Friday, August 26, 2016

We had 4 baptisms this Sunday!

So before I forget, I spoke with President at stake conference about school and he said he didn't receive an email yet. He also said that we will be interviewed in the next transfer.... but I'll try and talk to him on the cellular if I have time.

We had a good week with lots of success. We had lots of investigators in church yesterday and we have one that is going to seminary and stake conference that will be baptized this week! We had 4 baptisms this Sunday! It was crazy because it was stake conference and they were fixing the baptistry. We had to fill it with hoses because they canceled the water in that area and broke part of the tiles... but it all worked out! We baptized Francisco and 3 sons of a lady who is returning (Bruno, Mikael e Gabreil).  They have another irmão (brother) that we met yesterday that we will work with for the upcoming weeks! Anderson is the rapaz (boy) that is going to seminary that is really excited for his baptism this Sunday! We are working a lot with the members and they are sharing the gospel with their friends! Its going good!  I am trying to motivate our zone with pizza and they are getting better but arent where they should be ainda.... Vai dar certo (still it will work)!!!

TE amo Bom semana!!!
Elder Bowden

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Happy Fathers day... Well at least it was fathers day in Brazil!

Happy Fathers day... Well at least it was fathers day in Brazil!

So this week was a good week. We are having tons of success but not our zone.... our zone is having more success now than in the past year, but its still way below what the Lord expects of us.... But the good news is Kinha (a menos ativo) went to church with 4 of her sons and they all liked it! We will go with some of them to a family night today! They have baptismal dates for this Sunday so we are gonna work really hard to help them receive their responses! We also had an 18 year old who wants to be baptized this week and had another who received his answer for the 28th!!! We are gonna have to work hard to help everyone we have and find the others that God is preparing!! This week we had 2 baptisms of referrals from RC(recent converts)! Alan and Marjorie!

Oh I had a lunch that was almost Texas beans!!! It was really good!!..... I took a picture just for you Mom! The picture of Yoda is one of the sons of Kinha. I also sent a pic of the zone... we have lots of missionaries, and its hard to keep up with all of them, but we are getting better... it's a good experience! Also, my interview day was moved but they haven't told me what day ainda (still)... oh and the Zone meeting went well, just not a lot of practice in what we taught.... hopefully they will this week.

Love ya tons!
Elder Bowden

This picture of Yoda is one of the sons of Kinha

Monday, August 8, 2016

This week was really blessed.

This week was really blessed.  We had tons of success. We just need to help our zone pick up the pace! haha  Daniele, who had to give up coffee, got a massive headache for almost the whole week because of withdrawls... she went to the hospital and couldn't work. It was crazy, but she pressed through and was baptized on Saturday. It was sad for me, because I had to go interview a woman in another area and couldn't stay for the baptism.... but I was there to confirm her while my companion had to leave to interview another woman.... It was crazy but it worked out good! We also had a reunião de distrito (district reunion) this week with district Novo Aldeota. A group of elders that are crazy! :P We are gonna have a zone meeting this week and hopefully we can teach the Zone the importance of setting goals that you can achieve but will make you stretch! Hopefully our zone will work hard and have success!!!!!!!! My interview will be next week. I think it will be the 17th but I am positive it will be next week!

We are working with some other families this week and I hope we will have success! One in particular is a woman who was baptized 20 years ago and she loved going to church this week.  She has 5 sons that aren't baptized and are planning to go to church with us this week. It will be awesome!!!  We are eating really healthy and the other photo is of the buses that we have to take.... we take buses so much in this area that a lot of our money cant be spent on stuff delicious... :P  But I am feliz and working até o pó!!!
Te amo!!
Elder Bowden


part of my area


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I am a great grandpa in the mission

So I need to write more in my journal, like I used to.  Its just getting harder because I don't have a lot of time to write. Every other day I have to acompanhar (I don't remember how to say that word anymore) the zone. But I'll work on it! haha I'll take more pictures as well.  Ill try and take tons of pictures this transfer!!! It will be sweet! The interview with Pres will be this month. Ill know what day this Thursday as we have a meeting with the leaders of the mission.
Daniele needed a little more time to stop drinking cafe but this week she will and be baptized! She is really awesome, ready to change her life and follow Christ! We are working hard with the members here and trying to integrate everybody!! My comp is crazy and messes with everybody and everyone likes him so its working out well.  We have a new elder that is gonna help our zone. He's working hard and wants to work harder than us... but it's not gonna happen... we usually arrive in our house at the limit because we try and teach the most possible!! The other elders are starting to mess with me because there aren't many missionaries older then me :O I am a great grandpa in the mission.... haha  I am gonna ask Pres if I can train again, if it's what he wants. I like training a lot but I' ll serve where he needs me :)
What I have learned is that the 12 Apóstolos know a missionary's purpose really well! "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." The mission is inviting people to have a better life through following the example of Christ!
I'll take my camera with me this week and Ill try hard to take good pictures! Love you lots!!
Elder Bowden