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Editor’s Note: this article was originally published on LDS Living.
Serving a mission is one of the hardest, great, extraordinary, and life shaping experiences a young man or woman will ever have. For most, it’s the first time they are away from the comfort of home. Often they are in a new culture, speaking a new language, and living 24/7 with a companion who is perhaps not anything like them. Suddenly they are pushed onto a stage where they are expected to teach with power and authority and to have answers to difficult gospel questions.
As the scriptures state, in the eternal scheme of it all, they are called and chosen to do incredible things. Says Paul, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:37). The Lord further states, “Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained? To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth” (D&C 50:13-14).
Missionaries are taught to show others how the Book of Mormon answers the questions of our souls. Here are five thought-provoking questions many missionaries ask and yearn for the answer. Parents, loved ones, and priesthood leaders can provide understanding and help answer questions from life’s greatest handbook for living—The Book of Mormon.
1. Can I be a good missionary?
Many missionaries struggle with this question or its various subset doubts. Openly or quietly in their hearts many wonder, “Can I really do this?” “Can I teach the gospel in a way that others will understand?” Some will ask themselves, “I’m not the dynamic or outgoing type, so how can I teach people twice my age or those more educated than I am?” Others lament “Do I know the doctrine well enough? If an investigator asks me a question and I don’t know the answer, what will I do?”
Scripture: 1 Nephi 18:1-2
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