I think our Stake Executive Council must be scheduling its meetings right after the TV show “Numb3rs.” Either that or tax season is getting to everyone.
Let’s start from the bottom up. In Primary, the children are working on memorizing twelve scriptures. In Relief Society, April has been designated “100% Visiting Teaching” month. In the ward, our bishop has set a goal for 65 convert baptisms this year, or roughly one per family. In the stake, the stake president has challenged the stake to read the entire Book of Mormon in ninety days, which breaks down to three chapters or six pages a day. Furthermore, he’s asked us to distribute 5,000 Books of Mormon–the size of its original print run–by the end of the reading period; this breaks down to eight books for each active adult.
None of this really bothers me, though it does boggle in my mind at times: “Was it eight pages a day? No, six pages a day; it was eight Books of Mormon. Or maybe it was six converts…?” I think numerical goals can be powerfully motivating, blessedly quantifiable, and uniquely satisfying to achieve: without my long-standing daily goal of turning one outline bullet into decently-clothed paragraphs each day, come hell, high water, or colicky baby, I never could have finished my dissertation. (By contrast, and as the single exception to my liking for numerical goals, the weekly goal-setting sessions on my mission were regular exercises in agony for me: I felt like I was picking numbers out of the sky, and the size of the number quantified either the degree of my faithlessness at the beginning of the week or the degree of my failure at the end.) Furthermore, I’m fond of my relief society president, bishop and stake president, and even if I didn’t like number goals, I’d still want to do my part simply to help my leaders out. It’s just sort of funny that all these numbers have come raining down in one inspired April shower.
What sort of number goals have you worked on in your area?