Welcome Back

Would you like to come back to church and just need encouragement? Here are heartfelt messages just for you!


 

 

Prophets and Apostles Invite You to Come Back

(Prophets and apostles express their love—and the love of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ—to less-active members, pleading with them to return to full activity in the Church.)

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  • Come, Join with Us” (Nov. 2013 Ensign)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says that no matter why someone might have separated themselves from this, the Savior’s Church, he or she is welcome and needed. Precious blessings are promised.
  • The Gospel in Our Lives” (May 2002 Ensign)
    Elder Dallin H. Oaks recounts the blessings that have come to him personally as a result of activity in the Church, promising those blessings to each of us as we participate fully.
  • We Love You—Please Come Back” (May 1986 Ensign)
    Elder Richard G. Scott promises that as we read the Book of Mormon and pray and ponder its teachings we will discover the love of our Savior. Coming back to the Church will bring us peace and happiness.
  • I Stand at the Door and Knock” (Oct. 2004 Ensign)
    Elder Ronald T. Halverson, now an emeritus member of the Seventy, invites less-active members to come unto Christ, do His will, and begin to experience eternal joy.
  • Helping Hands, Saving Hands” (Apr. 2010 Ensign)
    Elder Koichi Aoyagi of the Seventy shares how he himself had once been less-active, how a caring member helped him realize he had lost something important, and the joy he felt in regaining his testimony.
  • Redemption” (Oct. 2011 Ensign)
    Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., now an emeritus member of the Seventy, assures us that through Christ people can and do change their lives and are redeemed.
  • Welcome Home” (Nov. 2013 Ensign)
    Keith B. McMullin, a former member of the Presiding Bishopric, counsels less-active members to trust the Lord and the way will unfold until they are back on the path.

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  • Mormon Messages: “Choose This Day”
    President Henry B. Eyring urges us to overcome complacency or discouragement and find joy in serving the Lord today.
  • “Mormon Messages: “The Power of Hope”
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf encourages us to trust in Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
  • “Mormon Messages: “You Know Enough”
    Elder Neil L. Andersen explains that our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime; we know enough to faithfully keep the commandments.

What We Believe

(Visual series in the Ensign and Liahona about basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.)

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  • What We Believe” articles (beginning with the January 2010 Ensign and Liahona)
    Visual series about basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gospel Topics

(Alphabetical listing of topics that provides information and additional resources.)

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  • Gospel Topics
    Alphabetical listing of topics that provides information and additional resources.

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Helps for Members Returning to Activity in the Church

(Messages from Church members once less-active themselves offering encouragement for those returning to the Church.)

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  • How I Came Back: Personal Accounts of Activation” (Sept. 2003 Ensign)
    Several members tell how they realized their need for the blessings of the gospel and regained their testimonies.
  • A Long Road Back” (June 1997 Ensign)
    A personal story about a brother’s difficult but joyful return to the Church through repentance and the Atonement of the Savior.
  • Searching for Garry” (Jan. 2003 Ensign)
    A personal account by a sister who came back to the Church and the blessings her family experienced as a result.
  • Coming Back for Joey” (Aug. 2000 Ensign)
    A couple loses their precious firstborn son and returns to activity so that they can realize the blessings of an eternal family.
  • Could I Come Back?” (Dec. 2003 Ensign)
    An excommunicated sister’s mother dies, and she knows she will not be with her mother again unless she changes. She tells of her journey back and expresses her joy in repentance.

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Helps for Members in Nurturing Returning Members

(Messages from prophets and apostles and other Church members suggesting ways to help.)

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  • Feed My Sheep” (Sept. 1987 Ensign)
    President Ezra Taft Benson counsels us to be good shepherds by retrieving lost sheep and wayward lambs.
  • An Oasis of Activation” (July 1996 Ensign)
    In Las Vegas, less-active members are returning to full activity after being given opportunities to serve and be served.
  • Marriage and the Less-Active Spouse” (Sept. 1993 Ensign)
    Personal accounts of how spouses love and support their less-active spouses.
  • Coming Back” (Feb. 1990 Ensign)
    Less-active members talk about why they don’t attend church and what would reach them.

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