Chapter 31: Our Duty to Preach the Gospel

"Chapter 31: Our Duty to Preach the Gospel," Part Eight: Saving Our Families, ()


How can we help all our Father in Heaven’s children hear the gospel?

Our Father in Heaven Wants All of His Children to Know the Gospel

Our Father in Heaven loves all His children. Each of us is important to Him, and each can become like Him. He wants us to return to live with Him and to have the same happiness and glory that He has.

Our Father in Heaven has a plan to help each of us return and live with Him. The plan is called the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we study the gospel, we learn how important we are. We learn why we are here on this earth. We also learn where we will go when we die. We learn what we must do to return to our Father in Heaven.

Jesus Christ is our spirit brother. He is the firstborn spirit son of our Father in Heaven. He came to earth as our Father in Heaven’s Only Begotten Son in the flesh. He loves us so much that He suffered and died for us. He taught what our Father in Heaven wants us to know and do. He organized His Church to help us. He gave His priesthood to men on earth so they can do His work.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that has our Father in Heaven’s priesthood and His true plan. Our Father in Heaven wants all people to learn about His plan and to accept it. The ordinances of the true Church are necessary for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven.

Our Father in Heaven has told every member of His Church to tell others about the gospel. All the prophets since Adam have used much of their time teaching the gospel to others. They have told us that every member of the Church should be a missionary. This is part of the promise we made when we were baptized. We promised to tell people about Jesus whenever we can.

Discussion

  • Why must all people hear the gospel?

  • Who has the responsibility to teach the gospel to all people?

Each family in the Church should understand the importance of teaching the gospel. We know how important the gospel plan is. We should care enough for others to do whatever is needed to help them understand our Father in Heaven’s plan.

Family members can do many things to help others learn about the gospel. Some of these things are:

  1. 1.

    Do good things for others.

  2. 2.

    Tell others you are happy because you obey the teachings of the gospel.

  3. 3.

    Explain the gospel to friends and neighbors. Invite them to go with you to meetings of the Church.

  4. 4.

    Invite people to come to your home to be with you for family home evening or when the missionaries can teach them.

  5. 5.

    Give to the missionaries the names and addresses of your friends or relatives who might want to learn about the gospel.

  6. 6.

    Teach children the importance of serving as missionaries. Help them save money to go on a mission.

  7. 7.

    Pay your tithing.

  8. 8.

    Donate money to the missionary fund.

Discussion

  • Think of a way to tell someone who is not a member of the Church about the gospel.

  • What can your family do to help other people learn about the gospel?

Your Family Can Be a Part of the Important Missionary Work of the Church

Our Church has sent thousands of missionaries to teach the gospel in many lands. Most of them are young people between the ages of 19 and 25. Older people also serve as missionaries. They are faithful, obedient members of the Church who have a desire to serve our Father in Heaven.

Many more missionaries are needed. Your family can take part in this important work by preparing family members to go on missions. Parents can help their children get testimonies of the gospel and learn how to explain the gospel to others. They can teach their children to love people of all cultures. Parents should also prepare themselves to go on a mission after their children are grown.

Many people have not yet heard about the gospel. Some of them live in countries where missionaries have never been able to go. These people must have the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. Our Father in Heaven will provide a way for this to be done. We should pray to Him that the leaders of these countries will allow the missionaries to enter and teach their people.

Discussion

  • How have families in the Church been fulfilling their responsibility to teach the gospel to all people?

  • Why are even more missionaries needed today?

Great Blessings Come to Those Who Tell Others about the Gospel

Our Father in Heaven will bless us if we care enough for others to tell them about the gospel. He will bless us for obeying His commandment and for the happiness we bring to those who accept the gospel. He has told us we will be happy if we help only one of His children learn the gospel and return to Him. Our joy will be even greater if we help many of His children go back to Him.

Discussion

  • What blessings come from taking the gospel to others?

  • Have you experienced any of these blessings?

References

Our Father in Heaven Wants All of His Children to Know the Gospel

  • Matthew 24:14 (The gospel must be preached to all nations.)

  • Mark 16:15–16 (Jesus told His Apostles to teach the gospel to every person.)

  • Acts 5:42 (The early Apostles taught the gospel to everyone they could.)

Your Family Can Be a Part of the Important Missionary Work of the Church

Great Blessings Come to Those Who Tell Others about the Gospel