This is Matt’s mom: sorry everybody! I have been so lazy about posting Matt’s letters! Here is his latest. He is in Machias, Maine. This is just about as far North as you can go and stay in the continental US! If you want to write him a letter, I know he would love it! His address is:
Elder Matthew Evans
174 Court Street,
Machias, ME 04654
Dear Family and Friends!
This week was great; we have been having some powerful lessons. We are teaching a wonderful family, the Tibbets, I think I've mentioned them before. Their sincerity is so real it brings the Spirit in and allows us to give even better testimonies of what we are teaching. Another really cool thing that happened this week is an excommunicated member had us over for dinner and asked for a fathers blessing. He clearly knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that all that the Church teaches is true, but he chooses not to seek membership again. He has children and wants them to be raised in the church, serve a mission for the church and then serve the country in the military and he figures by then they have the maturity and disciple to make good choices. He chose me to give the blessing, and it was a very spiritually powerful experience for me. I could feel a special spirit around him. It is evidence to me of God’s love to all His children, He reaches out to all of us, if we will seek Him. It was and is clear to me that Heavenly Father is being very careful with his son and is very mindful of him. I don't know what long term plans God has for him, but I could feel during the blessing that God was willing to help him be an influence for good for his children. I am so glad I am not in his shoes though...it is a very dark scary place to be when you have left that much of what gives you life behind.
I'm very thankful for the support I get from people back home. I get letters almost every week. It's true that the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are the strongest sources of love we can obtain, but often times it is much easier to find, feel, or accept the love from those whom we know and live with in the flesh. Keep writing me, everybody, you don't know the strength that it gives me.
Elder Matthew D. Evans