Sunday, July 23, 2017

Prepared people are very real



Hey everyone how was your week? This week has been great! We literally have been handed a prepared investigator her name is Judyleen! She is 14! Her mom is the Relief Society President, so she just barley moved back with her mom, every time we wold teach her she would pray to be able to be baptized and to join the church! And we have only been teaching her for a week! So I said Sister Russell she is prepared she has been to church already and this week will be her third I was like we can have a baptism this month! Heavenly Father is blessing us! She then told me that she didn't want to rush her and I just said if she feels like she is ready then lets let her when she says and if shes not supposed to then Heavenly Father will stop it from Happening! So we invited her and she said the 29th! Holy i was shocked! SO that is what were doing were just gonna go with it until Heavenly father stops it! We asked her to start reading the Book of Mormon and the next morning we went back she told us that she stayed up until 2 A.M. reading and she was already in 2 Nephi 31 (The Pohnpeian Book of Mormon isn't translated all the way but still!!) She is so awesome! She carries her Book of Mormon everywhere! 

On a funny note for the week, Sister Russell gave one of our member present Takis, she only ate one and she was dying! She just kept gasping for air haha she told Sister Russell "Sister Russell, its like your killing myself!" Oh man she never will speak English to us but she did that time and it was what made it 10x's funnier! We went to the investigators house and she just drank water for probably 30 seconds straight! haha it was so funny! Another funny note, We received 6 plates of food from some members on Saturday from a missionary's homecoming! We sat down to eat as were eating we get to the chicken and we both say i don't think this is done all the way but jokingly i say oh well i guess well find out tomorrow! Ha well Sunday morning came and sure enough the Chicken wasn't done or something else wasn't because we sure didn't feel good when we got up so all in all not much proselyting was able to get done on Sunday!

Ha well I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for all the love and support! Love an miss you all! 

Love, 
Sister Bowers





Sunday, July 16, 2017

A week full of laughs and blessings!













Hey everyone! I hope you all have had a great week and remembered to count your blessings! This week has been an amazing week! We have been blessed so much! I don't really know how to write out our week so ill just go day by day! 

Monday: We had a family home evening with a part member family! It was right after we had just flown back from Guam so my ear was plugged so i was def in one ear ha everyone was laughing and it was just like as if i were at home!

Tuesday: We had interviews with President Poston and man i will tell you what that man, he is a man of God, he is so in tune to the spirit! He brings such a special spirit with him where ever he goes! 

Wednesday: Since President Poston was in town we had Zone Conference, and man it was like a come to Jesus meeting! Haha after the meeting Sister Russell and I both felt the same way so we did a little fine tuning and began our fast for the work! (Fasting really works!)

Thursday: Haha now this was the day! We found 5 NEW INVESTIGATORS! We went to have a lesson with one of our investigators and she walks out in clothes that are all "sexy" as Sister Russell would say and so i ask her where she was going and then Sister Russell looks and me and just starts laughing hahah lets just say my outfit was not how it should have been and if i were home that would have been really embarrassing! Haha so once again everyone got a good laugh! Then we went to the next lesson! And cockroaches were flying everywhere in the light so i moved to the dark thinking that they wouldn't come to me, well i was totally wrong! 5! 5 Cockroaches running all over me! I let out a few screams as one ran in my shirt, another in my hair and 3 on the outside of my skirt and shirt! Haha now you can only imagine how i felt! Then we went home for the night and there was no water so we had to go and try and fix it! So Sister Russell climbs up to our water tank and sees that there is no water so she turns around and falls right on her bum! Oh man we were dying! 

Friday: We were able to find a man named June Dadius! From the family that i have been teaching in Uh! So that was really cool he seems way receptive to the gospel so I am excited to begin teaching him! 

Saturday: We had a lesson with a little 12 yr. old member and she told us how hard it was for her to go to church because every time she went she would get sad because would see everyone with their families and she would be all alone because she is the only member in her family! Man who would have ever thought that a 12 yr. old girl could have made me cry! We promised her that if she would bear her testimony to her family after our lesson they would join her at church tomorrow! And you'll never guess! 

