This last week went really well! Because we attended a meeting with all the mission leaders a week before, we held a meeting for all the missionaries in Tasmania to come to go over what we learned. In the meeting we only talked about the basic fundamentals of missionary work and we role played A LOT! It was honestly one of the best zone meetings I've been in though because the basics of missionary work can be easily forgotten, especially when you just go through everyday and you don't practice them often. It kind of astounded me actually what basic things like following up with people, and asking specific direct questions by the spirit can do.
Just in this past week, our zone tripled in the amount of new people we're teaching, and it's all because of the 8 fundamentals we practiced. The 8 fundamentals that have been identified by the Bretheren are 1. the doctrine of Christ 2. the role of the Holy Ghost in conversion 3. how to begin teaching 4. revelation through prayer 5. revelation through church attendance 6. revelation through reading the book of Mormon 7. we invite, they commit, we follow up 8. teach people, not lessons.
As we reviewed this with our other missionaries, an interesting thought came to me, that these fundamentals can and should be applied to my normal life. It's amazing to see when an investigator recognizes the spirit, or when they get an answer to their questions through prayer, but if you think about it, what's the point in teaching that if we don't do it in our own lives! I decided right then and there that I would follow these fundamentals for the rest of my life. If it's blessed me so much now, it'll only make life better in the future. after that meeting we went to work and my companion and I found some great people to teach, we even saw an investigator come to church that has never come before, and she said she wants to come again! I feel so blessed to be out here, and I'm so grateful for the chance to serve a mission. Have a great week! Love, Elder Kaanapu