Thursday, December 29, 2011


For those of you who would like to send Elder Bowes letters or packages, here is his new address.

Elder Taylor Bowes
3250 Strawberry Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99502

He's doing very well and we're excited that we had the opportunity to Skype with him on Christmas.  Keep him in your prayers and keep the letters going! =)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas in Bethel!

This week was a bit different. Has seemed long and short at the same time...Monday was pretty hectic. We woke up at 6 and went out to a dog sledding place. The guy that served his mission in North Carolina works there. We helped him gut and strip beavers of there meat. The dogs apparently love it! I had the smell of beaver flesh on my hands for the next 2 days or so. It wasn't the most pleasant of smells... After we helped him with that we got to go on a dog sled ride! It was so awesome! I got to ride in the sled and I took some pictures, but I left my camera cord in Whitehorse.... It's on the way so hopefully I can send yall some pictures soon! I don't know if you will want the pictures of some beavers lol. Elder Johnson and I had to leave and go finish packing the last few things we had left so Elder Norris and Elder Duncan got to help out with a couple of more beavers! I bet they loved it... Not!! haha Elder Johnson and I left for Skagway about 30 minutes late and we barely made our flight out. Thank goodness we did! I didn't want President Beesley mad at us! We got to Juneau and we sat around for about 3 or 4 hours before we had to be back at the airport. On the flight from Juneau to Anchorage I sat beside a guy who was going back to Anchorage for the first time in a couple of months. Curious George here wanted to know so I asked and he decided that he wanted to ride his bicycle from Anchorage to Minnesota and then visit family for a couple of weeks. I thought that was really awesome and then realized he went through Whitehorse on his ride and I think I might have seen him... Who knows. He was a really cool guy! 

Tuesday we went to the mission home and we met our new companions for those of us who were training. I am training a new missionary in Bethel if you didn't already know. His name is Elder Shumway and he is from Provo, UT. Yet another companion from Utah! I think that is about 7 out of 10 companions from there. He is pretty cool I reckon. He didn't have much of a personality at first, but he is starting to come out of his shell! He is gonna be a great missionary and there is lots of work to do here. We went to transfers meeting and it was pretty good. I got to see a lot of missionaries that I haven't seen in forever because I have been in Whitehorse for the last 4 months. A lot of the missionaries I know have finished their missions and I don't know many of the new ones at all. It's weird being bush because you are all alone in The Middle of Nowhere, Alaska. You don't know anything that is going on and you don't get to say goodbye to anyone when they leave. After transfers I took Elder Shumway to get some things he needed before we went to the bush and then we stayed in the mission home that night. 

Wednesday morning we got up and studied and did the usual routine and then it was off to the airport and to Bethel for us. We got here at about 1:30 in the afternoon and were met at the airport (which is literally like a hole in the wall) by President Tews and Brother Perry, who reminds me a lot of Grandpa Beene. He served in the military for 37 and a half years. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and he has a very similar sense of humor to Grandpas. He is a pretty funny man and we had lunch with him today. He told us today that he "is fulfilling every husbands dream today." We asked why and he said that he is "Taking his wife to jail today!" lol They are getting divorced unfortunately and she is turning herself in, but apparently it is for the best and he is happy with it I guess. All day Wednesday though we cleaned out the room where we stay and made it look a ton better, but we still have a little to do. Oh and by the way, we live in the church. They have a room built especially for us and our living room is a full court gym!!! I can play basketball almost everyday when I wake up! I am pretty stoked about that! 

Thursday we tried to learn the town and get around which didn't take us too long. Bethel is shaped like a donut or square and it takes about 5 minutes to get anywhere. It's pretty tiny, but it's ok. The people here are pretty nice. Thursday nights we play basketball with the neighborhood kids around the church and we teach them a little bit before we start playing. It gives them a place to stay to play basketball and to stay out of trouble for a couple of hours. They are pretty dang good too! 

Friday we did a whole lot of looking through the area book and trying to figure out who to see and when to see them and all that jazz. It is different to be coming into an area where you are both new to. Luckily the members are great and have helped us out a ton!

