We’re excited to share a program we have used since the start of the year. We call it our “Family Home Mission Evening”. We send around a signup list at church to schedule times we can meet with the ward members to have a lesson about one of two options: 1. sharing the gospel naturally or 2. working with Family Search. So far we have met with 8 families or individuals for the first and two individuals for the second. We are enjoying it so much!!!! Both are great opportunities to be with wonderful ward members and share what we love and see their willingness to do good! We will share our the four step of our “Sharing the Gospel Naturally” presentation and worksheet below. (This is also a fun chance for us to learn how to use the Church’s media library with the photos here!)
Step one: WHO TO SHARE WITH
List nonmembers, less-actives, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers–all you can think of, then circle one you are impressed to share with now.
Elder Neil A Anderson shared with us this amazing promise, “The Lord is..awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries. You already know them or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school, and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle…I promise you, as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt, and the Lord will bless you with your own miracles.” ~Elder Neil A. Anderson, May 2013 Ensign
Step Two: SHARING THE GOSPEL IN CONVERSATION
Possible conversation starters I can naturally use:
- Ask a friend what he thinks about God, and really listen. The share your thoughts.
- Share a scripture you read in the Book of Mormon that touched you.
- Tell about a skill you learned at a ward activity or family home evening–and talk about what a “ward” or “FHE” is
- When you’re outside, share your thoughts about all the beautiful things Heavenly Father made for us.
- Ask your friend about their family and talk about how important family is to you and your church.
- When talking about what you did over the weekend, tell about an experience at church.
- As you talk about media, music, or movies, share how clean and uplifting your favorite is.
- Share how something you learned at church can help with a work, school, or family problem.
- Ask where their surname comes from, and share your interest in family history.
- Tell how good it felt to serve someone (a home teaching or visit teaching visit, helping move, visiting the sick or someone in the hospital…) and that you like how the church gives us opportunities to help each other.
- Ask what role religion plays in their life, really listen, and share the gospel’s role in you life.
Underline one of the conversation starters, practice it and give it a go!
Step three: INVITING POSSIBILITIES
- “Do you want to hear a scripture that gives me so much comfort and peace?”
- “That reminds me of a really good video about… on http://www.mormon.org. or YouTube. Would you like to see it?”
- “Would you like to come to a social activity at church and meet some wonderful people?”
- “We’d love to have you share our family night with us. Would this Monday work for you?”
- “I love how I feel when I go to church. Do you want to come with me this Sunday?”
- “Would you like to meet with my friends, the missionaries, to answer your questions?”
(Underline and practice one of these inviting opportunities, and give it a go!) (You can do it!)
Step four: MY SHARING GOAL
I will_____________________________ with ______________________________.
Possible deadline_______________________________ at which time I will report back to the missionaries, share how it went, and plan for more sharing :).
“We are all in this together. With fellow ward members and missionaries, we plan and pray and help one another. Please keep the full-time missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Trust them with your family and friends. The Lord trusts them and has called them to teach and bless those who seek Him. Pray to your Heavenly Father. This is His sacred work. He will guide you in what to do. He will open doors, remove roadblocks, and help you overcome obstacles.” ~Elder Neil A. Anderson, May 2013 Ensign.
So there you have it! That’s what we do on most of our Monday and Wednesday nights, meet in homes and talk about natural ways to share the gospel. It has been so fun to see how enthusiastic our ward members are, their plans to share and how they report back about their experiences. ‘So fun to work together on this amazing work of sharing the gospel we love so much!