March 15, 2021


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Effort Shift

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From: Spencer Wilson <>
Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 1:58 PM
Subject: Re: Effort Shift
To: Andrew Wilson <>

On Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 10:17 AM Andrew Wilson <> wrote:
Hey Everyone!This week has brought a freat effort shift for me and all the Elders here in this area. We started the week with interviews on Tuesday and that was where our shift all started.  During our interviews we were all told that we need to work a lot less with non-members and spend a vast majority of our time working with inactive members here. This branch consists of 130 people on the list, yet only about 20 come weekly. There are also groups of people here in the branch. There are a couple leaders who very influential, and when they got their feelings hurt several years ago and quit coming, so did their entire group of followers. So, as we are working to reactivate people we are beginning to realize that people here still have testimonies, they just got their feelings hurt and brought all thier followers with them. I think the biggest learning opportunity for me this week has been the differenc between culture and testimony. It has brought back the question several times, of, Would you leave the church if an apostle were to come out and say it were all false? Would your testimony fail if a good friend or family member turned against the church? If the answer is yes, where is your testimony really? Do you believe in Christ, or do you believe in a good community of good people who hav good morals. I have reexamined my testimony a lot and would like to invite you to do the same thing. Where is your testimony founded? What would you do if an apostle said the church wasn't true? What would you do if your bishop of Stake Ptesident left the church? I hope you can find the same strength in those questions as I have this week. Keep finding ways to spread the gospel in normal and natural ways!Love,Elder Wilson


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