So this weekend, we as a mission had a “Social Media Blitz”: We go and do stuff with members, whether it be service, meals, or missionary work. We had a lot of fun. Members took pictures of themselves and the missionaries and posted them with the hashtag #lds and #socialmediaspilt. I invite you to check that out. You can get a pretty good idea of what New England looks like.
Before you go on reading, I want to provide some backround info…
The following is my letter to President Stoker, and as there are references to several mission-specific things, such as a VGPAA in this letter, I will explain those now.
VGPAA: Stand for “Vision Goal Plans Actions Accountability”. This is what we use to keep our daily plans centered on the purpose of missionary work.
- We use a Vision to set a goal for the next 6 weeks.
- A Goal is what we use for this week to acomplish our Vision.
- The Plan is what we will do today for our Goal.
- Actions are things we can do to follow our Plans.
- And we are Accountable to someone in the ward, usually the ward mission leader.
Rescue: A less active member who we brought back to full activity in the Church.
I also make mention of a “3 Transfer area”. A transfer is 6 weeks and begins on a Tuesday. In the past I have never stayed in an area for more than 2 transfers (~3 months). Same goes for 2 transfer companion I have never had a companion for longer than 1 transfer (~1.5 months). But that is all about to change!
Here is the letter:
Starting with media splits, we had 22 media splits occur, most of which we didn’t plan on. But we did get them and almost achieved the goal of 8 per day. I want to say that we saw success for our area from the splits, but no fruit has shown themselves yet. We did get our names out there to other members and we now have a pretty good idea who is and isn’t less active. We will definitely be applying the things that we learned from Zone Conference to that effort.
On top of that our VGPAA this last week was to find two LA families who we could teach and hopefully rescue. We did that and we also found a part member family who we could work with, so overall this area is dead no more… Well, on the investigator side of the work, we still need to find more people, because the one progressing investigator has her baptism this week and the other investigators we have are not going so well. Luckily we have potential investigators who are in Westbrook and the surrounding areas that we still have to contact. We are still putting in teaching record and potentials records so we have lots of finding from formers and potentials to go after, so we can keep busy for the winter.
About transfers, this is my first three transfer area and my first 2 transfer companion. I hope that I serve here for a while longer and hopefully be ready for whatever call that I have next. Do you think that I will be an “iPad service missionary” (or whatever the assignment is called officially) for the rest of my mission or will this be a temporary assignment for a year or less? And another question that follows it is, will I be transfered to an area where the iPad technician has served in the past or will that assignment move to the area that I’m in next? I have lots of questions to ask about what I’m doing can only be answered by me and whomever is assigned to this. Elder Perry and I intend to magnify this assignment where we can, and I don’t know about the other missionaries with this assignment but we are ready to serve.
I mentioned that we have a baptism coming up this week. We found her while street contacting and she has been taking all the disscussions in like no other investigator I have seen. She was a golden investigator and we have her being baptized this week! We have been helping her out with the program and we have involved everyone in that. It will be my first investigator baptized by my efforts. I’m excited to say the least and I can’t wait for this weekend!
I hope you have a good week this week and know that I appreciate the ability to send these letters to you by online means. I would never say this much in a physical letter.
So I am staying in Windham, Maine for another 6 weeks, which means I’ll be here for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Send packages!
The winter so far appears to be quite mild, but with my parents’ bugging, I AM going to a mall today to see if I can find a winter coat. Even the locals say that this winter will be mild…
I know that there is a lot this week but we have been running all over the place this weekend and we need to slow down to a slow 3 MPH instead the 200 MPH we have been running at recently. Am I exaggerating it? Yes. Did it feel like it? Yes.
One thing I will ask everyone is to keep the people of France in your prayers. As we have a missionary from France serving in our mission, I certainly will.
Have a good week and stay away from the sadness that exsists today… Elder R Seely
Sent from my Mission-Issued iPad