If you know how to be a friend, you know how to share the gospel.
Sharing the gospel with your friends doesn’t have to be scary or complicated. Often, the best gospel discussions start naturally out of everyday situations with friends. For that matter, being a good friend or providing helpful service is its own form of missionary work even when actual gospel topics never enter your conversations.
Here are 15 different ideas to consider—each with an example of youth who used them successfully—for sharing the light of the gospel with those around you.
1. Try texting. Why not text a few lines to your friends about the gospel rather than just talk about your bad hair day? Here’s a story of a young woman who had great gospel discussions with a friend through texting.
2. Invite a friend to a Mutual activity. An evening of volleyball, a cookout, or a trip to a corn maze can seem a lot less intimidating than attending Sunday meetings.
3. Set a good example. People pay close attention to your words and actions a lot more than you might suspect. Even choosing not to gossip can be enough to impress others.
4. Attend seminary. Learning about the scriptures and other Church doctrine can help you answer questions. For one young woman, her attending seminary ultimately led to her father joining the Church.
5. Live your standards. When temptations come, and they will, stand strong for what you know is right. People will notice and remember.
6. Make friends. When you have something in common with another person, such as a sport or other hobby, it can be easier to strike up a friendship. And friendships are the best foundation for missionary work, even if you and a friend happen to be on rival football teams!
7. Read your scriptures. If you have a few spare minutes while you’re waiting somewhere, why not use that time to read your scriptures? You never know; it could spark a conversation.
An Apostle has invited you to pray for missionary opportunities. Are you ready to take the challenge?
8. Help your friends listen to good music. Good music can lift us up and inspire us. Watch a video about a young woman in Hawaii who started a glee club at school. She enjoys sharing the joy of uplifting music with her friends.
9. Bring hymns to your music lessons. Taking music lessons? You might consider asking your teacher to help you learn some Church hymns. There’s a special spirit about the hymns that is easy to feel.
10. Use social media to lift others. Many use social media sites for complaining or even being mean. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can use social media as a way to compliment and encourage your friends.
11. Invite a friend to a ward party. Ward parties can be a great place to introduce your friend to multiple people in the ward. After enjoying a nice evening, your friend might be open to gospel discussions.
12. Sit next to someone new at lunch. If you see someone sitting alone during lunch at school, taking the time to sit and visit with them can make a world of difference in their life, even if you don’t ever end up talking about religion.
13. Give away a Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon provides spiritual strength, guidance, and hope. If you see someone struggling with grief or other challenges, a Book of Mormon might just be the best comfort they can receive.
14. Make an awesome sandwich, and then share it. When life gets tough and disaster strikes, a tasty sandwich can brighten even the darkest day.
15. Stand and testify when the time is right. Most of the time, sharing the gospel takes place in small conversations with friends. But every now and then, you might just have a chance to teach a large group all at once.
Remember, the measure of success is not whether your friend joins the Church. That can take time. When it comes to sharing the gospel, every effort we make to befriend and invite another person to learn more is its own triumph.
The number of ways we can share the gospel and be better friends is truly endless. However, if you’re still stuck for ideas, here are a few more to consider.
16. Invite your friend to participate in Scouting.
17. Invite your friend to play on a Church sports team.
18. Listen closely to your friends when they want to talk about their own beliefs.
19. Help someone learn about his or her family history.
20. Visit temple grounds with a friend.
21. Bring someone a plate of treats.
22. Study Preach My Gospel.
23. Invite someone to family home evening.
“There is a way for everyone … to participate in this great work. We can each find a way to use our own particular talents and interests in support of the great work of filling the world with light and truth.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
24. Offer to tutor a friend in a subject that’s challenging for him or her.
25. Smile at everyone you meet.
26. Remember names and use them.
27. Compliment at least one person every day.
28. Invite your friend over for family dinner.
29. Plan a Mutual activity geared around the interests of your friend, and then invite the friend to the activity.
30. Help your friend wash his car or tune up his bike.
31. Help your friend finish her chores one Saturday.
32. Invite your friend to sacrament meeting.
33. Invite your friend to seminary.
34. Put up a picture of the temple in your locker.
35. Wear a CTR ring to school.