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Proclaiming the gospel

Missionary work is being revitalized as well-prepared missionaries teach the gospel in their own words, guided by the Spirit.

The following discussion about the principles of this urgent work was prepared under the guidance of the Missionary Executive Council.

Preparation

"You young men . . . look forward to the day when you will go on a mission for this Church. It will not be easy, it will be difficult. It will take money. It will take some measure of courage, but the Lord will bless you and bring something into your life that will be tremendous and wonderful. . . .

"You will be a better husband; you will be a better father; you will be a better neighbor; you will be a better man in the community, if you will serve the Lord as a missionary.

— President Gordon B. Hinckley (Pago Pago American Samoa, 2000)

Finding

"Great is our [missionary] work, tremendous is our responsibility in helping to find those to teach. The Lord has laid upon us a mandate to teach the gospel to every creature. This will take the very best efforts of every missionary — full-time and ward. It will take the very best efforts of every bishop, of every bishop's counselor, of every member of the ward council. It will take the very best interests of every stake president and his council, and particularly the coordinating councils. We cannot evade it. We cannot escape it. We must face up to it. The opportunities are tremendous. We are equal to it, and the Lord will bless us as we try."

— President Gordon B. Hinckley (Missionary satellite broadcast, Feb. 21, 1999)

Teaching

"Your responsibility [as missionaries] is to speak in the name of the Lord. . . . You are His representatives. The mantle of His power rests upon you. . . . You carry something that is almost beyond you and yet it isn't beyond you because that power and authority have been bestowed upon you. Don't you ever forget. And in your missionary service you are going forth in the name of the Lord 'lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God' (Doctrine and Covenants 42:6)"

— President Gordon B. Hinckley (Missionary meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002)

Baptism

"Jehovah made a covenant with Abraham, under which he and all his posterity should be blessed. This covenant is the covenant between God and man. It is the covenant we make, each of us, when we enter the waters of baptism. It is the covenant that we renew when we partake of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. It is the covenant which we make when we go to the house of the Lord and there engage in the work which is done there, work of covenants: promises, obligations, not only on our own part, but on the part of God toward us. It is a reciprocal arrangement under which He covenants to bless us as we covenant to walk in faith before Him."

— President Gordon B. Hinckley (Member meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002)

Fellowshipping

"Any individual who is worthy of baptism into this Church is worthy of holding onto as a member of this Church. . . . You are the ones who can put your arms around them, who can greet them, who can make them feel welcome. They may not be dressed quite as you might hope. They might not look quite as you might hope . . . encourage them and help them, fellowship them, love them, appreciate them, and be friends to them in every way. . . . I want to keep growing this great Church. I want to reach out in a more effective way and in a more enthusiastic way to add to its numbers wherever it can go and wherever it may be established."

— President Gordon B. Hinckley (Regional conference, Salt Lake City, May 5, 2002)

"Every one of you can be a missionary. Every one of you can befriend somebody, lead him to the Church, stay with him, help him, be a friend to him. . . ."

President Gordon B. Hinckley (Washington Utah Buena Vista Stake conference, Jan. 20, 2002)