Monday, September 11, 2017

Samoan Week 8: Salt Lake or Bust

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Brothers and Sisters Talofa!

This week has been awesome! I had two exchanges this week! Which was super fun! First one was with Elder Knudsen again (he's the one from Branson), and he came to my area this time. We had a good day together, and we went contacting over in Manga which is fun to go out there, but we didn't have too much success. Nevertheless, it was still really fun to be with him and to see how each other was doing. Then again on Friday, we had exchanges and this time I went with Elder Crowther! He's from Flagstaff and he used to be in my district in Kearns, and it was great to catch up with him since we haven't been together in almost a year! I also saw Elder Mayor whom I met when I was with the Spanish Elders who lived there with Elder Crowther. So it was good to see him too! It was great! We had to take an elder to Temple Square to the family services and while he was in a meeting & since we had nothing to do, we went around Temple Square and toured around! Haha! It was really good, and we met a lot people from a lot of places. One of the senior couples that worked at the Joseph Smith building were the grandparents of my trainer, Elder Dunham! So that was great to see them and to talk with them for a bit!

I'm very grateful to be serving here in Salt Lake City. It's truly the place where the Lord needs me. To be able to go to Temple Square and to have these great resources here that we can use for missionary work is awesome. Remember to kept those that are affected by the earthquake and the floods in your prayers! Lots of crazy stuff going on in the world! It's makes me grateful for the Gospel knowing that Heavenly Father is here for all of us. By turning to him we can have that peace he promises us. Also, another great thing  happened yesterday! My youngest brother, Cole, got baptized! I'm so proud of him and for his decision to be baptized! I couldn't go, but I'm very happy for him! I love all y'all! And I hope everyone had a great week! Stay safe and live the gospel!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, September 4, 2017

Samoan Week 7: Great and Marvelous Work

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Brothers and Sisters, Talofa! I hope all y'all had an amazing week! My week has been very good! We now have another set of missionaries living with us since we had a spare bedroom, so that's been great! We have Elder Maldarizzi, from Italy, and his greenie, Elder Keith, whose from North Carolina! So it's been great to have roommates! It's been great serving with the Samoan people here in the valley with Elder Bingham! We have been trying new ways to find people to teach. Contacting the young men to get them involved in missionary work is the main thing we have been doing this week as well as this next week as well.

I also had a baptism in one my pervious areas, out in Tooele, and I had the opportunity to be able to go which was awesome! It was someone named Ace that I met with Elder Lane. Ace, used to do a lot of drugs and stuff and he changed his life around through the church's addiction recovery program. He now runs and leads those himself helping other people with that trial. He was on parole, and so he was waiting approval from the First Presidency to be baptized. So it was awesome to see him finally make it! I was really grateful to be able to go!

This week has been fantastic and I love the mission! Hard to believe it's already September again! Time goes by too fast! Thank y'all for everything again and for your support! I'm very glad to be serving here as well as to be learning and growing everyday! Remember to pray for those that are affected by the hurricane down in the Houston area! I'm sure they could use a lot of help right now! Thank y'all again! I love all y'all! Stay safe and chose the right!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, August 28, 2017

Samoan Week 6: Fireside

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Brothers and Sisters, Manuia le taeao (good morning)!

This week has been great! We had transfer calls this Saturday, and I will be staying here with Elder Bingham!  So no changes for us! However, there are a lot of changes to the mission since we got a lot of new missionaries (greenies). So the zones got realigned. So now we are in the Redwood Zone instead of the West Jordan Zone. Guess what!? Elder Lester, one of the missionaries that I trained, is the one of the Zone Leaders! So that will be awesome! There is also now, the Copperton, South Valley, and the Desert Peak Zone. So lots of changes! Elder Knudsen(from Branson) and the Arkansas sister are still in my district as well!

Besides from transfers, this week was pretty good. We opened up some apartments for next transfer with our Zone leader, Elder Ledbetter and Kozakevitch, and we moved furniture in them so that they are ready. We also got a little sick this week which was a bummer. Elder Bingham was pretty sick and was throwing up. So we gave him a blessing with the Zone Leaders, and just relaxed most of the day and watch LDS movies. So that was fun. He got better then next day though, so that was good.

We have been doing well. We are going on visits with members and setting them up so that has been fun! We also had a great mission fireside Sunday about families! It was really uplifting! I saw a lot of people that I knew from previous areas! It was awesome! The mission is going great, and I can't believe that another transfer has gone by! Hope all of y'all have been doing well! I love all y'all! Thanks for the support and everything! Have a good week!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, August 21, 2017

Samoan Week 5: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

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Good Morning everyone! This past week has been awesome! This week I went on exchanges with Elder Knudsen which was great! He is from Branson which is cool, and we had a lot of fun together even though we only had one lesson that day! It went good though and our one lesson went well with this Tongan guy and the Spirit was really strong there! We taught the Plan of Salvation and we had a lot of member support there to help out and to bear their testimonies as well! So, it was a ballin lesson!

Saturday Elder Bingham had a baptism in one of his previous areas, and we were able to attend that which was awesome! It's always great being able to go to a baptism because of how spiritual and how fantastic they are! So, that was defiantly a big highlight of this past week! We also played volleyball with some folks in our ward that night and that was a lot of fun. We got to get to know some people and just relax and have fun which is always nice! So now my volley ball skills are on par now (haha!) since all the Polynesians love it! We get invited to play a lot which is great!

