Cold water and white clothes

 

IMG_2265Dobar Dan Svima!

It is a wonderful, hot, exciting week down here on the sunny shore of Zadar! We had a pretty good week down here and it was just pretty great and exciting all around! It is so weird that May is nearing its end and that the transfer is almost over! I feel like I just got here! It is pretty weird, but I guess all things must come to an end! I will now give an overview of the week! I forgot my journal so I will try to do the best I can!
Tuesday:
We did our studies in the morning, then headed out contacting for a little bit. Sadly no success, we had lunch at McDonalds then went out on splits for a couple hours. Me and Elder Bolan went around the city for 4 hours….Nothing….we all finally met back up at the church and we went back to have dinner. That is mainly it for this day…
Wednesday:
We came and made agendas for district meeting, we just got snacks from the grocery store for lunch, then we had a nice meeting for a couple hours. We learned about Joseph Smith which is always a good lesson! We mixed our dinner and lunch hours and just relaxed, then we had English class, always good and well…kinda boring. They just don’t get it haha. They bought us ice cream though! Too bad I don’t like ice cream…..
Thursday:
We spent most of the day contacting. We taught an english class but it was nothing too special in general. We had dinner and that is about it XD
Friday:
We did our weekly planning in the morning, and as always, we made cinnamon rolls. They didn’t work too well, and they were purple. Yeah…don’t ask….We went to the church and taught a lesson to Mladan, but nothing too crazy with it. Then the Devers came to the church and we all set up the baptismal font, which is actually just a pool XD Great time! 
Saturday:
We got some errands done in the morning, then went to McDonalds with Elders Mangeris and Bolan (They were on exchange) We brought Božo with us and then met Elders Matthews and Pantelakis there and all of us had a nice meal together. As we were leaving we found Elder Dever walking down the street smelling roses XD It was wonderful. haha. We went to the church then drove out to Jadrankas and Nicolas so that we could make sure everything was ready for the baptism. We found out that Nicola had fallen off of a terrace (About 1 and a half stories high) And he couldn’t move for 2 days……then miraculously he got up that morning just fine, a few bruises, but no broken bones, no cuts or scars, completely fine. And I know that God’s hand was in this when he was getting baptised the next day. Satan will always try to find ways to stop us from doing the right thing, we just need to endure it. 
That night we cleaned the church and it was nice and fun!
Sunday:
THE DAY ARRIVED. We got to the church really early with Božo and filled up the font, while practicing piano. People came and we had church. I HAD TO GIVE A TALK IN CHURCH. I don’t like doing that too much…I spoke on the talk by President Uchtdorf called “He will place you on his shoulders and carry you home” It is an amazing talk, you should all go read it! But it was really good. I had to translate for myself because we had some guests that only speak english, so that made my talk twice as long XD We then went through the rest of the church block. Afterwords I had to hurry and get changed into my white clothes as Nicola got in his little white jumpsuit! We went in and the meeting started right away, man I was nervous and like shaking the whole time….finally the time came and we went out to the font (It was in a different room). I got in first followed by him. And He wasn’t exactly sure what to do so he tried just going under water straight away, I had to stop him haha. We did the Baptism right the first time, and as he was exiting the font he just said “Wow” Really loud with a giant grin on his face 😀 It was so great! We went and changed clothes, then finished the meeting with giving him the Holy Ghost. It was so great and he was so happy! He said he felt cleaner and more perfect than ever before. He just kept saying he is like a newborn baby now. It was great! We had treats afterwords and it was just fantastic!
We went with Božo out to Dino’s house (An investigator) And we met his family and had some palačinke with them. Then we all drove back out to the Devers house and had tacos for dinner. It was SOO GOOD. I enjoyed them and we all just talked for a couple hours. Then back home for the night!
I saw so many miracles this week and I am so grateful that I was able to witness such a wonderful event and to feel the spirit so strongly this week. I know that even when Satan is trying to bring us down, we will always prevail if we hold onto what we believe in!
I love you all so much! Volim Vas! I want to thank you all for being such amazing examples to me and helping me through every aspect of my life! I love you all with all my heart! Have a wonderful week!
S ljubavlju,
Starješina Bowles 😀
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Music Fireside with David Archuleta!

Hello all you wonderful people of the world! It is so great to be able to talk to you all! I hope you are all doing wonderfully and are having a wonderful time at home! It is weird that I am emailing so late so you will probably all get this nice and in the afternoon instead of like 3 in the morning! But here is my email for the day and I am so excited to tell you all about my nice crazy week!

