6 things you need to do before you leave on a LDS mission

ST. GEORGE — The time has finally come for those with a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is just a few months away. You might feel overwhelmed with your mother’s long to-do list and what your older brother insists you do because he didn’t find the time before he left for his mission.

With that in mind, here are six things you definitely should do before departing on your unforgettable adventure.

  1. Talk to somebody who has been to your same mission

You vaguely recall an elder speaking at stake conference last fall who served in Brazil — the same mission you got called to. Make some phone calls and track him down. Chances are he would love to talk your ear off and you’d greatly benefit from his tips. Is bug spray really necessary? Is it true you get to wear open-toed shoes if you’re transferred to a historically wet city? You’ll get a better idea of what you really need to take with you and prepare for.

  1. Get your wisdom teeth out

Bummer, right? To soften the blow of this necessary evil, you may qualify for assistance in the procedure through the Jean Brown Research group. Be sure to schedule this appointment long in advance so you have time to recover fully. Don’t forget to take advantage of ice cream with every meal — especially if there isn’t ice cream in your mission!

  1. Get in the habit of journaling

Yes, you will be exhausted every day of your mission. After nightly planning you will want nothing more than a warm bed and lights out. But 10 years down the road, you will look back and wish you chose writing down special memories over going to bed 10 minutes earlier each night.

Habits are much easier to keep up rather than create — set daily journaling in stone before you leave. Practice writing down thoughts and events before bed each night. You will come to love the experience and see how reflecting on the day’s activities displays gratitude.

  1. Become familiar with the lessons in “Preach My Gospel”

How lucky are you that “Preach My Gospel” is available to you long before you report for your mission? What an opportunity! This style of teaching can be unfamiliar to many people, so studying the manual is in your best interest. Sign up for a missionary class online or at a local university — even audit the class just for the experience if you don’t need the credit hours.

  1. Get your finances in order

Eighteen months or two years is a long time away from regular life (and a paying job), so make sure you’re out of debt and have some money in savings or checking in case of an emergency.

Consider selling certain items you can do without for that time period, like a cellphone. There are many sites out there that you can do sponsorships — like anython.com — if you find you are short on money. Maybe you’d like to do a service project where you see how many people you can help and people sponsor you for helping others. This would be the perfect way to get in the habit of serving!

  1. Research the area you’re being sent to

Social media sites —and the Internet in general — provide the perfect way to get in touch with those who know. There are bound to be groups created by former missionaries of the area you will be serving. Start following missionaries who are blogging about your mission and get to know the area and the people through them. The more you know about the culture, geography and overall area where you’ll be serving, the better off you’ll be.

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  • Real Life October 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    7. Realize that the best years of your life are about to be stolen from you.

  • Terry October 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    8.Do your History
    1. May ’80–Hofmann trades the Anthon transcript to Hinckley for $20,000 worth of other authentic old documents from the vaults. This is the one that appeared in all the newspapers with Hofmann, Hinckley, Kimball and others sitting around the table together. Kimball was examining the document while holding a magnifying glass. Guess he should have used a seer stone, eh?

    2. Feb ’81–father’s blessing from Joseph Smith the prophet to Joseph Smith III, stating that the young boy was next in line to lead the church. $10,000+ cash.

    3. Mar ’81–“Valley Notes” early Mormon currency certificates, $20,000.

    4. Mar ’82–Martin Harris Testimony, $20,000 in trade for other authentic historical documents.

    5. July ’82–“Lucy Mack Letter”, $30,000+ in trade for other authentic historical documents.

    6. Sept ’82–“Maid of Iowa” riverboat tickets, $7,500.

    7. Jan ’83–“Stowell Money-Digging Letter to Joseph Smith”, $15,000 cash received directly from Hinckley with the parting comment- “this is one letter that will never see the light of day.”

    8. Jan ’84–“Salamander Letter”, $40,000.

    9. Oct ’84–“Betsy Ross letter” $12,000.

    10. Nov ’84–“Jim Bridger signatures”, $10,000.

    11. June ’85–“McLellin Papers” $185,000.

    12. July ’85–“Martin Harris Personal Copy of ‘View of the Hebrews'” sold directly to Hinckley for an undisclosed amount.

    13. Aug ’85–“David Whitmer Letter”, sold directly to Hinckley for an undisclosed amount.

    14. Oct ’85–Hinckley extends $500,000 line of credit to Steve Christensen to locate and purchase damaging documents with Hofmann’s assistance.

    15. Oct ’85–“Kinderhook Translation”, Direct offer from Hinckley to purchase for $150,000, but due to the bombings the sale was never completed.

    • fun bag October 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

      so why didn’t “the lard” tell “the prophet” that these were all fakes? could have saved a lot of trouble…

  • Roy J October 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Like the ‘Sponsored Content’ disclaimer.

    • anybody home October 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      From now on, let’s have that at the beginning of the story in big flashing letters…or let’s have a special section for Sponsored Content and not lump it in with News.

  • anybody home October 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    This is a news story?

  • munchie October 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    8. Try to stay upbeat when you tell your friends and relatives that you’ve been sent to that loser mission in Boise, Idaho. Hey, at least they speak english (sort of).

  • fun bag October 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    are they advertising dentists. really bizarre…

  • beentheredonethat October 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    8 realize that you are a jehovas witness. Same kind of pestering.

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