Saturday we had 6 lessons set up and 5 of em canceled. Nothin too new for me, but it can be a little frustrating. We've got plenty of time though! We met with a couple of people here and there. Some members bought us christmas presents! I was very surprised and grateful for their generosity. 

Sunday! Christmas was awesome! I got to skype home and talk to my family and it was great to see them! Conner is gettin' big!!! He talks a lot now too. After that we had church and we got to meet most of the members. They were all very nice! The Ashcroft's spoke about Christmas and about gifts that we receive. They both talked about the Savior's birth and why we celebrate Christmas. The spirit was definitely in the building and could definitely be felt. We got invited to go over to the Charlton's house for Christmas Supper. They had a bunch of people over and the food was amazing! I feel sooo fat right now. It was an absolute blast over there. We played charades (is that how you spell it?) and played cheat which is bs for us. There were lots of laughs and fun times. They definitely made us feel very welcome! The Helgesens got us each a buck knife! haha and some other stuff. That was a pretty cool gift to get. They said we needed a "Welcome to Bethel gift". The people here treat us well and I am looking forward to being here for the next 3 months at least! I hope yall all had a very Merry Christmas! I love yall and hope yall have a great New Years!!! 


-Elder Taylor Bowes

P.S. Pictures coming soon!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Won't be long Whitehorse....

Hey yall! How's life?

Mine is great! ha! Man my time here in Whitehorse has passed by far too quickly! The 5 weeks since this last transfer started have felt like 2 weeks. Time flies when you're having fun and doin' what you're supposed to! Those of you who have served missions know what I'm talkin' about. This past Monday we played basketball since Elder Johnson's ankle was healed up. We have gotten a few people to consistently play with us. It's a lot of fun! 

Tuesday we had 2 suppers! We went to the Thompson's for supper. I will miss the suppers at their home. She is a really awesome cook! It was Sahil's birthday so we went to Boston Pizza and ate there and had a fun time and then went to their house and had cake and ice cream. We then played a game or 2 with him and then we had to go home. 

Wednesday we were able to go teach Brenda again with Pres. Little. It was an awesome lesson! Sometimes people teach me without knowing it. Brenda is an awesome woman. She lost her husband and son on separate occasions and she isn't mad about anything. She is 69 and does more than most people ever do in a day. We went around and saw some more people and we had supper at the McDonald's and said goodbye to Bro. McDonald. He left for Saskatchewan on Thursday morning and won't be back til January some time. I will miss him. He is a very humble man with a great heart for others. Then we went to David and Xenia's for the rest of the night visiting since they were leaving on Friday morning for California and vacation! I know they are enjoying themselves right now! They are awesome and I will definitely miss them a lot. 

Thursday we had to go and be at the church for a few hours for the nativity display there. We helped set up for it everyday earlier in the week. It was a long process. 

Friday we went on a Bus trip with the people at Copper Ridge Place and watched the Nutcracker with them. I have never seen it before and thought it was alright. Friday night we had a potluck at the church and lots of people came and looked at the nativity display and watched videos and ate. It was pretty cool. 

Saturday we did service at the MacBride Museum and did a whole lot of work. Saturday night we went and helped take everything down from the nativity. We went to the Peterson's for a missionary meeting. 

Sunday we had church! surprise! Haha it was really good! We had lunch at the Guevera's and then supper at the Peterson's. 

Have a great week!

That's about all that happened this week. Hope you enjoy the pics! 

-Elder Taylor Bowes

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

above freezing. what the heck. so disappointed.

Hey yall!

This week has been pretty weird. Not because of anything that happened, but because of the weather. Like 2 weeks ago it was -40 now its 4 today. Which is like 40 in the US maybe a lil chillier. Scratch all that. I just walked outside and the temperature dropped to -2 and it has snowed 3 inches.... Dangit! I would rather have snow at this point instead of rain though. This "warmup" is very shortlived. Supposed to drop back down to the teens and single digits. Sorry if switchin back and forth between celcius and fahrenheit is confusin yall. 

