This week has been pretty normal. Lots of work. The only cool, different than the norm thing that happened this week is that we taught in the 3rd hour of church. Our lesson topic was "The Inn," the new member missionary plan that President Vasquez taught us about in the MultiZonas. Today I'm going to finish the explanation of "The Inn" that I started last week.
I left off mentioning that we, the members of the church, are the innkeepers. Now, this being the 21st Century, our inn is a bit more modern than the kind that people thought of when Christ first taught His parable of the Good Samaritan. Our Inn has more modern management.
Obviously the owner is Christ, but He can't be here physically to run the Inn. However, He wants all of His Inns to be more like five star hotels. So he does what any business owner would do: he contracts a manager. In our case, the General Manager (GM) is the Bishop or Branch President. He is in charge of making sure that everything runs smoothly with the Inn. And since he is only one man, he can't do everything. So he contracts other people to help out.
The list goes something like this...
1. Customer Service Manager (Elders Quorum President), and his assistants the home teachers.
2. Sales Manager (Ward/Branch Mission Leader) and his team (the ward/branch missionaries, also all members)
3. Physical Facilities Manager (High Priests Group Leader) who oversees family history and temple work
4. Restaurant Manager (Relief Society President) and her team, the visiting teachers
5. Room Service Managers (Young Men and Young Women Presidents) who prepare future missionaries and future church leaders
6. Activities Manager (Primary President)
7. Communications Manager (Sunday School President)
And last but not least, the Inn contracts a Travel Agency to recommend travelers to the inn. And here in Berlin the Inn has contracted the El Salvador San Salvador East Mission Travel Agency, who sent their two representatives Elder West and Elder Vasquez.
Now, we're not just getting the members pumped up to magnify their callings in the church. We're also trying to help them be more effective member missionaries. Most people down here think that member missionary work means working with the full time missionaries. It is a very important part of said work, but there is so much more to do than just that. What we're doing is encouraging the members to reach out to their friends, family, and neighbors by doing small and simple things (which according to Alma are the way that God brings great and wonderful things!)
Yesterday we assigned various members to give a Liahona magazine to somebody. But first, they have to pray and ask God who. Once they have their answer, they go and give the Liahona, and help the person pick out an article that they like. Then, they have to follow up.
Other things that can be done include small service projects, inviting people to Family Home Evenings, and sending them a link to "Meet the Mormons" through social networks.
Everyone is excited for this. We're expecting great results. I'll let you all know how it goes!