Family and Friends,
I am quite happy here in Ecuador and I love hearing from all of you through dear.elder and emails. Thank you for your support and the fun updates. Elder Magill and I have been observing a great weakness for many zone leaders, it is that they weren't giving daily follow up with their investigators. Two weeks ago we had a leadership conference in which we gave a training seminar on the importance of having a daily follow up with investigators and how to work better with members. Firstly, we verified how they were doing with the three keys to working well with members (image, communication, and attitude) and it was great to hear several experiences they had in which applying those principles brought great success and made a huge difference. Its always a good ideas to go over what you taught before, hear how it worked for them, and remind them to keep applying it. Basically it serves to help them not forget and it motivates them to pay more attention to the new principles you are a better to teach them because they hear tons of success stories of how well the things you taught before worked and they realize, ¨Hey these guys know what they're talking about.¨
We used a few object lessons and examples that really grabbed their attention and stuck with them. I brought a toothbrush and toothpaste and pulled them out and told everyone that I hadn't brushed my teeth in over three days (ewww!) but that they don't need to worry because I can just put three times the toothpaste and brush them right now and it'll be the same right? Oh its because we eat food and get bacteria on our teeth everyday so to keep them super clean we need to brush them daily right. Oh yeah that's a good point and all of us take good care of our teeth so we brush them daily but why don't we take that good of care of our investigators? (long pause) Don't they have temptations, discouragement, and trials every day? Aren't they more important than our teeth? Then why are we forgetting to have daily follow up with them? We have seen time and time again that the zone leaders who don't reach their goals and their baptismal dates fall through almost always say that they didn't give daily follow up! Likewise the zone leaders that baptize wherever they goal and reach their goal time and time again share that daily follow up was a key to their success. Elders! We have to do it! PME p. 217 clearly explains ¨As you visit people often, you will strengthen the spiritual feelings they felt as you taught them the message of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This sustaining influence of the Spirit is vital.¨ We must teach them or at least stop by or call them everyday to make sure they are reading the Book of Mormon, praying, ready to go to church, and excited for their baptism if not they start to develop spiritual cavities. Let's apply this and we will see great results Elders.
It was a really cool moment because we saw a huge light bulb go on in all their heads and I don't think they will forget that lesson.
Last week we also had a wonderful mission tour with an Area Seventy named Elder Mestre. He is super happy, positive, spiritual, has a ton of scriptures memorized word for word, and is very loving. Here he is in the picture below. It was wonderful being with him and having the privilege of learning from him and hearing him teach three days in a row as we visited all the different zones in the mission. We had to go from city to city getting everything all ready for him and making sure everything was set up right but then when we finished on they way back to Guayaquil we got to ride in the car with him, President, and Sister Amaya. I loved learning from him and we've really been putting into practice what he's taught us and its been great. I am out of time but next week I will share in greater detail all the great stuff he taught us.
Love you all,
Remember that the more obedient we are the happier we will be (Mosiah 2:41). Also that hard work brings peace of mind.