What the Church Teaches about Missionary Work


L. Tom Perry, “Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear,” Oct. 2011 General Conference

If you will respond to the invitation to share your beliefs and feelings about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, a spirit of love and a spirit of courage will be your constant companion.

W. Christopher Waddell, “The Opportunity of a Lifetime,” Oct. 2011 General Conference

Through your devoted service and willing sacrifice, your mission will become holy ground to you.

M. Russell Ballard, “The Importance of a Name,” Oct. 2011 General Conference

Let us develop the habit … of making it clear that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the name by which the Lord Himself has directed that we be known.

Kazuhiko Yamashita, “Missionaries Are a Treasure of the Church,” Oct. 2011 General Conference

I am thankful that missionaries are called by the Lord, that they respond to that call, and that they are serving throughout the world.

Neil L. Andersen, “Preparing the World for the Second Coming,” Apr. 2011 General Conference

Your mission will be a sacred opportunity to bring others to Christ and help prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior.

M. Russell Ballard, “Finding Joy through Loving Service,” Apr. 2011 General Conference

May we show our love and appreciation for the Savior’s atoning sacrifice through our simple, compassionate acts of service.

Thomas S. Monson, “As We Meet Together Again,” Oct. 2010 General Conference

Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Because of Your Faith,” Oct. 2010 General Conference

When I was called to serve a mission back before the dawn of time, there was no equalization of missionary costs. Each had to bear the full expense of the mission to which he or she was sent. Some missions were very expensive, and as it turned out, mine was one of those.

Thomas S. Monson, “Preparation Brings Blessings,” Apr. 2010 General Conference

Spiritual strength frequently comes through selfless service. 

Ronald A. Rasband, “The Divine Call of a Missionary,” Apr. 2010 General Conference

The Lord needs every able young man to prepare and recommit, starting tonight, to be worthy of a call from the prophet of God to serve a mission.

L. Tom Perry, “The Past Way of Facing the Future,” Oct. 2009 General Conference

Some years ago we eliminated stake missions and shifted the focus of our efforts to the ward mission organization. With a ward mission plan developed by every ward council in the Church, progress is being made at an ever-increasing rate. Much of the success is being achieved by the full-time missionaries working closely with ward councils, ward mission leaders, and the members of the Church.

Brent H. Nielson, “A Call to the Rising Generation,” Oct. 2009 General Conference

There is no greater call than teaching “all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Joseph W. Sitati, “Blessings of the Gospel Available to All,” Oct. 2009 General Conference

God’s children on the earth today have the opportunity to understand His plan of happiness for them more fully than at any other time.

L. Tom Perry, “Bring Souls unto Me,” Apr. 2009 General Conference

Missionaries will continue to do the best they can, but wouldn’t it be better if you and I stepped up to do a job that is rightfully ours?

Silvia H. Allred, “Go Ye Therefore,” Oct. 2008 General Conference

We can all participate in missionary work. This is the Lord’s work, and He will help us do it.

M. Russell Ballard, “The Truth of God Shall Go Forth,” Oct. 2008 General Conference

This is God’s work, and God’s work will not be frustrated. But there is still much to be done.

Eduardo Gavarret, “Returning Home,” Oct. 2008 General Conference

What a tremendous impact we can make in the lives of so many … when we accept the Savior’s invitation to feed His sheep.

Craig C. Christensen, “A Book with a Promise,” Apr. 2008 General Conference

I pray that we will continue to use the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ to share the gospel message with family and friends.

Erich W. Kopischke, “Preach My Gospel—the Unifying Tool between Members and Missionaries,” Oct. 2007 General Conference

Missionaries and members must … become one in our efforts to proclaim the gospel.

Michael J. Teh, “Out of Small Things,” Oct. 2007 General Conference

As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to care for and serve our brothers and sisters.

L. Tom Perry, “Raising the Bar,” Oct. 2007 General Conference

Be certain that you easily clear the minimum standards for service as a missionary and that you are continually raising the bar.

Quentin L. Cook, “Live by Faith and Not by Fear,” Oct. 2007 General Conference

When we choose to follow Christ in faith rather than choosing another path out of fear, we are blessed with a consequence that is consistent with our choice.

Jay E. Jensen, “The Nourishing Power of Hymns,” Apr. 2007 General Conference

Hymns play an essential role in spirituality, revelation, and conversion.

L. Tom Perry, “The Plan of Salvation,” Oct. 2006 General Conference

We are not left alone to wander through mortality without knowing of the master plan which the Lord has designed for His children.

David F. Evans, “Your Mission Will Change Everything,” Apr. 2006 General Conference

Come and be part of the greatest generation of missionaries the world has ever known.

M. Russell Ballard, “Creating a Gospel-Sharing Home,” Apr. 2006 General Conference

Creating a gospel-sharing home is the easiest and most effective way that we can share the gospel.

Richard G. Scott, “Now Is the Time to Serve a Mission!” Apr. 2006 General Conference

Exciting fields of labor the world over allow the inspiration of the Lord to call young men and women and devoted couples to challenging assignments.

C. Scott Grow, “The Book of Mormon, the Instrument to Gather Scattered Israel,” Oct. 2005 General Conference

Jesus Christ gave us the Book of Mormon as the instrument to gather scattered Israel.

Paul K. Sybrowsky, “If Christ Had My Opportunities …” Oct. 2005 General Conference

Our Savior Jesus Christ teaches us the importance of seeking after the one who is lost.

David A. Bednar, “Becoming a Missionary,” Oct. 2005 General Conference

You and I, today and always, are to bear witness of Jesus Christ and declare the message of the Restoration. … Missionary work is a manifestation of our spiritual identity and heritage.

Thomas S. Monson, “The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example,” Oct. 2005 General Conference

May we incorporate into our own lives the divine principles which [Joseph Smith] so beautifully taught—by example—that we, ourselves, might live more completely the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anne C. Pingree, “Knowing the Lord’s Will for You,” Oct. 2005 General Conference

May the Lord bless each of you in your personal quest to know His will for you and to submit your will to His.

Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Preach My Gospel,” Apr. 2005 General Conference

I encourage you to find out how this extraordinary resource can help in your missionary efforts.

Robert D. Hales, “Couple Missionaries: Blessings from Sacrifice and Service,” Apr. 2005 General Conference

Your Heavenly Father needs you. His work, under the direction of our Savior Jesus Christ, needs what you are uniquely prepared to give.

M. Russell Ballard, “One More,” Apr. 2005 General Conference

We need more hardworking, testimony-enriched missionaries in order to reach more of our Heavenly Father’s children.

L. Tom Perry, “What Seek Ye?” Apr. 2005 General Conference

Honest seekers of truth are finding answers to their questions—they are finding the Lord through His restored Church.

Julie B. Beck, “A Work for Me to Do,” Apr. 2005 General Conference

The Lord sent an angel to Joseph Smith to tell him that he had a work to do. That work continues today in us.

M. Russell Ballard, “Pure Testimony,” Oct. 2004 General Conference

Testimony—real testimony, born of the Spirit and confirmed by the Holy Ghost—changes lives.

Russell M. Nelson, “Senior Missionaries and the Gospel,” Oct. 2004 General Conference

I express gratitude for our senior missionaries. They are young in spirit, wise, and willing to work.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Abide in Me,” Apr. 2004 General Conference

For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all.

Thomas S. Monson, “The Lord Needs Missionaries,” Liahona, Jan. 2011

Every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Such service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. 

M. Russell Ballard, “The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work,” Liahona, May 2003

We must prepare ourselves to assist the missionaries in finding those of our Heavenly Father’s children who will embrace the message of the Restoration.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Why Do We Do Missionary Work?” Liahona, Sept. 2009

The purpose of our missionary work is to help the children of God fulfill a condition prescribed by our Savior and Redeemer.

Robert D. Hales, “Our Duty to God: The Mission of Parents and Leaders to the Rising Generation,” Liahona, May 2010

It is our imperative duty to help youth understand and believe the gospel in a deeply personal way.