Well I made it through the first month of my mission! It seems like I got dropped off at the MTC forever ago, but the days are starting to fly by now. Guess that is what happens when you are having fun! This week has been awesome. We have been working a lot with Jason and Sandra this week. We taught them again last night, and they both committed to be baptized on July 21!!! This mission has always been a very low baptizing mission, so having 3 baptisms in a month isn't too common. Elder Fletcher and I are definitely feeling very blessed for the success that we have had so far in Waterford. Sandra has always thought that families should be together for eternity, and so when she found out that the LDS church believes in eternal families, she was so excited! We are so excited for them and the changes they are making in their lives.
We all had the opportunity of watching the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast night. All I can say is what a great time to be a missionary! We are all pumped for the Digital Mission to really take off. There are actually a few areas in our mission where the Elders already have iPads and can use them in their missionary work! We are hoping for our own iPads sometime soon haha but we aren't counting on it.
The Apostles gave some amazing advice to us and all other members on member missionary work. The Boston Mass. Mission has been a little ahead of the game, and has already been implementing the ideas that the Apostles shared with everyone last night. So the Apostles have been watching this mission a lot to see how it has worked, and it has been a HUGE success. After making the switch and focusing more on member missionary work rather than tracting, this mission work here has exploded! It is so important for the members to work hand in hand with the missionaries. I know it is hard for some members to go outside of their comfort zone and invite their friends and family to church or to meet with the missionaries, but it doesn't have to be that difficult! I think the most important thing to remember is to just invite the person out of love! Make sure they know how the Gospel has blessed your life, and the only reason you are inviting them is because you love them and want them to be able to enjoy those same blessings that you receive!
The 1st counselor in our Mission Presidency is Clayton Christensen. In 2011 he was named the Worlds Best Business Mind, and he is now the Head Professor of Harvard's School of Business, so he is a pretty amazing guy! Anyways, he wrote a book called "The Power of Everday Missionaries". He has some great ideas of how members of our Church can become better member missionaries. You all can check out his website http://www.
A day at the beach!
Package from Aunt Deb
Package from Rylee and Rhett