I don't have much time left here on the computers today but I did want to share a quick story of something that happened this week. We were planning on meeting with one of our recent converts this past week. On our way to the chapel where we would meet with him, he texted us and said that he had two more people who were coming with him that were going to be interested in the church. This mother and daughter are separated and have been for about 13 years but have finally found one another. The mother is living in a shelter and the daughter is in a foster care system. They find time to hang out every week or so together. We were able to talk to them and share our message with them. They were very interested in what we had to say and were excited to hear more. When we asked for their information, we learned of both of their circumstances and they both said they were not allowed to have visitors where they were staying. Instead, we would set up meetings like this where we would meet at a chapel somewhere to teach them and to read with them. It was a great blessing to have found these two. If it weren't for our member helping us and introducing us, we would have never found these two.
As a mission, we have discovered that investigators that we find through member referrals are 2.5 times more likely to be baptized and join the church. As missionaries, we rely heavily on members to help us meet with investigators and find new investigators. I know that there was much more missionary work I could have been doing even before my mission. I implore that you seek out and pray for opportunities to do missionary work whether that is going out with the missionaries in your area, referring them to a friend, or just opening your mouth about the gospel. You do not need a name tag to partake in this glorious work.
I love you all and I thank you again and again for your love, support and prayers!