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10 Must-Read Books for Every Future Missionary

by | Jul. 28, 2018

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. 

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 shreds 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. As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!

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The Power of Everyday Missionaries

by Clayton M. Christensen

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

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. Chances are, you'll discover you're already doing a lot of the things mentioned, and with just a little tweak here and there, you'll be sharing the gospel naturally as part of your everyday interactions. Along the way, you'll feel the deep joy that comes from helping others discover the most precious blessing in the world: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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What I Wish I'd Known Before My Mission

by John Bytheway

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

In a fresh, helpful, and sometimes humorous way, John Bytheway offers guidelines on how to make the missionary experience worthwhile. Part One discusses what life should be like between high school graduation and the mission. Part Two covers life inside the MTC and suggests eliminating distractions. He also explains the importance of keeping the mission rules. Part Three helps prospective missionaries see what great blessings can come in the missionary makes the Lord his constant companion..

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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

The Lord needs more missionaries and He needs better-prepared missionaries. He needs YOU! From the bestselling authors that brought you Armor Up! 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. In Suit Up, several of your favorite youth speakers share lessons about preparing for a mission based on the scriptural advice contained in Doctrine and Covenants 4. If you're thinking about a mission, if you've already started preparing, or if you've got your call, you'll benefit from the messages and advice in Suit Up.

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Do Not Attempt in Heels

Compiled by Elise Babbel Hahl & 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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How to Be an Extraordinary Missionary

by John Bytheway

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

John Bytheway's How to Be an Extraordinary Teenager has sold nearly 40,000 copies. Bytheway fans are sure to love this companion book, How to Be an Extraordinary Missionary. Identical in size and format, this new title 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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What to Know Before You Go: Developing the Heart and Soul of a Missionary

by Don H. Staheli

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

In What to Know Before You Go, Don H. Staheli, a former mission president, provides answers to questions such as these. 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. The Lord is hastening the work of salvation. He needs missionaries who know not only how to do missionary work but how to be missionaries. This insightful book will help you start off on the right foot as you work to develop the heart, mind, and soul of a missionary.

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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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The Highly Effective Missionary

by David M. R. Covey

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

The field is ready to harvest, and to reap the rewards of your labor you need the right tools. David Covey's 8-step door approach and golden questions will orient missionaries toward fruitful finding, concrete committing, and meaningful member relations. Leave mediocre missionary work far behind as you discover skills specific to the conversion process and develop into a highly effective missionary.

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The Little Book of Missionary Reminders

by Mark W. Newman

LDS books to prepare future missionaries

This Little Book of Missionary Reminders contains more than 400 instructions, suggestions, and observations on being a happy and productive missionary. It is the author’s hope that this book will help missionaries be more successful in their efforts while at the same time helping them to recognize the inherent humor in parts of the mission experience. Whether a missionary serves in Africa, Europe, or the United States, he or she is sure to relate to many of these reminders.

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