Thursday, May 28, 2015

This week has been one of the Books!

This week has been one for the books! Was sad to say good bye to Schwenningen and I know I will miss it! It will always hold a special place in my heart!

So, on transfer day the trains in Germany were on strike and were not running. We drove to Tubingen and from there I took bus with another elder and the sisters to Munich. When we arrived in Munich I was informed that my train had already left...So that was fun to drag my bags from the bus station to the train station.

Then they told me that I would be taking a train to Salzburg.  As we sat by the Gliese we were told it was not coming all the way in to the main train station so we went back to the area where I came in on the bus. Keep in mind I still have my suitcases and have to carry them up and down stairs. When we finally got on it was good.  


20 minutes into the ride the other elders got off and I was by myself to Salzburg. Once in Salzburg the zone leaders met me and helped me get on another train for Wien and then I was off again by myself to Wien. So it was a long day since I got up at 4 and got into Wien about 730 in the evening.

I am back into a 4 man apartment. My companion is from Provo, Utah. He has been out three more transfers than I so he is going into his 6 transfer. He is 18 so it is a young companionship. Wien is different than Schwenningen each always has ups and downs. It is the joy of the ride!

Love Elder Bowers

Monday, May 18, 2015

Remember the "little" things as we make our journey in this wonderful time in all of our lives!

So this week we watched a cool thunder and lightning storm from our balcony on Wednesday night. So this week has just been "normal" I guess you could say nothing to big but transfer calls came on Saturday.
we received our call and I thought that we would both be staying here. Well, starting with the news for Elder Holm. He will be staying here and training a new Golden. -so as this happens I’m thinking that cannot be because I’m here and I do not think I will be leaving and they are not making it a four man again...- then it was time for my news.
Elder Jensen started out saying how I was going to be getting on a train and going far away.-I figured that was maybe a little bit of a joke I cannot be going too far away. Well then the shocker came. I will be transferred to Vienna or Wien as they call it here. So I will be going to Wien 4 which is the international ward there.
This means that the area boundaries are the whole zone, the ward we are in is English speaking, and we are the missionaries for the English speakers. So it will be a four missionary apartment. We will share it with another companionship but they are assigned to one of the German speaking wards there.
 Thursday I will be getting on a train and traveling most of the day to Austria!

Since it was my last Sunday here in Schwenningen I was asked to bear my testimony and I did, I only said a few English words because I do not know them in German, but I was also given the chance to Bless the Sacrament in German. One of the learning experiences from this is that no matter what language Heavenly Father knows what is being said. He is there for us along each step of our journey and wants to help us be happy if we will allow him and do what he asks of us.

May this week be filled with many blessings and remember the "little" things as we make our journey in this wonderful time in all of our lives!


 With all the love from Deutschland,

 Elder Bowers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No matter what there is, you always can be sunshine if you let it in you. Go find the sunshine!

So this week has come and left. I drove to Schauffhausen on Tuesday for district meeting and then we had to take the Bad S├Ąckingen elders back again because this week the trains were on strike which was frustrating!

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with the Watt and Seeborg Families-Watts are American- and so we had Mexican food made by Americans in Germany. This week we had 2 exchanges. The first was with the Zone leaders and I stayed here in Schwenningen and worked with Elder Jensen so I drove.

We were able to meet with Anna the one from Brazil and had a positive time with her and have an appointment with here later this week. I pray that she may feel God's love for her and that her heart may be pricked and desire to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ.

We were able to find a Frau named Lori and the first question we asked was what is the purpose of this life and she said that it is to learn and to grow! Crazy that a 28 year old on the street to complete strangers!

During that exchange we also put new desk chairs together they now have wheels on them and are better then the kitchen chairs we have been using for study chairs. So at the end of the exchange I drove to Singen and back since the trains were still on strike so I can now say I have driven on the Autobahn.

Then the next day we had exchanges with the bad S├Ąckingen elders and I was going to go to their area and work with Elder Brady. We were going to meet in Singen but we arrived first and had an hour so we decided to take the Zone leaders month pass for the bus and trains in that area back since Elder Holm still had it with him. So we did and we did not make it back to Bahnhof in time before the train left. And since the strike was still going on we could wait and get the next train in 6 hours or go back to Schwenningen and do a super tausch. Which we did so all four of us came back to Schwenningen and work here a little bit.

Yesterday in Sacrament meeting Elder Holm and I sang with the Watts and Ann Sophie President Ziegner's daughter. Got to love singing in front of people in German acapella.

This week I have been able to see many miracles. In my own life and others. I am so grateful for these times where I feel God's love for us his children. No matter what there is, you always can be sunshine if you let it in you.  I find you just have to find it first in you, so go find the sunshine!
With love and signing off,
Elder Bowers