There have been a few issues within the ward that we have been trying to stay out of but have hindered the work a little bit. So we came to the conclusion that we just needed to refocus on OYMing and getting new investigators. And what do you know as soon as we shifted our focus away from member visits, we received 5 referrals. That's about as many referrals as I have had in my entire mission total. Those referrals led to 7 new investigators and 2 of them even came to church last Sunday. We plan on giving them baptismal dates this upcoming week! We are obviously thrilled about that and hope to have 3 baptisms by the end of this transfer! It just goes to show that the prophet Gordon B. Hinkley knew exactly what he was talking about when he spoke on the use of members as being the most effective way to further the work of salvation. Actually we got to see some numbers about member missionary work compared to tracting and OYMing a couple weeks ago. The area presidency said that missionaries meet 80% of their investigators from OYMing and tracting. Interestingly enough nearly 75% of all converts come from that small 20% of new investigators which came off of referrals. Not to mention a recent convert that comes from a referral has nearly 4 times the likelihood of remaining active.
I am drawn back to last conference, when I can't remember who it was maybe Ballard, but he quoted a scripture about the Lord sending more workers out into the vineyard and stated that this prophesy has been fulfilled through the age change and nearly 85,000 missionaries now worldwide. However, even with this incredible increase, if there is not an increased desire in every latter day saint to share the gospel, than this great blessing of missionary force is a complete waste. Every member a missionary was not merely a catchy slogan used by David O. Mackay to represent the focus of his presidency. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ we all share the equal responsibility and privilege to share the Gospel. Called and foreordained as the elect of God, our mission was not merely to come to Earth simply to receive the Gospel, nor even to live it, but also to SHARE it. If we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ and truly do always remember Him, would it not seem logical that we would remember His life and His example? He spent and give His entire life for establishing His Gospel and giving men hope that they might be saved if they would but come unto Him.
How blessed are we to share in a small part in bringing that same hope to all around us. The world is changing and is only going to get more and more wicked. We cannot stand in the dark corners content only with saving ourselves, or even our family. We must do as the apostle Paul and fight the good fight, that we might be the very candle in which the Savior spoke of as being set upon a hill for the whole world to see. The time has come not to stand as Mormons, but as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. True religion is not a private matter, it should be worn on the sleeve, because it should influence every thought and action that proceeds from mouth and arm. The calling as a vessel to bare the glad tidings of gospel is not an 18 month or 2 year deal. It is an eternal calling from before the world began, in this moment now, and will continue to exist long after the grave.
In the words of Elder Redder, "Don't be a slack butt"
Elder Krueger T