Elder Spencer Cooper

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Elder Spencer Cooper

Georgia Atlanta North Mission

1150 Cole Dr. SW

Lilburn, GA 30047

Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

So I thought I sent an email last week but for some reason it didn't send, so I sent it again today. Sorry about that!

Oh also family, I sent a package today with all my CDs, besides Lamb of God. Our mission president changed the music rule and asked us to send home any music that wasn't gospel related basically. So that's why you're getting a box full of soundtrack music. Also the Kenny G CD isn't really Kenny G it's a mix tape of pop LDS music. Elder Wight, my trainer, gave that to me for Christmas as a joke because I hate Kenny G so much. I also hate pop lds... but yeah. Don't throw or give away though I still want all that music!

So I got my new companion this week! His name is Elder Freitas and he is from Brazilia, Brazil. His English is very good especially since he's only been speaking it for like 3 months really because he's been in the Portugese branch the rest of the time. It's pretty cool helping him learn English and we get along pretty great. It's been really cold this week though and he hates the cold, plus he's been getting over the flu so we haven't been able to do a ton of work. We did make some good progress with Renan who's Miriams husband. He had said he wasn't interested but Elder Freitas can speak Spanish too so they connected with that and I'm hopeful he'll sit in on the lessons now. We're seeing them on Wednesday. We also met with Tony a couple times, but that hasn't been going so well. He says he knows the Bible is true and since the Book of Mormon conflicts with it, (which it doesn't) he thinks it's not true. The things he thinks conflict are so strange and don't really make sense. But we're eating dinner with him tonight and hopefully we'll be able to help him feel the spirit and teach him what he needs to know.

Like I said it's been really cold. I thought it was going to be warm for a while but alas not so. It snowed today! I mean barely but still it's cold. Oh and yeah we had a tornado warning last Monday but nothing too crazy happened. It poured rain and hail for like 5 minutes but other than that it was all good.

We're hoping to meet with a couple other people we met this week too but it's still been tough to find new investigators. We had a stake fast for missionary efforts yesterday so we're faithful that will help.

We had dinner with a guy yesterday who can speak the African language where they use the clicks and junk. So cool!

Um other than that I'm excited for Easter. Our ward choir is pretty good and I'm hoping some people will come to hear them.

Hope everything is goin well back home. I'm really starting to enjoy the Suwanee ward more now and I've definitely been having better spirits lately. I love this work and the people I'm blessed to be able to work with. Oh and thanks for the picture Mom. The one of the flowers I got but the other ones didn't come through so I dunno. Bye!

Elder Spencer Cooper

Strange Week March 18, 2013

Hey everyone,

This week was pretty good. It seemed very long though. On Tuesday we exchanged and I went to another area for the day. That was great had a really good time there. And got Brusters ice cream which is the best ice cream ever. Back in my area Elder Wight and Childs found a couple that we're teaching tonight. They are excited to read the Book of Mormon and learn more so we're really excited to meet with them tonight. They also found a man named Alvin who was just real interested and we're meeting with him later this week. On Friday we met with Tony again. We had a great lesson with him. He's so dang smart. We're actually playing basketball with him today.

The weather has been so nice. Got up to low 80's this week. Aparrently it's supposed to get down to the thirties sometime this week though :/ But there was tons of people outside to talk to which was cool. Except saturday cause there was a beerfest going on so we kind of avoided the town center area.

So I don't know if I've said this yet but was thinking about it this week. I used to be such a picky eater and I have no clue why. Like there are so many things I used to hate that I love now. Like mushrooms. Don't know why I thought they sucked cause they were delicious.

Transfer calls were today. Found out Elder Childs is going to my first district. Excited for him. I'm staying in Suwanee and getting a companion who is a portugese elder named Elder Fraitas. I'm excited because I heard he's a great missionary but I will miss Elder Childs.

Glad to hear your trip went so well Mom. Hope your choir can get some more recognition soon because it seems to definitely deserve it.

Love you all

Elder Cooper

Monday, March 11, 2013

Awesome Week March 11, 2013


This week was pretty awesome. On Tuesday we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. It was so great .We were contacting in a neighborhood and saw a woman sitting on her porch. When we went up and talked to her she told us she was a Jehovah's Witness, but didn't go to church any more because of some stuff she disagreed with. Anyway she read somewhere in the Bible that the lost sheep would be found by the disciples of Christ. And on 3 separate occasions she ran into LDS missionaries at 3 different locations. She let us into her house and we left a blessing with her. After the blessing we asked if we could come by and she said to come by in two hours. So two hours later we taught her the first lesson. She loved it and the spirit taught her so well. She kept saying, "Why don't the Witnesses have prophets?" She even called her mom and asked her during the lesson. She committed to baptism on the 30th of March. She's in the area for the Zone Leaders so i don't get to teach her but am really excited for her nonetheless.

The weather was super cold on Wednesday, but after that it was amazing. Great time to contact. We talked to tons of people. Got some really good potential investigators. So we're really excited and hoping to meet with a lot of new investigators this next week.

Yesterday I played a special musical number in church. It was an arrangement I made of "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go" with a bit of "Called to Serve" It went okay.  I wasn't super proud of the arrangement and I messed up a bit but it went okay. Everyone seemed to like it at least. It was for a sister's farewell who's going to Italy.

Um for pants... Probably 30 waist 32 length or maybe 32/32 and either black or gray would be good.

Crazy everything that's going on back home... glad to here from some of you this week thanks a ton for writing.

So that's about it this week. We basically contacted and tracted all week. Next week is transfer calls so I'll know if I'm getting a new companion  or area next Monday.

Take Care!

Elder Spencer Cooper

Monday, March 4, 2013

Good Week March 4, 2013

This week was pretty good. We are slowly finding more people to teach and we've had some great experiences. On Saturday we did a service project where we cut down a bunch of trees and hauled the branches. Our bishop is the HOA president so he came up with the project and asked us to help. It was a lot of fun and we met some great people one of which wants to feed us. It's been pretty cold lately. Friday and Saturday it snowed. I mean not really, just flurried or whatever you call it but yeah it was cold. The worst is the wind. Riding a bike in the wind is horrible. But it's been good, I'm just looking forward to it heating up hear soon.

Yesterday during fast and testimony meeting we had a bunch of young adults preparing for missions get up and bear their testimonies. It was really cool and it's awesome to see how many more missionaries there are going to be. It was a really good Sunday except my companion Elder Childs got a phone call telling him one of his cousins had passed away. It was a real testimony builder for me because the first thing he said after he found out was "Well, the Lord must need him in the spirit world."

We had an awesome experience on Friday. We biked to dinner and got there ten minutes early and decided to knock a couple doors before we went in. So we knocked one with no answer. Then the next one this guy answers who's just super nice. We tell him we've been sent by Christ to give him and his family peace and blessings. So they invite us in and we start talking to them. It turns out they had a son who was pretty sick and they had a family member who had just passed away a couple days ago. So we left a prayer. The spirit was so strong it was awesome. Hopefullly we can see them again but they're moving to another area soon.

Anyways... yes mom I could use some new pants. Not because I've gained too much weight but one of my slacks got ripped in my bike chain and he hem on the other side is coming out so they look ratty and nasty.

Great to hear from you family and hope to hear from some of the rest of you soon. Hope this week is good and God bless.

Elder Spencer Cooper