Monday, October 31, 2016

BIG Surprise!



Aloha!

Muumuus - My mom sent me a question about why I was wearing a pink muumuu in one of my pictures... Well, they don't have enough blue muumuus, so we went to pink while we were waiting for the red ones that the tour guides have.  Then they decided that they don't want us to look like them at the PCC so we are now officially going to be wearing our VC muumuus (the long, light-blue ones) at the PCC.  The way we will differentiate between PCC Sisters and VC Sisters is by a yellow lei that the PCC Sisters will wear.  Just thought I would let you all know.  We a fashion show in our Visitors' Center Training Meeting to decided what kind of lei we wanted. Not everyone loves yellow, but it looks bright and happy... and our message is bright and happy! So we decided to go with it.

So we had a BIG surprise yesterday. All of the Visitors' Center gathered in the theater where we usually meet and were told by Elder Swinton that in a few minutes Elder Niel L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife Kathy Andersen would be here to visit with us.  Sure enough, they came and Kim B. Clark and well as the Tanners from BYU-Hawaii came with them.  They didn't stay long, but he encouraged us to share our light with all of those we meet in the VC.  He said they would never forget us - not because of us, but because we represent Jesus Christ.  We carry a big responsibility.   His wife spoke to us as well and the spirit she carried with her touched my heart.  She is so humble.  It was a treat to hear from them both.  I know that Christ's church is restored to the earth and that we are blessed to be guided by prophets and apostles as God's people were in biblical times.

Food for thought this week [I spoke in church about this]:  "Accountability is a fundamental part of God's eternal plan."  [PMG p.150] Why?

Make sure you are fully partaking of all the good that God has in store for you! Love you all!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - This is Jorin and Annie. They are actually from Hawaii and are both members of the church and the best of friends. Life can be hard sometimes, but they help each other stay strong in the gospel. We committed them to reading their scriptures daily. This small change will make the biggest difference for them in small ways.  For me it helps me to make decisions and be happy.
 Photo 2 - This is sweet Makayla. She is from Switzerland and so kind!  She speaks German and a bit of English.  I was able to show her around the Visitors' Center and introduce her to the gospel.  I offered her a Book of Mormon and she said she would try to find one in Switzerland instead.  She didn't want to learn more by staying in contact with me, but she said, "I think I will have to think about this.  My life might change."  You have to love those moments as a missionary.
 Photo 3 - Sunday Sushi. I have to admit it is one of my favorite things to make.

"October 17th"



Aloha!

I guess I forgot to send this email a few weeks ago. haha.  Here you go!

This week was transfer week.  I spent my last few days with Sister Walker.  So sad.  But, we are both excited about our new assignments.  We were split up so that we could both train two new Sister Training Leaders.  We have two now because of the increase we have had in the number of Sisters.  The work load has increased at the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center and we are trying to keep up.  Recently our compliment of Sisters went from 28 to 38.  Pretty amazing.

Now that I am in the BYU-Hawaii wards the work has slowed down a bit, but not for long.  We are working with our Ward Mission Leaders and other Ward leaders to get the excitement going for missionary work.  I love it!  I did need a little reminder about the lesson I learned last week - Moses 4:1 - about how our work should be according to God's will and not our own.  Good reminder for me.  Still, I am excited to God's will in this area whatever it may be.

Also, God did send me a little encouragement when the work wasn't getting started as quickly as I would have liked it to.   He answered my prayers in a small way by sending us a member who is struggling and wants to relearn the missionary lessons. Miracles happen!  I am excited to help her remember the simple truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Miracle moment!  We had someone come on chat this last week that had briefly met the Elders in his local area. They invited him to go to church, but he was not sure.  We talked through it with him and testified of the blessings that can come from attending church.  He agreed to go!  We sent his information that night to the Elders who had contacted him previously.  I love when online missionaries and missionaries in a proselyting area get to work together!  It is just for one person, but it is so happy!

I have been thinking a lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It is the means by which all good things are possible.  The Atonement is the act by which Jesus Christ willingly suffered the penalty for our sins and died on the cross.  It also includes when He rose again as a perfect being.  One of the scriptures I studied this week really stood out to me.  The prophet Alma challenged a group of people to plant the word of God in their hearts.  He said, 

"And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen." 

I love this!  

"all this" - have lasting happiness, be free of guilt, be healed spiritually, have peace of mind etc.
"can ye do" - it is possible through Jesus Christ
"if ye will" - it us up to me and my choice to follow Him

I know that God lives.  Jesus Christ truly did suffer for all the pain, sorrow, and guilt that we woud ever feel.  We don't have to feel that way.  Of course, this life is meant to be full of opposition or else we would not be able to grow, but I know that what our dear prophet, Thomas S. Monson said is true... "When we keep the commandments our lives will be happier, less complicated, and more fulfilling.  Our challenges and problems will be easier to bear and we will receive [God's] promised blessings."

