Monday, February 23, 2015

Yay! Food Poisoning!

Hello Family and Friends!
Well last P-day after I emailed we went to Dairy Queen for Lunch and I got really bad food poisoning, I was unable to work for a couple of days it was pretty terrible. Since then I think my stomach has shrunk and so I can't eat as much as I used to, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. We gave like 3 blessings at different hospitals later in the week, and I added a picture of the fact that missionaries get the best parking at Hospitals, Clergy Parking, oh yeah.
Besides all of that, it has been a great week, we are not able to find many people to teach but we are still working our hardest to find them, so we have been really exhausted recently.
Well that is all! Love you all thankyou for being awesome!
Elder Hopkins

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hello everyone!
This week has been great, I did not get to email yesterday because the Library was closed for Presidents day. This week I lead my first ZTM (Zone Training Meeting) It went really well, we taught about asking for referrals and working with members. I attached two pictures of the zone.
Also I went on Exchanges with one of our District leaders, Elder Gardner, last week I forgot to take a picture. I am currently on exchanges with Elder Feller, I did send a picture of him at his desk.
Oh also My glasses broke when I was on exchanges, I am not really sure how they just sort of exploded. 
Another cool thing this week was the stake missionary training meeting. The High Councilor over missionary work was out of town so he had Elder Faux and I lead a meeting which consisted of Ward Mission Leaders, Bishops, Full-Time Missionaries, and the Stake Presidency from the Stake and we got up and trained them all on how to better use Ward Missionaries and how to make an effective Ward Mission Plan. It was a really cool opportunity.
Being a Zone Leader has made me really really busy, but there have been all sorts of opportunities to serve and help other missionaries which has been really good. It is cool being the first companionship to be called as soon as anyone in the zone needs a blessing or has to go somewhere, it is just an honor and a privilege to serve in this new capacity.
The church is true, the organization of the church is true, Jesus Christ is at the head of it, I have no doubt about that, and the Priesthood power of God makes it all possible!
I love and appreciate you all so much and hope you have a great week!
Elder Hopkins

Saratoga Zone

Broken Glasses (good thing he has a back up pair)

Elder Feller

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Zone! 6 Months in!

Well I am in my new zone!
Drum roll.......
I am in the Saratoga Zone! Yay!
It is the the West of San Jose, South of my old area in Palo Alto. I love being a zone leader and serving all of the other missionaries.

My new companion is named Elder Faux, he is such an awesome missionary, he knows his stuff so well. I added a picture of us at our desks.
We cover two wards, the Los Gatos family ward, which is a really big rich ward. Los Gatos is spanish for the cats which is a good name because there are a lot of stray cats here and also fat cat business people. We also cover the Monta vista Singles ward which covers the whole stake.
So my area now is huge, it is like one big confusing maze. But I will get used to it I think, We cover part of San Jose, Part of Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Moor Park, Stevens Creek, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga. I love the area, there are a lot of hills that are so beautiful and fun to drive through.
I live in an apartment with the tongan elders, Elder Muna and Elder Crawford, they are fun, they convinced me to take a muscle mirror selfie with them, so I will add that picture too.
Anyways I am just excited for the work here and the new responsibility!
I love you all thank you for all of your love and support!
Elder Hopkins

Elder Hopkins and Elder Faux

Elder Hopkins with Elder Muna and Elder Crawford

Monday, February 2, 2015

Where in the mission is Elder Hopkins going?

Hello family and friends and well-renowned mission blog reviewers!

This week was full of stuff. Where to begin?

Monday we had a day where all of the sisters in the zone went down to monterrey and all of the elders had a team sports day, I included some pictures, it was fun.

Nose bleeds are back, funny story as I am sitting here typing this out I have a wad of tissue of my nose, how is that for real time news? Anyway I went in to the Stanford Express Clinic, they thought they knew what was going on, but after two short tests, they realized they had no idea what was going on and they reffered me to an ENT (Ears Nose and Throat) doctor. Yay... another doctor.

Also Nate Mella came and lived with us for a couple of days, he served with Elder Maxwell in Stanford for a day and he served a day with me, then we killed him missionary style by karate chopping his tie off. It was really fun having him around.

In other big news, Elder Ramirez is taking over for me as the new District Leader, I am so excited for him, and I got called as a zone leader and will be transferring to who knows where tomorrow morning. I am so nervous, I am officially the youngest/newest Zone Leader in the mission.

Also on top of the nose bleeds, I have been really sick. I completely lost my voice on Sunday and I could not even bare my testimony for my last day in both wards, so I wrote down my testimony and I had Elder Ramirez read it out loud at the pulpit in both wards. Both J. Wallace and R. Hillis were in tears. As I walked down the aisle from the stand I looked at the ward members I passed by smiling at me, and I almost cried myself. I have really grown to love the wards in Palo Alto they all came up to me and told me how much they would miss me, which made it even harder, but I know its time to move on.

Well I think that is all for this week, I will give you all my new address when I transfer!

Love you all, thank you for your love and support!

Elder Nathan Hopkins


Last District Meeting

I also forgot for my last district meeting I had everyone take pictures in front of the white board and had everyone else write words to describe them

Elder Ramirez

Elder Maxwell

Elder Hopkins