Monday, July 27, 2015

Fifty-third Week - July 27, 2015

Let the down slope begin . . .

Officially I have completed one year in the mission and I am now starting the down slope.  It's insane!  But, also, on that one year mark day, I spent the whole day on the toilet, so it wasn't too great... 

But all in all, it was a pretty solid week, super crazy, super hot, and super worth it!  We had a baptism this past week, Hazzel.  It was awesome!   She's super cool and now her brother and mom are progressing really well and love the church.  This past week, we spent a lot of time doing baptism interviews and visiting the other companionships' investigators trying to help them out.

So Frederick's mom and sister got baptized on Saturday, so awesome!  i got to talk to them today.  They are so awesome!  Frederick is just getting ready to start his mission papers and is teaching the Melchizedec Priesthood Class.  He's a super smart kid.  So happy for them and to have been able to be a part of their conversion process.


This past week, I read a conference talk called, "Dare to Stand Alone," by Pres. Monson.  It was awesome.  Some parts that I like that I hope you do, too.  It talks a lot about the priesthood.  We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not.  Do we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so we must stand alone?  As holders of the priesthood of God, it is essential that we are able to face with courage whatever challenge comes our way. 
(To read or listen to this talk by President Monson, click on the link above.)
I have noticed here on my mission with some converts and members that they are all good until a challenge comes and then they just collapse and never come back to church again.  We can't do that!  "In all ages, prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day.  Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on US.  Make no mistake about it.  You are a marked generation... For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the second coming of the Lord.  Some individuals will fall away, but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its Head even Jesus Christ.  While this generation will be comparable in the wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time; it is that God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. -Ezra Taft Benson 

Our responsibility is to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us.
Dare to be a Mormon, 
Dare to stand alone.
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known.
But in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.  Romanos 8:31

Love you all,

Elder Copeland

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