Last P-day was a pretty lazy day. Elder Johnson rolled his ankle pretty badly so he was a no go for basketball and we were all just tired and didn't wanna do anything. Elder Duncan and I went and taught Laxmi and her sons Anshil and Sahil. We read from the Book of Mormon and then we played some games with the 2 boys. They are so funny. Sahil wears like 4 shirts all the time. He is so skinny. They were both baptized in May or June. 

Tuesday, Elder Johnson and I were on exchanges together in my area and we decided to go to Carcross. It's a little town with about 500 in the summer? In the winter there is about 200 to 300 people. They are mostly first nations. Thats what they use to refer to the natives in Canada. We also decided to go to Tagish and see what was there. Not too much. Probably 150 people. They are very spread out. We talked to a lady there for a little bit. Then we headed back to Whitehorse for supper at the Thompson's. Sister Thompson is a great cook and treats us so well. We don't have to knock or anything. It's almost like we live there, but without living there. We were gonna go and teach David and Xenia, but they were very sick and everyone has been sick lately. It's no fun. We went and saw Bro. Andre and we sang with him and played guitar for about an hour. We heard that the Northern Lights were gonna be out so we got permission from Pres. Beesley to stay out late and try to see them. Of course they didn't show, at least while we were there. 

Wednesday we woke up early and got packed and everything to go to Juneau. We drove down to Skagway. I couldn't hardly see 10 ft in front of me on one part of the trip. Between the Canada and US customs was the worst. They have the road markers about 15 yards apart and I couldn't see from one to the other. Lots of guessing and keeping the wheel straight and having to catch glimpses of things as the gusts of wind/snow would stop for a split second. The rest of the trip to Skagway was great! The wind was so strong in Skagway that we could spit 50 yds off a bridge they have going over a river. We had about an hour to kill before our plane came so we had some fun and took some pictures. Skagway is a nice little town. Pretty dead in the winter though. The plane flight to Juneau was rough at first and then it calmed down. We did the Booyah Grill again and we chose Elder Duncan to be our districts representative. He ate the El Papi (huge burrito that looks like a baby is wrapped inside). He had an hour to eat it and he almost did it too. He was so close. There were 4 people that tried it and none of them did it. 

Thursday we had Zone Conference. It was really good. It was centered around the Christmas season and around the Savior's birth. We also went caroling at a mall and then at Walmart. Sister Beesley drove us around the parking lot and had us sing lol. It was weird but funny. 

Friday was the backup date to Zone Conference and so we basically sat around all day Friday and watched Fires of Faith. Someone made us a mean bean soup. It was soooooo good. I ate so much of it that I didn't have supper. We went caroling again at the mall and people liked it a lot. 

Saturday morning we woke up at 530 in the morning and went to the airport by 700. Our flight left at 8 and so we were gonna be back in Whitehorse fairly early. I got to ride co-pilot! It was pretty cool! We had to stop in Haines and let some people off and then we took off again and turned towards Skagway and the clouds were low and you couldn't see a thing so the pilot took us back to Juneau. We sat there for another 5 or 6 hours wondering if we were even gonna make it back to Whitehorse that day. Finally we got to go to Skagway and it was awesome. We got to Haines again and it looked like we weren't gonna be able to go and so all of us Elders said a prayer ourselves and then all of a sudden everything calmed down and cleared up and we were able to land in Skagway and make it back. It was pretty awesome to see the Lord answer our prayers so suddenly. The drive back was pretty clear and there was no problem with visibility. I was happy to be able to get back in Whitehorse and get to work. I was tired of sittin around doin nothing. 

Sunday the Christmas devotional was great. Lots of things that I am excited for now. Especially the videos that are coming out! Anyways I love yall and hope yall are doin well wherever you are! 


-Elder Taylor Bowes

P.S. I attached some pictures of Tagish and Carcross as well as, Juneau. Enjoy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I just met this dude that served his mission in Raleigh, NC !

