Monday, July 31, 2017

Samoan Week 2: Samoan Miracles

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Talofa! (hello in Samoan) Brothers and sisters! This week has been ballin! Had a few miracles this week. One of them is with the investigator’s family that we put on date last week. I was on exchanges with Elder Burner the day of our lesson. We were teaching about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout the lesson the mom would cry a lot. She offered the closing prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for the gospel and for bringing her into the light. We talked about how Christ did many miracles and it inspired her to ask for a blessing at the end of the lesson. She has some illnesses she has been battling with. So the senior couple that came with us to translate gave her a blessing in Samoan, and it was awesome! It was a great spiritual experience. She is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and is coming to church. We are very excited for her baptism as well as the ward members.

Saturday was a fairy busy day mainly because we had a lot of members invite us to events. We had a ton of food! After one of our lessons, the senior couple took us out to lunch. Then we had a Samoan party thing at 3 and they gave us a lot of food and our lesson that evening gave us more food! So we had a lot! I also had someone I taught in my last area be baptized which was great! It was Jose Aguilera's son Dominic and his daughter, Emily. So that was great for them to be baptized. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go, but it was great to hear about that! But ya, me and Elder Bingham have been doing good. He's from Nebraska and originally from Utah! He's is a good missionary, and it's been fun working with him!

Thank y'all again for everything! I hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, July 24, 2017

Samoan Week 1: Brothers and Sisters Talofa!

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This week working with the Samoans has been quite the adventure! So we have six wards, and everyone is pretty friendly! We didn't have too many lessons this week. We have two senior couples that we get to work with now which is awesome! On our second day, they called us and they had set up a lesson with someone and wanted us to come. When we went they wanted to be baptized! Haha! So we set the Mom and her son on date for August 12th! The son is married to a member and wants to be sealed as a family. The mom got interested as well. So it'll be awesome!

Our area is huge! So we drive a lot which is fun, and it's great to in a car! Hopefully, it will last longer than one transfer! Haha! I hope I stay here for a while because the members are awesome, and the food is awesome! They cook really well! It's usually rice, mash potatoes, and ribs(chicken, pork, or something good). So it's been good! I'm also going to Vasa again which will help me kept those calories down. haha!

Besides that it's been great! Everyone plays a lot of sports and activities, so we will start going to those! It helps us to get to know the members and to fellowship, too, so it's awesome! Anyways, thanks again for all of the support! The mission has been going really well and I love being out here! I love it!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hunter Week 18: Transfers

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Well, this week we had transfers, and it turns out I'm getting transferred! So I will be leaving tomorrow! So this area is a little unique because it is a couple of Samoan Wards in the Salt Lake Valley. It covers down to South Jordan to Salt Lake and covers the whole valley from those points. So it's huge. Yes, I have a car again! So I'm excited for that. One of the wards is the one Samoan Ward I covered with Elder Dunham in my first area so that will be fun. This is a really cool area because it goes into other missions. haha! My new companion is Elder Bingham and he came out last January or February, and he is also the District Leader. We are both new to the area, so we are "whitewashing" it. So this will be fun new start.(I guess I'll have to learn Samoan again. haha!)

Besides transfers, this week we have been going really well! We had a ward party/social thing, and that was fun to participate in and to hangout with the members. We also had one of our recent converts come to church this Sunday which was exciting! Since he hasn't came since he was baptized a couple of months ago. So that was great! We also started working with a new less active which was great. We have been doing good in this area, and it's been awesome. Elder Maltos will be staying here with a new companion.  I'll definitely miss Elder Maltos, but I'm also excited to go into this new area! Also, Elder Kozakevitch is my Zone Leader again. So I'm excited for that and to see him more again. Also, in my district their a new sister that is coming into the mission that is from Benton, Arkansas. So that's awesome! And there is another Elder in my district from Branson, Missouri. His dad is actor there, so that's awesome, too! So I'm excited to get to know them!

So I'm doing pretty good, and thank y'all again for everything! I love all of y'all! I hope everyone has a great week! It's been great here on the mission, and I love every second. Hard to believe it's been over a year now. Miracles still happen and it's great to witness them so often. The Gospel is awesome!  Heavenly Father loves all of his children, and it's great to do service for them. I'm grateful for this opportunity to be here. Love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hunter Week 17: Water Running in the Church

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Good morning everyone! This week has been great! We had a baptism last Friday for Bella Thompson in the Harman Ward. It went really well and a lot of her family were nonmembers so it was great to met them and to share the restoration with them. Bishop Stewart of that ward did he baptism and Elder Maltos did the confirmation yesterday during their ward. We also did some service this week on Friday for someone in our District Leaders area and we weeded a mowed their yard which was great. We also help some paint and tear off the singles of their roof so they can replace them so that was fun.

It's been pretty hot this week from anywhere from 95 to 105 so lots of water has been consumed. We also had a recent convert devo this Sunday and Bella came with us to it which was awesome! It was good timing for her! Besides that we have been doing great and this past transfer has been going by really fast and I will know next week if I am staying or leaving. So that's always exciting!

I love all of y'all! Thank you for your support and everything! I hope you guys have a great week!  I love all of y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hunter Week 16: Happy 4th!

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Alright, so the past couple of days since Thursday has been awesome! We had our baptism Saturday for Sunmi Kasai and her son Peter and it went really well. We had a lot of good member support. It was awesome, and me and Elder Maltos and got to confirm them Sunday! So that was ballin! We also had a youth Fireside last Sunday that was awesome! We talked about the Holy Ghost and using it in their lives.

We also hiked to Donut falls today with our Zone which was awesome. and I had a great time! So that's why this was sent a little late! Sorry! But we had a great time. and today is our all day P-Day. So we get to relax all day, and this evening we are doing a Zone BBQ. It's going to be good!

