Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 58 - September 11, 2017

Eye Single To The Glory Of God

Hiya, fam!  First off, THANK YOU for all of the birthday wishes, cards, and gifts.  I love each and every one of you so much.



This week was buck wild, and I don't have a lot of time because Elder Carter and I are going to go fishing, but I will run through the week with you. 

Monday:  We went bowling again, and I was on fire πŸ”₯for not playing pretty much a year!  I hit a 185 after a game, and I wish we would of had time to play more.  

But we also received a call.  A new Chinese speaking Elder was coming in from the Provo MTC, and President wants Elder Huang and I to train him.. SECOND SON!  That was a bit shocking. 

Tuesday:   We had our District Meeting, and afterwards our new son, Elder James, arrived, Green as can be!  He is actually from Provo Utah, born and bred.  He is a really intelligent kid, plays in the band, likes classical music, and is really really American still aha.  A bit different then Elder Huang and I.. but that's okay.  God calls us as we are, and we are all unique!  We had our first trio lesson with a Chinese girl named Susie, and FLIP!  Elder James is one lucky Elder.  She is one of the most Golden Girls I have ever taught.  She wanted to be baptized this Saturday already!  We explained that she needs to come to church at least twice before she can be baptized.  We also had a DA with RC's, Maggie and Linda.  We had home made dumplings, £££

Wednesday:  I turned 20!  I am ancient!  We had Ward Coordination in the Morning, then went over to Brother Myles for a wee bit.  He gave me 30 SMOOTHIES, cakes, and a load of sweets, what a legend. 

We also taught Yvonne again.  She bought me this really, really posh Doc Martin Wallet. 

 Ah, that was really kind of her.  And we GQ'd and had dinner with all the missionaries in the evening.  I got all of your presents.  Thank you so much!  Not anything else special that day, but that's okay.  Next year, back home we can celebrate ;) 

Thursday:  We went over to Brother Thompson's in the morning, did some service, and had lunch.  We then taught Yvonne again.  She is doing so well, accepting everything, excited to be baptized.  We also taught Viola again.  In the evening, we taught a guy named Gabriel, old Scottish man who thinks he is a Catholic Cardinal.  Had a very interesting conversation.

Friday:  A lot of GQ'ing, and we taught Yvonne again, and our RC Ray.  Just finding new students is going well!

Saturday:  We helped set up the church for Stake Conference on Sunday and had another lesson with Yvonne.  We GQ'd the afternoon and in the evening we were invited for another dinner with the Chinese RC's.  They took us to this old Golf Pub for dinner, well good! 

(Elder Copeland and Elder Huang with their ginger beer--non-alcoholic, of course!)

In the evening, we met up with Yi Ming.  She knows the gospel is true!  We will keep working with her.

Sunday:  We were able to have Yvonne, Susi, and Yi Ming attend Stake Conference with us, it was brilliant!  We heard from the Stake leaders, President Donaldson, and a new area Seventy named Elder Herland from Norway.  Really powerful men up there.  The Spirit was strong.  Elder Herland challenged all to read Preach My Gospel, CH6, Christlike Attributes, and apply them into our lives to become more like the Savior.  The Donaldsons invited all the missionaries over for lunch afterwards for my birthday, that was amazing,  I love them. We GQ'd and planned in the evening. 

So that was the week!  Elder Huang and I are really working hard on loving our trainee and helping him learn the ropes, just takes a lot of patience and time, and Edinburgh is always Busy and Fast, soo yea. 

Yvonne's baptism is planned for Saturday, if all goes well.  Pray for her!  I hope you have a great week and be safe. 

Love, Elder Copeland πŸ€

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 57 - September 4, 2017

Life in the Burg!

Hey, fam, I am gonna keep it short again this week.  There is just too much to do in the burg and not enough time on a p day haha!