Sunday: Maytu's family came to church! We had 4 of our investigators at church!We were able to watch the 17 miracles with the ward for a fire side! It was such a cool experience! 

SO overall it was a great week! Time is flying by! My testimony is growing everyday! I am so grateful for this gospel! I am so grateful for all the blessings it brings! I know that it is only through this gospel that we can be with our families for ever! I am so grateful for my family and all that they do for me! I am so blessed to have the family that I have! I am so grateful for each and every one of you and all the love and support that you give me! I hope you all have a great week! And always remember that God is always aware of you 2 Nephi 9:20!

Love,
Sister Bowers




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Say Hello to President Poston!!







Hey everyone! This week was another crazy one! I ended up packing a bag and went to Guam for MLC this weekend! And then on Saturday Sister Russell came! Guam... wow can i tell you what Guam is literally amazing, KFC, McDonald's, Clean water, hot water! It was great! We were able to meet our new mission president, President Poston and Sister Poston! They are so sweet and nice! I can tel you what they have so much faith and trust in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! 

I am really sorry this letter is going to be short because i am having a hard time focusing and stuff so heres a little bit about what happend over the weekend! We were blessed with an amazing new mission president and his adorable wife! We really learned alot about being a sacrificing missionary and being a consecrated missionary! And man those talks always just make you feel like your not doing good enough but one thing that President Poston said that is now stuck in my head, he said "there are those of us who are righteous and are doing everything right, were praying, reading, repenting, but were doing one thing wrong, were okay with being 'Good Enough' everything we do we say 'Eh thats good enough' when in reality we always need to be looking for ways to become better." So there is just a little thought for the week! I will send lots of pictures to make up for the short letter! 


Thanks for all of your love and support! Have a great week! Love you all!

Finger lickin good!




Beautiful Sisters at the Mission Home with Sister Poston!   

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Holy weeks are Flyin bye!!




Holy another week down! Time is going by so fast! There is not enough time in a day to get anything done! This week was crazy busy, we are still covering two areas but yesterday was the last day because Sister James companion is coming today! Wahoo!!   Then we can actually focus on our area!  We have some awesome investigators in Meishiou! We are teaching this less active family( Alex Family) the dad was drunk one night before i came to the area and chased Sister Russell and her old companion throwing rocks at them and youll never guess what!!!  He was sitting in church yesterday with his wife and kids!! Oh man its m absolute favorite seeing Less-active coming back to chutch!!  It is really different serving in a ward now!  Its like I don;t ever have to do anything, I just make sure my investigators get to church!  No having to teach any classes!  But I miss Uh Branch with my whole heart!  I miss all my families in Uh! But on the bright side my new ward has sports night! SOO I get to play volleyball and basketball almost every night during dinner!  HAHA okay another story about the Alex Family!  We were having a lesson with the mom and it was a really good lesson! The spirit was to there and so was this really huge bug that I have never seen before! It flew and landed right in front of me so i moved a little bit to the side so it could do its thing and i wouldn't have to worry about it!!  But nope the thing decide to flu and land on my lap!! I stood up and kinda screamed a little bit!  oh man everyone was laughing haha i felt pretty bac i pushed the spirit away!! Ha so the mom came to church and she goes...look what i brought with me and tried to act like she had the bug! Oh man I'll get teased forever!! Anyways i hope you all a great week! Thank you for all your love, support and prayers!  On the spiritual note if you have time go and read 1Nephi 17:3 &13!

Love you all! Have a great week!!
Love Sister Bowers



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Heavenly Father really does love us!

Hey Everyone! This week was pretty crazy! It started off by being on exchanges, Sister Russell and I got a call saying that her companion was going to Guam because she was so sick and she had to pack all of her stuff and be to the air port in 2 hours! So we had to hurry and run back to their house, get her companion packed and off tho the air port! After she left we were in a trio for the rest of the week working in both areas! It was kinda rough to see people! But it was fun! Lots of laughs and learning from each other! 

