Dear Sisters and Elders,
I want to thank so many of you who are giving your best in His service. I am inspired by your desires and efforts to fulfill your purpose which is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I am so excited about where we are and where we are headed. I love you all and I have complete confidence in your abilities.
February has been our fabulous, fantastic, faithful, fearless, February finding frenzy. The emphasis has been on FINDING AND TEACHING.
Brother Stephen B. Allen, Managing Director of the Missionary Department emphatically stated:
“Those Missions that are seeing growth and increased harvest, fully embrace a CULTURE, MINDSET AND PASSION for FINDING NEW INVESTIGATORS.”
I strongly believe that our mission believes it is time to harvest and I know we must
Fully embrace a CULTURE, MINDSET and PASSION for FINDING that will double, triple and eventually quadruple our new investigator pool each week.
- Continue to strengthen each missionary’s faith that the Lord is preparing people to receive His servants.
- Emphasize all honorable finding methods with the following order of effectiveness:
- Family Mission Plans
- New Converts
- Less Actives
- Part Members
- Ward Leadership
- All Quorums and Auxiliaries
- Ward/Branch Activities
o Performing visible Service in Area Neighborhoods for Members and those not of our Faith
o Contacting (Talking to Everyone)
o Media and Church Headquarters Referrals
I feel with my whole heart and soul that the Florida Tampa Missionaries are ready to continue to meet this challenge. Let us continue our February finding frenzy efforts. I know that we can embrace the hard but beautiful things we are asked to do. I know we are ready to offer our full obedience, our focused eye of faith and our exceeding diligence and tireless labor to the critical need to sustain the real growth of the church. We will thrust in our sickle with all of our might. The challenge will not be easy, but together we will succeed.
We must focus our faith and diligence toward more conversions and greater retention.
We must find far more new investigators to teach. We must be lovingly bold in committing those we teach to live the commandments. We must increase the number of investigators we bring to church. We cannot be content with the past.
Let us continue our February finding efforts to redouble our diligent labor to find, find, find, teach and baptize. I feel grateful for the confidence I have in all of the Sisters and Elders in the Florida Tampa Mission. I love you and believe in you.