What I had conceived was Home Teaching Blitzes or Because We Care Blitzes. Perhaps it was the NFL Playoffs or the Super Bowl that gave me the idea to somehow incorporate the idea of rushing the quarter back mentality when going out in force to visit families that had not been visited in a long time. So at 9 am this morning I and 11 other Brethren met at the church, knelt in prayer, then divided a long list of names and went out visiting.
Our focus on this first blitz was to contact brethren that were already Elders or prospective Elders within our ward. The first success was the overwhelming participation from the quorum. We had one High Priest, one Priest (my companion Josh Sponenburg) a recently reactive member and recipient of the Aaronic Priesthood himeself, and even one brother who was baptized a few months ago but has yet to receive the priesthood. All the others were Elders.
The second success came in discovering that one third of those on our list had moved. The next task will be to determine if they've moved to another location within our ward boundaries or if we need to send their names to Salt Lake to have that team try and find them.
The third success was that of the remaining two thirds half of them welcomed the idea of visits from the Missionaries and Home Teachers and this doesn't mean that the other third was not receptive because some of them simply weren't home.
The greatest success in my mind though was that the brethren that participated realized that they had made a difference. That they had blessed lives, including their own, by the service they had performed.
11¶And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of agoods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there awasted his bsubstance with criotous living.
15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16And he awould fain have filled his belly with the bhusks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17And when he acame to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18I will aarise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have bsinned against heaven, and before thee,
20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had acompassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more aworthy to be called thy bson.
22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
32It was ameet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.