Monday, October 31, 2016

WEEK 61 Training II, Elder Passey, SNOW!

Hello everyone! Another great week in Madagascar! So yes I have received another son! I am training again here in Fianarantsoa. Love it! New trainee is  named Elder Passey, from Idaho. He is a little quiet but hey, all new missionaries are.
So this past week we were on splits on Monday and Tuesday and then on Wednesday we took a fun bus ride up to Antsirabe where we met a mission driver who took Elder Monsen and I to Tana. I was literally in Tana for less than 24 hours. They took us in Wednesday night. We slept at the aps house. Then on Thursday morning we got our trainees and in the afternoon headed down to Antsirabe with President Foote. As we were driving we drove past SNOW!  President Foote said to turn around so we can prove we saw it by taking a picture. Then on Friday we had zone conference and then we had a mission driver take us down to Fianarantsoa when it was over. So a lot of driving these past couple of days! But now we are back home and ready to work.

So on Saturday we went, taught English, ate lunch, and then went to a lesson with some people that live down the street from us. Jordan and Rivo are their names. Apparently he was baptized around 6 years ago and he still didn't know about the church. They are very nice and let us in and we taught them. So this last Saturday we taught about the Book of Mormon. They didn't have one so we gave them a book and they said they are excited to read it this next week. So hopefully they will read a little before our next visit. Then we went on a little walk to go visit some people that learned from the missionaries before but, stopped learning a long time ago. We visited them, shared a quick message and set up a better time for us to come back and teach them.

Then on Sunday we had some great times. Right after church we taught the friend of a member, recent convert. He has been hanging out with one of our recent converts and he has been coming to a lot of activities. I asked him if we could teach him a little bit about the church. So, Sunday after church, we went and started talking.  We taught him about Joseph Smith and about how this church came to be and then afterwards we commited him to baptism. Awesome kid! I remember asking him the question, Why do we go to church? and he said "well we do it to get direction and help in our lives. Without it we are lost." YES! CORRECT! haha it was a great lesson directed by the Spirit.

So some sad news is that Roger has officially moved. We went to his house and the people that were there said that he has officially moved to Antsirabe. Ah man it literally killed me when I heard that. We had missed him by a couple of hours! They said he came that morning to get his stuff and he left. Hopefully he will find the church in Antsirabe. But besides that, things are still going great! Elder Passey and I are excited to get to work in Fianarantsoa and watch the miracles happen!

So something really big I learned out of zone conference was on of the subject talked about by the Ap. He talked about how missions change people. A lot of people say that they are a changed person when they come home from the mission and part of that is true. He said that we don't become different people but we become the best version of ourselves. We become the version of ourselves that God sees. I am still Jaxson Bowen but I am learning how to be the person that God wants me to be. Then when we learn how to be that person, we see that change in our lives to be that better version of ourselves. I know that to be true as I have seen it up until this point on my mission and I know there are further changes to go. We continue on in Faith and our Loving Father in Heaven helps us.
I hope that everyone has a great week this week! Happy Halloween!

Elder Bowen


SNOW in Madagascar!!!!


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