New Website Design 2017

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 change is that the site is on a new server and loads much much faster than before. Hopefully you will find it easier to navigate and find and read the content you are looking for. We had a few technical hiccups when we launched the new site design last week, but I think we have all the bugs worked out now. If you notice any problems, though, or if you have any suggestions, let me know via the contact page. Thanks and God bless you in your mission preparation!

Virtual Mission Call Map

pins on world mapWhen 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 man was going to serve on his mission. I thought it was a wonderful way for us to celebrate together and recognize the world wide influence these young men were going to have in bringing the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to virtually every corner of the globe.

In 2009, when I launched the Mormon Mission Prep website, part of my vision was to have a virtual mission call map, where men and women, young and old, could put a pin representing where they served their mission. My first attempt at this was a manual process where people emailed me their information and I then put it on a Google Map. But that was simply too difficult for me to maintain. My second attempt, a few years latter, I called the mission farewell feature, which allowed people to submit their information through a form but it lacked a graphical map interface. Today I’m announcing a new mission call map feature that automates the data collection process, making it easy for me to maintain, through a form submission, and also has a graphical map where the pictures of the missionaries will automatically appear showing where they have been called to serve.
Add Your Mission Call to the Map Here View the Mission Call Map Here

mission call map launchThis new, virtual mission call map is for not only for young people just receiving their calls. I’d love it if missionaries, young and old, newly returned or long-time returned submitted their information. When you submit your information, you will be asked for your name, mission location, mission start date, hometown, and your testimony about your mission call. Your picture will appear on the world-wide map and clicking on your picture will take users to a separate page with a bigger picture and your testimony and other information. That individual detail page is easily shareable on social media so you can share your call with all your family and friends.

I’m excited about this new feature and look forward to receiving many submissions, seeing where people are called to serve the Lord, and reading your sincere testimonies. Thanks!

 

Young Church Service Missionary Program

young church service missionaryIn 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 LDS Church has expanded this and created the Young Church Service Missionary (YCSM) program.

Who Is Eligible for a Young Church Service Mission?

The YCSM program is designed for young men who have been honorably excused from serving a proselyting mission for physical, mental, and emotional health reasons or who have returned home early from a full-time mission for reasons other than worthiness.  The program is also for young women who desire to serve a mission but can’t fulfill a proselyting mission for reasons other than worthiness. The key requirement, as you are seeing, to be eligible for this program is that the youth must be worthy to serve a mission.

Other requirements to serve a YCSM are that the candidate, or the family, must be able to financially support the mission, including providing for living expenses (most YCSMs live at home), transportation, insurance, and health related needs. YCSMs must be the standard age for a mission by young adults, between 18-25 for young men, and 19-25 for young women. They must have a strong desire to serve a mission and show that they are willing and able to fulfill the assignment they are given.

What You Do as a Young Church Service Missionary?

Young church service missions are customized to meet the needs of each individual. The schedule is developed by the YCSM and the family with input from the Bishop and Stake President. YCSMs are not given regular proselyting or temple assignments, though weekly exchanges with the full-time missionaries or time for temple attendance may be included in their schedule. YCSMs usually serve with a Church department such as  Deseret Industries, Family History, Information Technology (IT), Publishing Services, Facilities Management, Seminaries and Institutes, or Welfare. They can do a variety of tasks such as office support, building maintenance, computer support, special needs assistance, event support, cooking, cleaning, gardening, etc.

Young church service missionaries typically live at home and they can serve for anywhere from 6 to 24 months. Family involvement, from parents or other extended family, is generally a crucial part of helping the YCSM succeed as they will not have a missionary companion.  YCSMs serve as close to full-time as possible and this can be accomplished with a single assignment or a combination of part-time assignments. Though assignments may largely center around temporal work, the Young church service mission should be a spiritual experience as well.

Here is a list, provided by the Church, of suggested places where young church service missionaries can serve.

How Do You Apply to be a YCSM?

If you desire to serve a Young church service mission, first meet with your bishop and discuss it with him. He will direct you to the online mission papers / recommendation system or give you the actual paper forms. Alternatively, you can download the Young Church-Service Missionary Recommendation Form. You will discuss the potential places to serve and you will begin to make those arrangements. Once the paperwork is completely filled out, the bishop and stake president will interview you, verify your worthiness, sign the application, and forward the application by email to the Young Church Service Missionary department at church headquarters, or mail it in.

How Will You Receive Your YCSM Call?