We were here emailing and a member that we have never met came and he served his mission in NC and knows Elder Loftus, Ross, King and many others. He is pretty cool! I'm pretty excited about that right now. 

This week was an absolute blast! We have been so busy. Monday a member bought us a membership to the Canada Games Center and bought us a punch card for 10 times so we don't have to pay to play there. We have been playing there consistently and have gotten a few people to come play with us cause they know they will have a good workout. We were gonna play today, but Elder Johnson rolled his ankle pretty badon Saturday and his ankle is weak now. 

Usually Tuesday and Wednesday are our slow days, but this week it was pretty opposite. We had President Little come to a lesson with us and lets just say he knows his scriptures. He was taking us all over the place, but I didn't mind at all. I think I learned more than Brenda, our investigator, did.  

Wednesday we finished up the snowman that we have been working on for about a month. We had Sister Guevera, she says she isn't a professional painter, but she is so good. Brother McCracken built us a frame and stand for it. The museum loved it. It was way more than they expected. I attached a picture of it. 

Thursday we did service basically all day. We helped put styrofoam in a crawl space to seal it and make the house warmer. Also it was Thanksgiving and the Thompson's had us over. We stayed there for about 4 hours. The Thompson's daughter Nicole came up for Thanksgiving. Prior to her coming we made plans to prank her twice. I couldn't really be a part of it because she has skyped at supper time and had already met me. Sister Thompson told Nicole before she came home that one of the Elders was a little slow. Elder Duncan pretended to be slow and then Elder Norris pretended to be a new missionary and it was his first holiday away from home. So we all got there and were acting everything and when she met Elder Duncan he said hi in his slow voice which was perfect. Her face turned away from him and she was like omg what do I do... She bought it! He kept it up til after the other Elders got there and we had Sister Thompson ask Elder Norris all these questions about home and what he thought about it. Then Nicole said "Stop you're gonna make him cry.", the whole time this was going on Elder Norris was making his face red and sad looking and then all of a sudden got up and slammed the chair under the table and ran to the bathroom 'crying'. Everyone kept a straight face and acted shocked and Nicole completely bought it! Elder Norris stayed in the bathroom and made the crying sound and everything and Elder Johnson acted as the caring companion and went and tried to calm him down and stuff. Elder Johnson apologized and said that they were gonna have to leave and have to come get some food later. So they left and were yelling and fake arguing on the way to the truck and got in the truck and drove around the block and came running back in yellin "Got ya!" haha Nicole was so mad. It was hilarious. So then we waited about 10 minutes and we had Elder Duncan end his slow act and ask her all these questions and then ended his act by saying "Nicole, never try to prank the missionaries". It was perfect cause she tries to prank the missionaries all the time. I wish we had a video recording of Elder Norris and Elder Johnson. After that we played Monopoly and Nicole lost so she didn't even get to redeem herself. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Friday was a pretty slow day. 

Saturday we did service allll day. We didn't even dress in the normal attire.  

Church was great Sunday with awesome talks by the members and then we kept very busy the rest of the day. I will have to start saying goodbye to people here as some people are leaving for christmas time soon and I will be gone before they leave. I have grown to love this place and the people here as well. They take great care of us. 

I hope yall are doing well and that yall are enjoying this great time of year. Remember why we have Christmas and celebrate it the right way remembering our Savior!

Love yall!

-Elder Taylor Bowes

Monday, November 21, 2011

40 below....

November 21, 2011

Hey yall. 

This week has been a very good week. It has definitely been very cold this week as well. It stayed around the -20's in fareheit. -40 celcius is the same as -40 farenheit. That's when it is the same. We have been getting the truck serviced all week. Oil change and new tires and all that jazz. The beginning of this week was pretty slow, but it definitely picked up on Thursday. There is still so much potential here and we have people that are right there at the waters edge, but they are just content with where they are right now I reckon. Seems like all of them aren't reading the Book of Mormon consistently. I love the Book of Mormon. I don't think there has ever been a question that I have had that hasn't been answered in the Book of Mormon. Life is an open book test with the Bible and Book of Mormon, we just have to take advantage of that. I am in Helaman right now in the Book of Mormon and I am in Genesis and Matthew in the Old and New Testament. I find lots of answers to other peoples questions as well. If any of yall haven't read the Book of Mormon I encourage you to do so. It will change your life! I know it has changed mine! 

