Monday, January 1, 2018

Hunter Weeks 5 and 6: Christmas and Now Transfers!!

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Good mornin’ everyone! Sorry about not sending an email out last week! But, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is had a great Christmas! This week has been amazing! We have been having a great past couple of days here in  West Valley! Friday we had our district meeting which was great! Afterwards, I burned my pair of pants for the big 18th month mark! We burned them at our ward mission leaders house, and it was a lot of fun! We went out to Costco afterwards for lunch! It’s was a super awesome time! We also did a little correlation meeting with one of stake presidents to set up a monthly correlations with the ward mission leaders so we can get people on the same page. haha!

Saturday, we had an another baptism! It was a 10 year old that we were teaching and had member friends bring him to church! He is a super awesome kid, and it was amazing to see him get baptized! Yesterday we had Church and we went to three ward’s Christmas programs which was great to see! We had lunch with a member afterwards. Then in the evening we had a half pday so we hung out with a member family, the Rogers, and had our Christmas Eve with them! We had nachos and drinks. We read Luke chapter 2 and watched the Church’s nativity videos.

Of course, I had the opportunity to call home today! It was amazing to see them and to talk with them for a little bit! Hard to believe that was my 3rd call home! It’s been a great 18 months! Hard to believe I only have 6 more months left (5 1/2) till I go home! I hope everyone as a great day, and I love all of y'all! Merry Christmas!

Alright, so for this week, we were super busy! We had another baptism this Saturday as well for someone that me and Elder Gee found at the beginning of the transfer and she was super solid! She is a young mom with 2 kids and her husband is less active. However, they both wanted to come to the LDS Church, and so we came into the picture. It was really awesome! The service was great and was simple! It was perfect! Another major thing that happen was that we got our transfer calls! I will be staying here in Hunter, but my companion, Elder Gee, will be leaving to the Jordan North Stake. I am really going to miss him. My new companion is Elder Dankers. He is a visa waiter for the Philippines, and is waiting in our mission. He’s only been out for one transfer, so I will be follow up training him which should be fun! I am excited to have a greenie and for this next transfer!

Hard to believe that it is 2018 now! I hope everyone had a great New Years! I love all y’all! Stay safe!

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

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hunter Week 4: I love to see the temple.

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Good afternoon everyone! We just got back from our Temple trip with our Zone at the Bountiful Temple, so now I can finally email y’all! It’s been a great week! We had a lot of good things happen here in our area in West Valley! We had two baptisms Saturday which was ballin’! The first was a special needs guy who wanted to pass the sacrament and be more involved. So he started meeting the missionaries and got baptized! It was awesome! The second was a guy who had been meeting with missionaries for over a year and a half roughly. He is from Vietnam and was living in California near San Diego but now lives in Utah. Most of his family. however are still in Cali. So he got baptized, and it was great to see all the previous missionaries that could come to his baptism. We had 2 RM’s and a few still active missionaries. So that was great to have those two baptisms!

We also went to Temple Square again with a less active guy we are working with which was a great opportunity. It was a lot of fun! Also, I had exchanges this week. I was with Elder Penfold leading our area and we had a great time together. It’s always fun to switch things up every now and then so we did great together. We have been doing great here in the area and we have a good bit of people on date for baptism and in fact we should have one this Saturday as well that I will let y’all know about next week. I’m also excited for Christmas, to call home and all that! It’s been a really good transfer here, and I hope I get to stay here for a while! We should get snow today, but we’ll see. haha! I hope everyone is having a great Christmas and know that I love all y’all! And! If anyone ever has questions about my mission or about the Church feel free to message me on here or on Facebook. If we aren’t friends on it my profile is Zach Bowie, and it’s pretty easy to find me. Stay safe!

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hunter Week 3: Elder Ballard Visit

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Good Morning! We had a great week here in West Valley, and we had a lot of things happen. We had Zone Conference Tuesday which was a lot of fun. We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon, and we had a guy come in and do a little presentation of it for us. So, it was a really fun Zone Conference, and I learned a lot from it. We also had out interviews with our mission president, President Palmer. It is always fantastic to talk with him because he gives me some great counsel and support.

Regarding the work, we have found a few new investigators in our area. It’s been great here in the Hunter/Hunter East Stake and meeting all the wonderful people in this area. We have taken a few families downtown to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square. It’s been a lot of fun to go down and enjoy the lights and to get to know some of these families.

Probably one of the coolest things that has happen this week was an incredible visit from Elder Ballard from the 12 Apostles! Our entire mission was there to hear from him and Elder Duncan from the Seventy. It was amazing to hear from them. They talked about mainly the Restoration of the Gospel and finding people to teach. It was a great lesson for all of us. I definitely learned a lot from Elder Ballard. They also did a little bit of Q&A with us as well. We all got the opportunity to shake their hands, and it was just awesome!

So, this week was great and I’m excited for this Christmas season. I’m doing very well here in this new area and with my new companion. Thank y’all for everything and for your support! I hope everyone is having a great week, and God bless you!

