Dear Family,Sometimes we go to Jackson for MLC, and sometimes these MLC's are a lot more exciting than others. Elder Zwick came to our mission last December and promised us that we could double our baptisms the next year through our own efforts, but through the members we could triple our baptisms. This tripling didn't happen, so people were kinda bummed, but we have a new goal! So far we're at 170, so President McDonough gave the challenge to get 33 baptism each month for the rest of the year to achieve the goal of 300 baptisms. In order to get there we talked about having a greater focus on our purpose, and having more faith to invite to baptism. We ALSO talked about how the standards for music vary greatly around the mission. There was a unanimous decision (between 30 leadershipy missionaries) to create the new standard of only listening to music sung in General Conference. Hahahahaha never thought I'd live to see the day, or though I'd be a part of the decision! Let's just say there are some angry missionaries in the MJM right now... Worth it! By the end of the year the mission's average amount of time in the field will be 4 months, so it's better changes happen now than later. Plus maybe my singing can improve now that I can listen to music again, singing to fill the silence just hasn't been pretty this past month...
Have a blessed day!P.S. While having dinner with the Stake President and his family (they live in our ward), I discovered that his daughter-in-law is cousins to a Hermana Uribe serving in Costa Rica/trio-training none other than Hermana Markle! It's a small Mormon world after all.