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James Tissot, Our Lord Jesus, Brooklyn Museum, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

3 Nephi 11:31–41; 27:13–22

For Younger Missionaries

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • We can’t succeed alone. For the gospel plan to work for us, several individuals need to be involved. How many of them can you name?
  • What is the process for making the gospel of Christ our pattern for living? How do we get started? How do we return to the gospel path when we have strayed?

PREACH MY GOSPEL—
Gospel of Jesus Christ

The gospel of Jesus Christ defines both your message and your purpose; that is, it provides both the “what” and the “why” of missionary work. The Savior defined His gospel to include some very vital and basic doctrines. He came into the world to do His Father’s will, and His Father sent Him into the world to be lifted up on the cross. By His Atonement and Resurrection, all men will be lifted up to stand before Christ to be judged of their works, whether they be good or evil. Those who exercise faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and are baptized in Christ’s name can be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. If they endure to the end, they will stand spotless before Christ at the last day and will enter into the rest of the Lord. Christ will hold them guiltless before the Father. He will be their Mediator and Advocate. Those who do not endure in faithfulness to the end will be “cast into the fire … because of the justice of the Father (see 3 Nephi 27:13–22; compare 2 Nephi 31:10–21; 3 Nephi 11:31–41; D&C 76:40–42, 50–53).

The purpose of the gospel is to cleanse people of their sins so they can receive the Savior’s mercy at the day of judgment. Therefore, the focus of this book and, more important, the work you do each day is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

Individuals and families begin to follow Christ as they exercise faith in Him and repent of their sins. They receive a remission of sins through baptism and by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost from one who has authority from God to perform these ordinances.

“Preach the first principles of the Gospel—preach them over again: you will find that day after day new ideas and additional light concerning them will be revealed to you. You can enlarge upon them so as to comprehend them clearly. You will then be able to make them more plainly understood by those [you] teach.” – Hyrum Smith, History of the Church, 6:323

They then endure to the end, or, in other words, they continue throughout their lives in exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, and renewing the covenants they have made. These are not just steps that they experience once in their lives; rather, when repeated throughout life these principles become an increasingly rewarding pattern of living. In fact, it is the only way of living that will bring peace of conscience and enable Heavenly Father’s children to return to live in His presence.

Obedience to Jesus Christ is a lifelong commitment. Through exercising faith, repenting, being baptized and committing to serve Christ, and then receiving the Holy Ghost, we can experience healing, forgiveness of sins, and complete conversion to the Savior and His gospel.

Help people gain faith in Jesus Christ unto repentance by teaching and testifying that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of the priesthood have been restored and by inviting them to live by His teachings (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 5-6).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

The Gospel is Good News

FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES


Jesus Christ Appears
to the Nephites

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER MISSIONARIES

  • Do some people we might talk to need to hear three or more times before they understand?
  • Jesus asked the people to go home and think and pray about what He said. Is that something we could ask our friends to do after talking about a gospel point?

 

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