Week 21: Eyeballs and all babe

What a week.

Tuesday we had an extremely unique experience involving a burrito and an entire fried fish and if you want that story you’ll have to email me for it 😂

Wednesday we had zone conference! It was the first one with our new mission president and all I can say is just that I’m so happy to be serving with him for the next 14 months. At the end the missionaries who are leaving this transfer all stand up to give their testimonies and it’s usually sweet and a little sad but this time it was SO SAD cause a few of my good friends are leaving and I will miss them and their support so much. We are all responsible for strengthening our own testimonies but I think we’re also allowed to lean on each other a little bit when times get hard. Missions are hard all the time and it’s been a blessing to have so many strong missionaries around me to help me stay up.

After zone conference we had a lesson with the same kid that went to the baptism last week. After we sit down he just starts with, "So I haven’t told you yet but I’ve decided to be baptized with the LDS church." I was literally speechless and Sister K was like, "You’re talking about our church right? Like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints???" And he was! What a miracle! He’s gonna get baptized at the end of August and we couldn’t be more excited for him.

Thursday we got to volunteer at Mary’s Kitchen again, which is the place that serves hot meals to homeless people and it was so fun. I got to pass out hard boiled eggs and desserts. Sister K got stuck washing dishes 😊

Friday was awesome too! We got an appointment through some elders with a guy that we hadn’t been able to meet yet. But we finally got to teach him and he is so solid! He has read so much of the Book of Mormon and he knows the blessings that come from living the commandments. He doesn’t really understand the Atonement but that’s what missionaries are for. We can’t wait to keep teaching him.

Overall this week was so great and full of weird stories but lots of progress for this area! Today we’re having a little barbeque for some of the departing missionaries and that should be fun. It’s probably mine and Sister Kaufusi’s last week together which makes me so sad but I know that God is taking care of us and we’ll be fine with whatever news that transfer calls bring. I love this work and I love my Savior. I love all of you and I know that Jesus loves you even more. Have a great week!

-Sister Evers

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Week 20: I’m supposed to be here!

Dang, this week was hot. I’m so grateful for our car and for air conditioned church buildings. But it’s hard to meet people in our car and church buildings so we spent a lot of time in this unreal Southern California sun. It’s so hot….

It’s kinda hard for me to think about the stuff we did this week because the heat was the thing that stuck out the most but I know we did fun stuff cause we always do fun stuff!

Two of the investigators we met last week are moving next week 🙃
But! There was a baptism on Saturday and one of the guys we’ve been teaching went to it and felt the Spirit! When we invited him to join us at the baptism he was like, "Like to be baptized or just watch it?" Haha, one day it’ll be his baptism but he did come to watch and it was awesome.

On Tuesday we got to do service at the family history library! We got to count entire file cabinets full of microfiche and it was totally not boring at all….
It was fun to be around some silly elders though. And they fed us pizza so we can’t complain.

On Friday just Sister K and I went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner and as we were going up to pay a nice lady from the next stake over paid for our meal! I thought that kinda stuff only happened in Utah! It was such a blessing and it made us feel good on a kinda crappy day.

Other than that it was a normal week! We’re still teaching and finding more people to teach. It’s been so hot but we are keeping our heads up! This week I really felt like I am supposed to be in this mission and in this area; I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else right now! I love the gospel and it’s such a great blessing to share it with the people I love (which is everyone I meet, it’s weird.) Thanks to my awesome Dad and his cute primary class for the letters and package! And thanks to everyone for their prayers and support! Love you all! If you didn’t know that Jesus loves you too, now you know. Have a great week everyone!

Love,
Sister Evers

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Week 18: Malo e lelei!

This week flew by and I can’t really remember what we did….

But on Friday we got to go to the temple with Sister Sturgill! We started having FHE every week with her and her girls like the first month I got here and I’ve seriously grown to love them so much! Being with them is like being home and I felt so honored and blessed to be with her as she went through the temple for the first time.

Saturday we found 3 new investigators within like 4 hours so that was awesome. We have an appointment with one of them today and I’m pumped.

