Nearly two decades after the first publication of “Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have issued a second edition. This book is a guide for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
President Russell M. Nelson announced the second edition at the Church’s seminar for new mission leaders on June 22, 2023. “This new edition comes at a time when the world is rapidly changing,” he said. “[It] reflects a sensitivity to many of those changes. It contains some of the best instruction I have ever seen to help people accept the Lord’s invitation to come unto Him.”
In the world today, individuals, families, communities, and nations face unprecedented needs and challenges. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only enduring solution for addressing these needs and challenges. The second edition of Preach My Gospel will inspire and help members and missionaries as they serve and invite people to enjoy the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It will help bring the Savior’s healing, sanctifying power into the lives of members, missionaries, and those they teach.
The updated Preach My Gospel includes teachings from Church leaders since it was first published in 2004. It aligns with the new “General Handbook,” published in 2020 and 2021, and other new policies. It also includes safeguards and guidelines for using technology in sharing the gospel.
The earliest missionaries preached with little or no formal training. In the spirit of the scripture that missionaries should “seek to obtain the word” of God before they preach, the Church produced several iterations of standardized missionary discussions between the 1950s and the 1980s.
The advent of Preach My Gospel in 2004 brought in a new era when missionaries began teaching a unified curriculum of Christ’s teachings in their own words as guided by the Holy Ghost.
“Preach My Gospel is a key resource for missionaries, but Latter-day Saints should remember that every member of the Church is a missionary, and some of our choicest converts are found within the walls of our own home,” said Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency and a member of the Missionary Executive Council. “Through this inspired guide, all members can find greater joy and meaning in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And that joy is magnified as we help others make lifelong covenants with God through baptism and confirmation.”
The second edition of Preach My Gospel is available online to everyone in the Gospel Library app in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Print editions will be available by the end of 2023. Additional languages will be available beginning in January 2024.
Videos Introducing the Second Edition of Preach My Gospel
The following videos are provided to introduce this new edition:
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