Hey Family! I can't believe I've almost been out for 10 months already! I'm excited for the next 14 months and definitely excited to see all the additions of the nieces and nephews.
This week went great and far above what we thought we could do. Last week we had the tendency of leaving the apartment early and getting home a little earlier and it was really unproductive. No one is really around during the daytime but it's odd because normally in most area's people are in bed asleep by the time it gets dark which is around 7pm. [Give how close they are to the equator, the daylight span never changes] We decided to leave the apartment a little later and just have our lunch after our companion study so we get out about 12 noon and then finished by 9pm instead of 7-8. Not sure how but it changed everything for this week. We were teaching about 5 lessons a day (about 30 total for the week) and were able to contact more serious investigators. We have been spending way to long in lessons so we are both working on making our lessons under an hour. We like to spend time so that they can understand everything very well but it comes with disadvantages. We finished the week with 5 investigators with baptism dates, 6 investigators at church, 5 member present at lessons, and 5 New investigators. These are the focus key indicators in our mission and if we are able to accomplish 5 for each category each week then we achieve our mission standards, which is like a mission goal. While I was serving in the office I only really saw 3-4 companionship's accomplish this each week and those who did were in extremely good area's. Batsonaa is a pretty tough area, but this week we were able to see some really good people to whom we were led. We were also really blessed to have our investigators show up to church because normally they make the promise, but the church is to far for them to walk and they don't want to pay for the transport to get to the church.
We were able to extend baptism dates to 5 people this week, even though 4 of them were minors, who are children to recent converts. Even though they're children their parents know the importance for them to make the decision for them self. We've asked the parents not to force their kids to come to church but to choose for themselves if they would like to. We treat them like adults when we teach them even though the oldest is 15 and the youngest is 10. They all seem to enjoy church and want to be baptized. One of the children was saying how he liked church even before his mom was baptized 6 months ago and he thought she had to be baptized first.
I'm really starting to connect with the ward and our bishop as well. Our bishop wants to make sure that we are getting fed by members and trusts us that we'll make an impression and be able to get some referrals out of them. So far so good! One of the referrals is one of our baptism candidates! I'll talk more about all the people we are teaching individually next week but I just wanted to let you know more of a broad view for this week.