Monday, July 4, 2016

I love you and have a happy Fourth of July!!

Monday we went to the zoo with our district! Was a grand time!  Afterwards we headed on over to family home evening. It is always a good time with the entire ward.

Tuesday, we had district meeting then went on exchanges.  Elder Palmer and I headed to Heilbronn for a few appointments. It was nice to work with him for a small amount of time.

On Wednesday we returned to our respected areas. As transfer calls came we heard the news that we both will be staying in Waiblingen. Actually our whole district is staying the same. As for church on

Sunday it was nice to hear the testimonies from those here. It was not as fun as I would have liked due to being a tad sick but none he less was nice. During the third hour of e block we went the primary so my companion could play the piano for them.  What a great time seeing their faces light up when singing about the Holy Ghost and having a lesson on temples. Then watching them build their own temples out of blocks. It was awesome to see how their eyes were a glow with the light of Christ at such a young age. Willing and wanting to learn more about how Jesus really can help us.

 I love you and have a happy Fourth of July!!

Elder S. Bowers

Monday, June 6, 2016

God is a God of miracles; I see His hand in my everyday life.

I miss my Austria so much. I feel like I left home and I miss it so my comfort zone of "home". I’m an Austrian missionary. Sunday was nice we had stake conference in Stuttgart, I loved being in a big city again I miss it so much. 

We had a member appointment; which was nice. 

I miss those times so much in the temple, I know the very next possible change I have to go I’m gone I’m going. I miss being able to just feel the peace there and god’s love for me as an individual and child of god. So much noise of the world but there I feel important and valued. I hope never again to take for granted the temple ever again. I kick myself for not willing to go more. It’s like when you eat something for the first time like it but are not allowed ever to have it again... or who knows rather when you can have it again.

God is a God of miracles; I see His hand in my everyday life.

Elder Bowers

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Well my week was well. Nothing to crazy!  I had interviews in Salzburg, from President Kohler which was nice.   We were able this week to meet with many members of the church and spend time with them. It was wonderful to see the saint of the church helping others.  We were able to serve many members.  It was a week of new adventures and memories.

Happy Mother’s Day!  Throughout my studies this last week I have been reading and pondering in Alma 56:47-48.  In my mind I have been pondering how this applies in my life.  Let me share my thoughts piece by piece. 

At the beginning the people choose not to fight, but did not fear death from not protecting themselves. They we taught just as I was taught in my youth, to go experience new things, I may have never done before. They were taught to trust in God.   I needed to not fear new experiences.  I needed not to fear new things such as speaking another language, living in a foreign land, and sharing my beliefs with strangers because I learned to rely and trust in God.  I learned to be ready to stand tall for what I know to me true. 

They thought more about the liberty of their fathers than of themselves.  As a missionary, you seek to help others find the liberty.  I have witnessed the liberty of my father and mother. I hold a special place in my heart for the things I have been taught from my father or mother.  I have seen how my parents care more about how they can help those around them at time more than themselves.  These things could only be taught by someone’s example and lifelong learning.  Someone had to set the ground work, set the background and understands that there is a behind the scene support.  I am so grateful for loving parents.  As I think about my mother, as this week is Mother’s Day.  I know that I have been supported by my mother all my life.

Within the last verse we see that their mothers taught them what a testimony is and how to be strong in times of need.   I have been given a mother that has instilled in me the understanding of how to make me strong enough to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ, just as the warriors of old I know that God exists because of my mother teachings. I know that God loves me and is always there for me, because of the teachings from my mother.  Some of the teachings that I learned from my mother was the story of Daniel and the Lion’s den.  Daniel believed in a God that would protect him and save him from evil.  Daniel had confidence in God.  Daniel was prepared for the challenges that would come with a life of service to God.

Mom, you always have supported me and willing to let me use agency in my life.  Mom, have been my amazing cheerleader in America.  You have been one of my dearest friends.  You have always been there for me from day one.  Thank you mom for living the way you have chosen.  You always strive to follow Christ and to be a better child of God.  I love you to the moon and back, I love you Mom.  I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always, no matter what my mother you will be. 

 Your missionary son,

 Elder Sunshine Seth Bowers 💛💜💙

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Praise the Lord!

Just a little background, on Saturday we received an email from Elder Bowers informing us that he had lost his wallet.  He was nervous about his debit card being use.  We quickly called the bank and canceled his card.  He was so upset about it and figured he would have to transferred to Germany because of the missing visa.  He also had received a ticket of $150.00 because he did not have his proper ID on the train a few months ago, and knew that without his wallet he could receive another. He explained he had taken a large amount of money out of the bank Monday and was very grateful he had not left it in his wallet.  He said he only had about $20.00 in his wallet when he lost it.  After many prayers in our hearts and spoken, we received this email this morning from him!  
So many prayers have been answered and a miracle has happened!!!
We found my wallet with my visa and license still there!! No money but hey I'm so grateful that my visa and license and both credit cards were there. Love you thanks for your prayers!

