Monday, September 24, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
To be honest this week was one of the fastest weeks of the mission. Not too much happened, but honestly it felt like just yesterday. I can’t believe how fast time is going here--it is beyond crazy. It's great to hear that BYU won. That’s always a great way to start off the week. As well, to hear that my grandparents are being moved to the Frankfurt, Germany Mission with Dax is so awesome! So excited for them!
This week started off super crazy though hahaha. Turns out that Elder Myers is super allergic to peanuts and one of our mamits gave us peanuts without saying anything to us. Elder Myers just looked at me telling me that it was bad news. We got out of the house as fast as possible and got to the house so he could take his Eppy Pen and rushed to the hospital as fast as possible. Wow! He honestly almost didn’t make it there, but we got him there and he made it out okay. We were there basically the whole day, but wow what an adventure. Super grateful that Elder Myers made it out okay.
As well, this week we had Mission Council in the house of President. It’s always super fun to be able to see all of my buddies in the mission, as well. It’s kind of sad because so many of them are leaving… But we had a great Council. We talked about the importance of how in the Bible they are always going to mountain tops to communicate with God, and how now days we are blessed with the temples. But more importantly, how we need to raise ourselves up and be better. So, we went up to a spot in our mission super high up so that we would be able to remember our purpose as missionaries. I loved it. I thought that it was something that the mission needed.
After Council, we had some of the Elders stay in our house, including Elder Harris. He and I went out after and went contacting together. It was so cool because the last time that I went out contacting with him was in the MTC. Crazy to see how much we have changed. Love that guy.
As well, this week I had interchanges with Elder Soto, our Zone Leader. He is from Peru and is 25 haha. But honestly, he is one of my best friends in the mission. It is always super fun being able to be with him. We had a lesson with some girl and it was awesome. We taught her about the Gospel of Christ and it was going great, then out of the middle of no where she just told us that she loved our message but that she likes women and that she doesn’t want to repent for it. So that was super weird haha, but it’s something that has been super interesting in the mission. With some people there is just nothing you can do to change their minds. It’s super hard and sad, but what can you do haha.
That was basically our week. We were able to finish up the rest of the lessons with Mariana before her baptismal interview and honestly she is so cool. She understands everything so well. It’s nice when we have members that help us out a ton. So we're hoping to finish this transfer well. It’s super weird to think that I only have like 9 days left in the Iñaquito Ward. I’m going to miss it so much. I’ve been able to meet some of the best people that I know here, but I’m also super excited for next change in La Luz with Elder Molina. He’s from Hondorus and is the coolest guy ever. Thank you all so much, even thought half of you didn’t get to this point, I still love you. Love, Elder Copeland
Quito is so beautiful, some of the Volcanos that we can see every day
Our group at missionary council
It's me, Elder Copeland... What a marvelous, spectacular, fun, great, awesome, wonderful week! We were able to see some more miracles here in Iñaquito! I'm back on track writing you guys on time now haha.
We ended last week with the baptism of Deyamaris, as well as her little nephew, Samuel. It was such an amazing experience.
She was such a miracle that we were able to find here in this sector. We saw God bless her in so many ways. It was super cool to be able to see the difference in her throughout the time that we taught her. She is from Venezuela and a lot of them have a lot of problems and are struggling with the situation that is happening in their country. But now, you can tell how much God can bless us. It doesn't matter where we are from or our situation, we can always find happiness from the gospel. One of the best experiences that I have had in the mission.
This week, as well, while we were at church, we were talking to one of our investigators, Mariana, and she told us that she basically received an answer and is ready to be baptized. We went and talked to the bishop with her and we got all things figured out and were able to put a baptismal date on her for the 15th of September. My last day here in this sector! But, wow! I honestly cannot believe it! It was a complete miracle! So, we went and taught her later that day, hoping that she didn't have a problem with the Word of Wisdom and for the first time in my mission, she had 0 problems. It was such a testimony builder for me how Christ prepares his children to receive his blessings.
Another cool little experience that we had this week: Elder Myers and I put as a goal to invite 150 people to come to church this week. So, we went to a busy road and we were just contacting for hours and out of no where we hear "ELDERES" and we realized that only members know us by "Elders," so we went and talked to a girl and her sister and she told us that they were from Manabi (South Ecuador) and that they were visiting their dad. We asked them if he was a member, and they said no and that they wanted us to present information to him. We met him and he was super interested. It's weird because my entire time here in this sector I have contacted over 1000 people at least and only two of them have listened to us or accepted us. And then, out of no where, the Lord puts people in our path that basically found us. So amazing! I'm so grateful for the chance to see people's lives change.
This week I was reading in the beginning of Helaman and I think that it might be some of the most important information that we have in the Book of Mormon. It talks about how the Church of Christ and how after all of the miracles that they saw in the wars FORGOT their Lord. I feel like I see the same with a lot of people in the world. After they receive the blessings they need such as a job, wife, family, a mission, education, and so much more, they almost always forget. They forget about the blessing and even more sad, they forget who gave them the blessing. I challenge all of you to read the first five chapters of Helaman. After that, look back and write down some of the biggest blessings that you have received in your life. After, write down how you will always REMEMBER that the Lord gave you this blessing. It is so beyond important that we do not forget the things that we have learned in this world. The Book of Mormon is a testament of that.
This P-day we went to a place called Mindo. It is a little outside of Quito, and it is so beautiful. It is surrounded by waterfalls. You have to take a cable car at some point to cross a river. It was one of the cooler P-days that I have had up until this point. I'll send some pictures of it.
I will, also, explain the pictures with the demon guys haha. Right outside the office, there was a giant parade with all of the indigenous people and they just were going crazy. So I decided to take some pictures hahaha!
Thanks for everything, Love you all so much!
Also, I had to drop Elder Millett off at the airport, super weird. Going to miss that guy a lot. Can't believe he's already gone.