Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy Pioneer Day!

Dear Family and Friends,


I am doing grreaaat! We picked up two new investigators this last week, taught a lot of lessons, we had a training, some of our investigators are really close to being baptized. YSA is sweet - everyone invites their friends. Our mission is getting 80% of our baptisms from member referrals.

We had a funny, but embarrassing experience this past week. We were in a member lesson and Elder Whiting and I couldn't stop laughing. We laughed all through the lesson and it was the first lesson and we were laughing during the 1st Vision. I don't know how appropriate it was, but it was funny.

Not too much else is happening. I am way tired though because we were out till 11:30 one night because an investigator needed some help! I can't go into too much detail but it was crazy.

I am glad to hear you met up with Jonny Low. Glad you got the things I sent and I look forward to getting the 6th Month package! Tell Auntie Tye that was sweet of her and Tanner to send something in it.

Good news - the Canadian mail strike is over, so I can get mail again. Bad news - I am not getting any. Can you let my friends know I would love to hear from them?

I love you all and I know this church is true!

I love you all!

Elder Dowd

Monday, July 18, 2011

All Is Well

Dear Family and Friends,

Johnny Low from here in Lethbridge is coming to SLC and Provo. He is coming to hear a homecoming talk in SLC and will be checking on some things at BYU where he goes to school. He said he can bring something down to you and bring something back. So, thanks for offering to send me a 6 month package. I could use a few more ties, some more music (I need you to reburn the Nearer CD because I lent it to someone and forgot to get it back from them)and some pictures and letters from my friends, etc. See if you can let my friends know I want to hear from them and if they can get letters to you in the next few days, you can send them up with Johnny. Have any of my friends been getting married?

I saw a picture of Uncle Rick in the Church News a little while ago and told people he was my uncle, but they didn't believe me! That is neat you got to go hear him speak about having historians throughout the Church. I knew there were some members in China as there is a girl in our Ward here who spent 6 months teaching English there.

Not much new is going on up here, I am sorry I don't have too much time to write this week. I am glad to hear you got to spend some time with some Utah transplants from Newbury Park. That is exciting about Grace getting married, tell her congrats for me.

I am glad everyone got to see the new Harry Potter movie (well, except Mom!). Some of the YSA kids saw it and said it was really good. We had a big rainstorm with lots of thunder and lightning last Tuesday. Mom, thanks for sending me instructions on how to make a roast in the crockpot. Someone gave us a roast, so we will make it.

I am glad you get to see the Jonses this weekend - please tell them hi for me. Ask Dad to burn that song he sent me to a CD because I don't have a way to listen to it without having a CD.

That is great that Garrett Coleman is coming home soon. Please tell him hello for me.

Well, sorry I don't have much to say, we are doing well, we are working hard and seeking revelation as we plan each day. It is really exciting. I am enjoying myself, and I love you!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lethridge is Great!

Hello Everyone,

This last week was pretty good. Nothing too exciting happened. We called this girl named Danielle and she had been taught before. She said that she needs to be baptized, so that was exciting.

We cover all the YSA wards on the west side of Lethbridge so there are 3, but right now they are all meeting together because it is summer. Lethbridge is really great and the YSA are really great as well. They understand the importance of missionary work. We were riding bikes, but not as much. We do walking sometimes. With our cars we are only allotted a certain amount of Kilometers a month and they cut that allotment in half for July so we only have like 600 km for the month.

I am feeling good. Elder Whiting eats really healthy and so I have been trying to eat healthy as well. I have been working out in the morning. Today we went running with the Stake President and his son. He told me that he served his mission in Quebec and Mom, I think he is around your age. His name is Richard Low.

I'm glad to hear you all had a good week, that Girls Camp was good and that you had a nice 4th of July. I miss America =) I have my American flag hanging up in our apartment. I have been praying a lot for you all. That's about all that's happening here. We are going to play basketball and dodgeball today with the zone and that will be fun. I hope you all have a good week and I am excited for Christian to go to the same mission Jordan is, I was hoping he would come here! Tell him I am really excited for him!

I've heard that Harry Potter comes out this weekend. Hope you have fun watching it without me=). I'm not too worried about it, as I am having a lot of fun here. We see the other missionaries in our district almost every day for lunch and the members in our wards are pretty cool. Dad, I can see why you enjoy serving at the BYU YSA. I sure am grateful for all you have taught me and that you do for me.

Here's the picture of the Nzojibwami family from Cochrane, I thought I had sent it.

Egide, Delphine, Beatrice Nzojibwami, Elder Dowd and Marc Nzojibwami

I love you all.

Love Elder Dowd

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!!

Dear Everyone,

Canada Day was ok. We had no appointments, so we just stopped by a lot of peoples homes and rode our bikes. I did wear a Canadian tie on Canada Day though! Happy 4th of July to you!

Elder Whiting is from Mapleton -- his parents names are Mark and Judy.

Elder Whiting

Lethbridge is sweet and so is serving in the Young Single Adult wards. Everyone here is excited about missionary work. We also see other missionaries every day and it is a lot of fun. Lethbridge is awesome, we live in an apartment. We cover the whole west side of Lethbridge. We are teaching a lot of people and challenging a lot of people to do missionary work.

Just yesterday we stopped by this referral and asked him if we could teach him - he let us in and we taught him the first lesson. He soaked it all up and he accepted a baptismal date for July 23rd and he is going to come to p-day today and we are going to teach him again on Tuesday!

The weather has been nice here in Lethbridge its been around 25 -28 degrees Celsius which is 77 to 82 Fahrenheit, and its nice and windy here so when we are riding our bikes we don't get too hot.

That's pretty much it. I really like Elder Whiting and I really like Lethbridge. We are going to see a lot of success here in this area.

I love you! I am praying for you every night!

Love Elder Dowd