Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hello Everyone

Wow, it's pretty cool that Pres. Eyring knows who I am!

It's not everyday that a General Authority says your name at a Temple Dedication! :D [note-Pres. Eyring doesn't really know Elder Evans. I had just written and told him that at the 12:00 pm session of the Gila Valley Temple Dedication on Sunday that Pres. Eyring had accidentally announced that the choir would sing a hymn written by 'Stephen Evans', instead of 'Evan Stephens'.]

So this week has been a good one. Bob was baptized and confirmed. We also picked up a new investigator named Michelle. She’s a high school kid and her friend invited her to learn about the Church. We committed her to be baptized on the 12th of June.

We’re also teaching an 8 year-old who turns 9 on June 9th. So that's when he'll be getting baptized…talk about your “Golden Birthday”. :D [note-a "golden birthday" is when your birthdate and the age you will be turning are the same number.]

I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Oh, yeah I do...Okay, so it rained for like 3 days straight, then it SNOWED for 2 days straight!! It's freakin’ MAY!! I hate SNOW!! But today is a nice sunny day so it's all good. :D

Elder Weiland is going to try to get the president to let me stay one more transfer up here with him. Pres. Olson wants to make him a District Leader, and Elder Weiland says he needs my creative mind to make the District Meetings more fun. :D So whatever, I don't mind.

So, to answer your questions…

*What was the hardest thing you had to do this week? Probably get out of bed, when it was 5 degrees outside.

*Out of all those you have helped bring into the Church, who’s life do you think has changed the most? Why? Lenny. He was the most hard-hearted person ever. He literally went through HELL and back to be where he is today.

*What is your favorite town to work in in Star Valley? Why? Afton, cause that's where all the work is.

*Describe a normal day as a missionary. Get up, shower, eat, pray, study, study, pray, leave home, work, lunch, work, dinner, work, home, plan, shower, pray, bed. :D Yep, that's the life of an Elder.

Anyways, that's all I got for now. :D Take care.

Elder Evans

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fine in Fairview

Well, howdy family! So how is everything going??? I hope all is going well.

Saturday we had a baptism. It was Josie the animal-lover! :D It was good, only 5 people showed up, but it was still good. On Sunday she asked me to confirm her, so I agreed, and it went really well.

We had Zone Conference, and it was kinda boring at first, then it got better.....why?... because Alex Boyé gave us a training...

He is a black singer for Mo-tab [note-the Mormon Tabernacle Choir], and holy-moly that brotha can sing! -Shoot.

You guys remember me mentioning Bob, right? The guy who made me a ring out of antlers? He is getting baptized tomorrow, so that'll be cool. We also had a bishop in the Slat River Ward call Salt Lake and they found Teri’s baptism record, so she doesn't have to get baptized again.

Nothing really has been going on. Well, we did move into our new place in Fairview. It's nice, but it's a little on the small side. :D But, who cares.

Okay, so let me answer the questions that you asked...

-What fun things have you done on your p-days [note -"Preparation-days" are when missionaries are able to do errands, shopping, writing letters, and some other activities]?
Bowling, basketball, sleeping, whatever really.

-Who is the most awesome person you have met so far on your mission? What made them so awesome?
I really don't know. I can't choose just one. I have met lots of awesome people.

-What is the best thing that has happened to you in Star Valley?
Eating lots and lots of meat...beef, elk, venison, buffalo! YUMMY!!! :D

-What was the strangest (or funniest) question you have been asked as a missionary?
Oh, where to begin... I have been asked "How many Mom's do you have?" and, "How do you know that the Holy Ghost isn't a Woman? It makes you emotional, and It makes you cry, that's what women do." And many more like that. :D

I'm telling ya, if you want to hear some funny stuff come to a fast and testimony meeting in Utah. You will hear it all. I'm not diss'n on Utah at all, but it's true.

Everything seems to be going fine, so that's really all I have to report. Sorry it's short, but that's all I got for today.

Elder Evans

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened...

Well, there’s nothing more to report since I talked to you on Sunday, but since you told me to send some funny things that have happened out here I’ll do that.

Once, Elder Weiland and I were looking for a less-active person’s house and could not find it. So we pulled over to a member’s home and asked him where this guy lived, and here are the directions he gave.

"You'll go down Bitter Creek, in a South Direction...

...You'll pass a head of 70 cattle...

...then a head of 40 cattle.

Then go east...
...on the road with the pine trees...

... and it'll be there. If you pass a head of 50 cattle...

...you've gone too far."

All I could say was....."Sweet! -got it", even though I really didn't. [note-soon after that Elder Evans asked me to send him his GPS... :D]

Another time we were teaching an investigator and she was drunk. Flat-out smashed!! She told us to come back and have a party with her and her girlfriends. “We'll have drinks, music, I can leave the guest room open.....etc.” It was so funny. And, no, we didn't go, incase anyone is wondering. :D

The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me on my mission was that I was giving a talk in Church and I was talking about Ammon...

...and how the King told him to live there and he would give him a daughter to wife. And after I read that scripture I said, "As missionaries, we would love that", meaning we’d love to stay in an area for a long time, but the ward thought I meant that we wanted their daughters to wife! It was pretty funny. :D

You asked about the older couple that we live with and what I like best about Star Valley. We live with the Reinharts, and yeah we like them, and we do everything for them, but we just found out YESTERDAY that we’ll be moving to Fairview to stay with a single old man. Some of the things I like about Star Valley are the people, the open spaces, and the way-nice weather (now that winter is over, anyways).

We didn't have any lessons this week. We were going to but they didn't read the chapter in the Book of Mormon that we asked them to, and that chapter would cover all of what we were going to talk about. So instead we just talked with them, and really got to know them. It was pretty sweet, made them open way up, so hopefully that will help in the future. :D

Anyways, that's all I got. I wish I had more, but since I just talked to you....I'm out. :D

Well, I love you guys. Stay safe.

Elder Evans the 4th.