Blaine is still doing great! Ward Council is praying about a calling for him and I can’t wait to see what they have him do! He’s excited to serve the ward and be even more involved. Ben is doing pretty good too, he’s still struggling with coffee but we’re trying to help him best that we can. I’m so grateful for the Word of Wisdom that has protected me from addiction and kept me safe!

We had a really cool experience Thursday! A random former investigator that we had never met called us and asked for the missionaries! He said that some elders years ago gave him the phone number and told him to call if he ever needed anything. He told us about how he needed help moving and he remembers that all the missionaries he’s met in the past have been so kind and helpful! So yes, we dragged 6 elders over there with us to help him move. Luckily they’re only moving 8 houses down the street so they are still in our area! We are gonna keep visiting and serving them and I know one day their hearts will be prepared for the gospel! They are such cool people! Also it was so fun serving with our goofy elders, love those dudes so much.

I think that’s about it for this week, we tried to do a lot of finding, we had lessons with our usual people and just tried to stay busy. I’m learning more Tongan everyday from my lovely trainer which has been so fun. Once again thank you all for the kind words and prayers, I am so grateful for this life of mine and all the people in it. Love you! Jesus loves you! Have a great week!

Sister Evers

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Week 17: Californians are crazy

Happy belated 4th of July everybody!

People in California take the 4th extremely seriously and we’d been hearing fireworks for like the past month. But on the actual 4th it was for real like a war zone around here and by like 5pm you could barely see down the street because of all the smoke. And you can’t drive anyway because all the streets are packed with people and their tents and grills. It was scary and super fun. We ate so much food obviously.

But sad news of the week is that Blake didn’t get baptized. We’re gonna wait until he moves back here permanently in January which we all agree is for the best. It would’ve been super cool to have a baptism on the 4th of July but it was just not what Heavenly Father wanted. But Blake is still a rock star and I’m so glad I was able to meet him and hear his testimony.

This week was kinda hard and slow. Everyone is out of town because school is out and for the holiday. So I don’t really have any cool stories, we just knocked doors, did service, went to Joe’s and tried to find people to teach.

I gave a talk on Sunday! They asked me to talk about missionary work which…. yeah I guess was kinda predictable. But it was for another missionaries homecoming so it was cool to be part of such a special sacrament meeting.

Short email this week cause nothing too crazy happened except trying not to get blown up by fireworks. I hope everyone has a great week! I love you and Jesus loves you too!

Sister Evers

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Week 16: MIRACLES

WHAT A WEEK!

I’m not even sure where to begin or what awesome experience I should tell first but I just want to express how grateful I am to be a tool in the Lords hands and to be able to do His work here in this little but special part of Zion.

Saturday we got to meet our new mission president, President Golden and his wife Sister Golden. They are the two biggest sweethearts I ever met and I am so excited to serve with them for the rest of my mission! President Golden is kind of a good ball and I already love him so much.

Later that day we went to go see Blaine to read the Book of Mormon with him and to do some service for him. When we got there we met his friend Terry who was spending the day with him because the water in her apartment was shut off for a few hours so she just didn’t want to be home. Isn’t it crazy how Heavenly Father can lead people to where He wants them to be? We asked Terry if she wanted to read with us and she agreed. We grabbed her her own copy and started at the beginning. At the end of the first chapter we talked about what happened in the story and it was really good for Blaine too because he was able to explain to his friend how he came to understand and know the book was true! Terry told us that she felt like something was in her heart and whatever it was felt like it was too big to fit. She said she thought it was the Spirit. We told her it was. She is such a sweet lady and while this was all happening I was thinking like, "Wow this is such a miracle, who would’ve thought this could happen!" And it is a miracle! But only because we were there at the right time and the right place. The feelings she received from the Spirit that day because she read the Book of Mormon isn’t the miracle part because those feelings are what we should expect. Reading from the Book of Mormon and testifying of Christ are the quickest ways to invite the Spirit! It wasn’t a miracle that she felt it because it’s what can always happen if we are ready and open to receive it. I learned something so important that day. God doesn’t need to send me crazy miracles everyday because He already sent me the Book of Mormon. And I am going to try better to use it to invite the Spirit because we can depend on it to always do that.

