Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Companion, Same Place!

FHE at Edgardo Lamis Sr. house
Dear Grizwalt Family,
HAHAHAH... I just really wanted to say that and i am dying in laughter..hahah.

So as you all  know by now... Elder Dio has transferred and my new companion is Elder Candilasa!!!! I know its a mouthful but I love him and I know that we will do very well together:)

This is Tito's daughter... HE is getting baptized on the 25th:)
She is so cute and adorable
As of today President has taken away Facebook but he said that it will be back in the near future:) It was crazy.... 70% of the whole Bacolod mission transferred and it was so funny that I got to see everyone from Provo today. :)  Sister Allegretti,Schultz,Lewis,and Marriott were all there and so was Elder Benedict. :) Me and Elder Benedict were the only ones that didn't transfer... the 4 sisters did..HAHAH. It was great to see them and to hear about their successes thus far.

I cant believe next week I will only have 1 year left:) Elder Candilasa just hit his year mark last week and he goes home December 5, 2106. :)

Its weird to not have Elder Dio by my side because I have been with him for 4 months but I cant wait to get started with Elder Candilasa!!!

Elder Wade also transferred and I got to meet up with him as well... He is now the new Supply elder so maybe if you send packages... they will arrive to me faster..HAHAHA LOL...:)

The Panes Family...smile emoticon MY favorite family here in Tuyom:)
So again I will not be on Facebook for a short time but I will be back on when president gives us the OK!!!

I love you all and hope everything is going great:)
Love Always,
Elder Evans



Me and brother Bush Magbanua after a dinner appointment

From left to right:
Bush MagbanuaJan Paulo Dayondon Piella,
 me, 
Kerwin Panes, Kevin Panes, Kenneth Panes, Elder Dio

Me and soon to be Elder Jan Paulo Dayondon Piella
with his mission call going to the Philippines Lagazpi mission:)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

*** Mom Post ***
I would like to apologize for not having Spencer's blog updated for the last three weeks.  I can give the excuses as to why, but you probably don't really care, and I really don't want to tell you!  Just kidding! :)  The truth is, Spencer hasn't really shared much of his "exceptional efforts" because he says he doesn't really do anything "interesting".  Well to him it might not be interesting because he is more comfortable now in his "foreign" surroundings.  But to his family here at home, EVERYTHING he does is interesting and fun.

He simply just wants to know how everything is here in California and only shares a brief comment here and there about his service.  He did say last week, however, that his best Christmas gift is having two baptisms on Christmas day.  He is really looking forward to that.

So with that, I will post the pictures that he sent us and pass along his Christmas wishes:
"I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember the reason we have this great holiday is because of our Lord and Savior and his sacrifice for us.  I love and miss you all!"


Traveling home from a lesson
Zone meeting with Elder Archuleta, on the left
(No relation to David Archuleta!)


Monday, November 30, 2015

Slow Week

Spencer's blog will just be pictures this week.  He said he had a pretty slow week since he and Elder Dio are getting over some kind of "bug".  Enjoy the pictures of Cauayan.  These were taken a couple weeks ago.

View from the Hike

A monday morning hike in Cauayan:)


Everyone from the Cauayan District on the
hike minus
 Elder Dio and Jan Paulo Dayondon Piella


Another view from the hike















Sunday, November 22, 2015

Not Such a Good Week!

Hello Family!!

As the title says, I did not have such a good week.  My stomach was pretty bad and I had a "low grade" fever (as mom told me) of 99.5.  I am recovering quite nicly:)  I am learning to be self reliant so I didn't call the mission nurse for help. LOL  I started feeling sick on Thursday afternoon... which is Wednsday night there.. and I just started eating again yesterday night.

