Since then I have been able to answer so many questions from people who have questions on what it means to be a missionary. It has been such an opportunity to share why I chosen to do this at this time in my life and it has been a great testimony builder and has shown me how much people are genuinely happy for me.
This week I wanted to share what a missionary is, what it means to serve a mission, and what a missionary does on a daily basis?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Program:
What is a missionary?
As a missionary, I will work with a companion of the same gender, and teach the gospel and baptize believers in the name of Jesus Christ.
How long will I serve a mission?
Young Women are called to serve missions for a period of 18 months. I get to start my mission in September this year!
Do you get to pick where you go on a mission?
As a missionary I will communicate with family and friends through letters and email on preparation day (this is one day a week that I have time to prepare for the next week by purchasing food, doing laundry, cleaning our living quarters, and emailing home). Typically missionaries are also able to call home on Christmas and one other time during the year (usually Mother's Day).
What does a missionary do on a daily basis?
A missionary's day is filled with activities that help accomplish the missionary purpose of bringing souls to Christ. One way to understand day-to-day missionary activities is to watch The District. These video segments show real missionaries, members, and investigators in non-scripted, unrehearsed, actual missionary situations.
Here is an example of a typical day:
- 6:30 am - Wake up, pray, exercise (30 minutes) and prepare for the day.
- 7:30 am - Eat breakfast.
- 8:00 am - Personal Study: Read Book of Mormon, other scriptures, missionary lessons, and other chapters from Preach My Gospel.
- 9:00 am - Companion Study
- 10:00 am - Language Study
- 11:00 am - Begin proselyting. Have lunch and dinner.
- 9:00 pm - Return to living quarters, plan the next day of teaching, write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.
- 10:30 pm - Go to sleep.
What do you get for going on a mission? BLESSINGS!
Here a blurb about what I mean by getting BLESSINGS for going on a mission. I can't even describe it so I thought I would just grab part of a talk by an Apostle of the Lord, M. Russell Ballard. For this full talk, click here.
So here is a little image that describes the life of a DEDICATED Mormon Missionary which pretty much sums it all up:
I am so excited to serve a mission and I can't wait to go. I know a lot of people will look at this and say wow how can you give up all of your stuff, your job, a paycheck, cell phone, family, friends, and your life here to go somewhere where you know no one. How can you do that?
My answer is simple. This is what I know is the right thing for me to do right now in my life. I am leaving my family for 18 months so that others can be with their families for eternity!
If, you have specific questions, post your comments below and I will respond.