We have an awesome District here in Whitehorse and we are all working very hard to help others and to help each other. I have already found out that I will be transferred from Whitehorse just before Christmas, which makes me sad, but I am definitely excited to find out what's gonna happen. Til then I will continue to work hard here and bring others to Christ. Driving in the snow and ice is pretty fun up here. There are a few cars in ditches and such. We have helped pull some people out and we have shoveled lots of snow.... Sheesh. 
The members up here take such good care of us and make sure we have everything we need. I have eaten so much food the past week. On Thursday night all 4 of us Elders were supposed to go over there, but the others couldn't come so I told the Nunez's I would eat at least one of their shares. Holy cow. 3 plates of rice, chicken, salad, bread and other things. I was so full..... I know it's probably a shock. I am eating salads and some vegetables and fruits as well. That's probably why I'm staying the same weight! 

Saturday night was pretty frikin cold. -40. I was not too excited about that. Had to plug the truck up and all that. The plowing up here isn't that good either. They only do main roads and leave the others to just pack on the ice and snow. It can be pretty sketchy when people don't know how to drive. 

I checked the weather for here and its supposed to warm up!! I am soooooo happy about that. Oh and in our district we have these callings that are pretty funny and make us all come closer together. I am the District Music Producer (DMP) and the District Wingman (not what it sounds like). I am supposed to assist all the others in their callings if they need it. We are making a cd.... we will see how this goes. Anyways I gotta go play some basketball and dunk! jk haha have a great week yall! Be safe and enjoy the warmer temperatures down south! 


-Elder Taylor Bowes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shorts (as well as socks and flip flops) in 20 degree weather, snow, black wolf, 13 hour drive there and back... what else???

November 15, 2011

Hey yall!

This week was pretty eventful and exciting. I think I mentioned last week about how we were going to Anchorage. It was a great trip. On the way down Elder Johnson and I were the tallest Elders so we got to ride with the Hirsch's in the nice big F-350 with lots of leg room :). On the way there we saw about 30 elk on both sides of the road all at once, a few moose, caribou and a black wolf. It was really cool to see a wolf! 

When we got to Anchorage we got to see President and Sister Beesley and then other missionaries that I know. President Beesley put me with Elder Hartman and Elder Merrill in my old area so I could go see some people there. It was so nice to be able to visit those families that I served while there. Hopefully President never puts me with those 2 for a whole transfer because not much would get done... We laughed and had a good time the whole time! 

While we were in Anchorage we stayed in the YSA apartment which was vacant because the area is closed in the winter. Elder Duncan stood in the doorway for an hour because we said he wouldn't... It was hilarious. You had to be there for it to be funny. Sunday morningvery very early we left for Whitehorse again. This time though Elder Johnson and I, now being the shortest missionaries had to ride in a VW Jetta with minimal leg room. It was not the best but I laid across the back seat and slept for a few hours. It wasn't all that bad! We got home to about 6 to 8 inches of snow. 

We shoveled snow in shorts today and i had flip flops and socks.... it wasn't that cold... But now we can finally get back to work since we are back in Whitehorse and the days will actually be normal again! Well I love yall and hope you keep doin well! 


-Elder Taylor Bowes

"Without work, nothing grows but weeds."

Shorts in 32 degree weather!!

November 7, 2011

Hey yall.

This week has been pretty cool I reckon. I can tell I am getting climiatized here since I am wearing shorts right now. It's actually not that bad as long as the wind doesn't blow. 

On P-day we went to Bro. McDonalds and had a jam session and tried to record this song we have. Elder Johnson wrote it and he is a great lyricist. We didn't get it done, but I think we are going again today. 

