James Tissot, The Calling of St. John and St. Andrew,
Brooklyn Museum, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


John 1:29-39
1 Peter 3:12-15
3 Nephi 18:24-25

For Younger Missionaries


  • How might we use the invitation “come and see” in our ministry?
  • How did John transition his disciples to Christ? Can we do this with our friends?
  • Are you prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks the source of your hope or happiness?


[A]s surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries. You already know them or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school, and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle….

With the confusion and commotion of today’s world, it’s not surprising that fewer people are attending their places of worship. Although many want to be closer to God and to better understand the purpose of life, they have unanswered questions. Many have hearts open to the truth, but as the prophet Amos described, “they [are running] to and fro [seeking] the word of the Lord, and [cannot] find it” (Amos 8:12). You can help answer their questions. In your everyday conversations you can add to their faith in Christ.

The Savior said: “Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up” (3 Nephi 18:24).

I promise you, as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt, and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles.

The Savior taught us how to share the gospel. I like the story of Andrew, who asked, “Master, where dwellest thou?” Jesus could have responded with the location of where He lived. But instead He said to Andrew, “Come and see.” I like to think that the Savior was saying, “Come and see not only where I live but how I live. Come and see who I am. Come and feel the Spirit.” We don’t know everything about that day, but we do know that when Andrew found his brother Simon, he declared, “We have found … the Christ” (John 1:38–41).

To those who show an interest in our conversations, we can follow the Savior’s example by inviting them to “come and see.” Some will accept our invitation, and others will not. We all know someone who has been invited several times before accepting an invitation to “come and see.” Let’s also think about those who once were with us but who now we rarely see, inviting them to come back and see once more.

We respect each person’s choice and timing. The Lord said, “Let every man choose for himself” (D&C 37:4). A person’s lack of interest need not diminish our bonds of friendship and love. Whether or not the invitation is accepted as you invite others to “come and see,” you will feel the approval of the Lord and, with that approval, an added measure of faith to share your beliefs again and again….

Pray to your Heavenly Father. This is His sacred work. He will guide you in what to do. He will open doors, remove roadblocks, and help you overcome obstacles. The Lord declared, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, … and none shall stay them” (D&C 1:4–5).

I testify that “the voice of the Lord [shall be] unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear.” It’s a miracle. It is a miracle (Neil L. Andersen, “It’s a Miracle,” Ensign, May 2013).


Follow Me, and I Will
Make You Fishers of Men


Samuel Smith’s Mission


  • What if Samuel Smith had given up when he was treated so unkindly?
  • How did Samuel Smith’s work have such great results–even though he thought he had failed?



Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, The Earthquake,
Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Helaman 5

For Younger Missionaries


  • Why do you think Nephi gave up the judgment seat? Could he have been as successful at influencing the people with political power as he was as a teacher?
  • Nephi and Lehi’s father taught them and held great influence over their lives and successes. Who has been a mentor and example to you? Whom do you teach and encourage?
  • Nephi and Lehi preached to dissenters in their own lands and then to the Lamanites in the land of Nephi. Why do you suppose they taught in that order? Which do you think was harder, more joy-filled, more important?

Learn from a Missionary: Nephi and Lehi

“And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his Spirit upon the Lamanites, because of their easiness and willingness to believe in his words” (Hel 6:36).

As I read this scripture during my personal study, it touched my heart deeply and caused me to reflect upon it for several weeks. I began to question if I found it easy to believe the word of God. And why was it easy for these Lamanite converts to believe? What happened to cause a people full of hatred and disbelief to have an easiness and willingness to believe in the word of God (see 4 Nephi 1:39)?

We learn about the cause of this change during a most remarkable year. During the 62nd year of the reign of the judges, 8,000 Lamanites in Zarahemla were converted as Nephi and Lehi taught with power and authority and had what they should teach given unto them (see Helaman 5:18–19). Three hundred others were converted through a miraculous experience in which they heard a voice that did pierce them to the very soul (see Helaman 5:30). These 300 had gone forth to kill Nephi and Lehi as they sat in prison, but the 300 found themselves calling upon God when Aminadab, who was a former Nephite and dissenter from the Church, remembered and knew they should pray till they had faith in Christ (see Helaman 5:35–41). Many more Lamanites were converted through the testimony of the 300 as they ministered unto the people, declaring what they had seen and heard (see Helaman 5:49–50).

