"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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

When The Lord Throws Us The Keys

First off, I want to apologize about the pictures. When I said I was sending them last week I didn't realize that the cyber I was at did not have the software for dropbox. I also ran out of time in the middle of emailing so I wasn't able to send out everything I wanted. It was a little frustrating. But it's all good now! Most of these pictures are from last week when we had our celebration and when we went to the museum at New Amsterdam.
To tell a little bit about our week, this week was zone conference. Which means that President Mehr  came by into Suriname. It was also District Conference so our entire weekend got shot going to different meetings back and forth. Yesterday we had zone conference which went from 9-5. I'm not joking, 9-5 with an hour lunch in between. We literally sat down and heard from President Mehr, sister Mehr, a member of the district presidency, and also the AP's. There were good parts and not so good parts but all in all it wasn't bad. President Mehr gave an amazing analogy that I know Dad would've loved. President Mehr gave an analogy of how when we go to build a house we make a contract with a company. He explained that during the process there are payments that the company receives when a step is completed (like the foundation). He then explained how sometimes companies cut corners. With the roofing brackets or with a cheaper tile. But then when the home owner notices the change, the company has to go back and sometimes they ask for a payment before they deserve it, because the economy is tough. But if the home owner agrees in the building of this specific house, the company then decides to go the extra mile. Putting in better quality pipes, higher quality everything. Because the home owner was so nice and helped. And then when it's all said and done and as we're walking away from the house we just built, the home owner throws us the keys and says it's ours. So is it in our lives. Sometimes we cut corners, we ask for things we don't deserve, but our Heavenly Father has mercy. If we go the extra mile though, we make our house beautiful, and we work hard. The equivalent of exaltation is when the Lord throws us the keys and says the work we've done was for us all along. I don't know if that went across as well. I summarized it, but I just remember enjoying it a lot.
As far as how our investigators are doing, "S" is still on her baptismal date. She should be baptized this Saturday.
To answer your guys' questions, I am writing in my journal. I know I will really enjoy going back and reading those pages in the near future. There are still so many little things I want to write in there too though, so I will definitely make even more of an effort. Cause right now I'm writing like every other day, or like every 3 days. But I'm pretty sure I could write more if I just gave it some thought.

I love you guys! I hope you know that I enjoy reading all of your emails. Have an awesome week.
Elder Cooper
P.S The win against Arizona by Boise State is sweet! I'm excited to hear more about how our coming season goes.

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