Idea List: Ready to Serve?

“Idea List: Ready to Serve?” New Era, Feb. 2005, 15

Idea List:

Ready to Serve?

Learning now to rely on your testimony and your relationship with Heavenly Father will be a big help on your mission. If you learn the basics of the gospel and gain a testimony before your mission, you will be able to focus on teaching the gospel and strengthening others. Here are a few things you can work on right now to prepare to be more spiritually self-sufficient:

  • Gain a testimony of the Savior, the Book of Mormon, the Restoration of the gospel and priesthood, and our living prophet.

  • Before you go on a mission, you will go to the temple to receive your own endowment. Keep yourself pure and worthy to enter the temple and make covenants there.

  • Study the gospel regularly by yourself and with your family and friends. This will help you not only learn the gospel but also form good study habits.

  • Carry your scriptures with you, and refer to them frequently. Memorizing scripture mastery and other verses and becoming familiar with the scriptures will be a great blessing to you on your mission.

  • Attend a missionary preparation class in your ward, stake, or institute, if one is available.

  • Share your testimony and the gospel every chance you get, and pray for opportunities to do so.

  • Be obedient. Before you become a missionary, gain a testimony of the importance of being obedient.

  • Learn to love service. Your mission will consist of serving others.

  • If you have the opportunity, go teaching with the missionaries in your area, or ask your parents if the missionaries can teach an investigator in your home.

Illustrated by Sam Lawlor