Last Monday, we went bowling.  It was class!  We met with Jiaying in the evening and talked more about her baptism, and she just wasn't ready.  It was really disappointing.  We got her information for the Elders where she lives, so we hope she will get baptized at some point!

Tuesday:  We had a full day of finding around the uni and meeting new students.  We taught a Chinese man named House, but he wasn't very interested.  We also had dinner with all of the Chinese RC's because they are all going home this week.  It was sad to see them go, but we are excited for the new friends we will find! 

Wednesday:  We had Ward Coordination in the morning, taught some RC's and had lots of finding in the evening.  We went on splits with the ZLs to cover some of their lessons as well.

Thursday:  We had our All Scotland Conference, it was AMAZING!  President Donaldson gave some powerful sermons and the Spirit was so strong.  I loved seeing all my friends as well.  Those Conferences give me so much motivation.  We helped move some missionaries around afterwards and made sure they are got back to their areas!  Lots of little things like that you have to help with in Edinburgh.

Friday:  We had our interviews with President, great as always.  He helped me understand a bit better why I am in Edinburgh and what he would like from me.  We taught our new friend Yvonne from China, WOW, she is PREPARED!!  Completely Golden.  We also taught Miles who had a date to be baptized this week, but he just got a new job and he couldn't come to church which meant he couldn't hit his date.  We will keep working with him!  We met with another friend named Yi who is an eternagator.  She won't say yes to getting baptized and she has even gone down to the Preston temple.  Flip!  She loves church though. 

Saturday: Loads of finding, taught Yvonne again, and some new Chinese friends, who weren't very solid.

Sunday:  We were able to have Yvonne and Yi Ming come to church with us.  The Edinburgh Ward is massive and has a lot of YSA.  It's good to meet them all and we will be working with them a lot.  We had some planning afterwards with the ZlLs.

I know this was really short, I am sorry!  This morning Elder Carter and I went out fishing and caught some fish!  We are gonna try and do something fun today.

I turn 20 this week, flip.  I am old.  All is well here, thankful for all of you and everything you do for me.  I love you!  Remember that Christ knows exactly how you feel every single moment and that you can turn to our Heavenly Father to help you with anything.  Keep Craicin on! πŸ˜‡

Elder Copeland

PS.  Oh I forgot to mention!  Sister Jenna Irvine from Lone Peak is in my district which is crazy!  It's fun to talk about High school! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week 56 - August 28, 2017

I'm keepin it short this week fam!  We have loads to do for the week ahead, but I am excited!

Wednesday:  We taught a man named Miles from Taiwan!  We invited him to be baptized on Sep. 6 ( My B-day!)   We GQ'd the rest of the day.  The Fringe is still going on here and it's wild.  The population of Edinburgh is doubled, and I have met more Americans this week than my whole mission!  We had dinner with our WML and his family.

Thursday:  We taught a girl named Joy from China.  She is pretty solid but going home for a few weeks.  We will see when she returns!  We also taught Miles again.  He loved the Plan of Salvation.  Then we GQ'd for the rest of the day

Friday:  We taught Miles again!  He can't come to church this week because he has a job interview, but next week!  We GQ'd for awhile, then had a lesson with a girl named Jane. She is absolutely GOLDEN!  One problem... she is heading back to China this Thursday.. UGHH.  We taught her all we could, but there is just too much and too little time for her to get it all.  We taught another Chinese girl named Viola in the evening.  She is pretty solid. She is going home for a week as well, but will be back for the start of uni soon.

Saturday:  Margaret from Glasgow is heading home to China, but she came down to see Allison and us and say goodbye!  They took us out for lunch and we had a good time.  We then taught another new Chinese guy named Leo.  He is pretty solid, seeing him again this week.  Viola and her friend fed us dinner at the Uni. of Edinburgh Student kitchens, Flippen sweet!  I can't wait for uni! 

