Hustle and Bustle of Christmas!

 

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delivering Christmas gifts!

This week has been an absolutely insane week! I feel like I have done a ton, but not really anything at the same time! I feel like it has been a super super long P-day, and today just adds! It is crazy how fast time is going, It really doesn’t ever stop or slow down, just keeps plowing through! This transfer is already almost halfway over! What?? Craziness!!

Monday:
I already described most of it…But at night we were given permission to stay with the Serbian Zone for dinner. I got to catch up with Elder Taylor again! First I haven really seen him since we were together in the MTC! It was good to catch up! We then just helped clean the office and went back to our apartment.
Tuesday:
We began with Studies as always, then we headed to the office to plan our English class. We then went out to get Burek for lunch. They were out of Meat so I had to have apple…sadness. We then went to Mueller and Foodness to get some stuff to make desserts for Christmas. We then actually talked to some people! It was good! I still can’t understand anything though….We trammed out to the church and had a strange meeting to discuss christmas…just didn’t work out well. But I got some new music from some of my favorite people, so I was pretty happy to listen to that at night πŸ˜€
Wednesday:
Zone Conference! (For me). We got up early and went to the office. We had to go buy some office supplies for the AP’s. Then on our way to get Kebab for lunch we ran into a bunch of missionaries! It was great! Half my MTC district was there! πŸ˜€ We came and played a zone Jeopardy game and I won! We then went caroling and explored the city a bit. I mainly just showed people around cuz I know this city fairly well already πŸ˜‰ We went back to the office and had sloppy joes. We got to the mission home and wore REGULAR CLOTHES, I like those a lot. We had a talent show and I played ‘One Mans Dream’ surprised I still remembered it O.o
Thursday (Christmas Eve):
So today was crazy! I ended up waking up in the mission home at 6 and saw a bunch of Elders going to the Sauna. I decided to join them, I learned, that I hate Saunas. I can’t breath and it is hot and you are so sweaty, I don’t see why people enjoy that!! O.o We went upstairs and me and Elder Frandsen helped cook french toast for breakfast. We had some training on the Plan of Salvation, then we had wild rice soup…yummmm. Then we had to drive some elders to the bus station. So me and Elder Harris went out to drop some people off. We accidentally opened the trunk on the freeway O.o So I had to go back and fix it XD Afterwords we went back to our apartment to make Eclair cake. We got the pudding, then found out we needed more crackers. So we bought those. While making the Chocolate, Elder Frandsen accidentally told me to put in 3 cups of sweet cream instead of half a cup…..So we had to start over and buy more chocolate…only one place was open though O.o Eventually it all worked out and we were able to make the chocolate!Β 
We went to the office (in regular clothes) and went out with our district to deliver some anonymous gifts to some struggling members. Our whole district went and it was just fun to do that for a couple hours! We came back and tried going to like 20 restaurants….all closed. We ended up at Rocket Burger…I got a big burger and Hot wings. Yeah, Im fat πŸ˜€ We went and picked up Rachel (President Grants daughter) and all of us went to midnight mass at the giant cathedral! It was such a different experience. That was mainly just pretty long and just definitely an experience to remember. We ended up getting back to sleep about 3 AM O.o
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eclair cake made the right way!
Friday:
CHRISTMAS!! We slept in a bit and got up at 7:30 and headed very quickly to the church. We all had a district breakfast. It was pretty much Cold waffles and meaty hashbrowns… XD none of us are very great cooks XD Then we had to help host an Orthodox mass at our church. It was so bizarre O.o It was like a croatian opera O.o we ended up leaving a bit early and running to the Hallings house. Once we got there I called my family on the phone first thing. And SKYPE was up!!! I was so insanely excited πŸ˜€ I had a wonderful conversation with my family, it was probably the shortest hour of my entire life….But I hope you all saw the short video I made to you guys, if not just ask my family πŸ˜€ I loved it so much! πŸ˜€ We then went out to the Grants house and had a nice Ham dinner πŸ˜€ Elder Harris and I went out and played Tennis for a bit. Then we all went in (Dead tired) and watched meet the mormons. We all discussed our future after the mission a bit. Then went back home and slept… πŸ˜€
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Cathedral after midnight mass
Saturday:
We got permission to sleep in until 9. So of course we did. We went out to the office then to McDonalds for lunch. We went back to the appartment and did our weekly planning. It was pretty fun! We then went out to our Luka meeting at the church. I understood and spoke Croatian! It was great!! πŸ˜€ We had a short district meeting, then came back to Centar for Chinese food. We had food then did some administrative stuff down in the office. And ended with Sleep:D
Sunday:
We went to church and it went well. We even had an investigator come through! it was great! I couldn’t really stay awake…so tired….We rode back with the AP’s and did some church numbers. We took a lunch break and then went out contacting a bit. It was good! We rode out and had a lesson out with the Amelios, it went super well and they even bought us pizza, Am I a sinner for eating it? πŸ˜‰ Β 
Thats about it for this week! It was a pretty amazing week! I want to say that I love you all and you all mean the world to me! Stay strong and always remember what you can do and how amazing you all are! Love you all!
Volim Vas!
S Ljubavlju,
Elder Bowles πŸ˜€