Monday-Wednesday
We didn’t do much other than a ton of contacting…so that was pretty much the first half of this week…sorry nothing too crazy!
Thursday:
We went around contacting and running errands for the morning, we met Elders Mangeris and Pantelakis at McDonalds and traded off, then I got to ride the bus for 4 hours with Elder Mangeris to the beautiful (tiny) city of Karlovac! We arrived and had to immediately hurry over to teach English. Once we got to the church we met the Sisters (Rusick and Bushong) and they had bought us pizza! I miss Sisters! We taught an english class (I mainly talked to the sisters while Elder Mangeris taught complicated English) we went back to the apartment and slept!
Friday:
We got up to find that the gas tank tube thing had blown a hole in itself and there was natural gas EVERYWHERE. Not good. So we went and bought a new tube, then found a giant hole in the wall and had to fix it before the landlord came….so we went and bought plaster, and fixed up the wall, then waited for the landlord to come fix the tube! We went out to a lesson with a recent convert about temples, and it was fantastic! We ended up back just exhausted from running around all day!
Saturday:
We got up and went and finished something at the church, then got on another bus for 2 and a half hours! We met the others in a small city, and me and Elder Winfield drove back to Zadar. We got back and immediately went out to a lesson with Jadranka and Nicola, he is getting baptised next week! We went and got dinner, and cleaned the church then to bed!
Sunday:
We got up and went to church as normal. As soon as church ended we had to hurry home to make lunch, get in the car, and head out. We were driving to Zagreb for the fireside thing! It was a 3 hour drive straight to Zagreb! Once we pulled into the church we were greeted by SISTER ELMORE, it was so wonderful to talk to her again! Then we walked inside to meet ELDER SWINK, he was transferred up to Varaždin! So that was so sick! I talked with a bunch of Members, then we had a big fireside of David Archuleta talking to us, singing a bunch of songs and showing pictures. At the end he sang Prayer of the Children, and i was so happy! Then he called all the missionaries up and we all sang called to serve! After the concert we went to the mission home and spent the night talking with David and taking pictures and such! He spent the night at the mission home with us.
He took pictures and put us on Instagram and Facebook so look up David Archuleta on those and you can see me 😀
Today:
We got up and had breakfast with David and had a devotional with him and his pianist Kendra Lowe, it was super good. Elder Swink sang with him! He sang a ton, then we all sang Bring the world his truth with him. Then a lot of the Elders played Basketball, while me and Elder Swink talked with David. I played piano while they sung, it was sick! Then he left and I played soccer with Sister Elmore and Elder Porter. It was so great! Great day!
So I am famous on instagram now 😀 jkjk but it was a great day! I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all of you and you all mean the world to me! I wish you all the best and I love you so much 😀 Be happy! Thanks for everything 😀
S ljubavlju,
Starješina Bowles 😀

As the sun sets on the sea

DSCN0879Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful time at home! I apologize for last week, we were traveling up to Zagreb and it was a crazy chaotic time! I will definitely make this email a bit easier to read! So I am here and all is well! I will now go over the past week in more detail than my last one was! 

Monday:
We began at 3 in the morning. We got up and went to the bus station where we met the other Elders. We all got on a bus together and rode up to Zagreb in a 4 hour trip. But once we got to Zagreb, it was really weird…I felt like I was back home again and memories rushed back! I guided them around the city on the trams from the bus station, then we went to the office. We had about 15 minutes to email, so that is why it was sooo short. Then we got in the car with the AP’s and drove out to the church! Once there I was able to see people again! I caught up with Elder Frandsen and I even saw Igor again! He was happy to see me and It was nice to see him again! We had a good zone conference then once it had come to a close, we cleaned up and headed to foodness! I missed my Dr. Pepper 🙂 We got on a bus and headed home for 4 hours! That is about the entire day! 
Tuesday:
We got up and studied, then went out shopping (since we didn’t the day before) we went to have district meeting and it was super long! We got some sandwiches from Papicas and then went on a split, me and Elder Matthews went out but sadly didn’t find anyone…thats mainly it!
Wednesday:
We went around getting a ton of paperwork ready and finally made it to the Mup to turn it all in and now I just have to wait for my visa! We went and had our english class after some contacting and then branch council (I only go because Elder Winfield is the Clerk) and that was about the whole night!
Thursday:
We went contacting most of the day, had some Fajitas for lunch, always good! then came to the church to help the Devers with some stuff and have a lesson with Mladan. It was an alright lesson, but he just has to decide if he wants to keep trying…we don’t have much left to teach him!! We had english and then went on an Exchange! I went to spend the next day with Elder Matthews. We went contacting around in the POURING rain. It is either pouring rain or it is blistering hot, that is Zadar. We made pudding at night and played battleship 😉
Friday:
We did our studies then went out contacting for a couple hours. We came back and made Pizza for lunch, then out contacting a couple more hours! We all met back up at my apartment and had dinner together, then I was back with Elder Winfield, and we went contacting for a couple more hours….so much contacting. I was super exhausted….
Saturday:
We did some work at the church as I played piano then we went out to have a lesson with Nicola, He is just an Eight year old getting baptised! And he asked me to baptise him O.o so that was really cool and I get to do the baptism 😀 We came back and watched the district for our dinner hour…I’ve stooped to that level of desperatness…..we cleaned the church with all of us and Božo. Twas fun! We went to Kaufland to buy some brown sugar…and I bought it and left it there….some drunk girls ran it over to us and I felt super stupid….yeah!
Sunday:
We had church but nothing too out of the ordinary, after church we had to help a member scan “some stuff” It was 48 scans….and we needed to format them and it took super long….we went and did our weekly planning, made more cinnamon rolls, then had a combined dinner with the other Elders! To je to!
Yesterday:
We couldn’t have P-day cuz it was a holiday here and internet places and stores were closed….We planned and had our district meeting, I taught a language tip about the passive voice and it was fun! I am actually starting to enjoy this language stuff 🙂 We all went to McDonald’s for lunch and then contacted the rest of the night! Thats about it! 
I love you all and am so grateful for all that you have done for me! I love you all and can’t wait to hear from you all! I even get to Skype my family on Sunday!!! So it is going to be an amazing week filled with wonderful things! Just remember that you are never alone and things will ALWAYS get better, just hold on!
I love you! Volim Vas!
Starješina Bowles 😀