Monday, July 25, 2016

Kearns Week 3

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(first bike wreck…ouch!)

Good morning everyone!

This past week went by super fast! It's been awesome out here in Kearns, UT and today is Pioneer Day out here in Utah. So, everybody is shooting fireworks and their will be a big parade in SLC, but we won't be able to go. Our Mission President, President Palmer, said that we couldn't go due to the recent shootings and such. So instead we're going be hiking at Doughnut Falls today til around 1pm. Since it's a holiday we get an all day P-day so I can email a little bit more today instead of stopping at 6. It's been great though and I my third week here went really well! I went on exchanges for the first time with the trio, Elder Hurtado, Soares, and Kozacavitch, on Tuesday and me and Elder Soares switch places for he day. They are Portuguese speaking so I was nervous at first but most of our appointments that day spoke English as well so it wasn't too bad.  We have two blessings Wednesday which was cool! One to a guy named Danny and one to a sister. It was super spiritual and it was something that I needed, I was so blessed by it! Loved it! We met up with Mark, a less active, and then read Alma chapter seven with him and his brothers and he promised to finally read the Book of Mormon, he's been really bad at keeping commitments, so I hope he's for real! On Saturday, we did a lot of knocking on doors at LARC (less actives, recent converts) with some success. It was good though. Elder Leavitt broke my bike, so we took the mission truck to go and get it fixed up. We then ate lunch with this one Samoan couple at Five guys, and it was alright . An hour after lunch the bike was fixed so the ZL's took us in the truck to go and get it. We got it and went to the Stake Center and got Elder Dunham's bike. The work went much faster with the bikes. We didn't have dinner so we took an hour long nap which was awesome! I wrote out a few emails for P-day and then we went out again till bed time. We met this girl named Jen who needed some help so we'll see her tomorrow. Also Elder Dunham showed me how to find true joy:

J: Jesus first
O: Others second
Y: Yourself last

So ya, awesome right? Put Jesus, then others first before yourself and then you can find true joy. Also, we may or may not be baptizing the Samoan family this week. Their father (not the abusive stepfather but the real dad) just back from jail (idk why he was in jail) and is at their home now. We're just making sure he's on board with the baptisms. I could be an issue because he does have he power to stop it since he has legal rights over the kids and such.  There is a lot of info that we don't have so we're just trying to figure it all out. Hopefully it goes smoothly. But ya, that's my week in a pinch, and I hope you guys had a great week as well! And Happy Pioneer Day!

Elder Bowie
Kearns East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, July 18, 2016

Kearns Week 2

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Hard to believe it's been over a month now! It's been great so far in Kearns, Utah and I've met some really cool and...interesting people. But ya, it's been awesome out here and I can't believe it's P Day again! Can't wait to read all of y'all’s emails! My Companion, Elder Dunham, is also just simply an awesome dude! Or elder... Last Tuesday he felt promoted in our planning to go by the park and when we went the following evening and we met so many great people. This guy Cameron who we just meet planned to met with us the following day at 6:30 at the park. He doesn't have a solid understanding of what God is or his role in his life so it was great to talk to him. Also everyone is playing Pokemon Go around here. It's really weird. Like their will be just random people at the church because it's a gym in their game.  It's cool though and we already got a few people talking to us because of it. Who knew that video game could help preach the gospel. Because now they come to us. ha ha!

Also, we had Zone Conference last Thursday! Our STL, Sister training leaders, Sister Wendt and Heywood talked to us about the Atonement and it was awesome. Elder Dunham was asked to do the push up atonement thing. Where you did five push-ups per person so that they could have some candy. It's was really a humbling experience and it really put the sacrifice that Christ made more personal to me. Unless your applying the Atonement daily when challenges come you will be stuck there till you develop that virtue and faith. We are fishers of men and are to gather his sheep and draw nearer to Him. The atonement is how we draw back to Him! So ya, it was amazing to see him do what ended up being over 300 push-ups.

On Friday we taught Barbara, a African American from Western Sahara.  She has three kids with the oldest being four. She was prepared by the Lord for sure! She came to church last week and said she felt uplifted and free! She has felt God hands in her life so much, and used to be in a homeless shelter and He gave her a job and a family. She is so grateful for her children and her family. She never felt the Spirit at her old church and wanted to feel that Love that God has for us. Not saying that they don't but without that Spirit they can't have a fullness of joy and love. She felt that here at the church and said that she felt it now even while we were teaching her! She was an angel. I recited JSH 1:15-17 without ANY problems and it reads, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other--This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" I have been working on that the past two weeks and it was the first time I was gonna use it in a lesson. The Lord helped me so much. I've been having so much trouble trying to memorize that. And I was able to with out a second thought. We both also felt like we should invite her to be baptized. I invited her to do so on August 13th and she said YES! I was so happy for her and my eyes were so watery. I didn't cry though, just inside... But it was awesome! I am so thankful and grateful for the Lord to provide her a way to come closer to Him, and I can't wait to see how she goes. I love this gospel and the church is true. I know that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. You can find out through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon and finding out for yourself if it true.

