Doctrine and Covenants 79–80: Mission Calls

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 91–92


Think of how wonderful it would be to receive a mission call signed by the prophet. Imagine how the brethren receiving their mission calls inDoctrine and Covenants 79–80felt. What challenges might these brethren have faced as they accepted their mission calls that missionaries do not face today?

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 79

Eastern countries(v. 1)Eastern United States 
Comforter(v. 2)Holy Ghost 
Crown him again with sheaves(v. 3)Bless him with converts 

Doctrine and Covenants 80

Amiss(v. 3)Wrong, astray 

Doctrine and Covenants 80:4—You Cannot Teach What You Do Not Know

Elder Orson Pratt, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made the following observation about missionary work: “I have been abroad with several companies of missionaries … , and I have n them lament and mourn, and have heard them tell their feelings one to another, saying—‘O that I had occupied my time that I have spent as it were in folly, in treasuring up the principles of eternal life,—that I had studied the scriptures—that I had made myself acquainted more extensively with the doctrines of the Church—that I had made myself acquainted with those principles revealed from heaven for our guidance! I should then have been prepared to stand before the inhabitants of the earth and edify them with regard to our principles’” (inJournal of Discourses,7:76).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 79–80.

Activity A iconThe Blessings of Missionary Work

  1. 1.

    How did the Lord describe the gospel to Jared Carter inDoctrine and Covenants 79:1?

  2. 2.

    If there are people who do not feel that way about the gospel, what do you think they should do?

  3. 3.

    What promises did the Lord make to Brother Carter if he served faithfully? How could you receive those promises now?

Activity B iconMissionary Preparation

  1. 1.

    InDoctrine and Covenants 80, what were Stephen Burnett and Eden Smith commanded to teach on their mission?

  2. 2.

    What must every missionary do before he or she can fulfill this command the way the Lord intended?