Sunday. Sunday was the craziest day of my life. It all started out normal until this young man walked into bishops office and started introducing himself to everyone after ward council. He was carrying a little scripture case and he looked sharp with his nice white shirt and tie and he talked about going to school in Salt Lake so we naturally asked him, "So where did you serve your mission?" But THE DUDE WAS NOT A MEMBER. He has read the entire Book of Mormon, gone to church for 2 years, has been going to seminary and knows without a doubt the church is true and he wants to get baptized. And I was just like, is this even real life….?
He wants to get baptized here so his Grandma and little sister can come and I knew this was too good to be true because he said he goes back to school on Wednesday. So we were just like dang, I guess you’ll get baptized when you get back in January. But our ward is literally going into military mode or something because they are actually organizing everything for this kid to be baptized on Tuesday, like tomorrow. We just met him yesterday! I’ve never met a kid with a sweeter more sincere testimony in my life and he just wants to get baptized because he knows it’s what Jesus did and that it’s the first step to everything else in the gospel. So we had a nice chat with our new mission president to ask if this was even possible and hes still is gonna get back to us but yeah… were planning a baptism for tomorrow if all goes well and we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. What a blessing.

Wow this email is long, but if you’re still with me there were a lot of other cool and fun things that happened this week! We went to the temple with Blaine! And we all got to do baptisms and it was so special and awesome!!!! Blaine got to be baptized for his dad and he said he really felt the Spirit and that he loves the temple. We’re happy missionaries.
On Thursday, Sam took us out to breakfast at the most delicious place ever and when he was blessing the food he said "Thank you God for bringing this chef to life and for putting this restaurant on the earth." I could give a strong Amen to that one because the food was for reals out of this world. Also we went to Joe’s twice with the Samoan sisters and it was so fun and I love them. They invited us to go with them to the zoo today and I can’t wait! I know there was so much more that happened this week because we were so busy but my mind is like, going crazy with all that we have to get done and just missionary life in general is crazy. But I love you all so much, Jesus loves you so much and I’ll talk to you next week!

Shout out to my cutie Angy girl for the greenie package! Everything in it was perfect and it could only be more perfect if you put yourself in there. LOVE YOU ❤

Sister Evers

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Week 15: Another 6 weeks in Valley View

It’s transfer day! And I’m staying here in Valley View with Sister Kaufusi 😊

And that’s just the beginning of the good news we got this week…

First off, Blaine got to pass the sacrament yesterday for the first time and we’re going with him to the temple tomorrow! I’m so happy for him! His life has changed so much and he has seen so many blessings from all of these little steps of faith he’s been taking. My heart is just so happy and full.

It was Sister Kaufusi’s birthday on Saturday! We had her party last Monday cause today is transfers but it was so fun. The elders barbequed, the Samoan sisters made an amazing cake and we just hung out and ate way too much food all day. It was a good day. Then Saturday I took her out to breakfast and her trainer who has been home for 6 months came and suprised her at lunch! It was so sweet and I’m so glad I got to meet her! Funny story about her- so she’s out here in Caliornia visiting all her missionary friends and the members that she loves and she went to visit this one member who’s like 90. She shows up and he was just like "Hi Sister Carter, so what are we going to read today?" And instead of like, explaining to him that she’s just there to visit and say hi, she pulls out her scriptures and starts reading with him and is asking him what he thinks about certain verses, what a good returned missionary 😂 But her birthday was awesome and that night we got to go to a play put on by the Samoan ward, it was cheesy and silly but it was fun. And they made us be in it and we were so terrible 😂

Sunday was super good too, Ben came and also this other girl who we are hopefully gonna start teaching soon! Lots of good things are happening here and I’m stoked to be apart of it.

On Wednesday we got to volunteer at the special Olympics! It was the most fun I’ve had in forever. I got to keep score for basketball and the amount of sheer joy on their faces when they make a basket is just unreal. They are such sweet spirits and couldn’t keep the smile from off my face, it was such a blessing to be able to serve them 😊

We’re getting a new mission president this week and I can’t wait to meet him! He’s lucky he gets to preside over the best mission in the world.

