Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's The Final Count Down.. My Last days on Pohnpei.....

A mission is a strange experience
It is a trial and a test.
A mission throws at you the worst
Yet, teaches you the best.
I've never been so happy,
I've never been so depressed.
I've never felt so forsaken,
I've never felt so blessed.
I've never been so confused,
Things have never been so clear.
I've never felt my Heavenly Father so distant,
He's never been so near.
I've never been so discouraged,
I've never been so full of hope.
I feel I could go on for forever,
I think I've come to the end of my rope.
I've never had it quite so easy,
I've never had it quite so tough.
Things have never been so smooth,
Things have never been so rough.
I've never traveled through more valleys,
I've never ascended more peaks.
I've never met so many nice people.
I've never met so many freaks!
I've never had so many ups,
I've never had so many downs.
I've never worn so many smiles,
I've never had so many frowns.
I've never been so lonely,
I've never had so many friends.
BOY, I hope this is over soon,
GOSH, I hope this never ends.

Menseng Mwahu!  I got on to my email this morning and this is the email I had received from my Dad! This explains exactly how a mission goes! I am beyond grateful for this opportunity that i have had to be able to serve a mission in the Micronesia Guam Mission! Had someone told me my senior year that I would serve a mission I would have laughed and said never! I know that Heavenly Father has perfect timing and a perfect plan for each and everyone of us! I have seen his hand in his work! I love this work! I love my  Pohnpeian Family! I never thought i could grow to love someone so much that I knew for such a short amount of time!  I have seen so many miracles and so many blessings come from this work! I have learned that the key to loving people is to serve them! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you! I am grateful for the many prayers, letters and packages that i have received! I will be having my home coming talk this coming Sunday the 17th at the Pella Ward @ 9:00 am for those who would like to come and attend! I am so grateful for all of you and all of your love and support! Have a great week! See you soon! 

Sister Bowers

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Blessed with Baptisms!!!

Hey everyone! Another week has come and gone! Time goes so fast now days, there is never enough time in the day to do anything! This week has been great! We were able to help our investigator and her member husband married so that was way cool to see! Her name is Sharren and her Husbands name is Georgie. When i very first got here in September last year Sister Fehoko and I started teaching her but she didn't really care to do anything! I come back to find out that she was going to church all by herself and Sister Milne thought she was a member! It has been cool to see her grow in the Gospel she is now pulling her husband back to church! We had her on date for baptism but we are going to have to push her back a little bit! I am just hoping that I will be able to see it before i leave!
We had Shakira and Sharoods baptism which was super fun! It is always so fun to see when people get baptized the less active members it can bring back! It was so funny we were walking back from the baptism and the road is coral as you can see in the pictures and sister milne had turned around to take a picture of all of us and some how slipped and her skirt came up but some how she managed to keep her self together, we all got a good laugh! And then behind me i hear the Elders whispering "Woah glad i wast looking up..i didn't see anything!" Hah i was honestly so impressed with how well she didn't flash anyone!
Church this week was incredible! We had 64 people at church! I have never felt so much joy! It honestly was hard for me to keep my emotions together! There were so  many people who have come back! That is probably the greatest joy is when the lost sheep come back in to the fold!
It was so funny we were sitting at the Polls house and their little daughter who is 8 and i had no idea she knew any English was talking to her little sister and says "Shut up!' ha Sister Milne and i looked at each other and i looked a the mom and we all just started laughing! Ha those were not the words i would have expected her to know in English! We laughed for a good while!


These two kids names are Shakira and Sharood! When i was here a year ago they were on date to get baptized but their family was still having a hard time to come to church! It has been amazing to see their aunt has returned to church and is preparing to receive a calling! Their grandma got up in church yesterday and shared her testimony and it was so powerful! It is so cool to see how Heavenly Father has perfect timing for everything!
Oh man well sorry this email is jumping around to but i hope you all have a great week! Thanks for all the prayers, love and support! Love you all so much! 

Love, Sister Bryn Bowers

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Typical Blonde...

Immediately thought of home when I saw this!

         Hey everyone this weeks email is going to be short because we have been in most of the week because of being sick so I will just put in a few funnies for the week!

1. I am still a typical blonde! We went to a members house and i thought that our car was stuck! We were just getting deeper and deeper into the mud! I had it so i was about to call the elders, i got back in the car and there was the Park break light on oh man i felt soo dumb!
2. We ate turtle! And it was supper good! I thought it tasted like turkey! OH and i think i forgot to mention it but along time ago we ate dog...yeah it tastes like it sounds!
3. Parasites are a real thing. No questions.

