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Sisters Serving Missions

Sisters Serving Missions

Below are some quotes from the prophets regarding young women and sisters servings missions.

When President Monson announced the lower age requirement for young women to serve as sister missionaries, he said: “We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable, to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.” (Welcome to Conference, President Thomas S. Monson, October 2012)

Regarding this same announcements, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “those [women] who do serve are stunningly successful and we enthusiastically welcome your service…Personally, I am absolutely delighted if this change in policy allows many, many more young women to serve.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “Regarding single sisters serving as missionaries: We need some young women. They perform a remarkable work. They can get in homes where the elders cannot. But it should be kept in mind that young sisters are not under obligation to go on missions. They should not feel that they have a duty comparable to that of young men, but some will wish to go. If so, they should counsel with their bishop as well as their parents” (“To the Bishops of the Church,” Worldwide Leadership Training).

Mormon Sister Missionaries

Here are some other posts related to young women and sisters serving missions that you may want to check out:

A Day In The Life of Sister Missionaries

Note: While the responses below and the video above give the female, sister missionary, perspective, a majority of the advice is equally applicable to the young men and future Elders.

I asked my panel of returned sister missionaries: What is a typical “day in the life” of a sister missionary like?

Argentina Neuquen Mission, Laura Daniels

“It was probably similar to life as an Elder: get up at 6:30, get ready, breakfast, personal study, companionship study, testimonies and out to work at 9:30. We would work till about 1:00 and have lunch with one of the members. Then we worked from 2:00 until 9:30 when we’d go home, eat a snack, write in our journals and go to bed at 10:30. The one major difference for a sister, at least where I was, was that Elders weren’t allowed to teach women that were alone so we got a lot of referrals from them. My last area was the whole city overlapping 3 other areas of Elders and our sole purpose was to teach the women that the Elders couldn’t teach. We were always busy there and didn’t have to knock too many doors because of it. That was definitely a blessing of being a sister missionary. My mission president begged for more good sisters that could teach all the women. They are certainly needed!”

Texas, Houston East Spanish Speaking Mission, JoLynn Hansen

“Get up on time. Companion and personal prayer, eat, get ready for the day, companionship study, personal study of scriptures, language, discussions etc. Review schedule again, pack a lunch, Book of Mormon, and pamphlets. You then have companionship prayer before heading out the door. Go to appointments. Knock doors if appointments aren’t there. Talk to everyone. Get chased by a dog, sweat, laugh, cry, feel the spirit, perform service. Eat when you can. More appointments. Home on time. Eat dinner, go through schedule for the next day, make phone calls, companionship prayer, write in journal, personal prayer, set the alarm, lights out!”

New York Utica Mission, Kristin Wardle Sokol

“Looking back it was a wonderful break from this crazy thing called life. It was a refreshing break. While I was serving, each day was a challenge. Being too cold, working too hard or long, being too hungry or too disappointed or tired. Rejection was also a big part of daily life. I also experienced great joy. But a lot of it was very difficult to endure. I wouldn’t have changed a moment of what I experienced, but sisters should know what really awaits them if the serve. Sometimes I even miss tracting. I never thought I’d say that.”

Montana Billings Mission, Wendi Condie

“We had a daily schedule that we followed, but each day was a little different, depending on what we had planned. In the morning we got up at 6:30, got ready, had breakfast, and had at least an hour of study. We had individual prayer and study, and companionship prayer and study. We were out the door by 9:30am and gone until lunch time. We’d be home for an hour for lunch, and then out again until we had a dinner appointment. We spent an hour in a members home for dinner, and then were out again in the evening for a few hours. As sisters, we were required to be home by 8:30pm. and in bed by 10pm. In the morning hours if we didn’t have teaching appointments, we would do some tracting. In the afternoon we often did service, and spent time searching out to less active and “lost” members. Of course some of this was specific to my mission, and each mission is a little different, but the components are the same. Prepare yourself in the morning, and go out seeking and serving others. Occasionally the Spirit would direct us in a different direction than we had planned, and there was always a reason. Listening to the Spirit is the key! Some days were mentally and physically exhausting, without anything seemingly positive occurring, other days put you on a spiritual high because of a wonderful discussion, or a new contact who was interested.”

Temple Square Visitors Center Mission, Patti Rokus

“A Visitors Center (VC) mission is quite different from a proselyting mission. and I hear the Temple Square mission has changed a lot since I was there. So I’m not sure I have current information. But having visitors and contacts surrounding you is an amazing difference. But not any different if you don’t reach out and engage them. Many sisters just didn’t know how to start up a compelling conversation. So, learning out to talk to strangers would be a great way to prepare for a mission.”

