Mission Preparation Reading List

So, a note about me: I’m an English major. So I love reading.


For those who love reading, I have included a list of recommended reading before going on a mission. For those who do not love reading, I have included a shorter list of must-reads for those sisters planning on serving as full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


For Everyone: The Must Reads


  • The Book of Mormon (Cover to cover between the time you get your call and the time you arrive at the Mission Training Center. If you’ve read it before, read it again. The more you know, the better you will be able to teach)
  • Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple, by President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (This is a short read that will help prepare you to enter the temple, adapted from Pres. Packer’s The Holy Temple. Talk to your bishop to request a copy)
  • Preach My Gospel (Obtain a copy and study it, although you may not get through its entirety before departing)
  • The Mission Handbook (This will come in your mission call, if you haven’t received it yet. This should also be read cover to cover, and will give you important insight into your role as a missionary and how to prepare spiritually and temporally for service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)


For Those who Love Reading: The Should Reads


  • Missionary Preparation: Student Manual (Lucky for you, this is now online. Find it here. If you prefer paper and ink, talk to your local institute leader or see about getting a copy through church distribution. It only will cost you about $3)
  • Serve with Honor: Helps for Missionaries, by Randy L. Bott (Professor of Religion at BYU, this book delves into aspects of missionary service not often touched upon elsewhere, like working with your companion, training missionaries, and the dreaded 6:00AM wake up time)
  • Preparation Precedes Power: How Successful Missionaries Prepare to Serve, by Randy L. Bott (A “sequel” of sorts to the first book, but can be read on its own)

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