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Three tips for Mormon missionaries who are preparing to serve

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  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    March 29, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    I liked your article, but how about updating your photo so we can help stamp-out the stereotype that sister missionaries are doudy?

    You look like you just came from a funeral, all dressed in black. How about adding a little color and life to your "uniform"?

    And maybe you can start or endorse a business selling comfortable, durable yet feminizing shoes for sister missionaries?

    I know this comment sounds critical, but please realize that how the message is delivered sometimes drowns-out the message. Classic communication research shows that non-verbal clues can overpower actual words.We have a hard enough time getting people to listen to our Gospel Good News without them being distracted by our 19th century fashions.

    Best wishes and keep sharing uplifting insights.

  • mommadee Holladay, UT
    March 28, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    Many missions have cars or trucks for transportation. Please come with a valid driver's license. Without one, you might miss the opportunity of working in a choice area.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    March 28, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Be Patient. That is something all missionaries need to learn. Be patient with yourself and others and you will be able to enjoy the progress and the journey.

  • freind calvert city, KY
    March 28, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    I was born in western ky. in 1949, and grew up in the tradition's of Baptists. I discovered the church of JESUS CHRIST of latter day saints as an adult, and was baptized in 1987. I greatly admire those that serve mission's at their own expense. Those full time missionaries are great people.

  • Bubba Royce Port Charlotte, FL
    March 28, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    I have a troubling question of Bishops. If our mission purpose is to spread the faith and help others than what the others here for? Why do the others exist?

  • netjes Grand Rapids, MI
    March 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.

    Become very good at walking a lot. Train for and complete a half-marathon or similar event shortly before leaving.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    March 27, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    Rockon, I agree with you. Parents and Bishops need to understand that serving a mission is not the place to get rid of clinical depression. I've seen many kids arrive for their mission and leave in less then a month. Also none of us should pressure our youth to serve a mission. It's between then and their Heavenly Father.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    Another tip: if you have a broken leg, get it fixed before you go..... same with your mental health. Too many young men and young women are returning home early from clinical depression. A mission isn't the place to fix that. Do it before and if it is a problem, don't go.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    March 27, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    One other tip is "Return from your mission, but never retire from your mission."