Serving a mission in South Africa, Johannesburg for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Creating a system for calling less actives!
Hey howsit for you? It’s going pretty well for me. Well just now our investigators are getting back, so that's pretty cool! This next week has filled up pretty well, so it should go smoothly, the way it was before the holidays.
We had three investigators at church yesterday, two of them we've been teaching. The other one is a homeless man, but we really have no idea what his intentions are-- he either wants to learn the gospel or wants us to help fund his business. He's showed us his business plan and certificate like 3 times already and we're just like...okay we'll see you Tuesday at the church. We'll see how it goes haha.
So this last week of the holiday season we were trying to find effective activities, and we had previously asked for an updated ward list, so last Monday morning our ward mission leader comes riding up on his little scooter with the newly printed list, and we realized that we really don't know that many people in the ward. Part of the reason is that there's so many less active members, but basically we just started calling everyone that we didn't know and setting up appointments. It kind of reminded me of working at Verisk Health because I'm calling a lot and I have a system written out on the list, certain symbols mean different things ie checkmarks=we've visited them, x=called didn't get ahold of and so on. So it's been pretty cool, and we've met a few members since. The coolest thing that's come from it is we visited a guy, Brother Willibroad, and he's from Camaroon (not sure how to spell that, it's a country near Nigeria). He's a member, but his wife and 3 kids are not, and they've been to the church and they've even gone to a sports night that the church had! The oldest son is 12 and he loves the church, so we're really hoping he can motivate the rest of his family to come. It could turn out to be awesome. We've only met with them once though, so we'll see!
Another cool lesson was with a guy named Cosmos. We've been to his house before, but he's been in Zambia and his sisters are the ones we've visited. They’re semi active, but we met him because his sister was supposed to be there for a lesson but never pitched. So we started talking and then realized he was a member and that he was even sealed with his wife in the temple, but he told us that he hasn't been to church in 6 months,. He's not really sure how he's gone down this path, but he asked for our help, so we made a plan for him to pray and study from his scriptures because he obviously hasn't been doing that. So we went to his house again and started in 1 Nephi 1 with him again, we studied it and discussed it with him, which was cool. It's crazy, I've read that chapter so many times by myself and especially with instigators and members, but there's still new things that I pick up on. So it was a cool lesson, and we're glad that we can work with him some more.
Yup, pretty good week altogether. Oh and really quick before I go, we had a lesson with this old lady who was baptized a few years ago. Long story short, her daughter lives in Loomis! I was like no way, you are the first person I've talked to in a year (including all the missionaries I've talked to from California) who has heard of Loomis! Her daughter is not a member, but she lives on King Road haha. I was just like, yeah, I know King Road-- I drove on it every day. Small world huh.