Our week was a pretty good week. We had finally taught a contact that we had run into about three weeks ago. They are a couple in their late 20's that studied English at a University level. . . you can guess which language we spoke with them. They had a lot of questions about LDS doctrine which was really fun to answer. We had talked about what being sealed in the temple means, as well as the remission of sins, and other questions about basic LDS belief in general. We do not get to talk about those things with people for a couple of visits so you can imagine how excited we were. We are afraid of two things for them though. Because they studied at the University and because of their personality they approach things very academically which may be hard if your trying to feel the Spirit, which comes more as a feeling rather than an academic discovery. We are also afraid that they will search things on the internet where the truth will be distorted and presented in an extreme way rather than reading the Book of Mormon for themselves and praying. I have faith that they will do well though, they seem like a really amazing couple.
Other than that the week was pretty normal. Yesterday was branch conference. It was a discussion about keeping the Sabbath day holy, which the Apostles explained is one of the best things we could be doing to strengthen our faith. It really made me want to strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, not just on my mission but when I get home. The biggest thing I learned is that it is not so much about what we can or cannot do on the Sabbath, like the Mosaic law. But that it is more about what sign we are trying to give the Lord on the Sabbath. If we think about that then the Spirit guides us into knowing what would be a good idea to do on the Sabbath.
I testify that the Spirit is absolutely necessary to succeed in life. Without it we are lost and we lead ourselves into temptation and problems. I also know that a mission is the best experience ever. Even on the worst of days I realize I would not want to be anywhere else. I hope you all have an amazing week! I love you guys so much!
Elder Cole Cooper