"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, June 13, 2016

The Life of a Senior Couple

Hey family! Man that trip in the canyon sounded pretty cool. I didn't know you all bought hammocks. It would definitely fit in with Surinamese culture, 90% of the time in our lessons we sit in chairs and our investigators will sit up in their hammock.
Life as 20 year old senior couple missionaries is pretty fun. Basically all of the problems in Suriname get delegated to whatever companionship is assigned to the responsibility. There are a lot of moments where you have to go with the flow...an elder or a sister has an inner-tube pop and we go and try to fix the bike as best we can in time to make it for an appointment, or a missionary has an ingrown toenail so we take them to the doctor, things like that. I feel bad when I write letters because a lot of our week is spent trying to organize things for the actual senior couple that will be coming to Suriname on June 22 and I don't have too much to write about.
I will say though that out of all the issues we have helped with the best one probably came from this morning. We got a call from the sister missionaries serving in the same branch and they told us about a problem that they had in the apartment. We asked them what it was and they described how insects were crawling out of the countertop, up the wall, leaving a sticky substance behind as they made a hole in the ceiling. We realized after they described the bug that they had a termite problem. Good times. Haha
Another highlight from the week came with an investigator we had named "J." "J" is a no nonsense man. He will always explain his thought process and then follow it with, "Am I wrong or no" and we can basically tell it to him how it is. We taught about the Pre-Mortal Life in our last lesson and he just had to take a moment to really ponder about what we were teaching him. He came to church yesterday and was asking several questions about the Sabbath Day since that was something we were discussing during third hour. We are pretty excited for him, hopefully he can be ready for baptism before I have to leave.
To answer a couple of questions that you had,
1. I am driving. We will have to give the truck up pretty soon when the senior couple arrives but for now I am the one driving. It's nice when it starts to rain and you don't have to worry about getting wet. At first it was a little difficult to get used to how narrow the streets are here but after awhile it's just like driving in the states.
2. My companion's name is Elder Orton. He is from Cedar City and is on his last transfer. He is really organized and wants to go out with the torch still lit which is good. He was actually in the MTC just a month before our group got there so we saw him and his group there for the first little bit.
3. I haven't touched my suit jacket since I got in Suriname. It's still in good shape and I have not gained a single pound on the mission so everything still fits.
Sorry it's not much this week, President Egbert is coming this weekend so we are excited.
Hope you all have a good week!
Love you!
Elder Cooper

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Suriname? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Suriname in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez