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Why should I serve a mission?

President Thomas S. Monson has said: “Every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary” (“As We Meet Together Again,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 5–6).

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel will inspire the young men to prepare for missionary service?

Matthew 28:19–20; D&C 50:13–14; 88:81 (We have a duty to share the gospel)

D&C 4 (Attributes that qualify us to serve the Lord)

D&C 18:9–16 (The worth of souls is great in the sight of God)

Neil L. Andersen, “Preparing the World for the Second Coming,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 49–52; see also the video “Your Day for a Mission”

W. Christopher Waddell, “The Opportunity of a LifetimeEnsign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 50–52

Video: “Missionary Work: A Priesthood Duty”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask each young man to spend about a minute writing down as many things as he can remember from last week’s lesson. Invite the young men to share their lists.
  • Divide the young men into groups, and invite them to discuss possible answers to the question “Why should I serve a full-time mission?” Invite one of the young men from each group to write a few of their answers on the board.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand why they should serve a mission. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to read Doctrine and Covenants 18:9–16 individually and look for answers to the question “Why has the Lord given priesthood holders the duty to share the gospel?” Invite a few of them to share their answers with the quorum. Why is the worth of a soul great in the sight of God? What experiences have the young men had sharing the gospel that they could share with the quorum?
  • Show the video “Missionary Work: A Priesthood Duty.” Invite several young men to share their feelings about President Monson’s words. Encourage the young men to write down why they would like to serve a full-time mission, and invite them to display what they have written in a place where it will remind them of their desire to serve.
  • Read together one or more of the scriptures suggested in this outline, and then ask the young men how they think the world might be different if everyone knew about and lived the gospel. What problems or challenges in the world today are solved when we live the gospel? How is your life different because of the gospel? 
  • Show the video “Your Day for a Mission” (or read as a quorum the experience of Sid Going in Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Preparing the World for the Second Coming”). Ask quorum members to list some of the things that might prevent young men from going on a mission. Help them contrast this list with the great blessings that come from missionary service.
  • Write the question from the title of this outline on the board. Invite the quorum members to look for answers to this question as they read Doctrine and Covenants 4:2–4 or the following statement from Elder Russell M. Nelson: “The decision to serve a mission will shape the spiritual destiny of the missionary, his or her spouse, and their posterity for generations to come. A desire to serve is a natural outcome of one’s conversion, worthiness, and preparation” (“Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012). With the permission of the bishop, invite a returned missionary to share with the quorum how his missionary service has blessed his life.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand why they should serve full-time missions? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share what he is doing now to prepare to serve a full-time mission.
  • Invite the quorum to set a goal to memorize Doctrine and Covenants section 4 over the next several months.
  • Invite quorum members to complete one of the activities for preparing to serve a full-time mission in the Duty to God book (pages 87–88).