|Training the missionaries|
Monday, March 25, 2013
Last Wednesday we finished training the last zone in finding the less active members. The final count of members over 18 on the records of the church within the mission is just shy of 40,000. A few missionaries have finished updating the online document (google doc) with the new addresses and information from the results of the database search. One missionary who is at home for 6 weeks recovering from an injury (he should be back to our mission within 5 weeks) has updated over 400 names & addresses in the Lautaro Ward where he was working when he had his accident (playing soccer). That ward is the biggest in the mission with 1616 members 18+. The missionaries are beginning to find part-member families to teach. Less-active members are being invited back to church. There is a huge amount of work to do. We have new addresses for over half of the members of the church within the mission. Each new address must be verified. Each person must be invited back. This work can only be done one person at a time. Just comparing the new information in the database with the information in the church records and updating the google doc takes many hours for each unit. Any volunteers want to help?
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Each companionship received by email a member list with name, address, birth date, baptism date, move-in date, and priesthood office. They also received a pdf document with the database search results for each member 18+ showing the latest address. Now the missionaries need to go verify each one and invite them to come home.
When they get their documents they will map out the new addresses so they can effectively use their time and not be crisscrossing their areas all day long. Our missionaries are asked to have plans for every 30 minutes during their proselyting day with backup plans every hour. They are also asked to do what is called "U" contacting. Whenever they are trying to make contact with a potential investigator or less-active member they are to go to all the immediate neighbors while they are in the neighborhood. This is why seeking out the less-active is such a gold mine. When they are looking for a person they ask the neighbors and often start teaching new families that they weren't even looking for. It happens all of the time. Plus, when they do find the less-active families that are interested in returning to church there are usually non-member family members they can teach and baptize.
This whole process could dramatically affect the work here. We hope and pray it does. We've got 40 more wards and branches in our mission to get ready for.
"And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith." (Moroni 6:4)