Entries by Jimmy

My Baptism – Jimmy Smith – October 1984

My wife recently asked me to write down my memories my baptism for a book she is compiling for our kids. In the process, I realized I had never posted on this website about my childhood baptism nor the great spiritual experience I had at that time. Here goes: My family moved from Maryland to […]

Mission Prep Checklist for Youth

When my oldest son recently turned twelve, I began thinking about specific things he should be doing or already have done in preparing for his mission and what he needs to be doing in the coming years. In discussing this with my wife, she pointed me to a list of life skills written by Merrilee […]

Mission Prep Quotes from April 2017 General Conference

Return and Receive by Elder M. Russell Ballard It is good to have goals and plans for our careers, for our education, even for our golf game. It is also important to have goals for our marriages, our families, and our Church councils and callings; this is especially true for missionaries. But our greatest and […]

New Website Design – 2017

I am please to announce that last week we released a new website design for MormonMissionPrep.com. I’ve stuck with the same logo we introduced in 2013, but the rest of the site design and layout is new. The site is dramatically cleaner–less cluttered, fewer side bar items, fewer ads, more white space, etc., but the biggest […]

Parque Urquiza: Dec 1996 to Feb 1997

I served in the Parque Urquiza neighborhood of the city of Rosario, Argentina from December 18, 1996 to February 18, 1997. It was the ward in the very geographic heart of the city. Like all the areas in which I served, it was very enjoyable in many ways, and had it’s unique challenges in other ways. […]

Missionary DNA

DNA is the genetic code inside living organisms that determines all their bodily characteristics. DNA determines visible traits like hair color and height, and it is also responsible for unseen things like cholesterol risk factors and mental health issues. The DNA molecules in your cells carry seemingly infinite combinations of atoms, proteins, and gene sequences that […]

Poem: The Greatest Love

The following is an inspirational poem written by Charles Giroux, who served in the New York Rochester Mission of the LDS Church from 2014 to 2016. While serving in a particularly difficult area he felt inspired to write this poem in order to comfort some missionaries who were struggling under various circumstances. Though his mission […]

The Blessings of Humility

Eight years ago when I started this website, one of the first things I wrote about was how humility was one of the most important characteristics a missionary could posses. This weekend I was asked to give a talk in my ward sacrament meeting about humility, so I thought I’d share the text of my […]

Mission Prep Quotes from Oct 2016 Gen Conf

The Perfect Path to Happiness By President Thomas S. Monson Our Father’s plan for our happiness and our salvation is shared by our missionaries throughout the world. Not all who hear this divine message accept and embrace it. However, men and women everywhere, just like my young friend at the New York World’s Fair, recognize […]

Beltrán: Aug 1996 to Dec 1996

I served in the city of Fray Luis Beltrán from August 28, 1996 to December 17, 1996. It was a small city a few miles north of the main city of Rosario, Argentina. I think we were part of the Capitan Bermudez ward, which was a city just to the south. This was the third area of […]