So the mission has been great, and I still can't believe it's been over a year now since it started! I love all of y'all and I can't wait for the rest of the week, because we should have a baptism this Saturday for Bella (one of our investigators)! So I'm excited for that as well! So I love all of y'all! Hope all have a great Fourth of July!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hunter Week 15: Baptism and Temples

IMG_5621Well, this week was ballin! We had a youth conference this week in the Hunter South Stake which was awesome. We literally had 44 people helping us with missionary work in the world's smallest stake which is less then a full block. So that was awesome, and we had a lot of fun working with the youth of the stake. We also met an investigator named Sunmi Kasai and her son Peter who are from Korea, and they have been meeting with missionaries a bit in the past, and we got a referral for her from this youth conference. We met with her Tuesday and she wants to be baptized this Saturday! So we have been meeting with her everyday to teach her all the lessons, and we set up the baptism program and the interview. So it's awesome. So that was a huge miracle that happen!

We also went to the temple in Bountiful today which was awesome. I had a great time with that, but on the way there we got lost and almost made it to Ogden. haha! So we got there a little late. But it was great! We had a great time, and it was awesome! Besides that it's been awesome, and we have been having a lot of fun  and doing a lot of good work. So we have the baptism Saturday and then Bella’s baptism will be the Saturday afterwards. So we have a lot of stuff coming up. So it's great!

Thank y'all for everything, and I hope y'all have a great week! Love all y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hunter Week 14: Week of Miracles and Year Mark

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This week has been been awesome! We have done a lot! We found a new investigator this week! Her name is April, and she is African American. She is married (but her husband isn't interested)! We got a referral for her in the Woodledge Ward, and we met her for the first time this week and she really wants to join the church. So we set her in date for August 5th. That is the day one of her sons passed away, so it means a lot for her. So I'm super excited to begin teaching her and to help her.

We also went to Temple Square last Monday which was fun! We went with another of our investigators, Bella, and it was ballin! We went to all the different tours all evening, and she had a lot of fun! She is 14, and she is on date for baptism for July 8th. So I'm excited for her, too! She is doing very well!

We had something exciting happen last Saturday as well! We went to the Harman Ward Building to use the restroom and to write an email to some of our ward leaders. We saw some smoke out back, and someone had made a fire in the dumpster out back. It was a really big fire, too! So we called the bishop of that ward and 911 and got the fire department to come and help put out the fire! So we helped saved the church building from burning. So that was crazy! We also got a picture with the fire truck which was awesome! They were all LDS and so we talked about our missions with the firefighters. So it was fun! Bishop Stewart gave us a ride home since it was a little passed nine by the time they got it out. So we had a lot of fun things happen this week!

Thank y'all again for all the love and support! I hope y'all have a great week as well! Love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hunter Week 13: Acts of Faith

IMG_7725Good morning y'all! This week has been wonderful! We did a lot of work this week, and we are starting to teach more. It's been a good time! Elder Maltos and I have been doing great, and we can't wait to hit our year mark this week! We are going to burn shirts this week at a members house, so I'm excited for that! It'll be fun! We had an awesome miracle this week as well! We went by a family who had a recent death in their family because of some gang shootings in our area. We stopped by and taught them a lesson. We swung by and the spirit was so strong. They were very interested in learning more about the gospel, and it was ballin! They speak Spanish better so the Spanish Elders in our area will be teaching them, but it was a really cool experience to feel of Heavenly Father’s love for them!

We also spoke at the Harman Ward this Sunday, and I talked about the Atonement of Jesus Christ which was awesome. I used Elder Nelson’s talk from last General Conference which talked about the Atonement and it was awesome! Here is a quote from it, "When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours...When He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life--you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do. When you spiritually stretch beyond anything you have ever done before, then His power will flow into you." So, it was awesome! I really love that quote! We are going to be trying to set a few people on date for baptism this week and that way they can use the Atonement of Jesus Christ more in there lives and have their sins washed away. So it is inspiring!

We also set one of our investigators for a date yesterday, it was a really good lesson, and the Spirit was very strong there! It was a miracle for sure! Her name is Bella, and she is 14, her parents are less active, and we went over the baptism interview questions and she did ballin! Elder Maltos asked her to pray at the end of lesson. She is actually very nervous about praying in front of people and he didn't know that but she did it for the first time with us! We set her on date for baptism on July 8th and then talked to her dad about it. Her dad was very supportive and allowed it! So that was a huge miracle! We are also going to Temple Square tomorrow with her and a few of her friends that are from young women's and I am looking forward to it! So it was a really awesome night!

So it has been a really great week and I am looking forward to the rest of this transfer, and I can't wait to keep going for the next year! Thank y'all for everything, and I love all y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Elder Bowie’s Birthday

Hello there! It’s Zach’s mom here. :) Yesterday was a big day for our family. Our little boy is now is young man! Hello 2-0! Every time I thought of Zach’s birthday over the last few weeks I got a little teary eyed (ok….maybe a lot teary eyed!) because this was the first year I wouldn’t be there to make him his birthday breakfast (cinnamon rolls!), make his birthday cake, make sure he had his favorite meal (pizza or hamburgers!), plan his party and watch him blow out his candles. It made this Mom’s heart so happy last night to receive these pictures from the Smith family. Thank you for taking care of our Elder! It looks like he has a wonderful birthday & was well taken care of! :) Happy Birthday, Elder Bowie!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Hunter Week 12: Transfers and a Birthday!

IMG_7610June is finally here y'all! Hard to believe it will be a year soon in just a few days! It has gone by so fast! I'm glad the weather has finally decided to warm up. It feels really good right now outside, so it's awesome! We did have transfers last week! Don't worry! I will be staying, but my companion, Elder Muse, will be leaving and he is going to the Granger East Stake (which is just the east side of West Valley). So we will still be in the same Zone. My new companion is Elder Maltos! He is from my MTC District, so we have both been out for about a year. I'm looking forward to serving with him!