The account of the 62nd year ends with this statement: “All these things had happened and the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people” (Helaman 6:1)….

As I pondered what caused this mighty change in the hearts of these Lamanites, I came to realize this easiness and willingness to believe in the word of God comes from a softness of heart. It comes from having a heart that is sensitive to the Holy Ghost. It comes from having a heart that can love. It comes from having a heart that will make and keep sacred covenants. It comes from a soft heart that can feel the power of the Atonement of Christ.

This easiness to believe comes from the example of others who have soft hearts and who model this easiness to believe, such as Nephi and Lehi. Their father, Helaman, named them Nephi and Lehi to remind them of the faith of their fathers (see Helaman 5:6). Likewise, many of us have embedded in our names a legacy of faith from ancestors who had soft hearts and found it easy to believe the word of God….

An examination of our lives will reveal periods when we found it easier to believe the word of God. Periods of significant change, such as marriage or the birth of a child; periods of intense service from a new calling or a mission; periods in our youth with a wonderful bishop, youth leaders, and seminary teachers; periods of trials; and periods of growth from learning for the first time about the gospel are all periods of an easiness to believe….

If you are like me, you will find what really brought an easiness and willingness to believe were not the circumstances but the commitment to live the gospel during these periods of life. You were found more often on your knees and immersed in the scriptures during these periods. You found it easier to gather for family home evening and family prayer. You found it easy to be in church and to worship in the temple. You found it easy to pay tithes and offerings. Indeed, the daily living of the gospel brings a softness of heart needed to have an easiness and willingness to believe the word of God (Michael T. Ringwood, “An Easiness and Willingness to Believe,” Ensign, November 2009).


Build on the Rock
of Our Redeemer


Nephi and Lehi in Prison


  • How did these two young men change the the attitude of an entire city?
  • Did they really have to preach very much?
  • Does your face shine through the darkness? How? How do we show the love of Christ by what we do and what we are?



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?



Philippe de Champaigne, Good Shepherd, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons,.


There is no scripture reading assigned today. Use this day to catch up as needed and ponder the supplemental reading.

For Younger Missionaries

It Is Impossible for Us to Fail

[We] know that many members hesitate to do missionary work and share the gospel for two basic reasons.

  • The first one is fear. Many members do not even pray for opportunities to share the gospel, fearing that they might receive divine promptings to do something they think they are not capable of doing.
  • The second reason is misunderstanding of what missionary work is….

Brothers and sisters, fear will be replaced with faith and confidence when members and the full-time missionaries kneel in prayer and ask the Lord to bless them with missionary opportunities. Then, we must demonstrate our faith and watch for opportunities to introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ to our Heavenly Father’s children, and surely those opportunities will come. These opportunities will never require a forced or a contrived response. They will flow as a natural result of our love for our brothers and sisters. Just be positive, and those whom you speak with will feel your love. They will never forget that feeling, though the timing may not be right for them to embrace the gospel….

It is impossible for us to fail when we do our best when we are on the Lord’s errand. While the outcome is a result of the exercise of one’s agency, sharing the gospel is our responsibility.

Trust the Lord. He is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep, and His sheep know His voice; and today the voice of the Good Shepherd is your voice and my voice. And if we are not engaged, many who would hear the message of the Restoration will be passed by. Simply stated, it’s a matter of faith and action on our part….

You don’t have to be an outgoing person or an eloquent, persuasive teacher. If you have an abiding love and hope within you, the Lord has promised if you “lift up your voices unto this people [and] speak the thoughts that [He] shall put into your hearts, … you shall not be confounded before men… (D&C 100:5–6) (M. Russell Ballard, “Put Your Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 2013).


My Work and My Glory


Missionary Song Medley


  • What did all these missionaries seem to have in common?
  • How can we let the world see how happy the gospel makes us?
  • Will learning while we are young how to invite others to join with us help us be better full-time missionaries?



Anonymous, Christ the True Vine icon (Athens, 16th century), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


John 15
D&C 84:79–85

For Younger Missionaries


  • In what way is Christ the Vine? How are you a branch of that Vine? Can one be a branch and not feel love for God’s other children?
  • How does our own diligent study of the gospel and the scriptures strengthen our ability to teach according to the Spirit?
  • In D&C 84 many promises are given to those engaged in missionary work. Which of them appeals most to you, and why?

