Monday, November 24, 2014

Here comes Thanksgiving!

Lets see. This week has been really good. We got the most Non-member lessons I have ever received. We had 18 this week, which is awesome. The zone leaders called a surprise zone meeting last Thursday and told us they wanted us to triple the number of new investigators we were finding weekly. As a zone the 13 companionships usually got about 15 new investigators weekly. They challenged us to work towards 45. So on Thursday night, Elder Ramirez and I were planning our Friday goals and I said, Lets try to get 2 new investigators tomorrow. He was unsure because we usually in our area get one new investigator a week. Honestly I was not too sure either but I told him if we had faith we could get those two investigators. The Lord totally sustained us in our work, we got 3 new investigators that day and a total of 5 in the week. Towards the end of Friday night we already had two and we were about to head home and this woman started yelling at us across the street asking us if we were the Mormons who said prayers and stuff. We taught her a short street lesson and then got her info and set an appointment to return for tonight actually. We will probably have to pass it on to the sister missionaries though, but still it was amazing. Also our lessons with James W. have been going very well. In our last lesson he told us that nothing would keep him from baptism except for death itself. So I am praying for his safe driving. He was a miracle, he is just so well prepared.

The pictures are of a puzzle we have been doing with the residents at the senior center that we have been doing little by little for some months now, it is finally done. And the other is we have been trying this new thing where we bake and deliver cookies to less active and inactive members, it is going really well.

Thank You all for your love, support, and prayers!

Love Elder Hopkins.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Very very good week

Where do I start. This week was really quite amazing. I spent the first couple days after Elder Harper left with the Zone Leaders. Elder Maxwell and the new Zone Leader, Elder Kerby. Elder Kerby is from Orem Utah, by the way. He went to Timpanogas. We all had a really good time being companions.

Then I went to the New Missionary meeting and picked up my new companion, his name is Elder Ramirez. He is really awesome and really excited to work, his teaching is a little shaky but he will get there really soon. He is so fun to be companions with.

Then I had my first District Meeting as District Leader, that went really well, we talked about our own district culture and the things we are going to do to set us apart from the other districts in the mission it was fun.

On Saturday we went to Oakland all day long to hear from Elder Bednar. It was really amazing, he talked a lot about how to teach and treat people as agents rather than objects. It was really inspiring. Guess what else? Elder Mitchel Nelson (one of my best friends) was there because he is in the Oakland Mission. He was playing piano, it was really cool seeing him and catching up with him.

On Sunday Elder Neil L. Anderson came to our ward and spoke, because his son is in our ward, so we got two apostles in one weekend. On Sunday we had a miracle. A man name James W. felt inspired to go into our church. He came in and we took him to classes and he got to shake hands with an apostle. then we taught him a lesson right after church, he was super prepared and he said he wanted to join the church, so before he left we set a baptismal date with him for December 6th and taught him again that night. We are teaching him again tonight. He is really amazing. He is the most prepared investigator I have met. He already stopped Smoking, stopped drinking coffee and felt like he should live the law of chastity, he felt like that was what he should do.

Well this week has been great. Thank you all for your love and support and for all of your prayers.

Elder Hopkins
Elder Hopkins & Elder Nelson

Elder Hopkins & Elder Ramirez

Monday, November 10, 2014


Okay this week has been pretty crazy.

Last P-day we visited Stanford Campus, I will send some pictures. I went on Exchanges with Elder Reid and that went really well.

The biggest stuff though is Elder Harper is transferring tomorrow and I got called as a District Leader and also I am going to be a trainer. So on Thursday I will meet a new companion, fresh into the mission like I was three months ago. I am pretty nervous about these two calls and also taking over the area without Elder Harper. 

There was also a Zone Training meeting this week and two of the missionaries that are about to go home "died" which means they had their ties cut off by their companions in a very ritual manner.

Also I got sick again, with something else, a lot of the missionaries have been sick.

Overall this week has been pretty good, we met most of our goals and we got a whole lot done.

Thank you all for your love and support!

Love Elder Hopkins

 Stanford University

Zone Training Meeting


Exchanges with Elder Reid

Elder Hopkins and Elder Harper

Monday, November 3, 2014

Last week of Transfer 2! Weird!

This week has been a little rough, mainly just because I was very sick with fevers most every night and also it has been getting really cold. Our lessons have been down too this week, so we are going to try to do even more this coming week to make up for it.

We finally reconnected with an old investigator, CK, from Singapore. He is really awesome he set up a weekly appointment with us for Sundays at 7. We feel really good about him. He says he believes in God and is just waiting for God to tell him what to do and what church to join. 

It will be really good if he progresses, because he is in Palo Alto 2nd ward boundary and most of our work has come from the 1st ward area. So the 2nd ward has really been wanting for some good work. We really have been trying hard, but PA2 is a really tough area. PA1 has East Palo Alto in it, there is a lot of good work there. PA2 has a lot of people who are really busy and very wealthy. So hopefully CK will work out.

Since the Giants won the world series, people around here have been going crazy, especially in EPA. Also we saw a high speed chase in EPA the other day. This guy was driving super fast away from a cop and he clipped another car going around the corner. Then a few minutes later we saw three cops chasing the same guy on another street trying to shoot out his tires. You gotta love EPA, that is just how it is here.

I am feeling loads better today and I am so grateful for everyone's love, support, and prayers in my behalf!

Elder Hopkins


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