How To Contact Effectively
(D&C 42:8-Have to FIND those who will receive. D&C 29:7- The chosen will listen to you. Alma 13:24- People being prepared before you get there)
Characteristics of Effective Contacting1. DECIDE (to yourself) and COMMUNICATE (to them) that the person is someone that you want to get to know (shh… ‘flirting’). The person is a potentially glorious child of a Divine Being.
a. “We don’t make contacts, we make connections.” (’MTC Experience’)
b. First make observations (Mormon 1:2-quick to observe) and then ask questions. It should be a conversation, meaning that you listen to the person and then respond specifically to what they said. The contact should talk more than you. (Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary, Elder Bednar, June 2011)
c. Should be normal and happy and real. Smile. (PME 176- should be ‘warm and genuine’)2. Pray to find them (before) and what to say (during). You’ll only make an impact if you’re doing and saying what Heavenly Father wants you to, and He can’t tell you that unless you ask. (D&C 42:14- Spirit only received by the prayer of faith, 2 Ne 32:9- Pray always, do nothing without first praying)
3. Use scriptures. That is where your power comes from. (Alma 31:5- Preaching of the word more powerful effect than sword.
4. If a person isn’t moving, they are your target. (On the bus, in line, sitting in street, waiting for a bus, working in their lawn, etc.)
a. Need to teach lessons short enough and far apart enough that you’re not always in a rush to the next lesson and can stop to talk (D&C 61:3 – Don’t move so swiftly while people on either side are perishing in unbelief.)5. Fill ALL the forms of your Future Investigator table in your agenda (FULL name, address with HOUSE NUMBER, phone, when available, and how/where you met them) , and in the area book when you get home. Put them on the map. Write yourself clues to remember who they are. (Mni 6:6- record so you can REMEMBER)
6. If possible, teach a lesson in the moment. If not possible, set a specific appointment.
7. Give EVERYONE a mormon.org or passalong card with your names, number, direction of the chapel, and the meeting time. Write the date and time of the appointment if you made one.
8. If it becomes contentious, end it immediately. You might say the perfect thing, but when they aren’t listening you are wasting precious time. (3 Ne 11:30- contention is not of me, should be done away.)
9. Ask for references from EVERYONE.
a. Question is not ‘Do you know someone?´ but ‘Who do you know?’ (PMG 159)
What should I say? (The Key, Mind-Changing Principles to bring up)· The Restoration. In every conversation. (PME 159)
o There are lots of people who say ‘I’m not interested in changing religions—it doesn’t matter because they all lead to God.’ Lots of times, people don’t want to listen until we say something like ‘Christ only taught ONE doctrine of how to live with God and be happy, not multiple. Many of these truths were lost because people took them out of the Bible or changed them. But because God loves us, He doesn’t want us to not know the way to come back to Him. He’s restored the truths that were lost. Would you like us to visit you to teach you more about these restored truths?´ You’d be stunned at how many people change their mind and give us their datos.· Families Can Be Forever. (PMG 159)
o People like to talk about their families, almost everyone has one, and usually it’s one of the things people feel most strongly about and want help with. Really, the whole point of the first bullet point, Restoration, is about how to have eternal families.
o Also, the Gospel helps families have more love, purpose, unity, peace.· Purpose of Life (They are a Child of God with Divine Potential, Here on Earth to Learn to Be Like God.)
o Lots of time this leads to the idea of PRIORITIES (almost always ‘work vs. church’) and you can back them up to the wall of faith. Often people realize they don’t really have faith and need to learn how. (3 Ne 13:28-33)
o Teach that our actions and what we do with our life have CONSEQUENCES now and for the eternities, so you’d better be doing it right.
o Then tell them there are specific instructions from God about how to live life correctly and happily.· There really is guidance in life to discern what is truth – Modern prophets, Restored scripture, the SPIRIT
· Their current religion and relationship with God/Christ.
o Instead of ‘How is your relationship with God/Christ?’ (answer: ‘bien’), rather ‘Do you have a relationship with God?’ (works much better.)· Use the 10 points of ‘How To Begin Teaching’ (PMG 176), in a way that is part of the conversation.