This week was so great! I’m so grateful to be out here serving a mission and even though I’m tired 100% of the time, I’m so happy. I love you all so much, Jesus sure loves you, make it a great week everyone!

ALSO shout out to Morgan for being the greatest person that I know! She sent me an amazing package full of treats and cute stuff and crafts! LOVE YOU SO MUCH ❤

-Sister Evers

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Week 14: Another week, another trip to Joe’s

This was probably the best week of my mission so far. I say that every week but we really made so much progress and I am so excited about the work here in Valley View!!!!!

On Monday we had our first real lesson with Trevor! He’s in high school and the dude is so sweet and he is really searching for truth. He said that his science side prevents him from believing in the Adam and Eve/Earth was created in 7 days thing. I told him about how my science side is such a big part of me and that the Book of Mormon is the rock solid proof that I needed to believe! I promised him that he would be happy with the conclusions that the Book of Mormon helps us come to. He committed to read, pray about it and come to church! And he actually did all of that! Today I am a happy missionary.

On Wednesday we had Zone Conference with my second favorite zone, Anaheim (first fave is Garden Grove, my home 😊). But it was so fun and I learned so much. The missionaries who are leaving this week all got up to bear their testimonies and what they said changed my mission One elder talked about how during his first week he was having a really hard time and he prayed to Heavenly Father for his time here to fly by. Then he had a dream that he was home after his mission, his family and friends were surrounding him and they were so proud. They were asking about his mission and showing him pictures but he couldn’t remember anything about his last 2 years. And he was so sad and promised after that to make the best of everyday and make everyday worth remembering! I loved that story and I’m definitely going to apply it to my mission and I know everyone can apply it to their lives! If you’re going through something really hard, think about the good things you can take from it and learn. Every experience we have is for a reason, don’t pray to just get through something! We’re supposed to remember that hard things we go through because it helps us grow and we can always find joy along the way.

Sunday was great because duh, church. But our ward has like 10 missionaries out right now and one came home on Friday and he gave his homecoming talk on Sunday! His mom and sister played a beautiful medley of missionary hymms on the piano. One of the songs was the first song we sang when I got to the MTC so I was tearing up a little thinking about that and then I looked at the returned missionary and he was crying and then I look at Sister K and she was crying and then we all cried more. It’s a weird feeling that all missionaries know, and I’m just starting to understand, that this work is so hard and exhausting but it brings more joy and pride than anything I’ve ever done. And I looked at that elder and felt for him and realized I don’t want to be him! I don’t want to ever go home!

This week was amazing and mission/life changing just like every week. I’m so grateful to be here surrounded by great missionaries and new friends. And yes of course after zone conference we went to Joe’s and it was so stinkin good. Other fun stuff we did was a hike last Monday, an awesome fathers day steak dinner, party at the Michnowicz’s (mom that’s the lady that keeps sending you pics) and today is Sister Kaufusi’s birthday party! Finally joining the 21 club. We’re having a cookout for her so I’m excited!

I love you all! Jesus loves ya too! Have a great week!

Sister Evers

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Week 13: Exchanges!

This week was a quick one!

We had so much fun this week and it was probably the most successful week on my mission so far. Our members are amazing! Not only because we were fed dinner every night this week, (and lunch most days, we’re spoiled) but because they are so good about bringing their friends to church! We were so blessed to have two new investigators come with their friends to church and we’re looking forward to teaching them both next week. And of course good ol’ Ben was there. He’s getting baptized on July 7th and hes been doing so great with his commitments! This week he committed to live the Word of Wisdom which is a big change but he’s been faithful and he’s already seen blessings from it. And of course he always commits to coming to church and we love having him there.
Also on Sunday we got to teach the lesson in Gospel Principles class with literally no time prepare! Luckily the lesson was on about how Jesus Christ leads His church today and since we talk about that everyday, we did alright. And again, our members are amazing and they had the most beautiful and spiritual comments to contribute to the lesson. How grateful I am for them and to be here serving them.

On Saturday we got to do companion exchanges! Sister Kaufusi went to the Bolsa area and Sister Wester joined me here in Valley View. I was actually terrified at first because I had to be in charge and decide what we were going to do/who we were going to see. But I guess I forgot how awesome Sister Webster is! She helped me so much and was such an example of the missionary I want to be! She was handing out Book of Mormons like free candy and she testified of truth every chance she got, she’s a rock star. I learned so much. And our district went out for burgers and that was great because I love them and burgers.

