A scary companionship!

February 22, 2016

Well hello there all my cherished and loved family and friends! How art thou all? Is life treating you all well? It has been interesting out here as always! It is really cool being in a city with such crazy history! Always new things to see and learn! Now for the weekly rundown!



We studied and went to the church for district meeting. I watched the Restoration in Serbian cuz I want to learn these languages XD We then went and got some Burek for lunch which is always very good and nice 😀 We then had a pretty average district meeting as I taught about clitics 😀 We then had a lesson with Denis (Whom we contacted into the week before) and taught him the restoration, then he accepted a baptismal date for March 19! So we will see if it works out! We then taught english and had a TON of people there….it was crazy, we made some Korean beef for dinner 😀



We went to the church and planned english class for the transfer, then came to the apartment for lunch. We contacted and eventually went to the office for a lesson with Denis and Alda, we talked about prayer, then afterwords Denis stayed for the Self reliance class while Alda waited in the hall, we came back the the apartment and made cinnamon rolls! We went contacted and forgot about the rising dough…..we came back 3 hours later to a giant mound of dough all over our table O.o 

such a baker!



We did some studying up on other religions so we could talk to people about them, then met with Denis and taught the word of wisdom, which he openly accepted! We came back and made boiled eggs for lunch, we contacted, then made sweet and sour chicken for dinner! Yum 🙂 We had a really good english class and thats mainly it! 



We went contacting for a bit, then came back for ramen lunch 😀 After lunch we did weekly planning which was just great and long as always! We made some Palačinke for dinner then Elder Swink broke the phone XD So we had to meet up with the sisters to use theirs to fix ours XD fun times! We had a lesson with Alda and it went well! Just a regular Cafič lesson. We came back and talked about scary things and scary movies for hours, cuz we are both obsessed XD 



We cleaned up the apartment for a check, then had a lesson with Denis, we watched the Restoration and it went well! We came back and made some garlic noodles, then went out more! That is mainly it! We quoted spongebob for hours and it was GREAT.



We planned our lesson for church, went to church, had church, and yeah! Not much out the normal happened at church actually, but yeah! We came back and Elder Swink felt sick and slept a while. We went out with no main success, but we came back and had teriyaki beef with fries 😀 

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Tunel Spasa (Tunnel of Hope)


That is mainly it for this week! It was a fun time and I am excited for the great week that we are going to have! we are just going to convert all of the city! haha but yeah it is good! Shoutout to my brother who turned 15 this week! Whoo Baby! that is mainly it! thank you all for everything! I love you all so much and you all mean the world to me! I am so grateful for all that you all do! 

Volim Vas! 

S Ljubavlju,

Starješina Bowles 😀


I am still Parker


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Elder Bowles and Elder Swink overlooking the city

Hello everyone! First I will start with a short serbo-croatian lesson! So with verbs you have to conjugate them based on who you are talking about! The most common I see is Volim te 🙂 So the verb itself (To love) Is Voljeti. So to say ´I love you´ you would say ´volim te´. to say ´we love you´you would say ´volimo te´. yeah 🙂 now you can all speak balkaneze!

