Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Another transfer already done? It seriously has flown by. It seems justyesterday on P-day we were all chilling at the park sitting on the monkey bars talking in in the warmth. Now I look around and there is snow everywhere! Doesnt make a whole lot of sense in my brain. So now onto what is happening next transfer. I am leaving and I will be heading up to a city called Timisoara! I have been there before just for a day when I was serving in Arad. It is known for being a city full of young and friendly people. Also for being extremely gorgeous. Seriously I am kinda lucking out. In the mission there are like 4 prettiest cities people want to go to.Brasov, Sibiu, Cluji, and Timisoara. 2/4 isnt that bad haha. So now this is how you say it (ti-me-shwa-ra) or something close to that. My companion is two transfers younger then me so we are just going to get to work. We are getting white washed into there, so... adventure here we come! The branch over there just barely finished with having a missionary Branch President. To say the least, we will probably be very very involved in helping this branch and the new BP to keep going. Another thing that is gonna be a little different is that there is only one more set of missionaries that will be there. Another set of Elders. No sisters. I havent had that since Pitesti. So that is it for what is happening to me for my next transfer. Crazy thing is we are already down in Buc!
Alright so honestly, this has been the hardest goodbye out of all the cities I have been to for so many different reasons. Imade a couple phone calls and had to tell some good friends I was leaving. They were super sad, but I know Titi will take care of them. They have a super sick district there this next transfer so expect to see good things from Sibiu. Another crazy thing, I am leaving an investigator with a baptismal date. :( We have set up for the 7th of February so continue to pray to for him. Im hoping I will get to go up there for his Baptism. Now you may be thinking... "When did that happen?" Turns out everything started coming together this last week. You know I love this kid, and he has been investigating the church a long time and we’ve worked A LOT with him. We just decided we needed to just lay it out to him. Be bold and push him hard that he needed to get baptized. We needed to,
because we love this kid. So that was super cool. The balance between overbearing and boldness is a tricky line. Kinda goes back to the saying. "people dont care how much you know, until they know how much you care." With boldness the first step is making sure the person truly does know how much you care about them. Then they are like 100xs more likely to take your advice and commitments. We also have like 3 other new investigators up there! That was not a typo... 3! It just blows my mind. I feel so blessed to see some of the results of me serving here. Really fun/sad ending on such a high note. No tears were shed, but if there ever was a good time for it, last night would've been the night. I really will miss the people of Sibiu... make sure to keep them in your prayers.
I've learned so much lately. To really enjoy being who I am and really start coming into my own. It's crazy how multiple people or a specific person can help someone do this. How hardships can strengthen us and draw us closer to our Heavenly Father. That things sometimes don’t seem fair, but through and with Christ, situations and hardships are filled with blessings and growth. My life really has been changed for the better because of this transfer I just finished up. My future is brighter and I have more direction than ever. There is a piece of my heart that will always be in Sibiu and in that branch meeting house. God works in mysterious ways. EVERY DAY WAS A GREEN DAY THIS PAST TRANSFER.
Thank you all for your prayers on support. Elder Laititi says thanks as well. Love you all so much!!
Elder Snugs aka Elder Cooper
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Happy new years!! Crazy that it's already 2015! haha. In the mission there is a term, it is called your black year. Meaning for your entire black year you will be living inRomania/Moldova. Know the weird thing?... I just finished mine! wow! Time is going for sure.
This week was full of fun stuff. We were able to stay fairly busy which is always nice. We had a huge snowball fight with our English students. We went to a big park and just had a big war. Some of the students also brought sleds! Let me back up a little bit. This all happened after we taught them English. We all just cleaned up together and then headed outside and it was a blast! There was this gigantic hill that the students took us to. There was a trail where all the sledders go to. So you know the sleds that we have in the garage? The old wooden ones that you can steer and what not. Well every one here has those types of sleds. It is so common that they almost replace strollers in the winter time. You walk out side and you just see parents pulling their kids on these things. I think it is super smart.