Blaines still doing awesome, he loves the Book of Mormon and being a priesthood holder. And he’s been preparing family names for the temple and doing missionary work! What an example.

This week was so great and I feel like I can actually do this! I can be a missionary and do hard things! I have been having a great time being able to constantly talk about something that makes me so happy! This week was full of so many little miracles and I promise if you look for the little miracles in your life you will find them. I love you all, most importantly Jesus loves you- have an awesome week everyone!

Love,

Sister Evers

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Week 12: Choosing to be happy 😊

I’ve officially been in California for two months! It feels like an eternity and like 5 minutes at the same time.

We got to do some awesome stuff this week! Last Monday we got to go to the Strawberry Festival! It was super fun and we even got to go on a ride. For dinner we always go to this one cute family to eat and read the Book of Mormon and they made ribs and fried pickles! Just for me! I was so happy. And I got a pic of cutie Alexis with her amazing sphinx project for school. I love them so much.
On Wednesday we volunteered at Mary’s Kitchen which is like a soup kitchen for homeless people but they serve awesome homemade food and it was so nice and fun helping out there. We got to meet lots of people and they were all so kind and grateful. The rest of the week we were just visiting people, meeting with Ben and Blaine, and doing service.

Saturday was Ruths service. It was so sweet and it just made me so much more glad that I was able to know her. She was such an example of charity and love and I’m trying to be more like her. Afterwards we helped the family with cleanup and with the luncheon they were hosting. The food was amazing but it was more amazing to be able to help such a great family. Afterwards our whole district went tracting (door-knocking) in the Bolsa sisters area which me and my companion were not super excited about. But I kept a prayer in my heart to have a happy attitude and it worked! We actually had a lot of fun and hopefully some good came from it! And we got In-N-Out afterwards so that can make any day better.

We are still working hard here in Valley View and we’re seeing little successes everyday! I’m so grateful to be a missionary and to learn so many new things from my trials. I love you all, Jesus loves you, have a great week.

Love,

Sister Evers

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Week 11: Why do I love you so much?

This week was tough.

Our sweet Ruth, a lady we’ve been teaching and who I have grown to love so so much, passed away. It was so sudden and sad but we were happy we were able to say goodbye and to have known her in the first place. Last Friday was her 94th birthday and we visited her and she was firey as ever! She always tells us stories and makes us laugh. But on Sunday she went into the hospital and on Wednesday we said goodbye. Her family and caretaker were so happy when we got there because apparently Ruth was bugging them all constantly, "when are my girls gonna get here!?" It was probably the saddest thing I’ve ever experienced and Ruth looked at us and said, "Why do I love you so much? I don’t know why, but I know that I do!"

I still feel her love and I know she’s happy. I know that she is with all the people she’s been missing for so long and that I will see her again! I’m so grateful for what I know, Heavenly Fathers plan for us has gotten so much more real to me.

There were a few good things that happened this week though! Opposition in all things right? On Saturday we got to help at the Korean wards car wash and talk to people that were waiting for their cars. That was great and we got lots of cards/pamphlets passed out. Afterwards they fed us all these cool Korean snacks, had a little cookout and the elders washed our car so that was awesome. Also Anna took us to get Korean barbecue on Thursday. Where has that been all my life?! So stinkin’ good. Also we had 2 investigators, 3 less active families and 2 recent converts all that we’re working with come to church! And Blaine is getting the Priesthood next week! Super pumped for all of that. Also pumped about all the barbecue I’m going to eat today. God Bless America.

I’m grateful for this tough week and everything it’s taught me. I’m so grateful to have a Savior to rely on. I don’t know how people make it through things like this without Him. I’m grateful to be here in California and to share the good news of the gospel with everyone that I meet. I’m grateful for this beautiful country and for the freedom my friends and family enjoy. Everyone have an awesome week, keep smiling and relying on Jesus, that’s what I’m gonna do. Love you all!

Sister Evers

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