Johannesburg South Africa ~Temple~

Johannesburg South Africa ~Temple~

Monday, August 14, 2017

Busy week and Stake Conference

Well this week was a really busy week for us here int he area! We met with a lot of people and had some really powerful lessons! We were able to put a investigator that has been coming to church for a little under what he said was six years on date for baptism! That was really cool! He really just wants to change his life and be a better person! This week was also stake conference. I have attended the Bedfordview Stake conference three strait times now! So yeah that dates me here in this zone I am running in total a little under one year in the Zone! Yeah but Stake Conference was nice! There were some really great touching talks that were given! Other than that this week was normal! My son is doing good and is still getting used to SA but yeah all in all we are fine! Love you!
Elder Cowan

Monday, August 7, 2017

Interviews and Gym

So this week was really not to eventful but I will try my best to fill you in! We had interviews this week at the mission home which was really great! We went over some more effective ways of doing companionship study! But yeah the Interview went well and yeah! My companion is doing really great and he like the area! He isnt liking the food much but that is okay he will change. On Sunday we got invited over for some Zulu tradition thing and I think it was probably in the Top ten meals of my whole mission but Elder Trammell really didn't like it to much, like not at all! it was kinda funny!! This week as well we got Gym passes so we actually started that today!! It was really nice to start working out again even thought we awoke at 5 oclock!! it was nice and I am a bit sore but NO PAIN NO GAIN!!! Anyways that was really the week! I just want to thank all of you who sent cards or letters with the package that was sent! It was really nice to see all of those so again thank you! I love you all!! 

Elder Cowan

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Son and Two more on Date

Well this week was really interesting! I technically have had about 4 companions through this whole week. The first was Elder Malunga who I lost on Monday. I was then companions with Elder Jennings until Tuesday morning when i got Elder Nielsen for another day. Wednesday is when we received our new missionaries who are fresh from the Provo MTC. My new companion who I am training is Elder Trammell from Clearfield Utah! He is a really cool guy and is willing to work which is all I can ask for!! So yeah anyways back to the week! I was in Katlehong and Germistion on Tuesday which was really cool to go back and see some people!! They are just so great that side and it was nice to see them! Then we picked up our guys on Wednesday and spent most the day that side! But yeah we were able to see a lot of our investigators and we actually were able to put two more on date for baptism for the 3rd of September! So we have 10 people on date which is such a blessing!! The Lord is working great things here in Germistion and I am truly grateful to be serving here for that!! Anyways I love you all and I wish you the best! 

Elder Cowan

Monday, July 24, 2017

Transfers, Baptisms, Temple, Exchanges and Birthday

Well this week was really good!! There were a lot of good things that happened this week and some great memories made. Well to start out transfer news was sent out on Saturday and yeah!! So obviously my companion is leaving and I will be getting a brand new missionary so i am training again. I really excited because the area is really thriving right now and we are having a lot of success. This week we had two Baptism Karl and Nigel. It was really great and they really did have a great experience. They both are about 17 years old and they will be good assets to the ward! We went to the temple on Friday! What a great experience and a great way to spend my birthday! We took some pictures and yeah it was nice! But I will send them next week because I still have to get them from some people. We went to Roco Mamas Friday with Elder Jennings and 'Ahome'e. We had some really good food and had a good time as well! Great way to spend my Birthday. This week as well we had two exchanges one Tuesday and the other on Wednesday. Tuesday we had it with the Zone Leaders so Elder Malunga went with Elder Stevenson to Alexandra which is a pretty ghetto township and Elder Powell went with me to Germiston. It was good and I learned a lot from him. Wednesday I went to Katlehong and it was good seeing some old faces that I havent seen for awhile! But yeah all in all it was a really good week!! I love you all!! 

Elder Cowan

Monday, July 17, 2017

Zone Conference

This week we had the opportunity to have a zone conference! It was really nice and I truly enjoyed! There was a lot talked about and a lot that we have taken in and will apply to our missionary work! We heard a lot about the new mission president MTC meeting and it was really good. There was this really awesome story about two brothers that Elder Holland talked about. This one went out and left home and joined the Hells Angels and traveled around. He came to his sense and headed back toward home but missed it and went to Southern California and joined that side. There he was sitting on his porch and some missionaries walked past his house and his dogs came to the gate and barked and so they kept walking when they both stopped and conversed. They walked back the dogs became quiet and they walk through the gate and went to talk to this guy. He knew missionaries because he grew up on the church in Pocatello Idaho where he ran away from. While the missionaries talked to him one asked where he was from and stated he was from Pocatello. They Elder asked if he knew a certain family and he said yes that is my parents. The Elder then said that he was his brother that he didn't know he had and that the missionary didn't even know of the other brother. IT was just a great small story eventually the man returned home repented and was then married in the temple. This just illustrates the importance of the spirit in missionary work. But yeah this week really wasn't eventful either. We had 13 of out investigators attend church and that was really great to see! But yeah I love you all!!

Elder Cowan

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stolen Stuff and Sickness

Well this week was alright. Just alright nothing to special happened and also nothing terrible happened till Sunday. So this week went like every other week here in SA and as a missionary especially. We did have interviews which is a little different then normal but in general it was normal! Oh yeah before I forget we as a mission have Received Swaziland and part of our mission!! So that is super cool and exciting!! We get 12 missionaries with that country moving over!  But yeah all is well for us and we are surviving this side. I was really sick yesterday and Saturday and still have it today but yeah I am getting better slowly. Also when we at church we had our car opened up and had a camera and a gps stolen. So that suckled really bad!! I am a bit mad about it but oh well! Live and let it go!! But yeah all is well here in South Africa!! I love you guys!! 

Elder Cowan

Thursday, July 6, 2017

This Week

So this week was literally a normal week! It seemed to take forever because transfers usually happen on a Tuesday and we switched companions on a Monday so that through off the whole week. Elder Malunga is a really cool guy and we are having a good time here in Germiston. This week we were able to put 4 more people on date for Baptism which is a real blessing!! So now we have nine people that are preparing to be Baptized by the end of August. We will also have another added to the list after this week! Blessing are coming to this area which is so nice! It has been rough having two missionaries back to back going home but it is fine I am staying strong. Nothing to eventful happened this week other than going to the temple with two of our converts! That was a good experience and they enjoyed I hope!! Haha Anyways I love you all!! 

Elder Cowan