On July 26, 2016, Elder Carter Copeland began his two-year missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). This blog is intended for those who want to share his experiences for the next two years as he serves the Lord and the people of the Scotland/Ireland Mission.
This week was great! Not a load of time though we want to go bowling haha, so I'll go through the week quickly!
Tuesday: Had a great District Meeting, focused on our goal for the mission this year, and afterwards we were on exchanges with the Livingston Elders! I took Elder James and another young missionary, Elder Orchard. We had lots of GQ'ing, and in the evening met up with Yi Ming, and sadly had to stop teaching her. She feels the Spirit, but is just not ready to be baptized.
Wednesday: We had some finding in the morning. I interviewed Carol for her baptism, and then we found some new people and taught them! In the evening, we had Susie's Baptism and it was amazing! :)
She really enjoyed the experience and it all went smoothly. I am thankful for the blessings we are receiving for our hard work right now!
Thursday: We were on exchanges with the Zone Leaders! We had lessons all day, it was great!
Friday: Loads more lessons with new students. All day every day is teaching at this point because of Uni starting up. It's the best time of the year as a missionary! I started getting pretty sick, somethings going around right now.
Saturday: I was pretty dead haha, woke up with a sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, just all your typical cold stuff. But we got out and taught lessons! I arranged to get a flu jab this week as well now.
Sunday: We were able to have Susie's confirmation and had four of our friends at church! Sherry passed her baptismal interview and is good to go for this Wednesday! LIFE IS GOOD! Busy as can be! We planned our week later in the evening and had dinner at a RC's.
That's the week really quickly summed up, sorry about it. This week I hit 14 months as well, flip. Too fast each month! I am thankful for all your continued love and support. This week is moves call, I would say I expect to stay.. but expect the unexpected haha. I love you all and will talk to you soon! Love, Elder Copeland
Hiya fam, busy week as always here. Uni is officially going and it's buck wild. LOADS of new students we have been meeting up with and teaching. The work is going well! Freshers are crazy. They need to lay off the alcohol, but other than that, it pumps me up for uni. back home.
Tuesday: Had our District Meeting. Sister Donaldson hooked us up with some sweets afterwards, Cheers!! We then went on exchanges to help the ZL's out. Elder Grant and I wrecked this Basher from none other than... Northern Ireland haha. We also taught some more of their friends who are doing well. In the evening, we taught Yvonne and met up with a new girl named Sherry I found and got some hot pot with her. She is pretty solid!!
Wednesday: We met with Susi who is doing really well! Then this guy named Normon, and then RC Andy. Did some GQ'ing, and in the evening went over to the Uni. Kitchens to help Yvonne and her friends make scones for an assignment. We got some solid referrals from it!
Thursday: Lessons all day!! Sherry, Viola, Yvonne, Sobia, and Susi! Wee bit of GQ'ing as well. In the evening, I got a phone call from Elder Grant saying that he had run into Sister Hughes....ELDER HUGHES, MY BOY'S MUM! I ran all the way over to them on the royal mile and gave her the biggest hug ever and took some pictures. It was amazing to see a familiar face, and the memories came flooding in from home, miss it.
Friday: We had some more GQ'ing, taught a new guy named Song Wei. Then Sherry, Susi, and RC Ray. We went and had dinner with some of our friends as well and set up for the baptism tomorrow.
Saturday: We had some lessons, but then had Yvonne's baptism! It was well good! She said as she went under the water, she felt all fuzzy inside and knew it was the right thing to do. I am grateful for her example to us and for her baptism. We had Papa Johns to celebrate.
Sunday: We had seven of our friends attend church with us. FLIP. I have never had that many on my entire mission, it was stressful! The confirmation for Yvonne went well. She was beaming, and we had some planning and a hot pot in the evening.
Overall amazing week! This Wednesday, we have planned for the baptism of Susi and it looks like all is well and that it will go through! Please pray for her! I am thankful to be a missionary, and for this time I have here in Edinburgh. Talk to you soon! 😇 Elder Copeland
(Elder Copeland said, "We played some footy, as well. I'm actually getting pretty good at it.")
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 🔥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.
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! 😇
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!