Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25 2015

Hey everybody. Hope you're having a great Memorial Day! This week was pretty great. Sullana really welcomed my new companion Elder Garay in a way we never expected. Sorry for telling you guys but we saw in one week, a lady going number 1 in the grass outside the stake center, who then asked us for money, a man going number 2 in the grass in our area going to a lesson, and a naked boy coming out of the bathroom telling his dad (a new convert) to help him clean himself. Who knows what awaits in the next few weeks. We have to investigatores that are progressing right now, Maickel and Teresa. They both have baptismal date but it is really hard to help Teresa to go to church. She is married and her husband is a member who got baptized almost a year ago in Chiclayo. He works every sunday so it's hard to get them to go to church. Maickel is the 15 year old nephew of Rosita who we baptized a month back and he is excited to be baptized so we are teachig him two or three times a week. We read with him 1 Nephi 1 to get him going on his reading of the Book of Mormon. It was a pretty cool lesson.
I'm doing great here, my companion and I are great friends and he sometimes teaches me portuguese and his native language of Paraguay. He speaks spanish as well. 
Yeah Paraguayans speak much differently, sometimes it's hard to understand him ha. He also speaks another native langague from Paraguay and Portuguese so sometimes he randomly speaks those languagues to throw me off and joke around in the room ha. He is super cool. He looks Northamerican because he is white and some Americans came to our chapel for a auto sufficiency devotional and one of them spoke to Elder Garay in english but I told the guy he is from paraguay and doesn't speak english ha. My mind might wander back home a lot but we are working really hard and trying to help two progressing investigatores get baptized. I just sent you the flight plan. It'll be a much better trip I think, even though it's still planned to be about 24 hours. I'll be going to LA this time! 
Today for Memorial day we went to a restaurant with about 10 or more other missionaries and I ate lasagna, a milkshake and pop. It gave me a quick preview to home. The restaurant is called Rustica.
Hope you guys have a great week! I'll send pictures next week. Love you guys!

Elder Evans

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18 2015

Hey everybody! This week was full of surprises! One of our converts Jairo has had a lot of health problems and fainted two times and was pretty bad. A missionary in the zone was also really really sick and we had to go help the both of them. We've bee visiting a reference of a recent convert, and the investigator, Cesar, is listening and accepted the Restoration and belives that God needed to call a new prophet. He is really cool but he has problems going to church on sundays so we have to work hard with him. And Teresa, a convert's wife is slowly progressing but goes to a different ward instead of ours because they recently moved and didn't know they changed ward boundaries and don't really want to switch wards. We are trying to help her understand that God is ready to answer any body's prayer, not just the ones who are 'close to God'.
Today we had transfers. Surprisingly, I will be finishing the mission here in Buenos Aires! And Elder Bradford, after only two transfers here with me, left to Talara. I am now with Elder Garay, from Paraguay. He will be the missionary that 'killls' me ha. 

Have a great week! Be happy! Love you guys!

Elder Evans


Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11 2015

Hey buenas tardes everyone! Hope everyone had a great time on Mother's Day, calling home perhaps or whatever you guys did. This week was great. We are working a lot with Rosita's (the girl that we baptized about a month ago) nephew who is 15 years old. He has been going to church constantly and is eager to learn and get baptized. He accepted the invitation to be baptized on June 6th so we are really happy. They gave us references and we contacted them and set up an appointment for tuesday so things are going well. Rosita gave the closing prayer in the sacrament meeting in our ward conference yesterday so that was cool. Jairo, who got baptized almost two months ago received the aaronic priesthood to the office of a priest so we're really happy for him and his family. He's awesome.
Today we had a fun pday, we destroyed Elder Eddington and Sister Ransom with eggs, flour, and water ballons and such becuase it was their last Pday. I'll miss them but they both go to BYU so I'll see them there. 
[I asked if Mother's Day is celebrated in Peru]  Sounds like Mother's Day was great! Here they do celebrate it as well and in the church they handed out baskets with stuff like rice, sugar, noodles, and things to the mothers. But only a select few because there wasn't a whole lot. The steak sounds good too!

Hope everyone has a great week! Stay happy! Love you all!

Elder Evans

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 4 2015

Hey everybody! This week was pretty cool. One of our investigatores Teresa, whose husband is a recent convert baptized in Chiclayo, is progressing pretty well. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she also asked us how she could be baptized in the our church. It's one of those dream questions on the mission! haha. So we explained to her all of the requirements and everything and her husband is awesome too. He helps a lot in the lessons and encourages her. She didn't accept the baptismal date because she doesn't think she's quite ready but she does want to get baptized soon. We still have to teach the lessons and stuff.
The other elders in our ward had a baptism yesterday and that was great. The guy Pedro is a dad who had been receiving the missionaries for more than a year but finally he and his wife were able to get married on Saturday and he was able to get baptized. His wife was an inactive member a long time ago but they have been going to church together for almost a year and it was a super happy day for the ward because he was pretty much already a member. He will be a great leader in the church I'm sure. President and Sister Rowley attended the baptism and it was really cool.
We had exchanges with the assistants and I went to their area with Elder Mendoza and they have a reeeeallly nice room, with hot water. We had a good time and found a ton of new investigatores!
Hope everyone has a great week and that all the mothers have a happy Mother's day! On Sunday afternoon I'll be calling home for the last time! I'm super excited! 
Love you all, 
Elder Evans