What People Are Interested In

When someone says, “Tell me about the Mormon Church,” as a general rule, we ought not to tell them what we like about our own church. We often give a doctrinal response—eternal families, modern prophets or scriptures. This makes sense to us because doctrine is the reason why we are in our church instead of in another. Doctrine over time becomes very important to converts, too. But it often i ...

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Discover People’s Questions

When we meet people, we often find excuses to categorize them as “not interested” in religion and therefore not worth our effort to invite them to learn about the gospel. However, we’ve found many of these people are interested in religion and in fact have deep questions about it. Rather than trying to convince these people that they need our church or any church, we suggest asking them ques ...

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When people study the gospel with full-time missionaries, we ask them to do a lot of new things. We invite them to pray, to read the Book of Mormon, to come to church and so on.If your experiences are anything like ours, many of those you work with don’t do the things they said they would do. It is our experience that people’s failure to follow through does not always indicate a lack of intere ...

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Be courageous and ask people directly, “How are you praying, and what are you saying in your prayers?”Cheerfully walk them through a prayer. Invite them to pray out loud, to express gratitude to God and to discuss with Him decisions they are considering. Encourage them to follow Amulek’s counsel and pray about everything that is important to them (see Alma 34:17-27).Consider praying out loud ...

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Teach How To Study Scripture

In Preach My Gospel, missionaries are taught to start scripture study with questions so they can “liken all scriptures unto ” (1 Nephi 19:23-24). If it is good for missionaries to study this way, it is good for people learning the gospel to study this way.Start by asking your friends to come to lessons with a list of questions about religion to which they’ve not been able to find satisfactor ...

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Teach How To Keep The Sabbath Holy

When we invite people to come to church with us, consider church attendance is one part of what we are really asking them to do.God’s commandment is to keep the Sabbath day holy.If we only invite people to church, they may not know how to keep the rest of the day holy. Before and after church services, they may engage in activities that are unholy, stunting their progress toward conversion.Long ...

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It’s Easy to Love: Sister Susan Fulcher

A young woman named Susan Fulcher said to herself, “missionary work is just loving people, and it's easy to love!”Meet new people, and be curious. When she moved into a new ward in Cambridge, she made loving the members of that ward a top priority. She arrived early at church to meet new people. She asked these new friends many curious questions to discover what they do and wh ...

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