Elder Alex Evans has been called to the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. He reports on July 10th, 2013, and will serve for a period of two years.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 30, 2014 Cabo Frio, I'm back!

Cabo Frio
December 30, 2014

Dear Family and Friends, 

As you can see, I'm emailing today because we had transfers yesterday. It was a sad day. Both Elder Luque and I were transferred. But happy news is that we are both in Cabo Frio now! We are both still the zone leaders, but we aren't companions now. We are both zone leader/trainers. I am finishing the second half of training of Elder E. Silva, who happens to be my grandson here on the mission! (One of the missionaries that I trained started his training, and when you train a missionary he becomes your "son") So I am my own grandson's stepdad. Fun huh? 

So we went to Rio yesterday morning, and came back to Cabo Frio last night. I'm so tired today. I lost a pday, and spent like 11 hours in busses in one day...It's rough. But I'm wicked excited to see everyone again here in the ward and the area. And I feel like I know why I came back. 

There is a family that I started to teach my last few weeks about a year ago when I was still in my first area, Maricá. This family moved to Cabo Frio recently. I am going to reactivate the dad and baptize everyone. They are a referral from the one the councilors to the mission president. I'm a little anxious because we are going to have to results and success fast, and plenty. But we can do it. It's weird serving in the same area two different times, but at least this time I already know the streets and the city and I can keep from making the same mistakes as last time.

I don't have much time to talk more. It was great to see most of you on Skype last week! I can't wait until Mothers day already. I'll talk more next Monday!!!

Love you!
Elder Evans

We had the baptism on Saturday! I baptized J! He was truly a miracle golden investigator! One more family completed, and preparing to be sealed in the temple.. It was hard to leave them.

December 22, 2014 FELIZ NATAL TODO MUNDO!

Rio das Ostras
December 22, 2014

Dear Family and Friends, 

Merry Christmas to everyone! I love this time of year, and I love spending it as a missionary. We are feeling the love that all the members and our investigators have for us and we are serving as best as we can to help them. We have been blessed with success and we have nothing to complain about. 

I gave a talk at church yesterday. The thesis of my talk was basically this:
The true joy of Christmas can be found when we choose to live as Christ lived, when we follow his example, learn from his teachings, and feel the divine power of the Atonement working in our lives. 

I think it went well. I love giving talks at church. Such a difference from before my mission. I don't even get nervous.

We had another baptism this week! G, the bride from the wedding 2 weeks ago, was baptized on Friday! Elder Luque baptized her and I confirmed her. It was a very special baptism. And we brought another 10 investigators to the baptism and the christmas dinner afterwards. We are on fire. We will complete another family this Saturday with the baptism of J, and next week is L and the following week we have more. The area presidency wants us to baptize weekly, we'll baptize weekly.

I'm getting nervous for transfers that are going to be the 29th. I really really really really do not want to be transferred ever from here. I would be happy to stay here until the end. In the next few weeks my area is going to be split and we are going to form another branch in this stake. It's the most exciting thing ever for a missionary. 

I got my presents!!!! I haven't opened them yet! I am going to open them on Christmas, but they are tempting me hardcore... Elder Luque says thank you for the mini stocking and candies. When I opened the box and he saw the stocking with his name on it he got super happy. He is also one of my favorite companions, he is ALWAYS happy. ALWAYS. And we work super well as a team. He is teaching me a lot as a missionary.

Merry Christmas to all! I'll skype ya on Christmas!
Love Elder Evans

Minha árvore de Natal
O batismo de G

Elder Luque e eu e nossos presentes

December 15, 2014 A missão Rio De Janeiro é só sucesso!

Rio das Ostras
December 15, 2014

Dear Family and Friends, 

A missão Rio De Janeiro é só sucesso. I'm doing well. I'm happy. I love my area, my comp, the people, the work. I have nothing to complain about lately. I hope that I never have to leave here.

This week our baptism fell through, but it's ok, she is getting baptized this Friday. G is the Bride from the wedding that we had last week. She had to travel to her home town becuase her sister is having a baby and she wasn't here to be baptized. She's been waiting for 4 years to be baptized, and this week the wait ends.

