Monday, July 24, 2017

Inoue



I sincerely apologize of my lack of writing letters lately. I don't
know why it has been so hard lately!

This past week was super busy with 3 companionship exchanges. I was
able to work with Elder La Fontaine, Elder Jensen, and my MTC
companion Elder Anthony.
Elder Antony has been one of the biggest examples for my throughout
the course of my mission. It was so fun to work with him for a day and
to talk about all we have learned and experienced on our missions.
Elder Anthony is one of the most obedient, most dedicated missionaries
I have ever met, and I could feel his love for the gospel and for the
lord throughout the whole day. He is someone who is so close to the
spirit, and it was great to work with him and learn from him
throughout the day. I'm so grateful for all the lifelong friends I have
made on my mission. As Elder Anthony and I talked, we realized how
different we are. We would have never chose to be each other's
companions. But the cool thing is that we are best friends now. The
mission has blessed me to be able to meet and love people I would have
never tried to before.

In other news, Sister Inoue, the older lady that we were teaching in
Shimogamo got baptized yesterday. She quit coffee cold turkey before
she had even been taught the word of wisdom because she felt like she
needed to rely more on God and not her coffee. WOW!

Other than that, nothing Else is new. Congratulations to Breena,
Chase, Connor, Eric, and Jordan on your mission calls. You guys are
going to kill it. I'm too excited for all of you!!

It's time to finish out these last couple weeks strong. I love you all
and am grateful for all that you do for me.

Until next week! (Maybe.... if I actually write an email)

Elder Evans


A photo of Sister Inoue with Elder Wheeler and Elder Collett

Monday, July 17, 2017

One Month To go

He didn't send an email again this week for the blog, but I attached the letter he sent me, slightly edited, with a few pictures.


        The Family that we are teaching


Thank you so much for the email letting me know about Breena's mission call! I had no idea she had submitted her papers! They have her leaving so flipping fast too! I bet that was a surprise. It's a bit weird thinking that she got her call and leaving August 23rd is fast... that means I come home fast! Scary! It will be very interesting how the homecoming and the farewell will all go! Let me know what is going to happen :) that will be a busy day for the family haha. Of course it happened that way. Crazy though, because if I wasn't coming home 2 weeks early, I would have barely missed her! I'm excited for her to go on her mission though.  

Today we are in Osaka.... yet again. Haha. We have a zone p day here playing sports and having a picnic at the park. So sadly, I won't be here to email too much today. 

This past week was really good though. We had a companionship exchange with some elders, and then also interviews for the first time with our new mission president and it was way different!! But this mission president is such a kind, genuine guy. I really like him. The mission is in very good hands with him and his wife. I definitely feel like Welch kaicho was a lot stricter. But that's okay! I'm excited to see what changes happen with Elder smoot... even though I won't be here to see most of them. 

Last night we had a lesson with our investigator family and it was awesome! We committed them to pray about if they want to get baptized or not. I'm super excited to see what happens. If this whole family gets baptized, it would make my life. I would be so happy. They are some of the nicest people I have met and they just take the gospel in. One of my goals on my mission was to baptize a family, and though, I don't think I'll be here when they actually get baptized, I would love to see it happen, even from America. 

Anywho, nothing much else to talk about other than its butt hot out here. And it rains everyday because it's rainy season. It's so fun haha. Vui choro will be coming home this coming week and heading to Nebraska for school, and Olsen choro will be home next week! Be sure to go to Elder Olsens homecoming and say hi to him for me! I'll see him next week right before he goes home at a returning home missionary dinner at our mission president's home, so I'm excited for that. I can't believe it's coming so fast! But keep your eye out for those two!!





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

President Smoot


We Love You! President and Sister Welch!!

Hello!

We are currently on our way to Kobe because we have a leadership
meeting with the new mission president, so I don't have too much time
to email today! But this past week has been great! First off, my
mission president and his wife headed home, and the new mission
president and his wife are now here! It was really hard to say goodbye
to president and sister Welch, they have had such an impact on my life
and I love them to death. I am also excited to work with president and
sister smoot for my last transfer of my mission.

This week we were kind of all over the place again. We had a
companionship exchange with the abeno elders in abeno and it went
great. I went with Elder Jensen and we tried to work around the
college. Within our first 20 minutes at the college, we were able to
find 2 solid new investigators, one of who is going to come to church
next week and bring a couple of his friends. Working with Elder Jensen
was way fun. He is so positive and loves being a missionary. The next
day we had the bye bye conference for president and sister Welch.
President and sister Welch said everything that I need to hear, and
the conference was a great Time.

