Help From Heaven

I have been unable to write this post for a couple of weeks now. I simply can not control my gratitude long enough to see what I am writing. My heart is so full. Spencer Hafen and his father Lavoy came to do the emergency plumbing a couple of weeks ago. They were here all day, and got all the really hard stuff done. Derek finished all the details a few days later, when he could purchase the needed supplies. Amber’s family came in from Idaho and did an enormous amount of work the weekend before. Jason and the boys are getting so much done, after hours, during the week. It has been amazing to see. People have come from all over the valley to help the Twitchells. It warms my heart. Meals have been brought, laundry has been done and time has been sacrificed on their behalf. When I see this love in real life, even though it is someone else, I can feel the love God has for me too. It’s like reading the bible and seeing how God loves his children in Ancient times makes me feel loved. Watching the Twitchell family is like seeing God’s love in 3D.  I’ve calculated over 450 hours total service hours. Amber’s Family has really truly been there for her, and still the valley is responsible for over 150 hours of that time. And I’m sure there are so many people who I don’t know about who are just showing up, picking up a load of laundry, bringing a meal, or working on the house.

There have been many wonderful changes in the house. Amber actually has floors now! The subfloors are finished and now she doesn’t have to worry about baby boy falling in.  The walls in the girls room are almost finished and they should be able to move in to their new room real soon. Amber’s family will be coming again soon, to install flooring and appliances. Still, the most wonderful change I’ve seen, is in Amber herself. I’ve always thought Amber was beautiful, but she just glows now. Her health is coming back, her face is full of color and light. She bore her testimony of Jesus Christ in the children’s primary last week, and I knew everything was going to be ok.

To all those who have helped, will continue to help, and to all those who want to help, I want to say thank you. I just love you so much and appreciate that it is people like you, who make this, the valley I love.




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Amber’s House 11/8 Update

Hello, PV Friends!
I just wanted to thank you all so much on behalf of the Twitchell family for all the love and help they have received over the last week, and to give you a little update.
Amber got back from the Doctor and getting supplies last night. She was given a heart monitor to wear all week, that will hopefully help the Doctors find out more about the stroke and if she is in any immediate danger. So far they can’t tell her much more, unfortunately. We will keep you posted.
We have had some wonderful miracles happen over the last week or so. We have been able to fill some very important missing pieces to the project.
Jason finished his work in Lund and is working here in town this week. He has gotten a lot of work done on the house after hours, and was able to make a trip to town to take Amber to the Doctor and pick up much needed supplies.
President Spencer Hafen and his father Lavoy Hafen volunteered to oversee the plumbing phase of the project. We are so grateful for their expertise. They came down from Panaca last week to get a look at the project and were very optimistic. Without their help on the project we were bottle necked and couldn’t do much more work on the house. Amber’s Uncle Ed and his three sons are coming to help this weekend and will be staying in an RV in the back yard. It will be good to have them here now that we can possibly move on to other things, with the help of the Hafens.
We were also very lucky to receive the help of Nick Pearson from Pearson Brothers Construction. He has volunteered to oversee the Structure phase of the project. He will advise and counsel those helping with the home to insure that the walls, roof and floors are safe and secure. We are all so grateful for his help in this regard. I know Amber will rest easy knowing Nick Pearson is on the job. With the help of a message from the Hardys, Nick and Derek were able to prepare the sewer line for the plumbing that will need to be done this weekend. What a blessing.
Dan and Robert Park have been working on and monitoring the Electricity phase, and along with Amber’s cousins Trent, Jenny and Tanner Rebber, have re-wired that half of the home. There is still some more work to be done so we are so grateful to have them on board.
We were over there the other day, and found Alex Riera putting up drywall again. He has one room almost finished.
Roberta park, Emily Frehner, and Kathy Pierce have helped amber with laundry by taking a load, washing it and bringing it back for the older kids to put away. When there are nine people in the family and no plumbing for a washing machine, things can get kind of overwhelming really fast. We are so grateful for their help.
Because Amber only has the use of one small bathroom sink and is without a stove or cooking utensils, Amber has been very grateful to those willing to bring her crockpot meals and to have her family over for dinner – where they can eat comfortably at a table or surface and enjoy the company of families who love her and her family.
Amber would also enjoy visits from people in the valley. As you can imagine, a faithful, busy, mother of seven, being forced to slow down so quickly has been very difficult. She is used to going a hundred miles an hour. A visit would help make the day go by easier and would bring comfort and healing as well.
If you would like to help with any of these things or have a skill or expertise in any of these areas, please feel free to contact me, so I can put you on the schedule. We welcome everyone willing to help in the valley and thank you in advance for whatever you can do for this wonderful family.
Bianca Bowman
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Amber’s House Update

