Monday, March 19, 2012

It's a party!!

I am so sorry for not emailin' yall last week. It was pretty crazy last week. I'll try to remember as much as I can from 2 weeks ago.
Well Saturday 2 weeks ago we got our transfer calls and Elder Shumway got transferred to Anchorage and I am staying in Bethel!! I was so happy! I am now serving with Elder Merrill who I begged to serve with. We have been havin' so much fun and gettin' a lot of work done here in Bethel. He is from Blackfoot, Idaho. He is a really good missionary. We get along really really well. I am very very excited for this transfer! I have a feelin' it's gonna go really fast though. :(
Monday Elder Shumway packed all day and then we had a lesson with Jesslyn and Millie. It was a good lesson about Keeping the Sabbath day holy. It's so important to keep it holy. It's a day meant for rest with your family and for you to reflect on what Christ has done for you and everybody else.
Tuesday mornin' I dropped Elder Shumway off at the airport and then went back to the church and cleaned out our room and bathroom and then went and hung out with Brother Helgesen the rest of the day until Elder Merrill came in that night. I had a really good time with Brother Helgesen, he is very funny. lol I went and picked up Elder Merrill and brought him back and then we caught each other up on whats been happenin' on our missions.
The rest of the week we have been goin' around and lettin' him meet everybody.
Thursday we played basketball with the kids around the church and on the very last play of the night, Elder Merrill gets a high ankle sprain.... Not fun for him. I've been the doctor for the past couple of days. His ankle is doing really good though now. Hopefully he will be back to normal soon.
Friday and Saturday we did a lot of service at Sammy's Market. We must've helped unload at least 15 pallets of stuff for the store. In return he lets us have free drinks and food too. He even told us to go to a restaurant and order "whatever excited us". He is a really nice guy and really appreciates our help. We end up doing a lot of service for others out here in Bethel. I love it though, there's nothin' like servin' others and puttin' a smile on their face! :) It even says in the scriptures, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your god". Saturday we had to take the truck to the shop. It is still in the shop.... We have been walkin' around the past couple of days. We won't have it back til Tuesday.
Sunday was pretty good. Jesslyn came to church and is getting baptized tomorrow! We are so excited for her! Seeing others so happy when they accept the gospel makes all the bad memories of your mission go away.
Sorry for the not so long email. I love yall and hope yall are doin' well!
-Elder Taylor Bowes

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Hey yall. This one is probably gonna be short this week. I'm exhausted and don't have much drive to write a long email. lol

This week was pretty good, full of service. 

On Monday we played basketball with the neighborhood kids because they didn't have school this week. We played 3 1/2 hours straight. It was great exercise. Afterwards we went and helped the Tavita's clean out a house for them to live in. The place was disgusting. A hoarder lived there and then moved out and the place sat for 6 months. If you were to see a before and after photo of the house, you would not believe it was the same place. Then we went and ate and then had to go pull someone out of a ditch and in the process got stuck ourselves. Someone else was there so they pulled us out and then we pulled the other person out and left. Then we went and taught Jesslyn and Millie at the church and had a really good lesson with them. 

Tuesday we went to the Helgesen's and helped out a little there and then we read with Edward and some of the Helgesen's kids. Later that night we went and helped clean out the house some more. 

Wednesday we went to the Library cleaned some shelves and put things back on the shelves. We read with Edward and then once again helped clean out that house. By then it was actually starting to look like a house. Then we went to the Chavez's and ate supper and then went and taught Paul and Stacy again. It was a great lesson that Elder Shumway prepared. He is gonna be a great missionary.

Thursday was a really good day. We went and played Bingo and Moses won this time! We read with Edward again and then we went and saw the Martins. Brother Martins just had surgery on his knee and is on bed rest basically. He is gettin tired of it though, understandably. They are a fun family. Always a fun time at their place. We went and ate at Brother Irvine's again and he made fried chicken. We played cards with him for just a little bit and then we went and stacked some wood for Sister McMillin. We played basketball for an hour and then everybody had to leave because someone had a meeting that we didn't know about and it was too loud for them to have a meeting and us play at the same time. So I just went to bed early. 

Friday we let the neighborhood kids come back and play basketball since they only got a short bit in. It was fun and they had a good time. Afterwards we went and helped Ben do the final cleanup on the house before they moved in. 

Saturday we went and helped Ben and his family move all their stuff into the house we cleaned all week. They were very appreciative of all the help we gave them. We went and read with the Atkinson's that night and had a good time with them. 

Sunday was a really good day. The Atkinson's came to church and so did the Tavita's! Ben got up during the meeting and thanked everyone for all the help they have received since being here. They are getting settled in now. They all loved church and it was really good. Edward got up and bore his testimony. Probably the best testimony I have ever heard. He compared the Lion King to the gospel. It was the bomb! I wish I could have recorded it! I'll have to let you know what it was exactly next week. 

I hope yall have a great week and that you stay safe! 


-Elder Bowes