Getting Ready


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