This past week we had a great opportunity to really focus on searching for less-active members in our ward directory that we do not know or have not seen in a few months. We saw quite a lot success as we set out to do this. There were some amazing people that we were able to reconnect with and help them know that we are there to help. Also as we went to these appointments we were then able to include their home teachers, visiting teachers, the Bishop, Relief Society President or whomever else is needed in their rescue.
I read Elder Wong's "Rescue in Unity" talk from October 2014 General Conference and then re-read it yesterday. And I am struck each time by the unity part. Sometimes I feel like we missionaries get too excited and try to pull people and race with them. Other times members may walk too slow and as we are going at two different paces the person in the middle is dropped. We brought this up at Ward Council meeting wondering how we could better rescue. And I am excited to see how this ward works moving forward. This past week was an amazing example of how these members are just so stellar at stepping in to the rescue with us. They are excited and wanting to help.
This all happened as I was re-reading my call letter and came across the line about devoting my time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs... My testimony grew about how this work in building the kingdom is not missionaries alone or members alone. But we get to do it together. We have the opportunity to do it full-time for 18 mos to 2 years. But we need to work together. Because these are not our wards we work in. They are your wards that we serve and then we leave. Our connections with these people will never diminish. But they become your friends, neighbors, and VT/HT companions...we are in this rescue together.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve here at this time in my life. I couldn't be at any better place, doing any better thing.