I haven't got your package yet but I'm hoping that I get 3 packeges Thursday at zone conference!!  Early Christmas for me. :) Tell Meaghen that her Honor Society award is amazing tell her congrats for me. :)  I can't believe dad went camping...WHAT!?!?!?  It probably was a lot like Father & Son's overnight. I still can't believe it. LOL
We are in Cauyan today for "P" day.  It is closer to our house than Kabankalan because we decided to go hiking this morning.  It is really beautiful here.
Well I gotta go:) I will have pics and alot to report next time..hehe.  Love you!
Love,
Elder Evans

Sunday, November 15, 2015

P-Days are always fun!

Hello Family,

We just got to Kabankalan after an hour drive from home. This is where we spend some of our "Prep" days on Monday. The ride wasn't so wonderful but at least we made it. (Just kidding, Grandma! :) ) After talking and emails, we are going shopping and eating. LOL
Love this picture of Christ and little boy

This week was great. We got 10 new investigators. Me and Elder Dio have meet with all of them and are hoping they will come to church next week. They are all so amazing and loving. We were able to meet with some of them through our recent converts. It's been awesome.

I heard about Paris. It is really sad to hear about the terrorist attacks. As mom said, "Heaven has been pretty busy the last few days." We pray for them and hope that Heavenly Father will give them peace.

I also heard that Aunt Julie and Uncle Matt are moving. That's good for them. I hope there will still be room for family reunion sleepovers! Oh.....are you taking Charlie with you? He doesn't bother me when I am there. :)

This is short, but have to go shopping to make sure I have food to eat this week and I can't think of anything else to share! Hahaha Love you all so much and miss you too.

Love,
Elder Evans

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Working Hard and Long

Hello Family,

I don't really have much to report this week.  We have been working really hard on our less active families, but it hasn't been going well.  They feel that church isn't necessary since they have been baptized.  It's hard but we work with them and pray for them.

Things are going great.  I really love this area.  Probably my favorite.  Me and Elder Dio do great together and really are working hard.

Mission Swag

I have downloaded pictures so mom will be happy.  Thank you so much for all of your packages.  I REALLY LOVE THEM ALL!

Talk to you next week.
Love,
Elder Evans
Meeting Place/ Sacrament Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's already November! What!?!

House Pet - Toku
Hello Family!!

Its already November.. holy crap!!  It's gone so fast I can't believe it!

So I learned 2 things this week.  Filipinos are deaf.... and they treat dogs and God the same way.  So for the first thing, they asked me, "Where are you going?" and I said "Kabankalan"....... and they respond... "Cauyan"...I was like ....."uhh... no." 

 (**mom insert:  I think his American accent has a lot to do with it and not the deafness of the Philippine people. Unfortunately, I don't think Spencer realizes that ! )
  
Elder Dio, Jan and Elder Evans.
Kabankalan is where we spend our Mondays.  I go shopping there and whatever other stuff we have to do on our P-Day.

The second thing is that they have no respect for dogs.. they kick them throw stuff at them... just nothing nice and they treat God the same way. They don't give God the respect he deserves and they don't wanna go to church.  It hurts me so much to see their desire to learn of God disappear.  I didn't know what it ment to love as Christ before my mission.  Now I do.

I found another favorite hymn: Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire.  I read it in personal study and it really made me feel the Spirit.  The words are amazing and have helped me this week.
Zone Activity

Not much more has happened this week. Thank you for all the emails and packages.  I love you all TONS!! Talk to ya next week.

Love,
Elder Evans







Elder Dio's Artwork



Monday, October 26, 2015

Routine Weeks

Hello Family!!
Brother Bush, me, Elder Dio and
Brother Jan Paulo coming home from church

Things have been pretty routine for the past few weeks.  I have sent some pictures so mom can upload them to the blog.  I am growing really close to the members in this area.  I hope I get to stay here for a while.  I really love it here.

The Trinidad family is really great.  Bro. Trinidad is in the Branch Presidency and is great.  He has a daughter that really helps the missionaries with lessons.  She has a strong love for the gospel and it really helps our investigators feel comfortable at church, when they come.  There is also the Panes family.  They have 4 boys all around my age.  They are always a lot of fun.  They are converts to the church and pretty new, I think since August, but they are very strong.  It's awesome.

