Wednesday, February 13, 2013

   This is Elder Bosse, Elder Jolley, President Rappleye, and Elder Barker. 
These three missionaries were in the same MTC group.
  The district is doing absolutely amazing.  We started a game of sorts to increase the efforts in the zone.  Every time we extend a baptismal invitation, we are to "pinch" (call and let ring once and then hang up) our corresponding leader.  We set a goal as a zone to reach 18 baptismal invitations, and we reached 36 in all of last week.  Of those 36 there were 18 that accepted baptism.  I feel great about the progress that we are seeing.  This week as a district we will be focusing on how to get our investigators to attend church.  I woke up this morning in such a great mood and my personal study was incredibly effective.  The meeting tomorrow will be great with participation from all.
     On Saturday night we were assigned to speak in church with two topics.  One being fasting and fast offerings, and the other being family unity and exaltation.  I wanted to speak on both of them, so I let my companion decide which one he wanted to speak on.  I ended up delivering a message on Family Unity and Exaltation.  I felt really inspired when I was preparing the talk, and it greatly strengthened my testimony of families, however when I was speaking I was prompted to remove several scriptural references from the discourse.  I feel as though what I found edifying for myself was too harsh for the members to handle.  Family issues are very common here and I was prompted to  tone down the message so that the Spirit could testify to them of the basic principles that aid a family in its progress to salvation.

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