Greetings from Livermore. I must begin by telling you something. This week we took a wrong turn while looking for a former investigator from our area book. We learned the hard way that we need to bring a map. Our wrong turn took us through a neighborhood that reminded me of DuPont. When we exited, we found ourselves surrounded by vineyards. It went from suburban to rural within a block. After pedalling about a mile we found ourselves back in downtown Livermore. It's very weird to be so close to the country.
The work here is continuing to progress. We spend the majority of our time finding. The mission has set a goal of 85 baptisms in October. We can do it. We really want to contribute to this number, but will have to work very hard to do so. In August we broke a mission record with the number of baptisms. It's very rewarding to know that we are pushing the mission to a new standard.
This upcoming week we have stake conference with Elder Golden of the quorum of the seventy. He will also be touring the mission and holding two zone conferences, one with each half of the mission. We are a little intimidated because we hear that he wants to tour some apartments. We spent the majority of our preparation day cleaning and making sure that everything was ready. We have a feeling that he might be visiting our apartment since we live in the stake having stake conference. Say a little prayer.
Once again, the work is progressing. We are beginning a new finding technique as a mission that utilizes the Book of Mormon as referral source from members. It has been immensely successful in the San Diego mission. We hope to put it to good use here. I know that we will see success from it. The Book of Mormon is the most powerful tool we have as missionaries. Almost every concern that we encounter can somehow be tied back to a lack of testimony about the Book of Mormon. Sometimes we have to help our investigators realize that they have a testimony by teaching about the Book of Mormon. It really is the most correct book on this earth.