Monday, January 25, 2016

Week 16 - He's doing great - Pictures


Brad didn't have much time to write today.  He didn't say why.  But he's doing really well and most importantly his health is back and he seems very happy.  Here are a few pictures his mission president's wife posted on Facebook last week.

As always, thank you for your love and support.

Brad, Elder Cortez and the Assistants

The Quiriza Valley where Brad lives

Tupiza Zone

Tupizia Zone

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 15 - Feeling better and more garlic!

(There was a 6.1 earthquake a few hundred miles from Brad) I did not feel the earthquake this week, the only earthquakes were in my large intestine. I am about three quarters better. This week was just a bunch of breaking garlic by hand, every day we work anywhere from 2-12 hours. My thumbs are ruined. Just trashed.

(I asked Brad if he thinks he got worms from harvesting garlic) I have never seen worms in the garlic fields, just spiders the size of my palm with the blue egg sacs the size of your thumb hanging off of them. I have found two in the chapel (where he lives), I'm sure you can imagine how well I handled that. Lol. I have forged a killing stick for them. I harvest by hand, everyone does. No problems, my hands are the same. They were already pretty leathery when I came out. Nothing has changed. I am convinced I am losing weight. (I asked him if he taught much this week) No, only 3 lessons, and we can't get to half of our area on the other side of the river because it has been raining so much, which also means we can't get to our investigator with the baptismal date, and he can't get to us. I don't know what's going to happen.

(I asked him who the investigator was that was being baptized Saturday) it is Alejandro (He is the 11 year old boy Brad has been teaching for a while), for this saturday. But I will probably be in Cochabamba. The problem is that the river is too deep and fast to cross, even with a horse and he is only 11. 

And a sad story, we have 13 members going to the temple today, some for the first time. And we have this older couple, 50's I would say, and they are members. They attend Church every Sunday, participate, are active, and were baptized. They have the photos. But when President Hansen was interviewing them he couldn't find their records.  When they were baptized in Mendoza, Argentina the people didn't register their baptism. And they had already paid to go to the temple for their first time. But now they have to be re-baptized, and have to wait a year. They were so ready to go, you could see it in their eyes. President Roly, Elder Cortez and I had to tell him this, and it was heartbreaking. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do.

Here are some highlights of my week, we got to Quiriza Tuesday night, broke garlic, Wednesday we broke garlic from 9 to 7, then from about 730 to 9 we proselyted in Quiriza. There is one really bad dog, he wants blood, but I know he isn't rabid, which is good. The rabid dog is dead that we had some encounters with. I have also assisted in a pig slaughter. I don't like it. And you don't want to hear about it. They just aren't terribly humane, hunting is 98 times more humane. They die faster. But it is okay. And then we broke more ajo, harvested tomatoes, and did more ajo, (garlic), the j is pronounced with an h sound. And then this morning we left my area at 3:30 AM to be in Tupiza to email you.

Have a great week!

Love, Elder Howells

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 14 - Dakar Rally 2016


This week was a good week, but very slow. Unfortunately, living in Latin America, specifically in Bolivia can cause some health issues. Wasn't feeling like my usual chipper self this week, visited the doctor, and now have medicine which is helping. Dakar came through my area, if you would like just YouTube Dakar 2016 Villazon - Uyuni you might see me on some tiny mountain road in a black shirt and black hat. I have decided I would be okay with being a Dakar driver someday. But the work was slow, a lot of time at the doctors and getting tests done and things like that, so not a lot to report this week. I love the people and I love Bolivia. It is an excellent place. I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Howells


Feel free to send me candy and jerky. I won't say no :)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 13 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  This week was difficult, New Years was hard, for the first time I thought, I would love to be home right now. But now I am just fine.  We walk about 20-25 hours on dirt trails like Chalk Creek (ranch in the Uinta's) each week. So, we walk to a little village, teach whoever answers the door, they always let us in, and usually give us a glass of soda. The frustrating part is that they don't remember to do anything they've committed to do, but we will do anything in our power to help them. I work so hard. I have dumped every ounce of me into the work here, and I can't even remember how Brad is, that has been hard.  I have learned some priceless lessons in my 3 months here that are lessons that will carry me through life. I haven't had any success with our investigators, all we can do is our part, and they aren't willing to partake of the salvation we are offering them, and do their part. I love the people so much, I love Bolivia. But at the same time, I have never been more proud of my country in my whole life.

Love you all and have a great week!