Monday, August 3, 2015

Fifty-fourth Week - August 3, 2015

Cant believe it's already August...

We had a good week!  It has been brutally hot lately!  It's insane!  I don't know how these Nicas do it...?

We did a bunch of baptismal interviews, helped out other companionships, and did the normal mission stuff.  
  ( The bus ride from Jintotepe to Rivas.  Twenty-four people smashed into this little bus and it's like a 1 hr and 15 min bus ride.  One word, miserable...)

On Thursday, we were walking through the forest on a little dirt road and came upon a tiny little shack, so we contacted the lady.  
She's a single mom with three kids.  A boy that's six and twin girls that are four.  

We just taught her a quick lesson, and then told her we would come back on Saturday.  So we passed by on Saturday and helped her get the water out of the well.  



Then we macheted all the weeds in her yard.  

This lady might be one of the most humble ladies I have ever met in my life.  She literally doesn't have anything, and she still fed us some gallo pinto (a Nica dish made of rice and beans).  But too bad, she lives super far away from the church and in the forest so its super hard for her to go to church.  We will see what happens, pray for her:   Maria Oneda. 
We have another investigator named Nathalia who's 15.  Her brother that's 20 got baptized in February but hasn't come back to church since his confirmation... But Nathalia is super cool.  She has her answer and not only reads her Book of Mormon but marks all her favorite versiculos!  She will get baptized on the 15th. 
We have some other good people but nothing giant has happened with them yet to write about them.  But I'm doing well, the district is doing well, also.  So at the moment, it's all good other than it's blistering hot!

So one thing for this week, be happy and grateful for what you have and serve others.  It's much better to give than to receive.  That's one thing I have learned on my mission.  I love serving people now in all aspects, from doing something small like getting water out of a well to baptizing someone.  Doing service makes you happy every time.  Because we have been given much we too must give.  Mosiah 2:17 is a great scripture also about service. And Luke 12:48 where much is given, much is required.  Remember that. 

I always read conference talks.  One that I read this week is called, "You matter to Him," by Pres. Uchtdorf.  Kinda pounds us, but it's great.  The Lord uses a scale very different from the world's to weigh the worth of a soul.  "Always retain in remembrance the greatness of God and your own nothingness" -Mosiah 4:11.  But He says, "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God" -Doctrine and Covenants 18:10

What matters to Him is that we do our best that we can, that our hearts are inclined toward Him, and that we are willing to help those around us.  If we do the best we can, all will be well.
1) God loves the humble and meek, for they are greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

2) The Lord entrusts the fulness of his gospel to be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.  He has chosen the weak things of the world to come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones and to put to shame the things which are mighty.

3) No matter your calling, you're not invisible to your Heavenly Father, He loves you.

4) What you see and experience now is not what "forever" will be.  He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him.

Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and deed.
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." -1 Cor. 2:9

May we ever believe, trust, and align our lives so that we will understand our true eternal worth and potential.

Hope you all have a good week, serve someone.

Love, Elder Copeland



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