Russia Rostov-na-Dony Mission, Katie Gividen

“Serving in Russia was a different experience all together. I walked everywhere, and covered a huge area. We had meetings every day all day because there were so many women that the Elders would contact that they could not teach. I rarely knocked doors or contacted on the street. There was a lot of reactivation and shadow leadership opportunities. I served in every capacity in all the auxiliaries ex. counselor in the YW, RS, and Primary. They were in need of guidance because the gospel was so new to the area. I am sure that a typical day would be a little different depending on the mission.”

Arizona Tucson Mission, Emily Craghead

“Wake: 6:30 am. Exercise: 6:30-7. Shower/get ready: 7-8. Personal study: 8-9. Companionship study: 9-10. Language study: 10-11. Teach/tract/find, etc: 11-1. Lunch: 1-2. Teach/tract/find, etc: 2-5. Dinner: 5-6. Teach/tract/find, etc: 6-9. We were allowed to be in by 9:30 at the latest if we were teaching a lesson. Plan for the next day: 9. Journals/prepare for bed: 9-9:30 (ish). Bed: 10:30. These are obviously the times of things but i have to say that missionary work is FUN! The spirit, the people, the knowledge you gain from being a missionary is un-like anything I’ve ever felt again. And honestly, I had a blast!”

Sister Missionaries, What Made You Decide to Serve?

Sister Missionaries Serving“My patriarchal blessing talks about me serving a full-time mission. After I graduated from Ricks College, I turned 21, and I wasn’t dating anyone at the time. I knew what my blessing stated, but felt I should still pray about serving. It took a few months before I got my answer. It was during my scripture study. I KNEW that I was suppose to serve, and I had the desire to serve. I felt so blessed to have the gospel. I felt in debt to the Lord.” JoLynn Hansen, Texas, Houston East Spanish Speaking Mission

“Growing up I always felt like I was going to go on a mission and had the desire to go. When my 21st birthday was approaching I prayed about it and got the impression not to go. I was shocked and mostly frustrated that my righteous desires were being met with an answer that I didn’t want. About 6 months after that I then felt the urge ‘Go and go now.’ I fought the feelings off for about 3 months until I finally talked to the bishop. I always had the feeling God would ask me to go when it wasn’t easy for me to go, when I had finally been accepted to a major I wanted and I finally felt like things were going ‘perfectly’ in my life. I’m so glad I listened– even though it was hard. My mission has blessed my life and will continue to bless me and my future prosperity forever, I know this.” Emily Craghead, Arizona Tucson Mission

“When I was about 12 another sister from my home ward went on a mission and I thought she was a great example. Since that time I knew I wanted to go. My patriarchal blessing also confirmed this decision.” Laura Daniels, Argentina Neuquen Mission

“My family means the world to me, and it is a huge blessing to know that I have the opportunity to be with them for all eternity, and I wanted more people to know of this opportunity that Heavenly Father has given to us.” Jessica Rex, Arizona Tucson Mission

“I had always thought that it would be really neat to go on a mission, but I never thought very serious about it until one day during a study group at BYU. We were studying for a final and one of the girls there had served a mission. I asked her a few questions about her mission, and the only thing that I remember her saying is that it was the best decision that she had ever made. I immediately felt a strong impression that I needed to make that decision for myself. I prayed about it shortly after that study group and felt so strongly that I needed to serve a mission. I have NEVER regretted my decision to serve a mission. It has blessed my life in ways that I never would have imagined. I would do it all over again, and hope to one day when I am able again.” Katie Gividen, Russia Rostov-na-Dony Mission

“The spirit pestered me for years until I finally gave in at age 23.” Kristin Wardle Sokol, New York Utica Mission

“God. I didn’t plan to go, but when fasting for direction in my life, I got a distinct impression to serve. And so I did. I’m SO glad I did.” Patti Rokus, Temple Square Visitors Center Mission

“When I was 19, I knew some missionaries who were just awesome. My dad had served a mission, and I have an aunt who served. Those missionaries had a light and life about them that was so contagious, and I wanted that, and I wanted to share it. One of the biggest reasons I decided to serve were some statistics I heard about returned missionaries and their children being married in the temple. They said that if the father was a returned missionary, about two thirds of the children were married in the temple, but if both mother and father were returned missionaries, it jumped up to over 90%. I thought there was no greater blessing I could give my future, (and now current) children, than that extra boost towards temple marriage! Now this doesn’t mean that if you don’t serve, your children won’t be married in the temple, but for me, it was an impetus and a blessing! I had the desire, and the Lord blessed me with the ability to serve a mission, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that!” Wendi Condie, Montana Billings Mission

What are your thoughts? If you’re a returned sister missionary, what made you decide to go? Please share your comments.