As soon as we got back to the apartment on Friday, we had another
companionship exchange with the Nabari Elders and that went well also.
I got to work with Elder philburn and we had a great time. On
Saturday, Elder Samuela and I spent the day in a different city in our
area called kashihara city. We had a couple appointments and taught an
English class down there, and then had a sports night that not very
many people showed up to. So Samuela choro and I challenged the 12
college students next to us to a game, and it was an absolute blast.
Hopefully some of them will be coming to church this next week.

Life has been great. It's hot and humid, but we are working through
it. I love the Yamatokoriyama Ward, and I love being a missionary. I'm
gearing up and pushing hard to give it all I have until the end.

I love you all! Emails and pictures are always welcome :)


Elder Evans

The Farewell conference with President and Sister Welch

In Osaka with Elder Yardley

In Osaka

Splits with Elder Jensen in Abeno

Saying Good-bye to President Welch.
"I love this guy, I was so blessed to work with him"

On a Ferris wheel in Osaka


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yamatokoriyama Ward



Hello there!!

Its been a while since I sent out a big email update, so I apologize!
These last couple weeks have been really busy! First off, I got
transferred to a new area called Yamatokoriyama. It is the area next
to Nara, where I served about a year ago! So its been fun to be back
down here! My new companion's name is Elder Samuela. He is from
Australia and he is also Samoan. For some reason, I have been
companions with all of the Samoans on my mission. Its been really fun
working with him, and working with the Yamatokoriyama ward.

Lately we have had the blessing to teach an investigator family named
the Yasui's! They have 4 kids and they are all adorable. So far, we
have taught the Restoration and about half of the plan of salvation.
They all love it! Its so cool to go over there because they are all so
behaved and they sit right down to listen to us. This is the first
time that I have been able to teach an investigator family on my
mission. Its definitely been a blessing and a challenge! I love them
all so much!

Last week was pretty busy. We had a companionship exchanges with 3
different areas. The first one was with Elder Anthony (My MTC
companion) and Elder Courter. It has been fun to be back with Elder
Anthony again. He has been a role model to me my whole mission, and Im
grateful to be able to work with him again. For the exchange, I worked
with Elder Courter. I learned so much from him about following the
spirit. He loves being a missionary and has such a strong testimony.
It was a blessing to be able to work with him and learn so much from
him! After that exchange, we went to kobe to work with the assistants,
and then from there we went back to our area to work with the nara
elders.

This week we will be getting a new mission president. I am so grateful
that I have been able to spend most of my mission serving under
president and sister welch. They have changed my life and I love them
so much. I am also excited for President and Sister Smoot to come. It
will be fun seeing what changes come. Missions are the best!!


Love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Evans





Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19 - 2 more months

Hey momma!

Thanks for your email this week. It's been a good one! I got transferred to this week and it sucked! I love my new area though, it's a great place. Shimogamo was a really city area. We had to take a subway to get to our apartment. But now I'm in an area that is really rural. But it has the strongest Ward in the whole mission. There are about 130 people that come every week and they love to do missionary work. Their Ward plan is to be able to split into 2 different wards in the next year and a half. Im really lucky to be able to serve here. I don't know how to do missionary work in the country though haha! It's been a lot harder to work here than in any other area that I have served in. But I'm excited.

So speaking of Eric buying things to go, what things do you want me to bring home? I have packed my boots and my nice winter coat to bring home (which are both is perfect condition so Eric can use both of them). I figured he could take my really nice bike lights that grandma gave me, because they are so so good. And I'm making a list of things that he needs to buy for his mission so we can remember everything. I figured that I would leave all of my old church clothes and my old regular clothes that I am never go to wear again. I'll bring all of my books and stuff as well. Is there anything specific you want me to have with me when I get home? 

By the way, i took the rest of the money out of my account so I could send a package home. And I did buy my birthday presents. I bought a Japanese sword and a Japanese scroll thing that's really cool. Then I used the rest of the money to ship a bunch of my book of Mormons, some souvenirs for friends and family when I get home, and some other books that I have collected on my mission. It was rarely heavy, so I sent it by boat because it is way cheaper and I don't need it home at a specific time. I'm sure it'll take some time to get there, but keep your eye out for it. 

This week we have to do a lot of traveling for stuff, and because I transferred, I don't have a lot of money. I am waiting for it to come in my reimbursements. But just in case I don't have that reienbursment in time, can you stick like 20-30 dollars in my account to spot me? I would really appreciate that. 

