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

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