Entries by Jimmy

The Joy of Service

I was asked to give a talk in church about the joy of service in relation to a recent trip I made to Houston, Texas with other members of our congregation to help in the cleanup effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I thought the joy of service was a good topic for mission […]

Unversidad Branch, Concordia: Feb 1997 to April 1997

I served as a missionary in the Universidad Branch of the LDS Church in the city of Concordia, Argentina from February 19, 1997 to April 22, 1997. Here is a brief summary of my service in that area. Also please visit this summary page about my mission to Argentina which includes the conversion stories of […]

Mission Prep Quotes from October 2017 General Conference

“I Have a Work for Thee” by Elder John C. Pingree Jr. “As God works through us, the adversary may tempt us to take credit for any accomplishments. However, we can emulate the Savior’s humility by deflecting personal praise and glorifying the Father (see Matthew 5:16; Moses 4:2). When a reporter tried to recognize Mother […]

Expect Miracles

My niece began her mission recently and we have been getting weekly emails from her. Seems to be really enjoying her time in the MTC in Mexico City. She was called the Oklahoma City Mission and was assigned to labor speaking in the Spanish language. A couple of weeks ago she sent an email with […]

My Baptism – Jimmy Smith – October 1984

My wife recently asked me to write down my memories my baptism for a book she is compiling for our kids. In the process, I realized I had never posted on this website about my childhood baptism nor the great spiritual experience I had at that time. Here goes: My family moved from Maryland to […]

Mission Prep Skills Checklist for Youth

Update, January 1, 2020: Several changes in the Church have necessitated an update to this checklist. I have: Updated the dollar amounts youth need to have saved to reflect the cost increase in missions effective July 1, 2020. Removed references to the Boy Scouts and other church programs that have been retired such as Faith […]

Mission Prep Quotes from April 2017 General Conference

Return and Receive by Elder M. Russell Ballard It is good to have goals and plans for our careers, for our education, even for our golf game. It is also important to have goals for our marriages, our families, and our Church councils and callings; this is especially true for missionaries. But our greatest and […]

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 […]

Parque Urquiza: Dec 1996 to Feb 1997

I served in the Parque Urquiza neighborhood of the city of Rosario, Argentina from December 18, 1996 to February 18, 1997. It was the ward in the very geographic heart of the city. Like all the areas in which I served, it was very enjoyable in many ways, and had it’s unique challenges in other ways. […]

Your Missionary DNA – Skills that Make Your Contribution Unique

DNA is the genetic code inside living organisms that determines all their bodily characteristics. DNA determines visible traits like hair color and height, and it is also responsible for unseen things like cholesterol risk factors and mental health issues. The DNA molecules in your cells carry seemingly infinite combinations of atoms, proteins, and gene sequences that […]

Poem: The Greatest Love

The following is an inspirational poem written by Charles Giroux, who served in the New York Rochester Mission of the LDS Church from 2014 to 2016. While serving in a particularly difficult area he felt inspired to write this poem in order to comfort some missionaries who were struggling under various circumstances. Though his mission […]