Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week 75 - Baptize Converts and Dunk Basketballs

Hi everyone!
We had a solid week this week. We have had lots of opportunities to find new people and that is awesome. We were able to teach our investigator named Angel and we invited his wife to sit with us! And she did! It was really cool because he has been taught by missionaries before and she has never sat in on a lesson. And she agreed to read "The Family: Proclamation to the World." And everyone should read this. Its awesome.

Also, something funny that happened this week... some of the elders in our ward were playing basketball with some little kids, and they all just wanted him to dunk. One of the Elders is pretty tall, but he can't dunk! And he was so embarrassed. So later that week in district meeting he suddenly yells, "Sisters! I just want to baptize converts and dunk basketballs! Is that too much to ask??" And so we joke that is part of our purpose now.

Also, last week, a member from my old area was able to go to the temple an receive his endowments! None of his family are able to go to the temple right now and so he invited pretty much all the missionaries that had served in his area to come with him to the temple. It was such a beautiful thing and I was so happy for him.
And.. Sandra was able to go to the temple to do baptisms! She loved every minute of it. We are so excited for her sister to get baptized in a few weeks and then we can all go to the temple together. 💕
Heavenly Father is so loving and when we do what is right, we are happy.
I love you all!
Hermana Fowlks
Hermana Fowlks in a tree
 Julian and the Hermanas at the temple
 All of the missionaries were there to support Julian!
 Lunch after the temple!
 Cuties!
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 74 - Priesthood Blessings

Hello all!
This week was super good. We were talking to everyone all the time. We had our first real meeting with the mission president, President Stubbs. He's so awesome and full of love. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people!

This week I got a priesthood blessing to give me a little push so that I can finish strong. The blessing really focused on my relationship with Heavenly Father, which I have been trying really hard to develop. I read something a little while ago that said "Sisters, of all your associations, it is your relationship with God, your Heavenly Father, who is the source of your
moral power, that you must put first in your life." So basically if I want to be able to help others, and be a blessing to others, I need to have a good relationship with my Heavenly Father. And it was cool to finally feel that Heavenly Father recognized my efforts to come to know Him more.  And I want to promise you all that God know us personally and that as we strive to have a personal relationship with him we will find peace. We are so lucky to have someone that loves us so much and wants nothing but our success.

I love you all and I'm so grateful for you and everything you do for me. I know God lives! ❤️❤️
Hermana Fowlks
Sisters in the Gospel

President and Sister Stubbs (New Mission President)

Old Town San Diego 
Elder Ferrin and Elder Johnson with Sister Fowlks, Sister Echeverria, Sister Packam and a new convert, Gregorio.

 
Zone Conference

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 73 - Punching Things Causes More Problems

Hello all!
This week Sandra was baptized! Wahoo! She was so happy and it was so cool to see eternity change for her. We are working with her sister Susana and she should be getting baptized at the end of July. We're so excited for her and she is so ready to be baptized. The only problem is that their family hates us. They wouldn't even let us use the bathroom. But it's okay! The work doesn't stop.

Today we are going to go to Old Town and I'm going to try to find a cute  dress to come home in. (I know, that's super trunky, but I want a cute Mexican dress and Old Town is probably the best place to go to find one. Besides México of course.) but that will be fun! We have to be in by 6, so we will literally be doing no proselyting. Which is pretty lame, but we already helped a drunk man in the laundromat named Joe today so we're still finding ways to invite others to come unto Christ. Sounds like a fun 4th! I've heard Wonder Woman is good, I'll have to see it when I come home. There's a drive-in movie that we drive by every night so I catch glimpses of some movies. I saw like 30 seconds of Despicable Me 3 last night haha. That will be so fun at the Gorge! Please document everything. I want lots of pics!

President and Sister Stubbs are super cool. They're way nice, and Sister Stubbs is so loving. I think they're a little freaked out right now with everything that's been going on and all the new stuff. But they'll adjust. It's just like any missionary that first gets to the mission field, it's a literal punch in the face haha. But then it becomes awesome! It's cool because he depends a lot on the mission leadership council, (which is us) to help him know what to do. So we have to step it up. And I like that. It keeps me busy and I'm able to be focusing on ways that I can help improve the sweet sisters we take care of, and myself so that this mission can keep going up. And also so I can keep going up. The trajectory at which you leave your mission is the same one that you will continue. So if I leave going up spiritually, then I will keep going up spiritually as long as I keep working hard.

