February 27, 2012
We had ward conference this week which was really great. The stake leaders really focused on missionary work throughout the whole conference. During ward council President Francis showed a clip from the Preach My Gospel dvds that I have seen a million times. So that was way cool. During President Francis' talk he gave five things we could do this week to share the gospel. The first thing he said was to pray for missionary opportunities. Later that day we had lunch with Bro. Beardsley who was the last ward mission leader and a convert to the church. He is a super spiritual man. His remark about the advice to pray for missionary opportunities was that a lot of members won't do it because they know they will then get them and they are too scared of that. There is just something in us that we have to overcome in order to share the gospel even though it is scary.
We talked about how there are 50,000 people in our ward boundaries. A general authority came and talked to the stake and said that based on the parable of the lost sheep that at least 1% of people are ready to be rescued by the good shepherd. That means there are 500 people in our ward that are ready to be baptized. We just need to overcome our fear and start sharing.
Just tons of awesome stuff is happening. I went on splits with our district leader this week. He had kind of a funny tracting approach.
He told one man that we are doing a survey of things that bring happiness. That led to a pretty good conversation so that was good.
One of my favorite things to do when tracting is tell people that they look like they would be a good Mormon. That usually surprises them.