Tuesday, April 16, 2013


This last week was great. It has been difficult to see Elder Degn and I not meet some goals that I have really wanted to reach, but we have not given up and are still going out to work every single day. We had a good week though. We meet with Connor (he's nine) again and he is a really fun kid. He is fun to teach. I think that it is going to be hard for him to keep coming to church because his family is not active but I know that he wants to and he is strong willed enough to get baptized so I'm hopping that he will keep that up and be the reactivating key in his family. He is a great kid.
This last week we were invited over to a members for dinner and were told that the mission prep class would be there as well. It was such a neat opportunity to be with them. After dinner the mother asked us to give a priesthood blessing for her grand daughter who had just gotten sick that evening and couldn't stop crying. It was amazing after the blessing she was asleep just like that. And she stayed asleep the rest of the evening. God cares for everyone and is no respecter of persons. It was beautiful and invited the spirit which then made the lesson on faith really good and we ended it with bearing our testimonies and I bore mine on how the best thing they could do to prepare for their missions would be to know that it's true and how if it is true, then no matter what happens they will be able to be a good missionary because they can then bear testimony of that and they will work hard because it's true and they will do things that they don't want to because it's true. I felt the spirit so strong. And then an RM in the group shared his testimony and the mother did as well and it was just amazing! I loved it! I love feeling the Spirit testify!
We finally had church with our ward and testimony meeting was awesome.  I felt the spirit even with the babies crying.  At church this Sunday  in the Frisco 2nd ward we were asked to help with a primary sharing time about missionary work and also to teach a lesson to the wards youth on the Apostasy and the restoration. They were both a success. I loved being able to be in primary! We got in early so we sang along with them and sang Faith is like a little seed and some other songs and I loved it so much I decided I would be happy with a primary calling when I get back. Even though it was very brief I felt the spirit and the kids loved seeing missionaries. For the sharing time activity the teacher had one of the children in his class ask one of the primary children to come up to the front. They then asked what that kid needed to be a missionary. Surprisingly enough, some children called out a testimony while others said grow a foot or two. But eventually they said a name tag and so we then gave the primary kid one of our two name tags. Then they said scriptures and a suit coat and a tie. And then the teacher had the new missionary serve a ten second mission. And in that ten seconds they wanted to share the gospel with as many people in the room as possible by shaking their hands. After the ten seconds was up they had everyone who had the gospel (had had their hand shaken) raise their hand so we could see how many people got the gospel from them. It was a good number for the amount of time but not everyone so they then asked " How can we get the gospel to more people? They replied "More time" and "More missionaries".  The teacher agreed with them but also said that "Well missionaries are already serving for two years or a year and a half and we also just got a lot more missionaries. So this time we are going to try sharing the gospel again but this time after the missionary shakes someone's hand then that person is going to shake some one else's hand." It was of course much more successful. The teacher then talked about how we need to share the gospel with our friends to help the missionaries. It was amazing! The entire primary was left with the challenge to invite a nonmember friend to a church activity. Also now when I walk down the halls the primary children will smile and wave as cute as they ever could which is a tender mercy because it always brightens my day! They made me so happy when I saw them in the hall. Also when we stopped by a member's house last night their primary children remembered us and the activity. I think it is going to bring a great spirit of missionary work.
We also found some one who wants to meet with us named Maurice (like in Beauty and the Beast the line "crazy old Maurice".  It's kinda funny because some people in Texas would not be afraid to say that because he wants to talk to us. I think its kinda funny) but we were just tracting and his wife opened the door and said you don't want to talk to me but then her husband came out on the pourch and closed the door and said ,"Hey how's it going? The name's Maurice." and shook our hands like a Tongan would. He's a big guy too, possibly Tongan, I don't know but he wrestled professionally and he said he has friends who are members and wants to meet with us tonight. I'm really excited!
Well I love y'all! Hope you all had a great week! 
Oh and I got a letter from Christopher who made me so happy I can't even tell you how happy I was! It totally made my day to get his letter with the plan of Salvation outline.
Love y'all!
Your missionary,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Unexpected Email!

I received an unexpected email tonight from a stranger.  This is what she sent complete with pictures!! 

"Had these delightful young men over for dinner tonight! What a sweet son you have.  I thought you would enjoy seeing him. :-)"

Elder Bowen & Elder Degn

 So sweet to have someone be so thoughtful and take the time to email me!

