Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sorry I am sending this so late!

Things have been crazy the past few days and i did not have a second to email yesterday, so sorry this is late, but i will do my best to get my whole past week in this email. OnTuesday we spent pretty much the whole day at the mission home working on transfers, it is insane how time consuming it can be and how much it changes, by tuesday night we thought we had it all pretty much figured out but right now the board looks very different. Its crazy but really good, the spirit is always present and i am confident that in the end everyone will be where they are meant to be. We spent the night in our area, we met with our ward mission leader, and were able to a less active. Wednesday was pretty much more of the same, transfers threw the day and then working in our area at night. OnThursday we also met with President and he had us put together a power point for him and then we drove down to Medford (3 hr) because President wanted us to go down to their district meetings. We got there at about 9 and then we split up and i went with the Zone Leaders in the Central Point zone. Central point and Medford were one zone when i was there but a few months ago they split. The Zone Leaders are really awesome missionaries, one was in my zone for a while (Elder Woestman) and we really got along so it was cool to be with him again. The next morning (Friday) i went to their district meeting, and then after i went to with the missionaries in Ashland to contact a referral that Aunt Becca gave me of someone they know who lives there, I was really exited to talk to them but sadly they were not home so i left a note saying i had been there but i was only down for the day and that other missionaries will be trying back later. I  have not heard from them yet but i hope for the best there. Thanks for the referral Aunt Becca! After that we drove back down and worked in our area, we immediately started tracting because we felt like we really needed to find some new people, but we only had 20 minutes before our dinner appointment, we went to a street that we had both previously seen and felt we needed to knock it. We started knocking and the first two doors no body opened, then we knocked on another door and a 8 year old boy opened the door. We asked him if his parents were home and he called for his but stayed standing there. As soon as his Mom came to the door he pointed at us and said "I want to go to a church." We started talking to her and she was friendly but did not seem super interested, we started talking to her about the Book of Mormon and how much it blesses our lives. We are taught as missionaries to always talk to people about their families and how the gospel can bless families, so i asked her what her concerns were raising a child in the world today. She talked about how she is concerned with all the negative influences that were not here when she was growing up. After talking about that i opened up to Alma 56 when it talks about the stripling warriors and how their mothers had taught them and how because of there mothers faith, we gave a background on the story and then read with her verses 47-48. We bore our testimonies on how the book of Mormon blesses our lives and how we can learn from the stories in it. We left her with the Book of Mormon and committed her to read that chapter, and set a time to come back and teach her more. Our appointment is tomorrow (Wednesday) and we stooped by today to make sure she was still planning on it and its ago, so we are very exited. On Saturday we went up to Salem (the north most part of our mission and Oregon's capital.) Its was cool to be up there cuz i had never been to Salem before. President had them move their district meetings to Saturday so he could attend and see how the how everyone is doing so he could have a better idea for transfers. He ended up getting caught up in some other stuff and was not able to go so we went instead. After the district meeting we went on a couple hour exchange with the Zone Leaders there. The Zone Leaders cover a ward that was just created right before transfers and they are really struggling because the ward is so caught up in everything else that missionary work is one of the last priorities. They wanted us to come in so we could talk with them about what to do with the area and then split up and try to find some people. It was kinda scary going in because we knew that they were expecting us to help fix their problem, and they were definitely expecting to find some new investigators as we split up and tracted. We felt like if we did not find anyone it would be super depressing for them, and they would not know how they could make things work. So we were praying really hard that our finding would be successful. And low and behold we both found new investigators from tracting for Elder Adams and I it was on the last door we knocked. We woke this guy up from his nap but he actually nice, and we talked to him about the Book of Mormon. Lately i have been studying and practicing how to really introduce the Book of Mormon and give them a good understanding and a excitement to read it, so I have been studying the title page and trying to be able to teach each point that it covers in a natural way. We were able to do that with him and it really seemed to peak his interest and he accepted a return appointment. It is incredible to see how the God grants unto us according to our desires, every time i have gone out finding full of faith and very prayer full i have almost always been led to someone, but when i go out just to pass time or do it only because i know i should, I find very few prepared people. Sunday was a pretty normal Sunday, and we had to spend some time getting ready for some meetings this week. Something not so normal is at 7pm we picked up a missionary who extended and his extension was up (Elder Larsen.) Elder Larsen was my first district leader and it was fun to be with him again. Yesterday (Monday) We started the day with numbers and then we took Elder Larsen to the airport. It seems I have been to the airport a lot lately its becoming a regular thing, When its actually time for me to go i guarantee i am going to go to the airport and not fully grasp that i am actually leaving cuz i am so use to going there and droping people off. After that we had our regular Monday morning meeting with President, which turned into working on transfers and then him giving us somethings he wanted done that night, one of them being editing a power point for him. That kept us pretty busy till we had a dinner with a active member and a resent convert, and after the dinner we started the new member lessons, we taught the restoration and it went really well. Today (Tuesday) was probably one of the strangest days of my mission that that's because it was sisters conference. President planned this sisters conference two weeks ago and we weren't sure if he was going to want us there, but we did not want to ask him because we were afraid then we would ask us to come, and we really did not want to. But on Sunday he went over with us what he wanted taught during it and he informed us we would be attending the whole thing and training a good chunk of it. It was really weird being at the mission home with all sisters, and it was even weirder training them all, but it all worked out and it went well. 
So now i am going to include any random stuff that i think you guys might want to know. Elder Hackett is great, we really get along, he is a incredible teaching and is always on top of things. Our apartment is right between the mission home and the office about three minutes away from either one, its actually a Duplex, and we even have a garage, which is pretty sweet. The office has Photo Shop on the computers and i have actually been able to use it quite a bit. I used it for making some church invites and also on some slides for a powerpoint that president had us make. I really love using Photoshop and its fun that i get to use my photoshop skills here. Transfers are next Monday so i probably wont be able to email until Tuesday or Wednesday. President has not yet chosen who the new AP is going to be he has 3 he keeps switching between and they are all amazing missionaries and i would love to be with anyone of them. Well that's all i got for this time. I love you all. The Restoration is a real thing, and the restored gospel blesses lives more than imaginable.
Elder Covey 

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