Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The last oficial email!

The last official email. There really isn't a whole lot to say. This past week was kind of dry as far as missionary work is concerned. We went to the meeting for the media campaign that the church is going to be doing. There were missionaries from the south mission as well as a couple from the Colorado Springs mission too. It went well, but once again the meeting was 6 hours long. I just hope that people don't get the idea of making profiles on is missionary work. The main reason for the media blitz is to have the church do the heavy lifting. There will be so many ads running that most members of the church are going to be approached by their non member friends instead of going out and having to talk to their non member friends. That is when the members need to invite their friends to do something like go to church or meet with the missionaries, etc. Bro. Allen was the one who spoke most of the time. He is the managing director of missionary work. His son was the bishop in Taft Canyon ward when I served up in Fort Collins.

I also went on exchanges this week with the one of the zone leaders down on the UNC campus. It was weird to see people on campus since I was there during the summer only.

Yea, I am pretty much in trunky mode now. It didn't really hit me that I'm going home until today. I'm still crashing every night from being tired though. Some missionaries have a hard time sleeping when they get close to going home. This week we randomly have a lot of service. Today we helped move some stuff out of a house for about an hour. Tomorrow we are going to go paint something at some lady's house. We also might go get potatoes somewhere with a family in the ward later in the week. My companion has already had another companion who has gone home when he was with him so it is nothing new to him. I haven't been with anyone when it is their last transfer. See you all next week!

Elder Cooper

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jacob's coming home!!!

So I finally got the specifics. Jacob will be arriving at the San Diego Airport on September 5th at 3:57pm, Delta. Anyone that wants to be there to welcome him home is invited. We will be stopping by the Stake Presidents house on the way home so he can be released. I would imaging we will be home by 5:30 or 6:00. Come by the house anytime that evening to see Jacob. There will be food too. Spread the word...PARTY AT THE COOPER'S!!!

This last week was great. I'm not sick anymore. I had a bad sore throat for 4-5 days. I must say it was pretty bad. Nothing really happened at the doctors. She gave me some medicine which cost me 30 bucks! The baptism was great as well. Everything went pretty smooth. So, we were put in charge of filling the font on Saturday. We started at noon so it could be filled by 5pm! It has a small water heater and would only have hot water for 2 minutes and then we would have to wait 30 minutes for it to get warm again. Since he works out at the prison graveyard shift, on Sunday we got a little nervous when he and his family didn't show up right away. Good thing our ward had a reverse schedule with sacrament meeting last.

This last week we had zone conference too. It went okay. It was kind of boring and I must say that I am glad that I don't have to go to another one of those meetings. I gave my departing testimony and everything. It is official. I'm coming home in 2 weeks! This week I have to go to a meeting close to Denver. It is for all trainers, district leaders, and zone leaders. The church is starting this huge media campaign and the Denver area is one of the places that they are doing it. The meeting is, I guess, to inform us of what they are going to do. I also have to go on exchanges with the zone leaders this week. Busy all the time, even with 2 weeks to go.

Pres. Toombs is our new Mission President. He has been here for almost two months now. He is totally different from how Pres. Ely did things, but he is pretty awesome. They are from Utah. I don't know why he can give out these scholarships. All I know is that I might be able to get 400 dollars for school. I think it is specifically to BYU-Idaho.

Elder Cooper

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hello Everyone,

This past week actually went really well for the most part. The downfall of this week is that I have been sick with a cold. Mostly it has been a bad sore throat. I'm going to go to the doctor today to get it looked at. I was talking to Pres. Toombs the other day about school and I might be able to get a 400 dollar scholarship from him. He says that he gets to give a few of those out every year for BYU-Idaho. He said to call him when I'm a little bit closer to going home so I will probably call him next Monday.

I got my flight information, but the funny thing is....I can't remember the exact time that I am flying in. It will be between 3pm-4pm on Monday, Sept. 5. I will leave in the morning and they have me flying into Salt Lake. Then I have to be there for a 2 hour layover! I was telling jokes that I am going to tell people that my family didn't show up to pick me up if they ask. Our investigator is still set for the 20th of August and we are pretty excited. We met with him a couple of times last week and everything seemed to be good. I hope so because we just put together a program for him yesterday. This week we also have my last zone conference....finally. These mission meetings are just a little bit too long...I will be giving a farewell testimony at it as well. I'm getting pretty excited to be coming home. It will really start to sink in at the beginning next week when the baptism is over with.

I forgot to mention a funny story that happened the other week. I was on exchanges with the elders out in Yuma, CO. I was just about to fall asleep when I felt something go down my leg. We flipped on the lights and there was a cockroach in my bed! I found it a little bit more difficult to go to bed after that. This last Monday we played basketball and while we were resting my companion hit the fire alarm in the church and the fire department showed up and everything. We called ahead of time to 911 saying that it was not an emergency.

We did end up going to the fair this past week, but it is nothing like the Del Mar Fair. 1/10th of the size and it doesn't cost to get in. We only went to a rodeo with some members one of the nights which was pretty cool.

Elder Cooper

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello Everybody!

This past week went great. Things have been going well with the new companion and everything. Elder Lloyd and I have been getting along great so I think that it will be all good finishing up here in Sterling, CO. This last week we met with our investigator and set him with a date for August 20th! We are pretty excited and it will be awesome to leave on a good note. Other than that we have been having a hard time meeting with other investigators. I haven't got my flight info yet. I imagine that it would come this week because we have to write a big essay about our mission and stuff and it takes a while to write. Also, there is a mission reunion that is going to be on September 30th and I kind of want to go but don't know for sure yet. I am seeing if there is someone else that wants to go that I know that is close to home. I have been emailing Pres. Larson and he says that he just might have an opening, and said to email him again a week before I head home.

This past week I had the chance to go out to Yuma, CO which is even more in the middle of nowhere. They just opened up the area which has been closed for the last 8 months so the missionaries out there have a lot of work cut out for them. One of the elders is from Norway of all places. He probably wasn't expecting to go to a place like Yuma, CO in his lifetime.

Not much is going on besides that. There is a fair in Sterling this week and we are going to try and get our investigator to come invite us out. Everyone around here is going to be at the fair, so either we get invited or we have a semi-long week because nobody is home.

Elder Cooper

Monday, August 1, 2011

Last transfer!

I can't believe the things that are happening. I'm super excited that that I'm going to be finishing up here in 5 weeks, but at the same time I want to see things happen before I leave. Today is transfers and it looks like I will be finishing up in Sterling. My companion, Elder Rodriguez, got moved to Aurora, CO. It is right next to Denver and it is pretty ghetto. It is a spanish speaking ward so he is excited, plus he was in Sterling a little bit too long. My new companion is Elder Lloyd. I actually haven't even met him yet. All I really know is that he has been out just over a year and is from Layton, UT. We will see how that goes. I will still be the district leader and we have another set of elders in our district, but they are serving in Yuma, CO which is super far away from Sterling so we won't see them that much.

This past week we were finally able to teach the guy who wants to get baptized. I think we will be setting him with a date this week for baptism! Exciting times. I don't know if I told you, but a guy that I taught while I was in Longmont got baptized a little bit ago and I just heard news that another guy that I taught there is going to get baptized too in the next week or so. The work there wasn't done in vain haha.

That is what has been going on this past week, a few changes but not much. The "Trunky papers" (flight info) I think comes next week. That is a scary thought.

Elder Cooper

About Me

My name is Jacob Cooper and I will be serving in the Denver North mission starting September 9, 2009 until September 2011