Dear Elders and Sisters,
Our hearts are truly broken as we mourn the loss of two of our fellow servants here in Taiwan. Our prayers are with the families and friends of these young men as well as with President and Sister Day and all the missionaries in the Taipei mission.
Each of you is precious and dear to Sister Blickenstaff and me. We look upon you as our sons and daughters. We do all that we can to protect you, both physically and spiritually. Even so, tragedies sometimes occur. Although there is much speculation and rumor, we do not know very many details of this accident. Please exercise restraint in your conversations about this incident, especially in talking with Church members and in your communications with your family.
The entire Church feels the weight of this loss and we solemnly stand with our brothers and sisters the world over to “mourn with those [who] mourn… and comfort those [who] stand in need of comfort” (Mos. 18:9). We love the Savior, have faith in His atoning sacrifice, and will press forward in this great work of gathering, in preparation for the day in which He will come again.
We had five baptisms in our mission last week, bringing our total for the month of August to 47. We have 8 week A baptismal goals at the present time so it will take considerable faith and a few miracles to achieve our goal of 60 baptisms this month. We had 252 new investigators in the mission last week, an improvement from the week before. Please consider the faith and effort that you personally put forth during our “no companionship left behind” week. We need to have that kind of faith, energy and focus every week. Finding new investigators must become a significant part of our mission culture, not an occasional special event. Please discuss this with your companion and the members of your district to see how you can increase your faith to find those whom the Lord has prepared.
Let us all press on in the work of the Lord!