Monday, September 26, 2011

Looking Forward to Conference


That's so crazy that Tanner is leaving soon. Did Christian Peterson have a farewell? Has anyone else gotten mission calls?

Not much else happened this week, we had some non members show up to each of our Wards yesterday. We are teaching two of them this week.

I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well. Tomorrow is Leadership Training meeting and I get to go, and I am excited because Elder Crowther will be there! Other than that it's the same old stuff. But conference is this week I am very excited for it. I turn 8 months on Sunday. Its' crazy how fast time has been flying.

I am glad you are feeding the missionaries there. Feed them something different like Mexican food, your hidden cheeseburgers or your Shepard's pie. I really miss your Shepard's pie Mom. People feed us lots of different things. Here in the YSA area we get lots of different things because most of the people feeding us are returned missionaries and they try to feed us something different.

I love you all and I am sorry that the emails are not very long. I am praying for all of you. I hope all goes well this week. I love you too!

Love Elder Dowd

Richie is on

Im American and I'm a Mormon.

About Me
I like sports and i dont care who knows. I enjoy playing basketball and water polo and also enjoy all sorts of music be it gangster rap country music or jazz. My greatest accomplishment would have to be getting second place in a lip synching contest. I like being outdoors and i also like being inside when its cold.

Why I am a Mormon
I was fortunate enough to be born into this church and i have always known it is true. When i was a child i taught myself to read from the Book of Mormon and i have had countless reaffirmations to me that it is true. I know by the power of the holy ghost that becuase the Book of Mormon is true Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God and that he reestablished the Church of Jesus Christ by that same power. This means that the Church of Jesus Christ is the only true and living Church on the earth today.

How I live my faith
I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus Christ. I do my best to follow him at all times not just on Sunday, and i try to think of how he would treat and think of others around me and i try to do the same, so for that reason i am currently serving a mission and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

District Changes

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello! I am doing really good. Today is transfers. There are a lot of changes happening in the zone. Our district leader is going home and his companion is leaving. Sisters will be replacing them. Also, we have another missionary coming into the district in a threesome companionship, so things will be really different in the district.

Other then that not much has changed. We picked up a new investigator on Sunday. This person is from another religion and has some interesting ideas. They also have a different version of the Bible. When we asked them to look up a scripture it was really interesting because the verse was different. We try and do work through the members, but this investigator was street contacted by some other Elders. We try not to go tracting if we don't have too, because it is the least effective activity that we could be doing in this particular assignment with YSA.

We go to 3 wards. We have one at 11 and the other two are at 1:00. These two alternate so one does Priesthood while the other has Sacrament Meeting for first meeting. Mom asked how many discussions we do a week and we try to do 20. We do not have dinner appointments often because of it being YSA, and that gives you opportunities to get more referrals and teaching, but we make every effort to do all we can. But, this week and next week we actually do have dinner appointments set up.

Sister Bybee's niece is in my ward - Brother Kyle's daughter.

That is exciting news about Chris getting his Eagle this week. Tell him congratulations and I will sent a note for you to give him. Also, exciting Nickie finally agreed to go on a date when asked! Wow, Tanner's and Christian's farewells - wish them luck. They will be great. Also, that's great that Jeremy is coming home from his mission in Hawaii. You will be busy going to all these meetings this weekend.

Other then that not much is going on. I was sick for a little bit this last week and so I had to stay in for an afternoon and rest. Elder Roberts is doing great and he is a lot farther along in his first transfer then I was. I should have enough money for what I need. I had to buy medicine last week, but I should be good.

We are off to play dodge ball. I sure love you all and I know that this church is true.

Love Elder Dowd

Monday, September 12, 2011

Looking Forward to a Great Week!

Dear Family and Friends,

This past week was pretty normal. We picked up a brand new investigator this week living here from Zimbabwe. At church all three wards are now separated so we were busy all day yesterday! It was good though.

We got a referral from the Cardston Elders for a young man who just came back to Lethbridge this week so we should start teaching him. Other than that not a lot has changed. I am really looking forward to this week because I am expecting it to be a great week. We have some new people to teach, the students are all back, and I have faith that it will be a good, productive week.

Today we are actually going golfing. All of the Elders are able to go for free, so that should be a lot of fun.

This is the fifth week of the transfer so next week we find out who is coming and who will be leaving the zone. I feel like Elder Crowther will come and be a Zone Leader here because one of ours is going home (fingers crossed).

I am glad to hear that things are going good at home. I know that everything that we are all going through is so that we can learn and grow. When we stretch ourselves its not always comfortable. but it will be worth it. I can't think of anything else corny to say. I am sorry that I don't have much to say back to you every week.

I love you.

Love, Elder Dowd

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labour Day - Couldn't Write - Library Closed

Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday was Labour Day so we basically had an extra hour of P-day since we couldn't come to the library to send emails. We went and played frisbee golf, then we played basketball and volleyball and dodgeball and my arm is really sore from throwing dodgeballs.

This past week was interesting. We found out one of our investigators moved to Okotoks, (ps don't we have relatives or something there?), then we found out that another one of our investigators doesn't really want to meet with us anymore, so we prayed that we could find some people who could be baptized. We had some cool experiences.

We had some lessons with single sisters so we had our Ward Mission Leader with us and he is from a small town near Edmonton. We went with him to Taco Bell for dinner and while we were in line the man behind us started talking to our Ward Mission Leader and it turns out he graduaed high school with him out of a class of 30 students. Then he found out from his friend that another man from the same high school who had met with missionaries and almost got baptized several years ago is also living here in Lethbridge. It was more then coincidence.

We also went to Calgary last week for Elder Roberts retraining so that was fun to go to Calgary. Well, that's pretty much the past week for me. Next week the YSA wards are separating so we will end up being at church and at meetings pretty much all day on Sundays now.

I got your letters that were mailed from Carly's FHE lesson - they were awesome! Thanks! I have only gotten those letters, one from Christian and one from Shae. It would be great to get more letters! Of course I get the family emails and I look forward to that each week!

I was sad to hear about Uncle Roy's passing. I hope the funeral and all go well.

Well, I am running out of time, I sure love you all. Love, Elder Dowd