“Practically Out the Door” is the name of an article in the April 2009 New Era magazine. It contains practical advice for teenagers preparing to go to college, but I think it is equally applicable to young men and women preparing to go on a mission. The article makes great suggestions for young people, such […]
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I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rosario Argentina from 1995 to 1997--an amazing experience! I work for an international construction company as a digital marketing manager in the Dallas Texas area where I do analytics, reporting, and paid media. I am married to the lovely Heather, and we have six wonderful children. Read more about Jimmy Smith here.
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As I listened to the General Conference talks last weekend, I paid particular attention to messages that would be of benefit for young men and women preparing to go on a mission. Below are a few mission-prep-related excerpts from the April 2009 conference talks: Revealed Quorum Principles by Michael A. Neider “The quorum assists you […]
I have added a video to my previous post: The Power of the Book of Mormon. I thought that instead of just putting the story in writing, I could record myself telling the story and embed the video in the post. Let me know how you like this format.
The second area I served in during my mission was called the Rural Ward in the city of Santa Fe. I had an experience there that I will always remember that taught me the power of the Book of Mormon. One day we had an appointment to teach a first discussion to a man named […]
A common topic of discussion I have seen regarding mission preparation is ‘What are the characteristics of a good missionary?’ President Joseph F. Smith, LDS Church President from 1901 to 1918, had much to say on this subject. While it would be difficult or impossible to create an exhaustive list of good missionary characteristics, here […]
I’ve put a cool new feature on the Mormon Missionary Preparation Web site that I hope many people utilize: a Mission Call Map. It is an interactive map of the world with pictures of missionaries in the places they served. I hope to fill this map with hundreds of photos of missionaries who have benefited […]
I recently discovered a great resource for missionary preparation for the littlest of future missionaries. Michelle of The Errand of Angels is in the process of developing Family Home Evening Lessons corresponding to each of the discussion principles in the Preach My Gospel Manual. The lessons are available to download for free in multiple formats from […]
I received my temple endowment in 1995, in the Washington, DC Temple just prior to leaving for my mission to Rosario, Argentina. It was a sweet experience as I was surrounded by my parents and other extended family. All missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receive their temple endowment prior to […]
My wife and I recently watched a movie called Errand of Angels about a sister missionary in Austria. Watching the movie made me think a lot about my mission, particularly, I found myself reflecting on what I would do differently, if I had it to do over. I came to the conclusion that the number […]
I was recently reading Gospel Doctrine by President Joseph F. Smith and I was struck by a comment he made regarding the necessity of missionaries to be sociable in order to be effective. “There are many excellent men but very few really good missionaries. The characteristics of a good missionary are: A man who has […]