Create a Culture of Belonging

By developing a community mindset, we can better invite all to “come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God” (Jacob 1:7).

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Make Friends with People Around You

Jesus commanded us to “love thy neighbor” (Mark 12:31) and to be a light (see Matthew 5:16). Consider the following ideas:

  • Widen your circle of friends
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors
  • Do joint service projects with other churches and organizations in your community
  • Take genuine interest in other people’s faith
  • Learn about their hobbies and interests

As you reach out to others, ask Heavenly Father for guidance. He will give you ideas and opportunities to help them feel loved and have good experiences with the Church.

Read: Be a Good Friend and Neighbor

Involve the Community

Think about ways to be more inclusive, such as holding “neighborhood or community parties” instead of “ward parties.” Everyone is invited to Church-sponsored activities and events. Brainstorm the best ways to help everyone in the community know they’re welcome. Personal invitations are a powerful way to help others feel needed and want to attend. But you could also put up signs on the street corner, distribute flyers to the neighborhood, or encourage people to post on their social media accounts.

“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself” (Leviticus 19:34).

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