Yesterday was when everything got shook up!  We went to church and were blessed to have 58 people at church and 5 investigators! It was insane! As we were sitting in church I just felt like i was going to be leaving! I just felt like i had done what i needed to in the Uh Branch! That the Branch was now going on its own!  We went proselyting and our very last lesson we had with Kikileen and Kohrner (eternal investigatos) Oh man i love them with my whole heart! We started the lesson by singing I am a Child of God and that then i just got really sad because i knew this was going to be my last lesson being "their" missionary! I didn't realize how true it is you will get tired of doing something for a long time but then when the time comes to leave you will not want to leave!
So here it is..I'M GETTING TRANSFERRED!....to Mesihsou! My new companion will be Sister Russell! Heavenly Father really does answer prayers!  I am so sad to be leaving the Uh area! I can definitely say that this place has changed me! I am excited to have a new start and be with Sister Russell! We have been with each other since the day we stepped on to Pohnpei and now we actually get to be companions! #Blessed!

I just want to say enjoy the things that seem hard, boring, fun, trying, and tiring because before you know it change will come and when it comes you wont want it to! But thats just when you have to look back at all the things you have learned, experienced and how far you have come and COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS! I am so grateful for everyone that I met in the Uh area! They have taught me so much and they will for ever have a place in my heart! 

Thank you for all your love and support I hope you all have a great week! 

Love
Sister Bowers
Sister Alanzo and Sister Bowers


Sister James, Sister Russell and Sister Bowers

Sister Bowers and Limwe, her bestie on the island! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Keep praying don't stop!!



Hey! Another week down! This week has been a good week! We have been busy working with a bunch of less actives and have had great success! Seems every less active we teach has become less active because they stopped reading their Book of Mormon! So DONT STOP! 
We were teaching one of our investigators and after the lesson my planner got passed around it has a picture of me and all my sisters on it and man they just love it! Ha they were like "Sister Bowers ke rei rei duwete nih!"  Which means Sister Bowers your as tall as a coconut tree! ha they all thought it was pretty funny! 
This week we were having a lesson with a less active and her family and we were just getting ready to say the closing prayer and this drunk guy walks up playing music really loud! And then sits down right next to me and shuts it off! I kinda got scared not gonna lie but i was called on to say the closing prayer, as soon as i started praying on came the music swearing all! All i could think was KEEP PRAYING DON'T STOP! I ended the prayer and the moment i ended the prayer he left. Yes he was drunk. My testimony grew so much that day of about how powerful Satan is! He wants us to do things to break commandments so that he can take control of our lives for a few hours! It was crazy to see how hard Satan works to destroy the work! 
Any ways Satan is real! So keep doing the little things because those are the things
that matter most! Have a great week! Love you all!!

1. Cockroaches never leave!
2. Rats don't even phase me anymore...well as long as i find them dead.


3. Sneak peek of District Meetings




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Don't you wish you were in Pohnpei!


Sister Bowers with her mission President and Sister Zarbock
Hey everyone! I thought I would share some funny experiences that i feel like would only happen in this mission..



1. We were having a lesson with one of our investigators Jessica and right in the middle of the lesson all the kids start laughing and screaming and they just start saying "Pek, Seri pek!" Which means "Poop, the kid pooped!" Haha oh man you probably dont know but kids here just run around naked and just go to the bathroom were ever. So there we sat in the Nahs and i turn around and sure enough there was poop on the floor haha!



2. Sat down and had a lesson with one of our members wives and then looked down at my legs and everywhere there were ants just running! Tinny ants and they are so fast haha so i just said what ever and taught a lesson with ants all over me!



3. Our house hasn't had water for a couple days so we have a really big tank that we have to go and scoop water out for the toilet, or there is some running water out side the house that is dirty that we could use so we showered with that water for a few showers and then Sunday morning came ahah we didn't really know how we were gonna shower and then right as soon as we woke up it started to down pour! So you can only guessed! We grabbed our Pompeian skirts and showered in the rain! #WhatABlessing

 
Want a ride to church?  We love these people.




