Monday, January 30, 2012

Refocusing our focus

Well, our focus this last week has been primarily on these two investigators being prepared for baptism.  I'm not sure if I told you, but we had to move the date back a week for one to teach him the rest of the commandments - and he humbly learned, accepted, and committed to following all the commandments.  This last Saturday was the day for their interviews; one will be baptized this Saturday, and the other just needs to take another step -- so her baptismal date will be postponed a week or so.
I feel like we've put so much focus solely on them getting baptized that we haven't been concentrating as much of our efforts on getting more solid investigators to work with.  I mean, we did get a total of 19 lessons this week (so close to 20!), and we did find 6 new investigators to teach, but there's a difference between quantity and quality.  I very well understand that the worth of EVERY soul is great in the sight of God, but the issue is that there are so many people here who we teach once or twice and they simply don't progress - their aren't willing to commit of make the necessary changes in life to repent and be baptized.  So I guess rather than saying that we need to focus more on "quality than quantity," I will say that we are focusing on finding those that are more prepared (through humility and desire) to receive the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In doing so, we are focusing this week on teaching part-member families, and asking for referrals from them.  I am thoroughly convinced we can have so much more success in the ways of finding and teaching people who are prepared to receive the Gospel as we focus a bit more of our efforts on those who have a strong relationship connection to the Church.
Well, we look forward to a baptism this week and another soon, and I look forward to telling you about what miracles will come this week from seeking out those who are truly prepared.
From New England with Love,
Elder Dustin Carr
PS - Mitt Romney is definitely helping us - at least for me out here - we've had nothing but success in talking to people that bring up the Romney stuff.

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