The most interesting thing that happened this week happened on Friday. For those of you who have served missions, you might remember that missionary work is stressful. And Friday was a specifically stressful day, and we were going to visit some people and I see a punching bag hanging from a tree. And I thought, "There it is! The release of my stress! A punching bag!" So I walk up to it, wind up, and just punch it with all I have. (Mind you, I have a pretty weak punch.) but, to my surprise, I all of a sudden am in extreme pain. And realize that I definitely made a bad choice. And then, later on when the pain didn't subside, realize I HAVE SPRAINED MY HAND. yep. From my own punch.  How embarrassing.

Anyways, that was my week. I'm so grateful for your prayers. And I love you all! Have a good week.
Hermana Fowlks
 
Sandra's Baptism!
 Puppies!
 Sister Missionaries are the best!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Week 72 - Heavenly Father answers prayers

Hello everyone,
My goodness this week was crazy!  The best part of it though was that we had one of the elders investigators get baptized! His name is Gregorio. He can't say my name right but every time he sees us he says "HERMANA DOWL!" Like super super loud haha and he's great. He's so happy to be baptized! The elders worked so hard with him and he is a changed man.

Also, this week we have Sandra getting baptized! When she had her baptismal interview on Monday she told us that she didn't understand everything, but she said she knew she would learn because Heavenly Father told her to be baptized. And so she is going to do it. We are so excited for her!! She's going to be wonderful.

Besides that, we are just working working working. Oh yeah today was transfers and we have a new addition to our companionship!  Hermana Packam! She's from Oregon and she's really nice. We're excited to bring more of our brothers and sisters to Jesus Christ.

I love you all!
Hermana Fowlks




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Week 71 - Praying in the Street

Hey everyone!
This week was good!  The missionary work side of things is actually going pretty great. We were able to re set two more people with baptismal dates and they are so excited!  We took them to the temple and that's when they decided to be baptized. The spirit was super strong. It was cool! And yes we just went back and taught the man with the chihuahuas last night. He has lots of questions but I think he will be baptized.

It's not too hot here, it doesn't usually get over 90 because we're right by the ocean. 😎 it's awesome. And okay, homecoming on the 27th of August...  not panicking about that haha. I'm not ready for so many white people!  Haha just kidding. It will be good. Oh my gosh if you decorated my room Mexican that would be so so awesome. I would die haha.

Something happened a week ago that I forgot to share and I wanted to write it here. We were driving home from something and we drove past this man who looked like he was climbing the fence of the bridge. And the spirit told me to pull over and talk to him. But I didn't. But then the spirit was like "That man is going to end his life if you don't get over there right now." So obviously I turn around, my heart going a million miles an hour, and we start to talk with him. Sister Echeverria was terrified because this guy looked really sketchy and I didn't really have time to explain what was going on. I looked at his hands and they were really dried and cracked open. So I put a band aid on the biggest cut on his hand and then gave him my lotion and hand sanitizer and a bunch of other band aids. We then asked if we could kneel down and pray with him. And so we did, there we were kneeling down on the side of the bridge of the freeway. And as we prayed,  he broke down crying. We invited him to church where we could get him some food, and we gave him the groceries that we had just bought. (How convenient that we hadn't taken our groceries home, right?) anyways. It was really cool.

I know this is His work. He literally carries me through everyday. I wouldn't be able to do it if it wasn't for Him.
I love you all, have a wonderful week.
Hermana Fowlks
Sister Fowlks loves books!
 The old district together again
Superstar Sister Missionaries!
It was fun to see Sister Garcia again!
The Temple with our investigators

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Week 70 - Bigger than chihuahuas

Hola everyone!
This week we had a pretty good time. We were able to find a lot of new people to teach, including a family! They seem pretty interested, so hopefully they will commit to be baptized soon. We are constantly finding.

I had a really cool experience with Hna Brosio on an exchanges yesterday. We went to knock on a mans door and we hear just an army of chihuahuas behind it. Someone opens the door and says that we can't come in because the chihuahuas bite. But we were persistent, and finally he came out to save us the pain of having to have our ankles gnawed by chihuahuas. He said he didn't have much time, so Hna Brosio asked if we could pray with him. So we did, and after the prayer, he literally could not speak. It was crazy. Like, he was crying, but he didn't say a single word. He just waved goodbye.
We're going back to see him on Thursday.

I love this work! I'm so happy to be here. The work always has times where it seems like Satan is trying everything possible to make it not happen. And there is times when I feel like I am no where adequate and the thought literally comes to my head "I can't do this." You'd think after 16 months I would have it down. But I definitely don't! It still gets me down when I see people reject the gospel. I feel like I'm at the top of my teaching game, I am the best I've ever been at teaching and finding and helping. But people still don't accept it! Or I feel like I did something wrong and it's my fault they didn't say yes. Satan just works really hard. I know that feelings of doubt or despair never come from Heavenly Father, so I try to ignore them.  Even when it is hard I know that the Lord is with me, and so nothing can be against me that is bigger than Him.

