P.S. to April 14, 2013.
I asked Zach if in their mission they had goals to baptize a certain number of people and if it seemed like there was at times competitions between zones and missionaries regarding baptisms. I thought his reply was so good and his motives so pure. Here it is for you to read.
That´s funny. Well, to start, PMG says that we shouldn´t compare ourselves with
other missionaries. So I try not to. God has a different timeline than we do, so
I don´t feel bad if somebody else is baptizing a ton and I very little, because
it swings both ways. Also, that whole beating people is a numbers game, and this
is a work of saving souls. They don´t have numbers, they have lives, and names
and stories. My comp told me that I was crazy that I didn´t have a goal to
baptize x amount of people on my mission. But I don´t think so. My mission is
about helping the people I have been chosen to help and baptizing if it comes
to that point. Conversion is a personal process, I can´t force it on anybody. So
if they so choose, I would love to help them make the necessary steps to enter
God´s kingdom. My other goal is to convert myself to the gospel. I am my most
important convert. That doesn´t mean we don´t have goals and stuff for our
investigators, and all that stuff, but it just means the numbers come as the
souls do. I can´t rush it and shouldn´t try to.