Anyways, I love you much!

Love, 
Al

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hikari



 Its been a while since I sent out a good email, so I sincerely apologize. Life has been really good lately. We have been working hard and seeing a lot of miracles. This past week was super busy, and we were blessed to have Elder Choi from the Area Presidency come and visit our stake for stake conference this weekend. He talked a lot about member missionary work and how we need to be sharing the gospel everyday, just by the way we live our lives, and by understanding and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a mission lately, we have been reading the Book of Mormon together, reading 4 chapters a day studying the gospel of Jesus Christ. Its been a lot harder than I thought it would to stay caught up on my reading, but I have learned so much and it has changed my mission. I think its so cool that we have the opportunity to share the gospel everyday. I cant wait to continue doing so when I get home. 

This past week, I went on splits with Elder Molina. We got a call from a less active member who comes to church with her friend who isnt a member. She told me that her friend has decided to get baptized and wanted to sit down and start the lessons with us. We sat down with these two old ladies and had a powerful lesson on the restoration of the gospel. It was super good, and we are excited to see what happens with that.

We also have been working with a guy named Hikari. He was found by missionaries (My trainer, elder barton) about a year ago. When I first got to the area he wasnt really able to meet with us, but this transfer he has been taking off on the lessons! Ive never seen an investigator change their life around like Hikari has. We finished up his lessons this past week and he had a baptismal interview yesterday which went really well. He will be getting baptized this coming sunday, so we are super excited. His life has turned around quick and it has all been because of the power of the Book of Mormon. Please keep him in your prayers this week as he continues his preparation for baptism. 

In sacrament meeting last week, my friend Seigi shared a scripture that really struck home to me. It was Mosiah 24:14-15 14 "And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."   I know that the lord keeps his promises, and that he is there to comfort us. All we need to do is to ask for his help. He is waiting to help us.

I also wanted to tell my little brother Eric congrats on receiving his mission call to the England, Birmingham mission. You are going to be a great missionary and change so many peoples lives out there. Im so proud of you, and cant wait to see how your mission impacts your life. Watch out England, Elder Evans is on his way!!

I love you all and hope you have a splendid week.

Love, 
Evans Choro 

May 29th

Sorry! I didn't write an email this week, but here are some pictures.





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Friday, May 26, 2017

Elder Oaks



Its starting to get really hot up here in kyoto. Its looking for a
nice an toasty summer here. This past week was a pretty quick one! We
started off with interviews with President Welch which went really
well. It was the last time that we will all have an interview with him
before he goes home in June, so it was a really spiritual, uplifting
experience with him. Him and his wife have become role models of my
life, and I have been so blessed to work with them these past 2 years.

On Saturday, we headed to Osaka for a special conference with Elder
Dallin H. Oaks. It was really cool to have an apostle come and visit
our mission, as well as do a broadcast to all of Japan. He talked a
lot about finding joy in the gospel. He answered a lot of the
questions that I have had, and it was a great day.

One of our investigators named Hikari has been working really hard
this past week to stop drinking and smoking! We are doing a two week
plan with him to stop, while he is preparing for his baptism in June.
I have been amazed out how dedicated he is, and how much he wants to
change his life around to follow Jesus Christ. He has been such an
example to me, and has showed me what it is like to really want to
follow Jesus Christ. Please keep him in your prayers this week as he
is continuing to stop!

Thanks you all for all you do! I love you and miss you much!

Elder Evans

splits with Elder Queiroz


Ryo!



Happy Mother's Day!

It was a really busy week over here in Japan! We also were able to
have a lot of cool experiences as well! On monday night, we were
riding home at about 8:55. Time was getting short, as in we are
supposed to be home at 9 if we aren't teaching a lesson. As I pulled
into our neighborhood, I was kind of praying to Heavenly Father that
if he sent me someone, I would stop him. As I turned the next corner I
saw a man who was in his 20's. I panicked a bit and slowed down to say
"hello". I let him pass me as I slowed down, and I thought I had
missed him. Since I slowed down, my companion came up along side me
and said "Did you want to talk to him?" I quickly said yes and flipped
around to chase down the guy. As I rode up behind him, I said in
Japanese, "Excuse me!" He turned around, and in perfect English
responded "ah hey bro, I speak English." I was a little thrown off
guard but I started a conversation with him. Soon after my companion
rolled up behind us and jumped in on the conversation. This guy's name
is "Kento" and he is from New Jersey but is full blooded Japanese! We
heard a bit of his story, and about what he believed in. He belongs to
a different Christian denomination, but had heard a bit about the LDS
church and had always seen the missionaries around. We were able to
share the message of the restoration with him and it went really well.
As my companion started reciting Joseph Smith's account of the 1st
vision, I noticed that cars and people came flooding in from no where.
It was really loud and hard to keep a conversation going. I brought
that up to my companion as we road away with smiles on our faces. He
said that when he started saying the first vision, everything was
silent, and he felt confident as he recited it. I thought it was kind
of cool that Satan was trying to make it hard to share that message
with Kento. But Kento understood well, and elder Collett didn't hear
anything and was able to stay focused. It's cool how the gospel works.
Kento was all down to meet again, and asked us to change numbers with
him. It was a great experience that strengthened my testimony.

