[Reminder: Ethan will speak in church on May 27 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to come to church that day — or any Sunday before and after!]
From: Ethan Cade Brimhall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 11:17 AM
This week we worked a lot on less-active members. We found quite a few of them right around the church meetinghouse with the help of some of the active members around there. One of them, Susan, actually came to church on Sunday and intends to come every week following! An invitation goes a long way. Sometimes that’s all people need to make a change: an invitation. It was quite a miracle!
One of the many special things that happened this week was a trip I took to Kenema to see my beloved converts and members there one last time. I have my mission president to thank for approving the trip and the field advisers for supplying the transportation. I was able to visit each of my converts there and even a few members. I learned that two of my converts, Esther and Nancy, are actually working on their family history! They had met with their knowledgeable grandfather who helped them to write down the names, dates, and places that they need in order to submit an ordinance request to the temple. Esther is also making plans to serve a mission. The trip was too short, but honestly any duration would have been too short.
Saturday was filled with activities. We baptized Marion Katter in the morning, painted a clocktower in the middle of town after that, and then attended a combined young men/young women activity of which we had a part. They did a reenactment of King Solomon judging the two women who fought over a baby. It was surprisingly good. They had dances and performances. Many less-actives and potential investigators came. My 9 recent converts made up almost half of the membership attendance and most of the referrals came from them as well. They’re becoming very strong in this ward thanks to the efforts of the leadership. Callings announced this Sunday: Christopher is now the second counselor in the Sunday School presidency, Francis is the secretary, and Solomon is the secretary in the Young Men’s presidency.
Unfortunately, my health is not the best at the moment. I hope that it will improve so that I can continue giving my full attention to proselyting.
Excerpts from other letters…
It’s true, the same old thing can get kind of boring. That’s one of the challenges of missionary work. When you lose sight of your purpose, it starts to get mundane and tiring…
I think that everyone here believes they are a child of God because that is a feeling that comes innately to every human being born to this earth. One reason some people don’t believe it elsewhere may be because of the distractions that come from life in developed countries and Satan’s accompanying whisperings of deceit.