Saturday, May 14, 2016

Arrived in Monroe, Washington; here is our address

May 12th 2016 Email from Mom/Linda to the kids: "We have ARRIVED!

Hello Everyone
We have now arrived in Washington and are settling in our apartment. We have been assigned to Monroe Washington. It is in the south east portion of the mission and about 30 minutes away from the mission office in Mill Creek. The meetinghouse here serves 3 Wards. Right now we understand we are only assigned to the Monroe Ward. Sister Missionaries also are assigned to the Ward and they live in the same apartment complex we do! We will work together some but our focus is to be first on the less actives and then assists with missionary opportunities as they appear. We have been told we can assist in the Ward- like substitute occasionally for a class-but are not to be given assignments in the Ward.

All mail going to the mission office will be transferred to us, so it is best just to use our apartment address for things. Likely we will be here the entire time-but if not you will be the first to know. Our mailing address is:

Elder and Sister Bowman
Morning Run Apartments #F-104
18463 Blueberry Lane
Monroe, WA 98272

We are pleased with the apartment and find it good for our needs. We even have a washer and dryer! Great plus not having to drag clothes to a Laundromat. Weather has been very nice-sunny and no rain yet, Everyone seems friendly and we have even run into some members along with others as we start up conversations. It is fun being new in the town and no responsibility but to enjoy the people and get to know them. I could really get use to doing this!

We went out with the Sisters for a short time today. They shared some information about the Ward and helped us find the church, library, post office, etc. We are working on introducing ourselves to leaders and people and getting our routines established this week. Hope to see things moving along quickly next week and we get things to a new level.. We have a meeting tomorrow at the Mission Office and then some other meeting next Wednesday. We are also going with the Sisters to work at the Food Bank later next week. We have to go out tonight and pick up a few more things- going to check out Fred Meyers as there was some items we did not get at Walmart last night.. Also going to look for a heavier blanket-.beautiful days but cool nights!

Our Mission President mentioned several things that may indicate what we might be doing. He mentioned Dad might want to go to Rotary at times and we might want to do volunteer work- things we can meet others and serve and be visible. He also mentioned how many people we need to search out are out in the rural area and may be difficult to find. References to Dad's work with health council in the Appalachian Mountains seemed to come up many times- like in preparing us to be prepared for a variety of people we shall meet. There is lots of preparation that comes in life and it is good to see  how the Lord  can put us in the path of others- for both their blessing and our own.

Loving it in WASHINGTON.

1-2-3 Sure Love YOU!.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Had a great week at MTC; now at Scott's home (Saturday night; 7th May, 2016).
Will leave from here Monday Morning headed for the Washington Everett Mission!

Top Picture: Today, Isaac and Elijah and I went fishing at Rainbow Lake- only about 2 miles from their house. Didn't catch any fish, but had lots of fun.

Middle Picture: Picture of our District in front of the infamous world map after our last session on Friday - along with our two trainers- Left to right is Elder and Sister Bowman, Elder and Sister Johnson (BYU  Ancient Scripture Prof), Sister Clark (trainer), Elder Larson (Trainer), Elder and Sister Williams (District Leader), Elder and Sister Bowler.

Bottom Picture: This afternoon, Ruth Ann Eggers (From Gilroy, California), her daughter Amber and her new husband (Chris) came by for a quick visit. They brought their two daughters-Katelyn, Piper. Note:  Ruth Ann is the wife of Linda's brother, Larry.

Linda's Post: Great week at the MTC. Wonderful experiences and people. 105 Seniors embark to go to the world and serve and bless the lives of others with our testimony of Jesus Christ and promises of the joys that come from Him! This is our District Group and trainers this week. We are off to Washington State, the Johnson head for Vernon Tx-Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission. In center are our dynamo leaders that taught us and gave us encouragement all week to see our strengths-Sister Clark and Brother Larson. Then the Williams are next and going to Salem Oregon. The final couple are the Bowlers. They are off to Nauvoo Illinois to sing, dance, and be teamsters at the church historical center there. All pressing forth in faith and love of The Lord.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Mission Call

We received our mission call on Tuesday, February 16th.  That evening we opened our white envelope with all the kids listening/watching.  It was a wonderful night!

Before we opened our mission call, all the kids and grandkids guessed where we may be called to serve.

Opening the Call!

We have been called to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington Everett Mission for a period of 12 months. 
We will report to the Provo, UT MTC on May 2, 2016.