Monday, April 2, 2018

Hunter Week 19: Conference Weekend

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Good morning everyone! I hope y’all had a great Conference weekend! It’s been great here in West Valley! We started the new transfer this week and we have been doing pretty well here! Not too much success this week, but we are always trying to find new people to work with and help those that we are working with to progress in the Gospel. Conference, of course, was probably one of the biggest highlights this week! It was amazing to sustain President Nelson as our new current Prophet of the Church! Not to mention, all the huge announcements that he made this year!! Lot’s of changes and 7 new temples! Two of which are the first in Russia and India! It’s crazy to see the growth of the church all around the globe! I’m very excited for this next era for the LDS Church!  We weren’t able to bring anyone, but we still went to the Saturday Afternoon session! We watched it in the tabernacle which was really cool! I’ll attach some pictures so y’all can see! Our area is doing pretty well, and we are hopefully taking someone to the temple open house in South Jordon this week which should be good! Hard to believe it’s April! I’m excited for what this month has to offer! We are doing our best and trying to be better. I hope you all had a great weekend as well! Thanks for all the love and support!

Elder Bowie
Hunter East and Hunter Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hunter Week 18: Easter Hosanna

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Good morning y’’all! This has been a great week here in West Valley City! We had a lot of great stuff going on and the work is going good! Of course, we had transfers calls last Saturday and me and Elder Heeding will be staying together for another transfer! So, we are both super excited for that! We also get a new ward in our area the Mapasaga Ward which is the Samoan ward for Hunter and Manga! So, now our area is really big! We are looking forward to working with them now as well! So, it’s going to be awesome covering this new ward!

We had our Stake’s community event, The Easter Hosanna! It was a big concert with groups from around the area which was pretty awesome! We invited a couple of people to come to that. So that was great! We had a couple of lessons this week with potential new investigators, and we are still looking for new people to work with. It’s been really good and the Lord answered our prayers and we got a solid referral for a guy who is 28 and as a LOT of questions and wants to learn more about our Church. So, that was great! We are working with some less actives who have an 8 year old daughter. We are working with them to get them active and to get her baptized with the Bishop’s help. So, that was awesome!

The mission has been doing great! I’m excited to stay here for one for transfer. So, now I'll be here till May 8th So, this might be my last area, but we will see what the Lord wants. It’s been great serving and I love the people of this area! I hope everyone else has a great Easter Week! It’s amazing to turn back and to look at the life of the Savior during those last moments of his life. Love!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Hunter East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hunter Week 17: Preach My Gospel

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Good Morning! It’s been an amazing week here in West Valley! We have been working hard trying to find some new investigators (people that are interested in learning more about the church). We have been knocking doors and walking the streets looking for people to teach and to help come unto Christ. We found one after many hours of seeking. haha! It’s a part member family with a 9 year old daughter. We will be meeting with them this evening at 7. We are excited to start working with them!

Elder Heeding has been doing very well! He’s has adjusted to missionary life really well and is a great support and missionary! We are getting along well and are working hard! We were able to give our testimonies in the Hunter 15th ward which was great! We will be speaking in the 5th ward next week! So, we will have spoken three times by the end of this transfer which is great! Elder Heeding does great talks as well!

I have been trying to focus more on the Book of Mormon recently and I am currently in the middle of Mosiah and finished reading the story of Abinadi.  We were able to use that story in a lesson with one of our recent converts, Ray, and we read chapters 13-14 with him and talked about the commandments and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We told him of how Abinadi talked to the wicked King Noah and his Priest and taught them about the Law of Moses and the Savior who would fulfill the Law. He also read Isaiah 53 as another witness of his words to the King. It’s amazing to see how the Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible and supports it. Using both brings the doctrine of Christ into focus.

I love being a missionary and it’s crazy to think I only have 3 more months of it! I love serving and helping the people around me. I can promise you that if you read the Book of Mormon every day that the windows of Heaven will open and you will find answers and peace in your own life as it has mine. I love this Gospel! Our last Prophet Thomas S. Monson said in his last public address we need to read this Book daily. I love y’all! Thanks for all the love and support! May God bless you!

