Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merry Christmas I love you and wish you a wonderful day!!!

So this week well what can I say. Just because I may be a year older does not mean that I do not still have things I still need to learn. I do. Just like today when a bike rider and I almost met each other on the sidewalk. So we have district meeting in Linz so we travel there on Tuesday and that takes up the afternoon between, lunch, travel, and the meeting itself.
This week I have been able to figure out a little bit more my way around Wels. We have such a loving ward here. On Wednesday we were able to share a meal with the Jaburick Family. They are so loving. On Friday we went Christmas caroling to some members and The Estevey, a mother and daughter investigating the church. It was interesting trying to sing some songs. We would sing one normal or well-known and then one Austrian and some of them were in very deep dialect. Such as the word for me in German is Ich but in some songs it was I. And you don’t say it like in English. Crazy how dialect can change things so much. Yesterday we were able to watch the first Christmas Devotional in German. It was delightful and I surprised myself by being able to understand what I did. We after church went to the Schmiedl Family home and shared a meal with them. Later we went to where their Son and his family on a walk with all of them, horses included. (Since they live in the same area as each other.) Outside Wels and so the ride out was pretty, there was so much  fog that you could not see too well and thought he hills a bit. But none the less it was a beautiful day.

This week has been an adventure. First Austrian Christmas checked off. But to begin this week we were able to share a meal with he Jaberik family and it was a lovely time. We also were able to help Bruder Hangl who was able to come to church on Sunday which was amazing. We were able to play some table tennis with him and chat with him more and get to know him better. On Christmas Eve as that is the big main day of celebration we were able to be with the Schmiedl family. There also were their 2 children and their families. It was great. When we arrived we started by making animals and characters for the nativity. Man am I not creative at all. My cow looked well now great. After which we help with dinner preparing.....TACOS!!!!!!! They were wonderful as there is no Mexican food here.
 After which we re-enacted the nativity but in modern language, it was an adventure. After which we went to a room while the Christkin, Christ child, came and delivered the gifts. It was so beautiful to walk in with the kids and having Bruder Schmiedl play an instrument that is like a harp or guitar but sits on the lap and is square. He played and we sand silent night with the candles lit on the Christmas tree. It was so precious to see the children open their packets slowly. It was so beautiful. We then helped put together the castle playset for the grandson. We even were given some lovely typical cookies. We then went caroling to the neighbors.
On the 25 I made Schnitzel in Lederhosen, naturally, and drank Almdudler for Lunch. I felt like an Austrian. We then were able to skype and it was a lovely time to being able to chat and SEE loved ones. I am so grateful for this modern technology. We were then able to go to Family Schulz and spend a little bit with them. On Saturday we met with Family Estevez. A mother and daughter investigating the church. They are so amazing. Very lovely people from Domican Republic. On Sunday there was a group of 16 people here in Wels from Australia\USA touring here with a grandfather who was born here then orphaned and then later shipped to Australia. We also were able to spend time Kräftner Family. They are wonderful and we were able to have such a lovely meal and time together. On the way home was the prettiest sunset of my life. I was not able to get a picture but it was breath taking. As we climbed the mountains and hills with the car and lifted out of the fog you could see the foggy blanket cover the valleys with peaks of mountains poking through with gorgeous colors of orange, pink, and sunset. It was stunning to say the least.
Today we went to Gmunden and that was breathtaking again. Sunny and with the lake and mountains just shooting out of nowhere right next to the lake. I am so grateful for this time to be a missionary. I’m grateful for this world we have to live in. I am grateful for my savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for him, He is my best friend. With the New Year coming I invite you to ponder and pray of goals you can set personally or with others that will help you or others have a better relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayerfully consider in what ways we can change to become more of what He wants and needs us to become. He sees what we can become already now as we follow with faith we can achieve so many great and marvelous things.

Merry Christmas I love you and wish you a wonderful day!!!

Love you all,

Elder Bowers

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I love you all and signing off for the last time in Vienna.

Well this week came and went, week of adventures. Last week we went to Christmas markets and well they were closed due to weather so we took photos. What a time. We went on a finding mini so I went with Elder Bybee from Pocatello. It was fun. This week we went and visited Rabaya family and Gizelle twice this week.

Gizellehas accepted to be baptized and we are working on finding a day that it can take place. We went to a member in Wien 5 named Moodi. We met with Petra as well this week. She is great and so prepared for baptism on the 26. Favour is doing great as we met with her this week. we met with Andreas this week and it was great. We met with our friend Miriam. We had such a great conversation. This week we also met with Niship.

