Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elder Bowie’s First Letter Home

zach mission

Father’s Day

Dear Family,

It’s currently Father’s Day, so happy Father’s Day, Dad, Just wanted to let you know that I am doing great here in the MTC and I miss all of you guys! Don’t worry, I’m having fun and I can’t wait to get out in the Mission Field in 16 more days! It’s been great here in the MTC! My companion & I get along real well. I became our District’s first District Leader and I’m in charge of all the Elders & Sisters in our District. It’s been great! Our Branch President is Pres. Williams and he is super nice! We get along well. By this time I hope you found the “surprise” in my room. I wanted to let you know that I love all of you! Have fun with the presents I gave you as well as reading the letters. I look forward to writing you a letter every Sunday!

Next week all the Mission Presidents are doing a conference in the MTC and they said some if not all of the 12 Apostles could be here! They said not to swarm them though. I hope I can get to meet one of them. They will be giving devotionals next week so I’ll be sure to sit on the front row. Anyways, the MTC is awesome. I feel the Spirit almost 24/7 here. It is the best place I have ever been to! I wish you could be here too! We went to the Provo Temple twice and the mountains are beautiful here and I love it so much! I can’t wait to be out in the Mission Field. We also got our first confirmed baptismal date for one of our investigators, Jackie. July 18 is when she is getting baptized. Just after 3 lessons. We also have been working on our street contact and keeping what we say to under a minute. It’s hard, but fun. We teach 2 new investigators tomorrow. I can feel your prayers and I love your guys so much! Don’t destroy my room while I’m gone and have fun with the cows.

I have three scriptures I want you guys to read. First: 2 Nephi 31:10-21, 3 Nephi 11:31-41 and 3 Nephi 27:13-22. These are why I am serving a mission. I hope you guys write me back. I’ll write to you once a week on Sunday. Y’all are the best family ever and I can’t wait to tell you all about my mission.

Have fun and read your scriptures. They are amazing. I have never fully understood the scriptures til this point in my life. Brother LaTurner our 2nd branch counselor taught us Elders things about the scriptures that blew my mind. I am literally feasting on the scriptures out here. I love it. I’ll email y’all some stuff he said on Friday (P-day). He is amazing. He is the one who shared these three scriptures with me.

Tell everyone back in the Ridge that I am doing well. Also, tell them to email me especially the youth. Cailey you tell them to email today. None of them as of now emailed me, so tell them to. I want to share what I learned here at the MTC to them. It is amazing what I learned in just 5 days! I have never in my whole life felt this close to Heavenly Father and his Love. It’s hard to explain the love I have for the people I teach. I care so much about their salvation. It makes me shout out for joy when they accept being baptized. The Spirit is so strong.

Also - funny story – our Zone Leaders pretended to have an Australian accent and we bought into it for the first three days! It was so funny. The sisters didn’t believe it was a lie when they came clean. They charged them and demanded answers. We have this black sister, Sister Stephson, and she freaked out. It was so funny. She something like, “Oh no he didn’t.” but in like a African American accent. The was the best ever. I laughed so hard.

So ya, Cailey tell them to email me. They need to be edified by the Spirit. Also, I hope everything is going well in sacrament without me. I miss everyone, but I’m having fun. Til two years.


Elder Bowie
Salt Lake City West Mission