Vancouver Mission Star

This message was written by President and Sister Middleton.  It also appears in the Vancouver Star, the weekly newsletter of the Vancouver Mission.  It is sent to each companionship throughout the mission.

Canada Vancouver Mission Newsletter                                                                                                                 August 13, 2007

President James E. Faust Passes 

            We have been saddened to learn of the death of President James Faust on August 10, 2007.  While all Church members mourn his passing, we are particularly saddened as he was not only our great spiritual leader, but he and his wonderful wife, Sister Ruth Faust, had become long standing and cherished personal friends through the years.  Our call to be a mission president was issued by President Faust, so his passing is very sad for us.  Our heart-felt condolences go out to Sister Faust and the entire Faust family.   

            President Faust was a capable and highly regarded attorney in Salt Lake City before being called as a General Authority in 1972.  A graduate of the University of Utah with a B.A. and juris doctorate, he had been an athlete while there, running for the track team. He later served as a Utah State Senator, and served as an adviser to the American Bar Journal and was president of the Utah Bar Association.  He served as a Brazilian missionary while a young man from 1939 –1942, at a time when there were no more than a handful of Church members in that country, and he played a major role in leading the Church growth subsequently in Brazil to one million members, with Brazil now enjoying 26 missions, 5 temples, an MTC and 193 stakes!  President Faust was made an honorary citizen of Sao Paulo in 1998, in recognition of his life long ties to that city and to Brazil. 

            President Faust will be remembered for his warm personality, inviting and welcoming to all who knew him.  He also will be remembered for his extraordinary wisdom and wit.  He had a great gift for understanding people and events, and his counsel and insights were often sought by many.  Serving as a bishop, stake president and regional representative, called upon to be a “judge in Israel” often, his judgments were always tempered with the mercy that Christ brought to the world such that spiritual rehabilitation of the individual was his main goal, and was usually achieved.  While mourning his loss, our lives have been immeasurably enriched by having known him.  Those on the other side of the veil must be rejoicing as he joins them.  All we can say is God speed to a great and noble man.  Our report to him on the discharge of our duties as mission president will be postponed to a future year when we again meet in worlds to come.  

We love each of you as we loved President Faust!

President and Sister Middleton

(Check off weekly whether you have achieved each of the eight goals below.)

q Ask for a referral name in every conversation with a member or non-member alike… “Will you bring an acquaintance on a Spiritual Tour?”

q Challenge members to Set-A-Date for a Spiritual Tour or a Church event which can be coupled with a Spiritual Tour  with their non-member friend at least 3 times yearly.

q Our goal is to find at least one new investigator daily. 

q       Our goal is to teach 15 or more full lessons weekly…

q       …with at least 3 Spiritual Tours weekly.

q Extend at least one baptismal invitation and commitment each week.

q Remember our mission goal:  10 Gospel contacts per day per missionary outside our usual finding and teaching duties.  That includes a Gospel message to everyone you see.

q As weekly goals are set for each Key Indicator, pray for inspiration, and set goals that are lofty yet achievable.  Our ultimate long-term goal is for at least 3 baptisms per companionship per transfer. 


“I Saw the hosts of the dead…and there were gathered together in one place an innumerable company of the spirits of the just, who had been faithful in the testimony of Jesus while they lived in mortality.”

 D & C 138:11,12


The Coveted “Off the Hook” Award:

(Week-ending August 12, 2007)

In Recognition of the following: 

Baptisms Year to Date:

Surrey English Zone (17 Baptisms)

Abbotsford Zone (17 Baptisms) 

Baptisms this week:

Vancouver Zone (1 Baptism) 

Investigators with a Baptismal Date:

Vancouver Language Zone (9Baptismal Dates)  

Investigators Attending Sacrament Meeting:

Surrey Language Zone (16 Investigators at Sacrament Meeting) 

Lessons with a Member Present:

Vancouver Zone (25 Lessons with a Member Present) 

Other Lessons:

Vancouver Language Zone (270) 

Progressing Investigators:

Vancouver Zone (20 Progressing Investigators) 

New Investigators:

Surrey Language Zone (22 New Investigators) 


Surrey Language Zone (11 Total tours 9 non-member)

Full Lessons:

 Vancouver Zone (Average of 22.2 Full Lessons)


Elders Collins & Hea: 28 Full Lesson (24 to non members), 46 Other, 6 with member present, 2 at sacrament meeting, 2 baptism date

Elders Lassetter & Fullmer: 20 Full Lessons, 27 Other Lessons, 13 Full lessons to non members, 4 progressing, 2Baptismal Date

Elders Weeks & Barton:  16 Full lessons, 22 others, 5 member present, 3 at sacrament, 2 progressing

Elders Pugsley & Carlisle: 20 Full Lessons, 19 Other, 2 new investigators, 2 Progressing, 3 Lessons with Member Present, 2 Investigators at Sacrament Meeting.

Elders Morrill & Fisher: 15 Full Lessons, 45 Other, 2 new investigators, 1 investigator at sacrament

Elders Hea & Collins: 28 full lessons, 46 Other Lessons, 1New Investigators, 2 Progressing, 1 with a Baptismal Date, 1 investigator at sacrament Meeting, 24 full lessons to non members.

Elders Johnson & Foster19 Full Lesson, 24 Other, 6 Lessons with Member Present, 2 attending Sacrament Meeting, 11Referrals Received, 2 progressing  

Elders Zmoos & Liu:  19 Full Lessons, 64 Other,6  Investigators attending Sacrament Meeting, 1 Baptismal Date, 18 full to Non-Members, 7 new investigators, 3 referrals, 6 with a member present

Elders Glass & Johnson:  19 Full Lessons, 53 Other, 3 Progressing, 2 Lessons with member Present, 3 referrals Received

Elders Barker & Hatton: 17 full lessons, 21 other, 3 with member present, 2 at sacrament, 5 referrals

Elders Bakow & Klekas: 17 full lessons, 3 progressing, 2 with member present, 4 at sacrament, 1 with a date, 33 other l


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