Week 31 – Pahu

Just a little coincidence, today is seven months since the day I entered the MTC. Feels like forever ago.

Staying with the APs has been way fun. Also nice that they often give us rides, since our area is about a 20 minute walk  from the MQ and 45 minutes to the church. They are both really studious so we’ve already had some good doctrinal discussions.

On Friday we met with all the zones in Tongatapu and watched the worldwide missionary broadcast. The big news from that is the change in the missionary schedule and key indicators. The main changes in the schedule are that we do planning in the morning, get two more hours to prepare on P-day, and they want us to start proselyting at 10:00 am and end at 9:00 pm, inserting companion and language study somewhere during the day instead of in the morning. The key indicators have been reduced from nine to only four: baptisms and confirmations, baptismal dates set, investigators’ sacrament attendance, and new investigators. These are the only numbers we report to the office now. I like the reason that was given for this change in the broadcast: those four statistics are really the only “key” identifiers that an investigator is progressing towards baptism and will stay faithful afterwards.

Elder Renlund is coming this Saturday. President has been preparing us the whole last month to meet with him. I’m guessing we’ll probably discuss some of the new changes.

Sorry this post is so bland. Ofa atu.

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Author: Elder Patrick Watts

I am serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission.

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