Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You are in for a shock!

New Companion Sister Andrus!

July 14, 2014
Dear Framily,

So this week has not been what was expected at all haha. But we will start with Tuesday! Tuesday the whole mission got together in the morning for a training by spencer Taggart! It was really awesome and he talked a lot about pride and how to overcome pride. He also talked about how pride is going after our will and doing what we what, while on the other hand there is humility which is when we do gods will no matter what! He taught us how we can become spiritual walking faith bombs! At about ten all the new missionaries came in with bright eyes that looked terrified to death! They joined us for the next hour and I was scoping them out and sister Giles, Egan and I were trying to guess who I was going to train! It was really exciting! Then at 11 all the trainers and trainees left the chapel for orientation-y things. So I got up and walked out with them and was talking to the new sisters as we walked down the hall. When we got into the primary room president Taggart called my name from the door way and motioned me to come outside. So I did. He told me that my companion never came off the plane yesterday. Immediately of course I started to cry I think initially because of shock. He went on to tell me how excited he was about this amazing sister and how he felt so strongly that I was going to train her. He said that in the MTC she was playing volleyball and tore her meniscus. It was a preexisting injury and it blew up there. So they had to send her off to get surgery. And because of the holiday they forgot to tell president Taggart what had happened and therefore I found out at the last possible moment. It will be 4-6 months till she comes out on her mission now, but president still wants me to train her! I felt such deep love for her! She is from Venezuela and has been a member for 18 months! She wants to be a doctor someday and speaks 3 languages and has 8 brothers! She is so amazing and her name is Kelly Dianne Troconis Rodriguez! I am excited to one day meet her. So then I asked president what would happened to me and he said, "We think you will stay in short hills." He said THINK which in other words means they don't really have a plan for me! So with tears rolling down my eyes I go back to the chapel. I went and sat back down with sister Giles and Egan. They were really confused and I could feel every eye in the mission on me questioning why I came back in. So I whispered to sister Giles and Egan what happened. Then I sat there. I couldn't think and all I wanted to do was to go and pray so I had sister Giles leave with me. We went and found a room and I prayed for a long time. After the prayer and felt better and I knew that this was God’s plan for me and that I would be okay and that the sister I end up with is exactly who I need to be with right now. I was at peace and calm. We then had lunch and they matched up the new missionaries with their trainers!
Then we all went into the chapel for transfer conference where we get our new companions. They started with zone 1 and worked their way down. I am in zone 6 so I waited for a while. When they were about to say my area one of the assistants elder Garfield came up to president and wrote something on his paper...I knew it was about who was going to be my companion. So then he says, "Sister Andrus will be going to short hills with Sister Cooper!" Sister Andrus was sitting really close to me so we stood up and hugged! I knew instantly that this was right! Sister Andrus is from Sandy, UT this is her last transfer as a missionary so yes I will be sending another missionary home! She is truly amazing! She is hilarious to and I am laughing like every second of everyday! She is already my best friend! We had instant unity!

So that is the main part of this week! Other than that we see miracles every day and we see a lot of people and we have a lot of work to do! We picked up a really prepared investigator named Don and he is just dying to learn! Oh and Sunday we went to the park with a lot of members for a bbq and the. We see our investigator Alexandra with her husband and kids playing at the park so they joined us it was a miracle and now she has member friends! God works in mysterious ways eh?

So sorry we didn't email yesterday we had an all mission summer activity! We played sports and did skits and ate Cafe Rio style food! Oh and when we played sports I mostly played ultimate Frisbee and it was a blast! We were all really sweaty and gross though because it was flaming hot! Lots of fun!

I love you all and wish you an amazing week! I miss you and hope that you are living up the summer and staying close to God!

Sister Cooper

Happy 10 Months!