They came! They came without callings, without assignments, or nagging. They came without paperwork, signatures or dragging… They came just the same.
It wasn’t even organized by the church or run by the relief society. It is amazing how much you can do when you are not waiting to be assigned to do it. My heart is full of gratitude for people willing to just act. In the last year being back in this valley, I’ve had many angels help me just because they saw a need. One day my roof was leaking and my husband was out of town. I was so distraught I could not get out of bed. I was worried that my air conditioner would fall right down from the roof due to the water damage around it. Then, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to find an Angel from the Valley. He said, “I’m here to fix your roof.” And that is just what he did. He wouldn’t accept payment, so I was grateful he accepted some baked goods instead.
We live in a time when it has become scary to help. You never know when you are going to offend someone or step on someones toes. I know I would feel so much more comfortable if I had a signed permission slip from God before I ventured out into the unknown to serve. To that, God says to me, “Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward.” D&C 6:33
The hard part comes when we don’t know who or how to serve. So here are some tips and tricks I picked up from my own Alamo Angels.
1. Keep an eye out for your neighbor on social media. I found out someone needed help from a meme they posted really late one night. After reviewing her older posts, I was able to do the math and figure out what was wrong and how I could help. The nice man who fixed my roof found out I needed help from a post I made, asking for roofer recommendations.
2. Keep it simple – We are all really good at smiling and waving at each other when we pass. We can never underestimate the power of a smile. It can change everything for someone having a bad day and give faith to those who have lost theirs for the moment. Most of all don’t forget to pray. Prayer is a powerful thing. Pray for the person. Pray that you will know what to do to help them. Pray that you will not judge. Pray for our Valley. Pray for those here that have offended you hurt you or made your life difficult. Just Pray. It brings you closer to God and it helps others at the same time. People make fun and say that prayer is not enough, and yet sometimes, praying is the only thing you can do for someone. It only takes a second but it makes a world of difference.
3. Enlist a friend – Maybe it is your visiting teaching companion, a good friend or even your husband or one of your children. It is so much easier to have the courage to do good things when you have someone who is willing to support you in it.
4. Be very observant – When Traci Poulsen adopted her boys, I’m sure she didn’t have any idea how that was going to drastically affect dinner. But someone else did. Sandy Lytle, brought dinner weekly to this family. She anticipated a need and was a great blessing.
5. Lift where you are standing – My first reaction, when I heard that people were going to come to help Amber with her house, was to put together a “barn raising” kind of event of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers proportions – minus the fight scene. Don’t laugh. I could imagine all of us ladies at the Ball Park, in our fancy dresses and pretty hats, with baskets of freshly made rolls, jars of jelly and fruit pies, visiting and carrying on while we watched our little ones play together, and our sons and husbands worked on the house. Then, I woke up. I have a serious problem with wanting to do so much more than I can actually do or should do. Luckily for me, I decided to lift where I stand. You see, I may not be good at a lot of things but I love being with and caring for children. So, I was honored with the privilege of caring for this sweet little guy and his darling sister on Saturday while all the otherwise talented people made soups and breads for the workers, organized the work, made floors where there were none, dug trenches for plumbing, and rewired the entire home.  It was a lovely day. The children and I had a lot of fun together.
Cheyenne with Amber’s youngest, fast asleep after a fun day.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf told a story in the October, 2008 General Conference. He said,

“Some years ago in our meetinghouse in Darmstadt, Germany, a group of brethren was asked to move a grand piano from the chapel to the adjoining cultural hall, where it was needed for a musical event. None were professional movers, and the task of getting that gravity-friendly instrument through the chapel and into the cultural hall seemed nearly impossible. Everybody knew that this task required not only physical strength but also careful coordination. There were plenty of ideas, but not one could keep the piano balanced correctly. They repositioned the brethren by strength, height, and age over and over again—nothing worked.

