Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, King Benjamin’s Farewell Address,  BYU Museum of Art.


Mosiah 4:6-12

For Younger Missionaries


  • What needs did King Benjamin perceive the people had and how did he help them to find peace? Are those needs any different today?
  • How can we remind ourselves that others are not looking for facts or doctrine—they are searching for peace, comfort, and happiness?

What They Are Interested In

When someone says, “Tell me about the Mormon Church,” we often give a doctrinal response—eternal families, modern prophets and scriptures, and so on. This makes sense to us because doctrine is the reason why we are in our church instead of in another. Doctrine over time becomes very important to converts, too. But it typically is not the initial reason for their interest.

In 1975, the Church did an extensive survey of new converts to determine what it was about the Church that had initially interested them…. These were the results, in order of frequency of mention:

  1. The feeling of closeness to God that they wanted to experience because they could see this closeness in the lives of Mormons they knew.
  2. Happiness and a sense of peace, which they wanted and which they saw in the lives of Mormons they knew.
  3. They wanted a better sense of purposefulness and direction in their lives. They tended to see this in Mormons they knew.

Only 9 percent of new converts said that doctrine was the main thing that attracted them to the Church. For all who are baptized and remain active, doctrine becomes much of the glue that cements them in the Church. But it typically isn’t what they were looking for at the outset….

[W]hen someone gives us a chance to tell them about us, as a general rule we ought not to tell them what we like about our own church…. Rather, when I respond with a question like “It’s a great church. Why do you ask?” if they don’t have anything specific in mind, I then answer with something relating to the three reasons noted above. If they have something more specific in mind, then I can answer specifically (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 26–27).


We Can Find Happiness


King Benjamin


  • According to King Benjamin, how do we serve God?
  • Does this have any thing to do with missionary work?
  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could help others experience the joy King Benjamin’s people experienced when they repented?


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