12/16/2013 Sickness strikes
12/3/2013 - Be Real
11/25/2013 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning analogy
Decided this week that Pride is a tricky little sin, especially the Carbon Monoxide kind of it. It's the kind nobody sees in themselves and really hard to detect it. Normally we think pride and we think someone who thinks they're better than others or someone snooty, rarely do we call out the other one.
11/25/2013 First Baptismal interview
11/19/2013 The passing of Grandpa Cooper
|Grateful for this legacy!|
Well I love you all and want you to know that I love being out here! This is the most fulfilling work of my entire life and I can't wait to see what else comes in store. Thank you for all your support and your love. It helps me to lose myself out here because I don't need to worry about back there. It'll all be taken care of in the end. I know Heavenly Father loves us all and is proud of each and every one of our efforts to do good. Remember He looks on the heart and just cause we mess up during the recital doesn't mean we should stop practicing all together. Keep moving forward. Keep believing. Keep the faith.
11/4/2013 Lift Where you Stand
10/28/2013 Stepping Up
10/14/2013 District Leader
Fact about transfers- the call comes on Monday except in one condition, if you go leadership or if you are training. Well...I found out yesterday. Fact 2- if it's the AP's that means you're training, if it's President it means leadership. The phone rang, I looked down and literally said "Oh no."
(I feel it necessary to write, because you are not reading the entire letter that his experiences were not do to anything that anyone else did wrong per say. Circumstance after circumstance happened to take away every safe guard he had put in place. Sometimes we go through things and the Lord then teaches us, if we allow it. I can testify that what Elder Cooper learned through this, and the experiences leading to this, directly taught him and enabled him to serve others in a way to sacred to write about here. The Lord's hand has led and guided him, although at times, heartbreaking to watch, but with full trust in Him, and in Elder Cooper, all is well. )
|The beautiful sunset, and yet morning always brings|
the glorious sun!
|Elder Kemp & Cooper pondering on the meaning of life when they|
got to visit each other at a meeting.
|The park he refers to. This is a picture straight from his camera|
|New companion to train fresh from the MTC|
|Elder Cooper and his Grandma Cooper when|
he received his Mission call!
|Great times in Almere! Elder Blackhurst has been|
a great companion and will do wonderful things in
I know how to feel the spirit, and I know what I need to do, I need to be obedient and keep moving forward. This is not a "picked on letter", this is just me knowing that sometimes I need to find some strength and courage to express what’s right.
7/29/2013 An Amazing Experience
|Brothers and best friends. All completely different but wonderful.|
|They'll be friends forever. Love this guy because Elder Cooper love him!|
4/15/2013 - Recognizing the Lord's Hand
2/25/2013 - Newly arrived in the Netherlands
(After discussing how to help some other missionaries who were struggling, and many talking about how there should be force and consequences)
"While there is truth to that, I learned tonight that there are two ways we can grow (this was definitely revelation), through pain or through love. Me and Bishop aired on the side of love while the others sided with pain. It's just how we each were raised. But God has asked us to provide that love so others others can grow, and just now it clicked that in the olden days He had His children learn through pain, Law of Moses and consequences, wheras in this day He asks us to learn through love, Law of Christ and consequences.
Let's just say, I'm glad to be on this side of the fence because I know that it's the Lord's side. Pain is necessary sometimes but He doesn't ask us to apply it. I am so grateful for my family, and for the love they have taught me through. They truly taught me the way of Christ and now I can see the why to eternal families! The Lord has answered my prayers for a vision but in the form of this in answer to my question. If love and pain are how we grow and we don't have pain in the afterlife, then how are we supposed to progress? Through love; and a constant source of love should be our families (families meaning a group of people who have love for one another and where love thrives, often blood related).
That's what families were meant for, that's why they are sacred, eternal things. This gospel is centered around progression, and through love, via families, that is how it is possible. This gospel is true. I love it, I live it, and I learn from it. It is the single greatest source of joy in my life and I would be nothing without it. I thank the Almighty God that He has blessed me to know of Him since I was young. I have been so blessed to have grown up in the church and to have been brought to a knowledge of it's truthfulness. I pray that God will give me the strength to stay within it's folds, for I know it's where I need and want to be. This is the true church of Christ. I cannot deny it and I cannot stress it's importance enough. I love this gospel, this church and all good things that come from it. This testimony from a mere man who has seen the Glory of God and has tasted of it's love and purity. I know He lives, this is God's church through and in the name of Jesus Christ, and I cannot deny it."
|The Zon at the MTC|
12/25/2012 - In the MTC
12/25/2012 - In the MTC