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
Sister Middleton and I have now completed our first tour
through the Vancouver Mission, and I want to share with you a few observations:
- The quality
of the testimonies and dedication of our missionaries is extraordinary.
Nearly all have embraced our culture of commitment with compliance
with mission rules (i.e. up at 6:30, physical exercise daily, intense
and meaningful personal and companionship study, filling each day with
focused and well-organized seeking/finding/teaching and baptizing
activities, and home by 9:00 (latest 9:30), and in bed by 10:30). Those few
who have not achieved compliance have assured me personally that they will,
and I have no reason to believe otherwise.
missionaries who are in total compliance are the happiest and most
Columbia is amazingly beautiful and diverse, both in terms of geography and
people. Clearly ours is the best mission there is!!
- Calling two
new Assistants to travel and teach continuously is proving effective.
Elders Young and Bailey are our current traveling APs, and they stay and
work with each companionship doing exchanges two to three days in each
location. They are sharing ideas on how best to implement the “soft” door
approach, and how to be most effective doing ward or branch tours during
Prime Time proselyting. Our other two Assistants, Elders Brough and Nemrow,
continue as before with office and zone conference duties as well as
responsibilities to proselyte in the Richmond Ward area.
- The Prime
Time approach holds great promise. While we still need to show many of our
missionaries the nuances to make the soft approach and tours work most
effectively, each companionship which has been visited by our APs has become
converted to the concept, and seem to have improved their skills.
Prime Time Training. We are asking each
companionship to lead each and every member on a tour of your ward or
branch. I would suggest that you start with the Bishop or Branch President
and his family, then the ward mission leader and family, then take the other
ward or branch leaders and their families on tours, and finally every other
member. These tours will help our missionaries fine-tune their skills, and
equally importantly, will train members about our new Church Tour/Prime Time
- Invite ward
or branch members to join missionaries on ward or branch tours with
investigators. When this program is fully implemented the mission
companionship can invite a member with skills, interest and age similar to
the investigator to join in the tour, and fellowshipping can then start at
the first meeting.
- Stress to
all members how easy and non-threatening this new “soft” approach will be.
Any member should feel totally comfortable in referring a non-member friend
or relative over to their chapel for a tour.
- The Canada
Vancouver Mission is on the move!! Over the past 1+ years our success has
been steadily improving. In looking at our mission report when compared
with the other 8 missions in our area, for the first time in a long time we
have caught and surpassed an adjacent mission. Measuring over the most
recent five-week period, Vancouver had an average of .091 baptisms per
companionship per week. Just three weeks earlier our average was .067 for
the prior five weeks. Congratulations Vancouver missionaries!
- Welcome to
our 3 new missionaries. Sister Leavitt arrived on July 25, 2005 to work in
English-speaking areas of the mission. Elders Carter and Graff arrived on
July 27, 2005 to work in Korean speaking areas. Welcome to all three!
Elders and Sisters, we love
you. We rejoice with you in this glorious work of the Lord. We have been
enriched by the power of your testimonies, which we have heard during this past
May the Lord
continue to bless us all,
--President and Sister Middleton
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