According to Bo's mail, Elder Fowler and him really became good friends during that two week (or so) time spent preparing for their missions at the MTC.
We luckily were able to help Elder Fowler contact his mom in Colorado. They had a super slim window of time to call home during a layover on their way South - the last time until Christmas. Kids these days don't know how to use payphones, apparently. Momma Fowler was sure happy to hear from her boy when she finally got to speak with him.
Here he is with some of his MTC buddies. You know it's the Lord's work because it requires so many different personalities and skills to build His Kingdom.
There is no forgetting Eric Marks, one of Bo's best friends. It's fun that they got to see each other in the MTC. Elder Marks is serving in Taiwan. These two are total, lovable goons.
Some things he's learned:
"There are 3 rules to success that I learned for motivation:
1. This guy wanted to be a successful person, so he met this old man who said he could change his life. He went and saw the man at 4 in the morning in a suit on the beach and the old man told him to go into the water. The young man said, "I didn't come here to get wet, I came here to be successful." The old man replied, "If you wanna be successful, then show me how bad you want it." So the man went in and the old man told him to go further and further and further. Then the old man entered the water with him. He held him under the water until he almost passed out. Right before he passed out, he lifted him up out of the water. The old man asked, "What was the first thing you wanted when you came up?" The young man replied, "To breathe." "That's right," the old man responded. When you want to be as successful as much as you want to breathe, then you can do anything.
2. Be willing at any moment to give up who you are for what you can become - something greater.
3. Pain is temporary. It might hurt for a week, a day, a year ... but what lasts forever is the pain of giving up and quitting."