So, this week we got transfer calls on the way to Salzburg for Christmas Conference. I will be heading out of Vienna and leaving
for Wels, Austria. I and working with Elder Stahle who I actually met
on Saturday in Salzburg. It was a great meeting there with other
missionaries and President.

On Sunday it was sad to say goodbye with all the members. I am so grateful for this time to be here in Vienna. I'm so blessed and I pray the Lord helps this area to keep going. I'm grateful for the friendships I have made and those friends here. I'm grateful for this memory. I love you all and signing off for the last time in Vienna.  I love the gospel and the charge that it makes in peoples lives.
Elder Bowers



Friday, December 4, 2015

Great to be a missionary and such an exciting time to help others know of Jesus Christ!

We went to more Christmas markets. It was such a fun afternoon with our
apartment. We met with Favour this week. She has such great faith in Jesus Christ. On Wednesday night we went to a member in the first Ward who invited us over for a thanksgiving feast, it was a lovely time spending it with them and others. On Thursday we were able to share time with Sister Jovero, she is such a grandma to us. She is such a loving person and she has so much faith in the Book of Mormon. She had just got back from a trip to Israel and all the other areas there.

Later that day we went on splits since we had many appointments, so I went out assistant mission leader to the Garcia home to spend time with them and Leo.

On Friday we help at the Vienna Austria center setting up for the United Nations Women Group bizarre, a charity event to help the children organizations so this year the money went to the refugee children. It was great chatting to people just normal while setting and moving boxes of books. After spending the morning there we went to exchanges. I stayed here in Wien. We met with Petra. She is so ready for the gospel. We also met with Niship and Destaney who are not as present at church as much. They both have great testimonies. It was great to spend time with them both individually.

On Saturday we went to the Austria center again to do more service so we helped volunteers find where they needed to go. It was so cool to see all the different countries there. They had a talent show, and booths from all around the world selling things and food. It was so neat to have Mexican well Panamanian food. While we were just about to leave we started noticing that all the miss countries were there and Miss America was there as well.

Later that day we had a stake missionary conference in Wiener Neustadt. It was a great meeting to help further the work; things I found needed to hear were spoken and felt.
Sunday was busy after church we had Ward council then had to hurry to
the institute center to set up for visitor night. We visited with Reynoldo and administer the sacrament to him with Brother Morgan. He is in the hospital. When we came he lit up and there were so many times where we felt the spirit. I had tears in my eyes in the end. He has been through a lot and has changed so much.  There were sweet moments I will cherish for my life. The sweet beauty of someone who desires to partake of the sacrament and to have the opportunity to remember the covenants made at baptism.

 I know Heavenly Father knows us and our desires. He knows what we can become what He wants us to be. He wasn't us to be the butterflies we were meant to become. So don't try to fit in when you were born to stand out.

Great to be a missionary and such an exciting time to help others know of Jesus Christ!

Love, Elder Seth Bowers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I'm grateful for Heavenly Fathers wise wisdom in teaching me things to help shape me who He needs me to be.

This week we spend family home evening with Jonny Banban and his
family. They are a wonderful family and they are trying to do things
such as family home evening even when it can be hard with kids. This
week we had an amazing zone training the spirit was so strong there!

This week we had the fun privilege of getting Elder Dean his visa,
which when you go takes all morning and so you don't get home until
the afternoon. We were able to help Geordana a member of our Ward
prepare her first sacrament meeting talk. She did great. We met with
Petra this week and she is so great she wants to get baptized next

 We met with Favour this week and she has incredible faith in Jesus
Christ! Anita and Sam have left now well will tomorrow to go on
vacation to India for a few months so it was good to meet with them
and give them the information for the mission there and how to find
the missionaries. We were able to meet with the Family Rabaya and
their friend Giselle this week. It was great time and next week we
have already planned to decorate a Christmas tree. 

Hope to be able to start meeting with Gizelle regularly and help her come closer to Christ. We met Niship this week and he is quiet the character. He is from Nepal so it is always interesting communication, there are some barriers. Martin met this week with us and we helped him study more about resurrection and so forth.

On Sunday Brother Jovero the former bishop was in town and it was lovely to see him and his wife there. They are really lovely people.

Leo was confirmed a member of the church and given The gift of the Holy Ghost this week. It was so neat!
This week we met Alan. Alan is a refugee who is working his way to go to the United States. He has interviews to see if he can. The sisters
in the third Ward found him and he speaks good English. He has such a strong believe in Jesus Christ! We had a really great tour of the
church and answered a lot of questions.