So ya, besides that we didn't do too much this week besides the usual missionary work stuff! The mission has been great, and it's hard to believe that now 14 Months have already gone by!! It goes by way too fast sometimes! I love it though! I hope all of y'all have been doing well! We have transfer's next week, so I'll know by next Saturday if I am staying here another 6 weeks or moving somewhere else! It's exciting! We are getting a lot of new missionaries, so we'll see what happens! Anyways, I love all y'all! Hope y'all have a good week!

P.S. Also have fun watching the solar eclipse today!! That'll be fun!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, August 14, 2017

Samoan Week 4: Polynesian Baptisms

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Brothers and Sisters, Talofa! (Hello in Samoan) Good morning everyone, how has y'all’s week been? This has probably been one of the most ballin weeks ever for me! So, this week I went on exchanges with our Zone Leader (ZL), Elder Leadbetter, and it was awesome! What a great guy, and I really enjoyed being with him for the day! During our day together we contact what we call Potential Investigators (PI's) and they are people who someone has told us to come by or someone we met that asked us to come by and start teaching them and what not. In this area we have a pretty long list. So, Elder Leadbetter and I contacted all of them that we could, and this is like a dozen people! It was crazy!!! Because for us as missionaries, no one is hardly ever at home, especially in the afternoon. Even if they are, they usually don't open the door. (I wonder why! lol) That was a wonderful miracle for us! Sad thing is that now we need more referrals to contact. haha! We had a lot of success though, and we also set up 4 return appointments out of a dozen to go back to. So not too bad. It was a great highlight of my week!

ALSO! Very important! We had multiple baptisms this past Saturday! 5 people total!! So first was our baptism in the Samoan ward we cover in West Valley! (Granger 11th Ward FYI) A mother and her son we have been teaching recently were the one's that got baptized, and our senior couple baptized the mom and the bishop baptized the son! It was beautiful! And of course, we had a huge lunch/feast thing afterwards which was homemade for half the ward! Haha! So that was great as well! It was a great experience for them and for us! It was also great to see their confirmation Sunday as well and for them to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost! Then I had a baptism back in my old area in Granger/Hunter South! It was Jose Cababa who I set on date a week or two before transfers and he was baptized! Then afterwards he was confirmed and given the Aaronic Priesthood, so he could baptize two of his sons, Isaiah and Daniel, which was a great miracle to see that as well! He has been meeting with missionaries now for over 4 years, and it was great for him to finally make that step! So It was awesome to be able to attend these baptisms!

Of course, one of the coolest things this week is that we had a decent rainstorm come through which doesn't happen very much here in Utah! Haha! The streets got somewhat flooded even though it didn't rain that much. So it was pretty cool to watch!

I'm very grateful to be here in this mission and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I love every day and every second of my mission! It's hard to believe we are already half way through August! I know that what I am doing is probably one of the best things I could be doing right now. I love the work. I'm having a blast in the Samoan area, and I am doing well with Elder Bingham! He is a great missionary and is helping me out a lot! I hope and pray that all of ya’ll are doing fantastic as well! I love all of y'all! Thanks again for the love and support! I appreciate everything that y'all have done for me! Thanks for the impact y'all have given me!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, August 7, 2017

Samoan Week 3: Power of a Testimony

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Brothers and Sisters, Talofa! This week was awesome! I had a baptism back in my last area in West Valley which was great, and I was able to go! It was great to attend that! It was April who was the single mom that we were meet with back in the Hunter South Stake.  Elder Bingham also had a baptism in his last area which we were able to go to as well which was awesome! This week we also had interviews with President Palmar which was awesome! It's always good to talk to him! The next transfer is coming up and there will be a lot of new missionaries so a lot of new areas will be opening up. So everyone is excited for that! It's hard to believe that this transfer is half way over! It's going by fast!

We also had a funny experience this week. One of our senior couples set up a lesson with some Samoan Seven Day Adventist missionaries! So that was crazy, but it went well. They had a lot of questions and one of them used to be a member, but is now less  active. The other nonmember one liked what we said and it made sense to him. So hopefully one day he makes contact again with missionaries! We gave them our number if they ever had more questions. But it was a fun little experience that happen this week! We ate a great lunch that was prepared afterward which was awesome, too!

The mission has been awesome! I love every second of it! It's been a huge testimony builder. It's weird now being one of the older missionaries in the mission! It goes by too fast! I'm the oldest in the district! Haha! The second oldest came out last September and everyone else came out in 2017! Lol! But it's great! I love it! I hope everyone has a great week! I love all of y'all!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, July 31, 2017

Samoan Week 2: Samoan Miracles

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Talofa! (hello in Samoan) Brothers and sisters! This week has been ballin! Had a few miracles this week. One of them is with the investigator’s family that we put on date last week. I was on exchanges with Elder Burner the day of our lesson. We were teaching about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout the lesson the mom would cry a lot. She offered the closing prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for the gospel and for bringing her into the light. We talked about how Christ did many miracles and it inspired her to ask for a blessing at the end of the lesson. She has some illnesses she has been battling with. So the senior couple that came with us to translate gave her a blessing in Samoan, and it was awesome! It was a great spiritual experience. She is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and is coming to church. We are very excited for her baptism as well as the ward members.

Saturday was a fairy busy day mainly because we had a lot of members invite us to events. We had a ton of food! After one of our lessons, the senior couple took us out to lunch. Then we had a Samoan party thing at 3 and they gave us a lot of food and our lesson that evening gave us more food! So we had a lot! I also had someone I taught in my last area be baptized which was great! It was Jose Aguilera's son Dominic and his daughter, Emily. So that was great for them to be baptized. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go, but it was great to hear about that! But ya, me and Elder Bingham have been doing good. He's from Nebraska and originally from Utah! He's is a good missionary, and it's been fun working with him!

Thank y'all again for everything! I hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission