Monday, May 22, 2017

Hunter Week 10: Service, Splits, and Snow

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This past week has been great! We have been doing good and have been trying to get more members to go out contacting with us which has been going well! We had a few priest in the our wards come out with us, and it is great not only for us but for them too! That way they can get some experience before they go on their missions! So it has been ballin!

We did get some snow this week!! Haha! I guess here in Utah it snows in May which seems a little weird, but it was great! We just got a little bit and it melted within a day, so that was nice. But it was still pretty crazy to wake up to snow everywhere! But now it's warming back up to the 70s and 80s, so it will be good weather hopefully from here on out.

We also did a lot of service this week which has been great! We helped out our stake with setting up for their women's conference which was fun. We put up decorations and set up chairs, and then we were the lunch ladies for them too. haha! So that was fun! We had a blast at that! We also helped someone move a ton of stuff and boxes out of their house into their garage which was fun. So that was fun, and they gave us a coke afterwards so it was all good. Then we helped an elderly lady move some firewood, but there wasn't much, so it took like 10 minutes. So, it was ballin to help all these people out, and to make someone's day! So I love it!

I hope all y'all had a great week, as well and thank y'all for everything! Thanks for the letters and emails! I love seeing those! It's hard to believe that's it's almost been a year, but it's been ballin! Transfers are almost over as well, and it will be the first week in June. So we will see soon, if I stay or leave here. But thanks again! I love all y'all!

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hunter Week 9: Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mothers Day! I hope all y'all mothers out there had a great Mother's Day! I got to call home yesterday which was ballin! It's one of two calls I get a Year! (Christmas and Mother’s Day) So, it was really good to talk to my family again! It feels like Christmas was just yesterday! Time flies by way too fast! But it was great to talk to them and to see everyone!

This week has been pretty good besides calling home! We did a lot of service this week again! We helped a elderly couple chop up some wood Saturday and throw some stuff in the dumpster. So that was a good! We worked from 10 to 2 in the afternoon! So it was a lot of work and they made us hamburgers afterwards! So it was great! We also went on splits a lot his week in the wards that we cover. So that was really good as well, and we found a new less active family to work with! It's too bad we don't report that anymore though. haha!  We have been doing really good though and have been helping a lot of people recently with service. We also helped out one of our less actives that we have been working with move Sunday after church. His name is Shawn, and he lives by himself so he needed some help. We got a few people from the ward to help, too.

So ya, it's been a good week and I made something for my mom for Mother's Day but it hasn't gotten there yet, so I can't tell you what it is yet haha!  But it is awesome! But it's been great, and we have been good and have been doing good here in West Valley. But thank y'all for everything again! I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day! I know that my mom is awesome, and she has taught me well! A scripture that I think ties in well about her is the story of the stripling warriors in The Book of Mormon. In Alma 56 where it says, "...they had ​​been taught by their ​​​mothers​, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their ​​​mothers​, saying: We ​​​do​ not doubt our mothers knew it." I can definitely bear my testimony that what I'm doing is what the Lord and my mom wants for me. A mission is a constant reminder to me about what my parents taught me and how I can live my life in the future. I love every second. I love all of y'all who have been involved in my life. I have learn so much. I wish y'all a great week and thank you for your support!

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hunter Week 8: Testimony of Service

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This week was a week of service. We did a lot of service this week, and we helped a few folks by doing a lot of lawn care. We mowed and trimmed a few bushes for a widow that we have been working with. She lives alone, and it was great to help her out and we hope to help her out more on a regular basis! She is Catholic, but is investigating the LDS Church. She has lots of health problems and smokes, but she has been trying to stop. So it's been great to help her out and to make her life easier. We also shoveled dirt and made a flower bed for one of the members in our area that needed some extra hands. So it was really fun to do all that. We also had dumpsters come through our area. It's basically a program that Salt Lake does to help people clean up neighborhoods and what not. So we moved some tree limbs that had fallen down in the last few storms. So that good to help them out as well.

Beside service, we have been working a lot more with the members in our two stakes as well. We are trying to met all the different leaders in the wards we cover. So it has been really good, and we have seen many fruits from it. We have met with Young Men leaders so we can know which youth we can help out, as well as the Elder Quorum and Relief Society presidents to know who they think we can swing by. We have recently been meeting with more of the less active youth, and it's great to find these people with their help and to help them come back to the fold. Also, on fast Sunday I bore my testimony about the miracle that happen with Elder Blatter’s family and my Mema and the sisters in her ward. I talked about it last week in my email. But anyways, I bore my testimony about that in the wards that I went to and it was a great spiritual experience and a lot of people talked to me afterwards about it which I thought was really cool. So it was a great spiritual experience!

