Hello from the snow

As you’ve heard, like 2-4 feet of snow. Pretty sick. Too bad I didn’tbring my snowboard out here, could of put it too good use. Also, I got

transferred! Long story: The AP’s were serving in Braddock YSA ward.

They wanted to be moved into Fort Belvoir, so they could make it the

“model area” for the mission. Since I came into the area the same time

as the other two guys, and since Elder Koloti had already served there

one transfer, we were decided as the companionship they would replace.

I guess it isn’t such a long story after all. Anyways, I got

transferred into the Tall Cedars ward. Super sick! I am now companions

with Elder Stenquist!! He is a super cool guy from Idaho Falls, ID and

he’s been out sixteen months. He played baseball out there. He is the

District Leader, and I am the District Leader Companion AKA District

Monkey. haha. We live in a townhouse with another set of Elders. They

are the Zone Leaders. Elder Holdaway and….. ELDER SNOW!! I’m back

with Elder Snow! I am so excited! We’ve already had a ton of fun, I

can’t wait to see what else is in store.
So yeah you’ve heard about the snow. We got pounded with like 3 feet!

I’ve only seen this area without snow for the first day I was here,

Thursday. On Friday it started snowing, and the rest is history. We

spent the rest of the time on Friday cleaning and unpacking. From then

on we’ve been putting in work just helping people dig out there cars,

driveways, sidewalks, dogs (kidding), and other stuff. This nice

Vietnamese lady we helped had us come back over for some homemade

pizza. It was super bomb!! She used to own a pizza place and makes

some super good pizza. She said she made it for the Redskins a lot.

The Redskins are sponsored by Papa Johns, but she said that when they

wanted good pizza, they came to her place. Ha! So we had some fun

there and with some other people that we helped out.
Today was the day that our driveway and road finally got cleared, so

we left immediately and headed to Wal-Mart. We’ve been living off of

pizza and Pop Tarts for like four days straight. We’ve literally had

pizza for almost every meal. So we got some much needed supplies from

wally world.
Before we got dug out, we were wading through several FEET of snow due

to the snow drifts. Like up to my waist. I’m 6′ 4″. Get the picture?

(If you don’t, I’ll send some.) We walked to the church through snow

like that just to get wifi to sync up our area book, and to play a

little ball.
OH cool story. So we were shoveling out our driveway the other day,

and we had a HUGE pile of fresh pow pow sitting next to our driveway.

We were jumping in and having fun when I had an idea. We have a door

on our second floor that leads to nothing, but you can still open it.

It’s meant for a deck, but since we don’t have one it just has a small

gate. We ended up jumping out of the kitchen into this pile of snow

for fun. I’ll have Sarah post it on Insta so everyone can see it. Tons

of fun.
OH super crazy story. So we go to this single lady’s house to help her

shovel. She’s a member, Sister Morgan. Her son comes home with his

friends to also help. He is going to BYU-I, so I ask him if he knows

my cousin, Brad. He says he doesn’t, but his friend Grant asks if he

if from Nevada. I say yes, and we figure out we both know Brad!!

Apparently this kid went to EFY with Brad like three years ago, the

same time I went with Elder Bell. SUPER CRAZY!! He sent Brad a

snapchat with me in it haha.
Nothing else going on really. It’s starting to melt, but I heard it

might rain/snow again on Thursday so there’s that. Trying hard to work

hard out here, and do what we can to spread God’s Kingdom. Love you

all and thanks for the heads up about the snow, all 3835579 of you.

Love you all. Keep it real. The church is true!
-Elder Evans 

    
   

Birthday week

Had a good week this week! I went on an exchange with one of our zoneleaders, Elder Peterson. We had a great time. He’s previously served

in Fort Belvoir, so it was cool for him to ‘relive the glory days’

