Friday, November 29, 2013

Riley #42 - Lomita, CA - Two New Mandarin Missionaries, Chinese Fireside, Creating Farsi-speaking Missionaries

                                            November 11, 2013
Dear Family,

   Sorry I missed last week. We forgot it was Veteran's Day and by the time we went to email it was too late to do so. Loved the photos form Michele. My favorites are probably the ones she sent me with the minion hat. Also like the dark hoodie in the first one.

   These last weeks have been fairly busy. Elder Bergeson went home last Wednesday, and we got two new Chinese missionaries in the mission. One is from Hong Kong and the other from Chicago, but born in Taiwan. They are both in the northern part of the mission. I am still in the southern part with Elder Burr.

     I am still thinking about what we can do with film. Any ideas on what we can make a video of?  I don't have any colleges I can use in my area right now, but I am going to bring it up with the missionaries over there.

     As far as the clothing industry goes, I passed on the addresses to the missionaries whose area it is in. They said they will visit when they get the chance. It is close to the mission boundary. They don't go over there too often, but said they will check it out next time they are. So thank Sister Slade.

     I am a little confused about what I am supposed to do with a notary, never having used one before. Am I suppose to print the paper and have them verify that I agree? And can I just stop by any bank and ask for a notary? Also, how am I suppose to get you a copy of my driver's license?

     Last night, we had a Chinese fireside at the temple's visitor center. It was the first one in Chinese that we have had, and Chinese members came from all over. I saw Elder Smith again, my companion from the MTC and met a few missionaries from the Arcadia mission. They have a ton of Chinese missionaries over there and even have Chinese sister missionaries. I didn't really have much time to talk to them because we were all busy with investigators, but it was good to see them.

     In other news, the mission just opened up for Farsi. There are a good number of Farsi people in Santa Monica, so permission was granted by the First Presidency to have Farsi missionaries in the mission. Farsi, or Persian, is mainly spoken in Iran. The MTC doesn't teach Farsi so all of the missionaries who are assigned to it had to be moved from another language. So one Korean-called missionary and three Spanish called missionaries had their call changed to Farsi speaking.

The Korean missionary is Elder Craner. He came out before me(so just over a year ago) and was one of the Koreans doing English class with us. It is pretty big news. There is only one other mission in the world that has Farsi missionaries and that is the Toronto, Canada mission.

Not sure if I will be able to send pictures today, because we are running behind schedule.

Also, if Sam Beck is still in the Oakland mission please ask him for the email of a Chinese elders there. 
              Elder Bowman


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mollie #53 - La Marina, Chile - Halloween, Christmas Box, Do Not Doubt Your Angels

                                                          November 5

       Ashlyn's wedding pictures are lovely. She is so pretty. I like her dress, too.

     The Santos photos were fun! The Santos family will always be the same. I don´t think they have changed since they were born. Goofy and fun, with lots of energy. I remember Brother Santos's birthday where we wore masks of him on sticks. He's getting old. :)  There is a sister here called Hermana Merchant, and she reminds me a lot of Gigi. She is a fantastic missionary, and everybody loves her. She is just fun to be around and has a positive, spunky personality.

    There was something I wanted from home, but I can´t remember what -  Oh yeah sharpie pens - that would be great. They don´t exist here, and I have a great fear of losing the two I have that I use everyday. Ohh and makeup! It is ridiculously expensive here -  like $16 for a tube of mascara . Not a lot of makeup, just a little makeup, Mother. Gold tone smoke eye makeup and eyeliner and mascara, if you can. I think that is all for my box.

    Things that happened this week? Well, Halloween! Here it is considered a holiday of the devil kind of like some of the Christians in Florida and Texas - But we a had a fiesta of the sombrero - aka everyone makes their own hat. The youth here went on a zombie walk . It is when a group of people get together in zombie costumes and walk from one side of town to the other. It sounded like fun, and I kind of really wanted to go.

   I am organizing everything. That has been the main goal of the week. The sector is old, and our binder is full of papers it has hundreds of papers. It is very disorganized. I am making a new plan of attack for the sector. We have a mission leader, whom is new, and we are trying to plan out how to best work with him and with the ward missionaries.

 Giant white girl in the middle

Spiritual Thought
    Know that you are kept by angels. Your family draws near to you and watches you. Their hearts fly to you when you are sad. They feel joy for every good decision you make. And, they feel sad for those moments when you disregard your person. They whisper in your heart and in your ears supporting and strengthening you. Trust in them and you will be filled with light with peace.

   Do not doubt your angels, your family, they are here for you to support you.

D&C 84:88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

Love you all lots!
            Hermana Bowman

For Riley 

We are working on finding people by 'fishing.' It is when you don´t go to the people but stay planted in one spot and let the people come to you. 

We have a lot of activities planned. Things like a puertas abiertas. Or open door activity where we have a tour of the church with a giant human sized book of mormon and bible in front of the church made out of cardboard. and a baloon arch.
It is planning ahead of time. With a new cambio we have lots of oportunities to plan

For Mandarin maybe you can try to work through the English-Mandarin school programs that they have. Offer tutoring for children or talk with the education system to see if you can volunteer to help native Madarin-speaking children learn English.  
Ask the city for a service project that your ward can do. we are missionaries and represent a congregation of about 60 adults or for the youth, etc. What can we do.

Love you lots,

Your Sis

Aunt Molly Rd - Princeton, NJ

(Re: Michele sent Mollie photos of Aunt Molly Rd)

Aracucarias Tree

My road would have lots of trees. Our sector has 6 trees that are more than 2 stories. I counted. Half of them are araucarias. Look it up! They are pretty cool!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Riley #41 - Lomita, CA - Numbers are going up, Thanks for the help

                                                           November 5

Dear Family,

    Thanks for the addresses. We definitely will look into it, any idea helps. I am not sure about a story time - how to set it up or what the purpose would be. I can't watch the video either, as YouTube isn't an approved website.

    We have some more ideas coming along and are definitely open to more. Things are moving a little slower with the holidays coming up, but things are still progressing. We are finding more people to teach and finding ways to serve.

    Elder Bergeson's departure is coming up and we are expecting a ton of people to come to the departing missionary fireside before he goes. Chinese school is also going well. It is great being able to go. Not only do we serve and make connections with people, but we also get to learn Chinese as we listen. Also, it gives us the chance to develop a different set of skills.

     English class had a few new people come in last week. We still need to teach it better I feel as well as improve our advertising. Although we feel like we are quickly exhausting free advertising opportunities, we are still thinking of how to get the word out to the interested.

We also are starting to think about the holidays and what we can do for around Christmas.

We should be getting more Chinese missionaries in the mission soon, probably this week or next week.
Can you confirm Race Davies email address for me?

Thanks for everything.

              Elder Bowman