We are biking today to Ensign Peak. So that's why I will probably not answer emails as fast. It's a 16 mile bike ride, and we are going with some other Elders, as well as Elder Blatter, and an investigator they are teaching is coming. So it's going to be a few hours that we will be biking, so I'll be sure to send some pictures from that later when I get back! I'm pumped to go on this biking trip for P-Day.

I love all of y'all! And thank you so much for all the support you give me everyday! I hope all of y'all are having a great day, and I hope you keep your heart open to what the Lord has in store for you!

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hunter Week 7: Save it for a rainy day!

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Well, I think Utah almost decided to become spring now. We did have snow last Friday, so I still think winter isn't done yet! This week has been cold and wet with some cold freezing rain, and also we had our car go to a set of sisters. So we have been walking and biking through it now! So perfect timing right. haha! But it has been good, and it feels good to be back on my feet again! We recently updated our ward maps and  we have been tracting all the doors we don't have records on. We actually found some potential new investigators by doing so! We have been doing that mostly this week when we don't have lessons. So it has been really fun and very good for our area as well!

We also had a miracle happen last week that I felt like I should put here in my email. So our District Leader, Elder Blatter, had some family in Nacogdoches, Texas and since, as some of y'all know, I have lots of family in Nacogdoches. So I told him that. I got his relative's address (who isn't a member) and gave it to my Mema. She is a ward missionary and works often with the sister missionaries in her ward. So, she went out with them to find them! And guess what, they did! They let them in and talked with them. They are Baptist, and she gave them a Book of Mormon and a pass along card with 3 Nephi 11, where Jesus Christ comes to America after his resurrection. They invited the sisters to come back, and it was a great experience to know that they allowed them to come in! It was a great miracle to witness! It's something that only a mission could bring to pass. So I'm glad I was out here at this point in my life. It gives a witness to me that I'm doing the right thing and that Heavenly Father is looking out for our family.

So yes, I'm enjoying every day of my mission. It has been great to witness so many miracles on almost a daily basis here and to meet many people from different backgrounds. Utah truly is a gathering place for the world and everyday I met people from outside of the United States (For example, this week I have met folks from India, Colombia, Mexico, and China.)  It is even better working with these people to come to the gospel and find that it works for everyone no matter the background of the person. By just coming to church, reading the scriptures, and saying personal prayers, you see a visible changes in their families and in how they do their dealings in secular things in a positive way. It is a miracle to witness that.

Everyone has been great and thank you again for your prayers and support! It's awesome to be here and it's been great. It's the best feeling in the world is when you knock on a door and the person who answers says something like we just prayed for you to be here. Miracles do happen and it great to be here for the ones that I see and those I don't see. I love all of y'all and hope your week has been good! Thanks again for the support, and I hope all of y'all have a ballin week!

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hunter Week 6: Transfers, Temples, and Conferences Oh My!

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Good morning everyone! This past week has yet again been fantastic! We had Stake Conference, which is when multiple local congregations come to together for a big service, this past weekend for the Granger South Stake! We had an Elder from the Seventy come to it, and he was from Mexico. His name is Elder Ben De Hoyos! He was really good at involving everyone, and it was great to hear from him. I got to talk to him and shake his hand! Besides Stake Conference, we did some service for a part member family. They were building a play set for their kids and needed some extra hands! So that was great and we got to know the husband who is not a member of the church and invited them to Conference. We set up a time to teach their family for next Wednesday which will be great!

We also took a recent convert named Tiffany to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple down in South Jordan to do some baptisms for the dead! We as missionaries can't do baptisms in the temple because of some weird rule but we did do confirmations which was a really cool experience! I've never done that before, so it was a really cool! It was a great visit and the temple president's wife talked to us as well as a few other temple workers to help guide Tiffany since it was her first time in the temple. So it was really good! We got to chill with the temple workers and got to know them! One of them was from Sherwood, Arkansas, which is right out of Little Rock. So that was ballin!

We also went to a mission fireside this Sunday which was ballin! They had this ballin Polynesian group sing , and it was really good! President Palmer, our mission president, spoke as well and it was great to hear from him as always! We tried to invite people to it. but everyone said no to us which was sad. It was still a great experience! I also, on a side note, I met a family who had been to Pea Ridge last week which was ballin! They have a son who loves in Fayetteville, but he is in the Prairie Grove Ward! So they went to the military park in Pea Ridge, and they will be going back this October. So I gave them my address so they would know where I live! Haha! But ya, they are a ballin family named the Deardens! So this week has been great, and I'm just ready for summer to get here! I hope all of y'all had a great week as well!

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

Update from Zach’s Mom: Elder Bowie is staying in West Valley this transfer with Elder Muse. :)

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