I love you all!  Pray for someone you an reach out to this week.  I promise you God will answer your prayer.  There are a lot of people in this world to help and love and He needs you on His side.

Aloha!

Sister Lindsay Evans

Photo 1 - The Temple Visitors' Center Director and his wife.  We work with them often.  We are best friends and even better, we became friends in the service of God and others.


 Photo 2 - This is ward camp for the Laie 4th Ward.  Ward camp in Laie is camp like no other.   Everyone basically moves their houses to the beach [which is 2 minutes away] for a week. This week is filled with devotionals, dinners, and family activities.  It's not a great picture, but you have to understand there is a huge eating area and tons of tents set up that you can't see.  People even bring TVs and beds.  It is a pretty big deal.  We got the chance to go one of the dinners and fellowship with some members of the ward.

 Photo 3 - My new companion, Sister Wu!  She is a Chinese speaker (Mandarin).  She was born in mainland China, but moved to Canada when she was seven years old.  She is so positive and upbeat.  I am hoping her wonderful characteristics will rub off on me.  Love her already!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In the Service of Your God

Aloha everyone!

It has been a crazy week!  We had exchanges and interviews with President Bekker and a full-day Mission Leader Council that we had to attend.  We have been busy.  One of the more exciting things we did was pick up a new Sister named Sister Sicotte [sea-caught... no pun intended].   She came part way into our transfer because she was learning mandarin in the MTC.  She studied it in high school, but is actually a native English speaker.  She is so confident and already doing great!

As I was emailing family this week I thought about the scripture in the Book of Mormon that says, 

"I tell you these things that ye may learn ... that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."  

Many people think of the phrase "in the service of your God" and interpret it to mean that we are serving God by serving others.  I believe that is true! But I personally like to think of the phrase meaning that when you are "in the service of your god"  you are doing the service that God would be doing if He were here.  Isn't it true?!  That is His nature!  He would be serving His children.  God is loving and charitable and always turning outwards.   As I do the work of the Lord here in Hawaii I think of My Missionary Commission which states,

"[God] is my master. He has chosen me to represent Him; to stand in His place, to say and do what he himself would say and do if He were personally ministering among the very people of whom He has sent me. My commission is . . . to be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous latter-day work. How great is my calling!"

I love what I do.  I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind.  How grateful I am to know of the reality of the simple and wonderful truths.

Much love and aloha, 

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - We had to wear pink muumuus for a few days.  Also we got a Korean guest card!
 Photo 2 - Sister Tu'avao and a classic picture of the Chinese tourists.
 Photo 3 - Sister Evans, Sicotte, and Swinton + double scoop waffle cone.
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lessons and Miracles--Miracles and Lessons

Aloha!!

A wonderful week again!  I hit my 16 month mark yesterday with Sister Walker.  This is the fifth month mark that we have celebrated together.  She is the best.   Next transfer (transfer = a six week period) is her last one and they are finally splitting us up after four together.  

Transfer News!   Sister Walker and I will be training the two new Sister Training Leaders (STLs) in our zone.   We are going to have two sets of Sister Training Leaders next transfer instead of one so that we have don't have to do quite as many 24 hour exchanges with the Sisters to train them.   We did 11 each transfer for the past two transfers and now we will have to do 6 each transfer.  She will be training Sister Ng from Hong Kong and I will be training Sister Wu from mainland China/Canada.  Sister Walker will stay in Laie 4th Ward and I will be going to Sister Wu's area - BYU-Hawaii YSA (Young Single Adult) Wards and a married student ward.  I love being on BYU campus and I can't wait.

Funny Moments:  The AC in our Temple Visitors' Center is always on and off.  It is either warm and muggy or freezing - so freezing that we have to use space heaters and blankets in the back where we do our online missionary work.  You'd never guess in Hawaii!  Well, they are finally updating it, but our AC is off for two days so every door in the Center is open all day and we have fans throughout the whole thing to keep the air moving.  It is pretty amusing. 