Zone picture after District conference.
The day of transfers:)
Elder Dio and I are still doing well together.  We sometimes have different ideas on things, but he at least asks me for my thoughts and feelings on things.  He is the District Leader so he has the final say, but we make it work and this area is progressing really well.  We haven't had any baptisms, but hopefully that will change soon!

Meaghen asked if the Philippines celebrate Halloween.  The answer is no they do not.  They actually celebrate the Christmas season for 3 months.  So I am actually celebrating Christmas right now!  Hahaha!  It starts in September and ends in December.  Mom you would love it!  You could listen to Christmas music for 3 months! Hahaha.

When you walk it bends.. but very strong
This bridge we cross every other day to an investigator's house.  My heart stops a little each time but it is a really strong bridge and it is a lot of fun.

Tell everyone THANK YOU for the care packages.  I LOVE them all and they have been great.

I did have a little problem this week, my ingrown toenail is back, but I think we caught it in time so it isn't as bad as last time.  We didn't get to do a lot of walking this week so we just did 5 lessons but did a lot of studying. Hahaha.

I have to go now.  I have a Zone Activity to go to.  I love you all so much and miss you.  Talk to you next time.
Love,
Elder Evans
 This is a carabo....dont confuse it for a cow..
because it isnt hahaha
Elder Dio and a veiw from an investigators house.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I **LOVE** Conference

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Hello Family!

I got to watch conference yesterday and it was great!  The three new apostles will do a great job but as of yesterday I have 3 new favorites.  Elder Holland, Elder Bednar, and Elder Renlund.  Those 3 apostles always give the best talks that pertain to me.

Elder David R. Bednar
I am downloading their talks right now on to a flash drive so that I can listen to them when I get ready in the mornings.  It is very uplifting to listen to them.  It starts my day on the right track.

I also loved that the primary sang at conference.  When I was that young I would have been too scared to go up there and sing.  It was hard enough doing the Primary Program for the ward.

Elder Dale G. Renlund
I hope Dad and Nicolas went to the Priesthood session.  That was really good, too.  I loved the talk about "Ponderizing" the scriptures.  Elder Dio and I are doing that with our studies now.  We each pick a scripture from our daily studies and "ponderize" it.  It really helps with our teaching so we can share memorized verses from the scriptures with the members and investigators.

Oh, and mom, I really liked Elder Holland's talk about Mothers. :)

That's about it for this week.  I forgot my cord again so I will send pictures next week.  I love you all so much.

Love,
Elder Evans

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Week of Miracles!

Hi Family,
Our Kitchen

It feels like I just talked to you.  The week went by really fast.  It started out pretty great too.  I had a miracle on Monday.  Some might not think so, but I do.  Elder Dio and I were at the store last Monday and when we went to the register I knew that I had at least 1000 pesos worth of food and I only had 700 pesos.  When they told me the total I held me breath and they said it was 700 pesos even.  It is pretty cool to know that the Lord is watching over me and my need for food!

We had a really good week with the members and our investigators.  We have 6 investigators and we had a member come with us each day this week.  I love this area.  The branch members are so awesome and so supportive.  Just another little miracle for us.

Living Room/Study Area
There isn't really anything else to share.  I have uploaded some pictures so mom should be pretty happy.  I love you all so much!

Love,
Elder Evans

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back to Work and Loving It!

Hi Family!

the sign says general surgery.. LOL!
 I feel so safe hahaha
This week has been a really good week.  Elder Dio is not "trunky" the way Elder Cancel was and we are back to work again.  The members in this area are all fantastic.

