Sunday, January 29, 2017

Temple Day!


Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weather over there! How´s everyone doing? 

The new area that I was assigned to is very interesting! It is very close by my old area and the ward is fairly large. The ward is much larger than my last area but the size of my area is about the same. We are 4 missionaries here in this ward. and we´re right up against El Cerro de la Silla, the very famous mountain here in Monterrey. We have some great investigators as well. We are pretty far away from the church building but one of our investigators actually made it to church this last Sunday! His name is Jorge, and he has a few drinking problems and really wants to change his life. He sells ice cream for a living and is always selling near schools as they get out. When he went to church almost everyone knew him because they have bought his ice cream before. We are very excited for him because he accepted a baptism date for November 13th. We´ll keep you posted! I have also been emailing my last companion and I think Jesus from my last area was baptized! After 6 months of teaching him and taking him to church, he was baptized! 

Today we went to the temple! We got up super early, we got up at about 4:45 to get to the temple at 6:00 am and get ready for our session at 7:00. The temple was very full of missionaries and the spirit this morning. It was a great reminder of the covenants we make in the temple and the blessing it is to have one in our mission. 

Thanks for all your support! Hope everyone is doing ok, write you next week!

Elder George

D&C 46:9

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone had a good time at lagoon! It looked super fun. Things here are busier than ever but are going great. We are looking forward to the cold season here, if the sun will still be out this week we´ll all be missionary jurkey.

First off, Happy Birthday Mom! I`m working on getting the photos sent, my companion is working on getting them sent to me so i`ll forward them to you. 

This next monday is also my companions birthday so we´ll have a few more photos to send.

Our ward is doing fantastic, yesterday I gave a talk on the plan of salvation! Alma 34:32. We didn`t see Jorge this week at church. We are teaching him lesson one now and says he`s going to church next week.Next week is also our primary program. 

Thanks all the time i have for now. Tomorrow we are going to be teaching the zone about diligence and using time wisely and i`ll be going to two different areas this week to see how everything is going with the missionaries. Love you all see you next week!

Transfers are here!

Hey Everyone!

So we got the news last night! I`m going to be changing areas! So were all busy cleaning the house, and packing up everything to go to the mission home tomorrow and receive my new assignment. Tonight they are going to be telling us our new areas and new companions. I have been in this last area for 6 months and it has been pretty hard but every second was worth it. 

Elder Fonseca has finished his training! He`s going to stay in the area and take care of everything. I`m not sure if I was able to tell you guys but we had to drop Josefina. Jesus is doing great! A little sad that i`m changing but im going to keep writing him. Still hangin in there. And our other Investigator Guadalupe went to church with her whole family yesterday! We didn`t get the chance to talk to them but they were also able to visit the temple here in Monterrey with all of her children for a primary activity they did this weekend. Their oldest son has cancer and have been really stressed out this past week, the Primary President was able to help Lupita (Guadalupe) put her sons name on the prayer list of the temple which was awesome. We are going to put a baptism date with her this week.

I also heard there was a tornado in Orem or something!?! The primary president in the ward has family that lives in sandy near Alta high school and showed me pictures of the tornado... Crazy. 

We also had Zone Conference last week about consecrations if that's how you spell it. It was a very inspired topic and impacted the whole mission. Great things are happening! 

It`s been super hot! This week we are going to see some rain as well. We got pretty wet last night as well. I`d say its almost more extreme here than in Utah.

This is my letter. See you all next week with a new companion and area!

E. George

Things got really busy!

Hey Family!

Things are pretty busy here in 21 de Enero! We are looking forward to another busy week. Hopefully the weather will be a bit less crazy as well! 

This last week we had transfers and I was called as a district leader! I`m in charge of calling and taking care of 10 other missionaries so things are really busy, I just finished writing a letter to president about them. It will take a little bit of time to get use to but this is all I can write today.

Cool things coming up! A Seventy is coming to visit in about 2 weeks! Training is also going well with Elder Fonseca! Great to hear everyone is good, love you all! Read the book of Mormon!

