It’s No Secret—

By Marisa Whittaker Humphrey

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    Most of us will not spend our lives as full-time missionaries, as Ammon and his brothers did. And we probably won’t teach the gospel to a king. (See Alma 17–23).

    But it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to share the gospel with others. Here are some ideas you can use to treat your friends and family like royalty by giving them the greatest treasure of all—the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Keep it simple

    • Read your scriptures and learn as much as you can in church and at seminary. Before you can share the gospel with others, you must know the basics yourself.

    • Make a list of the blessings that you have as a result of having the gospel in your life, and use it to recommit yourself to missionary work.

    • Invite your nonmember friends to Church activities and expose them to the positive influence of a wholesome and fun environment.

    • Be enthusiastic about the gospel. Make your excitement for the gospel evident in all you do, and others will feel the excitement too.

    Share with others

    • Be a true friend. Take the time to show interest in what others do, whether or not they want to learn more about the Church.

    • When friends ask questions about the Church, invite them to seminary or church, or read the scriptures together.

    • Serve others. Giving service is a great way to share the gospel by example. But remember, service should be motivated by love and given regardless of whether or not a person is interested in the Church.

    • Lift others with a positive attitude. If your friends see that little things don’t get you down, they’re bound to be impressed. They may even ask why you are always so happy. What an easy answer to share!

    Do your best

    • Be a good example. You can be a missionary “at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) by trying to live as Jesus Christ would have you live. Remember, you may be the only scripture your friends ever “read.”

    • Open doors with the Book of Mormon. Put your testimony in the front cover, mark Moroni 10:3–5 [Moro. 10:3–5], and give it to someone special.

    • Include your friends in activities at your home. Invite them over for family home evening.

    • Do a good deed. People are impressed by others who are sincere and unselfish.

    Be brave!

    • Keep loving and fellowshipping your friends. You will not lose their friendship. In fact, they will respect you for sharing what is important to you.

    • Plan a missionary fireside. Ask your friends and family to each bring a nonmember friend, and invite the full-time missionaries to attend. Follow up with a Book of Mormon and an appointment with the missionaries.

    • Speak up! The Lord tells us in D&C 33:8 to “Open your mouths and they shall be filled, and you shall become even as Nephi of old.” Nothing will happen if you don’t speak up. When you do, Heavenly Father will help you know what to say.

    Illustration by Preston Heiselt