Sipalay is a country area not a big city so we are doing a lot of walking from house to house.  I am literally in the middle of nowhere.  But it is really green and beautiful view.  Another great thing is that my area is small!  Yay!  So we do walk a lot because the houses are far apart but the area/district is small.
 
goofy missionary face at zone mtg.
Since the district is small they don't have a Ward it is a Branch.  That is different and very small.  But they have awesome attendance, which is new.  The other areas were big but we had a hard time getting investigators and members to attend.  We have church at 9-12 then we have a special sacrament in our area in our apartement because the church building is really far for some of the members.  We have a room attached to our apartment that we hold the extra sacrament.  Our Branch President is awesome and really works with the missionaries.  It is amazing here.
View in Hinigaran

This week we were learning more of the area and the members and the investigators.  I found that we are about 5 seconds away from the beach.  That's the hardest thing now is to not go and run into the water.  Especially since it is hot during the day.  It does get cold at night because we are so close to the beach but that makes it easier to sleep! LOL

Just found out we all were transferring
I love my new companion, Elder Dio!  He is awesome and a hard worker.  He speaks Ilongo and Tagolog.  He only speaks Ilongo to me because that is all I understand! LOL  The members tell me that I am "sagad" (very skilled) in Ilongo.

I was sad to hear about Elder Scott passing away.  That's 3 apostles now that have died in the last couple of months.  General Conference will be exciting in a couple of weeks to see who is called in the place of the 3 apostles who have returned to heaven.

That's about it for now.  Make sure you send my razors soon.  I am almost out of the ones you sent me last.  I love all of you!!!!
Love,
Our last night as a district
Elder Evans



View of the beach in Tuyom








Town of Isabela when on exchanges
with Zone Leaders










Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm on the Move!

Hello Family,
 I hope you have had a good week. I had a relatively good week then I got a call from the A.P's saying that I am transferring. My new area is somewhere in  the Sipalay zone. My new companion is Elder Deo. He is a Filipino and apparently he is the same height as me. I have a temporary companion right now and we are at Robinsons in Bacolod. We are pdaying here then later today we will go to our new area in Sipalay.  He is travelling down to Sipalay with me because his companion is there also. Robinsons is like a little mall and where we catch the bus for our ride south and I will meet my new companion in my new area later this week.


I cant believe that both USC and BYU lost their games on Saturday night. Byu was so close. I got a post on my Facebook wall about it. I miss you guys so much and I would like you to wish Uncle Ed a happy birthday for me. I received the Evans package from the mission president yesterday. We had stake conference yesterday and he was invited to join:) I love all the snacks that I recived:) 

Elder Cancel went home this past week.  He will be missed but he will always have a place in my heart. He was an amazing Elder and a great friend!!!  We did a tie swap and I got him to write in my journal before he left.

I will be in the southern most zone in the mision.  It is about 3 hours south of Hinigaran where I just served.  I was told the area is country but I will see. I really dont care as long as I am serving the Lord.

Not much else to report here. I will have pictures next week bc my cord is packed:) and I will also be able to talk more about my new are.:)  Tell the Yeates thanks for the birthday card:)  I love you all so much and can't wait to hear from you soon.

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love,
Elder Evans

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Good Week of News!!

Hello Family!

On our way to a baptismal interview!
So I got some really good news this week.  I was able to talk to the missionaries that took my place in Sagay.  The told me that my favorite family that I was working with, the family that got offended by someone's comments at church, were baptized!!  I was so excited!  I really love that family and really happy about their baptism!  It made my day.

Some other cool news is that my companion gave me a surprise birthday party.  It was pretty neat and helped to make my birthday a good one.  We were at zone training and after the training was done he brought in pizza and cake. YUM!
My surprise birthday lunch and cake


So I had an egg and ham sandwich this morning for breakfast.  Much better than rice!  We also were able to have dinner with a family in the ward.  Sister Liza and her family feeds us every Sunday night. Dinner wasn't ready so we got to watch Matilda. We had Chicken curry and bikal express. I will make bikal express for you when I come home.

So we aren't having a lot of progress with our inactive members because of some political issues, but we are trying to help the people the best we can.

Little philippine children praying.  They are soo cute!
Don't have much going on this week, but we are going to Bacolod because Elder Cancel has a dentist appointment.  He has his "end of mission" appointments since he will be going home soon.