We have continued to teach a lot! This transfer was the best of my mission so far. Elder Hartman leaves on Thursday and he is going to serve in my last area. Pretty cool! He will love it there. This weekend we are going to Anchorage with the Branch for a temple trip. I am pretty stoked about that! I will get my new companion when I arrive in Anchorage. His name is Elder Duncan and I met him his first day in the mission, but I doubt he remembers because a lot goes on in the first 2 days of the mission. He is like 6' 4 or 5". I will be the shortest out of 4 missionaries here in Whitehorse. New for me... 

I am excited to go to Anchorage, but I am not looking forward to the 13 hour drive... 

I think this transfer will be even better though because I was told Elder Duncan likes to work hard. I will be Senior over him. I get to drive the Silverado now. I am happy to be able to drive again. I hate riding. Anyways though. I am sorry my emails have been kinda lame lately. they will get better. I promise. Hope yall have a great week!

-Elder Bowes

Gettin chilly.....

October 31, 2011

Well I guess my body is acclimatizing to the weather here. I am wearing gym shorts and it is about -4 outside which would mean like 24 or 25 for yall. We are supposed to get 5 to 8 inches of snow tonight and then another 5 to 8 inches tomorrow. Yay me! Its gonna be like 11 on Thursday... Whew. Right now we get about 6 1/2 hours of sunlight. It's amazing.... So amazing that it is hard to wake up in the morning. It's pretty weird how much of a difference the light makes in how much energy you have. 

This past week we had Specialized training over the phone from Juneau with President Beesley. It was so awesome! Elder Calk(former companion) and Elder Fishburn gave training as well. Elder Hartman was sick on Friday morning so that slowed our week down just a little but not bad at all. We are still super busy and time is flying by at an ever increasing rate. Transfers are next Tuesday and I already know Elder Hartman is being transferred I just don't know who I am getting! He is sad to leave but he is ok with it. I will miss him too but life goes on! I have already had 8 companions. Nothing new for me. I am his 4th companion and he has been out for 10 months now. I have only been out for 8 months. They like to pass me around apparently. One of the other Elders here will be transferred as well. 

Whitehorse is so much prettier in the winter. When the snow falls it just makes the place so much better. I don't think my visa will be extended so I will probably be leaving Whitehorse December 20th... New area right before Christmas.... yay! I will have to make friends quick!!! hahaha 

Well I gotta get some more stuff done! I appreciate the emails and updates on life! Keep em comin! I hope yall have an awesome week!


-Elder Taylor Bowes 

Pretty Short...

October 17, 2011

Sorry this is gonna be really really short. 

We have been teaching a ton and it is getting busier and busier. We put Matt and Sam Ng on date for Baptism on the 29th of Octoberand we are so excited for them! It snowed here last week 3 days in a row, but most of it has melted away :). I am doing really well and staying in good enough shape I guess. I have lots of pictures I am sending you. Enjoy!


-Elder Taylor Bowes


October 3, 2011

Hey yall! 

This week has been awesome! We taught lots of lessons this week and not to mention it was General Conference weekend!!! Conference was so awesome and I learned a ton! We started teaching David and Xenia this week. They were a referral that I received while I was in Anchorage. We have been trying to get in touch with them and we finally got to teach them and get to know them! They are so awesome! They have understood everything we have taught them and the questions they have been asking are inspired and the spirit has been present in every lesson! I'm so excited to be able to continue to meet with them and teach them! 

This week is gonna be so awesome! I am so pumped to get to it this week! The snow still hasn't made it all the way down the mountains but it will be here very soon. The sun comes up at about 8 now and it goes down at about 7. The long winter nights are on the way!!! It is also staying around freezing here.... lots of fun.... NOT.

Sorry this email is so short but, I promise I will write more next week! Love yall and hope yall continue to do well!!

-Elder Bowes

Limos, small planes, and snow........

September 26, 2011

Well i'd just like to take this opportunity to thank all of yall for the support that you show me! It is greatly appreciated!

