“Early in this last dispensation a resounding call went forth through the Prophet Joseph Smith that the message of the gospel should be preached to all people.
Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.
This quote is familiar and the message even more so. Indeed, missionary work is one of the most fundamental aspects of the restored Gospel. Consider this: nearly all of the revelations in the Doctrine & Covenants that were received before the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ on April 6, 1830, reference in some way missionary work or the spreading forth of God’s gospel kingdom. That special urgency to share the knowledge of the truth with all who have ears to hear and hearts to obey has only become stronger across the years. Hence, we have a missionary mindset and a missionary-oriented church. Thus it is nearly impossible to imagine keeping the precious gift of the gospel all to ourselves. However, it is this type of mindset that we must understand if we are to fully appreciate the significant mindset transformation that occurred among the first Christians of the Ancient Church as they shifted from a Jewish audience to a worldwide Gentile audience. This monumental shift of focus is documented for us in Acts 10-15.”