He thought he was going to serve in Russia. Yet just an hour and a half before he was to be set apart as a missionary, Kevin Bowen's plans changed drastically. It was 2008, and political turmoil kept the LDS Church from sending missionaries to Russia at that time. "I was super bummed. I've only cried twice since elementary school. One was when my cat died and the other was that experience," Bowen said. Bowen was assigned instead to the California Roseville Mission, Spanish speaking, and while he willingly accepted the call to labor, he didn't quite understand why he was faced with this trial. It wasn't until two weeks before the end of his mission that he finally knew why.
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