Elder Bowie
Hunter East and Hunter Stakes 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hunter Week 16: Walk of Faith

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Good Morning, everyone! This has been another awesome week here in West Valley! We didn’t have many lessons but we had some excellent experiences! To start, Monday evening we had a lesson cancel and we went out contacting and we went by a lady named Demetra and she is cool and is a single mom of 5 or 6 kids! She really isn’t that interested in church and works two jobs so she is rarely home but her mom stays with the kids. So we had a good talk with her and she knows the Bishop in the area and hopefully when things clear up in her life she will be ready to join the Gospel, but for right now she isn’t interested in Church. Then Tuesday last week was our pday which you already know about. We went to downtown Salt Lake. Then we went out contacting and it was pretty good. Wednesday we decided to do a “Walk of Faith”. Since we had nothing planned for the whole afternoon we just walked around for a few hours. Nothing too much happen. We had a correlation meeting and talked about some of the people we are trying to work with and got to know the ward missionaries a bit better.

Thursday we did some service for Brother Gomez in helping put away some costumes and stuff from the event downtown for the Spanish community. So that was a lot of fun and we messed around with some of it and took some cool pics. haha! Then we ate lunch and we did our weekly planning and then contacted in the evenings. Friday we had our District Meeting which was a bit small since the sisters in our district were at the Jordan River Temple preparing for the Open House. It was good and then we did some more walking and not too much happened. Saturday we decided to walk the boundaries of our area. In the afternoon since both our afternoon appointments canceled. So 10, 11 miles later we finished and went back home with just a little bit of time left until dinner. While we were walking we were able to give someone a priesthood blessings which was awesome! He saw us walking and asked us to come in and he told us he was struggling and he was a member. So, we were able to give him a blessing and directed him to his bishop. So, that awesome! Sunday we had church and we did some walking in the afternoon. A few meetings then we walked to dinner. That was fun. Our lesson at 6 told us they weren’t interested so we walked to our lesson at 7 and they canceled since she had to work extra. Then we went by our ward mission leader, Brother Nelson, and did a correlation meeting which was good.

So ya, we did not have many lessons this week, but we were able to still work and walk around and do some good that otherwise couldn’t have been done. So, it’s been a good week and it’s been nice weather so it makes walking a couple miles not too bad. haha! I hope everyone had a great week! Thanks again for all the love and support! And, in case you didn’t see I have now less than 100 days left on the mission. haha! So, I’ll do my best to make it count!

Elder Bowie
Hunter & Hunter East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hunter Week 15: Salt Lake City!!

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Good morning everyone! We had a great time in the Salt Lake City Temple today! So that is why our pday was moved to today. It was awesome to go to the temple. We had to wake up at 5 and get to the train station at 6 to ride to Salt Lake, and be in the temple for the 7 am session. So that as great and I printed off two family names for Elder Heeding and I.

Our week went pretty good. We had stake conference which as fun to go to! We are still looking for new people to work with and we have a few on date for baptism here soon. Sorry my email will be a little short this week since I’m still downtown doing some stuff! We are doing well together and I am really enjoying my time with Elder Heeding.

The work here in West Valley is picking up, and its crazy to think we are halfway done with the transfer! Hope you all have a great day! Love you!

Elder Bowie
Hunter & Hunter East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hunter Week 14: Contacting in the Snow

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Good Morning! It’s been a very snowy week here in Utah! We probably got 3 or 4 snow storms in one week! So we have been shoveling a lot of driveways as service for people! Elder Heeding is doing great and we are getting along! He is a very hard worker, and is an awesome companion to have! Monday we did a little service for a member to help move some stuff, and then we went tracking in some apartments in our area which was fun and got one return appointment. Tuesday we went contacting and went by a couple of our bishops and ward mission leaders to introduce Elder Heeding to them! We had one lesson as well with Braxton, our recent convert, and did one of the new member lessons.

