Saturday, March 12, 2016

3/12/16 - Elder Evan Gillespie's Homecoming is 3/13/16 !

Evan Gillespie, now home in Alpine, UT from the Idaho Pocatello Mission!
Thank you for all the love you left with everyone in Idaho Elder G!
Hi Everyone,
Evan’s Mom Betsy here!  It’s been wonderful welcoming Evan home and we’re all excited to hear him speak in the Highland Ward on Sunday!  All are welcome – Please help spread the word!

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 1pm
Highland Utah West Stake, Highland 20th Ward
6411 W 11800 N, Highland, UT 84003

Reception following at 4pm - Here is the Facebook invitation with the details also:

We are grateful for Evan’s valiant and dedicated service and love to the stellar souls in the Idaho Pocatello Mission!  The IPM has been touched and grateful hearts continue to reach out and thank him! – LOVE!

Evan loves God with every drop!
"Oh, how we need to love God! For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become."
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf,

2/29/16 – Solid, Joy-filled Testimony and Thoughts of Next Steps

Elder Evan Gillespie with President & Sister Hancock
of the Idaho Pocatello Mission
at the Rexburg Temple before his departure.

So this may or may not be my last email. No promises. 

I have no idea what to do with myself when I get home. I have a bit of anxiety about the whole not being a missionary thing. I will be in the world again... It's weird. I can go on a long drive, BY MYSELF, listening to NORMAL music, to anywhere I want. I can go to the store at 9pm at night because I don't have milk for the morning. But I will never be able to wear the sacred name of Jesus Christ again in this capacity. That thought brings me to tears. I'm sad to leave behind the good people of I've come to love and adore. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's kingdom on earth and the only true and living church. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and Advocate. His Atonement is infinite and eternal in nature. Because of the fall our natures have become evil, but through Christ it will all be made right. He has provided the power to cleanse ourselves, not only of sins of commission but even sins of omission. I've learned many wonderful things on my mission. I have a hard time nailing down what I would say would be the most important thing I have learned is. If I had to choose, I would simply state that we are all sons and daughters of God and have the potential to inherit the fullness of joy that he now enjoys and it's all because of Him.

Elder Gillespie

2/22/16 – This is the True and Living Church

Hello everyone,

I fully expect to be witness to many miracles as I come to conclusion of my 24 months of service in this capacity. I'm excited for them. I've already seem them these past few weeks here in Highland. There is no greater work than the work of the Lord. I'm filled with gratitude. I testify that Jesus Christ is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my Advocate. I know that He never turns down a plea for change. The Atonement truly is infinite and eternal in nature. I've had so many wonderful examples of good in my life. I've been spiritually fed by some our Heavenly Father's most valiant children for a long time now. I testify that the Book of Mormon is evidence of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. This is the true and living Church. 

Elder Gillespie

On 2/19/16 Elder Gillespie's Mom, Betsy received the following message from a grateful Mom... tears of gratitude flowed heavily:

“Hello Betsy, Elder Gillespie gave us your blog address and we have been following his mission since he left Shelley. Your son baptized my children, Preston and Adyson a year ago on Valentine's Day. I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful missionary he is. He not only taught my kids the Gospel but also became a catalyst of change for me. Our lives and our hearts are changed because of his willingness to serve the Lord. Thank you. He is an amazing missionary!  I just though you should know. J Cheryl”

Evan Gillespie also wrote, 
“I'm filled with gratitude for all of the wonderful people Heavenly Father has placed in my life.”

2/15/16 – Is This A Lame Email?

(THANKFULLY - some great members in the Idaho Pocatello Mission sent some wonderful pictures this week to accompany the short note below  :) – Betsy)

Elders Gillingham & Gillespie - Idaho Pocatello Mission - Highland Area

Ye Sons & Daughters of God,

I've been a missionary for a little while now. It's been pretty good. I've learned some stuff along the way. It's been hard for sure. I think that's Heavenly Father just saying 'YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN TOO EASY, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO FEEL SOME HEAT!' in a loving way of course. So I'm super excited to go home and super sad, have I said that already? 

I don't have much for you today. I'll update ev'ryone when I get back with everything that has happened the past couple of years. 

Elder Gillespie

When asked about cooking on his Mission Elder Evan Gillespie wrote:

“I've cooked lots of simple meals on my mission. It's hard to spend too much time though because we only have an hour to cook and we don't really prep food beforehand or anything like that. But I have been taking decent care of myself. Some things I've cooked: Venison, fried chicken, lots of variations of eggs including omelets, spam, beef, elephant eyes, etc., pancakes, stir fry's, and that's all I can think of right now. I have had weeks of just Ramen or other unhealthy stuff like that, frozen pizza, burritos, taquitos, toast, pop-tarts, etc. “

2/8/16 – Work goes on in Highland

Elders Gillespie & Gillingham with Erick at a YSA Baptism in the Idaho Pocatello Mission

Elders Gillespie & Gillingham - Idaho Pocatello Mission

So the update.. this area is fun to be in. A lot of the senior missionaries in the mission live here. I love them. We can just stop by at our Mission President’s house whenever we want, according to the laws of reason, obviously.  I don't know if anyone has heard of the Shaytards, but they live in this stake that I work in. Shay Carl started a YouTube series of just daily life with his family and now he's very successful because of it. I hope to get a picture with him before I leave the area. I kinda fangirled it when I found out that he and his family live here. There is a Mormon message on called "Our Family Fun Vacation". So that's pretty chill. 

We're super busy here in Highland. We cover 12 wards in the stake and then we also cover the YSA ward that covers the Highland boundaries. We just had a baptism in the YSA ward last Saturday (pic included). His name is Erick, I hope he decides to go on a Mission, he'd be an astounding missionary. Lots of work to be done here before I get home. After all that I've learned on my mission, I've simply come to realize I know NOTHING about all that is there for us to know in the eternities. I'm really not that excited to come home, but I will say that I'm super excited to listen to the endless supply of music I have yet to discover. 

Love ya,
Elder Gillespie

Elder Evan Gillespie - a TRUE Guitar Hero Missionary in the Idaho Pocatello Mission