Our Elders were over last night and after a lenghty discussion about the status of Kim’s hairstyles in his youth, we got back to our original conversation. In BC the track record for tracting out for missionaries is 1 in 2000 being baptised as opposed to 1 in 1000 in Canada. They are trying to get more member referrals to work with. I tried explaining to them I do not work, everyone in our building works during the day, I literally have no friends/acquaintances outside the church and I don’t belong to any groups or social clubs etc where I am in direct contact with anyone to talk to about the church.
I keep saying that it isn’t about bringing new blood into the church. Part of member missionary work has to be with the inactives as well and that is where I am focusing my strenght. But then I feel so bad for them. I know somewhere there is a mom worrying about them especially with one of our Elders who is actually from the area that Kim served. Most missionaries in our area will go through their entire mission without having been able to get in one single door from tracting.
What’s the solution here? Am I so wrapped up in my callings that I don’t make time to socialize outside the church? Do they need to focus more on member retentiveness? More Ward missionaries to pick up where the Elders leave off? Our Mission President 2 weeks ago just closed 3 cities to missionaries because of lack of member referrals. THREE!!! What is everyone else doing for member missionary work?