Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tooele Week 5: Snow And Temples

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Good Afternoon! We just got back from the Temple in Bountiful, and it was awesome! It started snowing when we got outside which was cool and a little cold! We had a pretty good week so far and found quite a few people to start working with and to help them get back to church and get closer to Christ. The Temple was ballin!

We saw quite a few deer as well and in fact yesterday we saw a 8 or 10 point buck on the street when we were walking to dinner, so that's neat! And I also went on exchanges with Elder Quinnelly this week which was ballin and we got to talk and serve around his area in Edda! That was a lot of fun as well!

So ya, had a good time this week and I hope y'all did too! Love y'all so much!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tooele Week 4: Our Purpose

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Good morning, everyone! This has been another great week here in Tooele County! We didn't have too much success this week (other than a few lessons in one our wards). We have recently, since we are whitewashing a sisters’ area, have been trying to go on splits with our Ward Mission Leaders, Priest, and stuff like that. That way we can cover twice as much ground to contact people and to find new people to teach. So, we made a goal yesterday to find a least one new person to teach and to continue on from there.

I really love this area, and the members here are really helpful to us which is fantastic! We are getting to know them and starting to build some bonds which will be really useful! We went to one our wards yesterday, and we talked a lot about the Restoration and the Plan that God has for us. It really helped me to get focused on why we are here helping people to get closer to Jesus Christ. So, it's ballin to be here and to learn more about our Savior as I learn this new area. It's awesome!

So ya, I hope all of y'all had a great week! Just know that I'm loving the work and the people here! I love all y'all! Stay safe! Something that I think would be good for everyone is just taking time to get to know our Savior. When Elder Rasband, from the 12 Apostles, came to the mission, he invited us to get to know Him, and by getting to know Him our will to serve Him will increase. So, just wanted to extend that same invitation to get to know the Savior. Something that I did was to read the 4 Gospels which I finished a week ago. It really helped me a ton! I love y'all! Stay warm! Thank you for all of the support! It means a bunch!

Peace out!

Elder Bowie
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tooele Week 3: Snow, Snow, and Happy New Year!

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Good morning everyone! I had a great week as we head into another new year! We have done a lot of contacting this week to expand our teaching pool, and we were able to find a few more less active families to teach this week. We have been going out with our awesome ward mission leaders and missionaries to help us contact as well! The members here are great, and they are very supportive of the work! We aren't teaching as many people as we did in Kearns, but we are doing our best to find more people & to work hard with those that we do have! It's crazy to think that it is 2017 already!! I'm looking forward to the new year, and I can't wait to see what lies in store up ahead! The Tooele zone is awesome, and we have been playing a lot of Nerf with the zone. It's pretty fun to be part of it! Thank y'all for all of the wonderful letters and emails! Y'all mean a lot to me! Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a great new year!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tooele Week 2: Snow with a Side of Christmas

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Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas!! Christmas has come and gone again! This Christmas was amazing! We had a HUGE snow storm come in on Christmas Eve and dropped well over a foot of snow all over Tooele and we were walking in it, well up past our knees!! It's great though and it was defiantly a very white Christmas! A few missionaries gathered together at 6 to open our presents and such and it was awesome! I got a lot of cool winter gear and a ton of rad socks!! haha!! Thank you to everyone that sent me stuff for Christmas. It was awesome! I love you guys so much!

We went caroling with the youth in one of our wards (congregation) and went by a few families in need in the area and dropped off some goodies for them which was pretty cool to be a part of. It was just really cold!! Haha! We also had a lesson with someone new this week. It was a family that are less actives and they have an 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son that want to be baptized. So we got to know them and the dad said the daughter had to wait till she was 12. :/ But it's alright, we are gonna keep working with the family and see if we help them out and such. A lot of our investigators are out of town so we weren't able to do too much last week.

But, the best part of my week was being able to Skype home on Christmas after Church which was awesome!! It was so cool to see everyone and to talk about the last 6 months together!  And I didn't cry at all (just kidding haha) but it was great. The next time I get to call home will be on Mothers Day!

I love you all and I can't wait to hear how all y'all’s Christmases went!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Skyping Home

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zachary at Christmas

my view

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tooele Week 1: Winter Wonderland

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Dear Family and Friends,

My first week here in Tooele has simply been one of the best weeks on my mission. This is a great town that is about 45 minutes west of Salt Lake and and I am in the Tooele North Stake. The area is about twice the size of my last place in Kearns. We cover from Vine Street all the way to about 2500 N around Main street if y'all want to look at online. It's basically all the north part of Tooele and the Stake is great. There is a lot of less active work here which is good. We have two people that we put on date for January. So we should have some baptisms this transfer which will be fantastic!

My new companion, Elder Lester, is great. He is from Fayetteville, Georgia which is south of Atlanta. He is a baller and he doing a lot better than I did my first week for sure! Haha! My District leader is Elder Quinnelly who is, for those who remember six months ago, was my original MTC companion!! Now were in the same district which is awesome!! We went out to lunch and we were able to see each other again which was awesome and he seems to be doing pretty good. So far, Elder Quinnelly has been in the Tooele area his whole mission, so he knows the area pretty good. Elder Lester’s MTC companion is here in the district, too. So it's pretty good. We have a fairly young district, and we only have one other Elder that's been out longer then me.

Elder Kozakevitch was moved from Kearns to Tooele as well and he is my new Zone Leader along with Elder Blatter. We had Zone Training last Friday and he is doing really well. He was super nervous about being Zone Leader, but he is doing a ballin job!

We have already had a blizzard come through our area. So it's been very very cold here and snowy!! They says the winters here in Tooele are worse than the ones in Salt Lake, so it look's like I'm in for a treat! Haha! Well, I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas. Just remember your freezing Elder. haha! (just kidding, mom)

Love,
Elder Bowie

Monday, December 12, 2016

Kearns Week 23: Christmas in Tooele

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Good Morning! I have some very exciting news for everyone! So transfers will be this Tuesday! They are finally moving me out of Kearns sadly! I'm going to miss everyone here, but I'm super excited for my next area! So I'll be heading off to Tooele for Christmas! It's a small town just west of Salt Lake City on the other side of the mountains! So I'll be sure to let everyone know my new address next week when I'm there! My new companion will be Elder Lester and he will be coming right out of the MTC, the Missionary Training Center, and I'll be his trainer!! So, I'm super excited! Of course this means I'll be white washing, which means I'll be going in blind to my area since we're both new. So it's gonna be great! It's suppose to be colder in Tooele since it's higher up then the city. So it's gonna be freezing this Christmas haha!

Other then packing all my stuff again, this week has been really great! I have been saying good bye to some people and had a lot of great last lessons with some people! I'll probably come back when some of them get baptized, because I just have befriended a lot of people here! 

It's been great and I'm super excited now for Christmas! It's one of my favorite holidays. We had a mission devotional last night, and it was super great. We brought one of our investigators to it, and it was awesome for him! 

Elder Bowie
Salt Lake City West Mission