Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday January 30, 2012: Elder Bowles

Dear Mom and Dad:
I have some good news and some bad news.  I will tell you the bad news.   Do you remember Maria our recent convert?  She is avoiding us.  She has not been talking to us and don't know why.  She is going to be kicked out of her family house because of being disrespectful to them and the house she is moving to is a less active home and they smoke.  The other family said she is starting to go back in her ways.  She was ready for baptism I felt it and Maria desired it but she made her choice to go back and start smoking.  Hopefully she will start talking to us and we can bring the gospel back to her.  I wrote Maria a letter through the spirit and gave her a copy of the talk from last general conference by president Uchdorf titled FORGET ME NOT.   I thought it would be good to give her that.  Maria will feel the spirit and will soon talk to us.  I am going to give it to her this week.  Pray for her.  Her name is Maria Tela
The good news is that me and Elder Warmoth got 3 new investigators this week.  The first one is Martha and she is solid.  As we were talking about the gospel everything that she was saying is what we have at our church.   This is what she is looking for so all she has to do is come to church. Sweet right?   The other investigator is super solid.   Her name Suzy and she is nice and has a desire to learn more about our church.   She is living at a less active home and she is not a member.   She said she met the missionaries 5 years ago and they were too pushy to her trying to get her to be baptize.  So we are going to go nice and easy with her.  We are not going to push her.  She is really cool.  We have been meeting a lot with the Bishop and discussing the less actives in the ward and how we can help with them in both wards so we have a lot of work to do next week.
Did I tell you that me and Elder Warmoth gave a talk in the Tongan Ward Sacrament Meeting yesterday?   I don't remember what Elder Warmoth talked about but I talked about Testimony, The Book of Mormon. and an ensign to the nation.  First all of us had a seed planted into our heart and we watered it.  We read the scriptures came to church and remembered the covenants we have made with Heavenly Father.  If your testimony is not secure, people can come and destroy your spiritual sensitivity.  Second The Book of Mormon.  Is The Book of Mormon from God or the Devil?   And lastly an ensign to the nation.  Let us all be good examples to the world then everyone will know that we are indeed Christians.  It was cool.  I talked for 20 minutes and that is a miracle.  The Spirit was so strong in that room.  It was my first talk I have done since I have been on my mission.  It was a nice experience.   In the Tongan ward we are trying to put on a fireside and we will have someone form the Seventy who is Tongan and he will come down and speak in Tongan.  He will share the gospel with those people so it will be good.  I will give you more info next week.  A good week-- 3 new investigators working with less actives and the members and we have a busy week this week.   It is fun being a missionary.  I love you.   Thanks for supporting me.
Love Elder Bowles

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