It's good to take a short pause in our busy schedule and report our activities. Since the 4th of July we have had another transfer with the arrival of 30 new missionaries and only12 going home, 8 were new Sister missionaries. The interesting thing is that they came from 6 different countries: Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Croatia, Finland and the USA. We continue to love the diversity. The number of lessons taught each week has continued to increase to a new high this past week of 1890. The number of member's present for lesson teaches is up. The number of baptismal dates is increasing. Our hope is that the number of convert baptisms will start to follow. We are very close to having the highest number of baptisms for the month of July than we have had in the mission since we arrived 13 months ago. The Work of Salvation training video for members has been very good in helping us get the members more involved in the work. We continue to search for ways to be more productive.
The weather has been very hot for England; We have been having a heat wave, UP TO 35 DEGREES Celsius. That is 95 F. and it is very humid. They do not have air conditioning in our homes or Chapels so we feel it, especially at night. It also has been very dry, not much rain. The lawns are turning very brown as they don't have sprinkler systems.
We are in the midst of Zone conferences, we had two last week and will have our third one next Tuesday. We have three zones in each one with about 80 to 100 missionaries in each. They usually start at 10.00am, break for lunch, then continue till about 3pm. We attended a baptism Thursday and we are going to another one tonight. We talk in church tomorrow in the Catford Ward, Wandsworth Stake. There is another baptism after church in that Ward. It is always nice to be with the Saints in their wards. The culture is so diverse.
The mission continues to grow. We are now at 230 young sisters and elders, with 21 couples. That number will increase to 260 by October 2nd. It is hard to get to know all of them by name and background. We have had 95 new missionaries in the past 90 days. Over half of our companionships are training new missionaries. This seems to be the pattern all over the world. It is what is know as the "Wave". This shows the board in the Office in the Mission Home. The ones tilted are going home next transfer. The yellow means they go home in 2012, green is 2014, and blue they go home in 2015.
The next picture is another wall showing the 60 new missionaries coming in the next two transfers.