The Best Christmas Market!

Sretani Blagodani!

This week has been quite the adventure! But to start, If you guys haven’t hear, Zagreb is the Best Christmas Market for 2016! Whoo! I live in the best City! Yeah! But anyway, it has been crazy with transfers and everything going on, so let me give a brief overview of this exciting week.
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Parker at the National Theater
Ponedjeljak:
My last day with Elder Sheesley. We went Caroling for our last night, and thanks to Jessie (:D) We listened to Interstellar the rest of the night and just talked about the transfer
Utorak:
Absolutely crazy day! We began by driving out to Ikea to meet some other missionaries. They didn’t end up showing up….So Elder Sheesley stayed back with Elder Deleeuw as Me, Elders Frandsen, Hillock, Porter, and Osborne rode back to the town. Once here we dropped off Elders Osborne and Porter and headed for the church! 45 minute trip! Once there we picked up Elder Rice and headed back into town again! I was then the only one of us that knew anything about getting around Zagreb… So I took them to lunch at Pingvin (penguin). A sandwich place that is super good! And we went out contacting for a couple hours! I was with Elder Hillock, so it was weird contacting with someone from my MTC group. But it went well. After a long day. We ended with Δ†evapi and headed back out to the church. We dropped off Elder Rice and picked up Elder Winfield. Where me, Elders Frandsen, Hillock, and Winfield all stayed in our apartment for the night.Β 
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Transfer day
Srijeda:
We got up nice and early and hopped on trams to the Bus station! Once we finally got there we dropped Elders Winfield and Hillock off and finally I was just with my Companion. We went back to the apartment and did our transfer planning and goals. It was good! We then went to Centar and got some Ice Cream with Kristijan again. It is always a good time! We went and got Kebab for lunch. Elder Frandsens first Kebab! what?! We went to the MUP and then had some problems for the rest of the day….they just didn’t want us to stay! Grrrr. Then listened to more interstellar πŸ˜€
Četvrtak:
We had studies. Then our district meeting. Followed by a wondrous trip to our friendly neighborhood McDonalds. Yum! We went back to the apartment to do some studies still and I ended up dead asleep for an hour I was so exhausted….We went out singing again and it went pretty well! We got to talk to quite a few people it was nice!
Petak:
We went to the MUP first thing in the morning. I am legal to live here now! Whoo!!! We went out to get lunch at good food. I got a Chicken Teriyaki burger. Then we went and got Karamel Waffles. And I tried a blue Fanta!!! It was like a flower flavor….so bizarre… Elder Frandsen ended up getting pretty sick and we just were in our apartment for hours. Finally we ended up going out to a lesson with the Amelios. But it was just pretty average for the most part.
Srijeda:
We went to the Church early to clean with Igor. It was good and got done pretty fast. So we went to the local Konzum to get some food for lunch. I just had a Japanese apple (if these are in America you NEED to find them and taste it!) but then we set up Christmas decorations in the church. We had our weekly meeting with Luka and headed back here. We tried Caroling but it just wasn’t working out so we went and did our studies.Β 
Nedjelja:
Had Church and I had to bless the sacrament…always scary in Croatian…. But it went well! After Church we took a tram back to the apartment and had some Alfredo. My first try at cooking homemade Alfredo, so I think it went fairly well for the try! We went to the office and did our church numbers then contacted forever! We ended with singing and it just went well!
Danas:
We got up nice and early as always and did our studies. We went out and got our shopping done and I think I am good on food for like 3 weeks now….yeah! We went and picked up some cards for the office then lunch at Rocket Burger! American food! We then had the experience of going to the Museum of Torture. Oh man it was creepy….. I loved it πŸ˜€ Really dark and disturbing, creepy ambient music playing, all these torture devices everywhere just to read about…It was great! πŸ˜€
This transfer looks exciting and I am looking forward to it! Elder Frandsen doesn’t talk nearly as much as Elder Sheesley. So it is weird to get used to the silence that comes over us a ton…But I must break the silence! I have talked to a ton more Croatians this week and am slightly understanding better (or I pretend I can). It is good and I am looking forward to it!
Bok Bok!
S Ljubavlju,
Elder Bowles πŸ˜€

