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.


      Reinvigorated and inspired by the October General Conference, we expect both our full-time and member missionaries to step forward boldly in our missionary efforts. Through our inspired Church leaders we are now armed with those techniques and methods by which we can become significantly more effective missionaries. The Set-A-Tour-Date allows us to achieve the missionary success our Father in Heaven has asked us to, and relatively easily, when we step beyond our comfort zone and ask. As noted in the missionary reports below, when we add work and commitments to the mix, the Lord will bless us richly. 

Set-A-Date for a “Corn Roast” a Huge Success in Sidney Ward, by Elders Michael Donohue (and Hunter Heaton)

     “We had a corn roast this last week where 52 non-members and 10 less-actives attended! The turnout was great. In all, about 160 people attended.

     “Elder Heaton and I made flyers and gave all the members 5 of them each, then committed them to pass them out to their friends. We then took care of the neighborhood in inviting them also with a flyer.

     “The turnout was great and the members got to see how easy missionary work is. We are now working on the next activity for Halloween and the follow-up process with the members who brought friends out.” 

The Kamloops Second Ward Members are Referring Their Friends, Many and Often, by Elders Daniel Roy (and Callin Morrill)

     “Things are going extremely well in the Kamloops Second Ward. I’ve never been happier as a missionary. Elder Morrill and I have been working very hard at inviting our members to assist us in our missionary work. We have been receiving many referrals, food and even a typewriter. Our Ether “rock” lesson has been working wonderfully to produce an amazing number of referrals and Tours. I have never before had so much work, or so many people to teach with several people who are preparing themselves for baptism.

     “I believe that all these blessings are a result of the faith of the members. We were a little slow to get our 13 ward missionaries involved, but we’re changing that by meeting with them regularly and in their priesthood leadership and auxiliary presidency meetings.

     “This past Friday night was probably the highlight of my missionary Tour experiences. Before, I’ve given Tours to lots of people, but not in the number we did at our ward’s “Corn Roast.” We knew through talking and challenging that the members were bringing many of their non-member friends to this activity and over 15 non-members were brought by members. We were wise in asking Elder and Sister Larsen and Maurine Boyer from the Kamloops First Ward to help us in giving Tours that night. We gave 5 groups of people Tours, and in total we brought 13 non-members on Tours, all of them invited and brought by the members. We were so busy that all 4 of us missionaries had to split up and take our groups on Tours at the same time. The Spirit was there in abundance, and we gave powerful, quick Tours. After, we received very positive feedback from both investigators and members alike. We feel that we’ve never been more liked by the members and we’ve never had so much work in one area. In fact, the members are all using the Set-A-Tour-Date so well that we have been having 5 or more Tours each week for several weeks. I’m really excited about the future!”

     Editor’s Note:  President Spencer W. Kimball issued the challenge to all Church members to “lengthen your stride.” While that urgent challenge was issued a few years ago, it applies to all of us today, and his challenge is starting to be met by the magnificent, energetic and wonderful saints throughout British Columbia. We full-time missionaries must lengthen our stride too, in step with the members, that we might be instruments in the Lord’s hands to accelerate the growth of His Church in British Columbia. There clearly is a quickening of His Spirit!

     We love each of you and love working with you.

Canada Vancouver Mission Newsletter                                                                                                          October 10, 2006

--President and Sister Middleton



Oct 11 – Van/Van Lang; Oct 19 – Surry/Sur Lang/Abbots; Oct 26 – Nanaimo/Victoria

Nov 1 – Vernon; Nov 3 – Pr George


Reminder: Ask for a referral in every conversation with a member or non-member alike…

“Will you bring an acquaintance on a Tour, and when?”

Our goal is to find at least one new investigator each day.

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.

“Therefore it is given to abide in you…that which quickeneth all things.”  Moses 6:61

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.

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