Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Time has flown here in Bend

Its crazy to think i have been in Bend for two weeks, it feels like i just got here. Its looking like i will get transferred a week from today. I am not sure if i will go spend a few days in Eugene or if i will go strait to Newburg. Its kinda sad that i am leaving so soon, we have the wards trust and we have made a lot of progress. I know i will not really see the fruits of our work while i am here, but i really hope that in a month the work is really flourishing here. We got some solid new investigators this week. Ones name is Doug he had investigated in the past and for one reason or another he stopped meeting with the missionaries, we visited him last Monday night and then taught him on Tuesday. 

We focused on the Book of Mormon. He had been taught several times but not really have a understanding of what the book of Mormon is and why its important for him to pray to know if its true. So many people we teach don't connect in their minds that if the Book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith is a Prophet and this is God restored church even after we teach them it. It seems like most investigators think that missionaries want them to figure out if the Book of Mormon is true, cuz if it is its more knowledge for them or another inspirational book. As my mission has gone on i feel i have gotten a lot better at helping people realize what i just described. Its almost like there is a light that goes off when they understand and they start to take their commitments much more seriously. In our lesson with Doug it really clicked for him and he was very exited to read from it. It was a great lesson. We found a few more people threw tracting, and we are not teaching quite a few less actives, and one came to church who had not come for years.

Seeing as Yesturday was Fathers day i want to share some things that i have learned from my father. 
1. Complete selflessness: i will always try to be as selfless as my father. Dad has never let a hobby or a interest come in front of those he loved. There never was TV show he had to watch, a sport he had to play or a thing he had to have. When Dad is not providing for the family he is with the family. One of my favorite stories is of my Father getting money from his grandparents for his birthday, and then explaining to Mom that he wanted to buy her a new dress with the money. I know for a fact my Father is happiest when he is making others happy. 
2. A deep care for spiritual matters: my father has taught me by the example the importance of daily scripture study, daily prayer, taking all decisions to the Lord, and to always magnify your calling.  
3. Hard working: My father has always been hard worker. He works during the week and on Saturdays he wakes up at 5 am and starts fixing and maintaining anything that needs attention, if nothings broken, thats perfect, then he has time to for a project like making a out door screen for the projector and coming up with a pulley system to get it up. Rearly does he wake up past 5 30, and i am not sure if i have ever seen him get up past 7. 
I love you dad thanks for all you have done for me. I hope to someday be as good of a father as you. 

Well i am out of time. Happy fathers day to all you fathers. I love you all 

Elder Covey

--Fearless Via Faith

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