Arrange to Follow Up
Immediately after the investigator agrees to a commitment, the
missionary is supposed to instruct him that he will be following up and
making a plan to keep the commitment. If the commitment is to go to
church, this will involve arranging to go to church. If the
commitment is to obey the word of wisdom, this might involve the
missionaries confiscating your coffee and tea.
Another aspect of this is to project confidence and faith
that the investigator will fulfill the commitment and will be blessed for
doing so. Again, this confidence and faith is to be projected
without regard to sincerity.
Make Regular Contacts
Part of the follow-up process is to keep contact with the
investigators. They will try to see you at least every other day,
and schedule follow-up visits between discussions. Hopefully the
follow-up visits will be brief, and involve asking you if you have any
questions and asking if you are reading the Book of Mormon and such.
From my own experience, after the first discussion there
are 2 basic types of follow-up visits. The question the missionaries
ask is always, "have you started to read the Book of Mormon?" If
they haven't started to read it, the missionaries will ask if they can all
sit down and read a chapter together. If they have started to read
it, they will say yes and the missionaries will ask if they have any
questions. In this scenario, the investigator is usually disturbed
by the hero Nephi cutting of the head of the villain Laban in the 4th
chapter--it is an act of violence in the name of God that seems excessive
given the circumstance.
These follow-up visits are designed to give encouragement
and support to the investigator as he changes his habits to those of the