Getting Ready

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    How can I prepare to become the best missionary I can be?

    Here’s advice from current missionaries and from other readers:

    • Pray daily. Ask Heavenly Father to help you prepare.

    • The Lord needs worthy missionaries. Live the commandments every day.

    • Attend and pay attention in seminary and institute.

    • Read the scriptures daily, especially the Book of Mormon. Apply Moroni’s promise in Moroni 10:3–5 [Moro. 10:3–5].

    • Learn responsibility by magnifying any calling or assignment you receive (see D&C 88:80). Home teaching, for example, is an excellent way to learn to build relationships of trust with others.

    • Go to the temple as often as you can.

    • Spend as much time as possible with your family—you will miss them while you are away. Participate in family prayer, home evenings, and other family activities.

    • During family home evening, practice teaching your family, using the scriptures and the missionary discussions.

    • Attend church each Sunday, and partake of the spirit there.

    • Receive your patriarchal blessing. If you already have it, review it often.

    • Practice getting to know people and being friendly.

    • A mission is rigorous, so work to be in good physical shape.

    • Start saving now. Set aside mission funds whenever you can.

    • Work with full-time missionaries and ward or branch mission leaders.

    • Team teach with the full-time missionaries and watch them teach the discussions.

    • Practice teaching the discussions to friends.

    • Attend baptismal services in your ward or branch.

    • Share your testimony every chance you get.

    • Invite nonmember friends to church and to activities.

    • Attend a missionary preparation class.

    • Memorize the Articles of Faith.

    [photo] Photo illustration by Welden C. Andersen