Wright Words: 11 can't-miss tips for successful LDS missionaries

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  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    Aug. 14, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    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 have.

  • IrishLDS Castleknock, Dublin
    Aug. 14, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    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.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Aug. 14, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    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 telling.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Aug. 13, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Reader Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • dallasfreeways Austin, TX
    Aug. 13, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    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.