4.Thursday morning at 1:30 am i got up to go to the bath room and its always a battle between you and the cockroaches, you have to prepare your self to jump so they dont run on you when you turn on the light aha well i didn't prepare my self and i turned on the light and sure enough you can only guess, yep! The cockroach went straight up my leg! haha and you can only imagine what word i said! HAHA Yes i repented!  :)



Haha oh the experiences you have on missions! I just want you all to know how grateful i am to be on this mission and to be in the Micronesia Guam Mission! I have learned more than i ever could have! They always say you learn things on your mission that it would have taken you 40 years to learn without a mission! All i can say is i believe it! I have learned so much! I have hit rock bottom and some how manage to bounce right back up! So my advice to anyone who is thinking about going on a mission..DO IT. Its going to be the hardest, funnest, craziest, trying, scariest, happiest, most spiritual, thing you could ever do! So DO IT! It is the most rewarding thing! I am so grateful for this gospel i love it with my whole heart! Have a great week! Love you all! Thanks for all the love, support and Prayers!



love, 

Sister Bowers

 
This girl is seriously a LIFE SAVER! Sister Russell with Sister Bowers

Pretty toe nails.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

6 MONTHS LEFT!


Snail on Pohnpei.


Hey Everyone! How was your week?! This week was good! A lot of stress has been lifted! I absolutely love my new companion Sister James she is such a sweet heart! We decided to drop most of our investigators and just start over, We are keeping the ones that are really progressing! Kikileen and Kohrner (Eternal Investigators) haha oh man they are doing amazing! They are progressing so fast! They are planning on getting married on the 10th of June so i am really excited! We were going to meet them and Kohrner told us that he went to Kikileens mom and asked for permission/talked to her about them getting married and baptized! Now Kikileen just has to go! They are a family that shows how real the atonement is! 

I am so grateful for the opportunity that i have to be a missionary and to see peoples lives change! I am grateful for all of my trials and struggles that i have had in life and on my mission because those are what have made my testimony grow!  I have seen how real the atonement is in my life and in the lives of others! I love this gospel with my whole heart! I love the Book of Mormon! I am so grateful for the power it has in it and the comfort it gives us! I hope you all have a great week! I love and miss you all!

Love,

Sister Bowers


Sister Bowers and Sister James

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Peineineite!


Happy Birthday!!  BIG 20!



Hey everyone! This week has been pretty slow, we started proselyting on Friday so it has been a long week! Saturday we were blessed with a baptism a 11 yr. old boy named Shondon Dadius! He is so sweet! As we were waiting for the baptism to start we forgot we needed witnesses so we had to wait 30 more min to start to wait for elders to come! Haha oh man baptisms on this island are rough! You never know if they are gonna go smoothly or what! haha so yes I had a typical blonde moment and forgot that you need witnesses at a baptism! Hahah 

 
Sister Bowers, Sister Wari, Shondon and the Uh Branch President




Sunday was good! 20 yrs. old now! Holy cow time flys!! At church all of my recent converts were there except one, so i guess not all but it was good enough for me! Everyone's talks were on the Plan of Salvation it was alot of the members who normally dont give talks! It has been really cool to see the Branch slowly grow!! Transfer calls were yesterday! And as you read.. another transfer in Uh! WIth an new companion SISTER JAMES! It will be good i am excited! Oh man this will be almost 10 months in the Uh area! What a blessing! 



A cool scripture that i found this week is 3 Nephi 12:20! Go and Read it! I hope you all know how grateful i am for each and everyone of you and all your prayers and support!! I am so grateful for this gospel and the many blessings we can all receive from it! Have a great week! Love you all!!






Brother and Sister Fulton feeding Sister Bowers for her birthday,, taco salad.. the boat came in with lettuce!  Thanks Brother and Sister Fulton!!
Shirts collected by AMAZING Pella 2nd Relief Society sister!  Thank you!!
Happy Birthday cards to Sister Bowers from the primary kids in the Uh Branch!  AWWWW... She's spoiled!

