Essential Missionary Reading List

by | Apr. 04, 2013

Self Improvement


The Standard Works

The most important resource you can have as you leave on your mission is a solid foundation in the scriptures. Make sure you know your stuff. And if you know what mission you've been called to, you could even try to get a head start on studying the language by looking at the scriptures in your mission language.


Preach My Gospel

This is the standard curriculum for all mission presidents, full-time missionaries, and ward missionaries. It describes the principles of effective missionary work and the doctrines that missionaries are to study and teach; it also includes the lessons that are taught before and after baptism. If you're going to be living by this book for two years of your life, it makes sense to be familiar with it now.


Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage

Considered one of the all-time great classics of LDS literature, Jesus the Christ is a comprehensive look into the life and ministry of the Savior. Written at the request of the First Presidency by the Apostle James E. Talmage, and penned from an office inside the Salt Lake Temple, this volume is more than a simple outline of the Savior’s life. It presents a far-reaching view of the Savior — including His life in the flesh, His antemortal existence, and His activities across time as the world’s Redeemer. (Get this for free when you download the Deseret Book Bookshelf App.)


The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel by Clayton M. Christensen

"Uncomfortable." "Intimidating." That's how many people describe member missionary work. Clayton Christensen admits that he and his wife, Christine, felt that way in the past too. But they also recognized the tremendous blessings associated with the work, and they wanted to learn how to share the gospel in ways that would be natural and rewarding. Clayton's expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family members to find a more effective approach to member missionary work. Their refreshing perspectives are presented in this book, which includes inspiring, unusual stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the ideas.


The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball

President Spencer W. Kimball gives a penetrating explanation of repentance and forgiveness and clarifies their implications for Church members. His in-depth approach shows that the need for forgiveness is universal; portrays the various facets of repentance; and emphasizes some of the more serous errors, particularly sexual ones, which afflict both modern society and Church members. Most important, he illuminates his message with the brightness of hope that even those who have gone grievously astray may find the way back to peace and security. (Get this for free when you download the Deseret Book Bookshelf App.)


Increase in Learning by Elder David A. Bednar

Elder Bednar emphasizes concepts, patterns, and processes that invite each of us to act and learn fundamental truths for ourselves. Declaring that answers to our questions always are found in the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel, he provides a framework in this book for learning those doctrines and understanding with our hearts. This new interactive book will help you acquire one of the most important skills you’ll ever possess: the power to learn. With its unique blend of print, media, and online resources, it provides patterns for spiritual learning that will lead you to understand and act on gospel truths. Learn how to get the answers you need for yourself! Don't miss Elder Bednar's second book in the series, Act in Doctrine.


What I Wish I'd Known Before My Mission by John Bytheway

In a fresh, helpful, and sometimes humorous way, John Bytheway offers guidelines on how to make the missionary experience worthwhile. Part One discusses what life should be like between high school graduation and the mission. Part Two covers life inside the MTC and suggests eliminating distractions. He also explains the importance of keeping the mission rules. Part Three helps prospective missionaries see what great blessings can come in the missionary makes the Lord his constant companion.


Armor Up! by Various Authors

“Take upon you my whole armor that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand” (D&C 27:15). These words are as true today as they were back in 1830 when Joseph Smith received them in revelation—almost more so as today’s youth face the growing challenges of our society. But now in this compact yet powerful book, today’s most beloved youth speakers explain how wearing that spiritual armor can not only help youth face those difficult challenges in life, but also conquer them.


Suit Up by Various Authors

The Lord needs prepared missionaries. He needs YOU! From the bestselling authors that brought you Armor Up, this unique little book helps teens get ready for all they will encounter as they embark on the unique adventure of missionary work. Including “The Lord’s Marvelous Work” by Hank Smith, “Give it Everything You’ve Got” by John Bytheway, “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” by Laurel Christensen, and many more, get inspired with quotable quotes and missionary advice. There has never been a more exciting time to be alive—and there has never been a more exciting time to be a missionary. Drawing on the verses of Doctrine and Covenants 4, this will help teens spiritually “suit up” to become better prepared for their missionary experience.

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