Hermana Evans

Peru Lima North Mission


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Week 7

Hola

So this week was pretty awesome. Feliz Navidad to all! We spent Christmas Eve with the whole mission (all 240 missionaries) in the capilla (chapel) of the mission offices. We played games, had a BBQ, and watched Remember the Titans!!! Fue bacan!!!! (How cool!!!)  That night we had to be in at 9 en punto (9:00), and at midnight we were woken up by fireworks!!  It’s just like how Gloria says in Modern Family, the whole sky was white and exploding all night!! We went up to our roof to watch and how amazing it was!! I had never seen anything like it before.

That night I had a wonderful experience with a borrachito (a drunk person). He was menos activo (less active), and kept telling us that he didn’t want to hear any message, and he began to tell us his three reasons why he doesn’t believe in God. I didn’t understand most of it because it was extremely slurred Spanish, but basically he didn’t feel worthy of God’s love and didn’t believe that God loved him at all. He felt forsaken by him, because of the trials he had in his life. It reminded me of why I came to serve a mission, because I love Christ and I want others to come to know their Savior. There lies true happiness in this life. It was a good reminder for me because the first week was really hard and stressful, so it was a great experience.

We had a miracle this Sunday!! So many of our investigators came to church! There was this one that we weren’t able to talk to all week, and we’ve only had one or two lessons with him, but he showed up and me and my companion were like whoa! That was cool. Also there was an hermana (sister) who just showed up with her hermano (brother), and we got to teach her a lesson that afternoon and got to know her a bit. She has been prepared to hear the gospel so much. She accepted a baptismal date for the 24(th) and we are so excited!!

Pray always everyone! God hears your prayers!!

Hermana Evans

I found my cousin!!!! He’s super cool haha:

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Me and my comp on Christmas Eve:

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Our breakfast this morning with the sister leaders and our district leader. Mashed platanos and meat rolled up into a ball… muy rico (very rich).

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My district in a ward activity:

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The CCM 310:

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Week 6

I’m in my first area!!!

I am in Magnolias 2 in the best mission in the world!! I love it here! We are doing so many things and there are so many people to teach here! It’s wonderful! My area is fairly small… I think it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk from one end to the other… but there are so many people. It’s like they just put them where there`s room. The people are so willing and ready to hear the gospel it’s so great. I love bearing my testimony all the time, especially since it’s one of the only things I can do in Spanish. The Spanish is hard. I know way less than I thought I did. But I’m understanding more and more every day. Poco a poco.

Our ward is great. It’s fairly large and everyone is so warm and welcoming. It’s a great ward for investigators. They all call me Barbie haha. Hermana Barbie. It’s the best.

My companion is amazing. Hermana Luis from Guancayo, Peru. She is so friendly and loving and patient and so perfect for what I need right now. I am learning so much all the time.

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My MTC district:
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Pics from my area. The one really dark picture is my street and we lie behind the black door on the left:

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CCM Week 5

Hola todos!

I don´t really know what happened this week.  It just flew by! We had couple of Christmas devotionals which were pretty great and we got to watch the one from Salt Lake which was really special and it reminded me of home!

We had an area 70 come give a devotional on Monday for our lighting ceremony. It was really neat. They put Christmas lights all around the CCM and turned them all on for a grande Peruvian fiesta. I got to accompany the choir again and we sang a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night (it reminded me of Stille Nacht from orchestra). The devotional was in Spanish, and even though I only understood about 70% of it, it was one of the best talks I have ever heard. Hearing it in Spanish allowed me to think more deeply about it and try to come up with other ways to apply it in my life. I learned so much!

The whole CCM got pretty sick this week. I think it was some mystery meat. We´ve grown really close as a district through our trials. haha

Still learning lots of Spanish.  Learning even more about the gospel! Send me your favorite talks!

Pray always! Read Moroni 10:32 Next week in Lima Norte!!

Hermana Evans


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CCM Week 4

Hola!

The weeks are just flying by! I cant believe only one more p-day until Christmas!  Family – make sure you know how to work Skype and Google hangout cause I don’t know how they are going to want to do it yet so just be prepared for anything.