Preach My Gospel: Teaching by the Spirit

Because the gospel of Jesus Christ is the “power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16), the message of the Restoration of the gospel must be taught by divine power—the power of the Holy Ghost, who is the third member of the Godhead. He is often called the Spirit, and one of His roles is to teach and testify of the truth. As you teach by that power, the Holy Ghost will:

  • Teach you new truths and bring the doctrines you have studied to your remembrance (John 14:26).
  • Give you words to speak in the very moment you need them (D&C 84:85)…
  • Testify of the truthfulness of your message and confirm your words (D&C 100:5–8).
  • Help you discern the needs of the people you are teaching (Alma 12:7).

The Spirit is essential for teaching the truths of the gospel in a way that builds faith in others. As you strive to develop the faith to rely on the Spirit, you should:

(Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 3-4).


The True Vine


Other Teachings at
the Last Supper


  • How do we show others that we love Jesus?
  • How can we keep attached to the vine?



Minerva Teichert, Record of the Jaredites, Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Ether 12:33–37

For Younger Missionaries


  • What does Ether 12:37 say about how we measure success in missionary work?
  • How do we develop love for the people we hope to invite to hear the gospel?

We Succeed When We Invite

We succeed as member missionaries when we invite people to learn and accept truth. We give them the opportunity to exercise their agency.

We have observed this general pattern—one in four people we invite to learn more say “yes.”… [I]nviting people really is easy because you succeed when you invite, regardless of how it turns out!

When the background of our invitations is love, every invitation is a success because it is an expression of our love for others. God’s love for His children is completely unaffected by the choices they make, and we too can love people regardless of their responses to our invitations (Clayton Christensen. “We Cannot Predict & Should Not Judge,” The Power of Everyday Missionaries. [accessed Dec 7, 2013]).

What Is Success?

Nothing succeeds like success. My faith deepens every time I invite someone. This is a key reason why making a single initial invitation, like Ben did, can be so important: because it helps you feel the seed grow (see Alma 32). As the seed grows, you begin to believe that God can actually help you find someone to hear the missionary discussions, if you will just do your part and invite. This understanding has made missionary work much easier for me.

I learned this principle even more deeply a few years ago when I had a conversation with a friend at work, Wes Lambert. Wes spoke of the influence that the Mormons he had known at the Harvard Business School had had on his life. “Because of you guys, I decided it wasn’t right to live with my girlfriend, so we got married. Because I saw how much happiness your children brought you, we decided to have kids—we now have two. When I saw that your families are so important to you that you don’t work weekends, I stopped working weekends too. I’ve even started going to temple on Saturday. But there’s still one difference between you Mormons and me. It’s clear that you do what you do because you love God. I’m going to church because I fear God.”

Statistically, about five of every ten people that members of the church refer to missionaries end up taking one or more missionary discussions. And of those five who take a discussion, one is baptized.Data collected by Clayton Christensen from ten stakes in New England, 2002-2003

I replied that he was right: We do what we do because we love God. Later that day via email, I invited him and his wife to our home so that we could explain how we had come to know and love God. I promised Wes that he could know and love Him too.

A couple of days later I saw Wes and asked if he’d be willing to do this. He thanked me very graciously for caring enough to offer, but then turned me down flat. “We’re committed to the traditions of our church, and I have hope that I can find what you’re offering within
our tradition.”

I was crushed. But in the midst of that feeling, I was filled with a very strong impression—almost as if an unseen person were standing beside me—that Jesus loved Wes Lambert. His love for Wes was completely unaffected by the fact that Wes had just rejected this opportunity to learn of Him. Jesus loved Wes so deeply that He already had suffered for all of the sins that Wes might commit—in the off chance that Wes might accept Him when invited to do so. This is how I know that we succeed when we invite (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 23–24).


We Succeed When We invite


He Sent His Son


  • How does it make you feel when you receive a gift from a friend?
  • Can you imagine how your friend would feel if you were able to give the gift of the gospel?



Minerva Teichert, An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah, Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Alma 32:27–33
D&C 33:2–7

For Younger Missionaries


  • How does the planting of the seed allegory relate to missionary work?
  • How can the Lord say in the same phrase that this is a crooked and perverse generation and that the field is white and ready for harvest?
  • Have you ever felt that you have thrust in your sickle with “all your might, mind, and strength?”

