Elder James AndersonCooper was called to serve a two year mission in the Romania/Moldova mission speaking Romanian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This blog was not started until about 6 months out on his mission. Some early stories can be found in the tabs below and recent letters will be posted.
Okay this letter might not
be full of stuff, cause it has been a rather chill week. The transfer is
wrapping up and we are cleaning up are apartment and are area book and what
not. I really love what Joco has said about abiding in cleanliness.
It is so true! You can defiantly feel a difference when things are
organized and when things are clean. So we have been a workin on that a
bit this week.
So I guess for this week I
just got some random stuff to share with ya. Did you know my companion is
the branch clerk.. and elder quorum's president?! He just got off of
being the branch president in Galati and now he has got all this responsibility
again! He is such a great
missionary! I am learning so much from him. I really feel like
these past two transfers I have had, have really helped me get my head
together. Lately I have been able to see what I need to do, to reach the
goals I have for my mission. I will always be able to look
back at this
specific time in my mission, and see that it was the transfer that defined the
missionary I want to be. It is crazy how things play out. I had an
awesome thing pop into my head a while ago. Each step of the way,
the Lord prepares you for your next step. For example; If I didnt
go through the things I went through my first and second transfer, then I would
not have learned and gained the things I did from elder M in my third
transfer. If I did not experience all I did with elder M, then
I would not have been prepared go through everything I have with elder
Poulsen. Since everything has played out the way it has, I have been able
to learn and grow so much from elder Poulsen. I really feel like I can
say my 4th transfer was my "defining transfer". Hope some of
that made sense haha :)
So proud of themselves for making cookies! I never heard how they tasted.
Okay so for English
classes it is twice a week. 17:00 - 18:00 on Tuesday and 12:00 - 13:00 on
Saturday. At the beginning of the transfer we have about two weeks before
English class starts. So we spend about two weeks English
contacting. Then English class starts, and sometimes we choose to
continue to English contact people to try and get bigger classes. So like
I said in one of my past emails, we had like 10-15 people in our advanced
English class at the beginning. ( me and Poulsen are the advance teachers
) In our last class we just had we had one. So over time people
leave haha that is just the usual. In our class we focus on getting them
to talk and have conversations. They give us an english book to teach out
of.... but it sucks. So we make up fun lessons and teach things that are
really useful in real life situations. We have this one guy who comes
every Saturday. It's very intimidating cause he majored in English...
Just like you Court! So he is constantly correcting the way "I"English and
what not. It can be pretty funny sometimes! :)
Remember the first question Elder Cooper asked him was if he was allergic to cats. Looks like they made friends.
So we had interviews this
past week. So Pres Hill came all the way out to Arad and we had a thirty
minute talk sesh. I will just tell ya I love that man! He
understands life and the way things work better then anyone! We had a great conversation and he really helped me understand some things. I feel like am walking on air. He is just such a great inspired man!
Fun fact I am learning to
play the piano! When elder Poulsen has branch duties I am stuck at the
church. So I practice! :)
So thanks for being there
for me all of you. I have realized a lot of what Joco has said is
true. When it comes to Utah, life, growing up, and all that stuff.
I am in accord with him! I am so incredibly blessed to have been given
the situation I have in life. I am so blessed to have each one of you be
in my life. I am so blessed to have grown up in Utah surrounded by the
people I was. If any one of these little factors I had in life were
different, it would change everything! I love the family and all of
you so much! GO AMERICA!! :)