Thursday, July 23, 2015

I just smiled through the rain. Sometimes it can be so much fun to just walk in a rain storm.

We went to Primarkt and I bought a new suit. 😀 and of course some ties...when they are only an euro or two you get ties.
Tuesday had another exchange. Elder Call and I worked here and while we were walking there was a horrible rain storm. We walk only a few blocks to the institute center and I was drenched. Enough that sister Parker the senior missionary said how sopping I was and gave me a towel. It was so funny. I just smiled through the rain. Sometimes it can be so much fun to just walk in a rain storm.
We were able to meet with Petra. She is progressing so fast! It was one of the best lessons we have had with her. I could feel when we bore testimony the spirit was there and that she was touched by what she felt during that time together.
adventures this week....bought cottage cheese... I know random... BUT it taste like Gossners cheese curds. It was strange I was not excepting the little white cheese to taste like yellow cheese.
Reynoldo is getting baptized this week! We are celebrating July 24 here a little bit different 😃. I'm so excited for him. He is incredible and is so amazing how much faith he has.
This week we got a new bishop and so now Bishop Picard will be able to help lead this Ward. He is an amazing man. He is the one that had been away due to the problems in Ukraine but now is back in Vienna. I love members our Ward mission leader has been in America and asked if he could bring us back anything and so he brought back.....FRUIT SNACKS! I miss them. Crazy I never thought I would side they are only fruit snacks but they do not have them here.

So one of the most crazy experiences happened this week. So we got a phone call from a guy as we were on the ubahn- the subway- and he said to us to call this number he gave us and make an appointment for the next day. Did not even say who he was or anything. So we gave the number a try and Jemma answered. Jemma is from the Philippians  originally and has been searching for a church. She has an outstanding faith and is really wanting to find the truth. When we met with her she shared how jimmy-the one who called us-would always teach and talk about our church when she would talk with him at his work. She even came to church on Sunday and I was able to sit with her and explain what was going on. The members of the Ward treated her so great and made her feel at home I think. I'm not sure they were speaking Tagalog and I do not understand that language. But she said she will come next week and we have another appointment with her this week.
Lot of love, 
Elder Bowers

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm grateful for members that listen to the spirit.

So got my visa last week! That is exciting now I have 2 visas still current. 😬.  
On Wednesday we had exchanges and so Elder Albrecht, one of the zone leaders here in Wien, and I stayed in the Wien 4 area😉( not that I will ever leave the area since it is the whole zone) but we went with our assistant Ward mission leader and visited less actives and members we did not know where they have went.  It was raining but we continued. We also had an appointment with the High Priest group leader and his family. Their one son reminds me of Bryan's baby/toddler pictures. He has the blond hair and a few weeks ago he helped the Ward chorister lead the music during sacrament meeting. 
I loved my aus Tausch or exchange with elder Albrecht he is a great missionary! We had an eating appointment with Sister Jevero the one who just got home off her mission. She is such a loving little lady. Her sister and the Humidas were there too. We had.... TACOS! I love members they fill you with energy to keep going. We also were able to meet with Martin and share a little bit about the Plan of Salvation. He has is incredibly knowledgeable.
We also watched a little bit of the funeral services of President Packer live. We met with Nishib. Strange experience when we first showed up the j dubs well the Jehovah's witnesses were there and so it was awkward until they finished their lesson and left. We gave ours and then he said he would come to church tomorrow. We also when we met with Reynoldo, Gizelle was there as well and so we were able to teach them both. She even said she would pray next time. Members are so great!
We went to church with Reynoldo. We met in floridsdorf and went to church. It was good he and I walked together. It was important for me to make sure that because he is not as fast as before that I would walk with him. While at church it was tourist day again. They had to put chairs in the back out so people could sit.
Before sacrament a man from Belfast Ireland came up and we chatted he said looking straight into my eyes not blocking or loosing eye contact, "thank you for serving. Thank you for choosing to serve. The Lord will bless you after your mission just as he has now all because of your one choice to serve." It was what I needed to hear. I'm grateful for members that listen to the spirit. 
With all my love,
Elder Bowers

Thursday, July 2, 2015

😀 this week the sun has been shining more and more each day! Bring the sunshine on! 😎

This week has been full of eating appointments. So strange thing happened on Tuesday as we were walking to an appointment, there where lot of kids playing soccer by the apartment complex where we were going. As we walked by they all just stared at us and then one shouted "hail Hitler". Yup you can tell they are not German or Austrian. 
Sometimes the trains are dumb here and run on weird schedules and if you miss it you have to wait for the next one. So can say have had that experience of trying to get home on time but you still we were late. The night before transfer day the Elders from Wiener Neustadt came up and stayed so there were 6 of us in the apartment that night. We helped them with their luggage. 
It was interesting because as we were changing U-bahns a guy in a wheel chair started to talk to use and asked if I could help him get his wheel chair in and so I did and then one of the Elders from Wiener Neustadt and I were able to chat with him. There are great people in this world. On Thursday We moved everything from the basement back up to our apartment. So all the beds and some closets and such. It was some hard work.

On the train going there a lady asked if we worked for the I'm a missionary. 😀 We went to family Picard's home for dinner this week as well as help give the home teaching message since the husband is spending a lot of time in Ukraine due to his work with the conflicts there. It is great to see families in the gospel in their lives and try to teach their children riotous principles. At a different eating appointment there was a couple that reminded me of Aunt Lonna and Uncle Court. They are so similar! It was crazy! They were like twin that is how crazy it was! We finally moved back in on Saturday to our apartment on Silbergasse. And while transporting my suitcase with my cloths in it had a problem.😉 I was about to the apartment when the one wheel just magically fell off. Got to love suitcases on cobblestone and pavement. Good thing it was near the apartment!
It has started warming up here again. Church went by fast this week. There is a young man here for July visiting extended family that is from Jana's ward in Alpine, Utah. Monday was busy traveling. We had 2 appointments and they took the whole day. We had an eating appointment with the couple that reminds me of Aunt Lonna and Uncle Court.  Most of the ward is from the Philippines. We had sardines in noodles and a tuna strudel. We had another eating appointment that evening where we had a lesson with Reynoldo and it was wonderful! On Tuesday we had Geminda rat and learned that the bishop is going to be moving back to England. He is a wonderful man.
We met with Reynoldo 4 times this week. He has so much faith and such a strong testimony. As we visited with him he said how he felt and he said that he feels complete. It just feels good to him. He has accepted the invitation to be baptized on July 25. Petra as well as a baptismal date for August 22. She is so great that people thought she was already a member of the church since she comes to church every Sunday and knows quite a lot. She has the love Philippians have. Luis has a baptism date for August 9. He found the church when he was a foreign exchange student in America. And last year when he came back he told the missionaries he wanted to be baptized. He was not 18 yet and so now he is going to be 18 soon he will be baptized. He is already doing missionary work to his friends and he is not even a member yet! Leo is still thinking about baptism. He is a fantastic person. 😀 this week the sun has been shining more and more each day! Bring the sunshine on! 😎
With all my love,
Elder Seth Bowers