What is Required?
As missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that our Heavenly Father is always preparing people to receive His message of the restored gospel. The challenge of each missionary is to reach out and find those prepared to receive this special message. It delights a missionary's heart when almost immediately their message is well received. We call these contacts “golden” investigators. In many instances they have been waiting and waiting for the missionaries to come into their lives.
Perhaps, they have heard the missionaries message before, but were not at the proper place and time in their lives where they needed to be, to make the important changes necessary to embrace the gospel message and move forward.
An Exercise in Faith!
But we do believe through exercising our faith in our Heavenly Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ, as missionaries we will be led to those who are seeking a message that can bring great joy, peace and comfort into their lives.
One of the most important ways missionaries can find those who are seeking the gospel is to build and strengthen their relationships with the current members of the Church in their areas. Almost everyone has a neighbor, a friend, an acquaintance from work, brothers, sisters or parents who need the gospel to bless their lives.
According to the statistics that the Church keeps, newly baptized converts are more likely to stay active in the Church if they are already acquainted with current members and are taught the gospel within the homes of the members.