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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
We had a busy week.
It is kinda an interesting situation we got here. We have some people we meet with, but we dont do the typical lessons with them. Some are more serious than others. We are working though and helping some battle smoking and drinking. That's a long fight, so we are just trying to be a consistent source of support. We have someone else that is actually progressing a lot I think. She actually came to church! She lives really far away and we havent been able to go out and visit her yet. We are planning on doing that this week hopefully. We usually will call and kinda do a lesson or a check on the phone with her.
The next morning we had made plans to go work in our Branch president’s garden (that's also why we didnt just spend the night in Buc cuase we needed to get back) So we woke up kinda early and went over to our Branch president’s house and helped him out. We got a solid 2 or 2 and a half hours in. They then fed us an amazing meal. After we finished eating we went into the living room. We all then just passed out for like 10 or 15 minutes. We literally took a nap with our branch president! haha he is super chill! It was also really needed. All this farming and gardening experience I am getting on my mission really makes me want to have a garden some day. Not like a little dainty one, but one that I need to actually put some effort into. That would be kinda dope.
Anyways I dont know if i have mentioned this yet, but in the mission we are doing this thing called POP. It is basically just a short 2 minute role play about a certain topic in the lessons. With every POP you are supposed to have a scripture. There is certain POP that I really like. One cause it is simple. Two because it is easy. Three cause it can actually be pretty deep. It is the one I have up my sleeve. I want to share the scripture with you cause it is one of my favorites.. actually like in my top 5. :) It's Ether 12:4
Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
So this scripture is awesome for a couple of reasons. I really like how it says so clearly that faith is the anchor. It keeps us abounding in the good works. Faith is what makes a steady and ready when the storms of life come. That is obvious conclusion right. But going a little deeper. What happens to a boat not during a storm?Just out on the water? It still drifts right? The water will typically always keep you moving just a little bit. So it's that anchor of faith that we need constantly. Especially during the "calm" times when there is no storm. Sometimes we even lift the anchor just a bit to "go out exploring" a bit. But when you find that good place where you are supposed to be drop that anchor and dont let the water make you drift. Ether 12 is a great chapter. I recommend it :)
That's about it for this week. Things are good, and my companion is good. I'm lucky to have him right now. I love you all so much! Talk to ya soon!
PS. I actually forgot this. This week we only had one hour of church!.... it was so nice! haha I loved it a little to much I think :). But no I didnt get to just relax. It was Elder C's turn but we have that American guy who comes sometimes and he gave a talk. Usually we have a member who is a good translator do the translating, but he wasnt at church. So I had to do it. It's really the first time where I have just flat out been put on the spot to on the go translate for someone for like 30 minutes. It was kinda rough, but overall it was fine haha :) I would've also had to teach Sunday school, but everyone had to catch train or go back to work so literally everybody left after the first hour.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Well Im here in Craiova now. Every time I go down to transfers there are more and more people I dont know. It's really weird Im like in a different mission now then when I started. Especially after these next two transfers literally everyone I know that is older in the mission will be gone. Weird reality check.
So Craiova is not at all how I pictured it in my head. Ipictured the work to kinda be slower over here and there to not be much to do. Well there is a lot of work compared to what I am used to! Elder Christensen is awesome! Just walking on the streets we pass people all the time that he knows and we just stop and talk with them. It is amazing to see that so many people know us and are super friendly with us. We actually have people to meet with. It's the only other time in my mission since Bucharest that I have come into an area where there are already people that the companionship has been teaching. So to say the least I have been pleasantly surprised.
We have met with the branch president here and he is amazing. He is older but is full of energy. We went over to their house and it was just as friendly as going over to a grandparent’s house. It is just a warm friendly place and I think the smell helped set the scene a little more. I am really excited to work with them.
So church rolls around and I gave a talk. The missionaries switch off every other week, so it's a good thing I have kept all the talks I have written haha. Brother F also came this week. He is from Nevada but has been living in Germany for 8 years and now is working on a project here in Romania. He is so awesome! He came in with three bags of only American stuff! So now we have American cereal, tons of peanut butter, pop tarts, and brownie mix! haha it was one of the best Sundays ever.
It was really weird the other day. I woke up and looked out the window and it was snowing! I havent had to deal with snow for basically an entire transfer now and then to wake up and see it falling was kinda weird. Luckly it didnt stick. Craiova reminds me a lot of Pitesti. I've been in the Transylvania area for so long that coming over to this part of the country I am able to notice some little things here and there. The people here speak a lot faster. They also slur a lot of their words together so it is kinda fun trying to understand some people. Also in this area there are a lot more wild dogs out and about. Also there are a lot more gypsies and others around. I actually dont feel like I havethe best read on this city yet because it has been surprisingly cold the past few days, but I guess only time will tell.
Well that's about it for this week I think. I love you all so much! Ill talk to you next week.
Elder (Nightwing) Cooper
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Well Finally got back home to the apartment but guess what? I gotta get going again!
It's been kinda nuts. We got to go down to Cluj this past week and it was super dope! The city is beautiful and just
|I've enjoyed my time with these Elders!|
So next transfer. Everyone is staying the same here in this city!... except me. I am headed over to one of the bigger cities Craiova. The branch there is almost like here in Timi, except minus the amazing new American family/ branch president, then minus 2 of the regular comers and that is the Craiova branch. It is going to be a big adventure over there for sure. I am actually really excited to see what we can do with the city. This will almost be my last city, or maybe even my last. I really just got to go all out here and make every second count. It will be really weird being in a two man city. I guess it just means planning some sick Pdays is easier, working really hard easier, and over all, I really I am excited to see how this next transfer goes and to work hard.
I realized something the other day. It actually made my day. I said the sacrament prayer in Romanian like we always do. Afterwards, elder Harris came up to me and said that my accent when saying the prayer was very very good. It then hit me... that a sincere compliment from a person I respect really helps my confidence. I get them a bit, compliments, on the street with Romanians cause they are impressed if you can even kinda hold a conversation), but you all know how important that stuff is to me, so it really made my day. It's weird to think how much one little nice thing said can do. I think we often forget that. No matter who it is to, every one likes and honestly needs a good sincere compliment now and again. It's something I want to be able to to for people.
So we are going to hop on a train tomorrow night and get toBuc Wednesday morning. Then Ill be taking another train Wednesday night and get to Craiova. It's just gonna be another crazy week ahead of me. It'll be good and sad to go down to transfers. A lot of my friends are leaving after this transfer so this is the last time to see all of them! Crazy to think they were all in their third transfer when I got into the country. Time just keeps going I guess!
Bottom line I came on a mission because I love the Lord and I want to share His gospel. I suppose they can teach you all that other stuff, and I’m not saying it’s not good, but if you go on a mission and expect something different you might be disappointed. I love the Lord, he loves me, honestly nothing else really matters at this point. Through prayer I am okay, I promise. Things are good.
I love you all so much! I wouldn’t survive without all of you. Have a good week!!