Elder Bowers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I'm thankful for my redeemer. He lives.

We were able to be with Sister Mörtelbauer and a young man from our ward. It was great. We were able to visit a member who was in the hospital and visit with him a bit. We were able to spent time with
Bruder Hangl and it was very nice to visit with him and feel of his spirit. This week we spent time at ward councils. Was great to see how the ward can work together. On Thursday we were able to meet with Manuela and that was very nice to spend time with her. It was great to see her faith. We also were able to visit Andrea who is a friend of the American couple in our ward. We were able to give her a Book of Mormon. On Friday we travel to the middle of nowhere. We took a train then a bus. We ended talking to the bus driver and he was so nice. After our appointment we walked back to the bus stop and we missed the bus that comes every hour by 2 minutes. So we went the other way and who was our bus driver. (The same one) He was really cool and was able to talk to him more. Once in Grieskirche we decided to eat lunch. We were able to talk to the kebab stand man and he said missionaries can come visit him again. That evening we were
able to spent time with the American couple. We had enchiladas. Sister Carter just had a baby on the 29.Feburary. So his mom is here. They were from Pocatello but now live in Provo. It was so nice to be with Americans and speaking English. 

On Saturday we spent time again with sister Mörtelbauer. We then went with the senior couple elder in Linz to visit a new convert who just moved into our ward. It was nice to spent time with him and chatting with him. Church was an adventure was a less active came and wanted a class in English. Elder Bensing was in another class already so I grabbed one of the ward missionary and taught her about Easter. It was an adventure pulling a lesson out of thin air. In sacrament attempting to translate for the Carters, just a little challenge.   I love this time of year. When we can remember Jesus and what he has done for me on an individual level. I'm thankful for my redeemer. He lives.
This last week as I have had the chance to learn and ponder I have thought more about the relationship we can have with our Father in Heaven. It is such a beautiful gift we have we can talk to him. We do not need to pay a collect call or worry about roaming fees. This line of communication is always available. As we have the chance to talk to our Father, do we really take this opportunity to do so. As we begin to take this time and hold it as what is it, a privilege, wonder, miracle or what you can say it is; we will be blessed as we take time to really talk to Him and He will be there for us, always. What a magnificent promise we have and chance we have this life to learn and to grow. To build relationships that will extend into the next life of friendships, family relationships, and relationships to Our Father and His son, our Brother Jesus Christ.

Elder Bowers

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Have a blessed week!!!!

Well this week was an adventure. We were able to spend an evening with Oliver Schmidl and family. That was so nice, they meant a lot to Elder Stahle. Wednesday we were able to spend time with Jaburek family again and have a lesson with Manuela. She knows so much. On Thursday was the big tear jerker day. Through the week it was sad to think Elder Stahle would actually but the day came to fast.
We made it to Salzburg just fine and then most of the missionaries made it in the train with most of the bags but then there was a group stuck in the elevator so a few minutes before the train left everyone had to get off and take a later train. I was not complaining because that meant I was able to spent more time with Elder Chilcutt, Elder Dean, Elder Wright, Elder Stahle and other that I knew that were being transferred. It was so sad seeing the train pull away I feel like I should have been on there since I had served around most of them and knew them pretty well. It was fun to see the missionaries come from Munich that either would stay in this zone or go over to Wien.
It was weird they came and left and I still had to wait for a bit until the train came in from Zurich. It will be something else this transfer working with a German. These last few days have been a little slow due to colds and such, but this coming week we will go to Salzburg so many times. We will go Friday for Mission tour and then Saturday and Sunday for Stake conference. It will be an adventure! Have a blessed week!!!!

Love you lots!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I am so thankful that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.

This week has come and yet left again. 
Tuesday we were able to go on exchanges with the Linz Elders. I was able to work with Elder Ashcroft in Wels. He is so funny. 
Wednesday we exchanged back and met with the Jaburek Family again. Such a sweet couple!  That evening we had table tennis and as well as Ward council. 
 we met with a man named Lorenz we met on the street a few weeks ago. It was a nice time with him but he will be returning to school this week so no longer will be here in Wels. Friday  we met with Schwester Mörtelbauer and Florian. We helped clean out a shed and so we took everything out so the floors could be cleaned then replaced everything back inside. We were able to meet with Manuela this week and that was great to share time with her. Sunday was delightful as we had a class in which Jessica a member was present and an investigator name Jaromir. It was such a great lesson as it was in Englsih and we could talk about Gog and Jesus Christ more.

In the Linz apartment a missionary drew on the wall this masterpiece of Christ.  What a great reminder of his mission and love for us.
Elder Stahle will be leaving Wels this week and I will be working with Elder Bensing who is a native German. So it will be an adventure in the future. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to serve with Elder Stahle. He has been a true friend and brother to me. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. I love you, have a great week!
Love you,
Elder Bowers

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I know this work is great and wonderful!