      Sorry its short but since it was Thanksgiving this week i just want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you! Thank you for all of your love and support! Being a missionary is definitely not an easy thing! But it is a lot easier when you have lots of support coming from home! I am so grateful for this opportunity that i have been blessed with to be able to serve a mission! I am grateful for my Pohnpeian families! For all the lessons that i have learned! I am grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for eternal families! I am grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ! I am grateful for the scriptures and especially the Book Of Mormon! 
I love you all! Sorry this is so scattered and short! I hope you all have a great week!
Love, Sister Bowers

1. Kevin Joseph! He is 5yrs old he talks with a lisp! I saw him dressed like this and them him holding his chicken added to the whole picture!
2. Merleen is walking! She has been taking it slow but we have made lots of progress!!!
3. Happy Thanksgiving!
4. On our way to an outer island!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

EELS and the Holy Ghost!

       Hey everyone another week has flown by! And so much good has happened! Our numbers are going up for church and so many less actives are coming back! This week my testimony has been strengthened so much about the Holy Ghost and how he works with us! We were walking to the waterfall on Monday and it was down pouring rain so Sister Milne just took off our shoes and went barefoot! We were running through the puddles and a prompting came to my mind and i heard "there are eels in the puddle" So i started to walk around the puddles and we get to this huge puddle and Sister Milne says lets all go stand in it and take a picture! I looked in the water and just as they were about to step in i saw the eels! It was such a blessing! The Holy Ghost is such an amazing guide!       Another cool experience we were teaching a less active and she had just recently got married well Pohnpeian married (Not legally) and you could tell that she was just really sad! I had never seen her husband Stoney at church ever since i have been in Uh even 6 months ago! So once again the Holy Ghost helped me to ask her if i could invite him to come! We finished the lesson and were walking away and the Holy Ghost again prompted me "Go invite Stoney to come to church" So i told my companion that we needed to go back and she looked at me as if i was crazy! Stoney has some problems of his own and always hides from us so she wasn't really about it, i knew what i felt and i knew i had to do it!! SO we walked back to his house i knocked on the door and his little brother opens the door and we ask were Stoney was and the you can hear him in the corner "shhhhh shut the door! tell them im not here!" So the little boy goes to shut the door and Sister Milne sticks her head in and sees Stoney so he comes to the door and we invited him to church for probably the first time in forever! He promised us that he would come but I honestly wasn't so sure! Well Sunday morning came and in walked Stoney and his wife! Oh man was i grateful that i listened to the Holy Ghost!               This experience strengthened my testimony so much about just inviting people to come! SO thats what im going to invite all of you to do! Pray and ask who you need to invite to come to church and then go and invite them!  It works!Sorry this is short! I hope that you all have a great week! I am so grateful for all of your support! Love you all so much!
Love,Sister Bowers

1. Put up the Christmas decorations we were a little excited! 
2. Walking in the down pouring rain!
3. Hiked to a waterfall on Monday.
4. Love my companion!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Merleen Pehnias

Sister Bowers and Merleen

Hey everyone! Oh man can i just say how much I love my area! I love my companion! I love the work! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! This week has been one of the best weeks in my entire mission! Obedience brings blessings!
                         Well, this week i want to introduce you all to one of our investigators names Merleen Phenias! They were already teaching her when i came back to uh she is in her 40's she isn't married, doesn't have any kids, she is a nurse, well was a nurse! I just wanted to share a little bit about her with you!  The first time I met Merleen she always seemed very determined to do things! She is no longer able to walk, she spends the entire day right where she is sitting. She has diabetes and ended up stepping on a piece of glass a year ago and it got really really infected! So she went to the hospital to get it cleaned up and it ended up getting worse! She Ended up having to have a surgery type of thing and get almost all the skin removed from her heal. She received a blessing from the elders a while ago and had a really cool healing experience! Sister Milne said that she really wants to go to church but is nervous to go because she i scared that she will fall or that others will laugh at her! So we were teaching her one day and i just had the strongest feeling that we need to get her to church, i asked her if we could come over and do language study with her and then we would help her do some exercises to help build up her muscle so that she could use her crutches and she said yes! So this week were going to be doing work outs together! Wahoo!! Yesterday I told her that i needed her to come to church before i left and she said of course with out any hesitation! OH man she is the sweetest! So we have ourselves a project this week! We are going to be figuring out how we can help her get to church so keep us in your prayers! 
       This week has just been absolutely amazing! The love of Christ is so real! I am so sad that i am going to have to leave these people so soon! I would say the biggest lesson that i have learned on my mission is serve lovingly! I have seen the change it brings to people! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you and all the service that you have given to me! I love you all so much! Have a great week! 

Sister Bowers

Sister Bowers and Sister Wari

Sister James and Sister Bowers

My cute companio... Sister Milne

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A week full of Guam!! Transfers!!

Transfers came early yesterday morning! You could say it was a rough day! This girl and I have been trough everything together ever since day one! Lets just say if you were to have been sitting in the air port last night watching us you would have thought some one died! ABSOLUTLEY love this girl! Poakpoake iuk nahn! I pahn miss iuk dohulu! Ke kak wia mehkot me ahpwal! Kital nek tupuene! 

