Monday, December 28, 2015

Sign Me Up!

December 28, 2015

Dear Framily,

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that each of you were able
to take time to think of our savior this Christmas and make commitments to follow him more closely! I also hope that you take time
to think of the highlights from this year and all your improvements!
This year has been an amazing one and it was a full year being a representative of Jesus Christ. Over the span of our lives many things change, but one thing that will never change is Jesus Christ! Hold on
to him the rock of our foundation, "remember, remember that it is upon
the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." -Helaman 5:12

Okay so today I would like to talk about two people :)

Paymon: on the 23rd which was Sister Goulding's Birthday she prayed to be able to find someone that day to teach. It was pouring rain and we were going door to door. We decided to go and knock in the town of Pinebrook because there are barely any potentials there. So we drove to one of the potentials and pulled out the GPS and started praying about which street to go to. We felt prompted to one street and then prayed about where on the street we should go. We felt like we should head to the very end of the street. We started knocking the doors and we were having no luck. Our time in that area was running short so we were going to end with the last house. We knocked it and a young man in his 20's came to the door! His name is Paymon! His background is Asian and Persian (I thought he looked kind of Filipino). We showed him the Christmas video and asked him what he thought about while he
watched it. He said, "I wonder if Jesus really did have magical powers." We told him that yes he did have something kind of like magical powers, but it is the power of God called the priesthood that he had. He then said that he would really like to know if Jesus was real. So we started talking to him about prayer and that what we do is we teach people about Christs restored gospel and help them receive answers through prayer. We asked him if we could teach him more and help him get answers and he said yes do you want to come in now? So we went inside (his mom was home) and started to teach him about the nature of God and Jesus Christ. He had questions about how we were created and about what happens after we die so we helped answer his question and ended with and introduction to the Book of Mormon! At the end of the lesson we told him that as he meets with us and receives answers from God he will have a desire to be baptized and then he told us that he was almost baptized once, but he started to doubt and backed out. So we set a return appointment for Christmas Day! He gave the closing prayer and it was awesome! He asked God to help him achieve his goals and get an A or at least a good grade on his final!
Christmas Day we came over and he was home alone so we sat on the front porch together. He had read the restoration pamphlet we left and he said that he learned what the atonement was, so we taught him briefly about that. We asked if he had received an answer to his prayers. He said that he got an A in his final in his class so he thinks that he did get an answer or that it was coincidence. We told him it definitely wasn't coincidence and that God was helping because he worked hard! We then started to talk about how we receive answers from God and what forms they come it, but most importantly what it feels like! We then taught him the restoration! And invited him to be baptized in January 23rd! He said YES! We told him that he will be prepared for that day if he reads the Book of Mormon and prays every day! Also, if he comes to church every Sunday! He said he will definitely come! At the end of the lesson he prayed and asked God if he really does exist and care about him! **will you all pray that he will get him answer if he diligently seeks?
Sunday comes around and sister Goulding and I were anxiously awaiting his arrival! We were standing by the door and brother Dolan comes over and says, you know missionaries are the funniest to watch while they wait for investigators! He told us to calm down! Then not even 2 minutes later we see Paymon walking up from the parking lot! We both started happy dancing and ran to the door to open it for him! He stayed for all three house and we had brother Domine fellowship him! It was a perfect match! He even sat with brother Domine's family during sacrament meeting! Paymon also participated in gospel principles and asked questions about the law of chastity! It was awesome!

Gina: okay let's rewind 5 weeks when sister Goulding and I had just gotten into the area. We were driving in Roseland in the way to go and find a potential when sister Goulding makes a comment that we should knock the street we passed. So I made a mental note in my mind to go back there. We had a couple opportunities to but every time it fell through. Last week we finally got to the street to knock it but we were running late and didn't have much time to tract there. So we together picked five houses to knock and then we prayed about them. God told us to only knock three and the pointed us to the exact three to knock. The last one we knocked we met Gina and shared the video with her and she invited us back. Okay real time now! So this Saturday we went over to our appointment with her! She introduced us to her
family and then we went downstairs and had a lesson with her. We started to get to know her a little bit and she said that she was engaged to her boyfriend! She then started talking about how hard it is to find someone with good morals that match ours. She then said that she believes that she shouldn't have intimate relationships with her boyfriend before marriage! Then she asked what our view was and so we taught her about the law of chastity! She then had questions about how we view the family so we taught her about how the gospel in centered and focused 100% on the family and linked it to the law of chastity! We then felt promoted to read the proclamation to the family with her! She loved it soooo much and asked us about three times to have a copy of it! She then asked if we have any dietary restrictions and so we taught her about the word of wisdom and guess what she lives it already! She was so happy to learn why we believe in it and that it is to help us always be able to receive guidance from our Heavenly Father! She then said, "Everyone in my family thinks I am crazy for living this way, but you guys understand it! Sign me up I want to be a part of this!" So we then invited her to be baptized and she said YES! We set her on date for January 23rd as well and she was a bit hesitant because of her family, but we promised her that if she knows this is true and what God wants her to do he will provide a way and we promised her as representatives of Jesus Christ that her family will see her desires and support this decision! She committed to the date! We can't see her again until the 9th, but we will be meeting her in a member’s home this live close by! At the end of the lesson she gave the prayer and it was amazing! This girl is practically Mormon already! We know that God directed us right to her and we are so grateful for how much he cares about the people in the Caldwell area!

Well that is all for this week! It was also so nice to be able to talk to mi familia on Christmas! I am so grateful for my family and I miss you guys! I know that God puts us through affliction and trials, but as we are patient and diligent we will receive his guidance and help. I am grateful that God has sister Goulding and I work hard to have these past couple weeks. It has made us so much more grateful for the people we do have to teach now and how incredible they are! God loves you, and he sent Christ to be here with us. Christ knows exactly what you are going through right now and he is here to lift us up in the pain and the joy! Those two are pretty incredible!

I love each of you and am grateful for your love and support! I miss
you! HAPPY NEW YEARS 💃🏻🐱🦀🎇🎉

Sister Cooper the Jersey Girl

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