Feb 18, 2010

Feb 18, 2010
Thanks to all the friends who showed up at the airport - we were so surprised to find out how many have been following the blog for 2 years. You all are great!

Elder Nowland and His Friends

Elder Nowland and His Friends
We've Been waiting for you.

19 May 2009

18 May 2009

Hey family so guess what we just got back from a really cool Preparation day activity. We went bike riding through prague!!! It was so cool we rode through a few parks and rode our bikes on the bridge just across from Charles Bridge! It was really exciting i'll post the pictures next week for you all to see. The coolest thing that happened this week was that after many hard days (about 2 weeks in all) we have had really low amounts of success in our contacting and everything altogether. We were really starting to get down and our faith was hurting a little bit, but we said "no more!" to low faith and we each got down in humble prayer on our own and also together. We went to a park on thursday morning sat on a bench, said a prayer.
The Lord is always watching over us. he sees our struggles and hardships. He sees our faith being tested as we journey through the trails of life, and as we show forth our faith in the midst of those hard times and put complete reliance on him, he blesses and not just little blessings but great blessings! I am a witness of that. This mission is teaching me a whole lot about that absolute faith in and reliance on the Lord.

I Love you all so much and am very thankful for your letters. Oh and by the way about singing on Namestis (town squares) we do it every week!!! A lot of people really enjoy it too!! We use it as a way to find people!!!! We have had some good success from it too.

Well take care of yourselves and keep the amazing missionary work going forward!!!

Love your son,
Elder Nowland

04 May 2009

Elder Price and Elder Nowland with Mr. Petr Spirit. Aren't they a handsome group. Petr was baptized on May 2, 2009

This is Starsi' Nowland and Marcelu at her baptism - May 2, 2009

4 May 2009

My Family!!
So guess what this week was quite a blessing and as you said our prayers have been answered. So i just got back from spending a few hours with Elders...well Brothers Trost and Johnson who were past missionaries here. Elder Trost was my Assistant when i first got in the country so it was really awesome to see them here and to spend some time with them. Elder Trost is awesome and brought me some whoppers!
So as you know 3 people got baptised this past saturday. It was a very hectic week for us because we were trying to get the baptisms organized while also preparing to go to Plzen on exchanges with the district leader there.

Elder Price and i have been doing very well at not only working on our spiritual strength but also our physical fitness. Both of us noticed that we were starting to "Let ourselves go" and so we have really been getting up in the mornings and getting straight to exercising. We have started running to Charles Bridge every morning which is one of the most amazing runs ever. It is so peaceful in the morning and really offers a time to relax and rejuvinate while also releasing stress through excercise. I'm so blessed to be living in the country and serving in the city that many people dream about coming to.

So we got a referral from the elders in Brno. We didnt contact it right away, when on saturday night we really felt like we should give her a call. She answered the phone and we asked if we could visit her. She said, Absolutely im so glad you called i really need some help with some problems im having with my computer. We went to see her and see ended up telling us that she had been thinking to herself that she needed some help but didnt know who to call and then she thought of the missionaries that she had talked to in Brno. Right as she thought this we called her and came to the rescue. How amazing is that!! She is now a new investigator and has commited to start coming to church. She has already given us a number of one of her friends and is calling another to ask that friend if we can come visit as well. It so awesome how well Referrals work. It is a very big key in bringing more of our brothers and sisters unto the gospel. we need to share the message of faith and divine help with our friends and family and then invite them to receive their own spiritual experiences as well through meeting with the the missionaries.

I love you all a ton and look forward to talking to you this sunday on Mother's Day!!!!
Here are the questions:

Did you get your package? yes, thanks a ton!!!
Did you like the surprise item that I sent? yeah super sweet ...i have two now so i will be set for sure (frisbees)
Do you need me to send anything? not at the moment.
How is Elder Price? Super we get along very well!!! He says thank you sooooo much for the PMG(mini Preach My Gospel). and thanks for the popcorn and pictures and frisbee.

take care this week and always remember that your one and only son Morgan
loves you