037: Doctrine & Covenants Lesson 11: The Field is White Already to Harvest

“The Field Is White Already to Harvest”

Along with majestic temples, nothing is more iconic of Mormonism than black-tagged missionaries. Missionary work has from the beginning played a vital role in the life of Mormonism. This lesson will discuss

  • The early history of missionary work in the Church, including the historical background of the assigned sections
  • Stories of tremendous sacrifice by early leaders to preach the gospel
  • A discussion of current approaches to missionary work including the recent change in missionary age
  • Exploration of the intersection of theology and preaching the gospel
  • Reflections on how we can share gospel principles most effectively

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Student ReadingD&C 4; 11–12; 14–18; 31; 33; 75; Our Heritage, page 11, 42:12; 52:8–9, Alma 17:2–3, Alma 26:22

Additional Teacher ReadingD&C 100:4, D&C 60:13; 38:41, 42:6, 14, D&C 100:7–8, Alma 38:10–12, D&C 30:11; D&C 30:5; D&C 60:2; D&C 19:38; 84:60–61, 109:55–57, 84:85; 100:5–6, 84:88, D&C 71:9–10, D&C 84:80, D&C 100:7–8, D&C 6,  

Benefit from the unique perspectives of Libby and Nathan who join the class.

Please continue the conversation by posting your comments and questions here, in the facebook group, or email them to me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.

You can access my Lesson Notes here

You can access my Reading Notes here.

Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his excellent work post production. Nathan Jones did a great job editing the discussion portion.

Resources: See Lesson Notes

Latest Comments

  1. Gwennaëlle says:

    Ok so I am not the only one thinking that this mission thing is pretty much a rite of passage?

    I remember in the MTC a 70 at a devotional who told us “the Lord does not need you”.
    What the heck? He does not? So I might as well pack and go back home. But I quickly understood that indeed if He wanted this work to be done He would not send kids to do a grown-up job. The mission is for the missionaries. Most of the time we do more harm than good for the gospel so there must be another way that God has planed for people who have met us to have a fair chance to tell if they want it or not. This is of course a rhetorical expression of my thoughts not a real questioning.


  2. CK says:

    This was great, thank you. Shared the quotes from Jensen and Ballard w/my husband. And thanks to the guests- so fun to hear different perspectives and comments from around the world.


  3. Jenna says:

    Thanks for this episode, Jared. I love everything about this one, especially in how it helps us to focus on loving all of our neighbors and learning how to embrace them along with their values and their beliefs. I have listed to this a couple of times through already, and I’m already thinking of whom I will share it with. I think your panel discussion was just perfect! My parents just finished serving a full-time mission on a military base, and they worked very closely with the chaplain on their base. There was a lot learned and a lot shared between the differing denominations, and their “open hearts” on both sides were so beneficial for everyone involved, just as your panelist shared.


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