Minerva Teichert, Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, not for commercial use.


Alma 13:21–24; 16:16–17; 31:32–38
D&C 29:5–7

For Younger Missionaries


  • What kind of comfort and sustenance can we expect to receive from God when we try to share the gospel?
  • If our duty is to find willing investigators, and people have to decide for themselves, how should we determine which LDS doctrines to share with them and when to do so?
  • How can a person be “swallowed up in the joy of Christ”? (Alma 31:38)

Preach My Gospel: Developing the Faith to Find

We are all brothers and sisters in the family of God. This knowledge gives us a sense of identity and belonging. It gives us reason to hope for eternal life in God’s presence. We understand these basic truths because of the Restoration. Teaching restored truths to your brothers and sisters is your responsibility and blessing….

You are to build up the Church by finding “them that will receive you” (D&C 42:8). Such people will recognize that you are the Lord’s servants. They will be willing to act on your message. Many of these people have been “kept from the truth [only] because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12).

Usually you do not know who these people are. They may not immediately recognize that you are the Lord’s servants. They may not understand that greater peace, direction, and purpose in life will come through the restored gospel than from anything else. They often do not realize that they are looking for the restored gospel until they have found it. For example, one convert said, “When I heard the gospel, it filled a hole in my heart that I didn’t know was there.” Another said, “I have finished the search I didn’t know I was on.”…

Finding by the Spirit is as important as teaching by the Spirit. As in teaching, your efforts in finding will be effective if you are guided by the Spirit. Have faith that you will know what to teach and what to do to find those who will receive you (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 155-56).


Developing the Faith to Find


The Zoramites and
the Rameumpton


  • How does thinking we are better than others prevent us from being effective missionaries?
  • How did it help Alma to be a better missionary, that he was sad (rather than mad) at the wickedness of the Zoramites?


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