Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015

Hey There!

So President’s day (p-day) ha ha…  I’m so clever.  Anyway, The library is closed today, so no emailing today!  We could do it tomorrow, but the library is in Norco (where we live, like 15 minutes away from the area) and we have a lot of appointments this week, so no time!  I apologize if I worried you at all!  I am OKAY!!  I’m writing a letter for this week.

Last week, we put 3 people on date for baptism!  IT is so exciting!  It is amazing to see how much the gospel changes someone’s life and how great a desire they have to learn more!

I went on exchanges with Sister Pope (Thursday night-Friday night).  We had a sleepover!  I’m sorry mom.  It was definitely different, because she has a car in her area, but I’m on a bike in mine!  I was a nice change though and it was fun to spend time with her!  I just love her!  We go the whole day to catch up and ‘hang out’.  But we also did work!  Heavenly Father gives us miracles everyday and it is so cool to see his hand in my life as well as the investigator’s lives.

This week, I have also understood how important members are in the work.  They play a huge role in the investigator’s conversion.  It’s the fellowship, friendship, and the knowledge they have that add to the lessons that much more!  They also invite the spirit and touch the hearts of the people so much more than we can.

Yesterday, some Elders in our district were holding a baptism for a family that they have been teaching. We were invited to go and we were asked to teach them the restoration.  But right when we walked into the building, there was a happy, calm spirit there.  And when we saw the family dressed in white…I can’t describe the spirit and the feelings felt.  It was an amazing experience. It just bore witness to me how happy Heavenly Father is when his children obey his commandments and make covenants with him through baptism.

I know that Heavenly Father is our eternal father in heaven.  He watches over us and guides us in the right direction.  That direction is Jesus Christ’s gospel and all the small aspects within it.  I know that he wants us to obey his commandments and make and keep sacred covenants with him.  I love him and I love his son’s gospel.  Jesus Christ’s gospel has been restored to its fullness today and  Joseph Smith played a key role in the restoring of his gospel through the priesthood power given to him by God.  Jesus Christ lives.  His gospel lives and is thriving.  I love being a missionary and taking part in bringing God’s children unto him.  The work is amazing and its only been 3 weeks.

Make good choices everyone!

Sister Cozzens

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hi everyone!
It is hot now. And I get very sweaty. #missionlife I am wearing sunscreen everyday (be proud mom!)! My farmers tan is breaking in. It's great.

You meet so many interesting people everyday. There are so many religions here. (I have yet to meet a Jehovah's Witness, but I'm looking forward to it) Muslims, Buddhists, Orthodox, Catholic, Christian. It's crazy. It's interesting to see and meet these people. We talk to them about their beliefs! It's amazing how people are comfortable with talking about it!

Some of the people we ask if they have time to hear a message about our savior and how it can bless their lives and they say right then and there. So we jump right into it! This one guy was washing his car and we walked up to him and asked if we could share a message with him and he said sure. We taught him the restoration and it was cool to see his reaction because we told him that Christ's church has again been restored to the gospel. We gave him a book of mormon and we are hoping to see him again this weekend!

One of the members of the ward is in charge of activity days and they asked if we could come share our testimonies and the story of why we decided to serve a mission. It was a really cool experience. The Holy Ghost teaches. I'm grateful to be here and to teach by the Holy Ghost.

I know that Christ's gospel is again on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith was chosen by God to be a prophet and to restore his church. God is the same God today and he was back in Abraham's time, why wouldn't we have a prophet today?

good luck to everyone in the real world! :)

-Sister Cozzens

p.s. something I learned from the white bible (missionary handbook). D&C 11:21 "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men" also D&C 84:85. This can go along with not only church related things, but if you study the material first and gain knowledge by having a desire, you will be blessed to keep that knowledge for tests! For me, studying the scriptures and the other tools that I have been given are really important. I can't just expect God to give me the information while I am teaching people, I need to study and know the material in order for God to guide me.

February 2, 2015

Dear Familia,

I failed to bare my testimony in my email.  I was writing another email, baring my testimony, when the computer logged me off.  We go to a library, hence limited time.)  And I just said oh well, I can wait until next week!  But false!  My testimony is important!  And one of the most important things!