Elder Bowen!!  Love this guy!!
The Elders!!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Anna & Natalie's Baptism

Samantha's Baptism

Dallas Temple

The sign outside of the FC Dallas Soccer Stadium.

Here are some pictures of my First district in the mission field - I love them so much. The 2 sisters are the D4 sisters who are awesome. Sister Olpin (blonde) who is going home soon and Sister Morley who came in the same day as me. Then there's Elder Chapell who is to my left. He is one of the assistants and I love him he's awesome. And then there's Elder Weatherford my trainer one of the best missionaries ever - I love him as well! Then there's Elder Briggs who also came in with me and is being trained by Elder Hadfield  who is directly in front of me. Who was my first Zone leader. I love him as well - he's from Lehi - I believe and he goes home in a few transfers. To Elder Hadfields right is Elder Harden who was Elder Chapell's trainie and my companion a lot of the time. He's awesome - I love him. And then there is Elder Stewart (red hair) and he's great. I don't know him too well but he's from Utah. And his companion is Elder Toth who was my District leader who I also love. He is great. He trains a lot of new missonaries and is great! And that's my old district who I love!


This last week was amazing! I was able to see 3 of the people I have been helping teach get baptized! It was amazing! Samantha's baptism was great. A little crazy because of how crazy a day it was but it all worked out. That day we had scheduled a baptismal interview for Anna and her daughter Natalie so we did that and ran over to the church and the missionaries who were going to fill up the font for us didn't have a key so we were running late on that, but it got filled in time and it was beautiful to see Samantha finally get baptized. She had been investigating the Church for a few months but she did it. I also gave a talk at her baptism which went great and I spoke on baptism and Mosiah 18. Also after the baptism Pres. Durrant said congrats and that I gave a good talk so that was nice on top of everything else as well.
I got transferred to Frisco and its been a little crazy. I am not running around all over the place with the assistants like I used to be, but now I'm on a bike and for the most part I really enjoy biking. We got double transferred in so we have had to meet the bishops and the ward mission leaders and members and we have had to spend a lot of time figuring out the area. But we have it down now. We have one investigator up here. He's nine and wants to be baptized because he read about it in the Book of Mormon. We have taught him once now. 
Also General Conference was amazing. I loved how much they talked about missionary work and that so many things related to me. I really enjoyed the talk about how the Lord wants to forgive. He wants to so bad. I loved that because it relates so perfectly to the people I meet. I also loved Elder Holland's and Pres. Monson's on Obedience. 
Yesterday I was able to go back down to Richardson to baptize Natalie ( Anna's daughter) and also attend the baptism. It was so Amazing! It felt so peaceful and I felt the spirit very strong. Natalie was a little nervous to have to bend back wards for the ordinance but she did perfect and on her first time too. I love Anna and Natalie so much! It was so good to see them make that first covenant with the Lord. I want to have a baptism every week! I'm going to try as hard as I can to reach that mission wide goal. 
Well there are people waiting to use this computer so I better go but I love y'all and pray for y'all!
I'll send a letter talking a little more about the baptism.
Your Missionary,
Elder Drew Bowen
So the people behind me aren't waiting for a computer so I'll write more.
At Anna's and Natalie's baptism there was great support from everyone who had reached out to Anna. Anna was baptized by a priest in the ward. I think his name was Jose or Jesus - something of that sort. The first 2 times she wasn't immersed completely but the third time was the charm. It was Jesus's first baptism! We had brought him with us for one of the lessons because we needed another man so we called him up and brought him and that was the night we talked about how Anna and Natalie should start thinking about their baptismal program and Elder Weatherford had suggested that people we had brought with us to the lessons could baptize them including Jesus but suggested me. Elder Weatherford is crazy nice and thoughtful. He really wanted me to baptize one of them so he suggested it. The next lesson we asked Anna if she had thought about it and she said "ya I want Jesus to baptize me and Natalie wants Elder Bowen to baptize her. I want Jesus to do it because he said he hadn't done it before and because he didn't really think I would actually ask him to."  I love Anna!
After the baptism Anna bore her testimony and it was so beautiful. She spoke of how she had been to many other churches but there was always something that pushed her away from them. She also said that she wanted a church that would help her bring up her kids right and that she knew that the LDS church would help her do that and that it is the true church.
She was so touched that she teared up a little and I did too. (I get that from mommy.) After the baptism Anna said thanks and that she didn't think Natalie would have gotten baptized by anyone else. That made me feel really good. It was so nice to be dressed in white again! It reminded me of the temple and how badly I love the Lord's house! I hope that Anna and her family go there in a year. (first attachment picture of Dallas temple).
I am excited to start things up here in Frisco. This last week was hard for reaching our goals and teaching because we only have Connor and not too many other people. We are almost starting from ground zero it feels but I haven't gotten discouraged and now that we have our pocket maps that we made and know what some of the names on the board mean we are going to get things going. Elder Degn is great! He has only ever been double transferred to places so he knows what to do so we aren't completely deer in the head lights. 
Conference was amazing!  In between Sunday sessions we had lunch with a member of the 6th ward because they invited us over after we accidentally knocked into them before Sunday morning's session. It was a tender mercy because I enjoyed their yummy fajitas (tacos) much better than my planned lunch. And we got to meet members! I haven't seen the Bohn's up here in Frisco and I'm afraid I'm not in the same building as them but I don't know because here in Frisco is like Utah-size wards. The building gets packed in on Sunday. (From what I hear. I've never been here for a regular Sunday yet.) But the good news is that we have a potential investigator from our first day here. We knocked into him. His name is Titus and he texted us saying he was watching conference like we invited him to. So hopefully we will get to teach him. 
So I already got a flat tire. I think it was due to something messing up the stem to my inner tube and not a thorn because it was at the very base of the stem. But I was prepared with a spare tube. and the Tender Mercy part of it is that my tire went flat right in front of the FC Dallas soccer teams stadium so I was able to change it there which was cool because I really wanted to see the stadium up close. And it's in my area so it was bound to happen eventually. At the stadium when we walked up to the gate to throw away my bad tire there was this sign which was cool. (Second attachment.) Just put Texas in front of Dallas and Missionary after Dallas. It was neat. 
So Frisco is like Alpine in that every house is big and everyone seems to have money. The sad trade off is that nobody loves their job. But it pays their bills as they say. But still, good happy people here. And a member family has the last name of Bowmen. They are a very nice family. Also we had dinner with the Day family and their son is a ward missionary and I'm excited to start working with him more. The Day family are very fun and funny to. They reminded me of our family a little.
Also to skip back a few weeks I had a great Easter! The Easter bunny came to my apartment with the assistants and that made me super happy. Thanks y'all!
Also yesterday I made my personal mission plan because I realized that I hadn't done that yet. And now after Samantha's and Anna's and Natalie's baptism I want to have another one here in Frisco with Elder Degn (said Dane)! We are going to make it happen! 
I loved the Conference talk where they talked about how faith is a literal power and not just a declaration of belief. That is really important to know. Because our future is only as bright as our faith and because we have to have faith to get anywhere in this life. I am excited to use that power to find and save more of Gods children!
Well I love Y'all! I hope y'all are doing good! 
Love your missionary,
Elder Drew Bowen