Once an appropriate mission service plan has been agreed upon by you, your family, and the Church operation, the application will be processed by Church Headquarters. The call letter will be sent to the Stake President. He will then extend to you the formal mission call, and you will be set apart as a missionary by your bishop. Your YCSM service is recorded on your individual membership record as serving a mission just as it is for a proselyting mission.

After you have been set apart, you should contact the church operation where you will be serving. The operation will supervise and train you in your mission assignment. Your stake president and bishop will remain your ecclesiastical leaders during your mission. They will interview you regularly, to see how the mission is going, and the stake president will basically serve as your mission president.

Click here to go to the official Young Church-Service Missionaries website and learn more about this program.

Young Church Service Missionary Infographic

Missionary Farewell Feature is Back

pulpit in mormon chapelWe 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 fill out the mission farewell form with their name, name of the mission they are called to, their testimony and some other information. Then the information is posted on the Mormon Mission Prep site to share the good news with all site visitors.

[one_half last=”no”] Submit a Missionary Farewell[/one_half][one_half last=”yes”] Read Missionary Farewells[/one_half]

 

LDS Church Digital Universe

While I was creating the list of public LDS Church websites, mobile apps, and social media accounts, I thought it might help to visually represent this universe of LDS Church digital content. So here it is…
lds church digital universe
Go to the interactive graphic of the LDS Church Digital Universe

The above is a picture of an interactive graphic I created with Prezi. If you go to the Prezi file with the button above, you can zoom in and out to see detail or the big picture. All the website addresses in the interactive graphic are live, and if clicked will take you to the respective website.

Enjoy this interactive graphic. I hope it helps you make a little more sense of the LDS Church digital universe. And as with the list of websites, if you notice something is missing, please let me know and I will add it. Thanks.

List of LDS Church Websites and Social Media

[two_third last=”no”]Not too long ago, my stake president asked me to put together a presentation on the LDS Church’s use of technology including all the different official Church websites that are out there. His fear, and I think it’s accurate, is that many people don’t utilize all the websites the Church has simply because they don’t know about them. I guess you could say there are many “who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12).

I scoured the internet, as well as internal Church resources that I have access to, and was not able to find a comprehensive list of LDS Church websites. I found two good resources:–one was the LDS Media Talk list of LDS Church websites, and the other was the LDS Tech list of Church websites–but I found neither to be complete or fully up-to-date. Therefore, I decided to create my own list of LDS Church websites.[/two_third] [one_third last=”yes”]Here’s the presentation:
The LDS Church Use of Technology

This list is a Google Doc/Excel file of the list of web properties that is available to download:
Download the List of LDS Church Digital Properties[/one_third]

This list below is my best shot at listing all the official LDS Church digital properties including public websites, social media accounts, and mobile applications of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By my count, there’s 231 of them. Though it’s my best effort, I’m sure it is still incomplete and of course it will need to be updated as the Church launches new websites or major new sections of websites in the future. Also be aware that I do list major sections within large sites like LDS.org, and there is some subjectivity in what constitutes a large enough section to list separately. If you think something is missing and needs to be added to the list, please let me know. Thanks.