As they stood around the piano, uncertain of what to do next, a good friend of mine, Brother Hanno Luschin, spoke up. He said, “Brethren, stand close together and lift where you stand.”

It seemed too simple. Nevertheless, each lifted where he stood, and the piano rose from the ground and moved into the cultural hall as if on its own power. That was the answer to the challenge. They merely needed to stand close together and lift where they stood.”

Taking an inventory of  your own skills, resources, and even limitations is a great way to be prepared for the call when it comes. Being prepared to serve is half the battle. It brings me so much joy to be able to give back to a community that has given us so much.



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Homeward Bound

Our Summer Vacation at the Warm Springs Ranch has come to an end. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve here as we know there are many members waiting in line for a chance to enjoy a service mission here. We are glad we were chosen for this time.

Remember, there are many ways to be able to bring your family and friends here. You can make reservations online on the church website. You can come for open swim on Thursdays from 10 AM to 9:00 PM, for 3 dollars per person. You can contact President Norda, to do a Serve and Swim day or President Richards for a Family Camp. (I think they were thinking a fee of 30.00 per family) These two people are from the Tule Stake Presidency. Tule Stake has been given Stewardship over the Warm Springs Ranch. If you need to contact either one of them, request their information from your local church leaders, as I’m sure this information will change do to the nature of callings. If you have any problems or concerns regarding your visit to Warm Springs Ranch I would advise you to follow the normal chain of command, contact your Bishop who will then contact your stake president and then they will contact Tule Stake or those in charge. Again this information is always subject to change but your Stake leaders will most likely be up to date. Of course if there is an emergency at the Warm Springs Ranch, call 911. Don’t forget to like the Warm Springs Ranch page on Facebook.

This has been so much fun. Goodbye Warm Springs Ranch. We Love you!


Sister Bowman

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The Splendor of Stewardship

Elder Bowman pressure washing the lower pool.
The kiddo’s and their new friend, from Tule Stake exploring, and looking for the frog they saw jump.

Recently, as I’ve watched Tule Stake members really come together and take responsibility for different aspects of the Ranch, I’ve come to understand the power and splendor of Stewardship.

They have people in charge of clean up after open swim, people to pressure wash and clean the pools, people to take care of the equipment, and even others still, to open and close the pools. They are doing an excellent job sharing the Stewardship they have over the Warm Springs Ranch.

This week we have had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dave. Dave has been called to care for our workshop. He gets the gas and works on the lawn mower. He even offered to make me a key for the paper towel holders in the old bathrooms. He and his daughters cleaned out the entire garage. They swept and served and swam and they were happy to do it.

Our valley is a wonderful place. While we do not have very many amenities, we do not have a lot of government involvement either. That is both good and bad for us. We have parks and things but no one to maintain and care for them. How wonderful it would be if we could just call people to care for different parts of our valley. “Elder and Sister Bowman, we call you to have stewardship

Jericho, helping Elder Bowman clean out the moss from the bottom of the pool.

over the Children’s Park.” How fun would that be? Or “Fill in the Blank, we call you to look after the library and share your resources and insight with those working there.” (I would choose Jill Hansen if it were up to me. Her kids are big readers and she has done a bang up job keeping them in books.) What a wonderful world it would be for us to have each other’s support in caring for and supporting our valley’s amenities.

Working at the Warm Springs Ranch has been such an incredible blessing for our family. We have come to love and respect this beautiful place and the people who come here to bond and unite with their families and wards. Our children have enjoyed working along side us even more than swimming and exploring. And that is more than we could have hoped for.

Elder Bowman Mowing the Ranch’s Camping Grounds.

This opportunity made me want to do more for our community and to invest in our valley. We are excited to see Friends of Pahranagat Valley’s Splash Pad coming along so nicely in it’s new location. It is amazing what we can do with a little courage, a lot of love and a wonderful, united valley of people who step in to help make our Valley a better place.


