We had MLC (Missionary Leadership Council) earlier this week, in which we discussed how we can follow up more effectively and help our investigators with baptism dates actually get baptised (only 10% of investigators who have committed to a date actually get baptised in the mission). Our assistants made up this insanely detailed baptism date tracker (a teaching record on google docs which tracks every single principle the investigator has been taught, which weeks they have been at church, which days of the week the missionaries contacted them, commitments taught and kept, concerns and resolutions, etc. etc.) which we update every P-Day. As President Parker likes to try new things, this is yet another good idea we'll be testing out in the coming weeks.
We had a couple lessons with Peng and Summer, and they're doing great. They just struggle get an answer that God is real (the Plan of Salvation seems more like a story to them than a real-life event), which prevents them from progressing to baptism. We've been teaching them the Plan of Salvation recently and we're having a Family Home Evening with them and a family in the ward tomorrow night.
Carl (our Chinese investigator on date) is hilarious. He invited us over for dinner and made a Chinese feast, including tomato and egg soup, pork belly soup, noodles, spicy beef with onions, etc. He's the man. He has similar struggles to Peng and Summer with getting an answer to his prayers and coming to know God is real, but he is very accepting of everything we teach and he's excited to learn and come to church.
There are so many things I want to tell you and show you, but it's difficult with the technological/geographical limitations we have. But I'll see you in 9.5 months! It's getting so close--scary but exciting and relieving at the same time. I've been missing the family more than usual lately and I feel ready to be with you and everyone else soon. I know there are so many things to do here though and I'm grateful for the time limitations we have, because they motivate us to improve and help others with a sense of urgency.
Thanks so much for all your hard work and love, Mom! You are a wonderful example to me of patience and sincere desire for the happiness of others. I love you, Mom, have an amazing week!