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GETTING INACTIVE/LESS ACTIVE FAMILIES TO OPEN UP

    If you are home teaching an inactive family whom are converts, ask them to tell you about the missionaries who baptised them and their conversion. I have found that even people who are currently antagonistic towards the church have a fond place in their hearts for the missionaries who baptised them. This may open the door to adding something spiritual to your discussions. It may also lead to a discussion about the real reasons the family is inactive.

Paul Johnson, Assistant High Priest Group Leader,
Belle Terre Ward, Spokane East Stake, USA

     I have mostly inactive members on my route. I had only been a member about six months when I received my list of sisters that I would be visiting. Most have them had not been to church for some time and the husband of one sister was turned off by church visitors. I decided that I wouldn't bombard them with church at first. Instead I made each of them two dozen cookies and put them on a nice plate with a message that said In case of a fire or an emergency or just to talk contact your visiting teachers. I left our names and numbers on the card. I them rang the door bells at the sisters homes and I gave the cookies to who ever answered the door telling them to enjoy and then I was off. I called a week later to set up appointments and it was a success.

Traci Pedula

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