The mission (only 3 weeks) has definitely enhanced my testimony.  A man asked how I was converted into the church, meaning what is my conversion story.  NOW for those of you who think that conversion is only for non-members, think again.  There are members of the church who don’t have testimonies in the gospel.  I remember praying several times when I was younger to ask if the church was true.  And I felt stupid asking, because it was kind of a ‘duh’ moment.  I always have known it was true.  I just didn’t have a super strong testimony in it.  I never needed to pray to ask if it was true, I just needed to put forth the effort to strengthen my testimony. ( i.e. prayer and scripture study).  Don’t just read them…yes there are wonderful stories in the scriptures, but it’s pointless to just read them.  Study them, learn from them, apply them to your life.  The scriptures are God’s word given to us.  Words from His mouth.  I just received revelation.  Like right this moment!  Think about when you are sitting in a spiritual setting (church, seminary) and you think of something (revelation)... you should write it down.  Revelation is given to us from God.  Think about that.

I think that the words written by Nephi, Helaman, Alma, and the other authors of the Book of Mormon were consistently receiving revelation from Goad as they were writing.  Back to personal revelation.  Why would it be important to receive revelation??  The revelation and promptings by the Holy Ghost are from God.  Lehi received revelation to send Nephi and his brothers back to Jerusalem.  1 Nephi 3:7.  God commanded them to go.  So wouldn’t our personal revelation and promptings be like little personal commandments from God?  I was prompted to serve a mission (hint: commanded more like).  But these “commandments” or “promptings” or “revelations” are part of the plan that God has for each of us.  I think that is so important.  What would have happened if Nephi wouldn’t have gone back to Jerusalem to get the plates?  Or Samuel the Lamanite didn’t go back and preach to the Nephites?  Helaman 12:3, Helaman 16:1.  Samuel saved so many lives from destruction.  Nephi brought those plates back.  It was all their choice whether or not to obey those promptings.  The prompting that we receive could just affect only our lives, but it could affect many others as well.  (i.e…my mission).  Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us.  I know that He lives.  The Holy Ghost plays the biggest role in our personal conversion and God’s other children.  I pray that we may always follow a prompting given to us by the Holy Ghost.

Why not follow a prompting given to us from God?  Who cares if it is embarrassing for us or different or even weird.  This is God’s plan.  His plan and we need to follow it.

I Love you.  I invite you to study, actually study and discuss the words in the Book of Mormon.  Stay Strong!  God is on our side as long as we do right!

Sister Cozzens

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

1st Week in the Field

My companion is awesome! We get along really well! There have been like 5 or more people that have told us that we look like sisters (haha get it.... sisters... as in missionaries) but they mean siblings... I kinda see it, but it is just funny. I am on a bike! And my butt was killing me all week last week. It's beginning to get used to it, thank goodness. I'm always sore. The area it flat so I always have to pedal, so I can't just sit there and relax while going down a little hill... but  oh well... EXERCISE!!!! We are in a really nice area. No one talks to anyone! Nobody knows their neighbors. Be grateful for the neighbors that you have.. I invited our investigator, Cameron who is 9 to be baptized!! He said yes! February 21st! We've mostly been seeking out potential investigators and it's kind of been a success. People look out their blinds and then don't open their doors. It's annoying. At least use the peep hole so that we don't see you! All the doors have them, so it's annoying. They don't even give themselves a chance to listen to our message. 
We went tracting the other day and we usually stop by people outside their houses to talk to them. Tracting was a success, for one house! She (Leuanna) opened the door and we told her that we had a message that could help bless her family, and right then and there she let us teach her. On her porch. We taught her the restoration and gave her a book of mormon! She said that we could follow up with her! We are planning on visiting her on tuesday. The same thing happened with another guy in a trailer park and let me tell you that is a cat hang out. Everyone has cats and their cats have cats. I'll send you a picture where you'll have to count all the cats. (They're only ten)  but still!!! They're like a hurd of cats, kind of like guard dogs, but cats... Mom would hate it. ANYWAY back to william, we taught him the restoration, he was a potential investigator, now a investigator. They gave him a book of mormon like 4 months ago, but whenever they would go back his girlfriend will tell them to leave. She gave us the meanest look but idk why. We are just trying to bring God's children closer to Christ! He also said that we could meet up with him again this week! 
I live in a homeshare with a couple in their 50s, Heidi and Scott, they are kinda crazy and very expressive but they are just awesome. My bed kinda sucks.... we need to flip it sometime. At least I have a bed though! 
I am being fed very well.... I love food. It is a good thing that we are on bikes... but I still need to control how much I eat. 
So I'm not sure if you connected this, but Sister pope, Elder murray(my age from high school and in orchestra, played the viola) and I are all in the same zone. We keep forgetting to take a picture. We actually played ultimate frisby with our zone this morning! It was lots of fun! And then my companion (sister olsen) and sister Pope and her companion all went to Chick-fil-a this morning.... It was delicious. :) sister pope and I are actually going to go on exchanges together this next week! I am excited! I love you and miss you! How is the family??
-Sister Cozzens