But besides transfer calls, this week has been awesome! We helped one of our investigators, Brittany, move and she is looking for a low income housing place. So we helped the best we can, but it's definitely a trial for her. We helped move all her stuff into a storage facility. It felt good to help her with the help of some members. We also helped out someone in the Ridgeland Ward, who needed help moving carpet. We took out all of the wall trimming so they can have someone put in some wood flooring. So it was great to help them out. We chopped down some trees for someone in our District Leader's area, and we put it in a trailer. That was a fun afternoon service project!

So we did a lot of service this week. Recently I have been passing out okra to people. My mom sent me some seeds, and so I got like 20 or 30 pots of it. This week I passed out all of them! I even gave some to my mission president! Haha! So that was awesome! I'm grateful for fast Sunday, too. It was great to hear testimonies and to bear my own. It's awesome!

It's also my birthday today, so now I'm 20! So I'm officially not a teenager! Haha! We are going to Cracker Barrel with my district today, and I'm looking forward to it! We are going to see if they have Blue Bell ice cream. So I'm super excited to go today! Other than that we aren't doing to much. We might play some Nerf, because it's fun to do that! Haha! But thank y'all so much for everything and for the letters and emails! I appreciate it! I hope y'all have a blessed day! Love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hunter Week 11: Become Truly Converted

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend y'all! I just want to give thanks to all those who have served in the military and have fought for our country and our freedoms. Thank you so much! This past week has been fantastic! We talked in two wards (congregations) this week which was enlightening! I gave my testimony in the Oxford Ward about missionary work and how the ward could help us and how my mission has changed me. So that was awesome! There were four speakers, so I only had to talk for ten minutes which was nice! Haha! Then in the Heritage Ward we gave talks on being converted to the Gospel which was fun! I got a quote from President Hinckley that my Papa Ault shared for his Sunday spiritual thought that went in really well with my talk! President Hinckley has stated:  "Growth comes with correction. Strength comes with repentance. Wise is the man or woman who, committing mistakes pointed out by others, changes his or her course... Let our faith replace our fears."

So I shared that quote, and it tied in well about how we can become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ! I spoke for about 15 minutes in that ward which fun as well! Elder Muse did really well too at talking, so I was proud of him! I took a picture of him talking. haha! (Not sure if that's allowed, but oh well.)

We had a good week, and we met with Abbi again this week. We talked about the Plan of Salvation and it was awesome. He really enjoyed it! He had a lot of deep questions that we answered and discussed with him, so that a great experience! He told us he is one step closer to baptism, and he really wants to! So I can't wait!

We also are helping some people moving out soon this week. One is an investigator named Brittany and she is getting kicked out of renting a basement and is currently not sure where to go. She is a single mom. She has to move out by June 1st, so we are helping with that situation with the best of our abilities. Then the other one is the Cababas family, and they are moving up to the Ogden area and will need help moving furniture. So lots of service.

But ya, it was a great week and we are trying out a new method of working in our wards and so far it has been going great. We have been doing good! I love this area and working here. Hard to believe it's almost transfers again on June 6th! It goes by too fast! But I love all y'all! I hope you have a great week! Thank you so much for all your support!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

We just got back from a hike we did to lake on the east side of the valley so that's why my email is so late. I will send hiking pictures soon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hunter Week 10: Service, Splits, and Snow

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This past week has been great! We have been doing good and have been trying to get more members to go out contacting with us which has been going well! We had a few priest in the our wards come out with us, and it is great not only for us but for them too! That way they can get some experience before they go on their missions! So it has been ballin!

We did get some snow this week!! Haha! I guess here in Utah it snows in May which seems a little weird, but it was great! We just got a little bit and it melted within a day, so that was nice. But it was still pretty crazy to wake up to snow everywhere! But now it's warming back up to the 70s and 80s, so it will be good weather hopefully from here on out.

We also did a lot of service this week which has been great! We helped out our stake with setting up for their women's conference which was fun. We put up decorations and set up chairs, and then we were the lunch ladies for them too. haha! So that was fun! We had a blast at that! We also helped someone move a ton of stuff and boxes out of their house into their garage which was fun. So that was fun, and they gave us a coke afterwards so it was all good. Then we helped an elderly lady move some firewood, but there wasn't much, so it took like 10 minutes. So, it was ballin to help all these people out, and to make someone's day! So I love it!

I hope all y'all had a great week, as well and thank y'all for everything! Thanks for the letters and emails! I love seeing those! It's hard to believe that's it's almost been a year, but it's been ballin! Transfers are almost over as well, and it will be the first week in June. So we will see soon, if I stay or leave here. But thanks again! I love all y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hunter Week 9: Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mothers Day! I hope all y'all mothers out there had a great Mother's Day! I got to call home yesterday which was ballin! It's one of two calls I get a Year! (Christmas and Mother’s Day) So, it was really good to talk to my family again! It feels like Christmas was just yesterday! Time flies by way too fast! But it was great to talk to them and to see everyone!

This week has been pretty good besides calling home! We did a lot of service this week again! We helped a elderly couple chop up some wood Saturday and throw some stuff in the dumpster. So that was a good! We worked from 10 to 2 in the afternoon! So it was a lot of work and they made us hamburgers afterwards! So it was great! We also went on splits a lot his week in the wards that we cover. So that was really good as well, and we found a new less active family to work with! It's too bad we don't report that anymore though. haha!  We have been doing really good though and have been helping a lot of people recently with service. We also helped out one of our less actives that we have been working with move Sunday after church. His name is Shawn, and he lives by himself so he needed some help. We got a few people from the ward to help, too.