Sunday:  We had Jane come to church with us, and ugh we tried to teach her as much as we could.  It just isn't enough time, and we wouldn't want to rush something so sacred. Luckily, she lives close to Hong Kong, and there are missionaries in Free China, so we will figure it out!  Pray for her!  The ward called me up to give an on the spot talk as well.  I just testified of missionary work and read some of D & C 75 with them.  It's a great section!  We had some planning in the evening and finding.  I am happy the Fringe is ending!  Time to find the elect this week!  πŸ˜‡  Elder Copeland
(This past Sunday, Elder Copeland's parents, his brother, and his sister, were able to attend Elder Elsmore's Homecoming.  They, also, were able to meet Elder Calton and one of the sister missionaries who, also, were in the same Scotland/Ireland Mission with Elder Copeland.  It was such a thrill for Elder Copeland's family to meet missionaries they had seen pictures of and heard so much about.)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 55 - August 21, 2017

WOW, one of the craziest weeks of my mission.  

I don't have any time at all but I will run through the week quickly!

Tuesday: We had our last District Meeting for the transfer.  I invited the Sister Training Leaders to come along as well.  We had a great meeting and were able to hear from Elder Elsmore about some of his mission experiences and advice.  Afterwards, we had a big potluck and sang the mission song to end it off.  We did some finding and taught Cait, who is doing well!  We got her a Preach My Gospel, and she is going to start studying it.  We went over to Brother Fretter's for dinner, then had volleyball in the evening.
 (Elder Copeland said:  "I'm going to miss Cork.  This is my first district.")

Wednesday:  We had a great day of finding.  Fiona fed us for lunch, and we taught a new investigator named Susi from Spain. She was loving it, but she is going back home sadly. We gave her the details for the church at her home, and she has a church building the street down from her as well, love it!  We also ran into a less active girl named Adrian, who is a legend.  She loves missionaries and God.  She took us out to this posh Italian place for dinner!  That was class of her.  Bunch more finding in the evening.

Thursday:  We went and visited Charles in the hospital in the morning.  He is getting released so that is exciting, what a funny guy.  We also taught John, had a great lesson with him on Moroni 6, and then Hailey and Cait again.  More finding later on.
 (Cait in the center.)

Friday:  We taught Koni in the morning.  She is doing really well.  She was in Dublin Sunday morning, but is still excited for her baptism.  She loved the Word of Wisdom.  What a legend!  We also taught John again.  He loved learning about the temples and wants to go them, but he flappen wouldn't come to church again this week because of some Footy Matches playin!  Ugh.  We went and attempted to visit a Less Active my uncle referred me to.  She told us she would love to see us, she just was busy, but to come back next week! Hopefully that goes well.  We dropped Elder Elsmore off at the bus station, gonna miss him. Proud of the work he has done and will see him again.  We had dinner with the Kagaris again and then played some volleyball!

Saturday:  We were able to teach Phumie in the morning, more troubles with the buses so she wasn't able to come to church again, but she wants to get baptized, soon enough!  We did some service, finding, and in the evening went over to a members for dinner.  We got our moves call as well, and wow I am still shocked.  Elder Bradley will be staying in Cork to train a new missionary (So now I gotta Grandson), Elder Carlise will be the Cork District Leader, and I am now in Edinburgh as District Leader with Elder Huang from Taiwan, from my group!  He is an absolute beast.  Highest baptizing missionary in this mission.  I am pumped but Gutted at the same time.  Bittersweet.  I loved every minute of Cork and it honestly just felt like a dream.  I hope to get back there one day, but I am excited for this opportunity here.

Sunday:  Went to church, said goodbye to everyone, and packed up and left to Dublin in the evening. :(

Monday:  Woke up early, got a hair cut from a friend in Dublin, took a bus up to Belfast, had Boojums with Elder Nelson <3 still kicking it in the north haha, took a ferry, then another bus into Glasgow, got to give Elder Wang a big hug, he just went Zl.  And he just casually dropped that PETER AND HIS FAMILY WENT TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK AHHHH!  I was about to cry I was so excited.  

