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