be thankful

Hey Evrybdy
We had a great week this week! Nothing too exciting, just the regular missionary stuff. We did a lot of service this week, including moving someone out of a third floor apartment! (In the rain too!) It wasn’t too bad though, but we got soaked! They made up for the brutal physical labor (kidding) with some pizza and drinks. We also woke up super early this week to help with a “thrift store sale thing” but it was more like a garage sale. It was for this shelter that also had a thrift store thing with it. So we were over there at like 6:30 in the morning. We got to wear these cool red aprons that made us look super official. So there’s all these clothes and then in the back there’s a toy section. They put us in different spots to watch over everything while people were shopping, I got put back by the toys (freak yeah).
So we’re all just standing around, mind you that there was a large line of people out front. So we’re just talking and all of a sudden I hear all of these people RUNNING through this small store thing. Within 10 seconds the entire place is crowded with people, just stuffing their bags full of toys and whatever crap was in there. I was sketched out! Too many people for me haha! It wasn’t all that bad after that first part though. After that we went and had breakfast/correlation meeting at our Bishop’s house. Then we headed to a baptism for a young kid in our ward. There were going to be a lot of non members there, so we spoke to the group about missionary work. Pretty cool experience!
Something cool this week is that we went on exchanges with the Zone Lords. I went to Manassas with Elder Neyman. We did some visiting and eating. It was nice. SO there’s a new sensation sweeping the mission…. YU-GI-OH!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh it’s as nostalgic as it sounds. So, in case you didn’t know, I used to be super into Yugioh back in the day (2nd-3rd grade). It was like a sweet homecoming to walk into that apartment and then sit down and have a good old duel. I’ll be having fun with that don’t worry.
Last you heard, our investigator Jordan was kind of getting off track for baptism. While I was in Manassas, Elder Jones and Elder Ross had a lesson with the kid. He’s shown so much growth since the first time we met with him. It’s literally night and day. His scheduled baptism was for this Saturday, but we’re going to push it back a few weeks. I didn’t have a lot of faith in this kid, I’ll admit it. But, he’s showing some initiative and he’s actually progressing a lot more than before. We gave him a mock baptismal interview, and he had some questions regarding modern day prophets aka he’d “never heard of Thomas Monson before.” (Even though I know we’ve given lessons around that and he’s watched conference.) Anyways…. He went home and read a lot of conference talks and read about Joseph Smith a lot. He came to church (!!!) prepared and was ready to learn. We know he’ll be ready in a few weeks if he keeps this up.
Well, Elder Ross and I have been getting along better. We’ve been working a lot more, and I think he finally realized that he needs to act like a missionary! He’s been working hard and not falling asleep so we’re doing good on that note. AND my nose is still intact 😀 hahaha
Have a good week everyone. Be thankful for your family and for this gospel. (Kind of forgot it was Thanksgiving this week until just barely ha) Show your thanks through service. STRIVE to be like Jesus. Keep it real. THE CHURCH IS TRUE!

-elder evansj


Another Week In The Life of a Missionary

How’s everybody doing? I hope well. I’m doing great! Just another week

of not a whole lot going on! Haha kidding, but we’re slowing down a

little bit. Kathy got confirmed this Sunday by her son, and I got to

participate. It was really cool exercising my Priesthood power like

that. She’s going to be a strong member, I know it. We’re working with

our other investigators, and we got a kid named Jordan on date for

baptism for the 28th of this month. He’s really flaky and a big goof

kid, so we’re still working with him to make sure he’s 100% committed.

He graduated in 2013, so he’s not much older than us. We’re pretty

sure the only reason he’s met with Elders this long is because he

wants to hang out with us. This is a popular trend that we’ve seen

with our other investigators, but we’d much rather be doing some work

than hanging out with people like that. That’s what the YSA branch is

for hahaha. (Young Single Adults for all of my non-Mormon/athiest

friends haha)
So that’s been going good. My companion and me have been hitting some

rough patches lately, but I’ve been trying to be as loving as possible

so that we’ll get along. He’s said he’d break my nose on more than one

occasion but I’m not really sure what that means???? Haha anyways

(kidding I know what it means) I’m just trying to ease him into

missionary life and make sure the cowboy in him doesn’t take over. I’d

much rather get hit in the face than some of the other Elders out

here… HAHA all I’m saying is some of them probably couldn’t take a

punch (Also not saying I could, just saying I wouldn’t die :-D)
But besides that we’re doing alright! I really want to find us a new

investigator this week, so we’re hitting our area book hard for

potential investigators to contact. We’re also going to tract a lot

this week, something Elder Ross needs more practice with. (That’s

usually when the nose-breaking talk comes out.) Then later in the week

we have an exchange with the Zone Leaders, and I’m really hoping I can

learn some leadership skills, as well as some other things.
Keep it real, the church is true!
(Me at the White House. Sorry, it was bright!)


