Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We Are All A Part Of God's Family

Aloha friends!

This week was jam-packed.  That is every week though as a missionary. You plan every half hour of your day the night before AND you always have a back up plan.  You should never not be busy.
Let me share a few special thoughts and experiences from this week . . .

We picked up the new missionaries!  They have a fire for missionary work that got us excited to be here all over again.  They will be wonderful and are already working miracles.

I met a couple this week named Ben and Tammy.  They are not active in the church and one is not a member.  They we so kind!  I tried to find a way to tell them that God loves them [that was our quality goal this week] and to be honest it was hard because of the way the conversation was going.  They asked me if I was excited to go home and I said it would probably be one of the most bitter-sweet experiences of my life.  "I will love to see my family and friends again, but I am really going to miss testifying to people every day that God loves them," I said. I then testified of God's personal love for them.  I did it!  I testified!  I felt successful that day because it wasn't about the goal at all.  It was about the spirit that was there as they heard that precious eternal truth.  I pray we never lose sight of God's individual and collective love for His children.

Blessing of the week – Sister Smith, one of the senior couples, brought us cinnamon rolls. So sweet! She is one of those people you always feel so peaceful around.  She brings comfort to everyone.  Love her.

I'm am sure there is more I could share if I had the time, but just remember the important things… You are a child of God.  So it the person next to you.  God wants to bless each one of His children and we are blessed to be a part of His work among our brothers and sisters.

Much love and aloha,

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1  - Hope this lovely family doesn't mind me sharing their photo.  They invited us to dinner last week. These are the last people we ate with in our last area. Now we are Visitors' Center Sisters and our proselyting area is online instead of door to door.  These two made us plenty of food and even gave us some to go.  The best part of the dinner was discussing the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  There was such a Spirit there. We all need that message and I was uplifted by their spirits as we shared our testimonies with them.


Photo 2 - Carpet cleaning!  Yay!  We had fun playing kitchen tetris with our furniture haha. 


Photo 3 -Visits from former Laie VC missionaries are always so fun. The red head is the former Sister Buday. She is still reading her scriptures daily even if it just a short time! Way to go!  We also had a visit from Sister Andre. Great as usual.  Love them both!





Monday, July 18, 2016

Experience the Gospel



Aloha everyone!!

It is Monday and Pday.  Usually I write on Wednesday, but transfers are this Wednesday so my Pday was changed.  I forgot to tell everyone. Whoops! Next week my Pdays will be switching to Tuesday by the way.

It is transfer week and my transfer news is... I will be staying with Sister Walker!  Wow. I really got lucky.  Actually I feel lucky to be with her, but I know that this is part of God's plan for me.  There is just something about the light that she has and the example she sets.  I have come across many people with different and wonderful strengths, but you can tell that she was blessed with the strength of a Christ-like character and a pure spirit.  I have said it before, but her example  alone had helped me to become a better person and I hope to learn all I can from her in the next 6 weeks. 

There have been a few changes in our assignment.  We used to have the title "Coordinating Sisters".  This title does not exist in any other mission and has now been changed to "Sister Trainer Leaders" as with other missions.  We will now also be conducting exchanges with all 24 Sisters.  I don't how we will do it, but we will. I have missed the exchanges I used to conduct because of the great opportunity to learn learn from them, train them, and especially to love them.  This transfer will be busy and happy.

This week we had a lady come into the VC from Brazil.  She didn't speak any English, but her friends that came with her were able to translate.  We taught her very simple things like how we will live again after we die and how families are meant to be together even after this life.  The simple messages we shared touched her heart and she has a desire to meet with the local missionaries in Brazil.  Wonderful! 

We also taught our investigator this week from the Philippines about how he can pray to know for himself if what we are teaching is true.  Aren't you glad we can do that?!  We don't have to wonder or wander in confusion.  If we are humble and sincere we can receive answers from God.  Imagine that. Then after you've imagined it, get on your knees, pray, experience it for yourself.  Sister Walker said in her talk this Sunday, "If you do not know that God loves you, get on your knees tonight and pray . . .  He will answer you."

