"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!" ---D&C 128:19

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jesus The Christ

Hey you guys! It sounds like everyone got sick. That's sad to hear. Get feeling better soon.
This week went by really well. The branch did a Christmas party/program on Saturday.  Me, Elder Beckstrand, Elder Carpenter and one other elder all sang a song called Little Drummer Boy, by the Pentatonix. The members really liked it and actually gave us a second round of applause. For today we are going to Choi's with the zone leaders van so we will actually be able to take more food home as well as we're eating at a members home. One cool thing about Christmas time for missionaries is we actually get to watch a movie of our choice. It has to be appropriate obviously but we get to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 tonight which will be sweet.
All of our investigators are doing well. Cool story from this week is we went contacting and found an awesome person named "M." We asked if we could teach her right there and she agreed. We taught her the Restoration and she listened really well. One of the biggest indicators for me that someone seems interested or is listening is when they ask questions. She had several questions about us and what makes our message and our church different from the one she and her family goes to. We explained the priesthood and the Book of Mormon to her and she found it really interesting. She explained that she wanted to be baptized but wasn't quite ready to come every week to church. She said that actually really only one of her kids goes to church every week. I think they would be awesome to keep teaching. I'll let you know how it turns out.
A couple weeks ago I don't know if I told you guys this but I actually finished Jesus the Christ for the first time all the way through. I must say that I really enjoyed it. It talks about everything! A really in depth look at all of his earthly ministry, and bits and pieces from pre-mortal life, and Second Coming. There's so many things that I could quote from that book. You guys would have letters for the next two weeks. What I will say though is that it helped to strengthen my testimony in Jesus Christ. No other person taught with such a combination of love and tolerance for people. Jesus Christ was and is the epitome of charity. There is a scripture in 1 Peter 4:8 where the JST says "Charity preventeth a multitude of sins." Which is so true. One thing I've seen is that it's harder to teach something wrong or say the wrong thing when you feel love for the people and love for God. I testify to you guys that Jesus is the Christ. Our Redeemer. I enjoy this time of the year not just because of gifts and family but because Christ is the biggest part of Christmas. He's more than half the word Christmas itself. ;) I love you guys and hope you enjoy your Christmas.
Love Elder Cooper
P.S I got your guys' letters. I really enjoyed them! Thanks for all the packages too!!

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