Saturday, September 5, 2009

Record number of baptisms! And the challenge to improve!

The month of August saw 16 people enter the waters of baptism in the Baltic Mission. That may not sound like a lot, but it's the most who have been baptized in one month since President and Sister Dance arrived in July 2008.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Elder L. Tom Perry was here last week. In zone conference yesterday, President Dance said Elder Perry asked him how many baptisms we have per companionship. President Dance told him and he responded that it should be five times that many.

President Dance told us that he did the math and it comes out that we need to have 34 baptisms per country per month. That's a real stretch. How grateful, and touched, I was when one of our young zone leaders stood up and said he believed as Nephi (1 Nephi 3:7) that we must go and do as the Lord (through His Apostle) has commanded and the Lord will bless us to be able to accomplish this goal. With that kind of faith (and President Dance had taught us that day that faith is a power) it will be exciting to see the increase in baptisms.

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