So ya, it's been a good week and I made something for my mom for Mother's Day but it hasn't gotten there yet, so I can't tell you what it is yet haha!  But it is awesome! But it's been great, and we have been good and have been doing good here in West Valley. But thank y'all for everything again! I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day! I know that my mom is awesome, and she has taught me well! A scripture that I think ties in well about her is the story of the stripling warriors in The Book of Mormon. In Alma 56 where it says, "...they had ​​been taught by their ​​​mothers​, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their ​​​mothers​, saying: We ​​​do​ not doubt our mothers knew it." I can definitely bear my testimony that what I'm doing is what the Lord and my mom wants for me. A mission is a constant reminder to me about what my parents taught me and how I can live my life in the future. I love every second. I love all of y'all who have been involved in my life. I have learn so much. I wish y'all a great week and thank you for your support!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hunter Week 8: Testimony of Service

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This week was a week of service. We did a lot of service this week, and we helped a few folks by doing a lot of lawn care. We mowed and trimmed a few bushes for a widow that we have been working with. She lives alone, and it was great to help her out and we hope to help her out more on a regular basis! She is Catholic, but is investigating the LDS Church. She has lots of health problems and smokes, but she has been trying to stop. So it's been great to help her out and to make her life easier. We also shoveled dirt and made a flower bed for one of the members in our area that needed some extra hands. So it was really fun to do all that. We also had dumpsters come through our area. It's basically a program that Salt Lake does to help people clean up neighborhoods and what not. So we moved some tree limbs that had fallen down in the last few storms. So that good to help them out as well.

Beside service, we have been working a lot more with the members in our two stakes as well. We are trying to met all the different leaders in the wards we cover. So it has been really good, and we have seen many fruits from it. We have met with Young Men leaders so we can know which youth we can help out, as well as the Elder Quorum and Relief Society presidents to know who they think we can swing by. We have recently been meeting with more of the less active youth, and it's great to find these people with their help and to help them come back to the fold. Also, on fast Sunday I bore my testimony about the miracle that happen with Elder Blatter’s family and my Mema and the sisters in her ward. I talked about it last week in my email. But anyways, I bore my testimony about that in the wards that I went to and it was a great spiritual experience and a lot of people talked to me afterwards about it which I thought was really cool. So it was a great spiritual experience!

We are biking today to Ensign Peak. So that's why I will probably not answer emails as fast. It's a 16 mile bike ride, and we are going with some other Elders, as well as Elder Blatter, and an investigator they are teaching is coming. So it's going to be a few hours that we will be biking, so I'll be sure to send some pictures from that later when I get back! I'm pumped to go on this biking trip for P-Day.

I love all of y'all! And thank you so much for all the support you give me everyday! I hope all of y'all are having a great day, and I hope you keep your heart open to what the Lord has in store for you!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hunter Week 7: Save it for a rainy day!

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Well, I think Utah almost decided to become spring now. We did have snow last Friday, so I still think winter isn't done yet! This week has been cold and wet with some cold freezing rain, and also we had our car go to a set of sisters. So we have been walking and biking through it now! So perfect timing right. haha! But it has been good, and it feels good to be back on my feet again! We recently updated our ward maps and  we have been tracting all the doors we don't have records on. We actually found some potential new investigators by doing so! We have been doing that mostly this week when we don't have lessons. So it has been really fun and very good for our area as well!

We also had a miracle happen last week that I felt like I should put here in my email. So our District Leader, Elder Blatter, had some family in Nacogdoches, Texas and since, as some of y'all know, I have lots of family in Nacogdoches. So I told him that. I got his relative's address (who isn't a member) and gave it to my Mema. She is a ward missionary and works often with the sister missionaries in her ward. So, she went out with them to find them! And guess what, they did! They let them in and talked with them. They are Baptist, and she gave them a Book of Mormon and a pass along card with 3 Nephi 11, where Jesus Christ comes to America after his resurrection. They invited the sisters to come back, and it was a great experience to know that they allowed them to come in! It was a great miracle to witness! It's something that only a mission could bring to pass. So I'm glad I was out here at this point in my life. It gives a witness to me that I'm doing the right thing and that Heavenly Father is looking out for our family.

So yes, I'm enjoying every day of my mission. It has been great to witness so many miracles on almost a daily basis here and to meet many people from different backgrounds. Utah truly is a gathering place for the world and everyday I met people from outside of the United States (For example, this week I have met folks from India, Colombia, Mexico, and China.)  It is even better working with these people to come to the gospel and find that it works for everyone no matter the background of the person. By just coming to church, reading the scriptures, and saying personal prayers, you see a visible changes in their families and in how they do their dealings in secular things in a positive way. It is a miracle to witness that.

Everyone has been great and thank you again for your prayers and support! It's awesome to be here and it's been great. It's the best feeling in the world is when you knock on a door and the person who answers says something like we just prayed for you to be here. Miracles do happen and it great to be here for the ones that I see and those I don't see. I love all of y'all and hope your week has been good! Thanks again for the support, and I hope all of y'all have a ballin week!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hunter Week 6: Transfers, Temples, and Conferences Oh My!

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Good morning everyone! This past week has yet again been fantastic! We had Stake Conference, which is when multiple local congregations come to together for a big service, this past weekend for the Granger South Stake! We had an Elder from the Seventy come to it, and he was from Mexico. His name is Elder Ben De Hoyos! He was really good at involving everyone, and it was great to hear from him. I got to talk to him and shake his hand! Besides Stake Conference, we did some service for a part member family. They were building a play set for their kids and needed some extra hands! So that was great and we got to know the husband who is not a member of the church and invited them to Conference. We set up a time to teach their family for next Wednesday which will be great!

We also took a recent convert named Tiffany to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple down in South Jordan to do some baptisms for the dead! We as missionaries can't do baptisms in the temple because of some weird rule but we did do confirmations which was a really cool experience! I've never done that before, so it was a really cool! It was a great visit and the temple president's wife talked to us as well as a few other temple workers to help guide Tiffany since it was her first time in the temple. So it was really good! We got to chill with the temple workers and got to know them! One of them was from Sherwood, Arkansas, which is right out of Little Rock. So that was ballin!

