Monday, July 24, 2017


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!!


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