Monday, March 27, 2017

Hunter Week 2: Knocking in the Rain


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


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