Joseph Smith Lesson #28 Missionary Service: A Holy Calling, a Glorious Work

Joseph Smith Lesson #28 Missionary Service: A Holy Calling, a Glorious Work

Attention Activity:

Invite a student to come and sit with you at the front of the classroom so you can get to know him/her better.  Sit down face to face and just ask them some “get to know you questions”.  As you are talking pull out a box of fresh doughnuts or other treat and begin eating one right in front of the student, making all the yummy sounds in the meantime.  Continue talking and then finish your doughnut, without offering to give the student one.  Then thank the student for the conversation and ask them to sit down.    Ask the class what the problem is with what you have just done.  Make sure you clearly let the class know that you didn’t want to offend that student by offering him something he didn’t want.  “What if he doesn’t like doughnuts and he said no, I would feel so weird, he might not like me anymore or be my friend, it might offend him if I offered him a doughnut and he doesn’t like doughnuts or is happy with what he is currently eating”.  Ask the class, “Based on this example, what principle are we going to talk about today?”.  Promptly read the following quote from Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Seventy:


“Consider that you are invited to a friend’s house for breakfast. On the table you see a large pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice from which your host fills his glass. But he offers you none. Finally, you ask, “Could I have a glass of orange juice?” He replies, “Oh, I am sorry. I was afraid you might not like orange juice, and I didn’t want to offend you by offering you something you didn’t desire.”

Now, that sounds absurd, but it is not too different from the way we hesitate to offer up something far sweeter than orange juice. I have often worried how I would answer some friend about my hesitancy when I meet him beyond the veil.” 

(Elder Robert C. Oaks, Sharing the Gospel, Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.81)


Class Discussion:

I would start and end with the first paragraph on page 330.  This is a powerful statement from Joseph Smith.  Ask, “Why is spreading the gospel so significantly important?”  “Why do we have such a hard time doing it (refer back to your example you used in the doughnut intro)?”  Lets look at four things that Joseph Smith asked us to do in spreading the Gospel.

Have written on the board “To be effective in missionary work we must…”  Today the class is going to try and finish that statement.  I would start with the last paragraph on page 330.  The first answer is love.  Talk about why that is the first thing that we must have to be effective.  Then go to the second and third paragraph under the heading, “We teach the simple truths…”  The answer here is that we must teach the simple doctrines of the Gospel and not argue.  Then ask, “How do we know what the best thing to teach is, the best thing to say?”  Go to the first paragraph in the heading, “We teach the gospel…”  How does this principle apply to teaching in the home?  How has the Spirit affected how you share the Gospel within your family?  What is the affect of the Sprit in our missionary efforts outside the home?  How does the Spirit help, both in and out of our homes, with the counsel in the last paragraph in this section (“Do not be discouraged…”)  Finally, share one of the examples that Joseph shared in the last section.  Talk about the opportunities that we have to share the Gospel.  You may want to read and refer to a great talk on the topic by Elder M Russell Ballard. 



I would end with the first paragraph on page 330.  Ask, “When we have a testimony of this statement, how will we act differently than if we don’t have a testimony of that statement?”  Wait for the answer!


A Great Book for this Lesson


The John Bytheway Collection



3 thoughts on “Joseph Smith Lesson #28 Missionary Service: A Holy Calling, a Glorious Work

  1. The article by President Eyring in the January 2009 Ensign
    “Let Us Raise Our Voice of Warning” is very pertinent.
    Also, the first called missionary of the Church, Samuel Smith, set out a few months after the Church was organized with a primary aim to sell Books of Mormon. He returned feeling he was not successful. However, he had given a Book to the mother-in-law of Heber C Kimball who also was the sister of Brigham Young. This led to their conversions and several others. Unsuccessful? We sometimes will never know the impact of doing what the Savior asks and we are prompted to do, but we should have faith in being an instrument of His plan.

  2. I loved this lesson! Thank you for giving me ideas to start the discussion on a relatable level. I struggle with some of these lessons and am interested in ways to uplift and motivate the sisters.
    Thank You, Thank You, you just inspired me for my lesson Sunday!

  3. Thank you for the wonderful lesson outline. I love the attention grabber in the beginning and the discussions you suggest. Thank you!


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