“Staying Spiritual on the Road,” Ensign, June 1996, 72
After moving our family to San Diego, California, I began working for a new company that required considerable out-of-town travel, even on weekends. Due to an onslaught of new temptations and experiences resulting from my being away from home and alone, I realized I needed to set for myself the following guidelines for maintaining my spiritual reserves while traveling.
Maintain contact with the Church and reinforce my identity as a Latter-day Saint by:
Attending Sunday Church meetings whenever possible, even in foreign countries.
Carrying a Book of Mormon and being willing to talk to people about it as occasion permits.
Appropriately sharing Church standards with business contacts so they understand why I do not participate in some activities.
Attending the temple if there is one in the city where I am visiting.
Pursue a program for ongoing self-improvement by:
Reading uplifting books.
Keeping a personal journal.
Studying languages, history, and geography in connection with my travels.
Build spirituality by:
Reading from the scriptures daily and memorizing selected passages.
Offering multiple daily personal prayers, as necessary.
Avoiding inappropriate movies, magazines, books, and hotel room television.
Serve others by:
Staying in touch with my family and encouraging them through letters, postcards, or telephone calls.
Sending uplifting postcards to friends, shut-ins, and missionaries.
Writing to my home teaching families and staying informed of their needs.
I also found that by having a personal prayer before leaving on a trip and specifically recommitting myself to living gospel standards and the above guidelines, I was able to avoid temptations, boost my spirituality, and always remember my love for the Savior and his gospel and for my family.—Paul McMullin, San Diego, California