Elder Spencer Cooper

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Elder Spencer Cooper

Georgia Atlanta North Mission

1150 Cole Dr. SW

Lilburn, GA 30047

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pretty Good Week May 27, 2013

This week was good. We did a lot of service. Like a ton. Our entire saturday was mowing lawns basically. But we had some amazing miracles, too. On Tuesday we were eating at our apartment because our dinner had been cancelled. So I ate and my companion was making his dinner but taking a while. He ended up not finishing till our hour for dinner was up. I told him it was all right if he ate but he said he'd just eat when we got back. So we went to go see a member but had some extra time so went to another street and knocked on a former investigator's door. He answered and said,  "Now isn't a good time." I explained we were just there to leave a blessing with him and his family. He came around the other door and we sat outside and talked for awhile. He shared how his life has been really difficult for his family right now with medical problems and different things. Said everything was just piling up at once. We went inside and left a blessing. The spirit was so strong and then he told us right before we came he was thinking he needed someone to talk to and had tried to call his Sunday School teacher but he hadn't answered. Two seconds later we rang his door bell. Then when we were about to leave it started to pour rain. It was crazy; we wouldn't have been there if dinner wasn't cancelled and if Elder Bonin had eaten his dinner it would have been pouring rain when we got there and probably would have just gone on to the members'  house. One of those things where everything just fell into place and the Lord really directed our path.

We also asked a long time investigator who hasn't really gone anywhere if we could teach his entire family. He said sure and so we had a lesson with them. I'm really excited for them some of the children who are in their late teens seem really interested.

E. Bonin and I have been struggling a bit lately relationship wise. But its all right we still get out and work hard everyday.

That's about it right now, I think. Hope all is going well for you back home!

Also thanks Roots for the package! And Mom sorry about pants I'll maybe grab some next Pday. And go ahead and just send the package to the mission office


Elder Cooper

Monday, May 20, 2013

Great Week May 20, 2013

We had a great week here in Dahlonega. Amazing things are starting to happen. The best is definitely that we met with one of our investigators named Tori. She's 15 and she and her mom have been learning about the church for a while. Tori said she came to believe the Book of Mormon to be true and she wants to be baptized. It was such an amazing meeting, the spirit was so strong. I haven't met her mom yet because she's been so busy with work, but we're hoping to help her towards baptism too. We also had some great meetings with some other investigators. One who's new is agnostic and we're helping her understand God is there and that He loves her. It's really cool I'm enjoying teaching someone who doesn't have the typical Christian background. We have also found a couple of new investigators who are really open about reading and learning more. So good stuff happening for sure.

We also had Zone Conference with Elder Ellis. It was awesome. My favorite thing he talked about is how God is a God of miracles and will provide miracles in our lives if we ask for them. He's a great speaker though and I really enjoyed that.

The weather has been really stormy lately. Most the week it was nice, but the last couple days lots of thunder storms and rain.

Happy Birthday mom! Sounds like it was great! Especially since you got some BBQ and some Firehouse Subs. MMMMMM so good.

I'll definitely include Papa and Steve Pearce in my prayers. Sorry to hear about that. I know the Lord will bless them though according to the faith which we pray with.

Something else Elder Ellis talked about was preparing to change. With the new mission coming there's a possibility of me switching missions. Crazy to think about, and I have no idea when we'll know who's staying and who's going.

Well that's about it. Love you all and hope you're all doing well.

Elder Spencer Cooper

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, May 13, 2013

So this week was pretty great. Very strange. Did a ton of service! Apparently there is a lot of service to do in this area. I'm getting better adjusted to the country; it's a beautiful place. We helped a lady mow her lawn. The grass was chin high in some places, no joke-- it was crazy. We've been meeting a lot of new people but getting in with them has been difficult. Same with pretty much all our investigators. Like all of our appointments have been falling through for one reason or another. But I'm hopeful for this coming week. Plus we have Zone Conference with a member of the 70 coming who spoke in General Conference, Stanley Ellis. Gonna be legit! Just found out today a couple of old investigators I was working with in my first area got baptized too. So awesome!  I love seeing how people can really change, one of them I wasn't sure if he'd ever get baptized. His wife has been a member for a long time and now they'll be preparing to go to the Temple to have their marriage sealed for time and all eternity. Pretty amazing. That's about it for me this week. Much love to all the mom's out there, especially mine! You're the best Mom! And Grandma love you so much! Alright stay classy till next time you all. (Not y'all, I haven't changed that much....)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Good First Week in Dahlonega May 6, 2013

Hey all. This week has been crazy! Monday was my Birthday and it was sweet. Got some nice ice cream cake. Leaving Suwanee was strange. I feel like I really never appreciated it fully until like 4 weeks before I left or so. It's an awesome place.  I think if I ever lived in Georgia I'd want to live in Suwanee.

But anyways I came up to Dahlonega on  Wednesday. Culture Shock!!! Seriously it's a tiny little town up in the mountains. There's a main square that we live on that is pretty cool. There's a lot of shops and festivals and things that happen there. It brings in a lot of tourists it seems. Used to be a gold mining town I guess. There's a college in the square too, so there are a lot of college aged students around. But our area is HUGE. So the square is like a couple square miles or so and then outside there, there's a couple of stores but then it's just backwoods. Getting any where takes a while and knocking doors is hard because everyone lives so far away from each other. It's gorgeous though. So green and just nice.I feel like this is the first real southern place I've encountered. Everyone speaks with a southern accent here, and I've already met some crazy people. One guy gave us what he called "fish head soup." It was pretty gross. Everyone is really nice though and I'm really excited to work here. When we drive through it (car area finally!) I feel like there should be a constant loop of banjo music playing.

Anyways it's been raining since I got here and I'm getting really sick of the rain again. Our has car gotten stuck in the mud like 4 times since I've been here and we've had to push it out.

My new companion is pretty cool. I'm excited because he's obedient and has a good work ethic, that's really what's most important. He's really nice too. We get along good.
We had an awesome experience yesterday. We were leaving an appointment and decided to knock a couple doors in the area. We talked to one lady on her porch, and she was devout Baptist, totally not interested, but told us about a friend down the road we should visit. We knocked this door and it was a lady named Rena with 4 children. She let us in and we left a blessing with her and her children. It was great; she's been going through a lot of hard stuff right now and she is super open. Amazing kids too. They were so excited to have us there. We are seeing them next Sunday again so we are excited for them.

We also had Stake Conference this week. It was sweet. A member of the first quorum of the 70 was there and talked about member missionary work. He said we (missionaries) are the part time missionaries since we're there for only a short time and the members are the full time missionaries. I thought that was cool.

Anyways great to here from those who've written and I hope to hear from more soon. Love you guys and I love my mission.

Elder Cooper