I talked about how the way we do missionary work has transitioned over the years and now it is the MEMBER'S role to find people for the missionaries to teach. Speaking primarily to the Ward Mission Leaders about the missionaries, Elder Russell M. Nelson said, "Please help them to fill their daily planners with focused and meaningful teaching opportunities." This, of course needs to be done with the help of the whole ward. I also quoted President Hinckley saying that being a new convert in the church could be a "perilous experience" and begged people to welcome the new converts. We have 30% activity, so retention is a serious problem!
Craig talked about the importance for the members to do all they can to strengthen their missionary effort - they can do it, they must do it, the Lord is depending on us to help finish His work. There were over 100 in attendance - 92%, so the leadership here is strong! It was the first time he was really very comfortable talking in Portuguese and he felt like the Priesthood brethren really understood how important and real is their responsibility to take the leadership in their wards regarding the hastening of the complete missionary work.
There is so much to do!!!
Tomorrow is another rip-my-heart-out transfer day when I say good-bye to some missionaries who I love so dearly. I wish I had taken pictures of all of them who are so important to me. Here are just a couple:
|Sister Jackson (l)(MN) doesn't leave till Feb, but Sister|
Allen (r) (AZ) does. Both solid, wonderful missionaries
(Sorry not to have a pic of Craig - next week!)
|Sister Mattei (MO) leaves tomorrow - always so happy|
and willing to do whatever is asked.
Oh - Cute Sister Sowa (PA) in the back right also leaves. :(
(Bad hair day for me which is sadly not untypical!!!)
All our Love!