Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week 5 in Jersey!

October 20, 2014

Dear Framily,

This week has been incredible, and I just love being in Jersey period.

Tuesday we had specialized training so we drove to Morristown, and all of my batch came to meet with the Mission President, his wife, and the assistants. They first split up the trainers and trainees and we talked to the President about what we are struggling with and what we are liking etc. The main problem that most of us have is that the Spanish speakers don't know the language very well, or that people who speak Spanish don't want to talk to them in Spanish because they are white...hahaha! And for a lot of the English speakers, we are in areas where people speak so many different languages and it is hard because we don't know any other languages to communicate. We also find that people who speak English pretend like they can’ is so funny! One day I want to pretend like I don't know English and throw them off! It is great! It was really fun seeing all of my MTC family and I really did feel at home with them! I miss them so much! The sad thing is that was our last meeting all together :( now we will see each other at transfer meetings and zone meetings waaaah! It was so fun though!

That night when we got back home we went to find a less active named Bro. McMillian, and this guy answers the door and says some weird thing that we didn't quite understand/hear, and then shut the door really quickly so we just stood there for a second, and then looked at each other like what just happened?? So we go back to the car and when we get in the car I had this feeling that we should go and talk to the neighbor to try and get some more information about Bro. McMillian, so we did. The door was open and there were some guys carpeting the floor, and we started talking to them, and they called for the owner of the house by saying this, "You have two young ladies at your door Joe!" Joe says, "Ladies never come to my door. You must be mistaken!" Then he comes to the door and invites us in, and says, “Hey they are cute ladies too!” We talked to him for a while, and he is a huge teaser. He is about 80-90 fyi, and he told Sister Giles that she was a hard head ha-ha! Such a great guy!
We went to our Ward Mission Leader's house, Brother Thomas, for dinner and his two boys are downright awesome little guys! They were so fun to be with and they reminded me of my brothers! They fed us these amazing burgers and I was in HEAVEN! Best dinner yet let me tell you! I have the best Ward Mission Leader!

We got the wonderful opportunity to go to Ellis Island to help people in the family history center search for their ancestors that came through the Island! I helped people from all around the world including, Poland, England, and Italy. A lot of the people were old and didn't even know how to use a computer! I even taught someone how to scroll down the screen! It was so fun! The best part was when they would find their family and you could see them get so excited and their faces light up! The spirit of Elijah is so real let me tell you it is! I am excited to get into family history when I get home from my mission! We got to walk around the build for a little bit and go to the gift shops which I loved! After our three hours were sadly done working there we had to go back home and we took some pictures outside, but they were a total fail because the wind was blowing so hard! I am just glad I wore a pencil skirt that day otherwise there would have been a bit of a problem pulling a Monroe! It was cool seeing Manhattan too! On the way home we saw some awesome graffiti too, people are so creative!

That night we went to go and see Bryan but he wasn't at his first house so we went to the second house and he wasn't at that one either so then we went back to the first house and we talked to his daughter Trisha and she seems pretty interested in the young single adult ward and she wants to find a church that is a good fit for her because she goes to the Haitian church, but she can't speak French/creole so she doesn't enjoy it much! We invited her to come to Family Home Evening tonight so hopefully she comes! Bryan walked up later and he was wearing a shirt on top of his head, and it was really funny!
We then went to see Sayllin, and we had to teach her in the hall because her mom wasn't home, but the spirit was still there and it was an awesome lesson!

Thursday WALKING DAY!!!
We went and saw Sister Cochran and she told me that she loved me and was starting to warm up to me which was HUGE because she was kinda shutting me out a bit! I am cracking her open little by little! Super happy about that!
That night we taught Nancy and Fredy and it went okay. We taught about temples and eternal marriage and Nancy loved it, and is excited that she can do the work for her dad! I know that the spirit was there very strongly because I felt it and so did Sister Giles and we hope they did too! We went to institute after and Nancy came with us! We learned more about the history of the earth and when the second coming will happen!
Qiana teamed up with us for the whole day and she is so awesome! She is a star contactor and we met so many people that day! It was a miracle. The best contact we had was with a woman named Chanel and she was really receptive to the Book of Mormon and said that she was going to go straight on the bus and read it. Sadly the bus came too soon...
Qiana even ran after a guy to talk to him...and I mean she RAN after him! He had his headphones in so she didn't freak him out too much hahaha! It was funny! I really learned how to be fearless from her! She is going to be an awesome she is starting her papers!

