Tuesday, February 14, 2017

week #59 - Zone conference and zone training


Well this week was good and full of conferences. On Tuesday we had zone conference with zones Antofagasta, La Portada, and Calama. President talked about a few things about how we should be our own agents. He has focused a lot on the scripture in D&C 58:26-28, which talks about how we should be our own agents and that the Lord isn´t always going to tell us what we need to do and that we have to take our own decisions and if we feel good about the decision then we just need to do it and not doubt about anything else. We also talked about the vision to baptize because right now our mission is going for the goal of 150 baptisms in a month! In the history of Chile never has one mission had more than 147 baptisms in a month! Last month we reached 124 baptisms so we are right there! We have been progressing a ton in this mission and have been going up and up every month. We´re going for the records now! We just have to keep working hard and finding people that the Lord is preparing that can be baptized! This week we are just going to work super hard to find those who are ready to be baptized next week so that we can reach this goal!

Also on Friday we had zone training where the zone leader talked more about baptism! TA! Idk why but in the mission like almost every missionary just shouts ta after talking about baptism lol... But I have a pic from zone training of the zone that I´ll send. They talked about baptism dates and how we should invite everyone that we meet to be baptized in the first lesson and in the streets! Also we talked about how we can bring more people to church and a few new things that we will be trying out to get more people to go to church. Operation Luke 15. Bringing sheep back to the flock(or investigators to church).

Other than that this week has just been another week of just working and teaching. It has been a little hard with vacations coming to an end. Like everyone is taking advantage of these last couple weeks of summer vacations and have been going on trips or just at the beach. So yesterday we didn´t have any investigator in church yesterday which was kinda lame because no church, no baptism... We had a couple people who said that they would go to church so we went and passed by in the morning to go and look for them and go with them to church but no one answered the door or their phones... But I know this week will be a lot better! Just have to keep working with faith!

Other than that this week should be good. We are just going to keep working hard to be able to bring people to church so that we can baptize next week and in the month of February! But other than that this week should be pretty chill.

As far as appointments for the week we normally have maybe like 10-15 appointments during the week and then from there we find a lot of people and teach a lot of people through contacts in the street. We have goals every week for baptisms and confirmations, investigators with baptism date, investigators in church, lessons with member, other lessons, progressing investigators, contacts in the street, new investigators, lessons with less actives or converts. So every week we keep count of these things and give informs to the leaders and then those get sent to the mission office and then to church headquarters. In our mission the standards are 14 lessons with member, 10 new investigators, 6 investigators with a baptism date, and 6 investigators in church.

Yeah those 30 baptisms set-up were actually pretty lame.... haha. Well normally we put baptism dates with people in the first contact that we do with them, even in the street. We talk with people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the importance of baptism and especially baptism in the form that Jesus Christ was baptized and then invite the people if they would like to be baptized in the form of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins. But this way normally filters out the people who are ready to commit and prepare to be baptized and progress in the gospel!

Sounds like you guys should have a pretty busy week with Valentine´s Day and with cheer! Hope that you guys have a great fun and safe week!

Wow Hailey´s already getting her licence! Careful out there on the road!

That´s cool that you have been able to talk a little bit about the church with your co-workers! Keep it up!! Keep using me as an example to start a conversation up!!

Every transfer we get new elders. So every 6 weeks! Sometimes more missionaries come then go or sometimes more missionaries go then come to the mission but it just depends on the transfer!

Well I don´t have any more time to write! Gotta get out there and work!! Love you guys a ton and hope you have a great week!!

Elder Newkirk

Pics:Zona La Portada!!
There is a motercycle club out front of our house. I never showed it to you guys but here it is. Normally they are there on the weekends with their Harley´s and everything and playing rock and roll all the time...

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