Holding a successful missionary open house

Based on the recent success of a missionary open house held at the LDS Church building in Hamilton, Mont., here are 10 suggestions to make your own open house a success:

1. Ensure that the event has a Christ-centered theme that appeals to those both searching for truth or those with a well-developed faith in Jesus Christ.

"Come Unto Christ" was the theme of our open house and advertised to the community as an art show featuring prints, paintings, statues and other representations of Jesus Christ from Mormon families' private collections. Although our members live far from LDS distribution centers or bookstores, it was amazing to see the variety of beautiful art pieces brought for display. The work of many of our talented artists was also displayed through homemade quilts, paintings and hand-stitched projects. One talented member made dozens of oak easels to display framed pictures of all sizes throughout the building.

2. Allow the full-time missionaries to work hand-in-hand with all auxiliary leaders and dedicated volunteers.

Elder Smith and Elder Carlson and their enthusiasm were key in making our event a success. Over the course of two months, they formed a committee and contacted each auxiliary leader of two wards to receive support. They spoke in sacrament meeting to encourage members to be involved and invite friends to the event. They spoke on the morning radio shows in town and their invitation was printed in three area newspapers. They delivered fliers, hung posters and gave personal invitations to those who live near the church. Their organization, commitment and vision were key to inspiring members to share the load and be prepared for anyone who arrived.

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