Hogsback Mountain

Hogsback Mountain
Hogsback Mountain Wilderness

Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Step Closer

After having had the opportunity to speak to our ward congregation, on Sunday, June 26, we feel blessed by the love of family and friends who have touched our lives.  We have lived in Bonita for the last 17 years and have been touched by many special people and have created so many memories---so standing before all those dear friends and family was a spiritual experience.  I am certain that there are no coincidences with God and each one of those people was put in our path so that we could grow in some way.

Having given our "farewell" talks, we are another step closer to actually leaving.  We will be flying to Utah next Monday, July 4 to spend a week with friends and family, especially our aging parents before we leave our life behind for 18 months.  On July 11, we will enter the Missionary Training Center to learn what to expect and what is expected of us while we serve in South Africa.  Not only will we receive a crash course on the cultural norms of South Africa, but we will be immersed in the spirit of missionary work.  On Monday, July 18, 2011, we will board a plane for Cape Town, South Africa.  We have spent the last 3 months organizing, sorting, transitioning and praying so that we could put our lives on hold until January 2013 in the service of the Lord.  So many doors have been opened to us and problems resolved, that we have felt the hand of God in our preparations and WE ARE READY!

It is hard to image leaving these sweet grandchildren behind, but we know that this is what the Lord would have us do and know that he will watch over them while we are gone.

Clarke can't decide which is harder... leaving the grandchildren or the truck!

If you wish to send us letters or packages during our mission you can send them to the following address.

Elder Clarke and Sister Luci Fowers
South Africa Cape Town Mission
P.O. Box 181
Cape Town
7935 South Africa

Our email address are:

Sister Luci Fowers:  lucille.fowers@myldsmail.net
Elder J. Clarke Fowers:  j.fowers@myldsmail.net

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Called to Serve

Dear Friends and Family,

Our call to serve the Lord and the people of South Africa as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints has become a benchmark event of our lives.  On March 31, 2011 we received a letter from the missionary department of the Church calling us to serve as Leader Support Missionaries for a period of 18 months in Cape Town, South Africa signed by our beloved Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

When we first read those words it didn't seem real or even possible to leave everything behind...home, business and family (especially the grandchildren) to go to such a far-reaching corner of the world on the Lords errand.  Now that we are just weeks away from our departure and we have spent months sorting and organizing our lives we feel an ever growing excitement.  The Lord has opened so many doors which has made it possible to leave our lives here in San Diego and share our message with the people of South Africa.

If you wish to follow our adventures and experiences please visit our blog from time to time.