Monday, October 3, 2016

Kearns Week 13: Praise to the Man

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Good morning everyone!

This week has been simply amazing! Elder Dunham went back home in Georgia last Tuesday and it was, to say the least, very emotional for him and everyone. He was an awesome missionary, and I'm going to miss his example. He was the best trainer ever! I am officially done with the training program, 12 weeks, and I get to do it again with my new companion! His name is Elder Eason and he is from Southern California near San Diego. He is a tall dude and he is a pretty awesome guy! I'm blessed to be able to serve with him! This was our first week together and we did awesome! We had a lot of lessons cancel on us more than usual but what can you do?? We taught 3 new people this week! Doug, Kelsey, and Sarah!

So ya we had another good week this week! We got a lot referrals this week so we spent most of our time knocking on doors and out of the many, many doors we knocked we ended up getting two return appointments so that was amazing!! Both of them were less active families that wanted to come back more to church, so it'll be great to work with them and to get them reactivated again!  Being the Senior Companion is kinda weird, I am going to admit but it's fun. Because now I am the one who knows all the streets and names and what not so I have to teach Elder Eason all the stuff that Dunham taught me! So it is an interesting experience for me, and makes me have a lot of appreciation for Elder Dunham for everything that he taught me!

So the best part of my week (besides the work) was General Conference!! It was so cool to watch it as a missionary! It was awesome to hear their message and it made more sense than ever before! It was cool to catch scripture references and to know where that was and what it talked about! I just loved it! The Spirit is always strong when I watch General Conference and it was sooo cool to be able to understand it more and now to apply it in my life! I love having the chance to hear from our modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, he is truly a man of God! I am grateful for everything that the church gives us! Joseph Smith is a prophet and I love how reading the Book of Mormon brings eternal joy into our souls! It teaches of Jesus Christ and He is my Savior! It's awesome to be an missionary and to see people read the Book of Mormon and then realize: Why are we here? Where are  we going? and Where did I come from?

Our very purpose of life can be found in the pages of the Book of Mormon and it is a true book. "A man can get closer to God by abiding by it's precepts than any other book." I love this calling as a missionary, and I would not trade it for anything this world has to offer! Seeing people change is the most rewarding experience ever! Just this week we had an investigator watch conference for the first time and they said they felt of God's love. We had a less active family who's mother watched it for the first time in her whole life and recognize that President Monson is the prophet on the earth today! It is amazing to be part of it and to help people change. I love it!

Kearns is a very humble place and I am grateful that I started out here to see how low people can go before they come back up. I love this gospel. I want to invite everyone who reads this to read the Book of Mormon. Because that is how I got to know all of this. My purpose, being a missionary, everything. Joseph Smith was chosen to be a prophet of God. We have a prophet today who directs the church his name is, Thomas S. Monson, and he too is called and chosen of God.

You are a child of God and He knows you by name. I love General Conference for the opportunity to be reminded of that wonderful truth and to feel of God's love more in my mind and heart. Sorry that I am kinda rambling on, but I just want to make sure that everyone who reads this knows that I love this Gospel. I am so blessed to be out here in Utah and I love every passing second. Of course I miss home and my friends but I wouldn't pass this up for the world!! I appreciate all the love that you guys send me when y'all email me or send letters! It is great to hear from y'all! I’ll do better to stay in touch with all of y'all this week!

Also today is my Mom's birthday so shout out to mom! I hope you have a fantastic birthday party without me!! Send me some cake. lol

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I love all of y'all and I want y'all to know, no matter what you’re going through, that God loves you, and knows you personally!  Pray to him and listen to what he has to say. #Godsnotdead

So ya, keep up the emails and letters and remember that I love you!!

Elder Bowie
Salt Lake City West Mission
K-Town Ballers Area

You can listen to the talks from General Conference right HERE.

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