Sunday, April 3, 2016

Seventy and Sickness

Hello Family

How are you doing?  We are finishing up the month of March, well it’s the 20th.  This is the last week of these transfers and everything is going good.  This week was an interesting one, that’s for sure.  On Monday we went and played basketball with a whole bunch of elders in Arequipa.  We all got together and went to this huge arena.  We got in for free which was sweet.  We played there for a couple of hours.  That night we went and had a great Family Home Evening with Abraham, Carlos, Cathy and Elizabeth.  We went to their house and shared a lesson and made sloppy joes.  It turned out really good and was a fun night. 

Basketball game
Tuesday was a good day until we hit the night.  We were with Carlos and Christina at their house.  I wasn’t feeling good throughout the day and when we got to their house it hit me and I got super sick and light headed.  We were sitting there talking and I was bent over on the chair trying to get through it.  They asked me “How are you doing Elder Cooley, are you alright?”.  I don’t know what I got, but I was super sick.  On Wednesday I spent all day in bed.  That night I started feeling a little bit better so we went out to teach some people.  We had a way cool experience with a member.  We were at his house and taught him a lesson.  Then he and my companion gave me a priesthood blessing (Spanish version) and it was a very cool experience.  I started feeling better and got better and better. 

I woke up Thursday, a little sick, but I was doing better.  So we went and taught our investigator Jeffrey.  We went with Franklin and it was a really cool experience.  I was glad that we were able to teach him.  Franklin is a less active member who we are trying to help get back active and on a mission.  That night we went and gave a blessing to the little sister of a member.  She has been super sick for three weeks and hopefully everything is good now.  We will keep visiting with that family and see what we can do for them.

BBQ $8
On Friday, Elder Montoya of the Seventy (Spanish version) came to our mission.  We had a conference with him in the morning.  We were able to talk with him which was really cool.  He talked about being a disciple of Jesus (Spanish version) and knowing what he would do and about having charity for people.  We all learned a bunch of stuff from him.  Afterwards we went out and ate a huge barbecue.  Not a good idea after being sick, but I did it anyway.  It was 29 soles, which is like 8 bucks for a huge piece of chicken, steak and cows heart, which is actually pretty good.  We also ate a whole bunch of French Fries.

On Saturday we went and celebrated Sister Perez’s birthday.  My stomach was still not feeling great and the rest of the day my stomach hurt so badly.  But we kept working and found people to teach.  We ended the night meeting with Jamie and making no bake cookies.  He talked with us and gave us some ideas that we can use to help the missionary work in our area and things that we can get better at. 
It was not fun being sick, but everything is good and it is interesting how everything works out.  I am happy to be able to be here on my mission and to keep my testimony (Spanish version) growing.  I know that this is true. 

Hopefully I can keep becoming a better person.  I have a lot to do. 
I love you guys all so much.
Take Care, chow.
Elder Cooley



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