Our days here have been absolutely NUTSO.
We have jam packed days full of service and meetings and member-missionary messages with the members and then we get to the evenings and it is WIDE OPEN. Nothing going on. So, we have gone tracting for at least three hours every night. And the thing is, I'm in a biking area, so we have a hard time getting to the people we really need to try to go see! But we've been making do. There are a few members in the ward that are super willing to help us out, and so we have rides to places a lot of the time. On nights when you don't have anything scheduled it can be tough.
The problem is that we try our darndest to schedule things for our nights, but the inactive members we try to contact and the nonmembers we try to stop by don't text us back. So we end up having a message with the members and then hit the streets. It's a blast, lemme tell ya haha. We are exhausted by the end of the day, but it's feels good to be tired doing what God wants you to do.
So the ward here launched a Ward Mission Plan for 2019! It is:
1) 4 Convert baptisms in 2019
2) 104 Friendly Home Evenings
3) Each family have a Family Mission Plan
Friendly Home Evenings are events in a member's home with a nonmember/partmember family/inactive/new convert, and the missionaries. It could be a game night, dinner, just having someone over for a snack or dessert, literally anything, and the missionaries share a short and sweet message. 104 throughout the year of 2019, or two a week. We're hoping that we meet the goal!
The other part of the ward mission plan, is having each family develop a FAMILY mission plan. A family mission plan is basically an action plan for sharing the gospel. A quote from Gordon B. Hinckley says, "It will be a great day when our people not only pray for the missionaries throughout the world, but ask the Lord to help them to assist the missionaries who are laboring in their own ward." I LOVE THIS QUOTE SO MUCH! Now, the thing is, sharing the gospel can be completely terrifying and as someone who does that 24/7 I have a solid knowledge of this fact. BUT! To kind of help with this, there are 2 types of conversions that converts must experience to be strong in the church:
1. Social Conversion
2. Spiritual Conversion
Y'all just need to help out with the first one! It's about the friendships, and the genuine love and concern that they feel that will help them gain a desire to learn more. We (the missionaries) can ask all the scary weird questions about the Book of Mormon and baptism and everything, that's our job.
An example of this, is Rick and Beth, our new newest converts here. They were baptized and confirmed this weekend, after 9 months of being taught by the missionaries. What was the thing that kept them interested in the beginning? It was the members taking time out of their day to come on visits with us to their home, and the members inviting them to activities.
I invite y'all to make an action plan for yourselves. It doesn't have to be anything crazy. It could simply be praying for missionary opportunities, or keeping a copy of the Book of Mormon in your car to share with someone. It's all about the little and simple things.
In Alma 37:6-7 it reads, "Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and by very small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls."
I hope this email finds you all doing well and happy! I love every single one of the emails I get, I love you all very much.
Until next week!
P.S. we also had zone conference this week, and got to go to the Central Texas Food Bank! There's a pic of all the awesome missionaries that were there! Me and my comp are basically front and center haha!
P.P.S. Here is a selfie Sister Siddoway and my comp took in the font for the heck of it! Being a missionary is a blast.
P.P.P.S. the wall next to my desk with pictures of my cute family<3