Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Latest from Thailand 2/27/08

Hey family....Well another week another email.....I hope you are all ready for the 'exciting' update.haha. Well...we sure have had an exciting week here in the pakkret area this past week. We got our monthly show list of the different places we will be playing this upcoming month.....really quite unbelieveable. We have about 30 shows linned up for the upcoming month, including a tour of the eastern easaun side of thailand that will be for about one week long. So we are all really excited to go out and perform in all the different places. We just hope we will be ready being that we just got two new members in the band and have only practiced about 3 or 4 times. So hopefully all will go well. It all starts with one show this sat. here in bangkok. I'll let you know how it goes. As for me and E.Howell we are doing way good. We have found some awesome new investigators that we hope will be getting baptism dates soon....although we will have to hand them over to the assistants to president and the office elders as we are going to be going around the country performing....we won't have enough time to be with them and teach them. But we will see how it all goes, it will all work out. It's kind of an interesting 'opportunity cost', I actually had an opportunity to talk with President about it...because as a missionary our main priority is our investigators....but he said he knows that it is a big hit to take 8 elders out of the mission but he says that he believes it is worth what our band does for other areas. O yeah elder howells' dad is going to be a mission pres. in the minnisota he is way excited..for that. His mom and dad were in the recent church news so he was so excited to see them. Well is great....our areas are picking up and I feel like our purpose in being in this music group is showing in bright colors....we are seeing so many people be touched and open their hearts to the gospel through it. It's so cool to be a part of this ...I love every minute of it. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world right now. I've loved the last couple weeks as I've looked back and seen the growth I've experienced on my mission. It's so awesome to see what happens and how much you progress when you trust in the lord and do it his way...I love it. I'll never leave it, I am starting to see what people mean when they say they think about their mission everyday of their life....because I do it everyday, even though mine is still going...I constantly think about past experiences I've had. Well I love you all and hope you all are well . elder lowrey

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tanner's Work...

Last year Tanner took a photography class...and I am so proud of his creativity! These are just a few of his shots...

Valentines Day...

I can honestly say that I have never had a valentines day like this one...dinner with an ocean view and a movie with great freinds would of sufficed...but Dana may have gone overboard...4 dozen roses later, chocolates :) jewlery (copper and tourmaline stone) and a strand of pearls almost as tall as I am! What a day it was. Hmmm am I spoiled?
Not everyone during a life time that we are close to has our best interest at heart all of the time...UNDERSTATEMENT!! but despite the gifts (don't get me was an exciting day!!) I know Dana's main objective is to be my friend and a companion that I can honor and who honors me. I am sooo grateful for his integrity and honest heart.
I know...many of you have had that love for years...but for me, I have never quite experienced life with someone who loves me for who I am, and is striving to build me up.
So I am, today, grateful for the friend I have and the companionship that we do share.

A look on the inside...2/19

Hey great to hear from everyone...sounds like everyone is doing good. That's too bad that your computer crashed but oh well sometimes starting new is the best thing to do...(that might not be true...)?? Well anyways, I'll answer your question,....the calcium tablets helped a ton and I'm feeling alot better......So this past week has been an interesting one. One of my companions, Elder Pyper, will be moving to a city called Don Muang. Elder Mcconnell , our music leader, is leaving E. Pyper was called to replace him. We are also getting a new sound tech. which is a Thai elder named natawhut and Elder Ensign, my mtc companion, is also joing the group this week. As for me I believe I'll be staying with E. Howell in my area. So it will be an interesting moves, we thought for sure that President wouldn't move anyone because we have a big week long tour in march and we didn't think we could be ready for that if we had new people come in...but aparently the Lord thinks different..haha.but all in all I am excited. This past week my two companions and I had an oppertunity to eat dinner with the old Ambassador to the U.S. and his wife. They are one of the royal family contacts that we work with for public relations and governmental purposes. It was awesome!! When working with such key individuals its so important to be always be building good relationships with them....these are the people who have say in us being here in thailand and being recognized as a church...I really see us as young missionaries being guided to know what to say and do to be improving those's such a cool thing to be a part of:) Anyways, other than that we had an English Evaluation which we played games and watched 'Finding Faith in Christ'. We have been seeing some good investigators come through the english program so I've always enjoyed having a part in it. Well, it sounds like things are coming along back home...and sounds like the cabin is getting there too. I can't believe how fast time is moving, some of my best friends in the mission are going home in like 2 days and alot more in 6 weeks's so crazy to see all the changes and to look back and realize how much time has passed....time is such and interesting thing when you only have one goal, one objective or purpose....I've been doing missionary work for so long everyday....It's engraved into me...I can't even keep track of's a wild experience....I'd recommend it to everyone....well I love you guys ....i love this work so much...I know that there is so much work to be do it. Have a good week too:)love you> elder lowrey

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Make today count...

Yes, today is the day...make the effort!
You will feel better!