Also besides meeting with Barbara we had a baptism! Jared and Etti our two brothers from the Samoan Ward were baptized at 3pm on Saturday! It was so awesome. I got to say the closing prayer which was cool. He whole service was in Samoan and it was a ton of fun to be at. The spirit was so strong there as I saw these two awesome children of God be baptized! Our Mission President, President and Sister Palmer, were there as well as the Zone Leaders, Elder Whitehead and Leavitt, and they were a huge support! They're awesome, and on the program they misspelled my name so it said Boonie not Bowie, because the Samoans are too good at English. lol It was so funny and the ZL were cracking up about it so now it's my new nickname, and I'll accept my fate for now. I'm just really so proud of Jared and Etti and they came to Church yesterday!! The Gospel is so true!

The rest of our week went well and we went to the family we had been teaching and taught the commandments on Sunday. It went well and the kids took it well even though we weren't very focus. But it was pretty good over all. Rob, a local member, was there and it was great to have him in the lessons. We also taught got to teach Barbara again and taught her the Plan of Salvation. We had the 16th WML, Ward Mission Leader, to come and help teach and he was awesome! It was great to have him bear testimony of the things we were teaching to her. She is still going strong and it's awesome to see her come out to church and to want to be baptized! It's only been two weeks but it is just simply awesome out here! I hope all is well back home! I love you guys! ♥️♥️♥️

Love,

Elder Bowie
Kearns East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, July 11, 2016

Kearns Week 1

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Hi everyone, this last week has been amazing!! I'm finally out of the Missionary Training Center, and it's been awesome! On the Fourth of
July our district was all crying because we were going our different ways. It was great though, and I'll definitely miss them. But ya, on the 5th of July, Elder Quinnelly, Maltos and I had to take the train up to Murrey where we would meet our Mission President. It didn't take long to get there and when we got off he was there waiting for us. He's a great guy and he took us over to the Mission Office which was in a stake center in West Valley City, Utah. I had to split from Elder Quinnelly which was sad. My new companion is Elder Dunham from Atlanta, Georgia. He's a pretty cool guy, and we had matching ties. He's pretty cool. I got to go to Kearns, Utah which is we're I'm assigned now. I serve in the East Kearns Stake which covers the NE parts of Kearns and the south part of West Valley. Our Stake has a Samoan Ward and most of them only speak Samoan, so we have to have a guy to help translate if we teach anyone from that ward. I'm leaning some phrases though like hello and how are you. Also, I get a Samoan name tag which is really cool! I haven't gotten it yet though, but I will! But ya, Kearns is an interesting place so far, and it's been a ton of fun. I've already have had some amazing experiences even though it's my first week!
 
My first lesson was with a family on the 6th. Her husband is in the military and is currently at Colorado where he's stationed at. He can only come home every now and then so it's difficult from her and her two boys (13 & 9) to come to church. We taught them the Restoration, mainly for the kids, and taught them how to feel and recognize the Holy Ghost. The cool part was that the youngest said he already felt the Spirit when he read his scriptures or when he prayed to God. So after this awesome experience we invited the boy to be baptized on August 27th and he and the mom said yes! I was so happy for them! We might have to move the date so that the father can be there but it's awesome! One of the Bishops, Bishop Jensen, who took us there and helped with the lesson took us to our dinner appointment and we did some tracking on that street because we were a little early.
    
After that we walked over to our next appointment at the other family. They're a Samoan family from our Samoan ward (they speak English thank goodness) and half of the children have not been baptized because of their father. Their father was an abusive father and just a few weeks ago he literally took everything from their house and put it in their front yard and set it on fire. Their TV, couch, everything. He got sent to jail fortunately, but the family of seven kids doesn’t trust anyone. I showed up at the tail end of this. Now after just two visits with the missionaries they are giving us hugs and having fun with us. We play football with them once a week and it's really amazing to be able to see this wonderful family come from a place so low and to see the joy they have now on their faces. I love it and I am so so thankful to the Lord to be able to be a part of it. It is amazing. We have a baptismal date for all the kids, and the mother is already a member but just hasn't been to church because of her husband. They'll be at church this Sunday and I can't wait to see them there!!