Websites

A Century of Honor http://scouts100.lds.org
Addiction Recovery Program http://addictionrecovery.lds.org
American Sign Language https://www.lds.org/languages/ase
BeSmart.com http://www.besmart.com
Bible Videos https://www.lds.org/bible-videos
Broadcasts https://www.lds.org/broadcasts
BYU – Hawaii http://www.byuh.edu
BYU – Idaho http://www.byui.edu
BYU Broadcasting http://www.byub.org
BYU TV http://www.byutv.org
BYU.edu http://www.byu.edu
Callings https://www.lds.org/callings
Chat http://www.mormon.org/chat
Children Lesson Helps https://www.lds.org/children
Church Directory of Organizations and Leaders http://cdol.lds.org
Church History http://history.lds.org
Church History Library http://churchhistorycatalog.lds.org
Church Leaders https://www.lds.org/church/leaders
Church News https://www.lds.org/church/news
Come, Follow Me https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/
Create and Share Your Media Talents https://www.lds.org/topics/service/create
Daily Messages https://www.lds.org/daily-messages
Deseret Industries http://deseretindustries.org
Deseret News http://www.deseretnews.com
Disability Resources https://www.lds.org/topics/disability
Duty to God https://www.lds.org/young-men/duty-to-god
Education https://www.lds.org/topics/education
Encyclopedia of Mormonism http://eom.byu.edu
Ensign Magazine https://www.lds.org/ensign
Family History Research Wiki https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki
FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org
FamilySearch Archives https://familysearch.org/archives
FamilySearch Community Trees http://histfam.familysearch.org
FamilySearch Developers https://familysearch.org/developers
FamilySearch Film Ordering https://familysearch.org/films
FamilySearch Help Center https://familysearch.org/ask
FamilySearch Labs http://labs.familysearch.org
FileSend https://filesend.ldschurch.org
Friend Magazine https://www.lds.org/friend
General Conference https://www.lds.org/general-conference
Gordon B. Hinckley http://www.gordonbhinckley.org
Gospel Topics https://www.lds.org/topics
Hastening the Work of Salvation https://www.lds.org/training/wwlt/2013/hastening/members-and-missionaries
Humanitarian Service https://www.lds.org/topics/humanitarian-service
I’m a Mormon http://www.mormon.org/people
Indexing – FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/indexing
International Art Competition https://apps.lds.org/artcomp
It’s About Love https://itsaboutlove.org
Jesus Christ, The Son of God http://jesuschrist.lds.org
Joseph Smith http://www.josephsmith.net
Joseph Smith Papers http://www.josephsmithpapers.org
LDS Account https://ldsaccount.lds.org
LDS Business College http://www.ldsbc.edu
LDS Charities http://ldscharities.org
LDS Church Casting Office http://ldsavdcasting.blogspot.com
LDS Church Internet learning system https://lds.netdimensions.com
LDS Church News http://www.deseretnews.com/faith/lds-church-news
LDS Employment Resource Services http://www.ldsjobs.org
LDS Family Services http://www.providentliving.org/lds-family-services
LDS Institute https://www.lds.org/si/institute
LDS Maps https://www.lds.org/maps
LDS Philanthropies http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org
LDS Scripture Citation Index http://scriptures.byu.edu
LDS Seminary https://www.lds.org/si/seminary
LDS Store http://store.lds.org
LDS Tech http://tech.lds.org
LDS Youth https://www.lds.org/youth
LDS.org http://www.lds.org
Leader and Clerk Resources https://www.lds.org/mls/mbr
Leadership and Teaching https://www.lds.org/callings/leadership-and-teaching
Leadership Training Library https://www.lds.org/service/leadership
Lesson Schedules https://www.lds.org/lesson
Liahona Magazine https://www.lds.org/liahona
Locations (Places to Visit) https://www.lds.org/locations
Manuals https://www.lds.org/manual
Maxwell Institute http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu
Media Library https://www.lds.org/media-library
Meet the Mormons http://meetthemormons.com
Missionary Online Recommendation System https://apps.lds.org/recentry
Mormon Channel http://www.mormonchannel.org
Mormon Newsroom http://www.mormonnewsroom.org
Mormon Tabernacle Choir http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org
Mormon.org http://www.mormon.org
Mormons and China http://mormonsandchina.org
Music https://www.lds.org/music
Music and the Spoken Word http://www.musicandthespokenword.org
New Era Magazine https://www.lds.org/new-era
New FamilySearch http://new.familysearch.org
Newsletter https://www.lds.org/member-news
Official Communication Library https://letters.lds.org
Online Seminary https://silearn.lds.org
Overcoming Pornography http://overcomingpornography.org
Pageants https://www.lds.org/locations/pageants
Patriarchal Blessing Request https://apps.lds.org/pbrequest
Perpetual Education Fund http://pef.lds.org
Personal Video Conferencing http://pvc.lds.org
Pioneer Overland Travel http://history.lds.org/overlandtravels
Prophets and Apostles https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles
Provident Living http://providentliving.lds.org
Provident Living http://www.providentliving.org
Provo MTC https://www.mtc.byu.edu
Public Affairs Network http://publicaffairs.lds.org
Record-Keeping and Technology Support https://www.lds.org/help/support
Recreation Camps https://www.lds.org/locations/camping
Referral Manager http://referrals.lds.org
Relief Society https://www.lds.org/callings/relief-society
Scripture Mastery Activities https://scripturemastery.lds.org
Scriptures https://www.lds.org/scriptures
Seminaries and Institutes http://si.lds.org
Share Goodness https://www.lds.org/church/share/goodness
Study Notebook https://www.lds.org/study-tools/folders
Temple Open House Reservations https://templeopenhouse.lds.org
Temple Square Events https://www.lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events
Temples https://www.lds.org/church/temples
volunteer.lds.org https://volunteer.lds.org
Thomas S. Monson http://www.thomassmonson.org
Ward and Stake Calendar https://lds.org/church-calendar
Ward and Stake Directory https://lds.org/directory
Welfare Operations Training https://apps.lds.org/welfareoperations
What Mormons Believe http://www.mormon.org/what-do-mormons-believe
Worship with Us http://www.mormon.org/worship
Young Women Callings https://www.lds.org/callings/young-women
Young Women Personal Progress https://www.lds.org/young-women/personal-progress