 (Peter and his family at the temple.)
He is still in Glasgow, and everyone is well there.  Then we took a bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh and got in late late last night.  Exhausting.

Anddd today, busy as ever, learning the area/responsibilities/investigators/members/schedule/etc.  I was able to see Sister Jenna Irvine today though at the mission home and gave her a handshake :) excited to see some more people I know out here!  This transfer is gonna be busy.  There is a big festival in Edinburgh going for 2 more weeks, where the population is doubled, and there are events all over and fireworks.  It's wild. 
I will let you know more about the burg next week.  I have no time at all, feeling overwhelmed but excited.  I love you guys and will talk to you soon! πŸ˜‡
Elder Copeland

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 54 - August 14, 2017

 Lovin 'Cark'!

Another week past already, and it was a good one!  We are planning on having a really fun P-day today for Elder Elsmore's last one, so I don't have loads of time, but I'll try and go through my week a wee bit for ya. 

Monday:  Last Monday we went bowling and played some pool with some of the members. I AM RUSTY.  You'll see me at the alley for awhile getting good again hahah.  It was a good time though.

Tuesday:  We had our District Meeting for the week, which was great!  Then we bounced with the Waterford Elders.  We drove over to Waterford where I was able to interview their friend named Dion for his baptism.   He is a legend!!  He is 16 years old and is talking about how excited he is to go on a mission one day.  His interview went well.  I explained to him how he doesn't have to understand everything before his baptism, but that he needs to have faith, which he does, and he flippen is a genius, knows way more than me at 16!  After his interview, we missed our bus back to Cork, so we GQ'd the town for awhile.  Then we caught the bus back home, it took a few hours.. By the time we got back, the day was over. 

Wednesday:  We were able to teach Cait in the morning as well as Jessica and her friend! We bought Cait some barley cup because she still wants coffee, and then we went out to lunch with all of them.  They're legends.  We also were able to teach Koni again!  She was telling us how she is preparing for her baptism and just wants to make sure she learns everything before then.  We GQ'd for the rest of the day then went over to a member's home in the evening for dinner.  After dinner, we were waiting to get a lift and this kid comes up and asks me, "How do you get teeth so white?"  I just laughed and told her to keep brushing her teeth and she can have white teeth!  It was pretty funny. 

Thursday:  Loads of finding all day, it was class.  All the missionaries got to go out to lunch  with... ELDER CALTON!  He was visiting his mission since he just got back with his parents and they took us to Nandos, ah I love that guy.  He was an amazing missionary and a great example to me in Aberdeen!  
We also taught a new Brazilian named Lucas and his wife. They asked if the church was world-wide and I showed them the church locator, and they have a church five minutes from their home in Brazil.  They were loving it!  Should be seeing them again this week.

Friday:  We met Pumi in the morning.  She is doing well.  The only problem is it is really hard for her to get to church.  She was planning on coming this week, but the buses didn't work out and she wasn't able to make it.  We are gonna figure it out for her this week.  We got lunch with Jessica, taught RC Hailey, and went out to dinner with Tupac.  Pub food is the best food in Ireland, all I gotta say haha!  We had  volleyball in the evening which is wild as always, I Love it!  They even let us play some dunk ball with the hoop out in the parking lot.

Saturday:  Loads more finding.  We did some white boarding with the sisters, and then went and saw Charles!  We also were able to teach another guy from Brazil named Fernando.  He is Born Again, so he wouldn't commit to coming to our church.  He has his own.  They have no concept of authority though and it seems they can never understand the scriptures we teach them through.  Ah well, we continue to do our job to share the message and invite! 

