Entries by Jimmy

Poem: He’s Been There Before

He’s Been There Before is a great poem by Elder Troy Whittle who served in the Texas Houston Mission. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. May  it be an inspiration to missionaries present and future to work diligently and make sacrifices of obedience and know that they are not alone and will have great success and […]

My Missionary Commission

Early on in my mission, perhaps before I even left the MTC, I received a copy of a document entitled “My Missionary Commission” by Elder Bruce R. McConkie. While I found the short poem inspiring then, and still think it is good for today’s missionaries, I have hesitated to post it on this website because […]

Virtual Mission Call Map

When I was a freshman at BYU, during the winter semester of 1995, most of the young men in my ward were submitting their mission papers and receiving their mission calls. Our ward, like many others then and now, had a map of the world on which they put a pin indicating where each young […]

Young Church Service Missionary Program

In 2010, I wrote about Church Service Missions (CSMs) as an excellent opportunity for members who are unable to live away from home, to contribute in a meaningful way to the building of the Lord’s kingdom by serving in a variety of capacities. CSMs were always available for young people, but in recent years, the […]

Rural Ward: Apr 1996 to Aug 1996

After serving in my first mission area, the Gazano Branch in the city of Paraná, Argentina, I was transferred to the Rural Ward in the city of Santa Fe where I served from April 3, 1996 to August 27, 1996. This was the longest area in which I served–nearly 5 months. There are a lot […]

Mission Prep Quotes from Gen Conf April 2015

The Parable of the Sower By Elder Dallin H. Oaks Those “who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness,” but because they “have no root in themselves, … when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended” (Mark 4:16–17). What causes hearers to “have no root in themselves”? […]

Gazano Branch: Dec 1995 to Apr 1996

In an effort to better tell the story of my mission and the wonderful experiences I had, for the benefit of my children and the audience of this website, I  thought it would be good to put together a one-pager on each one of my mission areas. This is the first such article, about the […]

Missionary Farewell Feature is Back

We have big news today. The Missionary Farewell feature is back. This was a very popular feature years ago. But in 2013, when I revamped the site, the feature broke and I never got it working again, until now. The Missionary Farewell feature is designed to allow missionaries to tell us about their mission call. They simply […]