We also went to a mission fireside this Sunday which was ballin! They had this ballin Polynesian group sing , and it was really good! President Palmer, our mission president, spoke as well and it was great to hear from him as always! We tried to invite people to it. but everyone said no to us which was sad. It was still a great experience! I also, on a side note, I met a family who had been to Pea Ridge last week which was ballin! They have a son who loves in Fayetteville, but he is in the Prairie Grove Ward! So they went to the military park in Pea Ridge, and they will be going back this October. So I gave them my address so they would know where I live! Haha! But ya, they are a ballin family named the Deardens! So this week has been great, and I'm just ready for summer to get here! I hope all of y'all had a great week as well!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Update from Zach’s Mom: Elder Bowie is staying in West Valley this transfer with Elder Muse. :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hunter Week 5: Easter Baptism

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Happy Easter Y'all! It's been a great past Easter week here in Utah! Although Utah doesn't really celebrate Good Friday and all that, it was ballin! We had a Easter baptism this weekend! We had a baptism for Zadien who is 10 and his little sister who is 8! It was so ballin! We had their home teacher who was very close with the family baptize them and me and Elder Muse did some great witnessing for the baptism. It was a lot of fun to help that family out. It's a single mom family, and it was great to help them out and help the come to church! The dad and grandparents came to the baptism, and we talked to one of the mom’s sisters who is less active. We talked about helping her kids get baptized as well! So we will see how that goes! Also, after the baptism we were driving and we saw a ton of old Ford and Chevy trucks and convertibles in this guy front  yard. He let us mess around with them, and we took some ballin pictures. haha! So it was a great reward after the baptism. haha!

We also had the mission tour this week with President Christensen coming from the Seventy! It was so awesome! He talked to us about the Holy Ghost and how we can receive revelation for ourselves and our areas! It was a huge spiritual experience! Elder Muse actually got chosen to be interviewed by him. So that was a great experience for him, I'm sure! We got to ask him questions about concerns we have and everything. So it was ballin! We also got to hear from President Palmer as well which is always great! I learned a lot from them, and it was a great opportunity to listen to them both!

Other than that, this week has been normal regarding missionary work! We did get to meet with Jose’s family. He's the one that went to General Conference with us, and we have been trying to get them to church. They haven't been coming since conference. We are working with some of the kids to get them baptized, and we have been helping Jose get the priesthood. Then he could baptize his own kids which would be awesome! So hopefully we get the ball rolling there. But ya, it's been great here in the valley! Thank y'all so much for everything that y'all have done for me! I appreciate all the letters and emails! I hope all of y'all had a great Easter and a Christ centered week! It's been great, and I have loved every second of my week! Hard to believe it's been 10 months already! But it's ballin! Love y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hunter Week 4: Sunday Snow

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This past week has been great! Saturday night we had some more snow come through Utah, and I woke up on Fast Sunday to another white wonderland! So that was fun! I had to pull out my winter coat again! But besides from the snow, this week has been great! We are having a mission tour this coming week and an Elder from the Seventy is coming to tour the mission. So I'll be able to tell y'all more about that next week.  This week we had a Zone training basically preparing us for when he comes to speak to us. The whole mission will be getting together! So that's going to be fun!

This week we have been knocking on a lot of doors as usual, and we might have some potential new investigators in our area which is great! So we will be following up with a lot of people next week! We have a few people on date for next Saturday. One is Jose's son named Dominic (he is the one that went to General Conference with us) which should be great! We also have a 10 year old named Zadien with his 8 year old sister which will be great as well! We also have another kid named Ethan who will be baptized next Saturday, and at will be awesome as well! So ya next Saturday is going to be ballin! We have been preparing them to be baptized, and they are all ballers!

But ya the work here is going very well! We have also been sharing the new Easter video to people. Each year the Church makes a video for Easter and Christmas. This year’s Easter one is very good! If you go to Mormon.org, it's right on the front page! It is a very good video and has a great message! So I hope y'all will watch it and can be inspired from it! I know I definitely have been! But ya. I love all of y'all! Thanks for the support you give me and I really appreciate it! I hope y'all have a great week! Stay Safe!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hunter Week 3: Conference Weekend

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Good morning everyone! This past week has been yet another ballin’ week here in West Valley! We had General Conference this last weekend, and I hope everyone got a chance to watch it! It was awesome! We went to the Saturday afternoon session, and it was soooooo cool! The Conference Center that the Church built in Temple Square is massive, and it was so cool to be in there and to sing with literally thousands of other people. It was an amazing spiritual experience! We went with a recent convert and his son and brother in law who were not members, and they loved it! They were asking us when the next conference would be, and it was cool! We met so many people from France and Brazil while waiting in line. It was pretty neat! They didn't announce the Arkansas Temple yet, but they probably will next year! ;) It was great to hear from our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and he is a awesome, He shared a ballin’ testimony! But ya, I definitely got inspired to improve some things that I think will help me become a better missionary!

Regarding people we are working with, currently we found a new part member family named the Fadels who in the past had some rough history with the Church. They could use some prayers. The dad is really trying to make an effort, so that will be good for the whole family. We didn't get to meet with Abby this week. We will hopefully be getting a new investigator next week! It is someone named Brittney, and she is living in a member’s home and wants to met with us. So we will be swinging by Tuesday for that! But ya, the weather has been great recently, and it makes we wish I was biking! It's still weird being in a car area, and plus it's smaller than my area in Tooele. haha! But ya, thank y'all for all the support and prayers! I really do appreciate it!