We had great conversations about things such as the temple and doing work for the dead, baptism, Book of Mormon, and the Restoration. He is incredibly prepared to learn more about Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to be a missionary and share this wonderful message. I'm grateful for this wonderful life we have and for all our opportunities to help others. I'm grateful for Heavenly Fathers wise wisdom in teaching me things to help shape me who He needs me to be.

Elder Bowers

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

If we listen to the Holy Ghost, He will lead us daily!

So last week for pday we went to Stephansdome with Wien 1 Elders and Sisters. It was great. I bought some new pants last week, Some Lederhosen. Today we went into the mountains and looked over all of Vienna it was so cool!
One cool hint is when we went to go by on some investigators we have not had contact with after we stopped and they weren't there so we walked away and as we walked away and she came and it was so cool to see out answer to our prayers!
This week we met with Sister Joveros the daughter friend Christian. He is so talented he is so great! On Thursday we were able to have the baptismal interview for Leo. We were able to meet and give a blessing to our investigator Andreas this week. We were also able to meet with our Ward mission leader and his family. They are wonderful people. We met with Petra! She is so crazily prepared! She has so much faith!
We also got to take tour with our friend Niship who is well not active but he gave us a tour of the technical universities library. We were also able to share time with Martin this week. This week Elder Dean and I have gotten to know each other a lot more. On Sunday we had a baptism for Leo. He is so awesome. He has so much faith. It was crazy a lot of the Ward stayed for it so we were packed into the relief society room but good. We kept bringing more chairs in.
We felt bad but the heat wasn't working that day so he was baptized in cold water. I'm not really sure what I said in my talk during the service about the Holy Ghost I know it was not how I planned. But that's okay I hope someone was touched by it. It was so great! Love you all have a great week!
Elder Bowers

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jesus Christ is my Example and Friend!

So this week went by super fast and don't feel we did anything super different. Last week was a crazy pday running around getting things done and were not able to do a whole lot but we went on a lovely walk around an ubahn stop waiting for a member. It was cool to see the cobblestones everywhere.

 This week we had zone training. It was a lovely time where I was able to learn and grow in some ways. We went out of the big city of Wien this week. We went to Oben Siebenbrunn. So out in the country to see an old investigator. It was an adventure in the rain and even though no one was there or wanted to talk to us either it was still an adventure. This last weekend was stake conference so it was wonderful to see and hear from President and Sister Kohler.

 On Sunday after stake conference we traveled to Wiener Neustadt to attend the musical fireside that had the theme of On the search for God. It was a lovely presentation and they did great it. It was a story presented via videos but would have songs included much like a musical but with watching a movie presentation instead of acting. The spirit was there so strong and really was a lovely time.
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, He lives and I know that is true!
Love Elder Bowers

Monday, October 12, 2015

I could feel the power of the spirit. I loved this week it was a good week!

This wee was great. There were times in the week when I felt to spirit so strong bearing witness. As I shared my testimony through out the week I could feel the power of the spirit. I loved this week it was a good week. So this week I was able to work with Elder Chilcutt down in
Wiener Neustadt on exchanges.

We were able to meet with Petra this week since she has gotten back from Germany. She is amazing there are so many people here prepared to hear the gospel. I'm so thankful
Heavenly Father has given his trust in me to help His children. This week we also were able to go to Wiener Neustadt and whiteness a baptism there of a man who has been coming to the church for 9 years
and his family are members but he decided to take the step of faith.
It was beautiful to see his son in law baptize him. We also had a visitor night yesterday and talked about the blueprint of Christ's church. It was a beautiful evening. This week we have zone training
and also we will attended a musical night/fireside in Wiener Neustadt.
It will be an exciting week! Love you all and I know that this gospel
really changes lives.
So I met Colleen Thatcher.  She mentioned she was related to Janet Stucki.  She is here in Vienna
with her husband and came to church they asked where I was from I said
Idaho they said where I said idaho falls area, he said well she is
from Rigby them I said well I'm from Ririe but not many people know
where that is and then we found this out small world.

Love you so much.
Elder Bowers

This building had Rothen name on it, wonder if it has anything to do with the Rhotens from Germany?  I know Rothen is the Germany spelling for moms maiden name.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

So this last week was an adventurous week!

So this last week was an adventurous week. Last Monday we went to
attended home evening at the institute center but when we got there we relieved there were a lot of missionaries.   Elder Yost and I went on
exchanges and went out and worked so there were not as many missionaries there.
On Wednesday we traveled to Salzburg for zone
conference with the Salzburg and Vienna  zones. It was a lovely time were we were able to learn and grow together as zones of this mission.
It was wonderful to have President  and Sister Kohler there. Salzburg is so pretty! It was such a wonderful day there.

