Telephoning Elders and Sisters
Sent Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Author: President Hansen
Dear Elders and Sisters,
I am still hearing of missionaries talking on the phone with the opposite gender. Several leaders have told me that they need to counsel with sisters. On page 33 of the Missionary Handbook it says: "Do not telephone, write, e-mail or accept calls or letters from anyone of the opposite sex living within or near mission boundaries..." While there are exceptions for reporting to mission leaders, when we turn those calls into social calls or counseling sessions, we are breaking mission rules.
At the bottom of the next page it says, "Do not counsel missionaries of the opposite sex, even if you are serving in a leadership position..." Sisters, if you are having problems call the Sister Training Leaders , Sister Hansen or even call me.
Please, stop the social calls to other missionaries. It is not fair to your companions or to your commitment to the Lord.
If you feel this is a problem please, call me and let's discuss it.
Remember Every Friday at 9AM the whole mission will be praying at once for families to join the church a 9AM. The Fridays Prayer for Finding Families will continue for the next few weeks. Elders Muhurla and White had a great experience last Friday right after praying for success in finding families.
------He told us that he used to be an history teacher at Tulane before Katrina. Randomly he had a spinal hemorrhage so he could no longer work :( he was telling us how he used to teach about the 4 major movements and one of them was Mormonism. People used to ask him if the gold plates really are real and he would always respond "Well they say they are, and I believe them." WHAT? Its gets better..so he then goes on to tell us how he read some of the Book of Mormon and loved it, but somehow lost it in the move. You shoulda seen his face light up when we told him we could give him a new one. He was soo happy to read it again :) the elders are gunna go back and see him :)
------He looked at the picture of Jesus and then at us and said "I think that this man sent you to me. I have been working inside all day and the first time in hours I come outside y'all are just walking by. He sent you to me. You might just be looking at the newest member of your church!" The spirit was SO strong when he said that! …People tell us and promise us EVERY week that they will come and haven't come once my 19 weeks here in Luling. So the next day we were waiting in the front of the church and 10 minutes before the meeting started Mr. Eric pulled in! WHAT?!?!?
------"My son is on a mission," She said, her eyes shinning, "I've seen the boys here before but never Y'all. Are there a lot of churches around here then?"
"We have a church over on hwy 30 and there is a set of elders over each and then we're over both."
"Oh I see, I'm not a member," She explained.
"Oh," I answered, surprised and not sure what to say.
"I feel like God is speaking to me she said," tears welled up in her eyes as she handed me her number and her name. "I think I'm ready to hear it," she said.
------We went and saw him on Wednesday with our Branch President. So we went over to teach him the first lesson and it was crazy! He felt STRONG impressions of the Holy Ghost 3 times. Each time he said, "Look! My hairs are standing up!" Just talking about it I can feel the spirit. And he told us he wants us to come by every day. He is going to progress SO fast. We did not commit him to read, or come to church, or stop drinking, he is doing it all on his own! He said, "I'm going to read this, now, what time are you guys going to pick me up. Get me a ride, when does church start?... 9? Okay, I'll be ready sitting on my porch by 8, if not, knock on my door and I'll be ready!
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