A mission is the best thing that can be happening for me at this stage in my life. I'm learning more and more each and every single day about how to use Christ more in my life, and it's ballin’! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and so is the Book of Mormon! Right now I'm in Helaman in the Book of Mormon, and I have recently been learning more from the Book of Mormon than ever before! It's crazy. I've been reading like 10 chapters a day, and it's so ballin’! So I will ask all of y'all to do the same challenge that Sister Palmer gave to me which is to read 4 chapters of the  Book of Mormon every day and by doing so you can draw closer to our Savior. So ya, love y'all! Keep being you!

Also, just so y'all know, we are hiking Bells Canyon. So I'll have no service probably until we get back this afternoon!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hunter Week 2: Knocking in the Rain

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Good morning y'all! This past couple days have been amazing! Since Wednesday, we found two new investigator families that we are going to begin to teach! We were contacting Thursday in the rain, and we knocked on a door and someone named Chris opened the door. He was a really nice guy and was excited to see us swinging by. So we set up a time on Saturday for us to come back and teach him and his family! So Saturday we learn that he wasn't a member of the church and neither was his wife. They didn't know really anything about the LDS church (which is really hard to find in Utah haha!) besides Joseph Smith. So we taught them the restoration! Also, he has like 4 kids who are pretty young. It went really well! He had never heard of the Book of Mormon, so we gave him a copy and asked him to read and pray about! So, it's super exciting! This week we will teach the plan of salvation and might challenge him and his wife to baptism! So I will update y'all about him and his family next week.

We also started teaching a part member family named the Smalling family yesterday. The husband is a member, but the wife is not. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and read out of the first chapter which went really well. They have a two year old son who was a little crazy. haha! We will be working with them now! We also did some service at a less active home because they were putting in some flooring. So we did that all Saturday afternoon which was really fun. We had to move furniture and all that to make room for the flooring, and then put it back. So it was fun to help them! They also have a friend who's last name is Bowie. So that was interesting since Bowie is a pretty rare name!

Also, we just picked up yet another new investigator who is from Egypt, and his name is Abby! We just met him last Sunday! He is a huge dude, and he is so awesome! He is here in Salt Lake because he had a friend who had started a business here. It’s his first time here (and he didn't know anything about Utah at all). He moved here the very beginning of October. So he went downtown his first day to check out SLC, and that's when the church has it's General Conference. So he was amazed about why so many people were in the streets, and he went over to Temple Square to check it out. He saw the apostles speaking on the big TV's and he got a copy of the Book of Mormon! He used to be a college professor, and he has read or studied about every religion you can think of. He said the first time he read the Book of Mormon it was different from anything he has ever read before or since, and he wanted to learn more. So he found a church (which isn't too hard to find here haha!), and he is in an older singles ward now. We are going to start teaching him! He is already in 3rd Nephi in the Book of Mormon, and he believes that it is already true. He doesn't understand about the organization of the church, but he is amazed about how real the members are in being friendly, loving and family oriented. So I'm super excited to work with him!

So ya, this week was awesome! This area is really cool, and we are finding a lot of cool members and people to work with!  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so real, and it's awesome to see people learn about it and have a change in heart!  I love being out here on my mission, and it's great to help people. It's just a humbling experience! I hope all of y'all are having a good time! Hard to believe it's almost April! It's starting to warm up here, and it feels good. It makes missionary work a lot easier as people are starting to be outside more! The Spirit has been huge here, and I hope y'all are listening to the Spirit as well! Thank y'all for the emails and letters! It's great to hear from y'all! I hope everyone has a great week! Thank you for your prayers!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hunter Week 1: West Valley to the Temple

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Alright, we just got back from the SLC Temple out in Temple Square. That was awesome! It was my second time going to the Salt Lake Temple, and it was great to go as a zone! We had a blast. This week with Elder Muse has been awesome! We have a car now (finally), and it's a Toyota RAV4 which is awesome! And it's been great to drive around instead of biking and walking! Elder Muse is from Houston, Texas, and he's awesome! He is a convert himself and was baptized about three years ago!

We cover two stakes the Hunter South and Granger South Stakes. The members here are great, and it's been awesome serving here! This week we mainly just went contacting and meeting bishops and ward mission leaders, so I'm kind of starting to get to know everyone! I also got a hair cut finally on Monday, and that was cool! A member can cut hair for us for free which was really nice! But ya, it feels great to drive again and to be here in the "valley"!

Thank y'all so much for all the emails and letters! Stay safe y'all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter and Granger South Stakes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tooele Week 13: Transfers

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This week was transfer week! And it turns out that I'm getting transferred to the Hunter South Stake which is in West Valley! So it looks like I am leaving Tooele! I'm gonna miss this wonderful stake and it's members, but 'm very excited to go to West Valley! My new companion is Elder Muse and he is African American from Houston Texas! I've seen him before, and he seem to be a really cool guy. So I'm super excited to serve with him!

Elder Lane will be taking over Tooele, and he will do great! So I'll be sure to give y'all my new address next week! Besides transfers the weather here in Utah as been great, and it's been in the 60s all week and it feels great! We also found a new investigator here in a Tooele who is a nine year old that has autism, and she is awesome! Also, Travis got the priesthood last week and that has been awesome as well. He is set on going to the temple! But ya, it's been awesome here, and thank y'all for all of the support! I love all of you! I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tooele Week 12: Drop the Mic

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This week was simply amazing! We have had a good amount of success here in Tooele, and I'm loving it here! It's hard to believe that this transfer is almost over and I will know next week if I'll be staying here in Tooele or moving somewhere else. I really hope I stay here, because it's been picking up here in the stake and the members are awesome!

