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


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!


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