As many of you might know, LDS stands for Latter-day Saint. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You might have heard us referred to as Mormons as well. We are. We are Mormon. We are Christian. We are believers in all things glorifying Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer of our soul.
Now that we have that straight, let’s get into what a Mormon or LDS Mission is. It is, for boys, a 2-year period of time starting as early as age 18 and for girls, an 18-month period of time starting as early as age 19, that we dedicate to serving our Savior Jesus Christ and teaching His gospel to His people around the world. We do not get to pick where we are sent to live for the next 1 and a half or 2 years of our life. We had to go through several interviews with church leaders to even start the process of going on a mission. After you have filled out the required papers, informational, health history, schooling history, foreign language skills, etc. and you have received letters of recommendations from your Bishop and Stake President (leaders in the church), then you can submit your Mission Papers to Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City. This is where the head of our church, President Thomas S. Monson, and His apostles pray for knowledge on where to send each and every person that submits a “request” to go on a mission. After they have decided, with Heavenly Father’s help, where you will be sent, you will receive an official call from Thomas S. Monson to serve in the mission assigned to you.
There are currently 421 missions available for full-time missionary service all across the world, and about 85,147 missionaries currently serving in those missions. You can view a list of the missions right here.
In my case, I was assigned to serve in the Portugal Porto mission. In addition to service in Portugal, I will spend 6 weeks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah to learn the Portuguese language. (This 6 weeks is usually included in your 18-month period of service) When I get to the MTC (abbreviation for Missionary Training Center) I will be assigned another girl companion that I will be with 24 hours of the day- we will both be learning Portuguese but might not necessarily be going to the same mission. But I will be with this companion for the entire 6 weeks of my MTC experience. And once my 6 weeks is finished, I will get on a plane with however many other missionaries are going to the Portugal Porto mission and fly to Portugal to start my adventure.
Once in Portugal, I will receive a different companion, whom I will be with for at the very least the next 6 weeks. She will be my trainer and “guide” to adjusting to mission life, seeing as though she will have at least 6 weeks more experience than I do in the mission field, although most times they have much more than 6 weeks experience. She will teach me, through Preach My Gospel, our missionary guidebook, and other missionary handbooks, how to become an effective missionary.
Okay so let’s go over Daily Life as a Missionary
6:30 am- Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day
7:30 am- Breakfast
8:00 am- Personal study (We can chose to either read in the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Bible, New Testament, doctrines of the missionary lessons outlined in Preach My Gospel, or study chapters from Preach My Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and the Missionary Health Guide.
9:00 am- Companion study: Share with your companion what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, and confirm plans for the day.
10:00 am- Language study, including planning language learning activites to use during the day
11:00 am-Begin proselyting. Walking to appointments, talking with people on the street, bus, train, etc. about the gospel of Jesus Christ, meeting with people to teach them about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, going to church activities, meetings with Mission Presidents, Zone Conferences, etc. Everyday missionary work- reaching as many people as we can with the joyous message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
An hour lunch and dinner fall somewhere in between here, at times that fit best with their proselyting. Lunch can either be at your missionary apartment, at a cafe in town, or at a members house as well as dinner. It depends on the day. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6 pm.
9:00 pm- Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan for the next day’s activities (30 minutes). Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.
10:30 pm-Retire to bed.
Monday- Preparation day (P-day) Every Monday you follow the same morning routine, waking up at 6:30 exercising, and then studying until 11, but then you are given the time from 11-5 to prepare for the week. This is a time where missionaries can go out and grocery shop, go get an extra skirt or two, or go out and explore the city in which you are zoned. In addition to this, missionaries are allowed to communicate with their family and friends via e-mail for 1 hour. This is the only communication with them all week. But once 5 o’clock rolls around, it is time to get back to work and missionaries on back on regular missionary schedule.
Sunday- Almost everything is the same, except missionaries attend regular church service for 3 hours.
So there ya have it! That will be my life for the next 18 months, give or take a few things!
I hope this helped. I cannot wait to start my new adventure as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I hope you will enjoy reading and learning from my experiences!
If you would like to know more about what I will be teaching about, you can visit lds.org or mormon.org for any information. You can also contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.
To find out more information about my calling as a missionary go to