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Fellowshipping Members

Come Back
In this letter from the First Presidency, the Church invites less active members to come back into full fellowship.
Fellowshipping Members
"Latter-day Saints consider themselves brothers and sisters (see Brotherhood and Sisterhood) responsible to help one another. Their informal acts of friendship and kindness foster congeniality within the Church and assist new members as they move into its social context. In addition, the Church has developed some practices specifically intended to help integrate new members." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Home Teaching
"The home teaching program is a response to modern revelation commissioning those ordained to the priesthood to 'teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church…and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties,…to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking' [D&C 20:42-54]." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Visiting Teaching
"Visiting teaching is an organized means whereby the women of the Church receive regular instructional and compassionate service visits—usually by personal contact in the home—from other female members of the Church. The purpose is to promote sisterhood, present inspirational messages, and note instances of need wherein the temporal and spiritual resources of the Church might be helpful." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
To the Home Teachers of the Church
At April 1987 General Conference, President Ezra Taft Benson instructs the priesthood brethren on how to become effective home teachers.
Home Teaching--A Divine Service
At October 1997 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson discusses the importance of home teaching.
Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service
At October 1997 General Conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley discusses the importance of fellowshipping members and other topics.
Friendship: A Gospel Principle
At April 1999 General Conference, Elder Marlin K. Jensen explains the importance of friendship.
Converts and Young Men
At April 1997 General Conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley discusses the importance of strengthening new converts.
"A Teacher Come From God"
At April 1998 General Conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland explains the importance of teaching and nourishing members in the Lord's way.
At April 1999 General Conference, Elder Ned B. Roueché discusses the importance of nourishing someone in the good word of God.
Welcome Home
At April 1999 General Conference, Bishop Keith B. McMullin explains how Christ can help someone return to the fold.
Priesthood and the Home
At April 1999 General Conference, Elder D. Lee Tobler discusses the importance of helping every family enjoy the benefits of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
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