I gave out my first Book of Mormon today! The four hermanas in our district went to metros (kind of like a grocery store) to get some money from they ATM and these three girls came up to us and asked us where we were from. They loved our eyes they said. We talked to them for a really long time about why we were in Peru and we got to know them and asked them if they were interested in having missionaries come to their house and stuff. Then we gave them a Book of Mormon and it was amazing! I was so used to all these fake investigators that we’ve been practicing with that I kept thinking that they were just testing us. They seemed too eager and too excited about it. Haha.  We got their names and told them go go online too so hopefully they will follow up on that! They needed to ask their parents for anything else, but at least they have the book now!! It was so amazing! I cant wait to get out there!

We have two pets! They district in the room before us had a pet named Juanito (a dead beetle pinned to the wall) Then two nights ago a bee flew in our room and Elder Schaeffer killed it and pinned it next to Juanito. We named him Shirfee because that´s how our teacher pronounces Elder Schaeffer´s last name.

Teaching is going a lot better! The Spanish is really coming along! The spirit is so important! Always be worthy to have it. Remember Mosiah 4:30 – always watch your thoughts words and your deeds. Make sure that they are not only clean and pure, but that they are kind and uplifting. Don’t be afraid to be “too” good or innocent or to choose the right. It’s a lot easier to maintain righteousness and innocence than it is to restore it. Life is easier when you always do those good things that keep you close to God. Don’t get caught up in the ways of the world, no matter how reasonable or good the justification might be.

Oh! Google Granadillas. They are my favorite fruit ever. I would eat 3 or 4 every meal if I had the choice. It was super freaky to eat the first time, but they are amazing.

Missions are the best. I hear this quote from the first week “If your mission is easy, then your life is hard. If your mission is hard, your life is easy” so I’ve been praying for a hard mission. I may regret that later 🙂

This past Thanksgiving was wonderful. They made a Thanksgiving lunch for us which was good but the devotional from Elder Bednar was even better! PLEASE try to find it online and watch it because i learned so much!! It really strengthened my testimony of prophets too. They are not perfect people, and often times have really strong opinions or viewpoints. It is only through revelation that all these imperfect men can guide our church. I know that the Lord truly reveals His gospel unto His servants the prophets.

That’s all for now! Love you all!

Hermana Evans


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CCM Week 3

Sooo I don’t feel like much happened this week. So it will be a really short email. Life is still good here in Peru!! I’m learning so much! I am almost done with the Book of Mormon, since I started again when we got here. It´s truly an amazing book. If you haven’t read it recently, read it!!! It will answer all of your questions and give you clear guidance in your life.

I’m learning a ton of New Zealand lingo! Hna Fosit is the greatest person ever. Everything is dodgy to her. I love all my roommates! My district is the best! We get along so well… like I’m pretty sure we were all BFFs in the pre-mortal life. We can´t get through a prayer or a hymn without laughing.

They feed us so much here. So much rice and meat and potatoes. And we don’t have the option of eating less, so the Lord really blesses me every meal with enough room in my stomach to eat everything that I’m given.

By the way, who told me to look out for Elder Rogers from Highland? He´s here in the MTC!

I can’t wait to get out on the field. Our teachers said that next week we will have an opportunity to go outside and begin proselyting a little bit. It kind of freaks me out but I am so excited!

Also, I forgot to say last week that we had an earthquake here! It was pretty crazy.. I didn’t know what it was at first!! And now all the big photos in our comedor are crooked and it’s kind of messing with all of us.

Elder Oaks´s devotional was so good! He compared us missionaries to pens. Pens are good to us when the are in good condition, are filled with ink, and write the message of the Master. We don’t want pens that would say things like¨ <I don’t feel like it today> or <It’s my p-day so I don’t have to work> or <I’m tired>. Us, like pens need to keep ourselves healthy, be filled with the spirit and testimony and knowledge of his doctrine, and be ready to give His message according to His will, timetable, and way. Food for thought!

That´s all for now! Pray always!
Hna Evans