We also have been working with another man, L. He will be baptized the next weekend. He is super excited to change his life and be baptized in the church. He loves it. And we are enjoying working with him.

We had our Christmas conference in the mission this week. We went back to Rio AGAIN. But it was fun. The entire mission was there at the same time, and it was the first time in years that that has happened. We ate well. Got some presents and got taught even more. My packages hadn't arrived yet on Tuesday when we were there. There is a chance that I can get them this week. There should be a few missionaries in our zone going to Rio for a training, and they should be able to get them for me. I'm excited for Christmas!

Every week that goes by I enjoy myself more, and feel the importance of what I am doing here. I've seen the change in the spirits of the people that I've baptized and helped, and I live to see that change in everyone.

Our mission is going through an incredible period of change, and we are seeing and feeling the change that is taking place in all of us as we come unto Christ and work to bring others with us. We have a goal to baptize weekly. Every missionary is to have baptisms every week. I'm getting there, and it is the only thing that I want. Weekly baptisms. 

I'll see you all on Christmas (family) and the rest I'll see on June 6th, 2015 when I officially get home. (yeah, it moved again, but this time it's for good). Start planning my homecoming party. You've got less than 6 months! 

Elder Evans

The Babilon Circus "The place of happy people" There ya go.

Have you ever seen that big stadium street in Rio where they do the carnaval samba parades? I got to walk down the entire length of the street. They normally don't let normal people enter. We are special.

The mission Christmas conference

Me with President and Sister Cabral

Me and my sweet bike skills.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 A WEDDING!!!

Rio das Ostras
December 8, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

G & A are married!

Flower Girl

Alex and the Groom

Elders with the Bride and Groom

Crazy eyes Chopping up chicken for the wedding feast!

I won't be writing a long email for everyone this week because I decided to respond more personally to some emails, but I do have some pictures to share with everyone and we'll let them do the talking.

We had a mission tour with Elder Aidukaitis of the 70 and the area presidency. It was rated as "Excellent" by him. Our mission is going to be receiving a lot more help from the church and we are soon going to be the number 1 mission in Brasil. We are already climbing!

The most trunky part of the week was when a couple that we have been working with  finally was married after years of waiting for the burocracia of divorce and marriage nonsense here in Brasil. G & A were married and we can finally baptize G after 4 years of going to church! It was a super happy moment. We were trunky. 

We helped cut the chickens for the dinner, and we set up the chapel for the marriage. It was an overall good and happy week. We also found more people that we marked baptismal dates and we brought them to church and during the sacrament they both said that they would be baptized. 

Só alegria e água!
(Only joy and water!)


Love from Rio,

Elder Evans 

December 1, 2014 WATER!!!

Rio das Ostras
December 1, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

It rained a bunch this week here in Rio! There was a lot of water here in our area and our zone. The rain and the 5 baptisms that we had. S-'s family was baptized this week along with E, another boy who is the son of a reactivated woman. We are working hard and having a lot of fun here in Rio das Ostras. I am enjoying my time and myself in the work and the responsibilities that I have as zone leader of an awesome zone!
I don't have time to write a whole lot this week. Just know that I am doing fine and everything is going well. We will be having a wedding this week of a family to complete, and her baptism will be next week, and then after that we will be having another 1 or 2 baptisms that we know of right now before the end of the transfer and before the end of the year. All the work that has been put into this area is really bringing the results this transfer. We are working hard together to baptize 9 people this transfer, and we already got 5!

We also set up our Christmas day lunch and where we are going to skype and everything. So that is all taken care of. Right now it's just waiting another 24 days until we all get to see each other on the internet. Can't wait!

This week we are going to be in Rio until Thursday, we are going to have no time to work in our own area. It'll be hard, but mission council and zone conference will be worth it. I'm excited to hear from the area presidency here in our mission and it should help out the mission a ton!

That's it for this week! Hope all is well up there in the States! Have a good week!


Elder Evans