Teach Toward Conversion

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 interest. Often failure to follow through indicates a lack of knowing how to do what they agreed to do.

We think it is best to operate from the assumption that people do not know, until we tell them and show them, how to do the things we ask them to do to receive a witness of the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Be specific in suggesting what people may say when they pray. Demonstrate. Practice with them.
  • Provide a structure for people to follow when studying scripture. Rather than inviting them to read from beginning to end, create a structure oriented around asking questions, seeking for answers, pondering and requesting revelation.
  • Talk candidly about activities that make the Sabbath holy. Do the same for activities that make the Sabbath unholy.

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