On the way there Elder Ellwell and I started talking to the guy across the isle to us and he was so gracious enough to invite us to go get coffee in
Salzburg at a really classy cafe. We unfortunately did not have time to go but said when we get back to Vienna we would love to go to Hot Chocolate since we do not drink coffee. It was a long day but was excellent.
On Saturday we had an eating appointment with Andreas, as well as Theodora who is in the first Ward and the Sisters and Elder in that Ward.
General conference was amazing this weekend! We were able to watch the morning sessions live so at 6 in the evening here but live in America.
On Sunday we spent the day at the church watching priesthood and the sat afternoon session of conference. It was so great to watch it in English and with the rest of the missionaries here in Wien. I loved hearing the words of those who were able to address us. It is always a blessing to hear their words.
How is president foster?  I think of him often and I am so grateful for his service. 
Mom--I know a name a beautiful name dearest than any other it is the name
of mother! Ill love you forever I'll like you for always no matter
what my mother you will always be!

I loved conference!!!! I'm always climbing the mountain. But there are still amazing  views along the way that help.  I'm grateful I was taught how to stand on my own and make decisions.  Investigators are good I don't want to leave them in a few weeks, it is like giving a child away I don't want to do it!

The time is far spent so good morning have a glorious Monday morning.
I love you all and wish you a glorious week full of adventures and new
 Love you all!
Elder Bowers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We just need to keep looking forward to the future and not focus on the negatives of the past but the bright things that are awaiting us.

So we set a goal as a district to only speak deutsch. So I try to say everything in German and if you could not then in English. So let us say it was interesting.

For pday we went to lunch with a member of our Ward and all the missionaries in Wien. He took us to the tennis club he is apart of. He is the longest member and it is the oldest tennis club in Austria. It was delicious food as always. I had  the venison, which was well prepared. Later we went to the family Garcia and taught Leo. It was a wonderful time and great food I am so grateful we could share with them.

On Tuesday while teaching a German class all these that came were on very different levels so we each took a person to help. And since some wanted to learn English too. So I tried to teach a man from Afghanistan who does not speak English or German. It was an interesting time for sure. Hope he know how to count to 30 know.

This week was the change of weather and sicknesses. It started out with me, then Elder Monson shortly after so we were both sick. And now it has hit the Wien 1 elders. Both Elder Spratling and Yost were sick. We also went on exchanges for a few hours with the Wien 3 elders, Elder McLean and Elder Buckly. Elder McLean and I were able to teach Sonny and oh my golly wholly it was a wonderful lesson. We ended up having a member from the Wien 5 Ward come. He stayed after German class asking us what we were doing so we shared how we had a lesson and Alexis offered to stay and be a joint teach.

There was such a wonderful spirit felt there. This week as missionaries here in Vienna we were able to get together with Ward missionaries, investigators and such and play sports.
We played basketball for a little bit but then we played volleyball. It was so to play with other missionaries and to cheer on Sonny and Niship who came with us. Others were a little bit shocked of that I actually could play sports. I was asked by a member how I served like it did. I'm not sure, I just serve. But he complimented of how well I played.

I loved being the one though that helped cheer on others. To encourage them and see the success they had when they got the chance to make their part by hitting the ball. It is the same with missionary work, sometimes we judge others that we think may not be ready for the gospel. We should not search for the people that would look like they "fit" the church but rather all no matter what they may seem. We are all learning and together when we encourage and play our part we can have great outcomes. While at church it was great to visit with members.
I love members so much! Bishop Picard really cares about his fellow brothers and sister of the Ward. He cares so much for us missionaries and what we do. He is a marvelous man.

 It was interesting after sacrament I was able to talk to a sister of the Ward that speaks Spanish and German. But she likes how English sounds so she comes to our Ward. I was able to talk with her and find out more about her. She is so amazing she is from Cali Colombia I believe or at least from South America and her son lives in Colombia and her home city is I put pieces together but we had such a nice little chat about faith and how we really need faith in this world. When we have faith in God and Jesus Christ and by doing so we really can have a happier life. We just need to keep looking forward to the future and not focus on the negatives of the past but the bright things that are awaiting us.
Elder Seth Bowers