After that we road with Elder Hurtado and his Companion, Elder Soaras, to play soccer at the church in Bountiful. We played soccer with a bunch of Hispanics. It was fun. We got a ride from this Hispanic dude who lifts weights for a living so he was really buff. We got home around 10 and did some planning. On Saturday, we met with the zone leaders, Elder Whitehead and Leavitt, to play football with the Samoan family. Their kids are so cute. This one boy who is 7 or 6 was so into the game and took down his older brothers. It was so funny. He's so cute a serious about the game. We won at the end so that's always good. We are dinner and read 3 Nephi chapter 27 verses 12-20 with them. They loved it. I can't wait for the boys to be baptized!

After dinner we met with the first family I had met and taught the Plan of Salvation and it went really well. Brother Jensen took us to one of the WML, Ward mission leaders, and we introduced ourselves to him. We headed back home after that and this nice old man who was LDS stopped by and gave us a ride back home. We walked over 20,000 steps today so I was so thankful for it. God is truly out there for me. So ya, on Sunday we had Church til like 3 because we went to three wards sacrament meetings, and our appointment afterwards wasn't home so we just contacted some of the part member families and went around the area. It was cool and we met a lot of people. Their were a few weirdos, but we showed God’s love for them, and did our best to teach them. We taught the two Samoan kids Jared and Etti (can't spell there last name) after the Samoan sacrament meeting. They can't speak English so he had Brother Tufele come to translate. We taught them the word of wisdom and law of Chastity and they agreed to follow it which was awesome! They're getting baptized this Saturday and I'm saying the closing prayer at it, and there uncle will baptize them. It'll be awesome!

But ya, my first week here in Kearns is great! I feel the spirit everyday and I just love it out here. Even though it's one of the more run down places the people here are awesome and there are members to help us. Their is actually quite a lot of non members here in Utah usually like Hispanics who are Catholic. It's almost weird not seeing any Baptist churches though. But ya, the weather is great. We just had a cold front come in so its like in the 70's today and tomorrow before it goes back up to the 90's. I hope everyone's week has been awesome and I look forward to emailing everyone next week!

Love you,
Elder Bowie
Kearns East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mission Tribute & Senior Memories

 

Friday, July 1, 2016

#elderselfies

I asked Elder Bowie to take a few more selfies…..I wanted to see his face! :) Considering all of these were taken with an actual camera instead of a phone….I’d say he did pretty good! ha! Mission accomplished! Thanks, Elder Bowie! Love, Mom

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Zone Leader

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MTC Week 3

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me & Elder Milburn (from England)

Dear Family & Friends,

My last week here at the Missionary Training Center was great! Sunday I  taught about obedience in class with my companion Elder Quinnelly. It went really well and the Spirit was there throughout our lesson. Elder Brown from Rogers was in church with us because his Branch was added in with ours. It was nice to see a familiar face and to catch up. He is going to Salt Lake City South next Tuesday. Also! We got our travel papers and checklist this week! This Tuesday I am taking a bus from the MTC at 7:30 to the train station and then ride the train up to Salt Lake City and meet my Mission President around 9:30 and then I'm off into the real world! We only have 3 more days here in the MTC! The other Elders are super excited to head out and I am too! The Sisters have to stay one more week though because they are going to a LDS Visitor Center so they need to know how to give tours basically. They're all sad that our District is breaking up. We're going to give everyone our emails so we can stay in touch for the next two years! But besides getting our travel papers this week has been great! The food is here is awesome! We had hot wings last night. Last Tuesday a member of the Seventy, President Arnold, talked to us about being close with Christ and recognizing Him in our lives. It was really great talk and I took lots of notes! Being able to hear the Spirit in the world we live in today is a huge blessing! Wednesday we did some service by cleaning some of the classrooms and windows. It was nice to focus in on our purpose here as missionaries and focus on others rather than ourselves. I just love it here in the MTC and I am super excited to go out into the field here in a few days!!

Today because the Temple here in Provo was closed we did some more service by cleaning the Temple. We spent three hours this morning scrubbing the floors and cleaning some of the rooms. It was a great experience to do that. We all sung hymns together and it was awesome even though my back was hurting from scrubbing the floor for 2 hours. I also got released as District Leader and called as Zone Leader. I am now in charge of not only my own District of ten but 5 other Districts here in the MTC. All together it's about 60 people. We gave a tour of the MTC as ZL (Zone Leader) to the two new Districts that came here last Wednesday. We showed them where everything was and how to get around and read their schedules. It was a lot of fun. We had a Canadian in the tour and he is was fun to talk to because of his accent.

Again thank you to everyone who has sent me letters and packages! It means so much to me! I hope everyone has a great 4th of July without me! We have a party planned in the dorms here in the MTC. We have like over 200 glow sticks and a bunch of streamers and junk food! It's gonna be a ton of fun! I have three days left til the real deal! I can't wait to get started! Also, if anyone has any trouble reading my emails or seeing the pictures just tell me. Til next time!

Love,

Elder Zachary Clay Bowie

Utah Salt Lake City West Mission