Tips for a Powerful Pair-up
Today's the big day! Everyone who signed up for the Power of a Pair program will receive an email at some point today with the name and email address of a study buddy.
After the initial pair-up, the rest of the relationship is up to you. If you're nervous-excited about reaching out to someone you don't know, then here are some tips to help.
It may sound obvious, but give your partner an idea of who you are. If you're comfortable, share some basic info about your family, interests, and other major aspects of your life. Consider following each other on social media so you can stay informed of each other's happenings.
Share your goals.
Chances are one of your New Year's resolutions had something to do with being a better student of the Word. Let your partner in on it. What scriptural mountains do you want to tackle this year? What's been on your heart to study? (Tomorrow I'll share mine!)
Decide what you want your partnership to be about.
Maybe you're going to read through the Book of Mormon in a year, and your partnership will be about keeping each other on track. Or perhaps you're both going through difficult trials, and your partnership will be about encouraging each other with an uplifting verse each day.
Decide how you'll contact each other.
Text? Email? Phone call? Comment on each day's Gospel Blog article? (wink)
Decide how frequently you'll check in.
Daily text? Weekly email? Private Facebook chat whenever?
Don't be afraid to be vulnerable ("I don't know what that scripture means") and honest ("I've actually never read the entire Bible"). The more "you" you are, the better your relationship will be.
If you envisioned an intimate partnership with hour-long phone calls each night, but your partner is more like, "One text a week is enough for me," then don't get discouraged. Maybe you discover that you have absolutely nothing in common, or you disagree straightaway on the interpretation of Genesis 1:1. It's OK. Just take a deep breath, adjust your expectations, and accept your partner for who she is instead of moping about who she's not.
If there is one cardinal guideline for Power of a Pair it's this: Don't up and vanish on your partner! Unanswered emails and missed messages are probably not what your partner had in mind when he signed up. If you know that you're a flake — hey, at least you admit it — then don't over-commit upfront. Be honest about what you can handle and what you can't, and then honor the arrangement you agree on. Use the golden rule as your guide.
We hope these tips help you get started on the right foot, and we pray that God opens His word to you in wonderful, new ways in 2016.
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