Monday, April 27, 2015

Smile more, laugh harder, and enjoy the moment


So, this week has come and gone.
Last week we went to Rottweil and walked around the city some more. It was great weather someone had just recently cut their grass and I could smell it. I loved it! Weird to say I know but it was such a "breath of fresh air" to smell recently cut grass.  Tuesday I finally got a letter after it took almost a month to get here! Got to love the mail systems.
So this week we did... MISSIONARY WORK. Crazy but this week before we went to Munich we were able to meet with some less active members and with Frau Huhl. We also have an appointment with her this week. So on Friday we took our journey to Munich. We left just after 11 and had an hour and a half stop in Donaueschingen (our area still). We wished we could take an earlier train but there was not one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So we decided to walk around the city and get something to eat. While we were walking around we met Sister Birk who is a recent convert and we were able to chat with her for a few minutes before she had to leave. Sometimes we are given the opportunity to help strengthen others even if we did not plan it in our plans because sometimes our plans are not His plans.
 
 



We then left and took a beautiful train ride to Ulm. It was so great we went through the mountains and small towns. When we got to Ulm we had a little less than an hour until the train left for Munich so we decided to go see this church. Rumor has it of it is the tallest in Europe but I do not know if that is true that is what I heard from another missionary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
So on the train to Munich there was so many missionaries. There was not only the zone but also the Stuttgart zone. One in Munich we met at one of the churches to have a meeting with President and Sister Kohler. It was great to have most of the mission there at this meeting. It was great to see those from the MTC that I had not been able to visit with in a while.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Those that were in the Munich zone that could travel Saturday morning to make the meeting did that the others all came the day before. So we stayed in the hostel again. So Saturday morning rolled around and everyone met at the church. It was fantastic to feel of the missionary spirit of ALL of the missionaries of the mission were there.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a fantastic meeting with Elder Bednar, his wife, and others. It was not a meeting about IPad. It was a meeting about how we can fulfill our purposes as missionaries. We will be implementing technology in our mission so yes iPad but they are just a tool to help us hasten the work. It was great to be able to feel the spirit and receive personal revelation in that meeting. After both meetings-since we had lunch between them- we departed to go back to our areas. Once we got to Bahnhof it was sad to say goodbye to others who were headed the opposite way as me but we all were filled with the excitement to go and do missionary work. So we stayed the night in Tübingen. We got in after 11 and I can say there is a reason missionaries are not out normally that late. There was a big soccer game going on so the train was full of fans for both teams cheering and enjoying their company. Once we got to Bahnhof it was like the mice when the lights turn on of how everyone was getting out of the train it was just person after person. The Bahnhof was full of people some loud, drunk, and loving life.
After we made it the Elders' there apartment we slept for a few hours. :) We got up early Sunday morning and started our journey back to Schwenningen.                                                                                                                                                                     
 
We took a train that went through Rottenburg, unfortunately I only saw the outskirts by the station and it is not in our zone, but it was a beautiful ride with the sunrise and a little bit of fog. We got to Schwenningen and when back the apartment and slept for an hour before church. At church we were able to watch the last general conference and I saw 2 lovely familiar faces in the background when the showed the conference centers' audience. Indeed I saw Utona and My mother. It was so funny to randomly realize you knew some people on the screen. A man came to church named Alonzo who is from Brazil but lived in the US and now is in Germany because his frau is German. He says he is a member but is not active he has been here for 11 months but no one knew who he was but that is a great missionary moment. He said he will come next week to church! 
 
Something that Elder Bednar said that stuck out to me was the in the scripture 3 Nephi 12:48, “48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.”   Perfect means become complete. Now read it replacing perfect with becomes complete. We can do this by simply doing simple things just a little bit better than before.  Smile more, laugh harder, and enjoy the moment

With love,

 

-- Elder Bowers

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We need to act on our faith and do what is asked of us.


So this week... So we got our travel plans to Munich for this weekend. Last week I got my first tie from Germany. We got companionship ties but I also found a 3 euro tie from H&M.

Tuesday we went to Singen for zone training. I gave the Lees some peeps that are not as gooey.  She made enchiladas for the whole zone. They were so good!

It was different to be in a district leader meeting after zone training. It was a smaller meeting with the zone leaders, another district leader and his companion as well as the sister training leaders.

 
 
 
 
On Friday we went to Singen again for interviews and training. We ended up driving there because we did not have our train ticket numbers until after we had left and would not have time to go back and catch the train. Once we got there ended up being no training, so we were in Singen for the day. 

On Saturday we went to Waldshut in Säckingen area for a finding day. We found a lady and were able to give her a Book of Mormon in the first half hour we were there.

 
 
That night we ate at the Ziegner Family's home. We shared a spiritual thought in mangled broken German, but I guess it went alright.

 
 
 
 A family we had visited a few times came to church this week and stayed for all three hours. We also met with Angela Huhl who has met with the missionaries before and is willing to meet with us again. So, pray for her that she may be open to our message and that she will have a desire to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 
This week while reading in Alma 37:47; “And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My son, farewell.”
 
I thought of how this is a sacred responsibility to help others come closer to Christ.  Sometimes we need to look and live. We need to act on our faith and do what is asked of us.

I love you all,

Elder Bowers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I am so thankful for my Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. He lives and because of him I may live again too.

It was a great Easter Sunday! I am so thankful for my Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. He lives and because of him I may live again too. I love hearing from servants of the Lord and am so thankful for this blessing in my life.

            


So last week on P-day we went to Konstnace. I was great to get out and go to another city. Monday night we went to the Ziegners' home- the couple from America the Watts were watching the kids and house while the parents went to conference; Brother Watts served his mission here and now is here for an internship- there we had a family home evening with them.  Tuesday it was super great weather in Schaffhausen for district meeting. Most of the trees were starting to bloom and had flowers on them. There flowers were up and it was great. That night we went to a Romanian family's home for dinner.


My new companion is Elder Holm. He has been in Austria his whole mission but now is coming to Germany! He will go home in September.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ziegners loved conference. They told me about how there was someone that was from their stake in the same session only a few places away from them. The next two weeks is going to be crazy!
Tomorrow we have zone training in Singing, 2 appointments for Wednesday, 1 on Thursday, Friday we have interviews and district meeting in Singen, Saturday we have a finding day in säckingen, then next week Elder Bednar is coming so Friday we travel to Munich to stay the night, then on Saturday morning we get to hear from him and other members of church leadership after which we travel home.

So one amazing thing has happened this week. It was a day was I felt like nothing was going right. No one was home so we tried one more person before going home. When we pulled up she was outside and was receptive to us. She was just about to leave but we were able to set up an appointment with her for later this week. It was amazing how small things can turn around the day!

 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Love you and loved the missionary bunnies,
Elder Bowers