Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 29 - Cochabamba Temple


This week was great. We got to go to the temple on Tuesday, it was great and the Cochabamba Temple is gorgeous! Thursday we had Zone Conference and I got some of Hermana Hansen's (Mission President's Wife) chocolate chip cookies. They were rather excellent. I had a really good week. We didn't have any of our investigators come to sacrament meeting, but quite a few inactive members came, which was wonderful. We started up mutual for the first time in my ward, and this week I have to organize games from Joseph Smith times. So, we'll see how that goes. I love my area, still. The Mt. Everest aspect is helping me stay thin(ner) than I otherwise would be.

I love my mission. The Bolivian people are wonderful, my companion and I are going, and my Mission President is a great guy. So, I can not complain. But an investigator did give us lettuce yesterday, so we had to eat it. I am a smidge nervous for it, but we'll see. 

I love you guys and I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 28 - Another Good Week


This week has been nothing to out of the ordinary. We teach, we get rejected, we walk a lot, and I love every minute of it. My comp and I are doing better, with a little lecture on the judge or be judged, and if you are guilty of the thing that you are judging, you've got a problem. So, we resolved our issues, and we are doing much better. 

We have the opportunity to go to the Bolivia, Cochabamba Temple tomorrow morning at 6, and I am so excited. We have two progressing families, one of them has 4 sacrament assistances, and three of the 6 members are old enough to be baptized, so that's exciting. And the other family is progressing, just at a more conservative rate. We teach other people, many others, just some are slower than others and the times when we can teach aren't as close as we would like them to be. 

But my area is excellent, the food is much better, one of my dogs ran away :( But other than that, I am very happy. The mission is wonderful, I love the people and the place, and more importantly the work. I hope that everything is groovy on your end. Have a great week!


Elder Howells

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Week 27 - Wolves and Scorpions

Hey! How are you doing? My week was, for the most part great! The investigators are there and are progressing, but nothing terribly noteworthy quite at this point. My area is dope! The food here is 10 times fatter and I have already gained a little bit of weight...

Here's a story! I snuggle with my wolf, her name is Bianca, and she is the world's biggest german shepherd. And her brother is named Kilay (like keelay), and he has to weigh the same as me.

Oh, we have found three little scorpions in our room, I am sure you can imagine just how well I handled that...

My scripture for the week is, Jacob 2:17-19.   It really is rather great, here it is:

17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.
18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdomof God.
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

I hope you all have a great week!

Here are some pictures over the last month or two.  The last one is of the two wolves (German Shepard's)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 26 - Cochabamba

Hello! This week was good. I arrived in Cochabamba on Tuesday afternoon, and for the first time, I have a pensionista. A gal who cooks your lunches, and all the elders and sisters have them, but my old area was the only area in the whole mission that didn't. 

My new house is great, the food is good, and my area is a mountain side, so I am expecting big calves anytime soon. Lol. I love Cochabamba, and if you took Newport, California, and mixed it with Mt. Everest, that about describes my area. I am oneish streets away from the Cochabamba Temple, which is spectacular. 

The teaching has gone well, I love the work, General Conference was especially excellent this year, and I love my mission.

I hope you all have a great week! Until next time. And to those who I haven't been able to write yet, I am so sorry! I do happen to live in Bolivia, and the internet is quite sub par. But thank you all!