Elders and Sisters,
For your information, we provided the attached report to Elder Pearson. We copied Elder Hamula and President Layton. Here are the responses received from each one:
We are simply thrilled for you and Sister Klingler and your marvelous missionaries! This is a tender mercy for your individual and collective exercise of faith, obedience and diligence. I am sure this is month never to be forgotten.
Thank you for your wonderful leadership!
Elder and Sister Pearson
President, this is absolutely outstanding. What an inspiring report! I am so pleased for you and your missionaries.
Elder James Hamula
I can’t remember an email as exciting to read as yours outlining the Fiji Suva Mission accomplishments in March. Congratulations to you and all of the wonderful missionaries for assisting 122 of our brothers and sisters to enter the waters of baptism. I can only imagine the feeling of excitement within the mission for accomplishing this record setting event.
Sister Layton and I were already thrilled to return to the islands to serve as missionaries. We are even more excited now that we have a feel for the caliber of missionaries we will be serving with. Obviously the missionaries know how to work hard and engage the spirit of the Lord in accomplishing the challenge they were given.
I was impressed with the process that you and the Mission Leadership Council went through to identify monthly objectives to lead up to your success. As each month and week passed the focus was on the end result and the Lord sustained your efforts.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your missionaries. We feel so fortunate to inherit such a well-trained and solid missionary force.
With personal regards,
I am actually companions with the Elder who replaced me in Labasa and he got to go down to Nakawakawa and do 15 baptismal interviews for the Elders there. They were a huge part of us reaching our mission goal! Which by the way, you all know that we had the goal to hit 100 baptisms in the month of March. Just on the last Sunday our zone alone had 10 baptisms, including the Saturdaybefore the mission had 45 baptisms, giving us a grand total of 123 baptisms for the month of March! At the MLC we had this last week, we also discussed helping the mission not slow back down after this great effort, but continuing to improve. So as a council we set a new mission goal for the 2nd quarter of reaching 420 total baptisms for the year by the end of June. We are going to try and even continue to increase the momentum!
As for other news in realation to our area, half of our zones baptisms on that last Sunday came from the family that we baptized! Senivalati, Luisa, Senivalati Jr., Ana, and Amani were all baptized and they are in the photo which I already sent! It was a crazy awesome Sunday. It was the Waila ward conference as well. Overall it was probably the best church service I have been to in Fiji. Classes, talks, etc were all astounding. In addition to the 5 who were baptized, we had 7 other investigators attend church! One investigator of which, Saikusa, said to us afterwards when trying to find a time to meet him “Don’t worry about me Elders. I am in the fold now. I am in the fold.” As if to say “consider me baptized.” It was a very good day.
I think that is all I have to share this week! What an exciting time to be serving!
So here is a copy of an email I got from President Klingler. This would be my outtake. Pretty much, coming home will be delayed for a little bit. I don’t think there are any conflicts, but I’ll wait to respond to him until next week to give you a chance to give any input if there is any!
Elders and Sisters,
If you are getting this e-mail it is because you are affected by a change in the Missionary Department process. They are in the process of changing the timing of intakes from the Provo MTC and the New Zealand MTC so that the Fiji Suva Mission will receive transfers every 6 weeks rather than every 2 months. The first change is for the July intake. They have moved that intake to the 29th of July instead of the 22nd of July. As you might expect, it would be best for the mission of we have those leaving during the month coincide with those coming in.
Unless I hear otherwise from you, I will be moving your release date to the 31st of July. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have school conflicts or other issues you foresee with that release date.
Kenneth D. Klingler
Fiji Suva Mission President