Missionary Scriptures Contest

Hide Footnotes


“Missionary Scriptures Contest,” Friend, Aug. 1986, 46

Missionary Scriptures Contest

Missionaries—both elders and sisters—need to know the scriptures. Here is an activity to help you learn some of the key scriptures used in discussions by missionaries today. You may want to compete with your friends, or you can use it for a family home evening activity. Try it first in teams; then, when you get really good at it, try it as individual competitors.


  1. Make a copy of the answers for everyone.

  2. Study the answers for a week. (Suggestion: Practice with each other while doing dishes or riding in the car or getting ready for bed.)

  3. Choose a contest judge to read the clues, judge the accuracy of the answers, and keep score.

To Play

The judge calls out at random a discussion number, title, letter, and subtitle. (Example: “Discussion 4, Eternal Progression, C, Families Forever.”) The first player to raise his hand gives the reference, quotes the scripture, then tells what the scripture means. The player gets the points indicated for each correct answer that he gives. If he does not answer all parts correctly, another player may raise his hand and get the indicated points for his correct answers. For team competition, players may consult briefly and each part of the answer could be given by a different member of the same team.


  • 1 point for each correct reference

  • 2 points for each correct interpretation (judge’s decision is final)

  • points as marked in parentheses at the end of each scripture for reciting it exactly as given here

  • 5-point bonus for earning all possible points for a clue

  • bonus points may be awarded by judge for correct answers by younger children


  • Discussion 1—The Plan of Salvation

    1. The Divine Sonship and Mission of Jesus Christ.John 3:16. 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. (4 points)

    2. Our Example to Follow. 3 Nephi 27:27. [3 Ne. 27:27] Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am. (3 points)

    3. Communication Line to the World.Amos 3:7. Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (3 points)

  • Discussion 2—The Gospel

    1. Means of Physical and Spiritual Salvation. 1 Corinthians 15:22. [1 Cor. 15:22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (2 points)

    2. First Principles. 3 Nephi 27:20. [3 Ne. 27:20] Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. (7 points)

    3. Obedience.John 14:21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (6 points)

  • Discussion 3—The Restoration

    1. Apostasy. 2 Thessalonians 2:2–3. [2 Thes. 2:2–3] The day of Christ is at hand.

      Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. (3 points)

    2. The Sacrament. 1 Corinthians 11:26. [1 Cor. 11:26] For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. (3 points)

    3. Joseph Smith, Restorer. Doctrine and Covenants 21:1–2. [D&C 21:1–2] Behold, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ,

      Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith. (9 points)

  • Discussion 4—Eternal Progression

    1. Premortal Life. Jeremiah 1:5. [Jer. 1:5] 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. (4 points)

    2. Being Tested.Alma 41:3. And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good. (8 points)

    3. Families Forever. Doctrine and Covenants 130:1–2. [D&C 130:1–2] When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves.

      And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. (8 points)

  • Discussion 5—Gospel Guidelines

    1. The Great Commandment. Matthew 22:37–39. [Matt. 22:37–39] Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

      This is the first and great commandment.

      And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (5 points)

    2. Tithing. Malachi 3:10. [Mal. 3:10] Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (7 points)

    3. Fasting. Isaiah 58:6–8. [Isa. 58:6–8] Is not this the fast that I have chosen? …

      Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

      Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward [rear guard]. (10 points)

  • Discussion 6—Church Membership

    1. The Savior.Mosiah 3:17. And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. (6 points)

    2. The Spirit World. 1 Peter 4:6. [1 Pet. 4:6] For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. (5 points)

    3. Temple Work. 1 Corinthians 15:29. [1 Cor. 15:29] Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? (4 points)

Illustrated by Jillair H. Robinson