Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Elliot's January 17 email
Here's the latest email from Elliot, a day later than usual because of yesterday's holiday.
I saw you said you haven't been getting my emails. I forwarded the last few to you so hopefully you get those. Let me know if you don't. I'm not sure why they're not going through.
I'm doing good here in Moore. Our whole zone had a great week. I don't know how, but our mission has had goal setting and planning backwards up until just recently. We would historically make plans for a given day and fill in number goals for things like lessons, new investigators, etc. based on those plans. That's the way everyone was trained and that's the way I trained too. So we had a Specialized Training Meeting this past week and we taught everyone to set goals and then make plans. That just makes sense right? You don't just go to school and take random classes and hope to make a career out of it. You begin with the end in mind. We saw such a dramatic improvement in all areas with just that simple, common sense change. So we're excited for the rise that'll happen here.
This week was definitely a good week. Elder Karl and I have had a goal to hand out a Book of Mormon before lunch which is usually a more slow time of the day. It's been pretty cool because we got 2 new investigators from it last week. We've been having quite a few members come out with us too which is awesome. One of our investigators, Tanner, is doing really well. His grandma is a member in our Moore 2nd ward and he moved into town recently looking for work. He has some history with the church with a lot of his family being members and really wants to know if what they believe is true. He's been coming to church the past month and a half and has told us that he's feeling really good about what he's been reading and learning. One chapter that meant a lot to him was Alma 40, which talks about the resurrection and the next life. On Sunday we taught him at his grandma's house and he smashed all of his cigarettes which was way cool. It was a big moment for him. He knew he didn't want smoking in his life and felt that if he quit he would get closer to God. It was a way awesome lesson. He's great.
I'm doing well out here! Say hi to everyone for me if you go up to K&K's baby shower. [Redacted stuff.]