Called to Serve

"Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work ... and faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work." - D&C 4:3-5

Sunday, April 27, 2014


"Sister Garcia, Elder Coffman and Elder Robison at a cenote."   3/21/2014.

"Cave we went to when I was still with Elder Robison."  3/21/2014.


"Climbing out of a hole in the cave."  3/21/2014





"Mayan warrior and me."  3/21/2014.

"Sister Garcia and a deer."  3/21/2014.

"Kulkulcan in Uxmal."   3/21/2014.

"In Uxmal in the old pulpit."  3/21/2014.

"Uxmal with Elder Robison."  3/21/2014.

"Elder Coffman and Elder Robison."  3/21/2014.

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From: David Coffman <>
Date: 2014-04-27 0:13 GMT-07:00
To: Janel Coffman <>, Scott Coffman <>

Hello family well this week was pretty crazy. We spent it out side of the area and write now it is another late night email but this time, not from Merida.  Right now we are in Campeche.  We are in a hotel right now because tomorrow, we are going to the end of the world as far as the mission is concerned aka Escarcega.  It’s a pueblito about 5 hours away from Merida.

Today was pretty crazy but I will tell you what happened early in the week first. 

We did divisions the whole week and on Tuesday we did them with Arboleda.  They are zone leaders. Well since we are kinda in charge of opening up areas, I knew there was a pueblo outside of Merida in this area that is called San Pedro Chimay.  It has about 1000 people there according to google, but I think there aren’t quite so many.  Well anyways, it went pretty crazy.  It was a really good visit.  We are trying to set up a little rama or branch there. Unfortunately there is not a whole lot we can do because it is part of the stake and our mission president doesn’t have the keys to do that kind of stuff. 

Well anyways it went well.  The pueblo is small but the members there are really strong even though they are kinda far away.  We found an incomplete family to teach.  We taught the wife of an ex missionary.  The wife wasn’t a member. ..........

Well that was the experience in San Pedro Chimay.  We went to some other pueblos today and one in particular is an amazing one.  It is called Pueblo Neuvo.  It is a really small one of about 400 people but 200 are members.  It is amazing. We are going to send missionaries there.  Maybe I will be sent there but I doubt it because I think President needs me for one more change. It’s a really good place though.  An awesome place because the people there are awesome.  Well it is late and I am tired so I think I am going to end my letter now. Love you guys.  Talk to you next week.

elder coffman

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


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From: David Coffman <>
Date: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 12:17 AM
Subject: Re: Hola' Greetings from YOUR FAMILY - WE LOVE YOU!!
To: Janel Coffman <>, Scott Coffman <>

Hello family.  Well it’s another late email coming in from Merida.  Today we didn’t have time to write because yesterday we were in divisions and then I got a call and we needed to go the presidents house because he wanted us to go to his house so early in the morning so we could go to a baptism in telchaquillo a pueblito of 600 people where my comp was before coming here to this place.  It’s cool because I was involved in opening up this pueblo and sending missionaries there and now because of that, a family is closer to becoming eternal. Well after that we went down to seyba playa and we had to check out that pueblo.  It’s a little one on the beach about an hour south of campeche campeche. we saw some pretty cool birds there who were fishing it was funny because they would be flying and then do a nose dive in to the ocean and go for the fish. It makes me think of how Christ invited the apostles to be fishers of men.  That’s what I want to be all my life. Maybe I will end my mission there. It would be good there.  There were missionaries there before but they got taken out and after that happened, the church kinda disappeared in that place. 

Also today we ate venado. or deer.  I was pretty happy to eat it because it reminds me of the deer in Bountiful.  I imagine you don’t see nearly as many now that you are down in the flatlands but they sure are annoying. I tell the people here they are like the dogs in the street here in Mexico haha 

This week we did divisoins with some more elders and it went well.  I was with Elder Peterson again and he is doing well.  He was my comp in Caucel.  He´s a great guy. 

This week was kinda rough though becasue all of the less active Catholics which is like 99% of them all turned catolicos de hueso colorado. or die hard catholics and didn’t want to listen.  It was annoying because this is their holy week where they remember Jesus.  We did a lot of contacting in the busses and they asked us what we do as Mormons for semana santa. i thought about it for a bit and responded that we don’t remember the atonement just one week of the year, we do it every day of our lives as we continue to repent continuously as we are trying to become perfect in Christ the Lord. I then explained the ordinances of the Santa Cena or the Sacrament. and how important it is for people who have had a baptismal covenant.  It is so important.  I could talk forever about the Santa Cena and the atonement but all I want to say is to study D&C 84.  I forgot which verse it is but before explaining the oath and covenant of the priesthood it says something like this: the power of God is made manifest in the ordinances (such as baptisms, confirmations, ordinations to priesthood, settings apart, healing and anointments, and THE SANTA CENA) then it says that not any person can see God´s faith and live unless he has the ordinances with him. This includes the Santa Cena.  I hope you can all partake of it worthily of the Santa Cena because it is the only ordinance that we repeat for ourselves. We need to prepare ourselves for the sacrament by getting to church with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. We need to repent well before partaking of the sacrament. We need to get to sacrament meeting early and not late as many are accustomed to do.  I invite all of you at home to remember the Savior in these moments. It’s a challenge that my first seminary teacher gave me.  It was that we all would only think of the Savior during the moments of the Santa Cena and nothing else. Try it. It will make it aloto powerful for you. try and read the hymns or just meditate. That is what I do.  As we partake of the sacrament weekly, it will be easier and easier to remember the Savior in every decision we make in the week which will help us to keep our baptismal covenant.

