Entries by Jimmy

Doctrinal Basis of Missionary Work

For those of you who don’t subscribe to the New Era magazine, or haven’t had a chance to read the lead article yet, this month it was called Why Do We Do Missionary Work? by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The article is great; here are some excerpts: The […]

MISSION the Musical

Today I heard about a new theatrical musical production called MISSION the Musical.  It starts today and runs through September 12th.  I have not seen the show, but if anyone in this reading audience does go see it, please let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below. Tickets seem pretty affordable, […]

Mission Application Timeline

Editor’s Note, January 31, 2019: Yesterday, the Church announced that they have created new mission planning tools that helps prospective missionaries understand when they should submit their application to increase the likelihood of starting and ending their service at the right time. I will write more about these tools later in another post. Until then, […]

Power of Prayer: Conversion of the Almada Family

The story of the first family that I taught and baptized in Argentina, the Almada family, is a great example of the power of prayer. Meeting the Almada Family Within a week of my companion and I arriving in the city of Parana, Argentina, the Almada family moved into the home right behind our apartment.  […]

Magnify Your Calling

I have been trying for many years to read all the way through the Old Testament.  It is the only part of the standard works that I haven’t read in its entirety.  I’m about 85% done now (page 1,009 out of 1,184), and I’ve been reading in the book of Jeremiah.  I read a verse […]

Tag Line for Future Site Redesign

When I launched this Web site back in March of this year, it was a bit of an experiment.  I felt inspired to start the site, and, upon doing some research, there seemed to be a need and an opportunity for disseminating mission prep-related material.  In these first few months, the site has proved more […]

Mission Presidents

Mission presidents are called to watch over and lead a mission (a specific region and its missionaries), generally, for the space of three years.   They are responsible for the spiritual and physical well-being of the missionaries in their mission.  The mission president and his wife manage the affairs of the missionaries in the mission and […]

Mission Companions

Mormon missionaries always work in companionships of two (occasionally three).  The reasons for this are for spiritual and physical protection, but most importantly, because it is a mandate from the Lord. Why Missionaries Travel in Pairs The Lord has commanded missionaries, in D&C 42:6, “Ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching […]

Missionary Name Tag

The Mormon missionary name tag or badge is one of the most recognizable visual features our missionaries carry.  On the one hand, it is simply a name tag, while on the other hand, it is symbolic of the work missionaries have been called to do.  It is a symbol of the Church they have been […]