Monday, June 24, 2013
Dear Brother and Sister Snow,
We have completed the first year of our service in the Idaho Pocatello Mission and it has been very eventful. The central and most exciting part of the first year is President Monson's announcement in the October 2012 General Conference that young men could now begin serving missions at age 18, and young women could serve at 19. Since the beginning of 2013, the number of missionaries serving in our mission has risen from 180 to 220. By the end of August that number should exceed 250. It is wonderful to us that although the missionaries are younger, they are as good or better than ever. We are excited for the future of missionary work in the IPM.
Some areas we have been focusing on, include our Standard of Excellence - each companionship baptizes each month; teaching more lessons to investigators and members; extending firm baptismal commitments and then helping investigators successfully get baptized. We also emphasize the importance of teaching more investigator lessons in members' homes and teaching more lessons during a tour of our dedicated meeting houses to help investigators feel more comfortable coming to church meetings.
Your missionary is making wonderful progress and is a vital part of the work of proclaiming the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for supporting her by your letters, your love and encouragement.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help your missionary be more successful
With love and gratitude,
President and Sister Brinkerhoff
Idaho Pocatello Mission