Anyway…this week!
Absolutely crazy day! We began by hurrying to the church so Elder Sheesley could email a bit. Then we went to get him deregistered. Fun….we ended up at the senior couples house and got the car, we drove back to the apartment. We went out to lunch and got some nice normal burek. Good as always. then to Bašćaršija, to buy some souvenirs. I bought a prayer rug 🙂 We went back to the apartment and burnt stuff for my month mark, then drove to the airport! We ended up getting a delayed flight and were there for hours….. finally I said goodbye to Elder Sheesley, picked up Elder Larson and I DROVE THE CAR BACK. We got back to town, got some Kebab, emailed a bit, shopped, then to the apartment for a nice night!
We got up and made some palaćinke for breakfast, yum 🙂 we then went and got everything in the car and headed off! (I was driving) we met Emir (The church lawyer) to grab some stuff, then we began the long journey! I drove us for 3 hours up to Tuzla. Beautiful Bosnian country! Once in Tuzla we dropped off Elder Larson, I picked up Elder Porter and we were off again! I was driving another 3 and a half hours to Banja Luka, it was so pretty! Eventually we made it there, and all went to get Burek for a late lunch. We said some goodbyes and I picked up Elder Swink 🙂 Then I drove for another 4 and a half hours back down to Sarajevo. Yes, I drove a car for 11 hours in one day, in europe. It was so great!
We drove the car out to the senior couple. Then trammed back to our apartment. We went to the bosnian kitchen for some lunch. We spent lunch at the church doing stuff. We went to buy some food for Elder Swink, then to the apartment to transfer plan! It was good! We went out contacting and found some cool people!
We planned for district meeting. Had district meeting. Then went out contacting, we found some cool people that were really interested! We went back and had some Korean Beef for dinner, I like cooking 🙂 then made mormon.orgprofiles in Bosnian! Fun!
We contacted like all day long O.o so much contacting. we found some cool people though! For dinner we came back and I made some homemade fried chicken. I figured out how 🙂 We contacted more then! Thats about it!
We went to the church to clean, it went about normal. Then we got a call from some people that we contacted. They wanted to meet up! It was great! So we went out to a place to meet them and they decided to go to a caffe for the lesson. Once there we were talking for about two hours. It is a couple, and she is………kind of crazy. (There are a lot of crazy people here) But he was super awesome! It was a good lesson!
We contacted the rest of the day! 
We went to set up the church and have some meetings, always good and simple. We then had our regular church meetings, nothing too big, just us and 2 members really. We went and did some numbers, had some egg sandwiches, then contacted a while! For dinner we listened to music and had sausage sandwiches (We were pretty much out of food…) and it was just a good night! 
We got up and did some studying, then decided to go out on an adventure! So I went and got a haircut, then we went through the pouring rain to a couple fortresses and overlooks, it was so cool! Pictures coming your way later 😀
It is so amazing out here! I cant believe how much I have come to learn! I am still Parker, but I am different, hard to explain. I just cant believe how much the mission has changed my life, and I know that it is the gospel that I am so into. I know it can change all of your lives to. Stay strong back at home! Good luck with everything! Volim Vas!
S Ljubavlju,
Elder Bowles 😀
I dont remember if I told you all, but I wanted to say that the investigator I had in Zagreb, Luka, Got baptized a week ago 🙂 I was sad I wasnt able to be there for the last lesson and baptism. But I am so glad I was able to be there for almost the whole process with such an amazing member. He is going to do great things in the Zagreb branch. But he was baptized and I am so happy for him 😀 That is just some happy news from a past investigator 😀

6 month milestone!!


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customary burning of the tie!
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Hello there everyone! How are all my favorite people doing? I hope that it has been an amazing week! I am very excited to here from you all more! Here will be another overview like every week! 

We went contacting but didnt really find anyone. We went somewhere called Chipas for lunch, which was a nice chicken and fries place! Super good and they covered it with tons of sauce! Great time! We had our district meeting, the sister training leaders joined us from Banja Luka. So it was good to be with a big group again! After the meeting we had a lesson with Milomir. He pretty much just kept talking….for an hour and a half….
We taught english, but it was just Armin, so we just taught him a bunch of random words. We went back and made tacos!
We went and got some stuff from Baščaršija (Old town) and then went to the church to skype the zone leaders, to teach the plan of salvation. It was good!! We went finding with no luck…we then watched the Young Single Adult Devo in Bosnian with a member who wanted to see it. We made some Curry chicken then went to teach someone named Irvin. He is baš muslim. So we taught the word of wisdom and he accepted! 
We woke up to snow….I hate snow. We went to the BBI center to meet someone and buy some Qurans, yes, dont judge. Then went to find out transfers! Elder Sheesley will be in Sremska Mitrovica with Elder Taylor!!! I will be here in Sarajevo with Elder Swink! He was the Elder that took me contacting on my very first day in the field! We had some Intestinal Burek for lunch. Yes, made with Intestines. We had another lesson with Milomir, it went the same as the last…. We had english combined and just played games with them. Afterwords we just talked with some of the students and the sisters!
My 6 month mark! Absolutely crazy! We had our normal studies, then met Irvin in the park. We got permission and went with him to a Mosque meeting. It was sooo insane! Islam is very different than I had thought. But I now know what they do in there! (Secrets ;D) We had ćevap for lunch, so good!!! We then went and taught someone at a caffe named Hazim. He is super awesome! We taught the plan of salvation, and he absolutely loved it! 
We went and cleaned the church. then we had to leave, so we went to Hem, the bosnian kitchen. I got some good goulash. Elder Sheesley felt sick, so we went to the apartment and he slept a while. We went back to the church to plan, and ran into this guy outside. He wanted to know about the church! So we talked with him and gave him a tour! He loved it! The reast of the night we were in the apartment with Elder Sheesley sick….
We went to church, Elder Sheesley got a balloon scavenger hunt for his birthday from the Sisters. It was great! We had a meeting and then church! The guy from the day before came! His name is Miro. For priesthood meeting, he was the only person, so we just taught him! It was great! The rest of the day we were in the apartment with Elder Sheesley sick. We just bonded and talked a lot XD
That is it for this week! I get to drive all over Bosnia tomorrow so I will see a lot! It will be really exciting! I hope you are all staying safe and having an amazing time at home! I love you all! You mean the world to me! Stay strong out there!
Elder Bowles

