“We do not strive for conversion to the Church but to Christ and His gospel, a conversion that is facilitated by the Church.”
(D. Todd Christofferson “Why the Church” Ensign or Liahona November 2015)
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:6).
Discuss the following questions as a family:
Is it possible to attend Church regularly but not really be converted? Why? Could a person seem very spiritual to others but not really be very spiritual? What would cause someone to be different on the inside than they appear on the outside?
Invite your family to read Revelation 3:1–6, looking for how these verses apply to this principle. To help your family understand these verses, share the following statement from President Spencer W. Kimball: “There are many people in this Church today who think they live, but they are dead to the spiritual things. . . . Their service is much of the letter and less of the spirit.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1951, 105.) Ask:
What does it mean when someone is “just going through the motions”? What advice does the Lord give to this group? What additional insight do Matthew 5:5–8 and 2 Corinthians 3:6 give? What do we need to do in our lives so we can stay spiritually strong in a wicked society? What blessings are promised in Revelation 3:5to those who heed the counsel of Jesus Christ? What is the Lord encouraging us to do in Revelation 3:6?
Challenge your family to do the right things, for the right reason.
(Adapted from: Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The New Testament, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006])