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Drew's New Address

I received a very brief email from Drew today telling us that he has been transferred to Frisco, TX.

His new companion is Elder Degn. (I have no idea how to pronounce this, and I'm not sure if he spelled it correctly or not, but that's how he spelled it.)

So here's the address!  

Elder Drew Bowen
6000 Eldorado Parkway, Apt. 926
Frisco, TX  75034

Monday, April 1, 2013

Crazy Week!

This week has been really good but crazy. The assistants have been doing a crazy amount of work for transfers. And tonight is when everyone will find out who is getting transferred and all that. I would love to stay here in Richardson but if I get moved to a new area then that will be good too.  So it's come what may and love it for me.

Today is Samantha's baptism!! I would send you pictures about it and tell you about it but it hasn't happened yet so I can't. So that will be in next week's email. But this last week I was working with Elder Harden, the other assistant's companion, and it's been really good. I have enjoyed it and we might have found a new family. This week we taught Ana almost every night because she is getting baptized next week. We also had Ana's mom sit in on one of the lessons and I really hope that she will meet with us again some time soon. 

Well, I've got to go.  Sorry it's short this week. I love y'all and I loved getting your letter Sarah and I hope y'all are doing good.

Love your missionary,
Commentary from The Mommy - It's hard to get such a short letter this week!  And he didn't email any of us personally either, so he obviously didn't have much time for emailing today.  I'm looking forward to next week when hopefully we'll hear all about Samantha's baptism and get some pictures as well! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!