Lesson Ideas for Children, Youth, and Adults


Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service

We challenge you to rise to a new sense of commitment to assist our Father in Heaven in His glorious work. Every missionary has an important role in helping “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Lesson 25: “They Taught with Power and Authority of God,” Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Inspire class members to follow the example of the sons of Mosiah by sharing the gospel and ministering to others.

Lesson 43: “Spiritual Preparation for a Mission,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

Each young man will realize that to serve a successful mission he must be prepared spiritually.

Lesson 19: “Preparing and Encouraging Missionaries,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part A

Presidents of the Church have asked for more missionaries to carry the gospel to the world, but they have emphasized that they must be better prepared than ever before.

Lesson 20: “Understanding a Missionary’s Responsibilities,” Young Women Manual 3

Each young woman will understand a missionary’s responsibilities.

Lesson 19: “Preparing to Teach Others,” Young Women Manual 2

Each young woman will prepare herself to share the gospel with others.

Lesson 25: “Every Young Man Should Serve a Mission,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

Each young man will realize that full-time missionary service is both a privilege and a responsibility.

Lesson 23: “Practical Preparation for a Mission,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

Each young man will understand how preparing in practical skills will help him to be a more effective missionary.

Lesson 21: “Learning to Share the Gospel,” Young Women Manual 3

Each young woman will understand her responsibility to share the gospel and gain confidence in doing missionary work.

Lesson 41: “Every Member a Missionary,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Inspire class members to participate in taking the gospel to all the world and to strengthen new converts.

Lesson 26: “Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Inspire class members to follow the example of the Kirtland Saints who made great sacrifices to share the gospel and remained steadfast during times of adversity.

Lesson 11: “The Field Is White Already to Harvest,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Help class members resolve to strengthen the kingdom of God through diligent service, particularly by sharing the gospel through missionary work.

Chapter 33: “Missionary Work,” Gospel Principles

Every member of the Church is a missionary. We should be missionaries even if we are not formally called and set apart. We are responsible to teach the gospel by word and deed to all of our Heavenly Father’s children.

Lesson 31: “And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith,” New Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Help class members learn from Paul’s teachings about how to share the gospel and how to live as Saints.

Lesson 40: “Doing Missionary Work,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

Each young man will understand that faith in Christ and hard work make missionary work rewarding.

Lesson 39: “Missionary Work through Example,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1

Each young man will radiate the gospel by his exemplary living.

Lesson 33: “Sharing the Gospel with the World,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Encourage class members to fulfill their responsibilities as latter-day Israel to love all the people of the world and share the blessings of the gospel with them.

Lesson 18: “Missionary Work and Fellowshipping,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part A

The purpose of this lesson is to help us become active in finding and teaching prospective members of the Church, as well as fellowshipping new members.

“October: The Mission of the Church Is to Invite All to Come unto Christ,” 2010 Outline for Sharing Time

Sharing the gospel helps others come unto Christ.

Chapter 45: “The Millennium,” Gospel Principles

There will be two great works for members of the Church during the Millennium: temple work and missionary work.

Chapter 9: “The Joy of Missionary Work,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant

We have a great responsibility to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The fulfillment of this duty brings joy and serenity to our hearts.

Chapter 8: “Our Missionary Duty,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor

I never see the elders go forth on missions to preach the gospel [without considering] that they are going forth to take part in one of the greatest works ever committed to the human family.

Chapter 28: “Missionary Service: A Holy Calling, a Glorious Work,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel.

Chapter 6: “Every Member a Missionary,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay

The world is hungry to hear the truth. … We have it. Are we equal to the task—to the responsibility God has placed upon us?

Chapter 33: “Missionary Work,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young

Few gave to the cause of missionary work as did President Brigham Young. The description of his arrival in Kirtland, Ohio—after serving a mission for about a year—is a tender account of the sacrifice he had made for this work:

Chapter 14: “How to Share the Gospel Effectively,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith

Our efforts to share the gospel are most effective if we love our brothers and sisters and have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

Chapter 9: “Our Missionary Duty,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith

Missionaries go into the world to testify of Jesus Christ and to sow the precious seed of eternal life.

Chapter 17: “Sharing the Gospel,” Teachi​ngs of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee

How can we fulfill our God-given responsibility to share the gospel with others?

Chapter 9: “Proclaiming the Gospel,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff

We should be diligent and faithful in helping others receive the blessings of the restored gospel.

Chapter 24: “Sharing the Gospel,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball

We must lengthen our stride in sharing the gospel with others.