Thursday, April 3, 2014

March 31, 2014

Dear Family,
Well this week was an awesome week, Not anything to special happened but we really saw some sweet things happen this week. This week me and Elder Cottrell really worked our butts off trying to get our Members to work with us because we have been struggling the past few weeks on having our members help us and it really has effected our effectiveness.  This week we had a very successful week at getting our members to come and help. This week we really were guided to so many people who are ready to hear the gospel. Every single day this week we met new people who were ready to accept the gospel and the cool thing is is that most of them were husbands and wifes and familys. We have been praying a lot for the lord to lead us to those families who are ready to hear the gospel and he really pulled through for us. (Imagine that haha) A cool experience we had this week was that we were going to go see this Less active guy who we have talked to a little bit and we went and sat down with at his house for the first time. Well turns out that this guy has a wife and that she is not member and what has been causing him to not come to church is that he is just so frustrated that his wife isn’t coming it makes him mad so he doesn’t come. SO we were able to sit down and teach the wife. The lesson was awesome. It was a little difficult because she didn’t speak the best English because they are both from Sierra Leone and they speak a different kind of English over there but her husband was able to relay what she didn’t understand so it was sweet. Then half way during the lesson, the LA brother came and sat in so we taught him to and he was so interested and he had a bunch of questions. It was so awesome. Unfortunatly the wife and husband didn’t come to church this week but, the LA brother came and he loved it.  We had 7 new investigators come to church this week. It was so sweet. Everyone of them are all solid to. We have another guy we are teaching whose name is Junior Cooper Tyler. He is about 22. Sweet guy, one day we were walking and he just stopped us and said “are you missionarys from the church of jesus Christ of latter day saint” We told him yes and he said he had heard a lot of good things about it and he wanted to be apart of us. We gave him a pamphlet and invited him to church and he has came the last two weeks. We have also had a opportunity to sit down with his mother and his brother this week and they both to are just loving and accepting the gospel. I just cant belive how many miracles we are blessed with out here in Liberia everyday. It is so crazy just how much the lord is In our everyday lifes and we can totally miss it if we are not paying attention. The lord is really helping us missionaries to accomplish his goal. Something that I like that one of the area seventys said when they have come is that .This is the lords work, it will get done any way.  He is the ones who have chosen us. There are so many other people out there who know more about the gospel and have stronger testimonys than us 18 year missionarys but to show everyone that this is the lords work he has chosen us. I just thought that was cool because its true, there are about 6 billion other people who could do this work better than me but because the it’s the lords work we are able to accomplish what he has sent us here to do. Anyways, this week in our apartment we have gone on a straight up baking spree. This week we cooked our own pizza with some pepperonis and salami that Ashly sent me and then we had a bright idea to try and make our own bread. So we made our own bread and liked it so we bought a bag of flower between the 4 of us. We have baked bread almost every night since Thursday (even though we don’t need that much haha) and then we made home made cinnamon rolls last night. We are thinking to open up our own African shop in the market and just bagging teaching  haha Just kidding. Plus we have a Nigerian in the apartment and he cooks some sweet Nigerian food to so we are just living life well here on this side haha.  Well things here are for sure great. Sure do love you all very much for all the influence you have had on my life. I hope you always continue to grow your testimony’s. Love you all and have a great week,
Elder Bowring
Dear Mom and Dad,
Well things here are great, Last week dad I totally seen a guy wearing a Chad Reed shirt, I was freakin out and Elder Cottrell had no idea who he was haha so that was funny but it was sweet. I was thinking, I know you didn’t have any success at the google earth but I was thinking you could look up “ St. Paul Bridge” That is right no the edge of my area and then just follow that road up north and that is where Iron gate and those things should be. Just wanted to tell you that I ran out of juice plus at the first of this week and I definitely can feel the difference. Cant wait to get some more of that stuff out this way haha. Well not to much more things going on. You guys are great and I hope you guys have an awesome week. I still haven’t received that package so I figure if I just stop antipating it then it might show up haha. Well everything here is great. Love you both very much.
Love you African son,
Elder Bowring

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