Hope she likes it!  

Love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - My Freshman Seminary teacher, Sister T!  It is so great to see her this week and especially within her own culture. Love ya!

Photo 2 - Mother's Day was just what I needed.  Family picture!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Aloha

Aloha everyone!

It has been great another week in paradise.  I had a head cold for a bit and a lot of responsibilities.  Sometimes these things can seem to weigh us down as missionaries or people, but really it is these things that often make life so beautiful.  Good or bad, we ought to appreciate every moment.

This week we got to attend the temple.  We attend the temple every month here.  We are very blessed.  I always learn so much from the session I am in.  It is always good to go with a question in mind. Even if I don't receive an answer to my question, I find that God is more willing to grant me the revelation that I need the most as I earnestly seek to know His will.  As I sat in the Celestial room, I felt this anxiousness, like the Spirit was tugging me to do something.  Sister Walker had felt a similar spiritual prompting.  We didn't know why, but we were prepared to go and do whatever he asked of us.  The rest of the day continued according to plan, but I think the Lord was preparing us for other things. 

This last Monday we gave the training at our Visitors' Center Training Meeting (VCTM).  We started out by asking them about their individual purpose here on a mission.  Wherever you are in your life right now, what is your purpose there? After we talked about there purpose we did a little refresher on rules and on obedience.  Obedience is not an easy thing to train on or teach about.  It's easy to worry that they will not feel the love behind the message, but there is always love behind the message in the gospel.  The reason we were given the gift of agency/obedience is because it allows us to feel love from our Father in Heaven.  We prayed as we prepared and we feel like it all worked out.  The Sisters could feel the love in the message.  That made us very happy. We love our Sisters here so much.

Have a wonderful week everyone!  Be obedient!  Follow promptings!  I know that you will see miracles.


Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - Typical meals in the guide room, all thanks to the generous members of the church here in Hawaii. It's that aloha spirit.

Photo 2 - Our transfer theme is "Hope of Israel, Rise!"  These too sisters even made their own swords. So great!

Photo 3 - In California I caught lizards, but I think I much prefer these little green geckos.