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.
Haha I cant believe this is the last
email that I will be sending as a missionary. Before I write about all
that stuff though I want to tell you real quick a little about the week.
Our elevator rides are always interesting!
We were able to go over a couple
times this past week and really help the R's finish up picking all his
cherrys in his garden. I feel like some of the reason that me and him
were able to work so well when it came to the branch work was because we also
worked together in other aspects of life. He has really helped me out
here in Craiova and I have tryed to do the same for him. T R Is seriously one of the best men I know. I am glad we got to
spend so much time with him this week in his garden.
We also had a kind of going away
party this past saturday. We invited a bunch of people to the church so
we could do a BBQ... dont worry mom we took a bunch of pictures haha :)
It was amazing! I got to play with a bit of fire again and we got
to just eat pork and mici like men! It was perfect. It really
showed me that I do have a lot of connections here in Craiova that I really
want to keep in touch with. It was really weird saying goodbye to all the
good friends I made here. I know that I will still be able to communicate
with them through email or facebook or whatever it may be. But just the feeling
of not knowing if I would see any of them in person ever again was weird.
I am happy for the time that I have had with them.
Sunday I gave my farewell talk.
The first time in my life I ever lost track of time while public
speaking! It was a good
Being in a trio has been a good time :)
practice round I think ;) It was a really
comfortable setting with not many people, but just enough to make it feel like
a talk. I dont even want to think about 100+ people in the same
room. Sounds overwhelming.... I might just not do my homcoming talk.....
There is no way that I will
ever be able to relay all my experiences over to other people. I know
that I have experienced many many things for the benifit of others through my
mission. but I also know there are many things that I have experienced for
my well being. This has been the hardest thing that I have ever done in
my entire life. So looking back
sometimes I wonder why I didnt give up. I have thought about this a
lot. I don't have a big cool experience to share of how at one big moment I just knew this was the place for me, All I know is that I was sustained by some other
source or divine intervention to be able to make it day to day... cause that is
how I lived my mission.. day to day. I
know that source is my Father in
heaven. This simple fact is something I have come to know through sweat
and tears. He is my Father that happens to live in heaven and I know He
wants me to succeed here. One powerful thing I read the other day came
from my first journal. I was re-reading back to the good ol days in the
MTC. One particular day I was stuggling and I wrote in that journal
"if I am able to do this full 2 year mission, there will be no doubt
in my mind that what I am preaching is true and that I will have recieved power
beyond my own strength." It took me reading that to really
start to see that I have been so
blessed in my time here in Romania as a
missionary. I am sad to be leaving these people now. It is a really
exciting time over here. The mission is really picking up energy and
momentum. Things are happening and it for sure going places. It is time for these new missionaries to be here. That is why it is my time to leave. We need to keep
progressing here and even though I have had 2 years of experience and know a
bit about how to do things here, the new blood and the new ideas is what will
keep this place growing, and not stuck in a rut, into the place that it's
dedication prayer says it will be "a beacon to the surrounding
countries." I know I planted seeds that some day will make this a reality.
Until we meet again Romania!
So I really just want to thank
everyone who has given me any type of support in the time that I have been on
this crazy adventure. If it wasn't for all of you guys fasting and
praying for me, I would not have been able to do this. that's why this
gospel is so beautiful, it is all about team work to help and love
others. In all of you helping me I hope you feel some sort of
satisfaction in knowing that through me you were able to help the lives of the
people here in Romania. You are just as much a part of this as I am! :)
I love you all so much!! I can't wait to see you all very
soon!! Two more days and it will be over. What a roller coaster,
but one I am glad I went on! :) The gospel is true.