Monday, September 14, 2015

Well it's raining today but that won't stop me from having sunshine in my soul

we went and toured the opera house here in Vienna with the district. I loved it! Our whole district enjoyed it. During it I kept thinking and singing phantom of the opera songs in my mind. It was a really good pday! When Wiener Neustadt was on there way to coming to this they met a man that wanted to meet with us and so they help schedule an appointment with him. We decided to meet at schwedenplatz. There is where Straßenbahns and ubahns come and meet. Well he did not show up but as we were about to leave we met a lady who was from London who needed help finding a bus to Budapest. It was great to talk to her and help her out. Another interesting experience was while riding on the Straßenbahn a lady read my name tag and felt like she had seen it before. Like she saw the elder bowers and thought about it. Unfortunately we were not able to talk to her before she got out.
Well this week was a monumental time in our mission. Schwester Braunizar (Frau Martina) was baptized. She has been investigating the church a long time. President and Sister Kohler were in attendance. They are in town for the European mission presidents conference. So all the mission presidents in Europe came to Vienna this last weekend. During the service I was able to translate for one of our investigators, Sonny, who came. Man my brain was so tired after that! That was hard work!! So transfer calls came this last week and... I'm staying in Wien! Elder Monson and I will be staying together but Elder Wilkins will be leaving our apartment and Elder Spratling will be getting a golden, so a new missionary from the MTC. We were so blessed this last week.
We decided to visit Reynoldo because we have not seen or heard from him in a little bit of time. When we went to his apartment he was home and we shared a short message with him and he asked us if he was allowed to come to church the next day. So we traveled to church with Reynoldo! It was great to see when we arrived the Ward cared about him. They even drove him home afterwards. At church since it was the mission presidents conference, a mission presidents wife came to our Ward. Turns out she is serving in Romania and is Tanner Kohler's, President Kohler's son who is in the MTC, his mission president's wife. It is great to see others reach in only a way you can.
This week we enjoyed meeting with Sonny, Reynoldo, and Jay-C. All are amazing men. Jay-C we found in the area book on a potential page. He has so much faith in Jesus Chriat being the Son of God. Well it's raining today but that won't stop me from having sunshine in my soul. At times in life we just have to go out and be spontaneous like dancing in the rain. Love you all!
With love,
Elder Bowers

Friday, September 11, 2015

We never know what the hand we play in God's plan

This week we were able to share a meal with the Johnson Family. They just changed to the German Ward but when we were there the kids wanted to play feelings bingo. It was great to see parents teaching their children in the home and not expecting them just to know it.
So this week I have thought of how sometimes when put in a situation we can rise to the occasion. Had experiences that this last week.

So the package came this week. When the Cleavengers saw us at church they said I have box for you and it is a heavy one. So we were able to eat with them. And we had American burgers and corn and salad! And apple pie!
 Ah I love this Ward I don't want to leave! Hopefully I stay another one here, we find out on Saturday.

So funny story this week as we went by on a referral there a man stopped us and invited us over so we went over and the wife told us that her man had altimerz. Cute old couple from Poland. We had a lovely chat and they gave us some sour milk to eat/drink. It was the consistency of yourgurt.
 Well this week Petra is coming back! She is returning from Germany so hopefully we can meet with her! 


The gospel is true.  I am so grateful for Jesus Christ role in my life. 
Love you,
Elder Bowers

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

So this week go bask in the sunshine and let the Son help you!

So this last week we had zone training, it was good to be with all the missionaries in the Vienna stake.
This week we went to mutual. It was A little strange at times. Only young women showed up. But they made dinner and we all ate together...MEXiCAN Food with cheddar cheese. We then taught them about how in life we have been given help to find the recipe like scriptures, personal progress, strength of youth, etc.
we also were able help the Jevero family move some furniture! It was so great I love helping people!
 On Saturday we had an eating appointment with sister Jevero-the mother- and so we had brother Mule in the Ward form Fiji come with us. After we left we were waiting for the bus to go to our next appointment together since he was coming with us but as we waited a tour bus pulled up from the Czech and the driver got out wanting to know how to get to Schönbrunn so brother Mule gave him directions we'll tried since he didn't speak German or English and we didn't speak his language. So brother Mule got on the bus and told us to come with him. So we got on the empty tour bus and let the driver drive us closer to where we needed to go before we got off and then he continued to where he was going. It was so random but funny at the same time!
This week we were able to continue to help Anita and Sam come closer to Jesus Christ. We also were able to meet with a new Loe who plays American style football here and is only 17! We also met Tessy this week! She has so much faith and wants to do the right thing for the right reasons so for her and Heavenly Father not for anyone else. She is incredible! We also were able to meet Andreas. He has amazing faith as well! He believes the church is true and just loves it!
This week has been busy but there have been so many times where there was time to think of how many miracles we could see everyday! When we are thankful for the little things, hard things, and everything in between. we may sometimes see the Hand of the Lord more in our lives.
 I know this Gospel changes lives when we allow it to. We all can be made whole through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I know this to be true! So this week go bask in the sunshine and let the Son help you. 
With all my love from Vienna, Austria,
Elder Bowers