Wednesday we did a service project for Brother Gomez in helping out in a Spanish cultural event that will be in the Conference Center downtown. We just put costumes in protective bags so that they are ready to be transported down there. So that was a lot of fun to see all the cool costumes. We did a companionship study with our Zone Leaders, Adamo, and Crowther, which was great! We had both lessons we had set cancel on us, so we did a lot of finding in the evening. Thursday we had our Zone Conference which was great! We talked about the commandments and the white handbook. It was awesome! We met with our new investigator, Chris Rzepkowski, and taught him the Restoration. He is the son of our recent convert, Rebecca, and he is 11 and wants to be baptized as well! Then we went out contacting after our lesson.

Friday we had our District Meeting which was great! It snowed very hard that day so after we did some weekly planning we went out and just shoveled people’s driveways from about 2 to 5. Then we met with our other new investigator, Aymen and taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His cousins weren’t there so we will have to get them up to speed. Then we went out contacting. We found two new investigators. First Demetra, a black lady with a couple of kids. Then we found Willie who is from Tennessee and has a pretty deep southern accent! Haha! So we will be meeting with both of them this coming week! Saturday was an all contacting day! Went by a couple list of names we had form wards and knocked out most of them. Sadly not that many were interested but now we narrowed it down to about 2 or 3 families we are trying to teach now.

Sunday was church and sadly not that many people came to church this week! So we are going to share a scripture from Moroni about church to all our people and invite them all again to go to church. So, hopefully we can get some more folks coming. Then all of our set lessons fell through we had for the day. So we contacted a few people, and got one return appointment. So that was good! But ya, my week was awesome, and we are going to have a lot of people on date for baptism soon! Our goal is 14 for this week so we are praying that the Lord will help us as we go out this week and invite people. I hope everyone has a great week! Love y’all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter & Hunter East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hunter Week 13: Chicken Feet

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Good Morning everyone! It’s a cold snowy morning here in Utah today! I hope everyone had a great week! It’s been a wonderful start to the transfers here! On Tuesday we went to the Mission Office to met Elder Heeding. We had to do some introduction stuff and some basic training. Afterwards we had lunch together with all the trainers and greenies which was nice! Then we went back to our place and got everything unpacked. It was a little crazy with three of us so Elder Heeding had to sleep on the couch! Later that evening we had a lesson with Braxton, our recent convert, and we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him. Elder Heeding did a great job at teaching! Our lesson at 8 canceled, so we mainly contacted the rest of the evening.

Wednesday we went contacting in the afternoon. And went by most of our potentials but not much luck since most people were at work. We were supposed to go out with a Ward Mission Leader but he canceled so we mostly contacted folks all day long.  Thursday we had weekly planning which went great, and we talked about all the people we are working with and set goals for the area and us as a companionship.  We taught Rebecca the last recent convert lesson. However now we are going to teach her son, Chris, who is 11 because now he wants to be baptized as well so we will still be seeing them. We taught a new investigator, Don Peck. He is a golden investigator! He asked us how he can be baptized! Haha! So we are going to start teaching him next week and set him on date ASAP.

Friday we had Heeding’s first District Meeting which went great! Then we went out contacting in the afternoon.  In the evening we met with Aymen and is cousins, Wor and James. We taught the plan of salvation, and they knew their stuff and asked lots of questions. We also set them on date for baptism in March! So it’s going well with them!

Saturday was the big day for Elder Denkers! We ate lunch at In-N-Out his favorite restaurant with our District Leader. Then we went to the Mission Office and helped him get rid of some stuff since his suitcase was too heavy. haha. After that they drove him down and dropped him off for his over 15 hour flight! So it was great to see him head to the Philippines, but I’m going to miss him for sure!  Later that evening we met with Jeremiah and set him on date as well for March.  So that was great! Sunday we had church and then a correlation meeting at 3. Then we went contacting in the evening and found a new family to work with the Owens. So it was a really good night!

Hope all y’all had a good week! Thanks for the love and support! Love y’all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter & Hunter East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

P.S. I got to eat some chicken feet this week. haha!