haha. We went around contacting all the referrals we had received the

last week and we ended up finding a girl named Myra who was

interested! We’re going to begin working with her more. Then we had a

finding fest that evening. That’s where we focus all of our energy on

tracting or trying to find new people to teach. We ended up stopping

by a lady named Peace that we had previously contacted. She invited us

in to chat. We asked her if she knew of anyone that would want to be

taught and she was like “you can teach me!” We proceeded to teach her

the first lesson, The Restoration. She really enjoyed it! (Last night,

we went back and taught her the Plan of Salvation and she accepted a

soft baptismal invite!) When we were almost done with the lesson, her

roommate Frank asked us if we wanted any fufu. (Frank and Peace are

from Ghana, by the way.) Fufu is a African food that is made out of

plantains and is eaten with peanut butter soup. We finished up the

lesson, then had some good fufu! After that we went over to the

Kough’s, recent converts in the ward. I proceeded to beat Brother

Kough in chess! I’m the first Elder to beat him.
We met with Floyd again, we taught him the 10 Commandments and some

others. He really liked that we lived the things we taught. He also

thought it is important to keep the sabbath day holy, because it is an

important day! He came to church this week, and he really liked it! A

missionary from a different ward who recently returned home spoke, and

Floyd really liked it. He only stayed for the first two hours though,

we’re working with him to be more comfortable in priesthood. We’re

going to give him the Gospel Principles book this week during our

lesson so that he can keep up with the lessons even when he isn’t able

to be there. He works every other week.
I got a call this week from Brother McLaughlin from the Vint Hill

ward! He works up in the Fort Belvoir area, and wanted to take us to

lunch! We went to a really good, authentic Mexican restaurant. They

came and made guac right at our table! Also had some real good

horchata.
I had a great birthday on Sunday, thanks to everyone and their

birthday wishes!! I got some new basketball shoes, which I got to

break in today in a few games. (They worked great. 😎) All the Elders

that live in our apartment and the zone leaders filled our entire room

with balloons! I found out that it took like two hours to blow all of

them up, and that the other elders had to keel them in their closet

for a couple days! Thanks guys! I’m glad I was able to spend it out

here, in the service of my Lord.
Love you all! Have a good week this week, alright? Enjoy the Utah

weather for me, it’s SUPER cold here. It snowed a bit yesterday! But

none stuck, THANK GOODNESS. I’m riding a bike for heaven’s sakes. (Ha,

get it? Because I’m a missionary? Hahaha) Alright love you all! Keep

it real! The church is true!
-Elder Evans

   
 

4 months!!

What up. I’ve been out four months! Pretty crazy huh? The time has flown by, and I’m so excited for what I have yet to experience!

Starting off this week we had interviews with our mission president. It’s pretty cool to get to talk to him one on one like that. He has such great council for us missionaries. He is a super smart man that is very accomplished and knowledgable about the gospel and life. Reminds me a lot of my dad. Oh, today I got an early birthday card (!!!) from president and sister huntsman! They were very proud of me and can’t wait to see what I’ll accomplish. I know I was put in this mission because of the mission president here. I’ve already learned so much. After interviews we got some great insights from our assistants to the president and our zone leaders. We practiced teaching simple and planning effectively. Planning is something I really need to work on, as well as goal setting. I’m so glad that I’ve been blessed with great leaders that can help me out.

Pretty cool experience after interviews: We planned to go street contacting from our place all the way to Walmart, which is on the other side of our area. It took us about two hours to get all the way down there, and then we realized we weren’t going to get back in time to get a ride to our dinner. We were thinking of what to do when I saw the bus driving by. We hopped on the next bus heading back to our place. At one of the stops, a man came and sat by us. Turns out it was James, a less active man who just moved into the ward. I love James so much, he is recovering from being homeless and is going through some terrible health problems. We told him last week we were going to come by and give him a blessing, but got caught up in the work and forgot. James asked us when we were going to come by, and I instantly remembered that we had planned to go over there. We quickly rescheduled for the next evening and went on our ways. I’m not the biggest believer in miracles, even though I’m a missionary. I’m quick to call things coincidences or say that things happen by chance. I know we were supposed to be on that bus at that time. I know that we were supposed to meet James and talk with him. This experience has strengthened my testimony about miracles, and I’ve been seeing a lot more know that I’ve realized that. Not the kind of miracles that some people think of, like healing the blind and having the lame walk, but the small and simple miracles that happen in our lives each and every day.