The Power of Everyday Missionaries: Finding Someone to Say “No”

My friend Ben told me this story…: “First, Clay, you say that you can’t predict in advance who, of all the people you’ll meet, is going to be interested in learning about the gospel—right? Second, as a general rule you say that about one of four people whom you invite will say ‘yes.’ This means that you’ll hear ‘no’ three times for each ‘yes’ you’ll hear. Right? That is a hard one because I am fragile about things like this. If I fail the first time, it is really hard for me to try again,” Ben explained…. “But I figured out how to solve this paradox. I promised the Lord that I would find someone who would say ‘no’ to my invitation. That’s right. Someone who will say ‘no.’ That is easy. Sure enough, the first person I asked said ‘no’—and I had succeeded! Finding someone to say ‘no’ was a lot easier than I had thought!”

Ben then set a goal to find three additional people to say ‘no.’ The next person surprised Ben by accepting! That was all it took for Ben. He learned that inviting people really is easy because you succeed when you invite, regardless of how it turns out. Nothing succeeds like success. My faith deepens every time I invite someone. This is a key reason why making a single initial invitation, like Ben did, can be so important: because it helps you feel the seed grow (see Alma 32). As the seed grows, you begin to believe that God can actually help you find someone to hear the missionary discussions, if you will just do your part and invite. This understanding has made missionary work much easier for me…. Most of us fear failure. Once we have realized that we succeed as member missionaries when we invite people to learn and accept the truth, much of the fear that kept us from sharing the gospel vanishes…. We succeed when we invite (Clayton M. Christensen, The Power of Everyday Missionaries, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013, 22–23).


Our Responsibility to Invite


Alma Teaches about Faith and
the Word of God


  • Have you felt how your seed of faith is growing?
  • How can you help a friend plant and nourish their own seed of faith?



Rembrandt, Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.


Isaiah 43:1–4
Deuteronomy 30:2–6

For Younger Missionaries


  • Do all of the Lord’s promises to those who help in the gathering apply to us as we invite others to hear the gospel?
  • As you read these scriptures, can you get a sense of the special love and close relationship we develop with Christ as we strive to rescue His children?
  • How does His love empower us to be courageous messengers?

The Perfect Referral

Let’s talk about … preparing your friends to meet the missionaries. We could call this “how to make the perfect referral.” It begins long before the referral. It begins, oddly enough, with how we feel about ourselves. To start with, we usually have to like ourselves and know that we are spirit children of our Father in heaven. At that point we will not need our friends to feed our egos, flatter our self-images, or assure us that we are worthwhile persons.

If we don’t have this kind of self-assurance and security two things could happen: (1) We could approach our friends about the Church because we are trying to prove to God, to the Church, or to the ward mission leader that we really are “good” members of the Church. That’s exploitation of our friendship—and believe me, there’s no way to hide that kind of insincerity. (2) The second thing is that if our friends respond negatively to our invitation we will feel angry or hurt and, thinking that they are rejecting us personally, will withdraw our friendship. Of course that closes the door forever on sharing the gospel with them and may lead to our criticizing them or, depending on how insecure we feel, even criticizing the member missionary program.

If we have these insecurities, what can we do about them? The same things that we do to gain a testimony of a principle of the gospel: study, prayer, and hard work. I testify that really understanding our own individual worth in the sight of our loving Father is one of the most humbling and exciting experiences we can have. We sense our own sacredness, our own nobility and dignity. And no external occurrence can really hurt that feeling.

Once we feel this way about ourselves, we can understand that our friend is equally precious to the Lord and, consequently, infinitely precious to us. When we treat people with that kind of care and thoughtfulness, they respond; when we tell them in that context that we’d like to share with them something very precious to us—the gospel—they respond with the same kind of respect that we have shown them. But in addition to making the invitation to learn about the gospel in this atmosphere of good feelings, let’s be sure that we make it clearly. A simple way is to restate in one way or another what the agreement is: “Then you’d like to have the missionaries show their films and present their half dozen lessons to you at our home, right?” This clear restatement leaves little room for misunderstandings and future hurt feelings.

The last step in making the referral is usually (there may be exceptions, depending on the circumstances) to have your friend taught in your presence. You know him best; you can read his clues if he begins to feel pressured or uncomfortable. Later, you can help explain doctrines from the background of your shared experience and feelings. What a boost you can give the spirit that the missionaries will bring with them! (Sterling Ellsworth, “When You Think You’ve Really Blown It,” Ensign, Oct. 1977).