Well, we just had a baptism here in Tooele! We had the two Gordy girls that we have been working with since I got here get baptized and confirmed which was awesome! They are awesome. One is 8 and the other one is 9 who was our convert baptism. Their mom was a less active and the dad is not a member, and we are still trying to work with him but he's a great guy! Also, back in Kearns someone that I taught there was baptized last Saturday as well! His name is Diego and he is Hispanic but goes to the English Ward. He is an awesome guy, and I'm super proud for him!  Also, Travis who was baptized last Saturday has been talking about getting the priesthood, so he can baptize one of his boys which will be awesome! He has been doing great as well!

But ya, the mission has been great and I'm loving every day! It's been very humbling for me to be here and to help people accept the Gospel and improve their lives! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and anyone who repents and follows Him can have access to His love and mercy! It's ballin! I love all of y'all! Thank you for your support of me being here and for all of letters! It means a ton!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tooele Week 11: Slam Dunk

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Good morning y'all! I have to say this week was awesome! We had our first baptism in Tooele this week! It was also Elder Lane's first baptism in the mission! Travis Knecht was baptized by his father in law, and it was so awesome! Elder Chiester of the Seventy came to the baptism since he knew Travis which was really cool! The Spirit was so strong in that meeting! Travis has been taught for just about 15 years by many, many missionaries and it was so awesome to see him finally change and to do things as a family! Now he's coming to church and has family prayer and scripture study and it's awesome! And now when he gets the priesthood he can baptize one of his boys which will be even more amazing!

But besides Travis's baptism, we had a lot of success this week! We are working with a less active lady named Sinah, and we are helping her to get to the temple so that she can seal her family. Her husband passed away a few years ago, and she's been struggling with that . So it's good see that she is striving to overcome her hardships! We just found a new less active family to work with in the 29th Ward!  So we will be working more with them in the near future!

It snowed on us again this week, and hopefully this is one of the last snowstorms of the year because I'm ready to wear short sleeves again! Hard to believe it's almost March! Time is flying by so fast! It's awesome to serve out here in the Wild West, and to help others to come into Christ! I love it! Thank y'all so much for all of the emails and letters!! It means a lot to me! Stay safe and hope y'all have a great week! Love y'all!!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tooele Week 10: Spring Cleaning

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Good morning y'all!!

This was awesome! We had a great week here in Tooele! We found a new less active family named the Hansen that have an 11 year year old daughter who wants to get baptized! So we are now working with them, and it's awesome! We might have a baptism this Saturday for Travis which will be awesome! We are going to try to met with him, and then try to do his baptism interview Thursday and plan his baptism out! Brother Walgamont is awesome and he is our ward mission leader and he's been a HUGE help for Travis and for us as missionaries! So I'm super excited for this baptism!

We also helped a few people move this week and that's been great to do service for people! We had to carry tables and desk up like three flights of stairs which was fun. haha! We also have been really fellowshipped by a lot of the members here and they are awesome! We have a ton of referrals which is great! We also are meeting with the Hills and a less active family with two boys that want to get baptized. (Ones Rylan's age and the other is Cara's age) and we are going to set them on date as well to be baptized tonight which will be great!

The mission is awesome! We have a district activity today which is supposed to be a "surprise" so we will have to wait and see what it is. But ya, the district is great and Elder Lane is doing awesome! He's improving his teaching skills and he loves Tooele as well! So win win! I also met a member from Orange, Texas and she said she was going to make me some Gumbo when we eat dinner in her ward, so I'm excited for that! Haha! The mission is great and it's warming up so that makes missionary work a lot easier because we were freezing to death! Starting to bike around now since the snow is gone which is good as well! But ya, love all y'all! Thank you so much for everything!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tooele Week 9: Take Me to Church

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This week has been pretty awesome! The weather is starting to warm here or at least trying to which is awesome! Trying to get out bikes again since now there is no more snow and ice on the ground! We had a great week, and we had a lot of success which is always great as a missionary! We had Stake baptisms last Saturday, and we invited the Hills (the less active family we are working with). They have two boys that need to be baptized, and they came and loved it which was awesome! We still got Travis on date for the 25th, and he will be out of town this week but he's doing great! Then we have the Gordy's daughters for the first weekend of March. So we are super excited for them! We will try to get the Hills on date for baptism soon which will be great as well! I'm really loving ,and it's a great place! Members are always helpful out here, and it's awesome! We had a few investigators at church Sunday which was awesome! Hard to believe we're almost halfway through February! It's going by quick! I'm excited for it to warm up soon! That way we can do more stuff which will be great! Hope all y'all are doing alright and are having a good time! Thank you for all your prayers and support. It means a lot to me! Stay chillin'!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tooele Week 8: “Spring” is here!

IMG_5576This week has been great! It's starting to warm up and the snow is finally melting! We just had transfers this week, and I finally met Elder Lane! He's from Southern California and he loves cars, country music, and Tooele! He fits in well here with the members, and we have been doing well together!

This week we have been finding a few more families to teach! We recently started teaching the Hill Family in Overlake, and they have two boys that need to be baptized which will probably happen this month or next month! So, it is awesome! We'll be teaching them tonight about tithing and all that fun stuff! We also set Travis on a date for the 25th of this month and he's been doing great! He's been coming to church for about a month now. His boys are going to scouts and all that as well! So it's been awesome to see the change in his family from the Gospel! The Gospel is so true!

We had Stake Conference this week, and that was awesome! President Frailey, our Stake President, talked a lot about the simple things, such as, prayers, reading the scriptures, and going to church! So that was great, and we had a few of our less active families come as well so it was great for them to hear as well! I hope everyone is doing great back home! It's hard to believe it's already February! This year is going by so quick! I love your letters and emails! Thank y’all so much!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tooele Week 7: Transfers, Snow, and Dogs

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Good morning y'all! Had another great week out here in Tooele! Transfers are this Tuesday and I'll... *drumroll*... will be staying here! Unfortunately, Elder Lester is leaving me!! And guess what, he's going to dirty Kearns!! He is going to Kearns East Stake where I was just 7 weeks ago. haha!! And, I'm getting a new greenie. His name is Elder Lane, and he just got out last transfer with Lester! He was actually in Kearns last transfer (I guess he was my replacement haha). So I'm super pumped to get him here in Tooele! So I'll be here another 6 weeks! I'll tell y'all more about him next week when I get to know him!