Saturday we had lunch at this awesome Italian pizza place with Brother Nelson and Ashley! I was in heaven and we had mushroom ravioli and this pesto pizza thing...sooooooooooo yummy and my taste buds can't even describe how good it was!
We went to an appointment after and on the way home from the appointment we saw Bryan on his porch so I pulled that car over so fast you wouldn't even believe and so we literally ran to his house and started talking to him then this guy walks out the door and his name is Richard! He started talking to us and said that he would come to our church. He then asked us why Noah didn't take the families of his son's wives with them and that is sounds like they were kidnapped so we were like uhhh we can study it for you! So I did and I think that Noah couldn't take the families of his son's wives because only Noah and his generations were worthy at the time, and the whole earth had to be submerged in water to come up clean and pure. It is the baptism of the earth and only pure things could be in the boat.
We had a lesson with Leslie who is now our new investigator of the week! She has really been searching for a church and religion that is the perfect fit for her and we taught her the restoration and she said that she felt really peaceful and we explained to her the Holy Ghost and then we taught her how to pray and it was such a powerful prayer that she gave wow! I almost cried it was so powerful! She is going to be so instrumental in the Lords hands, and people we may be having a wedding soon because she is living with her fiancé and their children!!!! I am so excited! Oh and she said that she wants to be baptized!

Sunday Ronal was at church at the young men’s leader took him out in the hall before sacrament and he comes back in with the leaders white shirt on and he blessed the sacrament. Never before have I felt the spirit that strong during the sacrament and I was so proud of Ronal. It was sooo amazing! AHHHHHHH
After church we taught Ahliem and Wendy left right when we started the lesson so we had to go out in the hall and teach him for a bit then we went back inside haha and told him about the restoration and when we were talking about Joseph Smith it was so crazy powerful and he said that he would read and pray to know if it is true and then I asked him if he would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized and he said no. But I am sure that when God tells him that these things are true he will want to!

I really love being a missionary and I am learning so much every day it is like my head is constantly imploding!
I know without any doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ’s church. It gets testified to me daily, and I am so glad that I have that knowledge and that I can return to my heavenly father eternally with my family.

Have a great week and keep a prayer with you constantly! I love and miss you all!

Sister Cooper of Jersey

Canadian Thanksgiving!

October 16, 2014

Dear Framily,

I barely have anytime and I think I might be getting kicked off of the computer so I will tell you more about the weeks next Monday when I have more than 6 minutes to write!

Tuesday the 30th we had an exchange and Sister Schaefer came to Maplewood with me! It was so much fun and her and I are really good friends now! We are going to be writing buddies for her last transfer here! I am sad she is leaving! I feel like all of the sisters I am meeting are leaving soon it is weird. We taught Karen that day and turns out she talked to her pastor and she is a bit confused on what she is going to do and the direction to go. It was kinda a rough lesson to be honest, but we testified and the spirit was present! 

Wednesday the best part of the whole day was when we talked to this girl named Felicity at Ivy Hill Park! She was sitting on a bench and we started talking to her and sat down with her. She is from Africa and reads every version of the bible so that she can get the most knowledge. When she said that I was jumping up and down on the inside because that was a total invitation to throw the Book of Mormon at her ha-ha! So we did! We talked to her about the Book of Mormon and how it is another testament of Jesus Christ and she was so excited about it! She asked us where it came from and I told her the first vision story and read the intro with her! The spirit was radiating! It was the best contact I have had yet and I was so happy! When we walked away she was flipping through the book and started reading it!!!! BEST DAY EVER!!! Well every day is the best day but this was an awesome day!

Friday we went to IHOP with Sister Edwards, and she is really concerned that we are going to get ebola, and I was like ehhh it’s fine! It sounded like the last ship story line when she was talking to us! I thought it was funny! 

Sunday we went to the Cruz's family (our recent converts) to read the Book of Mormon with them and Wendy's boyfriend/baby daddy was there and he sat in on the reading and loved the Book of Mormon! He is Muslim and wants to learn so we are going to teach him! We teach him this next Sunday!

Last Monday on Canadian Thanksgiving (PS hope you had a happy one) we had specialized sister training and we did yoga and ate and learned about makeup tips and fun stuff like that! I mostly just liked being with all of the other sisters! I finally saw Sister Brown after a forever without her! It was so nice to be with her! 
That night we went to go see Bryan and he was upset with us because for some reason he was waiting for us all day even though we made an appointment with him for 6:30...Haitians and their time makes me laugh sometimes! Anyway he said we need to come back another day ha-ha
Then we went and taught an ESL class for people that are Haitian and it was funny because we couldn't understand them at was a hoot but also really fun! They can read English really well, but they have no idea what they are reading! We taught them the plan on salvation and Raymond would ask random questions and go off on tangents constantly! Sister Giles and I just sat there and listened to him ramble in French!
After the ESL class we went the the last bit of FHE with the single adults and then we got in this really deep conversation with Elder Strout about the Holy Ghost and Baptism with fire. my mind explodes everytime I talk to him! 

Well that is about all for this last week. I will tell you about the current week this coming Monday when I have more time aight?? I love you all mostest! Read Alma 26:12 it is amazing and was my scripture for the week! 
Also seek to find out who the Holy Ghost is because when you know that you know the biggest mystery of all time. Really try to listen to the promptings of the spirit because that is what will lead you back to our Savior Jesus Christ!

Sister Cooper of Jersey