Monday, 28 November 2016

November 28, 2016

Crumbsy Mumsy! 
HIYYAAAHHHH hahah I absolutely loved being able to open your email this early afternoon and reading it in your voice as well;) I don't think I will ever be able to forget the sound of your voice! It is just something we all know since the womb and will never forget. 
Yes!!! Sister P. informed me a couple days ago of your new friendship and I couldn't help but express my excitement. I told her she should have made contact a while ago and now she has the pleasure of meeting the greatest momma in the world🌎 you are out of this world. If you don't get into heaven none of us will;) 
So thankful for the insights on discipleship you provided and I admit I will have to read it when time is a little more in my favour. The time just flies by so quickly and I am trying to become more like a sponge. You can take a guess why 🌫 England continues to become a wet wasteland and I absolutely love it!
Our Dear friend D. B. sent me a letter Hahah I absolutely died it was so nice to hear from him! His brother D. comes home in a month and I think you should make some arrangements to become the greatest of friends with his family as I will be near them forever! 
Heavenly Father Truly IS THE GREATEST! 
I am so thankful you were able to get rid of the torrent tank! Heavenly Father is our greatest fan but I am His.
Thankful for the constant update and the family business.
P. says a quick hiya and biya and she is Soo grateful for you messages. She is your newest pen pal! 
The BAPTISM!!!! The moment we have all been waiting for. 
Elder A. baptised her and I got to confirm her the Sunday after. 
The baptism was beautiful!

President Ulrich,

Hope you are doing splendid this fine morning:) It was so nice to receive your message this morning of support and love. 
I have enjoyed this last week greatly as many things have been on my mind and my stress and worry has now been taken or simply eased by Heavenly Father. I have talked to so many interesting people this week and gained a much greater insight to what the gospel really means to people. As well as reflecting continuously on what the gospel means to me:) Something interesting was said yesterday in Sacrament meeting as Brother T. and President H.  visited our humble Bolton ward. It was such a strength to have such righteous examples in our midst and I felt the spirit so strongly as Brother T. mentioned the Power of the Sacrament and the Emblems/Symbolism.
The spirit truly manifested the validity of this ordinance as it is a continuous cycle to repent and improve. It was a beautiful meeting and I really did feel the spirit present. 
I have made it a goal to work on the 40 day fast to magnify the teaching as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Elder A. and I discussed the powers of the priesthood evident in the scriptures and also the special patriarchal example within our future families. The priesthood at that point as a father is divinely based for you to seek revelation for your stewardship and posterity. The power of God truly is manifest on the earth today and I am humbled to hold such trusted power. 
Elder A.  and myself have made the habit of waking and closing our day in obedience and I am thankful for the goals we have made in our companionship. This past weekend being the Baptism our friend Z. allowed the motivation of this work to proceed and we cannot wait to have that same satisfaction of bringing others to Christ. 
Elder A. is doing very well in his training and we are finding a balance between the missionary life and still embracing his personality. He really does love this gospel and I strive to show him the blessing of living and learning as a missionary. To be honest I learn daily from him and if we can follow the true obedience of the Saviour the work will continue to flow throughout our missions.

Doing the best I can and learning every single day! No complaints;) Thank you for all that you do and remember there truly is sunshine in each of Heavenly Fathers children every day. 
Love you , 
Elder Cooper 
Bolton England"

The gospel is so true and Elder A. and I always look for opportunities to serve. We ran into some young men last night that were in trouble. Their battery died at that top of our hill and their car was stuck at the bottom of the hours. We timed the traffic and pushed with all our might and got the car moving pretty quick. 
Our original thought was that these young men were going to cause some trouble and it turned out we got to give some service even though we were running late. 
Every day is a blast with Elder A., we are hoping to stay together for Christmas but it may be time to leave Bolton. 

Elder Cooper loves you more than you know. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

 November 21, 2016

So this week was another mission filled roller coaster. 
Tuesday was our Ashton Zone Conference and I absolutely loved it. Surprise right ;)! We talked much about plans for the coming Christmas season and how we can more effectively share the message of Christ. The new video for the season is so powerful and I can't wait for you to see it! It is to be released the end of Nov/early December and its sharing the love of Christ 25 ways in 25 days. Such a wonderful opportunity to learn how to be more effective:) We had a companionship exchange with the DL and he said some very kind things! All summarised he would love to see how much I fill my potential within this mission. No pressure.

Wednesday Elder A., P., W. ( Sister P's Nephew) and Z.  went to the temple and we all embraced the spirit so strongly. It was very powerful and it is never a waste of time being on the temple grounds. Around the world wherever you are find a temple and seek to find purpose, because you WILL find God’s purpose at the temple. 
We have been given the Book of Mormon challenge to read before Christmas and I am so excited. I really need to read and not study as much in detail… I am getting behind.