Last Monday we drove to Skagway and I ended up driving to Skagway so I wasn't able to take any pictures though it was very beautiful! When we went through the leaves were starting to turn and by the time we came back through to Whitehorse it was the brightest pretty yellow! It was nice to just enjoy it while driving again! Everyone was asleep and it was a nice time to enjoy the peace and quiet! We got to Skagway at about 5 and thought we only had an hour til the plane left and we were told to eat in Skagway because we wouldn't have time to eat in Juneau because we were gonna have district meeting that night. So we went and tried to find somewhere to eat and we ate Ice cream for supper..... So we ran back to the airport thinking the plane was about to leave. Little did we know we forgot about the time difference between Canada and Alaska. We ended up having an entire 'nother hour. So we decided we would follow our dessert with the main course. When we were leaving the airport to go back and eat there was a man that was there to get a fax or something like that and he heard what was going on with us. He decided he would give us a ride and so we walked out and to our great surprise and satisfaction there was a nice stretch limo waiting for us! We got to take a ride in the limo! :D Skagway is almost like a ghost town now. The last cruise ship came in the other day and now nobody is there and only 1 restaurant is really open now. We finally got the right time and then we left on the plane (which was small!). When we got to Juneau it was rainy. We got picked up and went and had an awesome district meeting. We had to stay in the Sisters' apartment, don't worry they weren't there. They were in Anchorage for a week for some reason or another. I don't remember why. But to President Beesley's knowledge and the Assistants knowledge, we are the first missionaries and I might add THE LAST missionaries to ever stay in a Sisters' apartment. We felt pretty cool hahaha! 

For zone conference we had Elder William Walker of the 70 at ours! He was awesome and the training we received was second to none. I learned so much from him, President Beesley and everyone else. Elder Walker served his mission in Japan 10 years before dad when Japan was all one mission. He served as Mission President in Tokyo, Japan as well! He is a very nice man and whenever there is a new temple announced or a dedication or anything to do with temples he is involved in the process! He helped each and every one of us know how to be better missionaries. After zone conference we all (22 missionaries) went to a place called Booyah Grill. There they have these 2 food challenges. One is a ginormous burger called 'The Oinker'. It has 4 1/2 pound patties with 4 buns, the works and a ton of fries. Elder Dean tried that and almost finished it in an hour. The other challenge is a Burrito. I can't remember the name of it but when I saw it, it looked like a baby wrapped in a burrito. It was massive! Elders' Williams, Haueter, and Worwood decided to try it and only Elder Williams finished, which was very impressive, considering only 5 people have ever finished it. We went back had interviews and then went and did nothing for the rest of the night really. We were able to be around lots of missionaries which I love because it is sooooo much fun! We didn't get to sleep til way late because somebody had taken our keys to get in the apartment so we had to wait for an hour or more. It sucked because we were all dead tired because we were used to a different time zone. Finally we got to sleep. We had to wake up early the next morning to leave for the airport and head back to Whitehorse.

President Beesley took us to the airport and we had a good talk with him. He is pretty funny and laid back to a certain point. It's so nice! We flew back to Skagway and I got to sit co-pilot!! It was really cool to just look out the front of the plane and enjoy the nice views. It was about a 30 to 45 minute flight. I was hoping to see some whales down in the water but none were there. I drove back to Whitehorse and the leaves were just beautiful! We had a great rest of the week and got to help build a shed. We were on exchanges Saturday and it was nice to be with another missionary for a little bit and get a better perspective on ways to do missionary work. We worked hard and got some stuff out and gained some potentials. I had to speak on forgiveness yesterday in church. It was a short talk so I was happy with that! Everyone said it was good but, I think I could've done better. But anyways, We got transfer calls this week and Elder Hartman and I are staying together for 1 more transfer in Whitehorse. I was very surprised when he said we were staying because President Beesley told me before I left that I would only have 1 transfer with Elder Hartman so I was expecting a new companion the whole transfer but, I guess things can change! 

I pray for yall all the time and I hope yall are doing well! Keep in touch!

Elder Taylor Bowes