Physical and Emotional Health

“They were all young …, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity” (Alma 53:20).


Here are some ideas regarding your physical and emotional preparation for a full-time mission.

1. Learn about and practice good physical health.

“Maintain your health so that you can serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.”

Missionary Handbook (2006), 50.

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2. Learn about the basic physical requirements for a mission.

“A missionary must be able to walk an average of six miles (10 km) per day and ride a bicycle 12 miles (19 km) per day.”

Donald B. Doty, “Missionary Health Preparation,” Ensign, Mar. 2007, 64.

3. Learn about and practice good emotional health.

“Missionary service is emotionally demanding. Your support system is going to be withdrawn from you as you leave home and go out into the world. … There will be days of rejection and disappointment. Learn now about your emotional limits, and learn how to control your emotions under the circumstances you will face as a missionary.”

Elder L. Tom Perry, “Raising the Bar,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 48.

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