Tonight, I will be set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to be serving in Columbus Ohio. While I’m gone, I will continue to send content to my brother about things I’ve learned regarding mission preparation (things I should of done, things that worked well, ect), and he’ll post the blogs for me.
I could not be more excited to serve, and I thought that before I left, I would take a moment to share a brief testimony with all of you.
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.
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!
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!
Another element of good communication commonly brought up by the missionaries is that of trust.
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:
Good morning all!
Yesterday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of 58 new missions. These will be split from some of the existing 347 missions, and will not cover any new territories or countries. The changes are meant to accommodate the influx of missionary work that has occurred since the announcement of new ages for missionary service by Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in October (a large part of this influx, I am proud to say, being the result of sister missionaries–well done sisters!).
These are exciting times for missionary work, and there’s no better time to be preparing for a mission.
The new missions being created are listed below:
Here’s a helpful infographic created by the church for sisters preparing to serve as full time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Enjoy!
Although many religious missions are paid for by the church the missionaries represent, those who choose to serve missions in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints are responsible for paying for their own mission.
The cost of serving an LDS mission—regardless of where the missionary is sent— is $400 a month. This will cover rent, food, and other living expenses, as well as the missionary’s plane ticket to and from her mission. For sisters who are planning on serving, the total cost for the 18 month mission will come out to be $7,200. Depending on where the missionary is called to serve, there may also be additional money needed to get the missionary physically prepared before departure with proper shots, clothing, and other gear. This expense can be overwhelming, but it can also be done.