Ways to Open Your Home to Others

You don’t have to have the missionaries over or teach a formal lesson to help people feel the Spirit in your home.

Host a game night or social gathering

As you open your home, you help build meaningful relationships. Playing board games or card games is a fun way for people to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. If board games aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to host friends in your home like barbeques or craft nights. The important thing is creating a welcoming atmosphere where people have an opportunity to bond.

If you don’t feel comfortable inviting people to your home—for example, if you are renting a room in someone else’s house—try hosting an activity at a nearby park or other location.

Have someone over for a meal

The missionaries don’t have to join your dinner for it to “count” as sharing the gospel. In fact, you don’t even have to talk about the gospel—but don’t be shy if it comes up. Your friend will have plenty of opportunities to see the gospel in action and feel the Spirit. They will notice the pictures of Jesus or temples you hang on your walls. They will hear you pray before you eat. Just do what you normally do.

Invite a friend to home evening

Have you ever considered inviting friends over for home evening? Inviting someone over for home evening can be a great way to incorporate a short spiritual message with a fun activity. Ideas for people to invite include:

  • Families that are new to the church or preparing for baptism
  • Single adult friends
  • Friends who were recently widowed
  • Empty nesters living away from their grandchildren

Ideas for Home Evening

Include your children’s friends

Not all children grow up in a loving, stable home. In those cases, having a safe haven at a friend’s house can be life changing. If you have children, make sure they know their friends are always welcome in your home and think about ways you can help them feel more welcome. Not only can you be a support and a positive example, but you can also help keep youth out of trouble they might get into while hanging out somewhere less supervised.

For Youth: Inviting a Friend to an Activity

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