I really enjoy the letters from the bishop in the ward.  It makes me wish there were bishops and wards like the ones we have there in Utah as the ones we have here.

Well it is pretty late and I am kinda tired because it was a long day but I just wanted you guys to know all is well and I  bought another hammock. Well I love you guys and hope you have a great week. Happy Easter.  Remember the atonement.

love you guys

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From: David Coffman <>
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: 4/12/2014. Elder David Coffman Missionary Update
To: Janel Coffman <>

This is for Brock and if yáll want to join in as the say here in México, adelante! haha well Brock I am glad that you have such a strong testimony of the gospel. I have a strong one too and I know that one of the best ways to strengthen our testimonies is to share it. So I challenge you to share the gospel with someone this week. It will bring a lot of joy to your life. Ii also challenge you to start studying Preach my Gospel. It will help you to share the gospel. That book is the second most perfect book in the world only after the Book of Mormon. Read Elder Ballard’s talks from this conference and the conference of October of last year. That’s my homework assignment for you guys. I love you lots and hope you have a good day or week 

Monday, April 14, 2014


"I did divisions with these Elders in Ticul and Tekax.  They are all super good Elders."   4/11/2014.

"We watched General Conference in the offices so we could see it in English it was great.  Super inspired messages.  4/16/2014.

"Steelers tie.  After seeing these pics, maybe my camera is taking blurry fotos...hah adios."  4/12/2014.

"Taking Elder Campos and Hna Mamani to Tgis for their last supper before they left."  4/2/2014.

 Note:  Below are a couple of videos of Elder Coffman.

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From: "David Coffman" <>
Date: Apr 12, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: Another week
To: "Scott Coffman" <>

Time has been going really fast. These weeks will go fast too.  I got to do all I can do to try and work my hardest. I still have time left but I know the time is going by fast so I need to learn more and more to try and help everyone else. Right now I don’t really have any investigators. Well I guess I have investigators, they are just a little longer along the path.  We are all investigators. Well anyways time is going fast haha we will be doing a lot of divisions lately. Like last week we did 3 and so we are always working in different areas.  We are like traveling 70's haha its pretty nice. We weren{t sure what we were going to do though because the days we have divisions, we can eat but the day that we don{t do divisions, we are not sure what we were going to do for food but the president said we could just go to places and go eat.  All we need is a invoice and its fine haha so we won’t have to worry about food. 

So this week we went to some pueblos like ticul and tekax.  It was pretty good. They are some small pueblos but the people we found were really good people.  They were humble but some of them were really receptive.  It was kinda interesting but while I was in the pueblo, I was really excited when I had the opportunity to teach someone. It is interesting because before the mission, I didn{t really like to talk or teach, but now I love it.  I love explaining the gospel and helping others to understand it. I feel like I have gotten pretty good at teaching and for that my comp and I are traveling all over the mission to teach the missionaries.

Well I want to tell you guys that learning about the gospel is one of my passions. I believe in the resurrection. I believe that what it says in d&c is true when it says that the knowledge we obtain in this world will be brought with us in the world that comes. I love feasting on the words of Christ. I have experienced the blessing that when we read the words of life constantly that when we are teaching in hostile situations or when we need the right words, that the words have come. I want you to know that although I love learning about the gospel, that I love even more applying it. That is when we really know that it is true. That is when our testimonies are strengthened. I invite all of you to try and learn more about the gospel and then to try and live what you learn. It’s because of what it says about the wise man and the foolish man. Read it in 3 nefi or in mateo.  It is good stuff. Read it and then you will know why it is important to live what you learn. The reason why I write about this is because we just received new scripture. It was given last Saturday and Sunday.  We need to study those talks and apply them they are the most important scriptures that we have. I will show you why. Think of the bible. Were the words and teachings of Noah very important for the people of Israel when they were being taken out of Egypt? No not really. They could learn for it, but they needed to know how to escape from the problems they had right then and in that very moment and so it is with us in this life. We need to really focus in what we just heard. I am not saying that we should stop reading the scriptures instead we should continue reading them even more because that is one of the messages from conference. Well I hope you guys have a great week. I just realized that it is almost mothers day. Send me the times of when you want to talk and the skype info and we will get it done. love you guys.

Mother I don’t need a new camera. The reason why the ones were blurry is because I took them with my phone. The pics work great so don’t worry. Well I love you and I hope you liked this longer letter.  I really do love you and I want you to know that I apply what you have taught me a lot in my mission. I wish I could be more like you because you have a lot of attributes of Christ. thank you for being the best mom in the last night we came home with the president and his wife said we could go there and wash our clothes again and I remembered how you always wanted to have a house with a washing machine on the main floor. Well I just remembered that about you. My mission presidents wife really thinks you are a great lady just from what you have put on facebook. Well I love you lots adios.

Hey pops . well that sounds like a pretty busy week. I really appreciate what you are doing for me. Thanks a lot.  I know it is really stressful during this time of year.  I sure do love you though.  I miss you and it will be fun to go and do stuff like repair cars and fix stuff and ride motorbikes and go fishing.  It will be good stuff.  That sounds like really good food with the clams. Eat some more for me and that sounds like a good movie. pro'lly by the time I get home it will not be in the dollar movie any more love you lots.

=elder coffman

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From: David Coffman <>
Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Re:
To: Janel Coffman <>

That’s a way good idea mc haha and your hair looks super long.... so I kinda forgot what color your hair is...sorry mc but yeah I still like shiny things...but don’t judge me jeje  I am excited to go back home as well. Well kinda. I really love my mission. It is the best thing I have done.  I hope that you have a good time at the dance. love you lots and thanks for writing me.