In other news, Ryo, the kid that walked into our church 3 weeks ago
asking to be baptized, was baptized yesterday! He did great and was
really excited. He bore a great testimony in Chinese, and they had a
Japanese member translate it to everyone. I'm really grateful to have
met Ryo and watch his conversion story right before my eyes. I have
never seen anyone more prepared than him, and it has been a blessing
to know him and to see him change everyday.

Anywho, I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day! Thank you for
all that you do.

Much love from Kyoto!
Elder Evans



Pictures

Pictures sent on May 7th


































Sunday, April 30, 2017

Street Vending Machines



Vui choro spent a good 5 minutes ripping the apartment apart looking
for his name tag the other day before we left. -Don't worry, he found
it because he was already wearing it...

  One of my favorite things about Japan is how simple it is to get a
drink no matter where you are. There are literally vending machines on
every corner. Sadly, the drinks are not as big as the drinks we have
in America, but nonetheless, they work. -About 5 weeks ago, when it
was still a bit cold outside, I lost one of my gloves in between the
apartment and the church. I figured it was a lost cause, but it was
okay because it was starting to warm up. Well, the other day, I was
feeling a bit thirsty, so on the way home we stopped at a vending
machine to buy a quick drink. I got my drink, and started to gird up
my loins to bike away, when all of a sudden I saw my missing glove
right below me, set nicely on a little electrical pole. The Japanese
people are amazing. They don't take what isn't theirs, even if it is
just a glove. Even 5 weeks after losing it, I was still able to get it
back. How cool is Japan? The sad part is that it is warm now, and I'll
never need that glove again haha. It's okay though, Japan is still the
best.

    My companion also is really good at following the spirit when it
comes to going to McDonald's. He is really good at timing it just
right, so we are there when the Lord needs us. The other night after a
bowling activity, we were starving so we took a quick stop at a
McDonald's for a bite to eat. As we were sitting there, a lady walked
up to us and asked if we were the Mormon church. When we said yes, she
sat down at the table and explained that she used to take the lessons
and because of a couple thing before her baptism, lost contact with
the missionaries. She asked us if there was a way that she could meet
with the missionaries again, and take the lessons. We told her no and
to go home.... just kidding. We exchanged contact information and sent
her over to the sister missionaries in her area. The Lord works in
funny ways, even through a hungry Samoan and McDonalds.

  Ryo, the kid that walked into the church last week asking to be
baptized is doing AWESOME! He wasn't baptized yesterday because we
found out that he lives on the border of our area, and another Kyoto
area next to us which is technically the other area. So we are working
to get him more acquainted with that ward, and his baptism will be
held Saturday May 13th. We were able to meet with him almost everyday
this past week, and he even had a baptismal interview on Friday and
did wonderful. I've never seen someone take in the gospel like Ryo
has. He is such a great guy, and I'm so excited for him to be baptized
in a couple weeks! It's the perfect example of member missionary work.
His friend had already taught Him so much, so when we met him, he was
ready to go. I've learned so much about member missionary work since
coming on my mission. And seeing examples like this makes me want to
be so much better. You never know what's going to happen if you just
invite a family member to hear about the gospel. You might just get a
big surprise! The worst thing they can say is "no".

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes this past week! I actually
had forgotten it was my birthday until I woke up with Vui choro
jumping on top of me screaming happy birthday at the top of his lungs.
It was a great birthday, and I'm glad I was able to spend both of my
birthdays on my mission with Vui choro, who has become one of my best
friends.

Kyoto is great, life is good, and I don't want to be anywhere else! I
love you all more than....shoot. I'm out of ideas. But I sure love you
a lot.

Evans choro

Culture party at Eikaiwa
Lesson with Ryo during splits with Elder Mecham
Ryo after his baptismal interview