Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, Moroni, the Last Nephite, BYU Museum of Art, not for commercial use.


Read one of the scripture passages listed in the reading selection below.

For Younger Missionaries


  • What answers to current common concerns did you find in the reading selection you chose?
  • What great question in your own soul has the Book of Mormon helped answer? How would you summarize it to an investigator?
  • Do you have a neighbor or friend who has a hardship that the Book of Mormon can help resolve?

Answers of the Soul

President Ezra Taft Benson said that missionaries “need to show how [the Book of Mormon] answers the great questions of the soul” (“Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 5).

A Challenge: Invite to Serve

Sometime in the next week, invite a nonmember friend or neighbor to help you with:

  • An aspect of your calling—teaching a lesson, planning an event, making a treat
  • A church-sponsored service project
  • Serving a home-teaching family or a visiting teaching sister
  • Babysitting while you attend the temple

“The great questions of the soul” may include such questions as these: Is there really a God? Did I exist before I was born? Will I live after I die? What is the purpose of life? Is Jesus really the Savior?

Other questions may focus on more temporal needs: How can I improve my relationship with my spouse? How can I help my teenagers avoid drugs or immorality? How can I find work to support my family?

The gospel of Jesus Christ helps us answer both kinds of questions. As we gain faith that the Book of Mormon is true, we can begin to answer questions about the purpose of life and the hope of eternal life. The Book of Mormon describes the plan of happiness, which gives meaning and perspective to life. Answers to questions such as the following are clearly taught in the Book of Mormon.

As we read the Book of Mormon with the guidance of the Spirit, it helps us answer personal questions. It teaches that prayer and revelation are the key to solving particular problems. It helps us have faith that God will answer our prayers.

The Book of Mormon also helps us understand that God’s commandments are not a restrictive list of dos and don’ts but guideposts to a happy, abundant life. As we begin to understand that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are the way to the abundant life, we will appreciate that these principles help answer any question and fill any need. For example, we understand that repentance, forgiveness, and the covenant to serve others are essential in improving relationships with our spouses. We see that faith in Christ, accepting and keeping covenants, and following the promptings of the Spirit can help teenagers avoid the powerful temptations that surround them.

The gospel can resolve almost any question or need. This is why you are to “teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel” (D&C 42:12) (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 107).


Questions of the Soul


Book of Mormon story


  • What message in the Book of Mormon brought peace and comfort to Bishop Cooke?
  • Did you notice how Bishop Cooke has a short description of what the Book of Mormon is about? Do you think that is useful in missionary work?
  • What did reading the Book of Mormon make Bishop Cooke want to do?


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