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11 Must-Read Books for Every Future Missionary

by | Mar. 20, 2019

No time is too early to start preparing for a mission. Whether you have your call or are still a few years out, get a better idea of what a mission entails and how to become a successful missionary with these uplifting and insightful books. 

A Case for the Book of Mormon 

by Tad R. Callister

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

In this volume, best-selling author Tad Callister offers a comprehensive overview of many of the critics' claims and provides carefully reasoned explanations that shed new light on the discussion. He presents compelling evidence, both physical and spiritual, for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and invites readers on a spiritual journey that promises a witness stronger than any intellectual argument could create.

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How Do I Know If I Know? 

by John Bytheway

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

John Bytheway suggests that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many pieces of evidence we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter.

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The Power of Everyday Missionaries 

by Clayton M. Christensen

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

When writing this book, Clayton's expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family members to find a more effective approach to member missionary work. Their refreshing perspectives are presented in this book, which includes inspiring, unusual stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the ideas.

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Sisters: A Modern Girl's Guide to Serving a Mission 

by Melissa Dymock

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

This book contains what every prospective sister missionary deserves: a thoughtful “older sister” to help her find the right answer to that vital question of whether to serve a full-time mission, and if the answer is yes, to help her understand how to prepare both spiritually and temporally, what to expect, and how to succeed. Returned missionary Melissa Dymock leads readers step by step through the transition into mission life and offers insights from a variety of experienced missionaries on how to make the most of missionary experience.

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The Words of God: 8 Crucial Bible Themes Supported by the Book of Mormon 

by Kathleen Danielson

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

No matter when disciples have lived on this earth, they have all looked to the same Savior. This unique approach to scripture study weaves together the history, culture, and geography of the Bible and Book of Mormon to provide a deeper understanding of how these standard works support each other. Discover a broader perspective and deepen your own discipleship with this inclusive guide to the scriptures.

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10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission 

by Benjamin Hyrum White

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

Are you ready to be part of the greatest generation of missionaries? This book will give you the additional mental preparation and spiritual motivation necessary to answer this call. The 10 questions found in this book will help you look deep within yourselves to determine if you have sufficiently raised the bar in preparing for full-time missionary service.


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What to Know Before You Go: Developing the Heart and Soul of a Missionary 

by Don H. Staheli

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

Missionaries need to begin their exciting time of service with as much personal preparation as possible. In this book, each short chapter includes a great tidbit of loving advice and spiritual counsel (the sort you would get if you were sitting across the table from your own mission president), as well as a true, inspirational experience shared by a full-time elder or sister missionary.

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Worth the Wrestle 

by Sheri Dew

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

In Worth the Wrestle, Sheri examines the process of asking good questions—whether those questions be doctrinal, procedural, historical, or intensely personal—and learning how to get answers. She demonstrates how to live by faith while seeking greater light and knowledge. And she testifies of principles that are worth wrestling for and of understanding that can be gained in no other way.

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How to Be an Extraordinary Missionary 

by John Bytheway

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

This fun little book helps readers identify some differences between a good missionary and a great missionary. Ordinary missionaries teach discussions, extraordinary missionaries teach people. Ordinary missionaries count time, extraordinary missionaries make time count. Ordinary missionaries have gospel study, extraordinary Missionaries study the gospel.

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Do Not Attempt in Heels 

Compiled by Elise Babbel Hahl and Jennifer Rockwood Knight

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

Whether a sister has already worn a missionary badge or is still planning to wear one, this collection of personal stories from the mission field is sure to inspire and entertain. Feel the elation, exhaustion, humor, frustration, and faith of these dedicated sister missionaries. Share the spirit of the divine work of sister missionaries with Do Not Attempt in Heels.

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Suit Up 

by John Hilton III, John Bytheway, Laurel Christensen Day, Hank Smith, Brad Wilcox, Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt, Anthony Sweat

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

This unique little book is intended to help teens get ready for all they will encounter as they embark on the unique adventure of missionary work. There has never been a more exciting time to be alive—and there has never been a more exciting time to be a missionary.

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