Simple Steps for Sharing the Gospel
June 1989

“Simple Steps for Sharing the Gospel,” New Era, June 1989, 44

Special Issue:
Sharing the Gospel

Simple Steps for Sharing the Gospel

  1. Study the gospel yourself. Pray, seek the Spirit, and strengthen your testimony and your knowledge of the Church, so you’ll be prepared to share it.

  2. Make friends. Learn to love them. Be a good friend to them. Get involved in several activities that will help you meet a variety of people.

  3. Invite them to an activity. Plan ahead to make sure the atmosphere will be warm and friendly.

  4. Answer their questions about the Church openly and easily. If you’re prepared, you won’t have problems with this. Be accurate and sincere.

  5. Invite them to a more spiritual meeting. Make sure they understand that the wonderful, warm feeling they’re experiencing is the Spirit.

  6. Find the right place and the right time to bear your testimony. Tell them how much the gospel means to you, and how much they mean to you. Invite them to have the full-time missionaries teach them the discussions.

  7. Don’t get discouraged if they tell you they’re not interested. Whatever you do, don’t drop them as friends. It would hurt them to think you’re only interested in them as potential converts. There might come a time in their lives when they are ready to accept the gospel. Your friendship and the experiences they’ve had with you in the Church will stand out in their minds.

  8. Support them in their efforts to go to church. Help them find rides, if necessary. Be sure they know what’s going on and when, and always see that they have someone to sit with.

  9. Always set a good example. Your friends are watching you to see if you live up to your standards.

  10. Don’t ever give up! The beautiful feeling you get when one friend accepts the gospel is worth a thousand rejections.

Photography by Lisa A. Johnson

“All my friends who have taken the discussions say the closeness among Church members was the first thing that impressed them,” says Krissy O’Shea, right. The LDS kids in her stake stick together and reach out. Krissy is one of the ones they reached.

“You just have to be outgoing and talk about Church things in a positive way,” says Noelle Adams. “For example, when you’re sitting there talking to an LDS friend about a fun activity you had, and then a non-LDS friend walks up and listens, she’ll be interested.”