Monday, April 17, 2017

Hunter Week 5: Easter Baptism

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Happy Easter Y'all! It's been a great past Easter week here in Utah! Although Utah doesn't really celebrate Good Friday and all that, it was ballin! We had a Easter baptism this weekend! We had a baptism for Zadien who is 10 and his little sister who is 8! It was so ballin! We had their home teacher who was very close with the family baptize them and me and Elder Muse did some great witnessing for the baptism. It was a lot of fun to help that family out. It's a single mom family, and it was great to help them out and help the come to church! The dad and grandparents came to the baptism, and we talked to one of the mom’s sisters who is less active. We talked about helping her kids get baptized as well! So we will see how that goes! Also, after the baptism we were driving and we saw a ton of old Ford and Chevy trucks and convertibles in this guy front  yard. He let us mess around with them, and we took some ballin pictures. haha! So it was a great reward after the baptism. haha!

We also had the mission tour this week with President Christensen coming from the Seventy! It was so awesome! He talked to us about the Holy Ghost and how we can receive revelation for ourselves and our areas! It was a huge spiritual experience! Elder Muse actually got chosen to be interviewed by him. So that was a great experience for him, I'm sure! We got to ask him questions about concerns we have and everything. So it was ballin! We also got to hear from President Palmer as well which is always great! I learned a lot from them, and it was a great opportunity to listen to them both!

Other than that, this week has been normal regarding missionary work! We did get to meet with Jose’s family. He's the one that went to General Conference with us, and we have been trying to get them to church. They haven't been coming since conference. We are working with some of the kids to get them baptized, and we have been helping Jose get the priesthood. Then he could baptize his own kids which would be awesome! So hopefully we get the ball rolling there. But ya, it's been great here in the valley! Thank y'all so much for everything that y'all have done for me! I appreciate all the letters and emails! I hope all of y'all had a great Easter and a Christ centered week! It's been great, and I have loved every second of my week! Hard to believe it's been 10 months already! But it's ballin! Love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hunter Week 4: Sunday Snow

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This past week has been great! Saturday night we had some more snow come through Utah, and I woke up on Fast Sunday to another white wonderland! So that was fun! I had to pull out my winter coat again! But besides from the snow, this week has been great! We are having a mission tour this coming week and an Elder from the Seventy is coming to tour the mission. So I'll be able to tell y'all more about that next week.  This week we had a Zone training basically preparing us for when he comes to speak to us. The whole mission will be getting together! So that's going to be fun!

This week we have been knocking on a lot of doors as usual, and we might have some potential new investigators in our area which is great! So we will be following up with a lot of people next week! We have a few people on date for next Saturday. One is Jose's son named Dominic (he is the one that went to General Conference with us) which should be great! We also have a 10 year old named Zadien with his 8 year old sister which will be great as well! We also have another kid named Ethan who will be baptized next Saturday, and at will be awesome as well! So ya next Saturday is going to be ballin! We have been preparing them to be baptized, and they are all ballers!

But ya the work here is going very well! We have also been sharing the new Easter video to people. Each year the Church makes a video for Easter and Christmas. This year’s Easter one is very good! If you go to Mormon.org, it's right on the front page! It is a very good video and has a great message! So I hope y'all will watch it and can be inspired from it! I know I definitely have been! But ya. I love all of y'all! Thanks for the support you give me and I really appreciate it! I hope y'all have a great week! Stay Safe!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hunter Week 3: Conference Weekend

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Good morning everyone! This past week has been yet another ballin’ week here in West Valley! We had General Conference this last weekend, and I hope everyone got a chance to watch it! It was awesome! We went to the Saturday afternoon session, and it was soooooo cool! The Conference Center that the Church built in Temple Square is massive, and it was so cool to be in there and to sing with literally thousands of other people. It was an amazing spiritual experience! We went with a recent convert and his son and brother in law who were not members, and they loved it! They were asking us when the next conference would be, and it was cool! We met so many people from France and Brazil while waiting in line. It was pretty neat! They didn't announce the Arkansas Temple yet, but they probably will next year! ;) It was great to hear from our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and he is a awesome, He shared a ballin’ testimony! But ya, I definitely got inspired to improve some things that I think will help me become a better missionary!

Regarding people we are working with, currently we found a new part member family named the Fadels who in the past had some rough history with the Church. They could use some prayers. The dad is really trying to make an effort, so that will be good for the whole family. We didn't get to meet with Abby this week. We will hopefully be getting a new investigator next week! It is someone named Brittney, and she is living in a member’s home and wants to met with us. So we will be swinging by Tuesday for that! But ya, the weather has been great recently, and it makes we wish I was biking! It's still weird being in a car area, and plus it's smaller than my area in Tooele. haha! But ya, thank y'all for all the support and prayers! I really do appreciate it!

A mission is the best thing that can be happening for me at this stage in my life. I'm learning more and more each and every single day about how to use Christ more in my life, and it's ballin’! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and so is the Book of Mormon! Right now I'm in Helaman in the Book of Mormon, and I have recently been learning more from the Book of Mormon than ever before! It's crazy. I've been reading like 10 chapters a day, and it's so ballin’! So I will ask all of y'all to do the same challenge that Sister Palmer gave to me which is to read 4 chapters of the  Book of Mormon every day and by doing so you can draw closer to our Savior. So ya, love y'all! Keep being you!