Moving on to Sarajevo!


view of Sarajevo
So this has easily been the absolute craziest week of my entire life….I did not expect anything that happened…So I will explain…

We had a regular morning, did some shopping and emailing, then went out to lunch with the APs to Nokturno. It was quite good! I got Ćevapi as normal. We all went to foodness and I got some Dr. Pepper and Flamin hot cheetos. Yum 🙂 We emailed a bit more then done with P-day stuff. After P-day we went out to the church and taught a lesson to Luka. It was Word of Wisdom. He accepted it completely and said he would throw away his cigarettes right there! It was a miracle! We went back home and thats about it!
The craziness begins….We had our regular studies as normal. Then at about 9:45 we got a call from President Grant. He talked with Elder Frandsen for a minute then told him to put the phone on speaker. Once on speaker he asked if I was listening, then he broke the news….He said within 48 hours I would be down in Sarajevo for an emergency transfer O.o He told me to get to the office fast and talk to Elder Halling. So we did and he gave me a bunch of papers to go deregister at the MUP. We spent a bit at the mup and then had district meeting, where everyone else found out that I was leaving. Sad moment a bit. We all went to Karaka for lunch. Afterwords we had english class which went well, then out to the Amelios one last time. We had a good lesson, but it was super sad to leave them for the last time…
MY LAST DAY IN ZAGREB. We had studies and did an apartment check. We went out and did a bit of last minute souvenir getting, I got a scarf and jersey. We went to lunch at Submarine BBQ and I got to listen to MUSE while I ate my burger 🙂 needless to say, I was happy. Then we went to Cookie Factory with Kristijan for the last time. It was super good to hang out one last time. We had to go do a car exchange at the mission home and then out to the church for a lesson with Luka. Law of Chastity! It went super super well and we said our last goodbyes! We then drove clear out to the airport and picked up Elder Graham. He is a New Zealander who is Elder Frandsens new companion. We spent the rest of the night packing up!
We hurried and finished packing/getting ready. Then drove out to give the APs a phone. We went back to the apartment and made some breakfast burritos. Then out to bring my bags to the office. We walked through the city one last time so I could see everything again. Then the three of us drove out to the airport. We waited a bit, but once it was close, I went through security, and was ALONE. I waited a while alone, then boarded the plane, and flew down to Sarajevo… ALONE. It was the weirdest feeling, plus flying!!! Šta?? We got to the airport and I greeted my new companion….ELDER SHEESLEY. Thats right! We´re back!!! We came back to the apartment, unpacked, then taught english. We spent the rest of the night unpacking. I LOVE THIS CITY.
We spent the whole morning out at the MUP getting me legal to live here. Then we went and ate some real Bosnian Ćevapi. IT WAS HEAVENLY. We went and had to do a Visa medical check and I had to have blood drawn…I dont like it!! We did our weekly planning, then went tracting! I still dont like that so much. But this city is so cool!
Islamic Graveyard
We did studies, then had to go clean the car and get it out to the senior couple. So that was a fun time. We went to lunch at this Bosnian home kitchen. It was super good! Man, food here is amazing and delicious. We contacted for a while. Then went to clean the church. It is a lot smaller than what I am used to. We then went and taught a lesson to someone named Alma. She owns a chess club, and we taught the plan of salvation. Went well!
We did a little studies then off to church! We had a meeting in the morning with the Branch President. He is from Kaysville Utah, and he is living here in the embassy. We then had church. A total of 9 members…whoo! So different than Utah. I had to give a talk and translate for myself. So I just gave two of the same talk, in two languages! Church is only two hours long. Afterwords President Grant brought over the rest of my luggage, that I left in Zagreb to fly, and we went home. We made hamburgers for lunch, then contacted till dinner. Well…we mainly contacted the rest of the night. 
IM WITH ELDER SHEESLEY AGAIN….but just for the next week, next transfer I do get a new companion…but this week will be great! 
view from the apartment, quite different from the last one!
A bit about Sarajevo:
Muslims everywhere….they have mosques here like they have lds churches in Utah. Every corner in the whole city. They do this thing called the call to prayer, where they sing in Arabic over loud speakers to the whole city, signaling that it is prayer time. It is super cool sounding. The city is still SUPER war torn, buildings just lined with bullet holes, it is cool!
I love it here! This is more what I expected this mission to be like actually. And now I am speaking a different language again….great.
The city townhall, used to be the archives until it was completely destroyed.
I love you all! Thank you all for everything! You all mean the world to me!
Elder Bowles