Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sixty-first Week - September 21, 2015

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 best friends. 

 (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 Copahland
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 animals 'Copahland'..."
(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!"

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