On Tuesday we did district meeting with the zone leader Elder dabei. After we went on exchanges, I stayed in Wels and worked with Elder Samuelsen. It was interesting how much I missed Elder Stahle, he is such a brother to me. I love being able to serve with him!

On Wednesday we exchanged back so we traveled to Salzburg in the morning and then got on a train 15 minutes later and came home. We were able to be with the Familie Jaburek, they are wonderful members of the church. I look forward to those times. We were able attend ward council and hear of the testimonies for the leader of the ward. We were able to meet with Bruder Hangl as well this week.

 Went to Attang-Puchheim this week to do finding where we found this old castle church which was super pretty. While dooring I happened to have a Croatians book of Mormon.   As we doored we found a man who spoke little German more English but not too much, who was from Croatia. We were able to give him the book and hope to return this week to follow up.

We were able to also visit with Sister Mörtelbauer and Florian. What a meal we had together and then polished the wood ceiling. We were able to meet with Jessica and the family with Brother Lehman there. He is such a wonderful example of Christ. He used to be Bishop here.

On Sunday we were able to help the primary and act out the story of the brass plates, what an adventure. Was weird trying to be Laban as a missionary? After which we went to the Schmidl home for lunch. It was a lovely time together.

Sorry short on time but this week has been full of miracle to many to write with not enough time. I know this work is great and wonderful! Love you all!

Elder Bowers

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I am so thankful every day for the power of the Spirit.

This last week came out of now where and shot past us so fast. On Monday we were able to share a meal with the Carter family, cute American couple who are expecting their first son in a few weeks. He plays basketball here professionally and he actually grew up in Pocatello. Was different seeing and interacting with Americans. On Tuesday we journeyed to the big city of Salzburg for interview and district meeting. Was an adventure but completed the first time conducting District meeting, since we do the whole meeting in German, it was an adventure. It was great to visit with President Kohler as well. We later were able to watch the world wide broadcast for missionaries help a short time ago. Was a lovely meeting for sure. While in Austria when you find an American burger place, you go for lunch we went as a district to Burgerista which was indeed lovely and was good.
Wednesday was the day we were able to help a friend of a member move some items of furniture. It was a pleasant time spent together. Later we were able to again visit with the Jaburek family. They are such wonderful people. That evening we did not have table tennis night due to the building already being set up for the fasching activity this week. So we help blow up balloons and finish decorating. Thursday was interesting as we tried to obtain Elder Stahle a driver license. Once we arrived at the building a man after talking with him advised us to return in an hour when his colleague is back and can do this for us. As instructed we returned and then to find out that we needed to go to another building but they are only open in the morning. So we made plans he next day to visit there and set out for our appointment with Jessica and her Family. She was able to come to church a few weeks ago and has such faith in Jesus Christ. The following day we arrived at the police station in only to find out in Austria you need a Dr. Appointment to get a license. We left in search for a doctor since we needed to submit the paper work this week or he will not be able to have one due to amount of time spent in the country already. As we searched we finally found one who had time for us that day.
 That was adventure as we in the office the staff, us and other patients try to act out medical terms to fill out the paper work. Elder Stahle had to then do a variety of test that were quiet entertaining to watch such as stick his arms out in front of him and march his legs and had to go faster and faster. Another was to close his eyes and stretch out his arms and with a finger touches his nose quickly. Or grabbing and having to squeeze the doctor’s finger harder until the doctor said it was fine. We then after that adventure and memory we headed to Schwester Mörtelbauer in which we were able to share a meal again. After we headed to the church for the primary fasching activity, which is in some terms like Halloween of the children get to dress up as whatever they want and have fun, so not asking for candy but games and such. While there I was asked to put a bear suit on which looked like the bear of the jungle book since these years theme was in the jungle. So it was an adventure to do that. I was the official welcome man and hand out the passes to the kids. After some fun activities we headed to our station which was the quick sand game in which someone sat on a blanket and was pulled to over a line by someone else. On Saturday we were able to accompany Bruder Hangel on a beautiful walk. The weather was gorgeous and we were in the nature woods so it reminded me of home a bit and loved every second of it.
I love being outdoors and activities such as hiking a lot more since being on a mission. Was great to walk next to real trees and river and see fields and dirt and such. We were able to meet with our investigator Herr Heckamti. Once we walked into his store where we meet, he was so excited to read in the Book of Mormon. He is amazing and has such a love for the book of Mormon. On Sunday we had lovely church meeting and after which had a linger longer with it being a 5 Sunday. Was fun to be with the ward and enjoy time together. There also was a resent convert from Deutschland where one of the missionaries in the ward is serving as she waits for her visa to go to Temple Square. He was great and had us say something to the missionaries there, which was strange because Sister Gardner who was in Wiener Neustadt is now there, so it was strange to say hello to someone I actually knew. Amazing how this mission is.  I am so thankful every day for the power of the Spirit. Thankful to be able to help other develops more faith. Love you all have a snazzy week!



Elder Bowers