Sunday:  We were planning on having a few of our friends come to church, but unfortunately there were some bus problems and miscommunication.. but Koni was able to make it!  She loved Church and they had a YSA activity as well, so she met a bunch of younger people.  We stayed after for Choir practice, yep... I'm in the choir.. I didn't want to do it, but Elder Bradley loves it, so I took one for the team haha.  I am actually learning to like it a bit more though, and it's good for me to do something I don't want to do! CHRISTLIKE LOVE, Working on it ;) 

So that was the week, pretty busy as always, just finding new people to teach.  This Saturday will be moves call again.  Time goes too fast!  Elder Elsmore will be heading off Friday to Edinburgh.. that'll be sad.  But I am excited to see who comes in.  I would guess that Elder Bradley and I will be staying together, but like always, you never know!  I love and appreciate you all and am thankful for your continued support to me, it means a lot.  Have an amazing week!  Keep Craicin on! πŸ€
Elder Copeland

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 53 - August 7, 2017

Hiya, fam! 

Ahh another week, I am getting kind of lazy on my weekly emails, I'M SORRY!  It's just kind of getting to the point where time is nothing anymore, and I know how fast it will all be over, and I just like reading everyone's emails instead of writing.  I'll try and be better!  This week was pretty good, just another week in the dream!  I'll go through the days now though.

Monday: After e-mailing, we went over to this castle that had no roads to get up to, so we ran through a cow farm, a corn crop, and went inside!  It was fun.



Tuesday:  District Meeting!  Went well.  After our DMs, we have a big potluck.  This week was breakfast for lunch, unreal!  We taught a few people.  Nothing too solid, and did some finding.  In the evening, we got to go Volleyball again, LIT!  There are a lot of people that go to it, and it's a good way to show investigators that we are human as well haha.

Wednesday:  Pretty quiet day, loads of GQing.  We were able to teach a German man named Sebastian, very Lutheran.  We had agreements on the Bible... and some disagreements but he was cool!  He roasted these chavs who were making fun of us for talking about God, telling them they better watch out.  It was funny.  We also taught a new guy named Sean in the evening.  He is moving to Italy, but will continue to learn from missionaries there!  The Waterford Elders came over in the evening.

Thursday:  Exchanges!  I was able to spend the day with Elder Carlisle.  That was fun!  It's kind of a cool feeling being with a former comp and seeing how much we have grown and changed, but we had a great day.  We went and visited Charles again at the hospital with the sisters, and set up loads of appointments for Elder Bradley and me.  Some crazy Born- Again lady from America has been here this week yelling at everyone, telling them their gonna burn, doesn't represent Americans too well.  She also was yelling at us.  We just walked by and laughed. 

Friday:  We had a lesson with a girl named Amy, hopefully we'll be seeing her again this week.  We also taught a new lady named Pumi who is from Africa and wants to come to church this week!  We had more finding, and got some boojums with everyone.  We eat there 3 or 4 times a week, its ridiculous!  We had volleyball in the evening again, always good craic! 

Saturday:  We were planning on meeting John in the morning who was suppose to get baptized this week, but his friend came along with him, who was anti... and yea it didn't end well.  We are pretty bummed out.  We will try in the future.  We were able to teach some more new people, though!

Sunday:  We were able to have one of our friends named Simon come to church with us. However, he use to be Catholic, like all Irish people, and he just couldn't get over that the church didn't have a cross or Mary in it?!  He doesn't want to come anymore but was friendly.  We taught a Chinese girl later on in the evening who could be really solid though! We also got to go over to the Branch President's for dinner, he knows wayyy deep doctrine, he blew my mind!

So that was the week!  Just working hard here.  We are going to focus on getting some of our friends to church this week to help them progress towards baptismal dates.  I am thankful to be in Cork.  I am loving Elder Bradley.  He works hard and has that greenie fire!!  I also got the wee 1-year package from Mum.  Thank you for the candy, I missed it!!!  I love you guys.  Have a great week!
Elder Copeland
 University College Cork
(Elder Copeland was so happy that they got a new Hoover--vacuum!)