This week was super cool cause we got to go out to Sebes to go visit a family out there. We woke up went to a maxi taxi stop and took an hour and 45 minutes to get there and then we arrived in Sebes. Whenever you go on these types of visits, it's always an adventure. It is an unfamiliar area and you gotta try and get around. Also getting off the maxi taxi is intresting. They never really tell you where you are so you gotta ask someone and hopefully they actually know and dont just make up something and you get off in the wrong city! Elder Laititi and I almost missed it cause we were passing in and out of sleep... it was pretty funny. Well we meet up with the family and it was super awesome. We did a miniature sacrameeting for them, and then a spiritual thought. They are an awesome family that really tries so hard to be so good. It is sad that they are so far away from Sibiu cause we couldreally use them here. After a while we say goodbye and are on our own again. The thing I forgot to mention, the family doesnt live in Sebes, we had to take a taxi to the city neighboring it. So now we are in this city close to Sebes. We needed to get to Sebes, the taxi's were gone and our big maxi taxi was about to leave. So we made some friends... and they took us to Sebes haha. From there an old man showed us where the autogara was (where the maxi taxi's were) He walked us all the way there and we had a super nice conversation. The thing is with Romanians, they are so super friendly when you need help. They love helping and giving advice. It is super cool cause this is not the first time when someone one took like 30 minutes out of their day to help us find something. Love them. To end the story, we got home to Sibiu safely all according to plan.
|Eating at our favorite place|
It is amazing to have been in another area for almost 6 months again. I forgot how it felt in Arad. You really get established and make a lot of friends. Like all of our English students. They are all super close with us. We talk with them all the time. It is super sick to see how sometimes things work out like this.
I hope you all had a great new years! I love you so much. Thanks for always having my back!!
Elder Nightwing Cooper
So at the end of the skype call was actually not that bad at all,so no worries. Of course it was weird for a couple hours after, but honestly it ended and life kinda just went on. It felt so normal and so natural so it was really good for me. I know you worry, so I just had to let you know. haha :)
Christmas day was super fun. We all got together as a district and ate an awesome lunch. Afterwards we did a gift exchange so we all got presents and stuff. Now after that we got permission to watch the book thief. (I think I already said that?) It was a really good movie.... kinda weird to watch something about the Holocaust on Christmas, but it was whatever haha a movie is a movie :) We then went to go visit a member in the hospital. We came back and most of the district skyped their families and stuff. While they were doing that we set up the fire and stuff. We roasted marshmallows and some wieners. It was super fun! It also just felt good using up the firewood that me and Laititi used so much energy cutting down! It was a really good Christmas! :)
Honestly, I am really excited for life to kinda settle back down and just to not have anything else going on. Just good ol missionary work. Thank you all for all the support and love and prayers you send my way. I can defiantly feel it. I dont know what I would do without you, so I am just really grateful to have you all there for me. I love you all so much! I love the Lord, my testimony is good and strong, and I keep moving knowing "One step at a time with an eternal perspective always praying and reading scriptures". All is well.
On to another week.
DECEMBER 22 - One freakin crazy week.
So to start off we are officially "resting" one of our investigators. Which is what elder Kearon wanted us to do instead of drop them. We love him, but now it's time to see if
This week we also went down to Ploesti for our Chirstmas zone training. Honestly, they are always just kinda stressful for me haha. On the other side you always get good notes and answers and stuff like that. So I think over all it was good. It's always hard traveling, not necessarily cause of the time on a train, but because where you have to sleep in the other missionaries apartment. We had 8 missionaries in an apartment meant for 2. That is not even out of the ordinary out here. So of course you don't get any good sleep at all. So after our zone training we get on the train again to head back to Sibiu. Now if you forgot, the train ride to Ploesti is 5 hours and same for the way back. On the way back we were with our whole district and two sisters heading up to Arad for a conformation up there. Well about half way up the two sisters realized they bought the tickets, meaning they needed sleeper tickets and they just bought normal ones, which means 11 hours sitting in one of those train seats next to the most random people. Now in our mission we always take care of our sisters when traveling cause it can be so sketchy. I was super concerned cause they both looked like they were gonna pass
We have some super cool plans for Christmas! We are gonna have a bonfire and we got permission to watch polar express! It is gonna be fun. Also I get to see all of you so very soon! I am stoked to see all your cute little faces! Let me know if I need to do anything on this side to make it work any better. So I guess see ya in like 2-3 days!
PS. Love my district. Love my Comp and I'm doing great!