 

Social Media Properties

Bonnie L. Oscarson https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-L-Oscarson/313906125417067
Boyd K. Packer https://www.facebook.com/lds.boyd.k.packer
Carol F. McConkie https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carol-F-Mcconkie/532607226827664
Carole M. Stephens https://www.facebook.com/lds.carole.m.stephens
Cheryl A. Esplin https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheryl-A-Esplin/489926257772413
Church History – Twitter https://twitter.com/churchhistory
Church History Daily – Twitter http://twitter.com/ldshistorydaily
Church History Library https://www.facebook.com/churchhistorylibrary
Church History Museum https://www.facebook.com/churchhistorymuseum
Church Service Missions https://www.facebook.com/LDSChurchServiceMissionaries
Craig C. Christensen https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craig-C-Christensen/412581138865458
Create LDS Media https://www.facebook.com/CreateLDSMedia
D. Todd Christofferson https://www.facebook.com/lds.d.todd.christofferson
Dallin H. Oaks https://www.facebook.com/lds.dallin.h.oaks
David A. Bednar https://www.facebook.com/lds.david.a.bednar
David L. Beck https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-L-Beck/1424087297814477
Dean M. Davies https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dean-M-Davies/743409372342011
Deseret Industries https://www.facebook.com/deseretindustriesthrift
Dieter F. Uchtdorf https://www.facebook.com/lds.dieter.f.uchtdorf
Donald L. Hallstrom https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donald-L-Hallstrom/585973151438615
Ensign Magazine https://www.facebook.com/ensign.magazine
Family History Library https://www.facebook.com/familyhistorylibrary
FamilySearch – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/familysearch
FamilySearch – Google+ https://plus.google.com/communities/117125677663304442240
FamilySearch – Twitter https://twitter.com/FamilySearch
FamilySearch – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/FamilySearch
FamilySearch Indexing https://www.facebook.com/familysearchindexing
Friend Magazine – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/friend.magazine
Friend Magazine – Twitter http://twitter.com/friendlds
Gary E. Stevenson https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-E-Stevenson/740400659319647
Gérald Caussé https://www.facebook.com/pages/G%C3%A9rald-Causs%C3%A9/641475455883235
Helping in The Vineyard https://www.facebook.com/HelpingInTheVineyard
Henry B. Eyring https://www.facebook.com/lds.henry.b.eyring
Jean A. Stevens https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jean-A-Stevens/624368380959041
Jeffrey R. Holland https://www.facebook.com/lds.jeffrey.r.holland
Jesus the Christ https://www.facebook.com/ChristJesusSavior
Joseph Smith Papers https://www.facebook.com/JosephSmithPapers
Joseph Smith, The Prophet https://www.facebook.com/josephsmith
L. Tom Perry https://www.facebook.com/lds.l.tom.perry
Larry M. Gibson https://www.facebook.com/pages/Larry-M-Gibson/175608625961781
LDS Church Employment https://www.facebook.com/ChurchEmployment
LDS Church History – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/LDSChurchHistory
LDS General Conference – Youtube https://www.youtube.com/LDSGeneralConference
LDS Institute – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ldsinstitute
LDS Institute – Twitter https://twitter.com/LDSInstitute
LDS Messages – Twitter http://twitter.com/LDSMessages
LDS Mobile Applications https://www.facebook.com/ldsmobile
LDS Seminary – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ldsseminary
LDS Seminary – Twitter https://twitter.com/LDSSeminary
LDS Tech – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ldstech
LDS Tech – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ldstech
LDS Youth https://www.facebook.com/ldsyouth
Liahona Magazine https://www.facebook.com/liahona.magazine
Linda K. Burton https://www.facebook.com/lds.linda.k.burton
Linda S. Reeves https://www.facebook.com/lds.linda.s.reeves
M. Russell Ballard https://www.facebook.com/lds.m.russell.ballard
Mormon Channel – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mormonchannel
Mormon Channel – Twitter http://twitter.com/mormonchannel
Mormon Channel – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/MormonMessages
Mormon Messages https://www.facebook.com/mormonmessages
Mormon Messages – Twitter http://twitter.com/mormonmessages
Mormon Newsroom – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LDSNewsroom
Mormon Newsroom – Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/101264060152105540821/posts
Mormon Newsroom – Twitter http://twitter.com/MormonNewsroom
Mormon Newsroom – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/LDSPublicAffairs
Mormon Tabernacle Choir https://www.facebook.com/MormonTabernacleChoir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Twitter http://twitter.com/MormonTabChoir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/MormonTabChoir
Mormon.org – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Mormon
Mormon.org – Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/111098575968372675699/posts
Mormon.org – Twitter http://twitter.com/mormonorg
Mormon.org – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/Mormon
Neil L. Andersen https://www.facebook.com/lds.neil.l.andersen
Neill F. Marriott https://www.facebook.com/pages/Neill-F-Marriott/170476179819854
New Era Magazine – facebook https://www.facebook.com/newera.magazine
New Era Magazine – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/MormonNewEraMessages
Quentin L. Cook https://www.facebook.com/lds.quentin.l.cook
Randall L. Ridd https://www.facebook.com/pages/Randall-L-Ridd/681801288499285
Richard G. Scott https://www.facebook.com/lds.richard.g.scott
Richard J. Maynes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-J-Maynes/202378933278195
Robert D. Hales https://www.facebook.com/lds.robert.d.hales
Ronald A. Rasband https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ronald-A-Rasband/167753940093818
Rosemary M. Wixom https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosemary-M-Wixom/421361901301593
Russell M. Nelson https://www.facebook.com/lds.russell.m.nelson
Tad R. Callister https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tad-R-Callister/241755192639634
Temple Square https://www.facebook.com/templesquare
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lds
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Twitter http://twitter.com/ldschurch
Thomas S. Monson https://www.facebook.com/lds.thomas.s.monson
Ulisses Soares https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ulisses-Soares/441929079259539
Whitney L. Clayton https://www.facebook.com/pages/L-Whitney-Clayton/209445142559731

