Monday, December 7, 2015

Seventy-second Week - December 7, 2015

Wow, super stressful week! 

And there goes another transfer, can't believe it, only 5 more changes.  Sorry, my mind is blank and can't remember anything right now. 

On Wednesday, we had Leadership Council at President's house.  It was good.  Our Zone did alright for the month.  I sent a couple pictures of it.

Friday, we had Zone meeting and then I went to work with some elders that have been struggling big time.  That was good, found a bunch of cool people, they got 7 people to church on Sunday, it was awesome!

Saturday morning, we went to Daniela's house (the lady that was supposed to get baptized last week) and she told us that she wanted to get baptized.  So she got baptized on Saturday afternoon and everything was all good.  Sunday morning... her mom found her washing her baptism clothes and went insane, so Daniela went to Managua with her brother thinking that she could get confirmed at the Christmas Devotional.  We spent a long time on the phone trying to get her to come back to Jinotepe, she couldn't... So we went to the bishop to see if we could do a little meeting in the afternoon to do the confirmation.  He said to talk to the Stake Pres.  He said that would be fine, we just needed to talk to President Russell.  He said, "No."  Haha So we have to wait til the 19th to confirm her cause this Sunday is Stake Conference.. Kinda blows but actions always have consequences.  Kinda sad cause we only brought four people to church and eleven to the Christmas Devotional haha.  It was good.  I love these people even though they cause you more stress than anything!!! 

Sorry, super boring, but I also read a super good conference talk.

(Click on the link above to read or listen to the talk that Elder Copeland is talking about.)

President Monson stated:  "Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey.  Nothing is constant as change.  Time never stands still, it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes.  This is our one and only chance at mortal life, here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief.  Opportunities come, and then they are gone.  I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not.  I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey, now.  

"If you have children who are grown and gone, in all likelihood you have occasionally felt pangs of loss and the recognition that you didn't appreciate that time of life as much as you should have.  Of course, there is no going back, but only forward.  Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future.  Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances.  We must deal with them the best we can.  But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important, and what is most important almost always involves the people around us.  Often we assume that they must know how much we love them.  But we should never assume, we should let them know. 'They do not love that do not show their love' -Shakespere. 'The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone' - Harriet Beecher Stowe.  

"In the 1960s, during the Vietnam War, church member Jay Hess, was shot down over Northern Vietnam.  For two years, his family had no idea whether he was dead or alive.  His captors eventually allowed him to write home but limited the message to less than 25 words. What would you say to your families if we were in the same situation, not having seen them for two years and not knowing if we would ever see them again?  He wrote, 'These things are important:  Temple marriage, mission, college.  Press on, set goals, write history, take pictures twice a year.'  Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey.  One day each one of us will run out of tomorrows. Doctrine and Covenants 88:33; 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

"Let us follow Him.  Let us emulate His example.  Let us obey His word.  By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude."

Have a great week, PRAY FOR DANIELA!
Love you guys,

Elder Copahland

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