Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Week 2

Hey everyone! I had a pretty weird/cool week. Last Wednesday we went into town. My district really wanted to try fish and chips. So as we were walking I saw a sign for a 'chippy'. The people were so nice! It was a hole in the wall place and it was so good!!!! 

Friday all of the Elders and Sisters got to go into downtown Manchester. Our goal was to place some Books of Mormon. We went to a place called Piccadilly Park Gardens. Dad have you heard of it? Anyways quick story me and Elder Anderson were just walking around getting our self confidence up, and we finally saw this lady standing at a bus stop. We walked up to her and sat by her on the bench. Right as I was about to open my mouth and talk to her, this man came and stood right in front of me and Anderson. He just stared at us. Now let me tell you he was not a nice looking man. He was really messed up. You could just tell something was wrong with him. I felt really dark and weird inside. But after 10 seconds of looking at each other he started to talk. I could not understand one word he said. Seriously not one word. He looked at us and called us some very choice words. Then he started to walk towards us like he was going to do something. At this point we had no idea what to do. This guy was literally going to try and beat us up! Then out of nowhere this guy who is about 50, bald, and short walked between us and grabbed the man and said "if you touch them I will break your jaw." Wow. Then the scary guy proceeded to walk away. The first thing I wanted to do was stand up to shake this man's hand and tell him thank you. I also wanted to talk to him about the church but he literally walked away so fast I had no time to. He just left. Our teacher came up like 2 seconds after all this had happened and asked us what just happened? I looked back to find the man and he was gone. That was my first missionary experience. Working in downtown Manchester and getting cussed out and almost getting beat up. It actually made me realize how hard Satan is going to work to not let us share our message to others. He will do anything. We went on the rest of the day and I was in a super happy mood. We talked to a ton of people and we ended up placing 1 BOM to a guy named Joe. He really wasn't very interested. We also had one man want to Bible bash us. Manchester was cool and very different place.

Moving on. Here at the MTC life is either good or bad. For example the people here are so cool. I love everyone here. The food is so good. I have lost my 6 pack. It's mad. They say that word here a lot. Mad. I can't wait to actually get out of this building and go walk around all day. Some of us have been getting sick around here. Flu and head colds. I woke up today with a head cold. We gave Elder Tuita a blessing yesterday because he was throwing up. But I am doing really good and I am really excited to leave to the mission. I am also still nervous. We get to go on our Heber C. Kimball church tour tomorrow. We will visit the villages of Downham and Chatburn. I will take a lot of pictures. And today we might go back to that same chippy!

I think that's all that has happened. I'm learning a lot form my teacher Brother Gibbons. He is from Dublin, Ireland. He is a really cool guy.

I love you guys!! I know that I am supposed to be here. I have many doubts about if I will be a good missionary. But I know that if I am living the rules with exact obedience then there is no way the Spirit can not be with me. I know that the Spirit is what I need to have to be successful and to convert people to the gospel.

One week left at the MTC. I am super excited! The next time I write it will be from either Scotland or Ireland!! Love you guys!

-Elder Gowans

Beresford family from Rochdale, England

Warren Ferguson from Rochdale, England

Lynne Finney from Leigh, England

First 'Chippy'

First Fish & Chips

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Week 1

Hey everyone,

Sorry I forgot to tell you that my p-day is on Wednesday's thats my bad. Dad please tell the Finney's thank you from me for the awesome package that they gave to me.

Any ways the MTC is great! I'm having so much fun and loving everything but at the same time I am so ready to get out of here and just actually start doing some real work. Yes, the MTC is great. The food here is great! I have gained like 3 pounds so I'm now over 150 pounds. My district is sooooo fun! We work hard too. I already love them so much.

My companions name is Elder Anderson. He is from Missouri. He is a great guy. We are nothing a-like but we work well together and we like each other. That is all I can ask for. I love learning from Preach My Gospel. I have seriously been reading that book all day everyday. I have learned so much from it. Of course I am reading from the scriptures too. I have written in my journal every night. Quick story about Elder Dove. He is in my district. He is this huge kid from London. He is so ripped. We get along so well. He played for the Arsenal reserve team and was training with people like Van Persie. Then he blew out his knee. That was it. He also played for the U19 England world cup team.. As you can see he is so cool. The rest of my district is also great. Elder Labuschagne from England is the most funniest guy you will ever meet. He is like crazy sometimes. Elder Egen from Germany is the funnest guy ever. Elder Monroe form Scipo, Utah is a hick lol. Elder Thompson from Bountiful, Utah is super tall and nice. Elder Tutia from AZ is a cool guy too. We have two sisters as well. Sister Truman and Sister Metcalf. They too are both great. 8 people in our district super fun which makes the MTC a great place to train. 6 to a room. It has rained here everyday but once. It is so nice here. I love the cold way more than the hot. Mom I wish I had one short sleeved shirt. We get to go to the temple today! I have done my wash and it was actually easy! Other than that I am learning a ton and am having fun doing it. I have some crazy stories I will have to share with you in two years. 

Are you kidding me... BYU lost! Why cant we ever win?

I will share one spiritual experience This week on Monday me and elder Anderson really prayed hard to plan a great lesson. We wanted to make it simple and powerful and after our personal study we shared our thoughts. Our lesson just came together and it flowed and we were so excited to teach. When we got in to teach our investigator well he would not shut-up then he said he had to leave so we didn't even get to teach. I felt good though because we really put so much effort into our lesson and I was super excited to teach. I can't wait for that opportunity in the field. I'm sure I will suck at teaching But I want to be a good teacher.

I love you guys and miss you guys a ton. I have felt the spirit so much here and have had so many experiences to know that this is where I am supposed to be. I am grateful for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. Without him I can't do anything as a missionary. I am loving being a missionary. It is really is hard work and you could tell from day one. I love it!

Elder Gowans

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 1

I just got to the MTC, I'm doing really good. I'm kinda overwhelmed and nervous. I met Elder Bain and I already love him.

We flew over Liverpool it was awesome and then we drove right through Manchester! It is so green just like you said dad. There are so many green rolling hills. I can only email quickly, but I love you! I will email you on my p-day.

Elder Gowans

Gowans family at the SLC Airport to send Elder Gowans off to England.

Adele (Warburton) Hardman & family from Blackpool, England