Guest Writer: The Lady Lena on Missionary Fashion

Hello Sister Mission Prep Readers!

I’m Lena from The Lady Lena here to share some fashion tips to keep you lookin’ fresh on your mission.

Our lovely fashion expert for the day--The Lady Lena. For more information on here, check out her blog: theladylena.wordpress.com

Our lovely fashion expert for the day–The Lady Lena. For more information on here, check out her blog: theladylena.wordpress.com

I often hear from girls who are worried about shopping for clothes for their missions. Today I’m going to answer your most common clothing questions!

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Keys to Communicating Effectively as Missionaries: The Holy Ghost

The last key to communication that I would like to address is a crucial one in the success of a missionary. In order for any sister missionary (or any missionary period) to effectively share the message of the gospel with those she teaches, she must teach with the spirit.

Last weekend, Elder D. Todd Christofferson (apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) came to visit my home stake for a special stake conference. Of course, I was very excited to have the opportunity to hear the words of an apostle, and to see him in person. Because my dad is in the stake presidency here, I was also privileged enough to be able to meet him as well!

Elder Christofferson visiting our stake conference!

Elder Christofferson visiting our stake conference!

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Keys to Communicating Effectively as Missionaries: Love

One of the most important elements to successful communicating as a missionary is an unconventional one: love. Still, this should not come as a shock, for when asked what is the greatest commandment (and therefore the most essential thing we can be doing as people and as missionaries), the Lord answered his apostles:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it. Though shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22:37-39

Having genuine love and compassion for those you teach shows your true devotion as a disciple of Christ.

Having genuine love and compassion for those you teach shows your true devotion as a disciple of Christ.

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Keys to Communicating Effectively as a Missionary: Trust

Another element of good communication commonly brought up by the missionaries is that of trust.

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One elder suggested that establishing trust is crucial–beginning with the first impression! Because the first impression may be the only impression for many who meet the missionaries, it is crucial to develop that trust immediately. Preach My Gospel has some helpful feedback on how to make these first impressions go well:

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Keys to Communicating Effectively as a Missionary: Good Listening

For the next series of blog posts, I wanted to learn more about the communication skills necessary to be a successful missionary. Who better to ask than some current LDS missionaries? As I’ve talked to my missionary friends–in the MTC, in the field, or recently returned–I’ve been taking notes. Not surprisingly, the missionaries all agreed that good communication is crucial to successfully sharing the gospel with others and bringing them closer to God. However, the elements they emphasized as being key in good communication varied from missionary to missionary. Those qualities which tended to resurface over and over are those which I’ll be sharing. And today’s is good listening.

When it comes to communicating effectively with others, the listening is more important than the actual speaking.

When it comes to communicating effectively with others, the listening is more important than the actual speaking.

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Preparing to Serve a Mission without “Shrinking”: Thoughts on Last Night’s CES Broadcast by Elder Bednar

Last night, the young adults were lucky enough to be addressed by Elder David A. Bednar, apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, in a CES Broadcast. (For those of you who may have missed the broadcast, you can find it here)

Elder Bednar addressing the YSA at a devotional held at University of Texas Arlington

Elder Bednar addressing the YSA at a devotional held at University of Texas Arlington

His address, entitled “That we Might not… Shrink” pulls from Doctrine & Covenants 19:18, which reads:

Which suffering [the atonement] caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

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