Pre-mission was overwhelming for me because I thought that I had to learn hundreds of scriptures off-by-heart. In fact, not only is that hugely time consuming, but it’s also terribly ineffective. In the mission field I used about 12 scriptures on a regular basis and a further 13 from time to time.

This list of 25 scriptures has remained a mystery to everyone I’ve taught until today, where I’ll share just 12. I mean, I wouldn’t want to make it too easy for you. 😉 Don’t memorize the scriptures, just the references, you pretty much always end up turning there with your investigators anyway.

1, 2 Nephi 2:24.

This one’s a bit of a ‘cure all’. Applied to almost any situation, it could be your, ‘get out of jail free card’.

“But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.”

2, James 1:5

Classic Joseph Smith scripture. This one was his inspiration to pray and ask which church to join.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

3, Amos 3:7

Prophets throughout the ages.

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, abut he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets”

4, Amos 8:11-12

This one is a super clear scripture about ‘the apostasy’ or falling away after the death of the Apostles.

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.”

5, Moroni 10:3-5

Moroni’s classic promise. How we can find out if anything is true.

“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

6, Jer 1:5

An old testament favorite of mine. It’s so clear that we did not begin here on earth. Jesus Christ is speaking

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”

7, 2 Nephi 2:22-25

Adam and Eve’s difficult choice. What if they hadn’t eaten the fruit?

“And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men care, that they might have joy.”

8, Alma 7:11-12

This one might seen a little complex, but it’s very simply the most detailed scripture concerning the Atonement (or suffering) of Jesus Christ in all the scriptures. It tells us that he suffered for more than just our sins.

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

9, John 3:16

A well known scripture that helps to paint a very clear picture of Jesus Christ’s role.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

10, Alma 40:11-12

The Spirit World – ‘beautiful’.

“Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.”

11, Ether 12:6

First we must ‘act’ and then after this trial we can come to ‘know’.

“And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

E.g. Faith in God leads us to pray. This act of faith qualifies us for receiving blessings which in turn proves Gods existence for us.

12, 2 Nephi 29:7

I really like this one. This is Jesus Christ speaking. He is teaching us about why we have the Book of Mormon.

“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?”

And that’s it. Just a few, but you’ll be amazing how often you use them. I hope that you take them on-board and then refine the list, adding and subtracting the scriptures you come across during your missions. Don’t spend hours memorizing them. Instead find out for yourself why so many people are deeply moved by their meaning.

Good luck and remember GO TO MISSION PREP! 🙂

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