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.
Pretty slow week.
Nothing special. Another transfer, check. Two more... Wow!
On Wednesday, we had a
pretty cool experience. It was like 6 pm and most of our citas were falling, but
I had a feeling to go and visit Danny (my convert from two weeks ago). So we
walked all the way to his house and... he wasn't home. But he has a brother
(Angel) that's like 27. He never talks to us, he has had a super crappy life,
he's still in high school. But he came to the gate and told us to come in. We
walked in and started to talk. After like 10 minutes of talking, he said to us
that something crazy just happened right before we showed up at his house. He
said that he was feeling so lonely that he decided to go and pray for the first
time in years. In his prayer, he told us that he asked God to send him angels to
rescue him, something to help him find the right way. He said that right
when he said, "Amen," I yelled "Buenas" (here you don't knock
on the doors, you yell "buenas" at them and they come to the door) at the front
gate. He said that he walked out of the front door and his jaw just dropped. He
knew that God had answered his prayer. He said that he knows that it is a sign
that this is the place where he needs to be. But... he has a lot of things that
are stopping him still from following the example of Jesus Christ. On Sundays,
he goes to school. It's a pretty big obstacle. We will see what we can do with
him. Pray for him so that he can find a way to go to church so that he can get
On Thursday, at like 7,
we were just contacting and we saw a teenage girl sitting
on a little rock by herself with her head down. So we decided to talk to her. We asked
here where she lived. She just lived a couple houses down, so we went to her
house and talked to her and her mom. She is super awesome. She wants to go to
church and everything. We will see what happens with her this week.
Friday we had our
zone meeting. It was good. We talked about The Book of Mormon. Still don't know or understand how this world just won't accept the Book of Mormon. I love the book. I'm going to read it one more time before I get home. I just finished 2 Nephi
this morning. I got a long ways to go, but I'll finish.
Sunday, we had a multi-stake conference all around Central America. They ordained two of my converts,
Manuel (the one arm man we married and baptized in December). Also, Julio
Bendaña, my convert from January. They both received the Melchizedek Priesthood. Pretty cool. But the conference kept freezing like every 5 minutes,
so we didn't get to watch much of it. Elder Anderson spoke.
This morning, I read a
conference talk called, "Meeting the Challenges of Today's World," by Elder Robert D. Hales.
(Click on the link above to read or listen to this talk in its entirety.)
read it cause I am about to enter for real into the world and not gonna lie,
pretty nervous! It first off tells me to tighten my grip to the iron rod, then
says that I am living through a critical period of my life, with the choices
that I make - mission, education, marriage, career and service in the church all being crucial. And the correct decision needs to be made! We need to
"fly right" it says in the storms of the last days. We are the
pilots. We are responsible to think about the consequences of every choice we
make. In all situations before making a decision, ask ourselves, "If I
make this choice, what is the worst thing that could happen?" Our
righteous choices will keep us from getting off course. Think of it. If you
choose not to take a drink of alcohol, you will never become an alcoholic! If
you never choose to go into debt, you will avoid the possibility of bankruptcy.
One of the purposes
of the scriptures is to show us how righteous people respond to temptation and
evil. In short, they avoid it! Joseph ran from Potiphar's wife. Lehi took his
family and left Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph fled into Egypt. In every instance,
Heavenly Father warned these believers. Similarly, He will help us know whether
to fight, flee or go with the flow of our unfolding circumstances. He will
speak to us through prayer. We have many tools: scriptures, living prophets,
patriarchal blessings, padres, church leaders and above all, the still, small
voice of the Spirit.
The Lord promises to
lead us along, but will we let ourselves be led? If we are there for the Lord,
he will be there for us. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:63) If we love Him, we need to keep His
commandments. If we do keep the commandments, the Spirit will guide us Doctrine and Covenants 11:12,14.
He then goes on to
talk about many young adults are in major debt, but he says, "You are rich
if you can live happily within your means." How can we do that? Pay our
tithing and then save! When we earn more, save more. Don't buy what we can't
He goes on to talk
about education and the importancia of getting a good education. Then marriage,
that we don't marry perfection, we marry potential.
Right now my responsibility
is to be worthy of the person that I want to marry. If I want to marry a babe,
honest, happy, hard working, smart, spiritual person, I need to be that same
kind of person.
We need to exercise
our faith in every aspect daily. If we do it, the scriptures say that we will
wax stronger and firmer in the faith of Christ. We need to learn how to reach
up, not across. No one can reach upward for us. Only our faith and prayers
will cause us to lift ourselves and have the might change of heart. Only our
decision to be obedient will change our life. Because of the Savior's atoning
sacrifice for us, the power to change is in us. We have our agency to reach up or across.
After praying, spend
some time alone. Think about what is ahead. Ask ourselves: "What areas of
my life do I want to strengthen so that I can strengthen others? Where do i
want to be a year from now? Two years from now? What choices do i need to make
to get there? Remember, we are the pilot, we are in charge of the flight.