Also, just so y'all know, we are hiking Bells Canyon. So I'll have no service probably until we get back this afternoon!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hunter Week 2: Knocking in the Rain

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Good morning y'all! This past couple days have been amazing! Since Wednesday, we found two new investigator families that we are going to begin to teach! We were contacting Thursday in the rain, and we knocked on a door and someone named Chris opened the door. He was a really nice guy and was excited to see us swinging by. So we set up a time on Saturday for us to come back and teach him and his family! So Saturday we learn that he wasn't a member of the church and neither was his wife. They didn't know really anything about the LDS church (which is really hard to find in Utah haha!) besides Joseph Smith. So we taught them the restoration! Also, he has like 4 kids who are pretty young. It went really well! He had never heard of the Book of Mormon, so we gave him a copy and asked him to read and pray about! So, it's super exciting! This week we will teach the plan of salvation and might challenge him and his wife to baptism! So I will update y'all about him and his family next week.

We also started teaching a part member family named the Smalling family yesterday. The husband is a member, but the wife is not. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and read out of the first chapter which went really well. They have a two year old son who was a little crazy. haha! We will be working with them now! We also did some service at a less active home because they were putting in some flooring. So we did that all Saturday afternoon which was really fun. We had to move furniture and all that to make room for the flooring, and then put it back. So it was fun to help them! They also have a friend who's last name is Bowie. So that was interesting since Bowie is a pretty rare name!

Also, we just picked up yet another new investigator who is from Egypt, and his name is Abby! We just met him last Sunday! He is a huge dude, and he is so awesome! He is here in Salt Lake because he had a friend who had started a business here. It’s his first time here (and he didn't know anything about Utah at all). He moved here the very beginning of October. So he went downtown his first day to check out SLC, and that's when the church has it's General Conference. So he was amazed about why so many people were in the streets, and he went over to Temple Square to check it out. He saw the apostles speaking on the big TV's and he got a copy of the Book of Mormon! He used to be a college professor, and he has read or studied about every religion you can think of. He said the first time he read the Book of Mormon it was different from anything he has ever read before or since, and he wanted to learn more. So he found a church (which isn't too hard to find here haha!), and he is in an older singles ward now. We are going to start teaching him! He is already in 3rd Nephi in the Book of Mormon, and he believes that it is already true. He doesn't understand about the organization of the church, but he is amazed about how real the members are in being friendly, loving and family oriented. So I'm super excited to work with him!

So ya, this week was awesome! This area is really cool, and we are finding a lot of cool members and people to work with!  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so real, and it's awesome to see people learn about it and have a change in heart!  I love being out here on my mission, and it's great to help people. It's just a humbling experience! I hope all of y'all are having a good time! Hard to believe it's almost April! It's starting to warm up here, and it feels good. It makes missionary work a lot easier as people are starting to be outside more! The Spirit has been huge here, and I hope y'all are listening to the Spirit as well! Thank y'all for the emails and letters! It's great to hear from y'all! I hope everyone has a great week! Thank you for your prayers!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hunter Week 1: West Valley to the Temple

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Alright, we just got back from the SLC Temple out in Temple Square. That was awesome! It was my second time going to the Salt Lake Temple, and it was great to go as a zone! We had a blast. This week with Elder Muse has been awesome! We have a car now (finally), and it's a Toyota RAV4 which is awesome! And it's been great to drive around instead of biking and walking! Elder Muse is from Houston, Texas, and he's awesome! He is a convert himself and was baptized about three years ago!

We cover two stakes the Hunter South and Granger South Stakes. The members here are great, and it's been awesome serving here! This week we mainly just went contacting and meeting bishops and ward mission leaders, so I'm kind of starting to get to know everyone! I also got a hair cut finally on Monday, and that was cool! A member can cut hair for us for free which was really nice! But ya, it feels great to drive again and to be here in the "valley"!

Thank y'all so much for all the emails and letters! Stay safe y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tooele Week 13: Transfers

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This week was transfer week! And it turns out that I'm getting transferred to the Hunter South Stake which is in West Valley! So it looks like I am leaving Tooele! I'm gonna miss this wonderful stake and it's members, but 'm very excited to go to West Valley! My new companion is Elder Muse and he is African American from Houston Texas! I've seen him before, and he seem to be a really cool guy. So I'm super excited to serve with him!

Elder Lane will be taking over Tooele, and he will do great! So I'll be sure to give y'all my new address next week! Besides transfers the weather here in Utah as been great, and it's been in the 60s all week and it feels great! We also found a new investigator here in a Tooele who is a nine year old that has autism, and she is awesome! Also, Travis got the priesthood last week and that has been awesome as well. He is set on going to the temple! But ya, it's been awesome here, and thank y'all for all of the support! I love all of you! I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tooele Week 12: Drop the Mic

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This week was simply amazing! We have had a good amount of success here in Tooele, and I'm loving it here! It's hard to believe that this transfer is almost over and I will know next week if I'll be staying here in Tooele or moving somewhere else. I really hope I stay here, because it's been picking up here in the stake and the members are awesome!

Well, we just had a baptism here in Tooele! We had the two Gordy girls that we have been working with since I got here get baptized and confirmed which was awesome! They are awesome. One is 8 and the other one is 9 who was our convert baptism. Their mom was a less active and the dad is not a member, and we are still trying to work with him but he's a great guy! Also, back in Kearns someone that I taught there was baptized last Saturday as well! His name is Diego and he is Hispanic but goes to the English Ward. He is an awesome guy, and I'm super proud for him!  Also, Travis who was baptized last Saturday has been talking about getting the priesthood, so he can baptize one of his boys which will be awesome! He has been doing great as well!

But ya, the mission has been great and I'm loving every day! It's been very humbling for me to be here and to help people accept the Gospel and improve their lives! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and anyone who repents and follows Him can have access to His love and mercy! It's ballin! I love all of y'all! Thank you for your support of me being here and for all of letters! It means a ton!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission