This was a very busy week. Things are always crazy. Seriously out of control. We have been working a lot to get to know the all the members here in this area. We have an attendance of 140 and we only know about 40. So we talked to the bishop and we now have a list of all the members. The bishop and the presidents of all the organizations have been helping us get to know the area. We weren't finding enough new investigators during the week. We were finding about 5 every week. If we want a successful area, we need to find a lot more every week. The knocking doors is a waste of time and we know that working through references is the only productive way to work here. So our goal is to get to know all the members and get to know all the less active members too. We have been focused on that and still working to help all our investigators progress. We have been working hard with that and we have seen the results from it too. We are now finding about 10 or 12 every week. The good thing is that we are getting a lot of investigators in church lately. This last week we had 7 in church and the week before we had 10. So things are going great here in our area. Things are looking great for this month and the months to come.
Our ward is great. The members here are great. They are really supportive and want to help us out a lot. We have left everyday this week with members. It really changes the way the investigators progress when we have the help of the members. This week we had a lot of great lessons with our investigators and with the members. We are teaching this young girl and she has problems with coffee. She has been drinking coffee since she was 4 months old and she is 16 yrs old now. So it is a big problem. But this week we went with a member who is about her age. This member is a recent convert and she really wanted to help us out this week. We thought that she would be great with this investigator and she was. During the whole lessons, the investigator was iffy about leaving coffee. The member afterwards bore her testimony and the whole lesson changed. The investigator felt the support of this member and said that she would work on quitting coffee. We went back later in the week she had dropped from 8 cups a day to 1. It was a huge surprise. It really changed the lesson to have the member with us. The members are great and I love working with them. They are giving us lunch everyday. It is so nice. The crazy thing is that our ward has 6 missionaries. All Elders. The members are willing to help every single one of the companionships. They are so kind.
The zone has really changed since I got here. This week we had changes in the zone. We had to spend almost all day in San Jose, dropping missionaries off and picking up the new missionaries in the zone. Having to run all over San Jose, looking for missionaries. So that really wiped us out this week. But we had some great changes in the zone, and it really helped us improve. We are really doing great in the zone. We have the goal of 20 baptisms in the zone. And we now have 21 missionaries in the zone after changes. After talking to the missionaries and praying to see who is prepared to get baptized, we came up with 30 names as a zone. So things are looking great this month. We could have a record breaking month, if everything goes well. But we had one of the best weeks in the mission. We had the most investigators in the church out of all the mission. We had 50 in the zone! We were one of the best this week in investigators progressing and new investigators. So the zone is really killing it. But the thing right now is that we have about 67 people in the zone with baptismal dates and we have to help every single one of them to follow through. So as you can expect things are really stressful right now. Especially after having a rough month last month. President is really expecting a lot of us. We had a meeting with him this week President and all of the zone leaders. He was asking me a lot of questions about the zone and what we are doing here. He really expects a lot of me because of what I did in my last area. They actually put me in front to explain what I was doing in my last area. I told President that I worked with the members. So he really expects me to put the same principles that I have learned in to action here. And honestly, things are going great here. We are really pushing the missionares here. We are seeing the results of all the hard work. We have been having good weeks but we expect to improve every week. So as you can tell, it is exhausting. having to worry about my area and the zone. But it is good because I have to push myself to do things that I have never done before. Like go on divisions, pick a baptismal date and help other missionares get there areas moving. I have to do a lot of teaching and explaining to missionaries, on how to have a productive area. So it is a lot of fun and everyday I learn a ton. It is crazy to see how much I learn everyday on the mission and how much I have learned in 14 months of being on the mission. Crazy stuff.
The rain has been slowing down. But it is still raining. Today we played soccer as a zone. And today we also played football. A missionary had a football. We taught the latinos how to play. My arm is really sore too. It isn't used to throwing a ball. So if you want too, you can send me a football. So that I can throw to get my arm strength back. It is a lot easier to throw a footballl than a baseball here. But I honestly don't know what I want for christmas. I haven't thought about it yet. Everyone has put their Christmas stuff up already. It is crazy. Last P-day we went to Smashburger. It was so good. So that was a great birthday present. We didn't do anything for halloween. They don't celebrate it here.
It sounds like things are good at home. Dad is using all of my clothes. Kylie is still loving soccer. And Kendal is Kendal. Mom is still worrying about me. But that is ok. I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week!!
|Birthday Lunch at SmashBurger.|
|Celebrating his Birthday on P-Day.|
|Cameron's humble home - his bed is Monster's University.|
|His study area.|