Sunday, October 26, 2014

Update on Elder Copeland Received from Mission President's Wife - October 25, 2014

Brother and Sister Copeland,

A few weeks have passed since we last corresponded and I wanted to let you know Elder Copeland is doing much better.  He said the bug spray has helped tremendously.  (He told me that he received the 50+ flea bites at one investigators house, not his apartment, so I am sure he will use the bug spray before they go back!)  

You are right, the beginning everything is quite eye opening and he is experiencing life as he has not known it.  I am sure you read in his letters home a new appreciation for many of the small things (and not so small) we normally take for granted......air conditioning, hot showers, grocery stores, umbrellas, kind members and their examples. his family, his parents and their love and guidance...)

On Thursday, we had our mid-12-week training meeting for all the September arrivals.  I spoke with Elder Copeland.  Please know that he is happy and working hard.  I thought you might enjoy this photo taken with his companion, Elder Regalizo, at lunch time.

(McDonald's is a real treat for the missionaries. There are only two McDonald's in all of Nicaragua and they are in Managua so many do not get a chance to go there.  And it is much more expensive than back in the States, so not easy to fit into a missionary's budget.).

Please continue to send uplifting and encouraging emails as it makes a world of difference to a missionary.  And, thank you for giving Elder Copeland a solid foundation of faith, which he is using in all that he does.

Best regards,

Hermana Russell
Nicaragua Managua Sur

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