Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 10 - The Church is True, the Book is Blue, and Joseph Smith is... a Pamphlet.

ell Hola Familia!!

This week has just been so great and i'm so glad i get some time to write ya a little something something!! Well i guess i'll back track to Tuesday. Tuesday was probably one of the hardest days of my life.  We had 0 luck, and i mean 0. Every person we tried to contact was just not feeling it, it felt like 102973894728937 degrees outside, and i could see Sister Tau was getting pretty disappointed. As we were walking to go see a less active sister i started saying a little prayer "Please just give Sister Tau a miracle" and i kept repeating that over and over again. Sister Tau looked at a house and said hey let's try that one. So we go and knock and a super nice lady named Monica comes out of her garage. She grew up methodist and la la la.. she loves the book of mormon. absolutely loves it, I was so happy i couldn't even handle it. We're gonna start teaching her this week and i can't wait:] I'm so grateful for a heavenly father who answers my prayers, they may not always be immediate, but he does answer.

Before we got here a 12 year old boy named Nick was baptized and he has a little brother named Colin, Colin is 8 and is wanting to be baptized. But i fear for my life when we are around these kids. I guess one time they poured gas all around their house and were asking the neighbors for matches or lighters. THEY WANTED TO BURN THEIR HOUSE DOWN! so i'm thinking there might be some psychological issues at hand... haha we'll see.

I'm so grateful for Elder Vought and Elder Hardy. They have seriously taught me that you can still be a good missionary and be yourself and have fun. At district meeting on friday we were telling why we decided to go on missions and both of them had similar stories to me. They had sports and all these other things going on, but, they chose a mission. They have seriously become like my best friends haha we've even made our own "secret district" called RLF aka real life friends. They both plan on going to uvu so all the time we'll talk about what's gonna happen when i finally get home. Hardy leaves in August and Vought leaves in October. haha i'm 87% sure they will be at the airport when i get to come back to the promised land. But yeah, they're great and have just really helped me become the missionary i want to be.

Oh! Chivaras family aka Rocky and Stephanie. So these hardcore 7th day advantists are probably the nicest people i have ever met, just super set in their religion. So me and Sister Tau decided ok there has to be a way for us to teach them annndd haha i came up with a great idea. We went over to their house and they were asking so how are you guys? what's been going on? and I had sister Tau say oh man... not so good this week has been pretty rough. We go on to tell them that Sister Tau gets really nervous when she has to teach new people, and because she feels comfortable around them, we were hoping she could practice with you guys so that when she goes out there she will be better prepared. ahaha they totally bought and we taught them the first discussion. It was awesome and there was a point in the lesson where they started to sincerely ask questions. I loved it, maybe a little deceiving but hey i gotta preach somehow!

ok so story time. There is a road in fairfield that connects one section of it to the other and everytime we ride our bikes down this road there has been this guy outside doing yard work. He always waves and whatever, well finally one day I said sister Tau we need to talk to that guy. we go up introduce ourselves and he asks what we're doing and why we're riding our bikes everyday. He says he's not too interested so we go on our way. haha 2 nights later we were walking down that same street and he yells to us "have you converted anybody yet?" and i just yell "were trying to convert you dang it!" he started laughing and told us to come over and talk to him.. well we start talking and all of the sudden he asks can missionaries go out.. like on dates? I busted out laughing and said no we don't do that right now, it's against the rules, we've been on dates but right now we are just here to serve the lord. He then says "well i think the lord would be willing to make an exception this time" oh woof. no way homeboy. well we actually ended up having a pretty deep conversation about the gospel. He's pretty atheist, and has had a bad relationship with his parents. We gave him a book of mormon and i'm excited to see what he thinks of it. I guess we'll see, it's my one and only chance to flirt and convert!

On Saturday Sister Mendiola got baptized!! wooo wooo! i was super happy, me and Sister Tau sang come thou fount in english/tongan and it was just a neat experience to feel of the spirit! Mama Blattman took us up to College Station, and it was a good experience getting to know her even better. She herself is a convert to the church and i just love her non-judgemental attitude towards everyone. She's the best.

But yes the broadcast last night was life changing! i'm SO glad to be a missionary right now! so much work is starting to happen and just people are ready! ... i just gotta find them:] I hope my husband realizes though that i plan on being a missionary the rest of my life. we're going to raise our family around missionary work because it's just so great. haha hope he's on the same page as me!

Well that's been my week, i love you all so much and pray for you daily! heck i pray for a lot of people daily. But i know this church is true. I know the book of mormon is the greatest book, that will seriously bring you closer to God. If your searching, you'll find him:] Much love, preach on!

-Sister Bowden

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