Wednesday, June 22, 2016

THINK. FEEL. DO.

Aloha!

Happy Father's Day!!  Dad, thanks for everything.  I don't know where I would be without your example of hard work, service, and Christ-like compassion. I love you!

This week I had many, many meetings.  Some of the leadership organization is changing in our Zone, Laie. We just added another District Leader as well as another set of Sister Training Leaders.  It was an unexpected, yet inspired change.  The Lord really knows how to make things happen at the perfect time. 

My thought for you this week was told to me by Sister Swinton.  It came from the time when she was working on writing "Teachings of the Presidents of the Church".  Elder Oaks said that it is not enough to just hear a conference talk or read a message from a prophet or apostle; we should ask three questions.  these questions are...

  1. What do I THINK about this?
  2. How do I FEEL about this?
  3. What will I DO about this?
I hope that whether we are looking through the Ensign that came our for our lat General Conference or reading the scriptures we can remember this inspired counsel.  Don't stop at just thinking it was a nice talk.  Feel it's message.  Communicate with God through the Holy Spirit.  Let us all truly BECOME what our Heavenly Father designed us to be.  Through Jesus Christ it is possible.  I know it is.

Love you all! 

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Backing accidents are the most common cause of car accidents in our mission. The Elder who is in charge of cars in our mission created a backing obstacle course that all the drivers had to do at Zone Conference. So hilarious!  Also really smart. Way to go Elder Reeder. 


Photo 2 - President and Sister Warner had their last Zone Conference with us on Friday. We are sad to see them go.  They have added so much to the Hawaii Honolulu Mission and they will be missed.  Replacing them is President and Sister Bekker who we are excited to meet. 



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ONE YEAR!

Also, as of June 10th, 2016 I have been on my mission for ONE YEAR! 

+Attitude / +Effort

Aloha!

With not much time to write this week, I want you all to know just a few simple things. 

First, we worship a living God and this is His living church.  Callings are always changing; revelation is always coming. It is great to be a part of the church of God in these latter days.
Second, God answers prayers in all kinds of ways.  Make an informed and thoughtful decision, pray, and He will confirm it.  The answer may come from a friend, a leader, a feeling of peace, or even just a simple feeling of happiness. 
Third, our leaders in this church are called by God.  In the words of Elder Renlund, "I know it."  From local leaders, to the highest general authorities of the church, they are called by God and they receive revelation for their individual callings through him.  Elder Renlund, who visited with us just this last week at the Visitors' Center and then later in Honolulu with the whole mission reminded us that we have, "a right and an obligation" to know that they are called by God.  Have you prayed to know?

Meeting with Elder Renlund was spectacular.  He, and Sister Renlund feel like family, yet I know that Elder Renlund has a divine and important calling.  I conducted the meeting that we had at the VC and the VC Sisters sang for the meeting in Honolulu. We sang one of his favorites, "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee".   One of the things that stood out to me from the latter meeting was a box he drew with 4 quadrants.  Each one had and an A and E written inside with either a positive or negative written next to each one. A = attitude. E = effort.  He wants us to be +Attitude / +Effort missionaries.  I decided I would be, and you know what?  It has been a great week! :)

Still getting 100-200 Chinese guests here a week and somewhere between 600-800 visitors total a day.  What an amazing mission.

Mahalo nui loa, my friends for all you do to follow Jesus Christ that I likely am not even aware of.
ALOOOHA!

-Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - I choose Christ.



Photo 2 -  We once had 8 Chinese tour buses at a time. Wow!



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Don't Miss Out!



Aloha!

What a wonderful and long week it has been.  On Monday I woke up thinking it was P-Day, but no.. I still have P-Day on Wednesday.  Let me just share with you a few thoughts and stories...

This week I got a referral for a lady from mainland China. She said, "In my country they tell you not to believe in God, but many people in the young generation do.  Now that I am older I think I believe in God too."  Wow!!  She took a Book of Mormon and I handed her the referral card.  She knew I couldn't keep in contact with her, but it didn't seem to matter. She even left a referral for her husband. The Spirit was very powerful. More and more mainland Chinese are coming to the VC every day.  What an amazing miracle to see. This small place on a small island with a small temple is a very large gateway to opening the doors of mainland China to the gospel.

Fun moments - There was one girl from the PCC who asked for my autograph on a temple card she took with her.  There was another 9 year old boy who was passing me at the PCC and said, "Do you want a lei?  I have one that I don't need."  "Sure." I replied. I bent down, he put the lei on over my head and he was off to his next activity. So precious!

My spiritual thoughts for this week revolve around supporting those who are called by God.  Here is one of my favorite quotes... "God doesn't call those who are qualified; He qualifies those whom He calls."  Being in leadership at the VC right now, I can relate strongly to this quote, but I know it applies to many more people than just myself.  God has called people all over the world.  He has called a Prophet, Apostles, Mission Presidents, Visitors' Center Directors, Bishops, Relief Society Presidents, and so on. These people have been called by an almighty and all-knowing God. It is our responsibility to sustain [or support] them in their calling. Let's not stand idly by. Let's help them! Let's move this work forward! Let's ask for the Lord's confirmation of the divinity of their calling and above all let's be converted to the Lord, to His work, and to His gospel.

I can't adequately express my testimony in an email, but I know that this work is the work of God and I know that I don't want to miss out on it. God lives. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Of these things I testify in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have a wonderful week!
Aloha!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Sister Penales, my trainer and former companion is training again. What that means is I have a baby sister, Sister Hernandez!  She is a wonderful missionary already.


Photo 2 - Elder and Sister Smith were so kind as to take us to lunch today at Lei Lei's Bar & Grill at Turtle Bay. It was so good! These two are some of our close friends here and they always seem to make us smile. 



Photo 3 - Sister Leng - the Cambodian Princess.  I always knew she was a wonderful missionary, but it wasn't until our exchange that I understood how wonderful.  You can really tell by a person's prayers [and more] their conversion to the Lord. I am so inspired by these imperfect, but converted Sisters. We are in this work together!