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hunter Week 2: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

IMG_0806Good morning everyone! This week has been great! We got some good snowfall yesterday and last night. So it’s in the 30’s this morning. This past week has been pretty good. We started our Light the World campaign which has been a lot of fun especially now since we can share it via social media. We recently went downtown to see the Temple Square lights which was a lot of fun! We have a couple of planned trips this transfer that we will be going downtown to see the lights with the people we are working with! So, I’m looking forward to that! For our service this week in part of Light the World stuff we helped someone move out of their home and we trimmed the rose bushes out front of our house for the lady that we live with. So it’s been a lot of fun helping people the best we can.

We have recently dropped a few people in our area so the work is in a little bit of a slump right now, but with the people we are working with we are doing really well. We watched the Christmas Devotional as well last night with one of our stake presidents in the Hunter Stake. It was a lot of fun watching it with him and getting to know him. Afterwards, we had a really good discussion and had root beer floats. haha! The work is moving along and hopefully we should have some baptisms coming up this month. So, I’m excited for that. Other than that the work is doing good and I’m having a good time here in the Salt Lake Valley. I hope everyone else is having a good week! Remember to think of ways to do service for others as part of the Church’s Light The World initiative. I love all y’all, and I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Hunter East Stakes

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hunter Week 1: Light The World

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Good morning everyone! It’s been a good four days since Thanksgiving! Haha! This week has been pretty good, and I am adjusting well to this new area! Thanksgiving was great! We ate at two different families that we were invited to. We had a lot of fun, and we played card games which was awesome!

The members in the Hunter area are great, and they are always giving us rides and helping us out. So it’s been a huge blessings especially since our area is pretty huge. Friday we had our district meeting which was great! Our District Leader here, Elder Greer, is a great guy and is a lot of fun to be around! We have been doing a lot of service helping people put up Christmas lights which has been fun! We help out one of the senior couples in our district with their Christmas stuff and helped them out. We live in the basement of a home that an elderly lady owns, and so we got her lights and decorated the house and then with the extra we did our floor too which was a lot fun! We also helped out with one our ward mission leaders, Brother Gomez, and got his lights up! So, I have definitely been feeling the Christmas spirit, haha!

I’m still getting to know everyone in this new area. So this week has mostly been meet and greet, but it’s been a lot of fun and I’m excited to be here! I hope everyone else has been having a great week! Thanks for y’all’s prayers and support! I hope everyone has a great week! Love y’all

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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Brothers and sisters, Talofa!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!! Well, it turns out that I am getting transferred out of the Samoan area! I will be going to the Hunter and Hunter East Stake! So, I’ll be going back to white people. haha! It’s close by my last area in Hunter South. It’s just right across the street! So. it’s going be fun going back to the Hunter District! So, I will be here for Christmas, as well. My new companion is Elder Gee, and he is from Michigan and I’m super excited to be with him! He has been out for almost as much as me for 16 months.

My last week here in the Samoan area I said my goodbyes to the investigators and members. We had our lesson with E.J. And Emerson which was great. We taught them the commandments, and they are super excited are ready to be baptized soon! We also had lunch with one of our members this week at Olive Garden which was a lot of fun! Their son actually recently got his mission call to Canada! So it was awesome to see that happen! Hard to believe I hit 17 months this past week, but it’s gone by very fast! Only 7 more months left, and I know it’s going to be awesome! I’m excited to spend my winter in Hunter (or as they say it in Utah Hun’er)! It also snowed a bit on Friday during our last district meeting so that fun! The mountains are solid white now from the snow! It’s almost time to build some snowmen, haha! Although, it warmed up for Thanksgiving though. So we aren’t quite there yet.

I’m really enjoying it here in Hunter, and we are making flyers to put in the Church buildings so people can know who we are since we cover two stakes! We don’t have a car. It’s a pretty big area, but I’m pretty excited for it! I’m defiantly going to miss the Samoan culture (and their food haha!) but I’m ready for a change. And I hope I can do my best to serve in this new area! Also, I get to burn some pants for the 18th month mark next month. So I’m excited to do that! I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving! I love all of y’all! Stay safe! Love y’all!

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Samoan Week 17: It’s gonna to take Work!

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Brothers and Sisters Talofa!!

Good morning, everyone! This week has been great here in the mission field! This transfers has gone by so FAST! I will know next week if I stay or if I go somewhere else! Last Monday we had dinner with the Roys family, and then we did one of the new member lessons. So, that was a lot of fun! They are a great family and are awesome! We also have been teaching our new investigators, E.J. and Emerson, who are 9 and 8. They are really fun to work with! They live just down the street from us. So we see them a lot! On Saturday in our lesson EJ told us that he wants to be a missionary when he grows up! I thought that was soooo sweet! We showed them the baptism font and talked about being baptized with them. They are awesome and fun kids to teach!

Also, on Wednesday we had a dinner/lesson with Seryah, who is a 13 year old young women we started working with recently as well. She is super awesome and knows the gospel already super well! So she is prepared for sure! She is on date for baptism for December 9th! So it has been a really good week here in the Samoan area! I hope everyone is having a great week as well! Thanks again for all the support and love all of y’all give me! I love y’all! Stay safe and remember who you are!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission