I have a dear friend, Alex Styles, from Washington. He is the greatest living missionary I personally know. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people join the church.
He was the Stake Mission Leader in Spartanburg, South Carolina over 27 years ago when I was a missionary there. He would go on splits with the missionaries and did a wonderful job teaching us all how to be powerful missionaries. Our mission president would cycle the missionaries into Alex’s ward so he could work with them. They became the leadership of the mission.
We have kept in touch and stayed friends over the years.
He just came to my home this past week and told me about this wonderful book called The Power of Everyday Missionaries written by Clayton Christensen. I absolutely love the business books written by Clayton M. Christensen like The Innovator’s Dilemma and his most recent book called How Will You Measure Your Life?
Alex sat in our living room and told us that the single most powerful thing he has done over the years to be a great missionary is to host a Lasagna Dinner every Sunday afternoon in the ward to just get to know people. Over the last five years when he did this they averaged 25 baptisms a year.
He encouraged my family to set a date. We decided to pray to find someone to teach by Thanksgiving of 2013. I needed a framework to get back into the swing of being a member missionary.
This morning, I started reading this book as I was preparing to meet my Bishop at 10:30 am.
He called me to me to be the Ward Mission Leader. The spirit was strong. My family just had Sunday dinner together and made a list of everyone we know that we can start talking to.
I am ready to begin with help from Clayton Christensen and the Lord.