Well, time to go play basketball.  See ya next week.  I love and miss you all.

Love,
Elder Evans




The joy of Fast Sunday!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME!!

I am officially 19!  Kind of a weird birthday, but it was good anyway.  Thank you to everyone that sent me birthday wishes.  I really liked them and helped my day to be a good one.  This was my first birthday without cake.  I miss cake. Haa! Haa!

Not much of excitement has happened the last few weeks.  I did learn that even tho you don't pay yoir bills on time God protects you so that you can live. LOL My companion seems to forget that he puts the bills in his bag and then we end up paying them late. Thank goodness God is on our side and not the other way around!

Our family that is working on getting married is still working and being strong in the church. It costs a lot of money here to get married so that is why people just live together. But our family is being faithful and working on saving the money to get married. They are a really good family.

Also I have found what it means to truely have the love of god for other people. Some of the Philippine people think it is funny to whistle at American's like they are dogs. It gets me really mad but I try really hard to ignore them. It has really helped me to see how just little thing like a whistle can make someone feel bad and hurt.

My toe is finally getting better and it doesn't hurt much anymore so that was a really good thing this week. Elder Cancel has 5 more weeks left in his mission and is getting really "trunky". It is kind of hard to work with, but I will probably be the same way. :)

Well, that is about it. I love all of you a lot and miss you guys. Talk to you next week.

Love,
Elder Evans

ps- no pictures this time. Sorry. :(

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mom forgot to Post!!

Neighborhood pet
Just helping you see the size of the spider.
*Note from mom* So I do need to apologize for not posting sooner. It's back-to-school time for his siblings!


Hello Family,
Mom, I got your birthday package this week.  I promise not to open it until my birthday . . . . maybe!!

This week was a little tuff.  I haven't been feeling well so it hurt our work a little.  I think I just have a stomach bug or something.  But the mission nurse and I are keeping an on it.  My toe is feeling and doing better so that is good.
Zone district lunch
 Elder Cancel is really great.  He helps out a lot since I am not feeling well.  Plus, I think he loves the extra sleep!  We still do our personal studies and prayers so don't worry mom.  I am not slacking off! ha!ha!ha!

We got more rain this week but I didn't get to enjoy it because I was inside the house.  But I am sure there will be more.

We may have another wedding soon.  One of our investigator families are planning their wedding so that they can be baptized.
Zone group picture before transfers
I am excited to see them baptized.  They are a loving and fun family.
Well, that is all for now.  I love all of you very much.
Love,
Elder Evans

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Short and Sweet!

Farmland from Sagay
Hey mom,

I had a great week. We still have alot of struggling inactive's but with the Lords help we can reactivate them:) I love you guys so much and hope you're having fun:) It feels weird to email you knowing you won't read this until Friday. But its ok because you are with family that is what's important. 

This week went by so fast and it only gets faster... I guess thats a good thing...LOL I dont have any new pictures...:) It's hard in the city because I have taken pics of everything in Hinigaran.:)  Some bad news I think I have an ingrown toenail and it hurts but I am talking to the mission nurse about it:)

Nothing new is really going on here except for the less-active's:)  Anyway I finally got G&G Evans' package so if I were you I would send my birthday package now if you haven't already:)** I cant wait to hear from you guys soon:) It's hard to talk but I am on everyday for online prosyliting and that is more successful then actual prosyliting lol. 
Picture from last area, Sagay

This area is fun but I really miss Sagay because I miss the members and my recently baptized members I was close with them and I will keep that friendship forever.:) I was able to Facebook chat with Meaghen and Nicolas since you are out of town and that was pretty cool.:)  Anyway enjoy the cruise and I hope to see some pictures soon:)
LOve,
ELder EVans


***Mom note:  Always the little boy at heart!!  Wants to make sure he gets his birthday present! :)  And, yes, we have sent his birthday box already.  We just hope that it gets delivered in time.  The mail service in the Philippines is VERY slow! :)