July 6, 2015
Dear Framily,

Okay the news you all want to know about....transfer gossip!! So sister Giles will be leaving me Tuesday :( I am really sad about it! She gets home in Wednesday! She is an amazing missionary and a good
mom to me :) So Thursday night I got a text from President Taggart saying, "Sister Cooper I need to talk to you, please call." So of course my heart drops and I call him. He says, "Sister Cooper we have been praying and received an answer. We would like to ask you to be a trainer to a new missionary coming from the MTC. Will you accept this calling?" So my heart was about to explode! I said Yes! So I am going to be training again and sister Egan is getting a sister!!! When I got off the phone with president the spirit instantly just hit my heart and I knew that this is what God has planned for me. This week I realized that I haven't been a normal missionary my whole mission. I was being trained then greeny busted, then trainings, then greeny busting twice, then sending missionaries home, and now I am training again! I don't think I will ever catch my breath haha! So I will meet this cute little missionary tomorrow and I am so excited to be her mom!

My time is short so I will only tell one story today that happened on Canada day! After we got home from Ellis Island! We went to go teach brother Bohannon who is an inactive member that goes to another church now. We were sitting out in his deck with him and he started to tell us all about his story and why he is where he is...which was very long and intense! Then he started talking about how when the missionaries would come after he left the church he would yell at them and tell them to get off his property. Now if you met brother Bohannon you would know that this is totally out of character. Eventually because the missionaries were persistent he let them in. And this was during this last winter. He did it out if curtesy. And he said that he still does. He told that he never wants to come back to the church. So we started to talk about the sacrament and why it is so important to come to church. Then the lesson flipped and I don't remember how but all the sudden we were talking about times we felt Christ almost physically touching our hearts. He shared an experience that was very powerful and explained why he hasn't been coming to our church. Then I was able to share an experience I had and afterwards I started to testify and the words that were coming out were things that I was not capable of thinking of...the spirit was working through me and it was so amazing! Brother Bohannon looked at us and said, "I never thought I could learn so much from two little girls." Then we said, "That’s the spirit brother, and you feel it." It was pivotal.

For the fourth of July we got to stay out late! We had a bbq with the Thomas family and then they took us to go see fireworks with some of the Ward at a park in Summit! The fireworks were awesome and I was in heaven after they were done we got slurpees and I totally was crashing! My body is on a clock now and when 10:30 hit I was out of it and had a hard time staying awake haha!

Love you all! I miss you lots and lots!

Sister Cooper the Jersey Girl

Happy ten months!

Sisters called to be trainers.

Kaity and Autumn Giles (going home)

Cool tree!


Sister Cooper and sister Robinson 10 Months out!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Manhattan Temple Trip

Manhattan Temple Trip
Dynamic Duo together again!

June 29, 2015
Sister Cooper and Sister Kafu.
Dear Framily,

Well happy Fourth of July! I hope you all enjoy the parades and the fireworks! I love the fourth! Also....HAPPY CANADA DAY!

So Tuesday sister Giles had a temple trip because she is going home and so Sister Kafu came and exchanged with me so I would have a companion. We went to district meeting and the whole zone is
like...sister Cooper you can't keep companions for very long can you. Because I have had a different companion the last 3 weeks, hey I have an exciting mission I guess haha!

Wednesday we had our temple trip!! I was seriously so excited! We all met in Newark and then took the train into the city! I am so glad that I will never be a zone leader because these trips are sooo stressful
for them! They get to be the shepards of 20 missionaries in Manhattan haha! It was sooo amazing to be at the temple and I seriously learned soooo much my mind was so blown. I think I was able to lean so much because I feel like it was the first time I fully knew what was going on so I was able to focus more intently! On the way home I sat by this guy from India on the train and he has to commute 4 hours everyday....can you believe it? Anyway I had an awesome discussion with him and it was fun! When we got off the train there were a couple elders that forgot and they stayed on....so things got crazy! And the zone leaders were in a huge panic! But it all worked out! It was fun to be in the city and also in Newark!

