I hope this letter finds you all well once again. The work continues to move forward and we love it. We couldn’t be happier.
Last Friday was our big missionary activity in the branch. We had organized a movie night to give the members an opportunity to share the gospel with their friends. It was a great success. There were more nonmembers in attendance than members. Everyone brought a dessert, a soda, or popcorn. No one went away hungry or disappointed. All of the nonmembers really like the movie, the Testaments. As a result we had over ten nonmembers at our sacrament meeting. We are hoping to teach some of these families in the upcoming week.
Elder Smoot and I have really been trying to set an example to the zone by talking to everyone. Our goal last week was to make twenty contacts a day. We were contacting machines. Although it isn’t our most effective finding method it has been a great way to show our faith that there are people prepared to receive us. It seems like the rest of our work went better as a result. We even had a reward predetermined if we achieved it. Luckily, we were able to reward ourselves by going to breakfast on P-day at OD’s (think over-dose). It’s the place where the locals eat. I tried a plate called “the sink.” I think this gives you an idea of the size. They had to roll us out. We really like achieving our goals.
Also, we have been working a lot with the stake over the last week to help streamline the work with the ward council. On Sunday, we provided training in a meeting with all of the ward mission leaders and the stake presidency. We walked through the ward mission process step by step. We were very grateful to the Gavilan Branch for allowing us to have put a lot of these steps in practice months ago. These changes have really helped our work to move forward with greater speed. The objective is to apply the things that we have learned to other wards in the stake.