Monday, June 18, 2018

Week 98 - June 18, 2018


This week has been all over the place with my emotions haha.  It really is a bittersweet nearing the end of your mission, and I am filled with so much love and gratitude for these sacred experiences here. 

Monday:  We shopped around Galway and in the afternoon we bused into Dublin and spent some time with Elder Carter and Elder Keim and slept over at their flat.

Tuesday:  We woke up and headed over to Clonsilla for our All-Ireland Conference.  Man, it was powerful.  I was able to give my departing testimony along with some of my very best friends in the world, as well as hear President and Sister Donaldson's final testimonies.  Ahhh, I was crying so much.  I love them.  I couldn't have made it through my mission without their love and support continually along the way.  As well, to add to how amazing this conference was, Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles Skyped into our conference and did a Q and A !  He talked all about receiving personal revelation in our lives and following the still small voice of the Spirit.  It was a special day.  I'll always remember it.  

After the conference, we said our goodbyes and went back into Dublin and GQ'd for the rest of the evening.

Wednesday:  We got a bus back to Galway and GQ'd !  We GQ'd the rest of the day! 

Thursday:  We were able to see Sandra in the morning, and she was doing so well.  She loved the Word Of Wisdom and was getting so excited for her baptism.  She even wanted to do it in the Irish Sea.  After Sandra, we traveled to Limerick to witness Michael's baptism which went well, and afterwards we traveled home and GQ'd.

Friday:  We were suppose to see Sandra in the morning, but she texted saying that her stomach hurt and that she was going to go to the doctors?  We tried calling her the rest of the day but nothing?  We were able to have two new lessons though, one with an Irish kid named Tom and another with a Brazilian girl named Gisele, which went well.  Loads of Americans are in Galway.  It's scary hearing the accent haha.

Saturday:  We had a full day of GQ'ing, and no response from Sandra, so we were beginning to worry.  In the evening, we decided to go over to her flat.  We got there and no one could buzz us in, so we started yelling and another lady came out who said she was friends with Sandra.  She went over and knocked on her door and nothing, so she began to worry as well.  We went over to the hospital and everywhere we could imagine Sandra would go, and we couldn't find her, and we still can't.  We are really worried.  Please pray for her. I don't know why these things have to happen, and its tough because it really does show Satan will do anything to stop someone from progressing in this gospel.  I hope we can find out what's happened this week. 

Sunday:  We were able to have some friends come that haven't been for a while.  We just need to help them commit to baptism.  We left early from church to catch a bus to.. CORK! And we had our ZLC meeting here, and I'm here emailing now and ahh it feels so good to be back!  I love this place, and we will see some friends today for P day :)

Well that's the weekly.  Sorry it's a bit disorganized today.  I love you all and hope you have a great week though!   Elder Copeland

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