Entries by

The Ultimate Missionary Companion

Giveaway Alert: Read to the bottom and enter to win a copy of the book! The Ultimate Missionary Companion, Inspirational Insights on Becoming the Lord’s Missionary is the next missionary prep book I have read and will now review for you.  The book is by Ed J. Pinegar, who served as president of the Missionary […]


I’d like to address a question I frequently get regarding law of chastity violations and the ability to later go on a mission.  Many young people who have had issues with sexual morality want to repent and go on a mission, but frequently they don’t know if their prior actions will prohibit them from ever […]

Work Hard, Obey, and Love Others

When I was in the Missionary Training Center (the MTC), one of my instructors challenged us missionaries in the class to write down three personal goals that would guide us in our daily missionary efforts. This request came on the day when they introduced us to the Missionary Handbook, commonly called the “White Bible”.  (Can […]

Newest Future Missionary

It has been a while since I last blogged, and the reason is the birth of our son, one of the newest future missionaries in the world, Truman. He came in at 6 lbs. 15 oz, and 20 inches long. I’m sure I’ll get back into my regular blogging routine soon.  Until then, please enjoy […]

I Love Loud Boys

Here is a video excerpt from another good talk from October 2009 General Conference on the subject missionary preparation.  This one is from Elder Yoon Hwan Choi of the Seventy and his talk is called I Love Loud Boys.  Elder Choi has a thick accent and can be difficult to understand at times, but his […]

Teaching Helps Save Lives

Here is some good mission prep counsel from Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School General President.  This is an excerpt from his October 2009 General Conference talk, Teaching Helps Save Lives. “When I was in my teens, a recently returned missionary named Brother Peterson taught our Sunday School class. Every week he would draw a large […]

Funny Moments from General Conference October 2009

I hope all you future missionaries took time to listen to our living prophets speak to us last weekend during General Conference.  Six months ago, I wrote about all the talks on Mission Prep from April 2009 General Conference.  I plan to do that again for this conference, but for now, I thought it would […]

Additional Mission Expenses

Readers, I need your help.  Many people have asked me about additional mission expenses for items not covered by the normal monthly allowance. I have written previously about the LDS Mission Cost and Saving for a Mission, yet there are uncovered expenses that are not intended to used with the monthly allowance such as photography, […]

Conversion of Juan Carlos Lopez

Juan Carlos Lopez was a man my companion, Elder Wasden, and I met in the city of Rosario, Parque Urquiza Ward, in late December of 1996.  We met Juan Carlos on my first day serving in the city, and actually, it was probably within an hour of me arriving in the city.  I had been […]

Open Your Mouth

One of the most important and most constant tasks you must do as a missionary is to continually open your mouth.  Open your mouth and testify of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.  Open your mouth and give testimony of Joseph Smith and his First Vision of God the Father and his Son.  Open your mouth […]

Winner of Prepare With Honor Book

 Ten people entered the contest to win a free copy of the mission prep book Prepare with Honor, Helps for Future Missionaries by Randy L. Bott. The winner was selected by using the random number generator provided by random.org.  And the winner is… Christine Smith of Frederick Maryland who’s favorite scripture missionary is Nephi. Thank […]

Free Mission Prep Book Giveaway

For those of you who overlooked it at the bottom of my previous post, which was a review of Prepare with Honor by Randy Bott, I am giving away a free copy of the book. To enter, just leave a comment on the Prepare with Honor blog post answering this question: Who is your favorite […]