"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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FROM PH: He is the Gift

He Is The Gift pass along cards
Sent Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Author: President Hansen

Dear Sisters and Elders,
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We sure did. We loved spending time with a bunch of missionaries from Baton Rouge.

As we prepare to give out the pass alongs over the next few days, I wanted to give you a few thoughts. We might say something like, "This video is really special and will bring the true meaning of Christmas into your Holiday season. If you really love it you may want to share this video with your friends on Facebook and other social media. We would like to come by in a couple of days and see what you thought about it." That gives us a chance to turn the giving of the cards into a finding experience.The Church is counting on having people share this message on their Facebook pages so that the message can spread to many more people and maybe go viral.

We can give a couple of cards to members to give to their neighbors if you think they will give them out, but remember they have their own cards in the December Ensign. Also share the video with less active and and recent converts. The Church is launching a youtube takeover so after that you can ask everyone you see if they have seen it. Don't be afraid to watch it with them on their iphone or ipad. Share the Nativity video or Joy to the World video with investigators. Talk about successes with members. Tell members about success stories from sharing the cards.Invite people to church Christmas programs, etc. We can have fun with this over the Holiday season and have some missionary success if we are bold share with power.

Here are some excerpts from the letters:
-----So we took this member (an awesome guy who's only been home from his mission like 5 months so he still has the missionary fire) to Doug's and had a REALLY great discussion. The member is a convert, so you could tell that Doug was really intrigued by what he had to say, and they built a really good friendship. The member and Doug became such good friends from that one visit that they've made plans to have dinner together and i know that that will prove to be a huge blessing for Doug and his conversion. Bringing members to lessons can really make these big differences, we need to do this more.

-----We invited him to be baptized and said he would but wouldn't set a date because they hadn't decided if they wanted to get married or not. So we told them that was what God wanted them to do is to be a family and that though they may be fighting and struggling Christ can help them overcome that. Then we decided to do something bold and teach the Law of Chastity. Neither of us had ever taught it before and yeah it’s awkward but we just decided we needed to be bold and help them get their life together. On Friday we went over and it was awkward to start since the girl knew exactly what we were going to do when we passed out the pamphlet. We thought they might be angry with us and drop us but about halfway through the lesson they whisper to each other and stop us and ask what they have to do to get married. Man it was a miracle!!! It was so awesome to see them make that decision. They told us that they wanted to thank us for helping them see they needed to change their lives. It really showed how being bold really helps.

-----We were teaching... (one of our investigators who is dating someone in our ward) and we asked him if he had been reading the Book Of Mormon and he said that he hadn't. Elder _____then asked him if his girlfriend broke up with him (that is how we met him) and he wasn't allowed to come back and he couldn't meet with us would he still pursue the church and he said yes but he didn't exactly know why, I told him it was because he was feeling the spirit, which is the same feeling he gets when we come over and teach him and that it will always draw him back.

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