Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gospel Conversations

This week the Mission President came to their district meeting and gave some instruction. He began by talking about the plan of salvation for awhile, spoke of the great opportunity they have as missionaries to bring others to the straight and narrow path so that they can return to live with God again, then BAM, tied it all up to obedience (Elder Meinzer's words). Their mission is quite young (like over half of the 150-ish missionaries have come in the last six months) so the President was establishing what is expected of them.

They also had a status update at Zone Leader Council. In September their mission baptized 113, in October baptized 134, and in November it was 178. To date, they have baptized 462 of their goal of 572 for the last four months. Their zone of 14 missionaries has baptized 70 of their 77. Elder Meinzer still doesn't like number goals.

The Mission President also asked them to commit to participate in gospel conversations everyday. As a part of the mission culture the missionaries go from appointment to appointment and not really talk to people along the way. The Mission President wants them to open their mouths more so he is asking them to have five gospel conversations each day. The Zone Leaders have been doing it for the past month and miracles have happened as a result: people have started learning from the missionaries, people have come to church and people have been baptized. On the tro-tro ride back from Zone Leader Council Elder Meinzer tried talking to the guy sitting next to him. He motioned that he was deaf. "Crap, I thought, well I tried." He sat there for a few minutes and realized he could share the Liahona article he was reading with the guy. So he showed him the article entitled An Answer for Every, "What If" and he read it. Once he finished it he took out his phone and typed, "Where is your church in Cape Coast?" They then had a silent conversation for a half hour where Elder Meinzer explained to him the work they do as missionaries and talked about the Restoration of the church and he shared his testimony. He said he would come to church in Cape Coast on Sunday.