Its the final count down...da da da dahhhhh dahdah dah dah dah da da! Its the final count down! Well today is the start of my last transfer! Time is flying by so fast it is crazy! This week was our week to got to Guam for MLC so we left on Tuesday and returned on Friday! We got there Tuesday night and we went to a members house and the fed us! It was so good! It was way different from being on Pohnpei, we all sat a a table and chairs, had our own plates, silver wear, cups and even a napkin was there! Haha yes all of this is normal to you but to me it was not! I was really struggling not to just eat with my hands because turns out that that is alot easier for me now days...Sorry mom, ill try to get better! 😊  Then we saw all the little kids in their Halloween costumes! It was crazy I thought i was in the states! 
On Wednesday we went to a Nunnery Assisted Living and did service there! It was so fun! We fed them their food and got them ready for their Halloween/St.Day parade that they were going to be having! Ha it was such a cool experience! There was a lady there that reminded me so much of my Granny! As people started telling her what to do she would get up set and tell them no! She didnt want to do anything...very stubborn! I just thought she was the cutest so I walked up to her and started trying to have a conversation with her. I asked her a few questions and then she told me that she had been there for not very long and that she was not happy with her son putting her in there. Oh man all I could think of was Granny! By the end of the day we were best friends, she would only talk to me and smile at me but anyone else who tried to help her she got up set with them! One thing that these loving people taught me was how important it is to visit our family that maybe live in these Assisted Living Centers, so many of them were so sad because none of their family members ever visited them! So I just want 
to ask you, if you have family there, PLEASE, PLEASE, go and see them! It will make their day more that you will ever know! 
On Thursday we had our meeting with President Poston. We talked so much about how we can better take the gospel through these Islands! It was soo cool to see the ideas that everyone was coming up with! Here are a few of President Poston's ideas have a traveling music group, a traveling basketball or volleyball team! WAHOOOOO! Count me in! It was so cool to see the different ways to share the gospel!
Friday we flew back home and went and visited Kathrene! We went to sports night and ate Coco (Papaya that isn't ripe sliced up and is placed in a bag with vinegar, kool aid, salt, pepper, soy sauce) Oh man it is so good! Mine and Sister Russells favorite! Sounds good eh?? Its the best! 
Saturday and Sunday we watched General Conference! It was so good! I am excited to go back an reread the talks! Sunday morning we recieved a call telling us that Sister Russell would be leaving so we spent the day packing and saying good bye to people! I knew ahead that I was going to be getting transfered to Uh! So we gathered our stuff and headed to the air port! We dropped of Sister Ruslle and then headed back home! 
This week has been a crazy week! I have had my eyes opened to how fast i go home and it freaks me out! I love my islanders with my whole heart! I love serving my Heavenly Father! I hope and pray that I am doing everything that he needs me to! Thank you for all of your prayers! Love yo all so much! Have a great week!

Sister Bryn Bowers

1. Sister Milne (my new companion), Me, Sister James, and Sister Russell!
2. Sister Behling and I in Guam..We are the ones who help the sisters on pohnpei
3. Hahah Sister Stapeling taking one for the team so we could get a good picture of the hippie guy! 
4. Us and Kathrene! She is just glowing! She goes to all the church activities and always waits on the road for her ride to chruch! Thank you for all of your prayers! She is doing amazing!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Shon , his family and Sister Bowers

Hey everyone! This week has been a great week! We went on exchanges on Tuesday- Wednesday and I was with Sister Petrus! She is from Chuck! Haha it was quite the exchange! It was our walking Wednesday and I had a feeling that we needed to go and see these investigators that we hadn't seen in a long time! I really didn't want to go there because i don't like the men that live there but for some reason we went and I am supper glad because I was able to see my recent convert Shon! It was a little miracle from Heavenly Father!

On Thursday we went to our very first Pohnpeian Funeral! HAHA man i have never felt more like a tourist than in that moment! It was a man who was a member who fell away from the church and built his own church that uses everything that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints uses!...Book of Mormon, Sacrament prayers, everything, he just believed that he was a prophet, he was not the biggest fan of us missionaries! But hey thats okay, not very many people are! So we decided to go and support him! Funerals are so different here, they leave the body in the house and the women go in the room with the body and cry and give money in a bowl, and if you dont want to do that, you go out side and cook! HAHA just imagine, 2 white girls among 200 Pohnpeians! It was an experience i will never forget!

Saturday KATHRENE got baptized! It was so cute! She kinda ran from her mom and did it! Her mom kept telling her that she needed to wait but Kathrene knew that she needed to do it! So she asked her mom Saturday morning if she could go to a church activity that night and her mom said yes! We went to the bottom of the hill by her house to wait for her ride and we see that her sister is with her so we asked if she told her mom and she said no, but she said that her little sister knew! Haha oh man we just started laughing! I love this girl so much! She has taught me how to stand up for what you believe in! She is so faithful! I am so grateful for her! She has changed my life in more ways than i can explain, she is the one that has helped convert me to the gospel! 

I hope you all have a great week! I am so grateful for all of you and your examples to me and all of your prayers! I know this is the Lords work and I am grateful I have been blessed with the opportunity to do it! 

Sister Bowers

Limwee... love this girl!