Monday, July 27, 2015

It doesn't matter who we have been or what we have done, all that matters is where We are going!

A legal!!!  We baptized a man named Sergio este semana!  It was really awesome to see him and God change his life around.  At the start we found him super drunk, sleeping outside his house, almost in the street. It was pretty awesome to see him as he changed and started living the Palavra de Sabedoria and other commitments to help him change his life and become a member of Gods Church this week! It's pretty great! He doesn't like to smile for photos, so he only looks a bit like a mobster, but he's a great guy! :)
This is the picture Jordan sent... he does look a little mobsterish! :)

We had some sweet days this week, constantly learning, growing and becoming better. It doesn't matter who we have been or what we have done, all that matters is where We are going! Its been very interesting to me to see how as missionaries, we always need to be focused on helping others.  Many of us look only for the next baptism, but as a representative of Christ we need to remember all people are priceless. Baptisms bring joy, but so does charity, and unconditional love for everyone we see. Definitely a thing I am going to work on. I Learned this week as you focus on yourself you loose, but when you focus on others you find more blessings and more love in your life. A great hard week of learning :)  

 It is awesome to hear about how the Lord is blessing you guys! Keep it up because I need As Much Help as I can get!  The Lord has to work with me, a stubborn boy who needs more humility... But I have faith the Lord can make this boy a man one day... a man like Paul said in Corinthians 13.

I wish you the best!   Boa Sorte!  
Elder Bowden 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brazil is nuts as always but lots of fun!

This week was good but our baptism fell through.  Hopefully it will be this week!  He is an awesome guy who is changing his life and becoming a different person! 

Brazil is nuts as always but lots of fun!   My comp and I say tons of quotes all the time, its great!  We are always looking for more people to help and teach! We love to give each other words to use when we do a contact with someone on the street.  It definitely makes things interesting! We are working a lot, trying new things, learning and becoming better each day! I am gonna stay in this area with Elder Benitez for one more transfer, then he is going home!  He is gonna get so trunky! haha The Lord is preparing me to fight trunkyness because this will be the second missionary I "kill" in the mission! He is really cool.  We weren't really good friends at first, but now we joke a lot and have fun after working! We have made a goal to work hard everyday this transfer, and for my comp not to get trunky!! Its Great!  I am learning a lot! 

Oh my card didn't work.  I don't know whats wrong but can you call Wells Fargo and find out please? Thanks! 
I have some good pics for you this week, but I'll try and get more of Brazil :)

Love you guys lots, have a great semana!
Elder Bowden
PS sorry for the short emails mom! ;)

Monday, July 13, 2015

This week was good... I had fun continually learning.

Na, it's way different here, almost everyone will let you in to hear a message about Christ but not many are willing to act, even when they receive answers to prayers.  That is true, its not very fun to have an investigator who knows its true but wont go to church... we have plenty of people to teach but not a lot of people who want to change.  It's not finding investigators thats hard, its finding those who are ready to act. We have a good ivestigator who is acting and will hopefully be baptized this week. We will see.  Our mission pres has different views on baptisms, but I will follow what he says. 

This week was good... I had fun continually learning.  Just staying busy, working hard, trying to learn how to be a better man everyday! Good luck with everything going on this week! 
Te amo!
Elder Bowden

Oh and can you find out how much the box weighs and how much it costs for shipping? A member here wants to know, thanks! 

These are some mini pizza things... without cheese and sauce, but they have meat... they are pretty good!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Missions sure teach you to plead for help from God!

Querido Familia,

I have found that the mission is so much harder for me over here. I am getting really homesick and I miss you guys a lot!!! The good part about it is it helps my desire to work and stay busy, always trying to work, to learn, to focus on everything but myself so I can focus on my mission. Out of country missions sure teach you to plead for help from God because you need it to do His work.

We have lessons everyday and those are usually normal... we only seldom teach people who are really crazy! We are working with a man who is a drunk and hes been clean for a week now and are working with him to keep it up! Bus rides are nuts because sometimes you pack in like sardines and almost get separated from your comp!  Its crazy, they fit like almost 70 people on one bus here, everyone is like sardines, its nuts!

 I am gonna pull a mom. "I want pictures!!!!!" So what's new about everyone? I only get bits and pieces! Ok maybe alittle more then bits but eu preciso mais (I need more)!!! :) So I figured out I still got a long time on my mission so don't be afraid to send me goodies when you can! :)

 I love you guys keep being awesome for me!

Com tudo meu amor,

Elder Bowden