This last week was a wild one including both Transfers and Mission Leadership Council. Elder Houghton and I weren't able to get back to Palmdale until Thursday night! We didn't begin proselyting until Friday afternoon! This week definitely came and went.... we had less than 10 hours to actually work in our own area.
As a Bakersfield Mission We Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts! In the Month of December we did better than we have ever done! The highest this mission has ever baptized in the past was 48 people in one month. In December there were 61 baptisms.... our goal was 60! Our standard of excellence for new investigators was 700 and we found 1,706! (No typo there). If there is one thing I have learned as a missionary it is that you will get what you expect. It is easy to get comfortable and be happy with the average. When you stretch yourself and really believe it is possible to do better, you will do better! I love being a part of a mission that strives to reach their full potential!
As a mission we are continuing to not give anyone an out. When people give legit excuses... We promise legit blessings. We've seen incredible miracles and increased opportunity to help change the hearts of the people. Nothing makes me happier than to watch someone accept Jesus Christ's teachings and see the happiness that comes as they follow it.
M** D** came to a lesson with us. He crutched to the door and then bore incredibly powerful testimony. The lady we were teaching asked him if his foot was okay and his response was "I can't feel any pain when I am talking about God. All I feel is His spirit." We were also able to take him to lunch. Each of us shared our own personal story of coming to know God. It was awesome.
Love Elder Crandall the Vandal