I love you all have a good week!


 
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Week 69 - Jose Luis 💪

What a wonderful week!

We are teaching like crazy. We are finding like crazy. I'm so tired that I have started praying with my eyes open to avoid falling asleep.  But the highlight of this week was the baptism of Jose Luis.  He was actually from my last area. He was the old guy that bought us Mother's Day presents. He has been waiting to get baptized for about a month now, and he is just the most changed man I have ever met in my whole life.  He used to make fun of his nephews for being members. But then he started listening to the missionaries and he got a priesthood blessing after being paralyzed for over 5 years and was able to take some steps. And he started reading the Book of Mormon, and started being kinder to the missionaries. And was finally baptized on Saturday! We were able to video chat into the baptism and watch it from the chapel in San Ysidro. IT WAS THE BEST.

I know that people can change. I know that God takes care of His children.
I love you all have an awesome week.

Hermana Fowlks
Hermana Echeverria and Hermana Fowlks
Baptism of Jose Luis
Visiting Isidro in the Hospital

Exchanges with Hermana Nougera

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Week 68 - This kind of happiness only comes from missionary work and tacos!

This week was so awesome.

We are doing so much work here and there is so much to be done! We have been running around like crazy and I have never been so tired haha.

Yes we went to the border, I bought a shirt and a headband and some rings. Our investigators are doing really well, we are able to set dates almost weekly and add a lot of new people. My companion is wonderful and patient and is a really good missionary. I'm trying to help her learn how to take the lead and to lead others around her. And no we haven't met the new President.  President and Sister Schmitt leave at the end of next transfer. We will probably meet them then.

Last night we had a super cool thing happen. We were teaching a wonderful family and we were already running super late, so we didn't have time to teach much. We decided to just read the first verse of the first chapter of Nephi. And we talked about the importance of "goodly parents." The whole atmosphere of the home changed just from one scripture. And when we committed them to pray as a family, they accepted and called the whole family in to tell them that they were going to make a new change and that they were going to start praying at night. And the dad said the prayer and it was beautiful and I have never felt like I have fulfilled my purpose more than in that moment.

It is the small moments like that when I realize why I am here.  I love you all so much and I love my mission. I love all the people here and I'm so grateful for the person that Heavenly Father is making me.
Talk to you next week!
Hermana Fowlks
 
Lunch with a recently returned sister missionary, Shantell

District Meeting at the Mormon Batallion
 Flautas!
 A ward party, a Kermes!
 The Elders at the Kermes!
 Exchanges with Sister Thompson.
 This kind of happiness only comes from missionary work and tacos!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Week 67 - Isidro en Ysidro

Hola, 
The work here in San Ysidro is so great! We have been so blessed to be able to see our wonderful friend Isidro get baptized. He's always telling us about his "cholo stories" and about his time in the army, but that is how much the gospel has changed his life. The best thing is his "10 Mandamientos de Las Chivas" shirt (picture) because it pretty much just trash talks all other soccer teams ever except Las Chivas and it's so awesome. 
It's funny how quick your heart can just open up to so many people right after it being torn out of your chest! Haha but even though I miss the beautiful people there in Santee I already love the people here so much. 
We have been able to find a lot of new people to teach and we expect to just keep on helping our brothers and sisters get closer to Christ. Working super hard every day.
Last night we got really close to TJ and today we are going to the border! And we're probably going to go shopping! Whoo hoo. I need some new dresses, and I want to be able to buy a new swimsuit here too because they are cheaper haha. There's this mall called Las Americas that's literally like a mile from Mexico and they have some pretty cute stuff. So we will see!
I love you so much Mom, and I miss you tons. I'm starting to stress about coming home haha. I mean, I'm completely focused on the work, not trunky or anything, but I don't want it to be a huge shock so I'm reminding myself of it every now and then, so that I don't just expect  to live here forever. Anyways, that's what's going on. My new companion is wonderful, I love her tons.
We had our last interviews with President yesterday because they leave this transfer. Super sad! I love them so much. 
I feel super happy to be able to be here, and I know that this is where I am supposed to be. Thanks for all the love and support. 
Hermana Fowlks 
 
Isidro at his baptism
 Isidro and his 10 Mandamientos shirt
 Saying goodbye to Pres and Sis Schmitt
 
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week 66 - I can see Mexico!

Hey all!

So the big news of the week is that I am out of Santee and into San Ysidro! It's a beautiful little border town and I can look to one side and see Mexico and look to the other and see the ocean.  It's beautiful.

