Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 64 - October 23, 2017

15 Months!

Months are going by too quickly Ahh!  We had a great week full of miracles and some crazy stuff, but it was good.  Also, this week we are having our All Scotland Conference, and.. Elder Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve will be coming to speak to us, WOO!  I am pretty excited.  This will be the first Apostle I have met close up.  Hopefully, he gives us some great advice and counsel for the months ahead of our missions.

Tuesday:  We had a great District Meeting all focused on Hastening the Work of Salvation.  Afterwards, we were on exchanges with the Livingston Elders.  I had to go give an interview for one of the other Elder's guys here in the city, and in the evening I had to drive to Stirling to help with another interview.  We saw the Kelpies and Stirling Castle on the way there.  I didn't have a chance to get photos, but they were amazing!  I felt bad that Elder Crowley and my exchange wasn't what we had planned because of all the interviews, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do as a missionary.

Wednesday:  We had some lessons planned, but they cancelled last minute.  Instead, we had an on the spot lesson with a Chinese girl.  It was crazy.  She said she felt a peace from us and said that this is probably true what we are teaching her, but then goes, "It's alright though.  I just want to focus on studies.  What?!  That's pretty frustrating as a missionary.  We GQ'd the rest of the evening. 

Thursday:  We had a lesson with Elva in the morning.  She is doing well, just so busy with her mid term exams and studying.  We GQ'd for the rest of the day and found some really solid people including this Japanese Girl name Mai. She doesn't  have a UK number yet, but I gave her my number and could only hope she would email, and she DID! She said she would be interested in coming to our church on Sunday. :)

Friday:  We had lots of lessons planned for the day.. but plans changed a wee bit.  In the morning, we were getting ready and someone knocks on our door.  It was the students living in the flat underneath us.  They told us there was a leak coming from our flat, and we immediately turned off all the water and called our landlord who told us he would send in a plummer quickly.  We went out for the day and about 12 we get a call from some lady who is the landlord of the flat underneath just screaming at us that our flat was leaking loads of water below everywhere and that she had called the fire brigade.  We ran back to our flat, and the fire brigade was there.  They had broken into our flat to try and stop some sort of leak from our boiler.  They had pulled all the pipes out and turned everything off and left, but ah man.... all of the flat residents underneath us were raging and going crazy!  We live on the top floor (4th), and somehow the water had leaked down, completely destroying the flat underneath us, and causing damage to every other flat beneath us all the way to the bottom.  People were going nuts and starting to get mad at us calling us the Mormon guys, and I was trying to keep cool and Elder Huang had no idea what to do!  

I explained to all of them that we had done everything we could, and we had called as soon as we heard there was a problem and that our landlord had told us he would have a plummer come, but the plummer still hadn't shown up. These people were like, 'Well, why didn't you do something about it?"  I explained how we did EVERYTHING we could and that we had left the flat for the day. The worst was the Landlord for the flat beneath us was raging, and I literally was showing her what we had done and that it wasn't our fault. In reality, it was just a freak accident, but the landlord should have had the plummer come sooner. 

Finally, the plumber got there, and since every pipe had been pulled out, he had no idea where the problem could have came from.  So he fixed all our stuff, told us we were good, and told all the people how dumb they were acting because it wasn't our fault haha.  Anyways, we spent the rest of the day serving all these angry people, helping them clean up water, and our flat was good!  It's crazy how insensitive people are when something bad happens to them, but how they could care less about when something happens to others!  We will probably get another flat.  The mission home helped us out a lot and took all these calls from these people.  I am definitely learning long suffering here! 

Saturday:  Busy day!  We had six lessons with new people and had a lot of success!  We set some people with baptismal dates as well.  It's good to start having a teaching pool again so that we can baptize in the months ahead. Yvonne was able to go on the ward temple trip and do baptisms, amazing! :)  She loved it and said it was so peaceful there. 

Sunday:  We were able to have Mai, the Japanese girl, and Viola that we met a while ago, come to church with us!!  All the other students are stressing on their mid terms this week, but it was okay!  Mai is solid!  She still has no number, but we planned a day to see her again, and Yvonne was  a great member match for her.  We GQ'd and planned for the week ahead.

Overall a great week!  I am excited for the week ahead as well to help our friends progress and see these mid-term exams over so students have more time!  I challenge you all to read Luke 10 and study the parable of the Good Samaritan, and think of yourself as the man who is robbed, and Jesus Christ as your Good Samaritan.  I love you all and hope you have a great week!  Love, Elder Copeland 
(Elder Copeland said, "​Oh I forgot to mention how spooky the Sun was looking the other day, it was a good Halloween feel!") 

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