To preface Tyler's email, here is an excerpt from the email our family sent to him on Sunday:
"Yesterday, Mom and Todd had a special experience in the temple. They were there for youth baptisms. Elder Paul B. Pieper of the quorum of the Seventy, was there also. President Moody introduced Mom to him in the foyer, and added, “Sister Bowers has a missionary son who is serving in the Philippines.” Elder Pieper replied, “I will be in the Philippines on Tuesday! I will look for Elder Bowers.” He spoke to the youth of our ward and bore his testimony. The spirit was very strong. Then he shook each person’s hand and asked their names. I (Mom) knew exactly who he was when I saw him because I remember being so impressed by his Conference address last spring, titled “To Hold Sacred.” I came home and listened to his talk again on http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/to-hold-sacred?lang=eng&query=b+(name%3a%22Paul+B.+Pieper%22).
We are hoping that Tyler will have the opportunity to meet Elder Pieper this week! :)
From the following email, it sounds like our missionary is very busy teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so happy to hear that there are 6 people on date for baptism.
Lori and David
Sounds like you guys have been pretty busy! That's exciting. That's fun that you'll go to G&G Bowers for Thanksgiving. It will be weird to not be there.
We live in a town. It's not really like any town in the US though so it's hard to describe. It's all just neighborhoods crammed together in between farmland. For p day we go to Carmen/Rosales, where there's a big mall. That's where I am right now.
This week we taught 29 lessons, in addition to meeting a lot of people. We have 6 investigators with a baptism date, 3 on Dec 8 and 3 on Dec 29. That's pretty cool. As far as support from the members, the EQP comes with us often to lessons, about every other day. It's totally different than from the US though because I don't think he's endowed, plus he was inactive a 15 months ago. haha. But it's good to have him come because a lot of the time the people in our area only speak Ilocano, which we don't know, so he can translate if it's needed. I think he's about 55 yrs old. Our ward missionaries are all the YSA's that have just graduated high school. There are 6 of them.
That's really cool about the temple! Also it's cool that Elder Pieper will be here this week! haha general authorities have crazy schedules.
Don't worry about sending a razor head, I should be able to find one.
Anyways, i'm out of time already because the internet is slow so I'll talk to you later!