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Reactivation

Reactivation efforts will be more effective and permanent when approached prayerfully and systematically. Viewing reactivation as a process of love and work over time is essential.

The Approach

Several less active families are prayerfully selected at a time by the ward/branch council to be invited to review the gospel in a series of discussions over a period of 4 - 6 months.  If possible, the discussions should be scheduled every week to two weeks to provide continuity and none should last longer than an hour. These discussions can be conducted in the less active family's home or several families may want to meet together to receive them.  They are conducted under the direction of the Ward/Branch Mission Leader with ward/branch missionaries and full time missionaries leading the discussions. It may be appropriate to assign the ward/branch missionary leading the discussions as a home teacher to that less active family.  When appropriate and as resources allow, the ward/branch council should determine which additional less active families they want to concentrate on. Since this activation process is "labor intensive" it is usually best to work with only a few less active families at a time.

Discussion Topics

While discussion topics are listed in a suggested order, or in "phases," discussions can be given in whatever sequence the circumstances of the less active member and the Spirit dictate. The OPTIONAL series of discussions should be given if a fundamental review of the gospel is needed and can be given whenever it is felt it would be most appropriate.

PHASE ONE -- Living a life of obedience and service

PHASE TWO -- Assisting less active members to become consistent, effective member missionaries

PHASE THREE -- Introducing less active members to LDS websites

PHASE FOUR -- Helping less active members turn their hearts to their family and the Savior

PHASE FIVE -- Assisting less active members begin their Family History and prepare for the temple

OPTIONAL -- Discussions from Preach My Gospel (Using special media resources)

Please note: Although most of the material used in these suggested discussions has been approved by the Correlation Department of the Church in other formats, it has not been approved by Correlation in the format used here.

PHASE ONE -- Living a life of obedience and service.  NOTE: AFTER EACH DISCUSSION, INVITE TO CHURCH 

  1. Discussion One -- Remembering our divine potential

  2. Discussion Two -- Keeping the commandments

  3. Discussion Three -- The grace of Jesus Christ

  4. Discussion Four -- Living lives of service

PHASE TWO -- Assisting less active members to become consistent, effective member missionaries

Less active members are encouraged to become consistent member missionaries and are taught how to do this.

  1. Discussion One -- Our responsibility and blessing as members to be missionaries

  2. Discussion Two -- Sharing the message of our Divine Potential and Eternal Nature

  3. Discussion Three -- Sharing the message of the great things which God has revealed

  4. Discussion Four -- Sharing the message of Family History and using www.mormon.org

  5. Discussion Five -- Review of member missionary tools and establishing a missionary plan

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PHASE THREE -- Introducing less active members to LDS websites

The Church has a number of outstanding websites to assist members in their gospel knowledge and application.  Using a computer that is connected to a high speed internet service, go to each of the following Church websites and spend a few minutes touring the site so less active members will have an idea what is on them and how they might be used.

 

LDS Websites

lds.org -- LDS Church Main Site

mormon.org -- LDS Basic Teachings

Jesuschrist.lds.org -- The Savior

providentliving.org -- Temporal  Resources

ldschurchhistory.org -- LDS Church History

Josephsmith.net -- Joseph Smith

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PHASE FOUR -- Helping less active members turn their hearts to their family and the Savior

There are three discussions presented in this phase encouraging less active members to look to their fathers, to focus on their families and the Savior, and to prepare for the temple.

  1. Discussion One -- Turning our hearts to our fathers

  2. Discussion Two -- Turning our hearts to our family

  3. Discussion Three -- Turning our hearts to the Savior through the temple

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PHASE FIVE-- Assisting less active members begin their Family History and prepare for the temple

  1. Getting Started with Family History -- With help from a ward/branch family history consultant, if needed, a Family History Packet is prepared for less active members and they are assisted in beginning their family history research

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OPTIONAL -- Discussions from Preach My Gospel

Use this series, or any part of it, if there is a need for a fundamental review of gospel principles. This series of discussions begins with showing and discussing The Great Things which God Has Revealed -- a DVD made up of excerpts of several of President Gordon B. Hinckley's general conference talks and which summarizes some of the basic teachings of the Church.  Next are the five Preach My Gospel discussions utilizing short video presentations with narration taken from general conference talks of several of the apostles.  By using these special video presentations in conjunction with Preach My Gospel discussions, the power of  apostle testimonies is brought in.

  1. Discussion One -- Show and discuss "The Great Things which God has Revealed" -- use The Great Things Which God Has Revealed DVD (18 minutes)

  2. Discussion Two -- The Restoration (Preach My Gospel pp 31-46) -- use The Restoration apostle presentation (10 - 12 minutes)

  3. Discussion Three -- The Plan of Salvation (Preach My Gospel pp 47-59 -- use The Plan of Salvation apostle presentation (10 - 12 minutes)

  4. Discussion Four -- The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Preach My Gospel pp 60-70) -- use The Gospel of Jesus Christ  apostle presentation (10 - 12 minutes)

  5. Discussion Five -- The Commandments (Preach My Gospel pp 71-81) -- use The Commandments apostle presentation (10 - 12 minutes)

  6. Discussion Six -- Laws and Ordinances (Preach My Gospel pp 83-88) -- use Turn Your Hearts (Laws & Ordinances) apostle presentation (10 - 12 minutes)

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