Thursday we had sister Orleans team up with us to go teach Don and we picked him up as an investigator! He is from Aruba and he is awesome! It was sister Orleans first time out with the missionaries and she was pretty scared! But she did awesome and totally connected with him! It
was amazing! That night we had dinner with the Clegg family and they give the first
pickings of their garden as a gift and they gave it to us! They call it their first fruits! It was sooooo cute!

Friday we had another exchange and we seriously saw miracle after miracle! So we had take out Chinese with the mathusek family and it was awesome! The kids are so into missionary work it is amazing! They
called their friends while we were at their house to invite them to the Ward activity!
The we went and saw Jennifer's down stairs neighbor to invite her to the Ward party that night and she got all ready and then we found out that she can't drive...so we scrambled around to find a ride and after frantically calling people and sister mortensen stalling we got the Clarks to come pick them up! They were awesome and they had so much fun at the party! We weren't able to go to the party because they were having a movie night! So we after that headed to Edgar street and we tried some potentials! We knocked at the first door and this boy opened it and we had a door lesson with him and he was really excited to learn! Then I saw someone walking down the street and I think I really startled him but he survived and was way cool and he told us to come over the next day to teach him more! Then we talked to this lady...but she spoke Spanish so sister mortensen took that one down town! It was a seriously incredible night!

Then the next day we went to try someone in the morning and we saw the George's ( investigator family) getting in their car so we jumped out and caught them and were able to teach them a quick lesson and it was sooo good because John the dad totally opened up and we were having
the hardest time getting him to! It was a miracle! Then we went to the appointment with the guy we contacted his name was dale. We get there and he was asleep! So we said we would come back at five. Across the street we saw that there was a car in the drive way of Kaceys house who is a former investigator so we went over and we were able to teach her and ask her to be baptized! She said yes! She still has a lot of hurdles to get over before that though!! It was awesome! Then we ran over to Jennifer's house and we had Bethany come with us! We taught her about gratitude and it is so amazing because she is finally reading and praying daily and she said that she has noticed a huge difference because she feels the spirit more! It was incredible! After that we exchanged back companions and went and taught dale...but he was still asleep so we taught his brother instead haha! His brothers name is Ziggy! We taught him the restoration and invited him to be baptized! He said yes! The only problem for us is that he lives in Dover so we will have to hand him off to the missionaries there, but still it is some exciting! It was raining really hard all day long and there were huge puddles and things were starting to flood and we were getting out of our car and our phone fell into a large and spacious puddle. The our phone was bright and white and delicious to the taste ;) no it was actually really bad because we had a lot of appointments and no way to confirm them and we had team ups and it was a mess. So we were in a panic a bit.

Sunday church was amazing and we did our fist electronic progress record! Is was so convenient! Elder Passey came home and he served in the Salt Lake City south mission! He was an awesome missionary! He teamed up with us that night to teach Rolaine Joseph and it was an awesome lesson! We taught the restoration and she pretty much explained to apostasy to us! She has concerns about s loving prophet
though so she is praying about that this week! And guess what parents her birthday is on the 5th!

Okay and then this morning sister Giles had a departing trip because she is going home next week and no one had anyway of telling us what time to meet for it... Because our phone was broken and we could only see a little sliver but we notice sister Taggart calling and some how we were able to answer. Turns out we were 30 minutes late....and then the phone killed in the middle of the call so we ran to the church to use the phone there and then sister Giles was really stressed and I kept telling her it is okay and everything will work out! And it did they came and picked her up at the church and dropped off sister Kafu so I would t be alone. Then we were able to call sister Vause one of the senior missionaries and she said to come to east orange and get a new phone. So we drove to scary crazy east orange and we had breakfast with them! So that was our crazy morning haha!

That's about all I have for the week! It has been a fun ride! I am really sad that sister Giles is going home. We have been trying not to think about it this whole time. I love being a missionary so much! I
seriously can't think of anything better than this right now! I love being able to feel of the spirit in such abundance and I love the people here! They are crazy and amazing!

I love you all and I miss you like crazy

Sister Cooper the Jersey Girl