Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WEEK 30 March 29, 2016 tratra ny paska! Easter-I love this gospel and sharing it's message

Another great week! So I'll start with yesterday to explain why I'm a little late emailing. So everyone is celebrating Easter here which means everyone goes to the beach and the whole town literally shuts down. This means no cybers were open! Way nice. But to celebrate our Pday we went fishing... sadly caught nothing haha but we saw some so it was all good. Then we just chilled at the house for the rest of the day. At night we had a soiree with an awesome family: rice, tsara maso, and sausage.
So let's jump back to last Tuesday. Way good day! We had a lesson with some new investigators and we taught them about Joseph Smith. The lesson went great and we asked them to end with a prayer. Turns out they were extremely greatful for Joseph Smith right off the bat. We didnt know if it was some fomba with them or if they really were greatful but they prayed and basically just thanked God for Joseph Smith. Way nice!

So we had a couple more lessons and we taught these two people the second half of the Plan of Salvation. We got to the resurrection and they had soooooo many questions. He brought out a book full of questions he wrote down and just started asking. But, luckily everything was made clear for him before we left and they are very exited to have us come back.
Wednesday was also very nice. We went and taught these two guys we street contacted. They called us up and told us where to meet and we met up and they took us home to their families. Lesson was so so as the women were braiding hair the whole time and didn't really know what was going on but the two men that we street contacted we actively engaged. Then to end the night we went to our super mazoto investigators that are getting baptised very soon. We did the practice interview with them which is one of my favorite things to do. Literally is a review of the lessons where we get to talk about how they feel about some of the topics. My favorite part is when they bear testimony to me of the truthfulness of the message.
So for the rest of the week things slowed down a bit because of Easter. We had a lot of scheduled times but they fell through as people weren't home or said they couldn't learn. So it turned into a little bit of tracting. We found some solid families that we will be visiting this coming week. To end last week we had a soiree with sr Hardy where she let us prepare the food. We prepared most of it and she just did the chicken part. We had coconut chicken with rice and cucumber. Wayyyy good! And we had some of the best juice ever.
So I realized I haven't told everyone about my new comp. Elder Wootan is his name and this is his last transfer in the mission. So I am killing him.... he is from Boston and went to BYU for a year before the mission. He is way good at the language and an awesome teacher. President Foote says that I am with him to soak up all his knowledge so he can't leave with it, so we will see how that goes as he is freakin smart!
That is it for this week. Absolutely loving this new area. The members are great, the work is great, the people are great! I love this gospel and know that it has been restored and through that restoration came the Book of Mormon and the knowledge that we have about this life. I love getting to teach about all these things to people and watching them accept them and see the importance of them.

When people talk to us about what we do they always ask how long we are here. We tell them two years. They are so shocked as two years is a long time. We say yes, but it is a priveledge and an honor to get to walk around with Christ's name on our chests. Then they ask why we do it. I tell them that it is because I love this gospel so much that I want to share it with everyone. That we want to give everyone we can the opportunity to accept the gospel and the blessings that come with it.

 I love this mission and I love this work.
Elder Bowen

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