Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015: Life is like a companion's hair cut ...

Elder K. sent the unfixed haircut pictures. Elder S. “fixed it,” and we had K. C. actually fix it. She cuts and does hair for a living and gives us free haircuts. She was pretty ticked off and told all of us that “From the time you guys get into Shawnee to the time you leave, I own your hair! Don’t touch it unless it’s for gel.” The only reason we cut our own hair was because she and her daughter were sick for a few days. I did not want that hairstyle.

Anyway, I’m not sure what you mean about a sweater or shirts. Maybe we need to check the mail today. Thanks for the tips on ward fellowshipping. We’ll make sure to explain that in the future.

So we’ve been talking about this study with some members of the ward that the church came out with. It talks about three different types of mission work:

  1. Missionaries do all the finding and teaching of investigators. At this level, there are about 30 baptisms a month in an entire mission. Retention is very low.
  2. Missionaries find investigators and teach with a member. Here the investigator gets to meet a normal person instead of a weirdo in a suit. They also get a friend/acquaintance right off the bat. Baptisms per month go from 30 to 100 and retention is about half.
  3. Members refer friends and acquaintances and take the lead in fellowshipping and teaching. The missionaries do the only job they were technically called to. The investigator feels they have someone to turn to if they have questions and is converted spiritually and socially. Members know the area better than any missionary and will be there after the missionaries leave. Baptisms jump from 100 per month in a mission to 300 and retention is really high.

This is really the reason why we’ve been stressing this. We do teach all our investigators, but the president wants us to actually be focusing on the members and less actives. Well, I already know you guys know the importance of member work so I’ll get off that topic.

We got to see a pretty cool instance of the hand of the Lord the other day. We caught R. and J. (some of our investigators at our apartment complex) and they had been moving a ton of storage from their container because it had a massive leak and had someone break into it. We came and offered our and the south elders’ help, and we’re going to be doing that Tuesday. That's not it though.

R. brought us up to check out this big glass table she wanted to give away and Elder S. and I said, “CJ could use that” at the same time. CJ is one of the south elders’ investigators who’s gone through some really hard times and didn’t have a table at all. (I’m sure Elder K. has written about him). R. came with us to deliver it and the way CJ was just so excited to get it and R. was excited to give it made everyone’s day. Still smiling about it.

The best way to drop pride is to be thankful for the things we have. And its a good thing Thanksgiving is this week because our district (and apparently in a lot of other districts) have been focusing on that. When you get down to it, we all have a lot more pride than we think. We’ve all been taking a lot of advice from the talk “Beware of Pride.” It says that it is the source of contention. Contention says, “I’m right” or “my way is the best” or “at least I’m not/at least I’m better than/at least I don’t ...” If there is contention, look closely at yourself, because you’re probably not going to pay attention if someone else points it out.

Happy Thanksgiving. Love you guys,

Elder Rice