Spencer W. Kimball, 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once asked this of future missionaries: “Will you be a valiant and effective one or merely a set-apart missionary? This will depend on your preparation.” (from Advice to a Young Man: Now Is the Time to Prepare)
A missionary preparation class is a great way for young men and young women to further their mission prep. Missionary preparation classes are usually available from several sources:
- From your ward or stake (branch or district). If you are under 18 and would like to take a mission prep class, talk to one of your local leaders (your young men’s president, or bishop, etc.) to see if your ward or stake offers a class.
- From a Church college (BYU, etc.). If you are attending a Church-sponsored college, see about signing up for one of the mission prep classes they offer.
- From an LDS Institute of Religion: If you are attending another college, see if there is an LDS Institute of Religion nearby. They likely offer a missionary preparation class.
You may also want to check out the Mission Prep Class Videos I made in 2020, where I taught the Church’s Mission Prep class to my teenagers and recorded it for others to watch. This is a convenient, unofficial way of participating in a missionary preparation class.
Mission Prep Institute Classes Open to All: Ages 18-30
According to the Church’s Institutes of Religion website, single and married young adults, postsecondary students, and all young single adults (generally 18-30 years old) are also welcome to attend Institute classes. That means that if you are a young person thinking about going on a mission in the next year or two, you could attend a mission prep class at an Institute, free of charge.
Topics Covered in the Missionary Preparation Class
Whether you take the class from your ward or through an official Institute class, your teacher will likely use the official Church Mission Prep Student Manual. Subjects covered in this official Missionary Preparation course are:
- Understanding the call to serve a mission
- Learning the gospel by study and also by faith
- Teaching about the Apostasy, the Restoration
- The importance of living prophets and latter-day scripture
- Understanding, recognizing, and teaching with the Holy Ghost
- Personal worthiness and developing Christ-like attributes
- Physical preparation and using time wisely
- The conversion process and preparing investigators for baptism