But ya, we have two baptism in February coming up, which Lester is upset about because he's moving before that. haha! But ya, one is Travis who is married to a member and they have 4 or 5 kids that are young. So, this week we should be setting him on a date for sometime this month!! So, I'm super excited for that! He's been coming to church and activities so it's been awesome to see that change in his family! Then we have a 9 year old of a less active family getting active again. So ya, her name is Talia! So, I'm super excited for this transfer!

We also had a few miracles this week! This week at church we had a guy walk in. His name is Shawn, and he's from Guam! He has a lot of tats, but he's a really cool guy. He told us that he's been to jail and he wants to change his life. So we will be meeting up with him sometime this week. He hasn't ever been to an LDS church before or heard of the Book of Mormon, so we are starting from square one with him! So, I'm super excited for this opportunity to work with him!

So ya, been a great week! We had a few cool experiences, and I love the work out here! The mission is awesome, and I am always learning something new!! Thank y'all for the letters and emails! They mean a ton! Also, Elder Quinnelly was made our Zone Leader this transfer, so that'll be great! Our new District Leader is Elder Whitaker! And I finally burned a tie for my 6 month mark as well this week! haha!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tooele Week 6: Prison Break

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Well, as y'all can see from my subject, we had to break into our house this week! Haha! So we were walking back home, and Elder Lester couldn't find the keys on him. So we retraced our steps and still couldn't find them. But don't worry! We went to the Spanish Elders down the street and slept with them since it was already around 9:30. Then it snowed. So ya, we have to wait for a couple of weeks till we can find them. Haha! Our landlords came over & they are LDS, so they said they could get us new ones. So they gave us keys today for both of us! So, they are really nice! So don't worry! We are back in our own home. Haha! 

But ya, this week was great! We had the temple, which I talked a little bit last time I emailed on Thursday. I love going to the temple and had a great time there! This Sunday, Elder Lester and I gave a talk in the Tooele 2nd Ward, and I got to talk a little bit about Gordon. B. Hinckley, who was the previous Prophet of the Church before he passed away in 2008, and some of the things he taught while he was alive. So that was really fun! I talked for about 35 minutes which was a fun experience! I shared Isaiah 40:31 which Cailey shared with me a while back.

But ya, it was a good week and we met with Travis, one of our investigators, this week. He is doing really good and is super close to baptism! So next transfer he will probably get baptized which will be a great experience, especially for Elder Lester, since he's still new. So I'm pumped for that! I love y'all so much! I hope everyone has been doing great so far this winter! Pray that I don't lose my key's again. Haha! For reals though, I love all of y'all and can't believe it's been over 7 months! Time flies too fast! Peace out y'all! Stay warm! If y'all need anything let me know!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tooele Week 5: Snow And Temples

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Good Afternoon! We just got back from the Temple in Bountiful, and it was awesome! It started snowing when we got outside which was cool and a little cold! We had a pretty good week so far and found quite a few people to start working with and to help them get back to church and get closer to Christ. The Temple was ballin!

We saw quite a few deer as well and in fact yesterday we saw a 8 or 10 point buck on the street when we were walking to dinner, so that's neat! And I also went on exchanges with Elder Quinnelly this week which was ballin and we got to talk and serve around his area in Edda! That was a lot of fun as well!

So ya, had a good time this week and I hope y'all did too! Love y'all so much!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake 
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tooele Week 4: Our Purpose

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Good morning, everyone! This has been another great week here in Tooele County! We didn't have too much success this week (other than a few lessons in one our wards). We have recently, since we are whitewashing a sisters’ area, have been trying to go on splits with our Ward Mission Leaders, Priest, and stuff like that. That way we can cover twice as much ground to contact people and to find new people to teach. So, we made a goal yesterday to find a least one new person to teach and to continue on from there.

I really love this area, and the members here are really helpful to us which is fantastic! We are getting to know them and starting to build some bonds which will be really useful! We went to one our wards yesterday, and we talked a lot about the Restoration and the Plan that God has for us. It really helped me to get focused on why we are here helping people to get closer to Jesus Christ. So, it's ballin to be here and to learn more about our Savior as I learn this new area. It's awesome!

So ya, I hope all of y'all had a great week! Just know that I'm loving the work and the people here! I love all y'all! Stay safe! Something that I think would be good for everyone is just taking time to get to know our Savior. When Elder Rasband, from the 12 Apostles, came to the mission, he invited us to get to know Him, and by getting to know Him our will to serve Him will increase. So, just wanted to extend that same invitation to get to know the Savior. Something that I did was to read the 4 Gospels which I finished a week ago. It really helped me a ton! I love y'all! Stay warm! Thank you for all of the support! It means a bunch!

Peace out!

Elder Bowie
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tooele Week 3: Snow, Snow, and Happy New Year!

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Good morning everyone! I had a great week as we head into another new year! We have done a lot of contacting this week to expand our teaching pool, and we were able to find a few more less active families to teach this week. We have been going out with our awesome ward mission leaders and missionaries to help us contact as well! The members here are great, and they are very supportive of the work! We aren't teaching as many people as we did in Kearns, but we are doing our best to find more people & to work hard with those that we do have! It's crazy to think that it is 2017 already!! I'm looking forward to the new year, and I can't wait to see what lies in store up ahead! The Tooele zone is awesome, and we have been playing a lot of Nerf with the zone. It's pretty fun to be part of it! Thank y'all for all of the wonderful letters and emails! Y'all mean a lot to me! Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a great new year!

Elder Bowie
Tooele North Stake
Salt Lake City West Mission