Henryk Siemiradzki, Christ with Martha and Maria, Russian Museum, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


2 Peter 1:1–10
3 Nephi 27:21, 27
D&C 88:77–84; 76:1–10; 121:45–46

For Younger Missionaries


  • If we do what Christ did, how will that make us better missionaries?
  • What is the difference between innocence and ignorance? Why is that distinction important to us as we share the gospel?
  • How does an investigator go about converting the doctrines learned into his or her own personal virtue?


Virtue originates in your innermost thoughts and desires. It is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards. Since the Holy Ghost does not dwell in unclean tabernacles, virtue is prerequisite to receiving the Spirit’s guidance. What you choose to think and do when you are alone and you believe no one is watching is a strong measure of your virtue.

Virtuous people are clean and pure spiritually. They focus on righteous, uplifting thoughts and put unworthy thoughts that lead to inappropriate actions out of their minds. They obey God’s commandments and follow the counsel of Church leaders. They pray for the strength to resist temptation and do what is right. They quickly repent of any sins or wrongdoings. They live worthy of a temple recommend.

Your mind is like a stage in a theater; in the theater of your mind, however, only one actor can be on stage at a time. If the stage is left bare, thoughts of darkness and sin often enter the stage to tempt. But these thoughts have no power if the stage of your mind is occupied by wholesome thoughts, such as a memorized hymn or verse of scripture that you can call upon in a moment of temptation. By controlling the stage of your mind, you can successfully resist persistent urges to yield to temptation and indulge in sin. You can become pure and virtuous.


The Lord commanded, “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). He also warned, “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance” (D&C 131:6). Seek knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge. Study the scriptures every day, and also study the words of the living prophets. Through study and prayer, seek help for your specific questions, challenges, and opportunities. Give special attention to scripture passages you can use as you teach and as you answer questions about the restored gospel.

Think about how you can apply gospel principles in your life. As you study diligently, prayerfully, and with pure intent, the Holy Ghost will enlighten your mind, teach you, and help you understand the meaning of the scriptures and the teachings of living prophets. You can also gain knowledge by watching and listening to others, especially Church leaders. Like Nephi, you can say: “My soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them. … Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard” (2 Nephi 4:15–16) (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 118–119).


Please read and discuss the following video together as a family.

Wrong Roads


  • Did the Lord help Elder Holland and his son find the right road? Did they have to take the wrong road to find the right one?
  • When we invite someone to learn about the church and they say “no,” do we feel like we many have taken a wrong turn?
  • Is the Lord still with us in our missionary efforts—even though we have faced rejection?


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