Thursday's highlight was Elder A.  inviting me to write in my journal! I am doing my best but I am still very far behind and may just start from today! Catch up later.  I thought of writing myself a letter but we will see what happens 

Friday Z.  had her baptismal interview and we cannot wait for her baptism this coming Nov 26th!
We had a wonderful member feed us!!!! We get fed well:) This member hasn't fed any other missionaries in 15 years! I feel so honoured. 

Saturday we have a LA friend and her son that are hilarious! M. and her son, C:)  She was baptised 20 years ago and can't remember if it was our church and if it wasn't we will be baptising her very soon;) C. is a little ninja of 9 years. He was wearing my tag during our lesson in the library and didn't want to take it off when we left. We will be inviting him to be baptised next lesson and hopefully we stay to baptise him:) I promised him one of my tags:)

Sunday was stake conference with Elder Hans T Boom! He's was so powerful and loving and I had the pleasure of meeting him personally before he spoke. He waited in the foyer and met the missionaries and members - he was so natural:) His mission was London, England quite some time ago but he was weighed down that he never baptised anyone and I have had that thought many times. He found so many blessings from living the gospel…long story but his companions daughter and HIS son got married and baptised their three children. 
Love this gospel! This was a very crazy update and in regards to your email thank you :) 
Your words never cease to invite the spirit momma.
Christmas updates are not yet set in stone.  I have heard from other missionaries it is usually from members’ homes. But I will get a more legitimate answer next P day.
So nice to hear about your week and thank you for those questions. 

Love you very much mom!

"President Ulrich
Stake conference yesterday was truly spiritual. I had a deep connection with the music and felt strongly of the spirit throughout the meeting:) I actually reflected on the past words of Sis Nelson as she explained the miracles of nature in the England Manchester Mission conference. I noticed as Sis Ulrich, yourself and Elder Boom rose to speak the most pure brilliance surrounded you from the chapel windows. As Sis Nelson explained - He even controls the skies:) So beautiful! 

Carrying on with the miracles! 
After the Bolton Elders had our exchange this week I have I chosen to implement many new powerful ways to use the morning devotional time:) Mainly beginning every morning 6am with a companionship prayer to invite the spirit and unity! As well as harnessing the gifts of discernment and revelation. I am continually seeing progress within my own studies and also within Elder A.’s training. He is sure to be a better missionary than I. I am really focused on the Book of Mormon challenge and seek to accomplish and fulfil this task. I felt a little behind as I was seeking more to study the Book of Mormon and would go into great depth to understand and feast yet I am readily reading at every moment now! It is powerful to read in great detail and yet there is such a power in seeing the journey unfold as we can read the great lengths prophets of old have gone for their foundation of faith! I absolutely love this challenge and wish I would've heeded these opportunities sooner. I have always loved my scriptures and now with my mission I have started with a fresh set! A new beginning for the greatest focus study and development of mortality! Missions truly are miracles!

Sleeping has gotten much easier and I am feeling increasingly more equipped for each day. I have started habits on this mission that I wish to never surrender. I was inspired at Stake Conference as you mentioned since your mission you had served weekly in the temple for 38 years. That was something that really struck me as before my mission  I truly looked to the temple as my home as well as the Lord’s. I still long to be near the temple greatly and I was so happy to bring our friend Z. this past week:) 
We re-invited her to be baptised for the 26th of November and have been working hard to solidify baptism plans this week. I am so excited for Elder A. as I am sure this will be a very sacred experience for him.

Morning Schedule has been very good! 
Daily planning has been successful and it's just the transition to the IPad that is a steady process but it shall be done:)
Emergency fund still £75 :)

Love you very much President, 
Express my thanks to your greatest companion and my friend Sister Ulrich.

Elder Cooper 
Bolton England"

