“Getting Ready,” Liahona, Oct. 2001, 24
Here’s advice from current missionaries and from other readers:
Pray daily. Ask Heavenly Father to help you prepare.
The Lord needs worthy missionaries. Live the commandments every day.
Attend and pay attention in seminary and institute.
Read the scriptures daily, especially the Book of Mormon. Apply Moroni’s promise in Moroni 10:3–5.
Learn responsibility by magnifying any calling or assignment you receive (see D&C 88:80). Home teaching, for example, is an excellent way to learn to build relationships of trust with others.
Go to the temple as often as you can.
Spend as much time as possible with your family—you will miss them while you are away. Participate in family prayer, home evenings, and other family activities.
During family home evening, practice teaching your family, using the scriptures and the missionary discussions.
Attend church each Sunday, and partake of the spirit there.
Receive your patriarchal blessing. If you already have it, review it often.
Practice getting to know people and being friendly.
A mission is rigorous, so work to be in good physical shape.
Start saving now. Set aside mission funds whenever you can.
Work with full-time missionaries and ward or branch mission leaders.
Team teach with the full-time missionaries and watch them teach the discussions.
Practice teaching the discussions to friends.
Attend baptismal services in your ward or branch.
Share your testimony every chance you get.
Invite nonmember friends to church and to activities.
Attend a missionary preparation class.
Memorize the Articles of Faith.