 

Mobile Apps

Bible Videos https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lds.biblevideos
Book of Mormon https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lds.bom
FamilySearch Memories https://familysearch.orgmobile/memories
FamilySearch Tree https://familysearch.orgmobile/tree
Gospel Library https://market.android.com/details?id=org.lds.ldssa
LDS Music http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lds-music/id463553380?mt=8
LDS Scripture Mastery https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lds.sm
LDS Tools https://market.android.com/details?id=org.lds.ldstools
LDS Youth https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lds.yth
Mormon Channel https://market.android.com/details?id=org.lds.mormonchannel.client.android

 

Arrival of Baby #6

I haven’t been posting lately because life has gotten really busy with the birth of our sixth baby a few weeks ago. This was my wife Heather’s sixth c-section. She is a brave woman of great faith and she did great throughout the trials of pregnancy, delivery, and recovery. We are so grateful for competent and caring doctors and nurses and the watchful care of the Lord over our family.

We named the baby Scotland Charles Smith. Scotland after my many Scottish ancestors, several of whom were pioneers in joining the Church. Charles is a family name on my wife’s side, and I just thought he looked like a Charles. We may be predestining him to serve a mission in Scotland some day, but that wouldn’t be so bad.

Mother and baby are both doing very well. Here are some pics.

scotty and daddy

scotty and mommy

smith family aug 2014

Guest Post Opportunities

Call for Guest Post Authors

hand and computer keyboardBrothers and Sisters, since I started this website in 2009, I have made efforts to post a new article weekly on Mormon Mission Prep. At times this has been difficult, especially with a growing young family, demands from work and Church callings, and when there are many other worthy endeavors that I feel inspired to pursue. I have long felt I should make efforts to get other people involved in this website, contributing to the content and helping in their unique ways to prepare youth (and those not so young) for missionary service. Therefore, I am sending out a call for help to good Church members to contribute your mission prep talents, stories, ideas, and testimonies by writing a guest post for the website.