Sister Bowman

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Keeping Our Little Ones Safe Around the Water

President Norda, working on the new pools.
Puddle Jumper 1
Puddle Jumper 2
New Pool 1
New Pool #2
New Pool #3
Gabby Swimming in the Lower Pool
Drain in Lower Pool

After some long hours put in by the Tule Stake leaders, we have some beautiful new pools. They are a lovely addition to the facility. Since they are only a few feet from the cooking grills. I thought it would be a good time to tell you how Elder and Sister Bowman keep their little ones safe around the pools while we work and live here at the Springs.

1. When cooking or working around the pools, we like to designate a babysitter for our small children. While these new pools are rather deep there are some tiny streams of water that babies can wade in comfortably when accompanied by an adult. Designating an adult is important to me because that way I know for certain that someone specific is watching my  small ones if I can not. Mostly, I like to watch the kiddos and Elder Bowman likes to cook and that works fine for us. Each of us knows our jobs and everyone is safe. It only takes a second for a little one to get away from us.

2. I’m a big fan of life jackets, swim floaties and pool noodles. Our favorite for our little ones are the Puddle Jumpers. They are Coast Guard approved and are easier to manage than life jackets for our little ones. They are hard to find though. I buy them when I find them and you can get them here on Amazon. Our good friends own Big Ash, in Alamo, and the water is quite deep there. Elder Bowman and I enjoy using big noodles and life jackets because while it might be fun for a little while to tread water if you plan on being there for a long time it can become difficult and even uncomfortable and no fun at all. The upper pool here at the ranch is deep as well, and can be fun for the whole family if young children have some flotation device even if they know how to swim.

3. We are careful around the drains. We have quite a few here at the Warm Springs Ranch. The one pictured here, is in the upper part of the lower pool. It is the only one not on the side of the pools but is right in the middle of the more shallow part of the pool instead. We have had some trouble with closing and opening the drain and one day it was open while the other drains kept it full of water so there was a suction and it was a little scary. Now, it is closed and we can’t get it to open so no water is currently going through this drain but it isn’t covered so we have been really careful with our kiddos around this drain.

4. We teach our children to swim but we also teach them to be calm during a water emergency. While we were teaching our little ones to swim, we were excited to see them pick it up really quickly. Until one of them tripped on the stairs and fell into the water and panicked. So we made an effort to teach them to stay calm. We had them practice falling off of their pool noodles and jumping off of the side of the pool to get them use to the initial shock of unexpected water situations. That seemed to make them more comfortable. This was a lot easier at Little Ash. The water was at the waist of most seven and eight year old children. And this lesson was easily taught. I was hoping that the new pools would be about that same depth but they turned out to be a lot deeper.

5. We also keep a first aid kit in our vehicles. It’s a good practice considering our drives are always very long. Here at the Warm Springs Ranch we do not have a First Aid Kit on site. So our personal first aid kit, that we keep in the Van has come in very handy quite a few times.

So there it is, five steps Elder Bowman and I take to keep our little ones safe here at the Warm Springs Ranch.


Sister Bowman



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Why My Bathing Suit Looks Like a Dress

Sister Bowman is looking good in this bathing suit and bloomers from Dainty Jewels.
Gaby and I at the Warm Springs Ranch in Moapa. I found her bathing suit at Amazon, along with a pair of matching swim shorts.

When you are working at the Warm Springs Ranch, in 115 degree weather, 99 in the RV, you need to keep cooling off by getting in the water periodically throughout the day. There are also chores to be done and people to greet and give tours to. Under normal circumstances, all three of these things would require different ensembles. Enter, swimwear by Dainty Jewels. My teenage daughter found this for me while we were looking online for modest swimwear. She really understood the need for something like this and was right on every count.

When you get to a certain age, after having children at a certain age, there are some things about you no one really wants to see. And it can be very difficult to find swimwear to cover those things. For me, modest really is hotest, in so many ways.

As a missionary at the Warm Springs Ranch, we get visitors all the time. At any given time of the day, we would welcome anyone from church leaders to non-members and it became obvious after the first week , that I would need an outfit that would be presentable in every situation. I love this bathing suit because it dries quickly, it is modest, and I can look well dressed in all of my duties here at the Springs. It is just really practical.

Doing work around the Ranch is easier too. Not only is it comfortable to work in but it also prevents sunburn. Very nice.