-Elder Evans

hey hey hey

Sorry I’m late! Some crazy stuff going on today! But I’m good!
Stuff going on this week… KATHY’S BAPTISM!!! It was so awesome to

see her finally enter the waters of baptism. We had a great showing

from the ward. There was so many people, we had to move the talks and

stuff to the chapel! It was awesome! And the Opoku family was able to

attend, and they really liked it. Kathy was baptized by her son Mike,

who is a recent convert. It was very touching, and the Spirit was so

strong. If you ever have the chance to attend a convert baptism, I

HIGHLY recommend it. The Spirit is always strong, and it’s amazing to

see how far some of these people come. Kathy 6 weeks ago and Kathy now

are completely different people. Not that she’s changed as a person,

but she is so much happier now. It was an awesome experience.
Our next project we’re working on, (Not really a project, just an

investigator we’re trying really hard to get to church and closer to

the waters of baptism!), is a guy named Norman. Not sure if I’ve

talked about him before, but he’s a 26 year old guy who’s super sweet.

Just like me, he freaking loves video games. Yeah, you could say we

have a lot to talk about. Anyways, we’ve had some great lessons with

him, he just won’t come to church! I don’t know what his problem is,

but every time we invite him, “something comes up.” We’re working very

hard this transfer on getting ALL of our investigators to church, and

Mr.Norman-gonna-be-a-Mormon is numero uno on this list.
Also, Jordan is still on date for the 28th of this month, and we had

our first meeting with him this weekend after a two week hiatus. He

said he’s been thinking about his baptism every day, but why haven’t

we been meeting then?! We’re making really sure that he’s 100%

committed to this, there’s no way we’re baptizing him if he ain’t

ready. Also something else we’re working on is helping our

investigators develop testimonies for themselves, and not just

piggybacking their missionaries.
I’m doing great, the work is good. If anyone wants to hang out after

this, let me know in 22 months. Keep it real, the church is true.
  Kathy, the lady in plaid, and Sister Blosil, as well as every freaking missionary that showed up to the dunking.

-elder evans


I just came to say hello, I’m running out of songs to start out my emails  with.

 Anyways, it’s a new transfer, and I’m training! Ha it’s crazy! Some say it’s like the blind leading the even more blind! But I’m having a great time. My greenie’s name is Elder Ross. He is from Wyoming, and he is a big time cowboy. He walks around with this huge belt buckle on! He’s pretty cool, and we’re working really hard. I’m trying my best to break him in, and we’re always trying to stay on top of things, even though we’re both new. But I’m having a blast, and we have a lot of stuff going on.

We just had our last lesson with Kathy this week! She is getting baptized this Sunday, and I’m so excited for her. She’s been coming to church for the last six or seven weeks, and she’s always participating in gospel principles and relief society. She is so ready to be baptized, and I know for a fact that she is going to be a lifelong member.

We had a half mission conference on Monday, the reason I’m sending this out today, and Elder Perkins of the Seventy spoke at it. Before the conference, he selected six missionaries to be interviewed, and I was one of them! We talked about what I think the mission should hear, and how we would benefit from it. And a little about baseball haha. It was so awesome, and I learned a ton. I can’t wait to use the things I learned in my training.

I had the opportunity to go on an exchange with a good guy named Elder Grow yesterday. I’ve been out for like two months, and he’s been out for 23 months. So there’s a little bit of a contrast. We did a ton of tracting, and I was able to learn some new things that I can apply to my training. We were able to talk to a lot of people, and we hope to see some of them at church this weekend! He taught me that I need to be more personable, and not just a robot haha. We need to portray kind, easy-going people that others would be willing to talk to about things that they care about. I was in awe as he gave several lessons on peoples’ doorsteps! I guess some things do come with time!

Anyways, thanks for everyone who is writing me or whatever, it’s great to hear from my buds back home. I’m so thankful that I have the opportunity to serve a mission, and I know great things are going to come from it. I’m thankful for this gospel that I get to go and talk to people about every single day. I’m also thankful for my family and friends for all of their support. Keep it real, the church is true!

(Oh, one more thing… FREAK YEAH ROYALS!!!!)
-Elder Evans