Things have really been starting to pick up around here and It's pretty exciting. We've been working with a lot of less active members and hopefully we'll be able to get some referrals from them in the near future. In fact all of our goals right now are focused on finding people.
So I don't know if I've talked about this but we had a goal as a whole mission to get 100 recent converts to the temple with their own names in the month of december. We specifically set up the 27th to bring converts but really just getting them to the temple was important. It was the busiest day in the temple's history! It was so awesome to be a part of it. There was a chair set up beside the font and right after someone was baptized they would be confirmed right after. There were baptisms and confirmations going on at the same time and hundreds of people were able to receive the ordinance of baptism and confirmation because of their descendants who joined the church. It was truly remarkable and a huge blessing to be a part of. As missionaries we've been working on making our focus not just baptism but extending our vision to the temple. When recent converts are able to go to the temple they receive increased strength that will enable them to remain lifelong and dedicated members of Gods true church.
We also got a new Bishopric this week which always is cause for excitement. In fact all the missionaries were supposed to get up and bear testimony about the miracles going on in the mission but we never had a chance. The whole meeting was the testimonies of the former bishopric, the new bishopric and the stake presidency. But we already have a really strong friendship with the new bishop (Bishop Handfield) and last night we went over to his house and talked about what we can do as missionaries to help him. It says in preach my gospel to make sure that you're a blessing and not a burden to the Bishop and I feel that we can really get off on the right foot here and establish a relationship with the Bishop that can last longer than just my time here in the Pittsfield ward. I've talked a little bit about the Handfields in the past so hopefully youre already a little familiar with them.
We figure out if we're staying or going this Friday so hold off on mailing anything. I'll be able to tell you next Preparation day so just a heads up with that.
Have a great week and remember to say your prayers and read your scriptures,
Elder Trevon Turley