Elder Severe and I went on an exchange on Wednesday, and he got to come to our lesson with Floyd! Lessons with Floyd are really the highlight of my week. I love seeing him and watching him progress in the gospel. Seeing any investigator take the small steps toward baptism are what all missionaries pray for everyday, and it’s amazing to see Floyd make them right in front of me. Anyways Floyd made it to church for the first time this last week! He said he had some questions after church that he wanted to talk about after church. He really loved sacrament meeting and Sunday school. It was fast Sunday, and he loved watching everyone get up and bear their testimonies. He said he would imagine each person as himself and ask himself, “Could I do that?” He really like Gospel Principles, where we teach very simply and open everything up yo discussion. But he had a problem with priesthood. He said he didn’t feel very comfortable or welcomed. He said it almost felt like he shouldn’t have been there. We calmed him nerves and told him everyone’s first time is different. Floyd said he would only agree to be baptized if he feels comfortable in the church. He agrees with the doctrine and everything, and he said if it was just for a sign of faith he would go and get baptized right away! But he says if he is going to convert to this church he needs to feel comfortable there, that’s the most important thing for him. We assured him that as he continued to go and prayed for strength and a personal testimony of the church. He would feel more comfortable. Elder Severe promised him that if he didn’t feel welcomed after three times of coming that he would never have to come again. This was a very bold promise! But I know that with enough faith, anything is possible.

Other than that, this week was pretty regular. Some good contacts with potential investigators and referrals, and some bomb meals at some sick members’ homes! Thank you everyone for the holiday wishes! I love you all! Keep it real! The church is TRUE!!

-Elder Evans

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Hello Everyone.

It’s a bummer that this season is coming to the end. The holidays are
a great time to be focused on the Savior, which helps us missionaries
out a lot. A lot of awesome stuff happened this week. Oh yeah and got
to teach Primary this week! Missionary life BABBYYY!!

It was so great to see the fam, even though I only left them a few
months ago ha. The boys have already grown so much, it’s crazy. My
Christmas was awesome, I got hooked up with enough treats to last me
to mid February ha. We were able to go over to the Jone’s’ home for
Christmas dinner with the Sister missionaries. We had a great time,
their family is awesome! After, we went over to Salifu and Mabinty’s.
They are a recent convert family from Sierra Leone. They are so cool!
They fed us some MORE FOOD, I was stuffed. We sang some songs and
played some games, all of which I won. (Kidding the Sisters bopped me
in the last one.) Then we won’t over to Elder and Sister Torgersen’s,
they are the senior couple serving in our ward. We had some snacks and
watched the Lion King. It was awesome!

Oh forgot to mention, Christmas Eve the whole mission went to the
Temple Visitor Center and sang in a choir. But, I wasn’t in the choir.
I was doing parking/traffic. It was sweet! They hooked us up with some
reflective vests, walkie-talkies, and some sick light saber plane
guiding stick things. You know those glowing sticks people use to back
up planes and stuff. Well we used those to direct traffic. It was
sweet! Elder Yeager and I started doing a dancing/lightsaber battle
thing, which most people enjoyed. We then enjoyed some delicious
Cinnabon after. Successful night.

What else… Oh yeah JORDAN GOT BAPTIZED!!!! It was so awesome!!!1!!
Sunday after church we took the Metro from Franconia all the way to
Vienna, where some Chinese Elders picked us up and took us back to
Vint Hill! It was so good to be back! We got there an hour and a half
before the baptism, so we had to sit around for a while until someone
showed up. All the Elders that taught Jordan were able to make it, it
was sick as rick. Jordan was so pumped. He played a musical number at
his own baptism! The whole thing went awesome. President and Sister
Huntsman were able to attend as well. They ended up giving us a ride
back to our place. I haven’t received the pictures yet, but when I get
them I’ll send em!

Today we helped someone move for a while, then went with Bro. Phelps
to the Army’s airfield for a special tour. He showed us the
Blackhawks! It was so sick! He told us all about them, and a couple
war stories to boot. We had a blast. He even showed us one of the
Blackhawks they use for VIP escorts!

The work is great here, I’m so thankful to be in the best area of the
mission, again. I love life right now and hope everyone is feeling the
same way. Thanks everyone for the Christmas wishes. Love you all. The
church is true!!

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CTR 5 Class (Yes I know my hair is long, I’m getting it cut.)

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light saber selfie

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washington dc temple!!!!

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piloting the black hawk!!!!!!!

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VIP BABYYY

-Elder Evans