Well hey there familia!!
There went another week and man oh man, the mission life never ceases to amaze me!
We have a super wide variety of investigators right now! we could start with Jack Flannery who has met with missionaries on and off for over 20 years, or we talk about Stephanie Hernandez who is another miracle lady in my life! We were out tracting one day and naturally were not having a ton of success. We started walking up a hill and I turned to Sister Diaz and said this next house we knock on will have a family searching for the gospel! As we got closer a family walked out the front door and started getting in their car. Haha I hurried and walked up to the mom and said Hey! I know you guys are leaving but we're missionaries and we have an incredible message about God and how families can be together forever. She looked at me and said "Oh yeah, I've been looking for a church for us to go to... Can you guys come back later?" BOO YAH!! Stephanie is so awesome, things are going very well and I'm excited to see where the lessons take us:] I know wholeheartedly that Heavenly Father does place people in our path. He is just way too good! After the first lesson I invited Stephanie to be baptized and she said "Ya know, ever since you guys came by I have been thinking that that's something that I need to do." Haha are you kidding me? She's awesome.
The 4th of July... hahaha well... none of the members here invited us over... and none of our investigators wanted to see us.... so ya know what we did... we tracted for 4 hours!!!! Ah! Can I just tell you how worthless you feel after tracting for just 1 hour on a holiday... it. was. the. worst. but don't even worry, I got to light off some sparklers and do my firework thing:] so we ended the night on a good note thanks to the Harbin family:]
We got a new mission president and I really like him! I think he is going to do great things for our mission and I look forward to see how differently he does things! We had some training with him this past week and I was just totally immersed in the insights he was sharing. That's one thing that I've really enjoyed on my mission, just learning:]
Lately things have been pretty tough in the missionary life of Sister Bowden. I feel a lot of pressure to keep things going like they were when Bonner was here... but it's just not working. Things have been tough with my companion, but I really am striving to just keep working at it! It's been a little frustrating and one night when we got home she said, "Sister.. you talk to much in our lessons..." AH! THE ONLY REASON I TALK IS BECAUSE I CAN RELATE TO THESE PEOPLE! Haha I feel like I'm just about at my rope's end, but I know that the Lord will always be there to give me a couple more inches. I'm so so grateful for this challenge. I have honestly never cared so much about other people. I've never cared so much about the decisions that others make, and it has never hurt so badly to watch people make the wrong ones. I've never cared whether or not people took the time to read their scriptures or come to church, but I know that it's the small daily decisions that can have lasting effects on our lives. I've just never cared so much about anything. I love missionary work. I love these people and I would go to just about any length to get them to see and feel that love:] I know the Lord is with us!
I love you all and hope that this week is one full of tender mercies from the Lord! Miss you all the days!!
Love, Sister Bowden