President Boyd K. Packer said Preach My Gospel was “designed beyond the veil and put together here.” This inspired manual continues to bless my life today. As a father, husband, and professional, I frequently rely and reflect on lessons learned from the manual.
In 2004, the Church introduced Preach My Gospel as the main resource for missionaries to use and study during their service, and in doing so, changed how missionary work was done.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said during a “Missionary Service,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting in 2002:
“[Missionaries] should master the concepts of the lessons. But they should … teach the concepts in their own words under the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit.”
This method of teaching was not new to the mission field, but teaching it as the foundation of how to teach, find, and baptize was new.
I began studying Preach My Gospel shortly before entering the mission field in late 2005 and spent my two years of service as a "Preach My Gospel Missionary." I loved the flexibility of the lessons and the organization of the manual. It was comprehensive and engaging altogether.
Lead image from Aggieland Mormons.