1st Transfer

It has been quite an eventful week! The last week with Elder Sheesley! Today is actually my last day with him! So next week when I email I will have a new companion! Quite crazy but it will all be good! I will describe more about that a little later. Now for a weekly overview!Β 

Monday:Β 
So after Emailing we went to foodness, the american food store πŸ˜€ and I got some Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew voltage. My favorites πŸ˜€ We then went and sent off a package from Elder Sheesley home. We came back and had a lesson with a former investigator, but we found out that he is a Schizophrenic…which was super sad because he was super sad about it and he was normal, just heard things. I really wanted to help, it was sad 😦 Β We then had to help out the AP’s and get some food for them and we ended up late getting home! Sinners!
Tuesday:
I made it to December! Whoo! I accidentally messed up the alarm and it didn’t go off….so we didn’t get up till 7:30! Nooooo!! but we hurried and got studying as fast as possible. We then headed out to get Kebab for lunch and oh man is it good! I love me some Kebab πŸ˜€ we then went over to the MUP ( police station) to finish up my Visa stuff. All is well and now I am legal to live here! whoo! We then had a pretty average english class. But when we were heading back to the apartment (christmas is crazy out here O.o) there were bands playing everywhere! I even got to listen to a very good band play ‘Rock n Roll’ by Led Zeppelin while we waited for the tram πŸ˜€ My air guitar skills are divine πŸ˜‰
Wednesday:
We hurried to the office for our district meeting in which we had Elder Mangeris and Dyer conducting. It was really good and we had a lesson on the Atonement and how we can be better missionaries because of it πŸ˜€ We then went to Nokturno and I got me some Δ‡evapi. Yum! Then we had the chance to go on my first exchange for the day! I ended up going around Contacting with Elder RaičeviΔ‡. He is a mini missionary from Beograd. So he is a serbian!! I learned quite a bit and could only really talk to him in Croatian. Whoo! We went contacting and he was a powerhouse it was great! We went back to the apartment and had homemade Alfredo πŸ˜€ Fun to make now that I know how! And we went on splits again! Elder Mangeris and I went out to the Amelio family to teach. It was just a bazaar lesson…..no idea what was happening…
Thursday:
Transfer announcement day! We hurried to the office first thing to see who would be going where and what was happening! We opened it up and first saw that Elder Sheesley is going down to Sarajevo for Christmas! While I will be staying here in Zagreb for another 2 months πŸ˜€ I will be paired up with Elder Frandsen! He has been out one transfer longer than me and has been up in VaraΕΎdin since he got here. So this will be a great time! I am excited! We all then went out to Karaka, Which I will get pictures of next time I go! I got a Chimichanga and man was it good πŸ˜€ Then we went to the Mup for Elder Sheesley to get all his stuff and we were there most of the day. We didn’t have english but we ended up going up to the mission home for a christmas party! Super good food and music, I felt very sophistamicated πŸ˜€Β 
Friday:
We went to have a meeting with president about numbers and were there for 4 hours…whoooooo…. I hate numbers XD we ended up at McDonalds for lunch again and it was pretty good! I got a Roadhouse burger πŸ˜€ we went back and did weekly planning and made Cinnamon rolls πŸ˜€ I can kind of cook more! Good time!
Saturday:
We went out to the church for our meeting with Luka. We ended up waiting outside for an hour because we can’t be alone in the church with the Sisters…We had a BeeGees dance party πŸ˜‰ We went to eat Shark, because why not? but the place was closed…so we just went to get Falafel again. We came and did some stuff at the office until our lesson with Marko. A former investigator whom we have picked back up. He just wants to receive revelation but doesn’t know how and won’t do anything we ask! Bleh! We then headed out to our lesson with the Amelios and it went pretty well! They made us Banana bread πŸ˜€
Sunday:
We had regular church….but afterwords we went over to the Hallings house for our fast sunday dinner! We ended up having Haystacks and man it was great! I wanted more but I was too full! Rice and meat and stuffs….yum πŸ˜€ we came back to the office for a minute and then we were able to go out Caroling! I can sing in front of people on the street, just not talk! But it was really fun and we ended up with quite a crowd! It was really cool!
Thats about it for this week! Soon I will have a new companion and pictures will come and all will be well and great! It has been great being with Elder Sheesley and I am excited to get out and do more with a new person! It will be super great! I love you all! You all mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be able to do this without you πŸ˜€ Thank you so so so so much!Β 
Stay amazing everyone! I will be on again later today! (in the morning for most of you) So If you want me to respond to emails then hurry and email them as soon as you can! I will get back to you today!Β 
Volim Vas sa svim mom srcom!
S Ljubavlju,
Elder Parker Bowles πŸ˜€

