Sunday, April 26, 2015

One of Laurel's good friend had a great idea to write Laurel a letter that will be waiting for her when she gets to Japan.  Here is Sister Evans' address if you want to do the same or just for the future:

Office Mailing Address
1-7-7 Kichijoji Higashi-cho
Musashino-shi, Tokyo


April 23 2015
Hello Family and loved ones!
This week I memorized both baptismal commitments, and almost have Joseph Smith's first vision down. What a wonderful experience that was. Prior to learning the baptismal commitments, we had a lesson we were a little nervous about, because we didn't have any prep time. But we had been praying all day for the lesson and Kitamurason. It was such a powerful lesson in which, the spirit was so strong. I know that it was 100% due to the fact that heavenly Father is so mindful. We asked him how his prayers had been going, and he said he hadn't really felt anything. "Have a made mistakes in my prayers, am I doing it wrong?" my heart broke a little, but was filled with spirit as we were able to testify that Heavenly Father DOES answer prayers. We just have to listen. We invited him to pray right then, ask Heavenly Father if He loves him, then listen. The spirit was so strong. In that moment We all felt the love that Heavenly Father has for Kitamura, and for each of us individually. We told him that through baptism he could have the spirit with him always, and asked him if he would be baptised with very impolite unknowledgable nihongo. Demo the spirit was so strong, he said yes, and we have been preparing him for this sacred ordinance. Immediately after the lesson, I went and memorized the proper commitment. hahah I hope to use it in our next lesson with Aoyagison, our other investigator. We're teaching the restoration tomorrow! I'm so excited. I've had so many powerful opportunities to ponder Joseph Smith's story. We've been working on memorizing the first vision like I said, and sang, "Oh How Lovely Was The Morning" durring tuesday's devotional. The spirit again so powerfully testified to me that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and His son. That they appeared to him in a grove of trees and spake to him. Through Joseph Smith Kamisama was able to reestablished His church, the same church He set up when He was on the Earth. The priesthood is here, and we can see those same miracles. 
Kono Kyokai wa shinjitsu da to shitaimasu.
Much love to you all,
Evans Shimai

PS Holy cow. This was something I was just blown away by. My companion Sister Norris has alopecia which is a super rare case that basically just kills all of your hair. Shes 100% healthy. Anyway. She had never met anyone her age with the same condition before. Then a few weeks ago, we met an elder going to argentina who has it! She was SOO excited! "HOLY COW I FOUND MY TWIN!!!!!! I NEVER THOUGHT!" It was such a cool experience. But then it got even cooler. Somehow "either alopecia or God knew" a Nihonjin with alopecia came last week!!! "WHAT THE HECK WHAT THE HECK WHAT THE HECK!" for like 30 minutes. hahaha she was so happy. it was such a cool experience. It was a testiment to me that the Lord is SO mindful. Of Each individual. If we look around, we are never alone.

Friday, April 17, 2015


THis week of all the weeks difinitesly flew by the fastest. Every week I say, "I can't believe its Pday again!" But this week....I REALLY CANT believe its pday again!!! hahaha It went by so fast I wonder what happened that would be worth telling, but as I think through the days I remember the many wonderful opportunities and blessings the Lord has given me. We...well I guess not we, but the other Japanese zone got knew kyohai, or younger classmates. There's only 5 of them! They are so fun. We love having them around. But the amazing thing about having them here is recognizing the growth that we as a district, and each one of us individually have made. We have been here 4 weeks. We can testify of Jesus Christ, His atonement, our Father's love, all in JAPANESE. We can meet strangers and teach them that they have a Savior, that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them! We can teach them how to pray so they can feel that love! That was probably the best night on my mission thus far. We have TRC every monday night where Japanese speaking members come, and we just have a short 20 minute member lesson in Japanese. But this monday, we were told that the girls we'd be teaching in TRC were not members of the church, but were foreign exchange students from Tokyo! They were here just for a semester. They church set up a program that allows them to meet with families, not to share the gospel, but simple to allow them to better understand the American culture, and have the opportunity to be in a family environment when they are away from home for so long. Anyway. Benjamin, the father of the host family served in Japan many years ago, took Miho and Ana to church on sunday and they met the missionaries. When they heard that americans were learning Japanese to go to Japan, they wanted to know where and what and how and what it was like to be a missionary. He took them to TRC. Because they live in Tokyo, we were giving the opportunity to teach them. It was amazing. We just got to know them a little bit, their religious background, what they knew about Jesus Christ (very limited, "Jesus gave bread to people so they wouldn't get hungry"). We told them we wanted to teach them a little bit more about God and His son Jesus Christ, and asked if we could start with a prayer. They were SO excited about hearing a prayer in Japanese, they said they had hear a prayer for the first time on sunday but loved hearing one in their language. We told them a little bit about prayer, that it is a communication with God. That He wants to hear from all of His children. Then we taught them how to pray!! Miho prayed for the first time in her life. IT was SO COOL to be a part of that experience. We got to SYL with them for a little bit after and they said that when we get to Japan they are going to come to church with us. Oh man. IT was a wonderful reminder that we are oging to be teaching REAL people. What a sacred blessing from heavenly father to meet those two wonderful girls. I know this work is the Lord's work, there is no other way that my Japanese and the Japanese of my companions would have sufficed. I love this gospel. I have such a powerful testimony of prayer. It is ALWAYS there for us.

I love you all.
Evans Shimai.

PS. Volcal Point came last sunday! and then BYU Men's chorus came this sunday!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Here is Laurel's MTC Address if you want to write her or one of her companions:

Sister Laurel Evans
2009 N900E  unit 127
Provo UT 84602

Happy Easter

Oh how time flies by SO quickly here. Every day, and week now, is just zipping by. Slowly....but fastly. hahah just like everyone said it would I have come to recognize that everyone's advice was pretty much true. It's just as hard as everyone says. It's just as fun as some people said too. The Mission has brought so many tears and joys and sorrows and knowledge in these past two weeks. Its hard for me to sit down and tell you how life is going as it seems it is all just going by so quickly. It's truly amazing to recognize how much I have learned in these past 15 days. I can teach a lesson not a very good one:P) without writing down sentences going into the lesson. We teach everyday. Nihongo is becoming such a wonderful tool. one that i am not quite sure how to use yet. but It has become so clear to me that if we prepare and teach withthe spirit, than the Lord will allow our broken nihongo to touch the hearts of those who we teach.
I know this church is true. 

I know He loves us. 
I know He loves you.
I know He lives.
Please remember all that he does for you. He is mindful. 

I pray for all of you.
Much love,
Evans Shimai.