Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WEEK 32 FANO! Eat Sea Turtle - 3 teaching highlights - SPIDER attacked with flamethrower!-Great Conference!

Hey everyone another great week!
So to start off you may see the subject for this email is fano, that means sea turtle here and that was dinner last night... we had one of the best dinners with sr Hardy(she is a sister who has a young baby and who's husband died in the ocean a couple months ago). It was rice with sea turtle, cucumber, and coconut juice. Sooooo good! So that was the highlight of the week haha.
We live in an apartment that is now bright yellow and lizards are everywhere.  We have a branch here as the church is small so that is why there is just 4 missionaries(Elder Wooten, Elder Anderson, Elder Mack, and me)  The first two leave in a couple of weeks to head home.  Elder Mack stays 3 more months after that.  Then there will be me here the longest...! 
So highlights of the week: We had a recent convert put in the hospital last Tuesday (no that's not the highlight) I guess she was in a critical condition but everything is ok now and we went to visit her this last Thursday. She is doing really well and should be returning home coming up in this next week. But while we were there we visited for a minute and shared a message about the word of wisdom with her and how we are promised strength with out obedience to the commandments. Her husband was there and he isn't a member and this sparked some interest with him. He has learned before but never really did anything with it. I think with this witness of a small miracle he may be more interested this time around.
Highlight number two: This was our ballin recent convert victor. We talked with him about referrals and he could have agreed more. He said he will talk to his neighbors and that they will learn. Then he asked if we needed help teaching. Yes we do, always will accept member help when offered. But he lives very far and to get to the church he either walks or rides his bike and he is willing to go all that way just to help us with one lesson. He is great!
And highlight number three would be our family that we are teaching. We teach them twice a week and the young kids literally remember everything. They are like little recorders. But the parents may have a harder time. This time around they remembered our last lesson and they had great great questions about it. Still waiting for the husband to come to church but the rest of the family has and they have all been very diligent with the lessons.
So here is another story.  so I was brushing my teeth and walking to the bathroom.  I get to the bathroom and look into the sink and there is a huuuuuge spider in there.  so I freaked out a little bit and told the other guys.  I finished brushing my teeth in the kitchen and I went into my room to get my bug spray and a lighter when I hear them screaming....!  I walk back in the bathroom and the spider had moved and it has an egg sac under it that had opened!  Little babies going everywhere!  So my companion went to grab the Raid and he came back and it was under the sink.  So we sprayed a bunch under there hoping to get it.  A bunch of cockroaches came out in the process.  So it eventually tried to come out and we sprayed it with Raid but it kept going.  Eventually it came out and we got it with our little flamethrower and it was done.  Super Scary!
CONFERENCE!!!!! Conference was great from what I saw so far. Shout out to Uchdorf for being the funniest one at conference this time haha. Favorite talk was by Gary L Stephenson. I loved the example with the car keys and the priesthood. Then he said we will never have to ask again, where are the keys. Then I loved Donald L Hallstrom with his talk. Especially loved the part about how firm a foundation verse 7 (favorite hymn) and about the African people singing it and getting increasingly louder at that verse.
Well this next week looks to be another great one! Love you all!
Elder Bowen

Ride to the Baptism!!! Yes that is my head!

Our apartment with new paint job

Yes, this happens and the car is stuck!

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