Sorry it's been so long since my last weekly update. Things have been a bit crazy here in Texas l
ately. I'm not sure how many of you heard but we had severe flooding this last week that took the
lives of 8 people from the greater Houston area. I cannot imagine what the families of these
people must be feeling. I know that our Savior Jesus Christ knows perfectly what they are feeling
at this time and hope they find hope and comfort through Him.
On a brighter note we have been teaching an awesome woman by the name of Sandy.
She is so prepared for the Gospel and when we teach her she says things like "well duh everyone knows that good things come from God". She's the best and always tries to make us feel loved when we are there with her.
Training a new missionary has been quite the experience. I have to say the responsibility seems like a lot sometimes but I know the Lord is the real teacher.
I'll try to send some pictures of the Houston temple after the flooding and maybe some of my companion and I. :)
To the Missionaries of the Great Texas Houston Mission,
We are grateful for your continued faith in finding. We are teaching a great number of people as a consequence. In recent weeks the number of people attending church has dropped. This is obviously a concern because if we can't get people to church effectively, we will struggle to accomplish our purpose at the continued level where the Lord would have us be. With this in mind, we wanted to review some important principles,
1. A week ago, we role played "How to end teaching" during district meetings." One thing we noticed is that we talk about coming again without ever giving them a reason to want to have us back. So instead of ending by simply saying, "We are going to be back in the area on ________" which assumes that they want to see us again because of our charm and great looks :), we need to give them a reason to want us back. Instead we could say something like:
"You will find the Book of Mormon answers the questions of the soul like 'Where did we come from,' 'What is the purpose of life,' and 'What happens after we die?' Have you ever wondered these things? These questions are important questions the Lord would have all of His children understand. He has prepared a plan called the Plan of Salvation that we would like to share with you in another visit. How do you think knowing these answers would bless your life/lives? In preparation for that discussion, we would like to give you a reading assignment... We will be back in the area on ___________"
Now people have a desire to have us return because they know what they can look forward to. We need to come up with similar incentives at the end of other lessons. The chances of them reading and us having a follow up lesson will dramatically increase if we do this (We have modified the How to end teaching outline accordingly).
2. An invitation to church needs to be extended at the first lesson similar to the way we discussed it.
3. Members need to reach out and be the inviters to church. We should NEVER teach a second lesson without the RIGHT member present who can provide fellowship and follow up. This is KEY to getting people at church.
4. Teach the why of church on the Saturday before they come to firm up their commitment to come.
If we can do a better job of following these principles, we will see a greater number of progressing investigators and a greater number coming to church.
We love you and are grateful for your faith and efforts to build up His kingdom here!