My two tips for a successful mission:1. Take your mission seriously,
but don't take yourself seriously.2. Don't let what you
don't know destroy your faith in what you do know.
I saw this article and hoped for an emphasis on obedience - and it was there! In
the MTC, Elder Ballard told us that the #1 expectation of a missionary was
obedience. Obedient missionaries can call upon the powers of heaven and recieve
them. And it was my experience that obedient missionaries were the happiest and
loved their mission the most.
Yes be obedient, but don't be robotic about it. I had mission companions
that stretched the mission rules to beyond what they were intended. Don't
make a big deal out of trivial matters and minor mistakes, such as leaving the
apartment to work 5 minutes later than the rules say.Remember, the
biggest commandment to be obedient to, is to bring souls to Christ. While I
fully support the obedience message, some missionaries on my mission tried to be
uber-obedient, and, believe it or not, forgot that their mission was more about
bringing souls to Christ than having Nazi-like obedience to pages of rules.
Missionaries are people, and consequently will make mistakes - your companion
and you will make mistakes. Learn from them but don't let mistakes cause
contention with yourself or your companion.
Cook. Absolutely the best way to serve my companions (you're right, it was
a bad day, cookies are almost done - Alarm went off an hour ago Elder, your
breakfast is getting cold). Also, I baby sat a sick companion for about three
weeks. I opened the door in our apartment complex every morning and passed out
freshly baked bread, pizza and cookies to residents walking by. I met everyone,
talked with everyone and it became one of the most productive times of my
mission.Follow the program including:Volunteer in the
community. These were mission highlights for me. We worked with Habitat for
Humanity and helped coach a middle school basketball team.Personal
study: New topic each week, and use the week to write a talk on the topic. 400
hours of talk preparation, preserved and cataloged, will be an asset on your
mission, and in every calling throughout your life.Exercise: Take a
quality jump rope and use it. Regardless of your companion's position on
the topic, you can jump rope and do push ups.
Another suggestion I would add is to fight against misconceptions and false
doctrines wherever they come from, especially other missionaries.There were some
missionaries in my mission that refused to go against what their leader said
even though it was clearly wrong. They followed blindly and they suffered for
it. I was a bit of a pariah in my mission every time I challenged a false
doctrine but inevitably the next Zone Conference the president would come out
and denounce the practice, idea, or doctrine that leaders were erroneously
I was told not to stress over the rules. Be obedient, but I know people that
stressed over the letter out at 60 minutes and the like not waiting one second
and had major nervous breakdown. A difference between obedience and stressing I
think. No reason to call home for any reason, watch tv on purpose
or break other rules. But no need to fret over them either.
Two things to add to obedience and love - which are actually inseparably
connected. These are 1) teach the restoration 2) by the power of the
spirit (D&C 31:4; 42:14; 43:15; 49:1,4). The two are also inseparably
connected. There is a special power and spirit that attends a missionary that
teaches and testifies of the restoration.
Tip #1) Be Honest...Don't promote things that are not true.Tip #2)
Actually answer the questions the prospects ask not the ones you wish they would