Every day I love this mission more. I am always so impressed at the diligence and love that each of you shows for your commission to serve the Lord. I am proud of you for your commitment to be faithful in all ways. I know that the Lord is blessing us for that commitment. As always Sister Hansen and I worry about your health and safety. We have had four missionaries go down with "heat exhaustion". That is very scary to us. Please keep hydrated. Watch your companions to make sure they are drinking enough.
We know that there are better ways of finding than tracting, but I also know that tracting is working very well in most of the areas in our mission. When you are tracting here are a couple of ideas that may help:
* Don't introduce yourselves first off. Engage in some other conversation for a minute first. "I see you are LSU fans. Did you watch the game?" "Are you Christians? How has that blessed your life?" After that an introduction makes sense and then they will be more likely to extend the conversation. My son served his mission in Fresno. They would ask, after people told them they were not interested, for a glass of water. Frequently they would be invited into the house for a minute while they got some ice water. It gave them a few minutes to build a relationship of trust with the PIs. He said that they were instructed to never turn anything down that was offered to them as long as it didn't offend the Word of Wisdom. People love those who they serve, so if they offer to serve you something, let them give it to you. Let me know if these ideas help.
Here are some interesting experiences and thoughts from your letters:
-----So we made a goal to help all those we teach learn something of the doctrine of Christ because it was promised in PMG that if we did that that members would have greater trust in us and be willing to help. Truly this is the case for just this week members who seemed to have been referraled out after mentioning to us that such was the case last week gave us referrals! So did one of our investigators! The Lord has blessed us immensely.
THE VISION OF THE SOUTH
"Make no small plans: This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together....We will see the time when we will baptize hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people." President Spencer W. Kimball