I have been thinking a lot about how it is the simplicity of the gospel that truly touches people's hearts.  Know that God knows you and loves you. Know that you will live again after this life.  Experience the hope and joy that come from the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel is true.  I can testify that it is.  I know.

I love you all. Have a wonderful week!

Aloha,

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - Sister Walker and I specially designed this transfer news board. It tells you who you will be living with and the paper that matches yours is your companion.  In order to put these papers up one by one we played musical chairs.  If someone got out, they would pick up a chair to take our of the circle and taped to the bottom of each chair was an envelope with one of these papers inside.


Photo 2 - Miscellaneous fruit.  So... what is it?  We don't know, but we bought it anyway.


Photo 3 - When you and your Visitors' Center Director have the same love for Cadbury Chocolate Eggs, you end up with a glorious 5 lb bag of them. No worries everyone, the 5lbs of chocolate is to share among the Visitors' Center. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

26 Years!

Aloha!!

An amazing week as usual!

We are preparing quite a bit for the next transfer and our work will speed up before the transfer is done.  

I want to tell you all a story about small and simple things.  It is about a Korean man named Jason. He came here one week ago with his family including his grandkids.  He came up to me and told me that he was here 26 years ago.  At that time he was not a member of the church.  Many years earlier he had promised his wife that after they were married he would become a member of the church.  he never joined.  On a trip to Hawaii his wife asked him if they could at least go take a picture in front of the temple. "That's easy enough,"  he thought.   That was 26 years ago.   When they got home he mounted the picture and hung it in there living room.  For 16 years he got up and went downstairs on his way to work and he would see that picture.  Seeing it again and again caused him to reflect on that promise he had made to his wife so long ago. Eventually he decided to meet with the missionaries which eventually led to him joining the church.   I asked him what the difference was between before and after he became a member of the church.  In broken English he said something like, "I used to think that life was about worldly things. You drink, you sing, you dance. Now I have purpose received from God."  I felt so blessed to hear about his story and his current family and take their second picture in front of the Laie Hawaii Temple.  

That is my happy story of the week.  Keep up those small and simple things everybody.  The Lord lives and your prayer will be heard and answered in His good time. 

Aloha!!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 -  Last week on Pday Sister Walker and I decided to go on a hike.  From what she remembered it would be maybe 30 minutes and easy.  Well, it was actually about two minutes so we made up for it today.  We hiked for two hours this morning and it was beautiful!!
 Photo 2 - 26 years later . . .
 Photo 3 - My previous companion, Sister Hamano, is headed back to Japan this week.  She is a wonderful missionary and truly my sister.  She is coming back to school here soon, but I will still miss her! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let Freedom Ring!

Aloha!

What an amazing week!  I just want to testify that when you lose your life in the service of others you will find it.  All of the prompting I have received recently have been so simple.  They have been things like GIVE, SHARE, & SERVE.  There are just simple thoughts that have come to my mind as I have sought greater happiness, but guess what?  I tried it and I am more happy!!  Service in different forms is sometimes so unnatural.  It causes us to take the focus away from ourselves when we have so many problems to handle.  That was my thinking anyway.   But I trusted the Lord on this one and he supplied.  Just like the prophets have said, "Happiness is the object and design of our existence."  Do whatever you need to find it. Give of yourself and that which you have.  It will be worth it.  (:

This week was great and I explained most of it in the photo descriptions so don't miss those!  Our investigator is doing well.  He has a baptismal date for the end of July! Yay!  He is so ready.  He said we can do it as soon as possible. 

Much love and aloha!  Have a wonderful week and happy 4th of July!!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - On Wednesday we had a lesson with our investigator and some of his friends. It was wonderful!  The thing that made me the happiest was when he said he prayed every night and we asked him what he felt when we prayed. "I feel happy," he said.  This pure joy filled my heart.  Aren't you thankful for prayer, our communication with our Father in Heaven?  
 Photo 2 - Fourth of July potluck outside of our pads.  We have some 10 country's foods represented here.  So yummy!  My American companion and I brought the red, white, and blue jello.  (;  As a side note, only a portion of the food was on the table when I took this picture.

Photo 3 - May God bless America.  I am thankful to live and serve in the Land of the Free.  We are so blessed!
Photo 4 - One more patriotic picture for good measure!