Lets not muck around with a long introduction. Mission prep is all about figuring out answers to questions so hopefully you’re happy with the answers. #makeitcount

 

1) Am I worthy to serve a mission?

What a wonderful question to ask! It shows a deep respect for the nature of the work.  The good news is that most likely you are or can become worthy to serve a mission. The bar for service as a missionary has been raised (see“The Greatest Generation of Missionaries” by Elder M. Russell Ballardbut it hasn’t been raised outside of reach.

The best way to find out is simply talking your bishop or branch president. It’s their job description. They will help put your mind at ease and help you become or stay worthy of representing Jesus Christ.

Also, do some mission prep “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear”.

Additional Resources:

For The Strength of Youth , Missionary FAQ, 5 tips to not get sent home

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2) How can I really know for myself that this church is the true one, when there are so many?

There is a myriad of churches is in the world, all professing differing doctrines. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is unique in claiming that we are the “only true and living church” on the earth .

The truthfulness of that claim really depends on the story of the first vision, because if God came down and told Joseph Smith to make a church, we can be sure that that is the true one.

Here’s the test then, if you will read the Book of Mormon, ponder on it says for yourself  and then ask in prayer, God “will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. ” (Moroni 10:3-5)

God loves you, God knows you, God will answer you. I promise you that He will, in a way that you’ll know it’s  from Him.

Additional Resources:

Gaining and Receiving a Testimony, Preach My Gospel Chapter 3: Lesson 1,  3 Nephi 14:7-12

 

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3) How can I know when it is just me and when it is the spirit talking?

President Gordon B. Hinckley read, after being asked that question,  Moroni 7:13, 16–17 and then said: “That’s the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God. … (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 260–61).

Joseph Smith said, “If you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten.” (Joseph Smith, Diary of Charles L. Walker)

Additional Resources:

Preach My Gospel chapter 41 Nephi 17:45, D&C 9:8-9Receiving, Recognizing, and Responding to the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

 

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4) How can I leave social media/ electronic devices home for two years?

I would like to propose to you a trade: if you will give me your iPhone and X-Box, I will give you the most incredible and happy experience of your life. Hand over your controllers, touch-screens and get ready for a two player brotherhood experience in better definition, packed with exciting new characters and faith based challenges across every level.

You up for it? You in?

Additional Resources:

Adjusting to Missionary Life

 

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5) How can I leave a girlfriend back home for two years?

What I learned on my mission about this subject is embodied in this scripture from Proverbs:

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5)

The mission is the best thing you could possibly be doing in your life between 18-21, so realize that God will bless you with more than you can possibly imagine. Your girlfriend back home will be blessed for your service whether she becomes Mrs. Yourlastname or not.

Realize that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” and “God hath made everything beautiful in His time.” (see Ecclesiastics 3) If you will fully embrace each season of life, God will make it beautiful in His time.

Additional Resources:

Should I have a Girlfriend or Boyfriend at Home While I Serve?, How Not to Return Home Fat (haha, this one might help prevent a dear john…), The Fourth Missionary 

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6) How can I memorize all those scriptures?

Three words, scripture mastery songs.

If every time you got in the car you rocked out to songs like “And it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father…” not only would you be spiritually impressive to your passengers and the cars next to you at stop lights, but you would become a sharp-as-a-tack pre-missionary.

A little bit every day, not all at once. “A bite at the elephant”. “Repetition is a law of learning” Gordon B Hinckley. Don’t freak out!

Additional Resources:

scripturemasterysongs.com, scripture mastery flash cards 

 

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7) How can I answer really tough questions?

In Doctrine and Covenants 84:85 it says:

Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man. AKA: do some mission prep! Read some more articles: here

If you continually treasure up the gospel by asking questions, searching for answers, and writing the answers down, you will know what to say, and sometimes the best answer is, “I don’t know, but I can find out.”

Additional Resources:

Mission Geek Article: How a missionary can answer any investigator’s question

5 Keys to Answering Tough Questions, Preach My Gospel Chapter 2: How do I Study Effectively and Prepare to Teach

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As always if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email at [email protected] I would love to hear what you have to say. The church is true!

-Bruce

 

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Hello, my name's Bruce! (You can go ahead and say it, 'Hello Bruce.') I'm currently a member missionary, formally a missionary member in North Carolina and I love the gospel! I work as a counselor at Especially For Youth (efy) and I love everything about preparing for, serving and returning from a mission with power.

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