Those Warned Must Warn Others


The Prophets Tell about Jesus


  • How do prophets help our faith grow?
  • Have you tried to tell a friend that there is a prophet on the earth today? How might you do that?



Minerva Teichert, Helaman’s Striplings/Samuel the Lamanite, Brigham Young University Museum of Art.


Helaman 13:1–6; 14

For Younger Missionaries


  • Nephi was the prophet of that day—why would the Lord send Samuel to prophesy?
  • When Samuel’s efforts were rejected, did he give up? How much effort (and vocal strength!) would it have taken to get up on that wall to preach?
  • Do you think Samuel ever saw a convert from his efforts? Do you think the Lord sent him to convert or to testify? Is that any different than our commission?

Learn from a Missionary: Samuel the Lamanite

Has the world ever seen a more classic example of indomitable will, of faith and courage than that displayed by Samuel the Prophet: “One of the Lamanites who did observe strictly to keep the commandments of God” (Hel. 13:1). Visualize, if you can, this despised Lamanite standing on the walls of Zarahemla and while arrows and stones were shot at him, crying out to his white accusers that the sword of justice hung over them. So righteous was he that God sent an angel to visit him. His predictions were fulfilled in due time relating to the early coming of Christ, his ministry, death and resurrection, and the eventual destruction of these Nephite people. So great faith had he that the multitudes could not harm him until his message was delivered and so important was his message that subsequently the Savior required a revision of the records to include his prophecies concerning the resurrection of the Saints (Hel. 13–16; 3 Ne. 23)….

Among these children of God were many prophets, and fires would not burn them; stones and arrows could not hit them; prisons could not hold them; pits could not be dug deep enough to imprison them. Among these, the children of the covenant, their lame walked; their blind ones saw; their deaf heard; their dumb spoke; the dead lived again. Among these, the remnant of Jacob, the rich were humble; the poor were provided for; the oppressed were rescued; justice reigned; and freedom was a reality. Among these, the branch of the tree of Israel, the Holy Ghost whispered to them; angels ministered to them; the Creator and Master visited them (Spencer W. Kimball, “Who Is My Neighbor?” Ensign, May 1949, 103).


Israel, Israel, God is Calling


Samuel the Lamanite
Tells about Jesus


  • What do we learn from Samuel about being a missionary?
  • Will the Lord protect you as He did Samuel, when you are doing his work?
  • Do you know what signs we will see before Jesus comes again?



Paul Gustave Dore, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Genesis 1:26–31; 2:15–17
Alma 12:22–34

For Younger Missionaries


  • Adam and Eve played their part in the work. What is our part?
  • Why do you think the Preach My Gospel manual instructs missionaries not to include everything they may know when teaching about the Fall of Adam and Eve, especially when first teaching this doctrine?
  • How would you teach it to a friend or neighbor?

Agency and the Fall

Adam and Eve were the first of God’s children to come to the earth. God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, with bodies of flesh and bones. While Adam and Eve were in the garden, they were still in God’s presence and could have lived forever. They lived in innocence, and God provided for their needs.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve their agency. He commanded them not to eat the forbidden fruit, or the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obeying this commandment meant that they could remain in the garden, but they could not progress by experiencing opposition in mortality. They could not know joy because they could not experience sorrow and pain.

Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and they chose to do so. This was part of God’s plan. Because of this choice, they were cast from the garden and out of God’s physical presence. This event is called the Fall. Separation from God’s presence is spiritual death. Adam and Eve became mortal—subject to physical death, or separation of the body and spirit. They could now experience disease and all types of suffering. They had moral agency or the ability to choose between good and evil. This made it possible for them to learn and progress. It also made it possible for them to make wrong choices and to sin. In addition, they could now have children, so the rest of God’s spirit children could come to earth, obtain physical bodies, and be tested. Only in this way could God’s children progress and become like Him (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 49-50).


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

A Mother’s Hope


  • Do you think there are people searching as desperately for the gospel as this mother was for her children?
  • Do you believe the Lord had a role in getting the mother connected with her children? Do you think He will help us as we try to connect the Lord’s children to His church?
  • Should we be as earnest as this mother in finding God’s children and helping them get back to Him?