Still, after one of our meetings with Presidents Richards and Norda, I came away feeling silly for wearing a big ol’ dress around the Ranch. So the next swim day, I dawned my less bulky bathing suit and the funniest thing happened. A family from Saint George Utah, had reserved the lower pool that day and had also invited their homeschool group to join them. And everyone, and I do mean everyone, from the tall to the small were in beautifully modest bathing suits. It was incredible to see. One of the beautiful young moms was wearing something that looked like it came from Modli. I wish I had worn mine. I would have fit right in!

On another night, I went down at closing time to take the trashes out, and one of the cutest little teenagers came by me wearing the most darling vintage looking bathing suit. It was a beautiful top with shorts and not the boy shorts either, real live shorts. When I complimented her, she replied very politely. I think dress really does influence our behavior. It truly is an outward expression of our inner selves.

Modest isn’t just practical, it is really beautiful as well and there are many people out there looking for modest swimwear. But don’t take my word for it! The Wall Street Journal would agree. They published an article entitled, “Modest Bathing Suits Make a Splash…” So if you are looking for a fresh look for next summer consider some of these links for a modest, practical and beautiful look.


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The Business Secret of Pahranagat Valley

Cheyenne in the fur shrug. We are on our way to perform for the Senior Center Dinner.
Daniel Lapin, author of Business Secrets from the Bible, tells a story of his Great Great Grandfather, who bought a table from a neighbor for five dollars. The neighbor was going to have to pay five dollars just to have it picked up. She felt good about this transaction. She saved five dollars and earned five dollars. She is up by $10. Grandpa Lapin then goes to the hardware store and spends a dollar on some hardware to fix up the table. After the table is fixed he sells the table for $10.00 to a newlywed couple who were going to pay $20.00 for a different table. So now the couple can spend the 10 dollars they saved on something else in the community and the village just keeps prospering.
When we do business at the local level, or when we buy something from each other at the online yard sale or pick up, repair, and resell something we found at the local give away spot here in the valley, 😉 we are helping our community prosper. Every little cent counts. The village in the example was up by $21.00 just by this one transaction. I’m sure it went on from there. Business in the valley benefits everyone. One person prospering can only be a good thing for his neighbor. We can celebrate that person’s success because it will inherently benefit the whole community.
Let me tell you a true story of how doing business with your neighbor can help you prosper in the land. Lark Harrington, posted on the PV online yard sale that she was on the look out for some vintage aprons. I just happened to have some for her to look at in my storage unit, collecting dust. I traded my vintage aprons for $30.00 dollars that day. Now, sitting at the local Antique store, Wild Rose Junktiques, was the most beautiful fur shrug, I had my eye on for months. It was thirty dollars. I jumped in my minivan and drove the ten minutes down the road and picked up my fur. A few days later, my friend Andrea, the owner of the Wild Rose Junktiques, stopped by for dance lessons from my daughter for $30.00. Lark may have given me 27.00 and the shrug might have been a little more but you get the idea. The fact is all of our lives benefited from Lark asking for aprons.
We must not be so afraid of our neighbor’s success. We must try harder to insure it.  Shirley Davis, was an example to me, of someone who looked for ways to help people in the valley by doing business with them or sharing her resources with them. Our family was blessed to live in her rental home when we had no where else to go. There were no rentals and we had two house payments, because our home in Arizona hadn’t sold. She was more than good to us. And her willingness to share her resources gave us time to get back on our feet.
Many people in the valley, Matt Harrington (woodwork), Robert Park (Electrical) and the Nathan Collier (Trash Pickup), are all examples of people who I’ve done business with that have charged a very fair price for their work and have been really generous with their talents and services.
Despite what seems to be a widespread American belief that people only prosper at the expense of invisible victims, business is good for communities. Transactions between two individuals that improves the quality of life for both, is Godly and righteous. Honest dealings with our fellow man, develops relationships, creates economic stability helps the poor and builds communities. People need work and to interact with others in a positive fulfilling way. It is a basic need. So next time you have a choice between doing business in the Valley, or buying from Amazon, try to find a way to help your neighbor. The money will inevitably come back to you and improve your quality of life in many ways.
Hugs, Bianca.
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