My new companion is named Hermana Echeverria.  She is also wonderful!  She is from Utah, but her family is from Guadalajara Jalisco.  Same place as Hermana Garcia! But Hermana Echeverría is waaaay less Mexican.  I feel like I'm more Mexican than she is half the time!  But it will be good.  We've served together before, and her and I have already had a ton of experiences together. We should be having a baptism this weekend, so I will let you know how that goes.

My new area is amazing! WE CAN RUN TO THE OCEAN IN THE MORNING.  AND I CAN SEE TIJUANA FROM THE APARTMENT.  If that's not paradise I don't know what is!
 
I'm sure things will turn out just fine here. I'm so sad, but we're having a baptism this weekend so that's awesome! The Lord has some of His children prepared here for me to find and teach and invite and help and love. And I am excited to find them! I'm auditioning to sing at a devotional today so hopefully that goes well and I can sing at it this Sunday. 😊

My heart aches to have left Santee, I truly felt at home there. But I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me! This picture is of Jose Luis. He has been such a big miracle.  He is actually the uncle of Manny and Julian and should be getting baptized at the end of the month.  He bought Hermana Garcia and I Mother's Day gifts!  He lives in a trailer outside of Manny and Julian's house and we can't go in because there has to be another woman inside.  But we had to take a picture with him because it was so kind of him to do that for us!

I love you all!
Hermana Fowlks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Week 65 - Speak of Him!

Hi everyone, 
 
This week was another great week here in Santee! We were able to talk to so many people about the restored gospel. And so many people are starting to accept the truth. One specifically is Felipe, and he the only thing keeping him from being baptized is the fact that he has to move out because he's not married to his señora. So we're hoping and working our tails off to be able to make it so he can get baptized on Saturday
 
We also were able to have a family home evening, and it was so cool. We talked about the iron rod and how it is the word of God. Our investigators Ashley and Anais loved it. 
 
We also had a pretty neat experience this week. A member was struggling with something, and we were able to talk with him for a few moments on Thursday and as we were talking all of the sudden I felt the need to testify to him that I knew God was our Father, and that Jesus is the Christ and that the Holy Ghost is our companion in this life. And this big tough Mexican guy just breaks down crying. And I felt so special to be able to be trusted that moment to help someone come closer to Christ. 
So this week I invite you all to find those small moments and to not let them pass you by. When you don't know what to say, speak of Him. 
I love you all! Have a splendid week. 
 
Hermana Fowlks
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Week 64 - Workin'

Hello all!

My finger is feeling tons better but turns out the culture came back and there was a bacteria in it that the doctor had never heard before. So, he called in other antibiotics so that we can get rid of that. But my finger is almost normal size again! It still looks gross though.

This week was good, the coolest thing that happened this week is with our investigator Felipe. He's such a cool guy, and his family is all members. He just barely got back here from Mexico.  At first he wasn't progressing much and we felt like he was just getting baptized because his family wanted him to. But we started reading the Book of Mormon with him and everything changed. It was so cool! And every time we go over we see him differently. The Book of Mormon is changing him! It's amazing.

I love you all,
I hope you have a good week!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Week 63 -

Hello everyone!
This week was a great week. The coolest thing that happened was when our investigator Anais texted us and dropped us. She told us that she wouldn't be able to continue seeing us anymore. But we both felt like we should go over there one more time, so we did! And we ended up setting her with a baptismal date for the 20th and we have now started teaching her mom as well!  It was a miracle.

We also did exchanges, and I went to City Heights with Hermana Hernandez. We went and saw the Carmona kids too, and they are so wonderful. We love them!

Sister Garcia loved the stuff! She's worn the dress twice this week already. That's super sad about El Cajon haha but yeah it's way sketchy. That's why when we walked around there at night Manny and Julian insisted on going with us. They take very good care of us. Speaking of that....my finger is infected. I was trying to pop the pus the other day and then Elder Hampton was like here and took out a knife and cut it open. Which was fine and everything but then Manny and Julian's uncle bought us carne asada today so we went over there and Manny and Julian's dad is a nurse so he looked at it and they poked it with a needle and stuff and now it's wrapped but then we called sister Schmitt and she put me on antibiotics for it. So hopefully I'll be healed up prettyquick!

Good job on your talk Mom! There's a cool quote from Joseph Smith that says: "How I live my life is simple. When the Lord commands; I do it." So when you get asked to do something from a representative of Jesus Christ you should always do it!!

We are doing so well here in Santee, i love it here! Besides that, not
much to report. Have a good week everyone!
Here's more pics!
Love,
Hermana Fowlks

Me with the Carmona kids!
 Exchanges with Sister Hernandez