Monday, May 27, 2013

Loving Salem!

Well its only been 4 days since i have emailed last but a fair amount has happened since. I have really enjoyed having having two companions. Elder Raulston and Elder Thompson are great, Raulston is from Salem Utah and Thompson is from American Fork, but for some strange reason claims he is from Canada. It has been great to be back in the field. We have been able to have full studies, full planning and our area is our main focus. From here on out I am going to start doing a least two exchanged a week. i am going to start with companionships in my zone and then i will move on to companionships in other zones. I am really exited to start getting out on exchanges. We have a lot of very young companionships so hopefully i will be able to help them out. Its weird being in a area that you know you are going to be in for only one transfer, and we cover two wards, so right as I start learning everything i will be getting transferred, but I am really grateful to have time in this area. I know i am met to be here. 

We had some good lessons this week. We have are teaching a lady named BJ who is married to a member. She had been taught by missionaries for about 5 months, and she had been reading from the BOM for a month or two. She talked about being a little confused with what the BOM is and then after asking a few more question we came to realize that she did not really understand what the BOM is and how we got it. A skill that i have worked on more than any other on my mission is being able to teach people what the Book of Mormon is and why it would be important for them to use it. 

I like to use the pictures in the front. How I started learning how to introduce the BOM by reading the title page over and over again and knowing all the points it teaches. Before i use to just show a few pictures explain how its a ancient record of the people and prophets in America, and invite people to read it, but one day i realized that, that way did a good job about telling them what the BOM is but not really why it would be important to them to read it, pray about it and know for them selves that its true. I have gotten a lot better at explaining about how Mormon compiled the record, Moroni being commanded by God to bury them in the ground, and Joseph Smith Being led to them and translating them by the power of God, and then connecting about how if the BOM is true then Joseph Smith is a prophet. I love making that connection for people, it goes from something interesting to something important. Sometimes it takes a few times of explaining for it to click with people, but its a very important step. I love the Book of Mormon it is a incredible book. It excites me to teach people about it and invite them to try it for them selves. I love you all, have a great week

Elder Covey  
--Fearless Via Faith

Friday, May 24, 2013

My last OEM transfers

I am emailing from Salem today. I am now in the Creekside and Turner wards. I am in a threesome with Elder Thompson and Elder Raulston, who are the ZL's here. I will be in this ward until the mission splits and then i will get transferred to Newburg which is where the OSM mission home and office will be. President asked me about a month and a half ago if i would extend my mission to September 3rd and serve as a assistant for President Samulien in the OSM. I have very mixed emotions. It will be hard to leave to OEM and president and sister Young. I love them so much and have really grown close to them especially over these last 4 months, but i am very exited to have the opportunity to work with a new mission president in starting a new mission. Its a very unique opportunity and one that I have mostly because of timing. I know there is a reason for everything and a reason why am here now. I am sure i will learn a ton and i will do all i can to help all the missionaries in the OSM and to positively effect the mission. For the next 6 weeks i will be doing a lot of exchanges with missionaries in the 5 zones that are going to the OSM. I am very exited to interact with many missionaries and be able to serve them.
This last week was a lot of working on transfers. We were also ableto have few really good lessons in our area. Joe fed us a huge breakfast on Wednesday and we had a lesson with him. On Saturday President spoke at a YSA regional conference in Corvallis and he wanted Elder Miglori and I to come help him with technical stuff. I was able to see a lot of people from Corvallis. Including Justin Patterson. When i  left Corvallis he has a baptismal date for a few weeks in the future. It was so great to see him and be able to talk with him for a while. He is a amazing guy. I asked him if he had thought about going on a mission, and he said that had made a plan to be able to go. He is going to start saving now and plans to leave in about 1 year. I am so thankful i got the chance to work with him. Speaking of Corvallis, I am emailing Alex about every week, and he is doing great. 
I came to Salem yesterday instead of Monday so i could drive the van all Monday and help organize everything for the new missionaries coming in. I was temporary companions with Elder Howard for two days because he was training. It was so great to be with Elder Howard again, i am lucky cuz i have had so many opportunities to be around him since we have been companions. During the training the trainers meeting it hit me that i was never going to get the  opportunity to train again. It really made sad, but i tried to think of what i can do to help new missionaries and trainers.
I am out of time and got to get going, but i love you all and hope everyone has a great week

Elder Covey

--Fearless Via Faith

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A wonderful mothers day

It has been a really good week. we had some good success in the area and we made a lot of progress on transfers and some other stuff we are working on. The most exiting thing that happened in the area was definitely with Joe. So if you remember Joe was the one Elder McKenzie and i found and was doing so good, but then he "put things on pause." On Saturday i sent him a text telling him that i was going to be transferred soon and i would like to see him once more before i left. He did not respond to the text which was pretty disheartening. The next day we were in his apartment complex and saw that his car was there. We decided to knock on his door and see if he was there. We were a little unsure because he asked for space, but i knew that i needed to talk to him before i left. He opened the door and immediately invited us in. One of the first things he said was"I was going to call you back today." 

