Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pretty Little Truth Tellers!

January? Where is the snow?
January 11, 2016

Dear Framily,

I hope each of you had an amazing week! It was a good week here in Jersey...still with no snow. I don't know how I feel about having no
snow. I like it, and don't like it at the same time. I wonder if we will have snow this winter.

So here is an update on some people we are teaching:
Paymon: so Monday we went over the Word of Wisdom with him again. He has had a lot of questions and concerns with some parts of it and so we helped work with him to make a plan to stop some things. He said that his parents have been trying to get him to stop for a long time so he committed to stop!! We told him that the strength he needs will come through prayer and scripture study!
We went back over on Saturday and we could tell immediately something was off. He had given into some peer pressure and he felt really bad about it. We told him that when we make commitments to draw closer to God, the other side works a lot harder to get us to mess up. We taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ and focused a lot on repentance and how to do it. In the middle of the lesson he asked if he could just pray right now for forgiveness. So he said a prayer with us and he confesses for everything. He was so sincere and genuine in the prayer.
I teared up a bit and after the prayer we said that he felt a lot better. We told him that through Christ we can experience joy and peace through repentance and our guilt can be completely taken away. He is really excited for his baptism on the 23rd and he is excited to invite his family to come as well! He wasn't able to come to church. He has been having a really hard time sleeping and we didn't sleep at all the night before :(.

Gina: so Friday night Sarah was with us and we wrote our testimonies in a Book of Mormon wrapped it up like a present and put it in her mailbox! We told her that we had left something for her and later that night we got a text from her! She said that she was hoping it was the Book of Mormon and that she can't wait to read it! We have been having a hard time getting over to teach her again, but we have a lesson on Wednesday!

Pamela: she came back from her working trip and was at church!! She had a really nice time and we have a lesson with her on Tuesday! At church we gave her a Portuguese Book of Mormon and she was so excited. She said, "Where did you find this?" She was really surprised

Kathy and Andrew: we knocked in their door our first couple of weeks in Caldwell and we have tried setting times to teach them, but they
have been so hard to pin down. We stopped by their house and they were home and invited us in. We taught them the restoration and it was very interesting. Kathy use to be Catholic, but both of them are just spiritual now. They were really willing to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and know if this is all true! They have incredible Christ like attributes!

Well that is about all I have to catch you up on! The work in our area has been booming and we are finding a lot of people! I am so grateful for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that with it we are able to receive all the blessings that God is just waiting to give us. Sister Goulding and I are focusing on centering our thoughts on Christ more fully throughout the day and we know that the more we center our lives the happier and he more peace we experience!

I love each of you and hope that you are baring the cold with warm hearts. Right now I am in the last ten pages if the Book of Mormon and my heart has been so saddened by how hard people's hearts can become when they close themselves off from God. A lot of us don't even realize how much we do it. Hearken unto the voice of the lord and seek him out. As you seek his counsel and give away your sins, the things keeping you from progressing, you will always know where you stand with God. I also learned this week that a couple years after Joseph smith saw God and Jesus Christ he was actually repenting and asking God where he stood in his eyes when the angel Moroni came to him and instructed him to translate the Book of Mormon. It was a real testimony to me of the power of repentance. The second we are willing to change God can help us and more importantly can also use us as his instruments.

I miss and love you all!
Sister Cooper the Jersey Girl

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Cake!

January 4, 2016

Dear Framily,

Well to be honest with you I don't really have much to say today
because my brain is totally dead ha-ha, but I will update you on some
people! Oh and I hope everyone had a good time on New Year’s! Everyone
here did very worldly things and we went to bed and made a cake the
next day!

Okay dokey 😜

Paymon: so Tuesday we had a lesson at the Church with him and brother
Domine!! It was incredible! We talked a lot about the spirit and he
said that at church he felt really peaceful and he doesn't know if he
just felt that way because we promised him he would, or if he truly
felt it! We told him that it was the spirit telling him it is Christ's
church! The rest of the lesson was all on the Plan of Salvation!! He
had so many questions and he said that this would bring so much
purpose to life!! At the end of the lesson his mom came in to pick him
up and joined us for the closing prayer that he said! We invited him
to read and pray every day and to sandwich the study with prayer! That
night we texted him to remind him to read the next day he texts
back and says, "I prayed before and after the passage and to be
completely honest I felt a sense of peace afterwards. It's strange for
me because I never thought just reading a passage could have such an
emotional effect on me but it does. I think I want to get baptized
because the passage did mention that. I'm still new to this whole
thing, but I can't deny that there is truth in it." We got that text
and I was happy dancing for hours!!  Sister Goulding even started
videoing me because I was so excited! Paymon has been reading and
praying every night and it has made such a huge difference in him! He
actually has light in his eyes now, which was absent the first couple
times we taught him!
Saturday we went to him house to teach him and we met his dad! His
parent were so appreciative that we were meeting with him. They didn't
want to join the lesson, but it was really cool to see them so happy
about it! We taught Paymon about the work of wisdom because he had
some concerns! So we worked through it with him and he has committed
to live it!! Pray for him! He also came to church in Sunday and
Brother Perez took him under his wing and bore his testimony to him!!
It was incredible!

Gina: so we weren't able to have a lesson with Gina, but we have been
in contact with her! We asked her how it went reading the restoration
pamphlet and she said that she really loved it especially the part
when it talks about all the truth being lost and the need for a
restoration! She is so excited for our appointment on Saturday! The
only problem is that her family is being a bit resistant and she is
worried about it! So pray that her family's hearts with be softened!

We found a lot of new investigators this week and we are trying to
help others progress and move forward! We have people to teach and we
are starting to get really busy! I love being a missionary and I can't
imagine a life of anything else but this! This week I was reading in 3
Nephi 19: 9 that talks about the people's desires after Christ had
come and taught them, "And they did pray for that which they most
desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto
them." This New Year this should be our top desire! Shape your goals
around trying to feel the spirit and have it constantly! The promised
blessing is found in 4 Nephi, "15 and it came to pass that there was
no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell
in the hearts of the people. 16 And there were no envyings, nor
strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any
manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier
people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.
17 There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites,
nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ,
and heirs to the kingdom of God. 18 And how blessed were they! For the
Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed
and prospered" sounds pretty amazing right? So let's do it!
I love each and every one of you! Miss you like crazy too!

Sister Cooper the Jersey Girl