The Poll girls.....Finger nail polish!! They loved it!





Sunday, May 14, 2017

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!


Hey everyone! Not much to say this week because i have been sick for the most of this week! But all i wanted to say was Happy Mothers Day to all of you mothers! You all have affected and changed my life in so many ways! I am so grateful for all of you and all your examples to me! What a blessing moms are! Love you all and miss you all so mcuh! Have a great week! 



Love, Sister Bowers



Sorry no pictures this week so you get a Pic from the sisters on Pohnpei minus 4!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

#roht



Sister Bowers is LOVED in the Uh Branch!


Hey everyone! How are you all?! I hope you are all doing great! This week has been good! We have been able to really find the prepared investigators. We have started to teach Ana, Johns wife and we are hoping to put her on baptism date! I remember when I first got to Pohnpei and the very first time I met Ana, she wasn't the nicest person to talk to, she didn't want to hear about the gospel, we would come, she would leave. She would always yell at everyone, including the little kids, just kind of like a grouchy old lady. After John was baptized we decided that we would try to teach her because she would always join in our lessons that we would have with her grandson Shondon. So we have been teaching her and we invited her to come to church yesterday sacrament was almost over, the last speaker was giving their talk and in walks Ana and her whole family! Oh man I don't think I have been that happy in a while! I has been so cool to see how the atonement changes peoples life! We have also started teaching Shondons parents which has been an amazing experience also!

A funny story for the week, last night the power went out and when the power goes out on Pohnpei you cant tell if your eyes are open or if they are shut #roht haha its very dark. So I woke up last night at 11:45 and the power was out so I tried to find the phone, so in the process of trying to find the phone my companion sits up screaming "SISTER BOWERS!!" hah so I get scared and yell back at her "SISTER WARI WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!" haha oh my if only you all could have seen it!

That's about it for this week! I Hope that you all have a great week! I am always thinking and praying for you all! Love you!!

Sister Bowers

Primary


Sunday, April 23, 2017

HEI! Kasalelie Maingko!






HEI! Kasalelie Maingko! Ia iromwail? How are you all?! This week was good! I was able to go on exchange with Sister Russell! It was so much fun! It rained all day on Wednesday so we weren't able to talk with a lot of people because Wednesdays are our walking days, were not allowed to use the car till 5pm! So there was no one on the road so it was a day full of laughing and talking! A day that was really needed!


A cool story that happened this week! We have been able to find so many people this week! We went to teach one family! The A... Family and as we were walking up to the door the 16 yr. old daughter was in tears, as we stood in the door way i asked her what was wrong and she said that her older brother beat her. My heart just sank, i knew we had to do a lesson with her so we were able to teach her about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, while I was bearing my testimony i felt the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ had for her! I have never felt so much love for anyone before. As the week went on we continued to go and visit her and her family and just last night we had taught them the end of the Restoration, (Apostasy, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon) When just then her older brother walked into the room and sat down and started listening. He then began to ask us so many questions, Whats the difference between your church, baptist, catholic, 7 day,..etc.? Why did you come here to proselyte? How do you believe in Jesus Christ? Oh man so many questions, it was the coolest experience. He then told us that he had read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and it really interested him! I am so excited we are going to be going back on Tuesday to teach him! 

A Funny Story for the week is yesterday i was asked to give a talk in church! I was asked to give it on Missionary work and how the Holy Ghost is the teacher and not us! So i Had planned on sharing a scripture from 1 Nephi 4:6 and instead I ended up reading 1 Nephi 3:6 hahahaha on man now will you please go and read them!! Haha maybe no one was paying attention or just no one was listening, but no one said anything to me! Hahaha i felt like and idiot! 

Well I hope and pray that you are all doing good! And that you have a great week! Something to remember this week is to make every moment count!

Have a great week! Love you! 

Love, 
Sister Bowers




Oh you're not that wet