Monday, 14 November 2016

November 14, 2016

Momma dearest,

Our beautiful family is always the sunshine in the English downpour! I am so grateful for a lot of support to me when we are cross the world but just a prayer away from Heavenly Fathers love.
I absolutely love being able to hear about Ken's birthday party.  It was so nostalgic to think about large family gatherings and feel such immense love. This Christmas is going to be so strange to be away but I am very excited to see if I will stay in Bolton or if Elder A. and I will separate.... either way beautiful season and I will actually see you soon!!!! I cannot stop counting the days till Christmas knowing that I will be able to Skype you all but I will also be able to share the love of the Savior especially with those that cannot support themselves. The prepared who are striving to feel and know true peace and also find a magnified purpose to this mortality. 
I am so privileged to have YOU. You are so wise and wonderful. I truly am blessed having such devoted parents and a mother who knows the atonement of our loving Savior. I cannot put into words how indebted I am too Heavenly Father that he loved me enough to send me to you. 
As far as Christmas goes, money would be completely fine and I would love to send you a package as well. Ahhhhh the first Christmas!!!! Oh when I get home we should go travel the world to visit gorgeous temples! I will continue to save the money and we can make it a goal! Would you and dad be interested in a couples mission? Maybe something to think about in the future after Janae has 30 children and Mike has three grandchildren. That is incredible to think beautiful ordinances are restored to the earth and I feel so honoured to be in this generation. It terrifies me to think the gospel was not on the earth.  I do not know who I would be without it. 
Janae always makes me laugh and I absolutely love our hysterical family unit. She's really something and I am so thankful she is taking the challenges in her course with the gospel as her foundation. 
That craft story made me laugh because that is Jay to a T! 
Because I couldn't attach the Presidents Email today updates... 
Z. our friend is being baptised Nov 26th! We cannot wait! 
Hope all is well and I will keep you up to date:) 
Love you momma and all the best in the coming week. 
Elder Cooper

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

November 8, 2016

"President Ulrich,
As invited previously this transfer began with Priesthood blessings! What a joyous opportunity to seek the will and promise from Heavenly Father for Elder A. and myself but also for the Bolton area. Many individuals to seek for this transfer and already many friends desiring to change. I had this beautiful experience with a Young Man named J. yesterday as we both were on the local public transport. He was finally dressed and I allowed that to be a common ground of interest to build spiritually. We only had a couple minutes to speak and we got talking right away. I found the work a lot more fruitful if I do not procrastinate conversations with Heavenly Fathers Children. Haha… well within those brief minutes I learned much about his search for truth and his general background, we have actually been praying for that exact name and Heavenly Father just put him in our path. The most glorious blessing of this gospel, even when the buses in England tend to be off schedule. Heavenly Fathers timing is perfect and I would sacrifice being in the cold and wet streets of England any day just to meet and help one of his tenderly loved children.
I absolutely love Elder A. and everyday he is growing in his comfort of this work. We feel so privileged to stay in the Bolton Area. It truly feels natural to be here and it shocks me to think it has already been 3 transfers. As I had mentioned Elder A.  and I have given numerous Priesthood Blessings; I have refused to count. Every day I feel so honoured to righteously bear the Power and Authority of God. I had such nostalgia of my early years during sacrament and hearing the power that we have as 12 year old young men is more powerful than the superpower leaders of countries. Absolutely beautiful that TRUST our Father in Heaven would have to bless the lives of others through those that will heed the call to action. I will never forget your explained difference between love and trust and I continuously admire your knowledge of this gospel. Every day is a new opportunity to learn AND live the gospel, Conversion is Key. The same resources are available to all; it is how we ponder and pray with that real intent that calls upon the answers from Heaven.
Our dear Friend D. is frustrated right now as he is troubled by why we would go to war being disciples of Christ? He is incredibly studious of the Bible and Book of Mormon and seeks ALL the evidence of the validity of this restoration. He has claimed there is bound to be evidence of some archeology somewhere and Elder A. and I have not a clue where the ruins are exactly to be found. He is going too deep and neglecting the simplicity of the gospel. He has put forth his ultimatum that if he does not feel it is true he is to stop visiting with us. FAST AND PRAYER. I feel he has already barricaded himself from the spirit and yet I really do see him in white President. Really what matters is "The master of Simplicity is our Saviour" and He is who we trust and follow.
I know this is His church and Elder A. and I have commissioned ourselves to find those who are prepared.
We cannot wait for the Baptism of our dear friend Z. , who is to be baptised on the 26th of November. I actually feel that if appropriate we could hold her baptism on the 19th of November:) Heavenly Father will make his plan happen.
I love you very much and I am thankful to arise and wish you a wonderful morning. Enjoy a beautiful week.  We shall call you soon and report our miracles. Promise:)
Thank you for what was said at the fireside both our friends (Z. and D.) appreciated what was said. It was so nice and I always love the testimonies of the recent converts. Soon it will be one of our beloved friends!
Love you President. I will never forget the interview with Sister Ulrich and yourself. I felt such love and devotion and sustain you within this calling. Although it is not easy, it sure has been worth it!  "

Love you momma! I am working hard to get the celestial kingdom for angels like you! I really do have inspired and beautiful parents! Thank you for working hard in this gospel. 

Elder Cooper