Elder George

The Power of Prayer!

Hey everyone!

So to answer your guys question about what I am thankful, would surely be for Prayer. About a month ago we had a pretty amazing experience thanks to prayer. A month ago we were in exchanges with some other missionaries while we were contacting people looking to teach new investigators. We arrived to a neighborhood where we never really go to and we decided to say a quick prayer to find someone and put a baptism date with them. That was when we found Rodolfo, the man who was baptized when he was 10 years old, the first thing we did was give him a book of Mormon. Recently it has been hard to find him, it turns out for the last two weeks that Rodolfo was working a bit in a factory that he was working in before he retired. Many people do this here, factory only hire young people but they always need repairs and improvements for the factory and so they called in Rodolfo. After two weeks without seeing him we ran into him when we were passing by his house. We put an appointment with him later that week and now he is done working for now. In the time we haden´t seen him he has still been reading the book of Mormon and reading his pamphlets. We visited him this last Friday to read lehi´s vision and invite him to church, We arrived 10 minutes early and he had already entered the chapel and was waiting for us! You can see his faith increasing as he´s reading the book of mormon. We have also confirmed that he is a member, the mission offices looked up his church records and yes! he is a member! I know i´m looking a bit too ahead, but one day we hope he can go to the temple and do the work for his diseased brothers and parents.

I´m almost done with the book of Mormon as well! This week i´ll be starting Moroni. This book is a strong testimony builder. Read it!

The weather here has been very extreme! We´ll be sweating in the day in short sleeve shirts and we´ll be putting on heavy jackets in the afternoon. That means winter is coming! Starting on Friday. the church will be starting a Christmas activity here in Mexico as well with a new Christmas video. We´ll be getting more instructions but the church has put advertisements on about 4 bus routes so everyone will see the message. 

Love you all! I´ll send pictures next week!

Elder George

Matthew 10:32

Happy Halloween!

his was part of my letter to our mission president! Sorry for not putting a translation!

Me encanta las experiencias y testimonios que he podido recibir al estudiar El Libro de Mormon, Voy en 3 Nefi 16 y me dio mucho gusto al leer 3 Nefi 14:21-27 en mis estudios hoy. Estos escrituras nos invitan a conocer El Señor aun mas en nuestros vidas y nos invita a hacer la voluntad de nuestro Padre Celestial. Me pongo a pensar mucho en el discurso de Elder Bednar de este Conferencia General pasada, y reflejo mucho en como puedo ser mas consagrado y dejar el hombre natural atrás de mi. En en este semana yo quero ver y dejar algunos de mis hábitos para poder conocer nuestro salvador mejor y vivir el mandamiento  arrepentimiento.

Elder Covarrubias feel great and excited for this upcoming week, we are struggling a lot with new investigators in our area but my companion and I feel blessed and happy to have the opportunity to look for new investigators. This week we are going to be diligent in our planning sessions and have the faith that people are ready to hear our message in our area. We felt really happy for a less active member named Rodolfo who is 60 years old and was baptized with all of his brothers and his mom when Rodolfo was 10 years old. We left him The Book of Mormon and by the next appointment he had read the introduction up until 1 Nephi 4! He understood the stories that were being told and recited to us all the names of Nephi´s family and why they had left Jerusalem and why they had returned for the bronze plates! We will be seeing him tomorrow, we have the bishop in mind to help us befriend him, they live very close to one another.

Have a great Halloween! Love you all!

Elder George

The Craziest Week In The Mission

Hey everyone!
So yesterday we were told about the transfers that would be coming! So me and my companion are not moving, almost the entire mission is... We had to make space for 21 new missionaries! This is a huge ammout! When president Monson made the age change there were about 210 missionaries here in this mission. Before these transfers we only had about 140 missionaries so many new areas are going to be opening and several other changes with the zones are happening. We were 9 zones and now we are only going to be 5 zones... its a drastic change but so far so good! Everything is great with the ward as well. We are now putting goals as a ward and we are working for a baptism in december! Learnings lots, and teaching alot! Take care everyone!
Elder George