Monday, September 22, 2014


September 22, 2014

Dear Friends and Family, 

This week has been great!!  I bought a pair of legit Indian pants at the thrift store we give service at. I'm talking parachute/MC Hammer pants!! They're so dang great!  And they were only 50 cents. 

The other day we walked in on a Chin "Devotion" which was a room full of Burmese people chanting prayers at the same time. It sounded like they were casting out evil spirits!  It freaked Sister Loveland and I out!

I love the people I teach.  They're so dang cute!  I just wish I could understand them. I hate language barriers. I almost know when to say "Amen" when they're praying now.  I know that God is "Pathian" pronounced: Bah Tee Ahn and Jesus Christ is "Jesu Khrih" pronounced: Jay Sue Cree.  I know a few others.  When I teach in English, I replace those words so they at least know who I'm talking about.  

The members of my ward are the best!  They feed us and the Elders and it's great!  They're missionary minded too!  The Elders here are the greatest. My Zone leader built my desk for me this week and I found out he's from AF.  Good stuff.  We tease the Elders in our ward about so much because we see them literally every day.  We do almost everything together.  

I'm sooo tired all the time, but it's worth it!  I always have a smile on my face.  I love being a missionary!

Sister Fowler

Monday, September 15, 2014

First P-Day in Indiana!

September 15, 2014

I'm in the South Indianapolis area and I love it!  Sister Loveland and I teach so many Burmese families. Here's some background: In Burma right now, there's a lot of persecution toward Christians and so they all Imigrated to America.  They are beautiful people!  However, they all speak different dialects of Chin so it's tough to communicate with them.  So, we teach them English!  I get a nametag in Burmese though so that's exciting!!  It's a pretty language to look at. I just wish I knew how to speak to them in their language.  They love God so much! It's humbling to be with them. 

Less than a week ago, I was sitting in the SLC airport, freaking out.  I had anxiety BAD.  I had doubts about serving a mission and it was tough.  This old lady who calls herself "Grammy Sammy," came and started talking to all of us missionaries and really calmed me down and convinced me that this is what I need.  She was a blessing straight from Heavenly Father!  A true Angel.  :)

My mission President and his wife are absolutely adorable. I love them!  

We teach group English classes twice a week and that's so dang fun!  The Burmese people are so funny!  

We have two investigators names Larry and Lani. They're so great!  Larry is black and he's probably in his mid 50's.  Everyone here is super religious already and he knows the Bible well.  Lani is his 16 year-old daughter and she's lovely.  Larry has cut back from smoking 2 1/2 packs of tobacco a day to only smoking 3/4 of a pack a day.  We're so proud of him!  He has a killer laugh!  It makes me smile.  

We had Zone meeting and that was cool!  We basically do a white elephant gift exchange every time.  We got ugly things from "Humble Impressions," the thrift store that we give service at on Thursday mornings. Sister Loveland got a mug that looks like 

On Saturday, we volunteered at the Special Olympics. We kept score and announced for softball. It was SOO much fun!  Guess who I saw there?? None other than Elder Matthew Brown.  I went to high school with him! We were actually good friends in Jr. High. He couldn't believe I was there, in his mission!! He wanted to know about home and I wanted to know about the mission!  He was companions with my DL a few transfers back and apparently they didn't get along. Oh well.  My DL's are great!  They live in the same apartment complex as us. 

Sunday: We had ward council. WOOF.  The bishop called yesterday morning and said I would be speaking in sacrament meeting. So I prepared a dang good talk in a couple of hours even when we had lessons and stuff to deal with.  But seriously, this ward is amazing!  The bishop emphasizes the importance of praying for the missionaries specifically!  He announced that his family had been praying for "Sister Loveland and her new companion" before they knew my name as well as Elder Owen and Elder Maxwell.  We have so many members who are willing to come teaching with us too.  It's so great!  I feel loved by them and I don't even know them that well.  They've been feeding us well too!

Lessons: My favorite lesson happened last night. We taught Cross, Lyly (Lee Lee), and Jemimah.  They're Chin and they're so sweet!  I taught Lyly and Jemimah lesson 7 of the church's English program and when it was over they told me, "Pretty teacher."  Aww.  Then we read with them from the illustrated Book of Mormon stories and explained it to them. I hate language barriers.  I wish they spoke English better or I knew how to speak Chin!  I can a little, but not nearly enough to communicate!  Then when Sister Loveland and I left, they said, "Good teachers."  Haha!  They're good students too.  :)
The first lesson I taught in the field was the Law of Chastity.  Of course.  Haha!  We taught it to Larry and Lani.  Another time we taught them, we stopped by to share a scripture with them and Lani stood at the door while Larry listened from the next room.  We were about to leave so we asked them if we could pray with them before we go.  Larry shouts, "I don't have a shirt on!" Haha!  We made Lani bring him one so he could come out and pray with us!  That was a good lesson, it definitely cracked me up!! 

Here's my address!  Write me!
8567 Red Oak Court Apt A, Indianapolis IN 46227

I have gained a stronger testimony these last few weeks.  Each time I teach something or testify of something, I feel the spirit confirm to me that this message is true! I absolutely love being a missionary!

Sister Fowler

Monday, September 8, 2014

Last P-Day in the MTC

September 8, 2014

Not a lot of time to write! But look who I found! My college roommate at the MTC! Hermana Eardley!

Monday, September 1, 2014

First P-Day!

September 1, 2014

Today is P-day except I will email next monday night because I leave at 4 am on tuesday. I have loved it here!  The MTC is the best experience.  My favorite teacher, Brother Van Zant is from Lehi and he's adorable. He actually served in my mission too!  The Elders in my district are going to the Boston Mass. mission.  

My branch president told us to prepare a 3-5 minute talk on the Atonement for Sunday because they stand up and announce random people to speak.  Of course they picked me out of 7 sisters and 22 Elders. It wasn't too bad.  An Elder in my district timed my talk and I spoke for 5 minutes and .07 seconds.  Haha!  Anyways, the schedule has been tough.  I'm in classes for 8 hours a day and have study times between those.  It's insane.  we've been teaching investigators lately and two Elders in my district had a funny experience.  Elder Lee started teaching the Restoration to their investigator and his companion, Elder Smout, opened his Preach My Gospel book to the Plan of Salvation and started teaching that.  They were confused and so was their investigator!  HAHAHA!  Good stuff.  

Missionaries are so nice.  Everywhere I walk, they're saying, "Hi, Sisters" to me and my companion, Sister Shaw.  I've never touched a door here because the Elders always hold them open for us!  Also, we can't say "guys" anymore.  It's always, "Elders and Sisters".  It's been a lot to take in but I'm loving every second!!  The spirit is so strong everywhere I go!  It's an incredible feeling.  :)


Sister Fowler

Companion is Sister Shaw