Heidi,

I think the best thing that can happen to a new convert is for them to be given a job in the ward/branch. The more they are completely IMMERSED in the activities and goings-on of the ward, the more they'll become and feel a part of the ward and thus the church as a whole.

I've seen way too many new converts lose interest and fall away because they didn't lose themselves in the work.

Someone once defined love as 'the things two people go through together'. Using this definition, we must experience good and bad and inbetween WITH another person and as we do, we will learn to know and love that person. I feel very strongly that we NEED to have regular (quarterly or even more often) ward activities so our ward members can get to know each other. We need to interact with each other, rub shoulders, share stories and experiences with each other. We need to sit in a classroom tegether and be taught and learn the gospel together. As we do, whether as a teacher or as a student, we will begin to know each other. Then we'll begin to love that person.

The same applies as a group. The more you get to know the members of a group, the more you develop a love for them.

Thus, the best thing I've ever done to strengthen a convert was to help them get settled into a new calling in the ward and then encourage their attendance at activities and church meetings. Be there for them, be an example of good and righteous living for them, and love them. They'll love you back I promise.

Doug





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Just this evening, I was asked to teach the lesson in Relief Society this Sunday. The lesson is the Teachings for our Time #9, Strengthening New Converts. I have yet to read the conference addresses the outline mentions, however, I have a few questions for you out there - and be forewarned that I might want to use some or all of your responses in my lesson...

What have you done to help strengthen a new convert (or new converts, as the case may 
be)?
For those of you who have been new converts...what has been done by others that has 
helped strengthen you?  What didn't help you?

Any and all thoughts on this subject would be very much appreciated by me! :-)
Thanks in advance!
Heidi the fair


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