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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Best Referrals Secretary In Brazil

"We have traveled so much on the Metro this week. It gets really, really tiring. But we have done it to help out all of our investigators. Cool story - the other day I was talking to Paulo at the Association. He is in charge of all the media referrals in the Brasil North and South areas of the Church and he said that we are doing everything right in terms of referrals and that we may be "the best mission in the country in terms of referrals." So what does that make me, being the referrals secretary? You can all do the math."

Area Presidencies throughout the world have adapted pass-along cards to their area's unique needs.

For example, in some missions in Central and South America missionaries use a card that offers a set of pictures featuring Christ-centered paintings. Many of the investigators hang the pictures in their homes because of the difficulty of obtaining fine art to display. Missionaries also deliver the pictures to those who request them after seeing them in members’ or investigators' homes.

In some countries, members use a perforated pass-along card that offers copies of the Book of Mormon or other free media items. Members who invite their friends to hear the gospel or to receive a Book of Mormon tear the card in half, leaving half with their friend and writing their friend’s address on the other half. Members give their half to the missionaries. These cards are used to distribute free media items in areas without telephone service.

Pass-along cards are more effective than simply giving away a Book of Mormon or DVD because they involve missionaries. By using a pass-along card, members invite their friends to accept not just a free media item but contact from the missionaries.

Calls from those who receive pass-along cards are directed to a call center or mission home in the caller's area. At the initial call or during one of three follow-up calls, a missionary will begin a conversation with the pass-along cardholder. These missionaries usually ask callers, "What prompted you to request this offer?" Answers to questions like these usually give missionaries an opportunity to testify of the truthfulness of the messages the callers will be receiving.

  • Pass-along Cards Invite the World to Hear the Gospel
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