Contact Me about Contributing a Guest Post

Why Write a Guest Post

There are many reasons to contribute a guest post to this website, but I hope your number one motivation is to follow the Spirit, build the Kingdom of God on earth, and be anxiously engaged in a good cause. In addition to the spiritual satisfaction, a guest post can be used to promote or shine further light on a missionary-related website, product, or service you many have. The primary purpose of a guest post should not be to promote a website, but if you write a good, substantive article related to missionary work or mission prep, a link to your website or a plug for your product or service is perfectly acceptable. You’ll basically be getting free advertising that will reach the 15,000 unique visitors who come to the site each month, plus the thousands of Facebook fans and Twitter followers of Mormon Mission Prep.

Ideas for Article Topics

At one time, early in the history of the Mormon Mission Prep website, I thought I would run out of ideas of things to talk about. In reality, I have found the opposite to be true. The longer I run the website, the more ideas I have and the further behind I feel I’m getting. I have dozens of ideas for mission prep articles but I simply do not have the time to write them all. If you need ideas for a guest post topic, please consider one of the following:

  • Information and helps on budgeting and saving money for a mission
  • Adjusting to missionary life (Home sickness, technology withdrawal, hard work, recognizing and following the spirit, the MTC, country specific tips, etc.)
  • Humility: The gospel is to be proclaimed by the weak and simple
  • Sacrifice is an essential part of missionary work
  • What you learned from my mission
  • “It is not your job to convert that is the job of the Holy Ghost.” -Pres Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • How helping other people makes you happy
  • Missionary work goes on in the spirit world
  • Preparing to receive the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood
  • Mission prep is life prep
  • Tips for getting along with companions
  • A list of mission prep scriptures (like a scripture mastery list)
  • Discerning the Will of the Lord for Me. I think this topic would help many young women, and some young men, who struggle to decide if they should go on a mission.
  • Member-missionary tips
  • Exercise tips
  • Information for Moms of future missionaries
  • Mission prep tips for primary aged children
  • Motivating teenagers to prepare for and serve a mission

Of course you are not limited to these topics, so if you have other ideas for posts that would help missionaries prepare, send it in. Just click on the button below and fill out the form to get started. Thank you.

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New Site Design 2013

screen shot of new 2013 mmp site design - smallI am pleased to introduce a new design for the Mormon Mission Prep website. The site has a cool new look and feel, a new logo, a responsive (mobile friendly) design, a restructured menu for easier use, and other upgrades.

  • Responsive (mobile friendly) design: Mobile traffic to my site has doubled each year for the last few years to the point where mobile devices now account for 30% of the total traffic to the site. This new design detects the size of the user’s screen and customizes the layout of the site accordingly, so mobile phones and tablets get an experience more suited to their smaller screens. This will make browsing the website while you’re on the go much easier.
  • New Logo: Mormon Mission Prep never has really had a logo in the past, but I have felt recently that we need one. I reached out to my friend Alan Taylor to help create a logo for the site, and the star with the M embedded was a stroke of genius. Thanks so much Alan! Alan runs a website called 18nineteen.com which sells really cool Mormon missionary themed t-shirts. Be sure to check it out.

Mormon Mission Prep star logo blue

There were many other structural and technical upgrades I made to the site, but I won’t bore you with those details. Overall, I think you will find the site much improved from a functional and visual perspective. I believe I have most of the bugs worked out of the new site, but if you find any, let me know in the comments section.

Be sure to tell all of your friends about the new Mormon Mission Prep. Thanks!

Reminder of ways to connect with the Mormon Missionary Preparation site

Gaining a Desire to Serve a Mission Webinar

Updated: The Gaining a Desire to Serve a Mission webinar was a big success. Click here to watch this recording or the other webinars.

Gaining-a-Desire-to-Serve-a-Mission-Webinar3Gaining a Desire to Serve a Mission is the first of a series of webinars on LDS Missionary Preparation by Jimmy Smith of MormonMissionPrep.com. In this online seminar, we will discuss why every young man should serve a mission and some ways to get him motivated to do so. We will discuss the worth of souls in the sight of God, and why the Church needs many more missionaries. We will also talk about some of the blessings of missionary service.

You must register in order to attend the seminar. You can register right up until the starting time, but I recommend doing it early to make sure everything is working right on your computer. In fact, I recommend that you lo into the webinar 20 or 30 minutes early to make sure you can see and hear me.

The webinar will last for one hour. It will have a presentation lasting about 45 minutes, followed by Q&A (a question and answer session).

For more information and updates, visit the Mormon Mission Prep Webinar Series home page.