The Path of Christian Discipleship

The Path of Christian Discipleship

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Every Member an Investigator!

Hello again

I hope you all are doing well. I am running out of things to include in these emails! We have one investigator and the rest of our efforts are focused on enabling members to participate in missionary work and to become self sufficient and strong in the gospel. Our investigator, 진수홍 (Geen soo hong) has a baptismal date for the 14th of February next month!! He works every night from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., so it's quite difficult to meet him given his opposite schedule. Nevertheless,  he makes time to meet with us at least weekly and comes to church right after his shift every Sunday. Also, he works in a factory and since he doesn't have much time to do anything else when he is not working and sleeping, he reads the Book of Mormon in the intervals of the conveyor belt here and there. He is from Vietnam and just a wonderful soul! 

Our mission complement decreased this year to 150 missionaries, so we will be losing a significant portion of our missionaries in the near future. We will lose even more here in 인천, as the stake presidency decided to combine a couple of the wards in the stake. This new combined ward, which by my estimation will include roughly 180-200 members, will attend services in the giant mega-church they are building. I have never seen a church quite like this one. I have not seen the renovated Kentwood chapel, but I would feel safe to bet this church is around 6 times as big as the building you now attend! I don't know what we will do with all of the space in the building! I fully support our Stake Presidency and will try my best to help this stake in any way needed, come what may. 

We have Zone Conference tomorrow, during which we are planning to train our missionaries to work more effectively with ward members. From our observation, most of the missionaries get frustrated when members do not participate in missionary work as they hope, therefore they concentrate their efforts elsewhere. Our goal is to have missionaries treat members more like investigators, where they work and teach them gospel principles fundamentals of missionary work. We even made a slogan to accompany our training: "Every Member an Investigator." We figure if missionaries start to contact, prepare for, teach, and visit members as well as they do all of those things for investigators, we missionaries might have a better influence in building the church here in Korea. 

I don't know what else to write, but I do have a request! Please, please, please, do your home teaching! Whoever is reading this, do your home teaching! It is such a simple program, but it is absolutely critical in participating in the Lord's work. Please do your home teaching! :) 

Love you so much!
Elder Higham

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