Saturday, March 2, 2013
Seek and Ye Shall Find
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)