Miracles!  The last week before the transfer day is always crazy for Sister Walker and I because we are creating all sorts of schedules.  Yesterday we were in the back of the Visitors' Center almost the entire time that we were scheduled to be on the morning shift.  During the only few minutes we had up front, this young adult guy walked up to me and started talking to me about how he is staying with some friends who go to BYUH and how he is not a member of the church.  He said he believes in "all religions" and the good that they have.  Sister Walker joined in and we were able to explain many aspects of our beliefs - Jesus Christ, temples, forever families, priesthood (the power and authority of God), the Book of Mormon, etc.   He kept saying that we (us three) have different beliefs, but that they are all wonderful.  What was interesting to me is that of all the religions he said he was, "very intrigued" by ours.   My personal belief is that what we believe as a church makes sense because it is true!  We have a full understanding of God's plan.  It is intriguing!  And it has changed my life forever.  I have found true, deep, and lasting happiness and I know it can be found through coming to know of God's plan for His children - the Plan of Happiness. 

Another miracle occurred this morning. We were not able to meet with the less-active in our ward, but just around the house we noticed another girl as we left.  She is in her 20s.  I immediately thought of someone we have been trying to find in that house and I blurted out, "Are you Dalani?"  She was!  We talked for a few minutes and she expressed that although she had not prayed or been to church in a while, she had thought about growing her relationship with God recently.  Whoa! Miracle!  We told her we would love to come by and teach her more and she accepted our invitation.  I will be leaving the area tomorrow, but that was the perfect last miracle for me.  She was so sweet and I know we met her at the perfect time.  Sister Ng, Sister Walker's new companion is so encouraging and will be perfect for her.

Lesson Learned:  One last story... In the Visitors' Center our missionary work is a little different.  Instead of inviting people to learn more from us in person, we invite people to learn more from us online or with local missionaries wherever they are from.  They can do this by filling out a "Guest Card" with the appropriate information.   I had many wonderful great experiences with people for a few days, but had not been able to receive any Guest Cards.  It was a little frustrating because I didn't know what I was doing wrong.  I prayed fervently to be able to receive at least one from a person who was interested.  Then I met a man from Papua New Guinea who lived in Fiji.  I taught him about the Book of Mormon and he gladly agreed to have the missionaries visit him and his family. her even left a referral for his wife.  Amazing!  The real lesson I learned though was that all things are done in God's time, by His will, and by His power.  As a missionary I don't want to be Moses 4:1, but Moses 4:2.  It's good to remember and humbling.

Love you all!  Aloha!!

Sister Lindsay Evans


Photo 1 - My trainer, Sister Penales is leaving!  She trained me to be a missionary for 3 months and then trained me again to be an STL for another 6 weeks.  She is so pure in heart and nothing can stop her from sharing the gospel.  She is truly my sister.  Love her!
 Photo 2 - Li-hing mui lollipops from a cute young girl selling them for a fundraiser.  She gave it to us for free though. So sweet.

Photo 3 - After a long day of coming up with how to present transfer news to the VC Sisters (we wrote a song), some peanut butter m&ms were the perfect treat





Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Sure Hope

Aloha!

Many miracles again of course.  Sometime they are small, yet they are very significant.  I love the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 64:33, "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

We met someone two people from Estonia in the Visitors' Center and quickly rushed to find anything and everything we had for them in Estonian.   We didn't have anything, but luckily they spoke English.  When we showed her the many different copies of the Book of Mormon in all different languages, we asked if she had ever read the Book of Mormon and she said that she hadn't.  We showed her the display copy of the only Estonian thing we had in the back - the Book of Mormon.  Her and her boyfriend were very surprised to see it. As we spoke we found out that the young adult girl had spoken to missionaries on the bus in Estonia multiple times before.  We asked if she would like to meet with missionaries in Estonia and she declined.  Then we offered her a free Book of Mormon in Estonian and explained that missionaries could deliver it to her in Estonia and explain more about it. "Sure!", she said.  It's funny how things like that happen.  

After she accepted the Book of Mormon, we showed them a touching video about families and temples.  It explained that our families can be together even after this life.  I truly felt that her ancestors who had passed on were aware of her in that moment and were eager for her to learn these precious, simple truths.  I know their hearts were touched and I can't wait to see what comes of it in Estonia. 

Another miracle from this week took place in our proselyting area. One of the less-active members of the church we know has started to warm up to us.  She even let us into her house for a moment.  She is so sweet and we are excited to continue to be there for her.  The funny thing was that it the "warming up" all started with a simple act of service.   Missionary work does not need to be complicated.  It shouldn't be complicated!  It is all about reaching out in love to our brothers and sisters and sharing the happiness that we have.  What a wonderful message we bring.

I know that God lives.  Jesus Christ is His son and our Savior.  It is because of what he did that I can have hope.

Ether 12:4 "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."

Love you all! Aloha!

Sister Evans


Photo 1 - One of our tram drivers at the PCC.  We all him Mui Mui meaning "sleep sleep".  Sometimes he drops off food for all the Sisters.  A lot of good food. 


Photo 2 - He does and He will!