Monday, August 1, 2016

Kearns Week 4


Good morning everyone!

Can't believe that it's already August!! It's been a month and a half since I've left home in June! This last week went by really fast! I know I said at last week but this week didn't even feel like a week. The saying weeks feel like days is so true! So I’ll tell you what I did this week.

So, Tuesday we had a training meeting for all the new missionaries. I got to see Elder Quinnelly and Maltos again which was awesome. We got to hug and to be able to talk about how the mission was going so far. It was a cool experience. President Palmer, our mission president, is a cool dude and he gave us some great training and how to be successful missionaries. I was so pumped afterwards.

On Wednesday we went on exchanges this time I was running the area, with Elder Sandoval, who is from Texas. :3 We mainly just contacted all day long and biked at least ten miles. It was good though. We got a few return appointments so it was really successful and we got a lot of work done.

My testimony was so strengthen and it's getting easier and more enjoyable every day. It goes by fast, it hard to believe how fast it goes. I miss band and my friends, of course, but I wouldn't trade this for the world. Seeing families trust in the Lord who can't even put food on the table is the greatest feeling ever. Our investigator Barbara, recently got kicked out of her home and is trying to find a home right now for her and her three kids. They have been like this for over a week. Yet, she still wants to draw closer to God and to be baptized, and I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for allowing and entrusting me to help her draw closer to Jesus Christ.

Throughout the rest of the week we met with more people. We have a new investigator named Noah who is nine years old. His mom is a less active but wants to come back to church and to get her son baptized. The first lesson went well and we had Brother Seipert come with us and he was great help. She said she left Church because she felt judged, so I hope we can get around that barrier she put up. We also met with Richard. He's the air borne veteran of many wars through out the 50s and was born 1934 right before WW2. He hasn't been coming to church so we been trying to get him out of his house. His house is really well decorated as well because he's a craftsmen and has like a couple dozen projects all at once. Yesterday he painted a new bench he made, who knows what he's doing today. :D

Me and Elder Kozacavitch went on exchanges in Saturday and it was a blast. We're both greenies and we taught three lessons that went well! He is from Brazil and knows Portuguese. His great great great grandparents are from Ukraine so that's why his name sounds Russian even though he's from Brazil. :P He never rode a bike before so I had to teach him how to ride a bike. He only crashed maybe 5 times. Nothing bad happen. I only lost him once. He could barely bike up hill so I accidentally left him behind so I had to go back to find him. It was all good though. We found a potential investigator that we will go back later this week. We also ate Samoan Pancakes from the Samoan family. It is the best thing ever here is the recipe:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

So you mix it all up and make a good size ball, a little smaller then a baseball, and then you deep fry them. At first they should sink then float. Cook til they’re nice and brown and crispy. We have a dozen back a the house and they're so good!

We also have been talking a lot recently about depression and how to get out of that cycle of asking, "Why Lord, or Why is is happening to me" Elder Hurtado talked to this one guy in his Ward about it. He said this life is like a game. It's a virtual reality. We have been alive for eons and we're just playing a quick game here on earth. When you die it's when you take the goggles off. It was just a game but at the same time it isn't. You have to stop asking why, instead ask, "What am I learning from this". This life is short termed. We are going to go through trials and pains and bad things will happen. But if we have this eternal perspective then when you go through trials and ask what instead of why then you will truly beat the game. Because when you take the goggles off and you lived this life as a different or fake person then when you wake u and realize what you were. It will be instant hell for you because you can no longer live up to it. But if you humble yourself and have that eternal mindset then when trials come you simply won't care because you'll trust in God and ask what will I learn.

Sunday was great as well and we got to do the baptismal interview from Josiah and Josh from the Samoan Family that we have been teaching. They will be baptized next Saturday! I am so excited! They want me to baptize them and I'm super nervous and excited to do it! It's amazing to live with peace in this messed up world! To bring people to Christ and to focus on the good and be the good in the world but not of the world! I love y'all! I miss y'all! I can't wait to see y'all in two! Just keep the letters coming! Just kidding! I love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Kearns East Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission