Missionary Work & Preparation

LDS Quotes On Missionary Work & Mission Preparation

I haven’t met anyone who found the gospel later in life who didn’t wish it could have been earlier.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson  |  The Joy of the Saints

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  “Missionary Work and the Atonement”

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“Zion-building is not preparation for heaven. It is heaven, in embryo. The process of sanctifying disciples of Christ, constituting them into a community of love and harmony, does not qualify individuals for heaven; sanctification and celestial relationality are the essence of heaven. Zion, in this conception, is both an ideal and a transitional stage into the salvation toward which all Christians strive.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“Though a man should say but a few words, and his sentences and words be ever so ungrammatical, if he speaks by the power of the Holy Ghost, he will do good.”

Brigham Young  |  Discourses of Brigham Young, 31

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The greatest need in the world today is faith in God and courage to do his will.

David O. McKay  |  Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p. 171

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“All of those called to the ministry…are given the gifts needed to perform the work whereunto they are called. These gifts are always the ones needed for the particular work at hand.”

Bruce R. McConkie

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“The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversation.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks  |  Sharing the Gospel


The Saints should not imagine that because they know the truth and the Work of God at the present time, that they will always know these things and therefore be able to stand. If they lose the Holy Spirit through their transgressions, from that moment their knowledge respecting the Work of God ceases to increase and becomes dead; a short time only elapses before such persons deny the faith. They may not deny that the Work was ever true, or that the Elders were ever the servants of God, but they will place a limit and say, ‘Up to such a time the work was true and the Elders were all right, but, after that, they went astray,’ – that very period being the time at which they themselves had committed some act or acts to forfeit the Spirit of God and kill the growth of that knowledge which they had had bestowed upon them. This has been the case in numerous instances in the past. . . . It is plain that it is they who have transgressed, and thereby driven the Spirit of the Lord from them; and at the very time they say the Church of God strayed, they themselves were guilty of transgression.

George Q. Cannon  |  “Knowledge, without the Aid of the Spirit of the Lord, Not Sufficient to Save,” Millennial Star, 8 Aug. 1863, pp. 505–6.

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“Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery.”

Russell M. Nelson  |  Face the Future with Faith

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“If you are criticizing others, you are weakening the Church. If you are building others, you are building the kingdom of God. As Heavenly Father is kind, we also should be kind to others.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin  |  The Virtue of Kindness

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