Croatian Thanksgiving!

 

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Gearing up for winter!!! Contacting in the cold!!!Β 

Bok Bok Svima!

This week was not a very eventful week, but that is different because it is always crazy out here XD So I will do a runthrough of my week as always because why not??
Monday:
After Emailing we all went as a district (plus others) to Rocket Burger! (Pictures I sent last week). And then we all went to the Museum of illusions! Which is just an entire museum about different illusions and eye tricks. It was so confusing and crazy O.o But it was really cool! We then went out to teach the Amelios and we had dinner and brownies and it was a pretty good night!
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This is a creepy painting from the museum of illusions!
Tuesday:
We had our regular district meeting and all went well. President Grant joined us and freaked Elder Sheesley out XD Then we had Elder Mangeris with us for the afternoon. So we decided to go back to Karaka (Underground pirate mexican food) and then contacting for a little while! Never really found anyone though….We got back and had english class but not much happened in there. Afterwords me and Elder Sheesley went to the apartment and read all the cheesy jokes I got in the MTC and laughed for a good while XD
Wednesday:
Contacted on the street for a while, nothing really came out of it…Nothing really happened. Except we saw Joe Biden twice as he was driving down the streets and there were cops EVERYWHERE!
Thursday:
Thanksgiving! We started off coming to the office with Elders Peterson and RaičeviΔ‡ and we peeled sooo many potatoes! It was crazy! Then we drove up to the mission home and got changed into regular human clothes! We went out and played tennis in the backyard for a while and I killed everyone at it πŸ˜‰ I was pretty proud of myself πŸ˜‰ But then we played some Volleyball which really bruised up my arm…haven’t done that in a while…. But we had a regular thanksgiving dinner there at the mission home. But everything completely from scratch! Stuffing, Turkey, Potatoes, Gravy, we even had Spinach Artichoke dip πŸ˜‰ After that we had a short devo and then we had to hurry and change and run to English class! Once in class we had our Croatian thanksgiving! They brought pies and cakes and breads for that and it was pretty good!
Friday:
I finally got my Christmas packages from my parents! It was exciting!! too bad i have to wait forever now…. We contacted for a little while but didn’t really find anyone. Then we had an apartment check by the Senior couple to see if it was clean enough, We passed!
Saturday:
We rode the tram out to the church, just for Luka to cancel the meeting….2 hours wasted!! bleh! But we came back and went to a fry place for lunch which wasn’t very good. We decided then to go try a ‘Delicacy’ Β with mashed Chestnuts. To be honest, I don’t think I have ever tasted something so disgusting in my entire life….I needed to throw up for like an hour and i felt sick for like 2 days….it sucked. We did weekly planning and then tried contacting, but the christmas lights are on now and there are SO MANY PEOPLE!! it is crazy!
Sunday:
Average day…didn’t do much….we had church and had an old investigator come whom I have never met before. But Hopefully we can start teaching him again soon! But Elder Sheesley had a bunch of Computer stuff he needed to do so I sat and played on the keyboard for a while! I learned Keyboard Cat, Jump, Final Countdown, Hall of the mountain king, Halloween theme, and the Haunted Mansion πŸ˜€ I felt pretty accomplished, what else should I learn? πŸ˜‰Β 
Transfers are announced this thursday and then next week who knows where I will be! I will tell you all next week when I can! Love you all! thank you all for the support and love you all show me! I couldn’t do this without all of you!Β 
Volim Vas!!!
S ljubavlju,
Elder Bowles πŸ˜€