On July 23, 2014, Elder Connor Copeland began his two-year missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). This blog is intended for those who want to share his experiences for the next two years as he serves the Lord and the people of the Nicaragua, Managua South - Spanish Speaking Mission.
Elder Merrill and I and all the other ZLs in the mission had a consejo (meeting) at
President's house. There was AC and and I about froze to death... I'm going to die when I
Elder Merrill and I went to Nandaime to do some baptism interviews.
Friday, we had
a Zone meeting and President and Sister Russell came. It was super good. We
talked a lot about obedience, and a quote that Larry Bird said one time,
"I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things
will work out in the end." That's what I try to do, cause sometimes on the
mission you feel like there is no progress or anything but just recognizing if
you give it all you got, somehow things will work out.
(On a day that it was raining hard, the Elders were given plastic bags so they could keep on working.)
there was some problems with the baptisms in Nandaime, so Elder Merrill and I went
out there. The guy was super drunk at the house and the sisters didn't want to go by
themselves, so Elder Merrill and I had to distract him and stuff and talk to him. It
was hilarious! Hah.
We also had two baptisms! Alejandra and Eyris. Alejandra has
a sister that is a member and she started bringing her to church and stuff, so
we baptized her. And then Eyris is part of a less active family. It was
(Baptisms of Alejandra and Eyris)
e-mails are boring. I just really don't like writing them anymore to be honest. Haha...
(Elder Copeland sent a very cute little video of the naming of the turtle. Just click on the link below:)
Well, on Tuesday I
got the call that I would be leaving Rivas... going to Jinotepe!
Mixed emotions, but I was excited
'cause I literally knocked on every door in that area...
(Elder Copeland took pictures before he left Rivas of some of the many friends he had met there.)
Elder Copeland wrote,
"This was a super awesome family. They
just got this dog a few weeks ago. They named him 'Copahland' haha How awesome, right?" (This is how all the Nicas say Elder Copeland's name.)
(Elder Copeland, also, snapped this picture of a "sweet" painting on a casino in Rivas before he left.)
So we got to the change
meeting on Wednesday morning in Managua and I sat next to Elder Merrill, knowing
that there was only one opening for Zone Leader. Little do you know, ELDER
MERRILL and I are companions again! haha We will end up having 7 1/2 months
together! haha The legacy continues! We have talked every single day since April
1! And we will be together again for General Conference! I love him. We are like
(Elder Merrill and Elder Copeland with a little kid that really liked them named Edgar.)
(The Elders with a little girl who will be baptized this week.)
This area is struggling big time. It's super tough, but we should
have two baptisms this Saturday--Alejandra and Eyris. Please pray for them..
(Elder Copeland with his new companion, Elder De Leon from Guatemala.)
Elder De Leon and I
have just been contacting on a street called El Chorizo cause its so long
haha... kinda weird... it means "sausage"... hahah.... But anyways, we have
contacted like crazy and tried to get into as many houses as possible. Found a
ton of people and got eight of them to come to church. It was a miracle. We even
found a less active family who hadn't been to church in seven years (the pic of the kid holding up the Book of Mormon),
and the kid is getting baptized on the 10th of October, and we brought the whole
family to church also. It was awesome!
We saw many many blessings this weekend. I absolutely love
this work with all my heart. I love the Nicas and am working like crazy trying
to baptize every single person I see! Elder Merrill and I have found some little
gems that should be getting baptized in October. This area has only baptized
like eight people this whole year, but Elder Merrill and I are gonna get about five in a
month if all goes well. Please pray for us! Still we are the Zls and the DLs, so
we have a lot of work. I am basically just the Relief Society President 'cause
all my districts are straight sisters haha. Theyre fun..
Well, can't really think
of anything else, but I love you guys. Headed to Managua tomorrow for some
leader meeting, should be good. Love you guys! Dad and Kade, enjoy Michigan,
but just remember, I'm doing something better than you guys!
Elder Copeland said, "Elder Merrill and I made chocolate chip
cookies today. First time in 14 months. Sooo good!"
Elder Copeland said, "Yes, the squirrel's
name is 'Copahland.
Yes, I like naming
(Note: As family members, we're all hoping that none of these critters that Elder Copeland loves to take pictures with carry rabies! He has always been very brave with animals--hopefully not too brave!"
Sorry, just got back
from Jinotepe, no time this week. We have changes this week on Wednesday and I'm
assuming that I have changes. This change went by super fast, and I can't believe I
was here in Rivas for six months... But I'm ready for a new start..
What a win by
BYU again haha... Go, Cougs! (BYU Cougars beat Boise State who was ranked No. 20 in the last 45 seconds with another Hail Mary pass and an interception.)
The Merrill and Copeland reign is coming to an end
most likely. Kinda sad but good past six months with him!
But good hail (Referring to the Hail Mary pass that won the game for BYU against Nebraska)! Go COUGS! What a nice win, but too bad for Taysom again....(Taysom Hill out for the season in the first game of the season with a foot injury).
The pictures I sent
are of a scorpion that popped up on my desk while studying this past week... We
cut off his stinger so he was harmless, but still ugly.
I still got my ice
cream. I buy that every week. I rotate from cheesecake to chocobon. It's
Hno. Pedro used
to have a major drinking problem, but 5 years ago he got baptized and married, then his wife
died like 3 years ago, and 2 years ago, he went and got sealed in the temple to
her. So he made this painting of him and his wife going to the Celestial Kingdom. So awesome. The picture below was taken last Monday at 9 pm and look how
bad I am still sweating (my legs)....
And the racoon. Just
was at some house and we wanted pics with him.
But this week was
alright. We had interviews with President. Those went super well. I love that
guy! This week is probably my last week down here in Rivas... time is going
super fast! But sorry it's short, but I got to go.
Have a great week and, "Go Cougs!"
This past week was really good. First, I finally got to
work in my area! On Saturday we got up at 2 am to go to Managua to listen to
President Russell M. Nelson. It was absolutely incredible. Right when he walked
through the doors, my whole body just got the chills. I knew he was an apostle.
We all went and shook his had. That guy has a special Spirit. I have never felt
the Spirit so strong. I left the meeting a better person. Now I'm just trying to
apply it to my life. We left Managua around 1 p.m. and got back to Rivas around 4 p.m.
We had a marriage and baptism at 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, we got eight people to
church. It was awesome!
Marriage and baptism in Rivas.
- - - - - - - - - - - Frederick went to the
temple a couple weeks ago and also he baptized his dad last week. Now the whole
family are members of the church and all have plans to get sealed as a family.
This past week has
been so bloody hot! 90+ all day long including night time. It's so hard to sleep
just cause you're sweating like crazy. I wish you could witness it and have to
camp out like this for a week in this heat. I promise you that you would go
home humbled. It's brutal, and literally nothing you can do about it. Apparently
it's rain season, but it hasn't rained in forever. Just got to keep positive and
look at the positive things.
Also, I just talked to one of my converts (Gustina) yesterday from my last area. Her husband died a couple years ago. She's going to the temple in January.
I am learning a lot
just trying to get the best out of this because time is going by way too fast...
kinda sad. I love my mission. I am kinda running out of things to say... but I
hope you all have a great week and GO COUGS. Please win...