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

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