He said he did not want to make excuses but that because of some personal stuff he fell away for a little time, but he told us that he "wants to get back into the Mormon." He had marked his old baptismal date on his calendar and he talked about how hard it was to look at his calendar and know that it did not happen. He expressed gratitude for us caring enough to show up. He also asked me if i would be able to travel from Salem (where i am being transferred in one week) to Eugene so i could baptize his once the time came. I am not sure if will be able to come or not, but it really does not matter. I am so happy for him and that he is back on the path. He talked about how he never doubted and that his testimony of the things we taught him is still strong.
So that is my description for how the week went. I would like to finish this email by sharing some insight i had during sacrament meeting yesterday. 

For the mothers day service that had many of the Youth speak and talk about some of the qualities of their mothers. It really got me thinking about all the things i have learned from my mother, the attributes i have inherited from my mother and the the attributes that my mother had that i am still trying to gain. I will start by sharing a few attributes that i feel i have inherited from my mother. 
1. Fun loving. Mom always taught by example how to always be happy and always be having fun.  Her type of fun is never less than wholesome, and always has the intent of making everyone there happy.
2. Never complacent. Mom has never been ungrateful, or ever complained about circumstances but she has always been determined on improving. She has no vices and never looks at a fault with a "that's just the way i am" attitude. This may be thing that has helped me the most. In the world there are so many people who become complacent with everything because it would be to hard to change or to progress. 
3. Never having any intent for harm. My mother has never expressed even the smallest amount of desire to get back at someone who has wronged her. Her charity is so strong that if someone does wrong her she stills loves that person, and wants the best for them.

Now i will list some of the attributes of my mother that I am still trying to gain.
1. Free of Vanity/ A clear vision of what is important. Mom always has her priorities strait. She has hobbies that she loves (tennis, biking.) But she never puts those in front of things that are more important. I strongly remember when Mom sat out of tennis matches that were on Sunday, even though the matches were part of nationals for her USTA league, and her team wanted her to play. Moms choices are always made from a hard look at what is really most important, and what God would have her do.
2. Outgoing. It has much to do with her desire to make others happy and comfortable. All my friends loved my mom and how outgoing she was. She fearless in the fact if she knows it would be a positive thing to talk to someone she will.
There are many more things that i wish i had time to list but these are things that came to my mind about my mother, and the wonderful attributes she had. I did put this in hear partially to brag about my wonderful mother, but also so any of us future parents can be determined to teach some of these wonderful things to our children. Thank you mom for all you have done. And to other mothers know your children have many positive attributes they have learned from you, whether or not they recognize it.     

Elder Covey 
--Fearless Via Faith 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mission Leadership Council

Last week we had the OEM's very first Mission Leadership Council. It is new throughout all the missions in the church. It replaces Zone Leader Council. The Mission Leadership Council consists of the Zone Leaders, the assistants, mission president, and the Sister Training Leaders ( a new leadership position.)  When i first started going to Zone Leader Councils they would be at the mission home and there would be 18 missionaries there. Now we have to do MLC at the chapel and we have about 40 missionaries. It was interesting having sisters there, but its definitely a good thing. With the increased amount of sisters the Sister Training Leaders are going to be a big help. A big part of MLC we trained on teaching repentance. President Young recently went to a mission presidents conference and most of it they talked about teaching repentance. I am really exited about the focus. If we are really trying to invite the people we work with to come unto Christ. Then we need to teach them about repentance and invite them to do it. At first it sounds kind of scary, inviting someone to repent, but we have had some amazing lessons in this past week doing it. 

We had a great lesson with a less active Lady named Jenice. We knew that it would really benefit her to repent and change some things. We started by teaching a overview of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we started by teaching about the Atonement, and then we taught faith briefly and then really focused on repentance. Repentance is such a beautiful thing, and something we all need. We tried really hard to teach it in a positive and loving way. At first it seemed like she was a little confused that we are actually asking her to do stuff (some less actives are use to missionaries coming by and hanging out or just sharing a light spiritual message.) It kinda seemed like she did not like it at first. But by the end she really opened up, and talked about how much better she felt just from discussing faith and repentance.

Transfers are coming up in two weeks. We have been working on them with President. We are probably further along by this point than any other transfers i have been here. This next week we have District Leaders training and Sisters conference here in Eugene. I am really exited for District Leaders training, there has been some stuff i have been thinking about for quite some time that Elder Migliori and i will be able to train on.
I love you all. Have a great week

Elder Covey

Fearless via Faith