Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Transferring to Calgary, SW Foothills Area

I am being transferred from Cardston to Calgary for my last transfer under President Archibald.  The area is called Woodbine/Evergreen in the Foothills Zone.  My new companion is Elder Orozco, but I don't know anything about him.  So, I will let you know about him next week.  I am still a District Leader in that area. 

I didn't really want to go back to Calgary, but that is where I am needed and that is where I am going to go.

On Thursday night Elder Staley got a training call so we went up to Calgary and then we had to drive back right after the meeting to come back to Cardston because we had a baptism. Then we had a Stake Conference this weekend and it was a broadcast to all of Canada. President and Sister Archibald came and spoke in the other Stake Conference, so we got to take a picture with them in front of the temple. I forgot my camera, but I will send you pictures next week.

We just went to the temple and that's about all I can remember from this week. I sure love you, sorry the email is so brief.

Love you!
Elder Dowd

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Victoria Day


Sounds like everyone is having fun, and it sounds like Mom and Dad are slowly turning into empty nesters!  This last week was pretty good, we had a pretty good week. We had some investigator lessons.  

On Wednesday Elder Crowther went to the temple and we went to lunch with them after and took pictures in front of the temple.

We had Leadership Training Meetings on Thursday. It was fun to see some mission friends.  I got to see Elder Pikula.

Then I went on exchanges on Friday, and Elder Langi and I went and visited with a member we both knew in Lethbridge.  Then we went to teach a less active family with a 9 year old girl who is not baptized and she said that she wants to be baptized this Friday so we will see what happens. We have been trying to contact their Bishop ever since and we just got a hold of him today.

On Sunday we went to church in Mountain View and three non members showed up and spent all three hours at church.

Then on Monday, since we couldn't email we went and played raquetball at the Leavitts in the morning and then we went with them to Waterton.  It was kinda rainy so we had an indoor picnic.  Then we played rugby and then drove up to Cameron Lake which is partly in the USA.  Then we went to some of the shops in Waterton and then we did a hike called "Bears Hump". It was a lot of fun.

And that's what has happened this last week.

Next week are transfers.  I feel like I will be transferred.  So, I will write next week on Tuesday (because of transfers) and let you know what is happening!

I sure love you all!

Love, Elder Dowd

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

It was great to talk to you all yesterday. Sorry to hear you are sick Mom, hope you feel better soon. 

That's cool that Grandpa, Grandma, and Carl got to go to the Provo Temple Ground Breaking.  The Calgary Temple should be dedicated this fall hopefully.  I am hoping President Monson comes to dedicate it!

Also, thanks for sending me Grandpa Turley's letter.  I will keep a copy and it might help me with an investigator. 

This week was kinda slow, but we did pick up a new investigator and he told us as soon as he is married he wants to be baptized. We have LTMs this week so that will be fun to go to Lethbridge. Other than that not too much is happening.

The church is true, and I am grateful for a divine mother! I love you all.

Love, Elder Dowd

Phone Call Summary Below
  • He likes the smaller towns rather than Calgary
  • He really enjoys the area and the missionaries in his area
  • He and the other 3 Elders sang a Tongan hymn for us and it was lovely
  • His favorite thing about being a missionary is teaching
  • He loves President Archibald and is sad he is leaving next month
  • Asked why we didn't have Chris Thurman over and asked us to tell him hello
  • Said someone is coming this week and we can send a package back with them
  • He talked to each of his sisters, his Uncle Carl, Grandpa and Grandma Dowd, Uncle Brian, Aunt Julie and cousin Shandra, as well as his mom and dad!

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's Spring in Cardston

Hello Family and Friends!

I am super jealous of Rochelle and Nickie's trip to California.  I love Disneyland so much!

Sounds like Maddie and Carly had a good Youth Conference.  Here in Cardston they are getting ready for a thing called Moroni's Quest where they reenact The Book of Mormon and that's all anyone here talks about.

I'm glad that you are growing spiritually, I feel like I am doing the same.   We had our Mission Tour this last week and it was pretty good.  The theme was sacrifice.  Elder Melchin, our Area Authority came.  He spoke and President Archibald spoke about The Fourth Missionary.  It is a 30 page article by Lawrence E. Corbridge on how a missionary can devote himself to be truly changed in his own life while helping others change their lives.  It lists the characteristics and behaviors of four different levels of being a missionary and our goal is to be the 4th Missionary.  We sang a song.  We will sing it for you on Mother's Day, which I need to know when you can call for. Our number is _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ . If you need to call at 5 that will work because we will be out of church. Our Zone was asked to sing a song, so when just four of us stood up to sing, everyone was surprised.  It went well.  The conference was good.  We had a luncheon after the meeting.  Elder Pikula, my companion from North Calgary was there, we sat together.  He is serving in Brooks.  It was fun to see him.

Our investigator did not get baptized this Saturday. He didn't pass his baptismal interview, but he did come to church this Sunday so we will continue to teach him and help him get worthy.

There is an Indian Reserve right next to Cardston and we went and helped the community clean up all the garbage there. We lifted this one trash can into a dumpster and 30 or so mice came flying out and so we were all stepping on them kinda like Whack a Mole.

The weather is really nice here in Cardston right now.  It's spring finally.  My sinus, cold thing is gone and I am feeling well.

Other than that nothing too exciting, I sure love you all!

Love Elder Dowd