Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reaching Out to Belong

"We speak of the fellowship of the Saints. This is and must be a very real thing. We must never permit this spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood to weaken. We must constantly cultivate it."

President Gordon B. Hinckley

There are a few things that we can do to help ourselves feel like we belong.
1. Make a smooth transition.
When moving, ask for your records to be transferred right away and set an appointment to meet with your new bishop to get to know him.
2. Know your not alone.
Chances are that there are a few people in the same boat as you.
3. Take a lead.
Be the first to say hi to someone.
4. Participate in class.
Volunteer to say the prayer. Add a comment in class. This will help people to get to know you. (This is something that I want to work on)
5. Get connected.
If you are in a calling that you don't interact much with people, find out what activities are going on and make an effort to attend. Going to Enrichment night, ward activities, temple night, and other events is a great way to get to know people.
6.Advertise your interests.
If people know what you like to do, it's easier to connect and to find common ground.
7. Help missionaries.
Helping missionaries is a great way to help fellowship investigators.
8. Keep perspective.
The people aren't perfect but the church is.

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