Thursday, February 19, 2015

Embark Greenie Box This 'Embark' Greenie kit is designed to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun Care Package.  The Box Flap Designs & Printables have over 39 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This kit includes a 20-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables. Includes Bonus St. Patrick's day printables!

For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!


begin (a course of action, especially one that is important or demanding). 
Serve Him With Your Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength:  ~ What a Great Idea for a Missionary Greenie Care Package or a St. Patrick's Day Box! D&C 4:2 "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day."  This turned out to be a really fun and spiritual way to start our Missionaries off on the right foot!  And, because St. Patrick's Day was coming up we wanted to add in a Little Bit of the Irish just for fun - it really was easy to find lots of 'GREEN' things!

Who's Ready For An Adventure!!!  It’s always so fun to see the pictures our missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of the box is. 

Most of the boxes we mailed were 12x12x8 which meant the flap size was just under 12x6 so you can simply cut one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap then trim to fit.  To decorate the flaps for the ‘Embark’ Box I used two pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper from BoBunny in their 'Life in Color' collection line entitled 'Discovery' plus two pieces of solid red scrapbook paper for backing.  I then printed the MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out, and attached it all to the box with Glue Dots for durability.

O Ye that Embark!!! As, we decided on each 'Missionary Box Theme', which we based around a scripture or missionary teaching idea, we would then brainstorm fun ideas that could be included in our box.  I often wondered if our missionaries realized how comprehensive we were in our themes!  It honestly might have been just as much fun for us to build these boxes as it was for them to receive them!  Depending on the size of the box you are sending - you could include or delete any of the following items - or come up with a few of your own.  We tried to make sure that most of our items could be used to enhance missionary discussions, to be given away, to decorate their missionary apartments and left for future missionaries when they moved on, or simply eaten and enjoyed.  But of course there were always a few items that were just for fun!

You've Got Mail!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary from each Mother.  Inside our letters we included our testimonies, the reason we chose that particular item to include in the box, along with uplifting messaged filled with love.  A lot of the items won't make much sense as to why you are including them in the box unless you explain ho it specifically applies to your Missionary and to Missionary Work.  Many times over I have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It's just a little piece of 'Home' in a box!  So don't forget to write!  To dress up the envelopes in our Embark theme we used our printable and added it to a plain white envelope.

Print out the following:

How to 'Be' a good Missionary Companion

Indeed one of the greatest secrets of missionary work can be the effort that goes into getting along with your companion. From planning your daily activities, to preparing meals, to teaching, missionary work is very much a joint effort. And while you’ll have to overcome your peccadillo's (a small mistake or fault that is not regarded as very bad or serious) once you do so, the reward of having a unified companionship will far exceed any troubles that you went through. Ultimately, you won’t have any control over who your companion is but, you will certainly have control over what you make of the situation.

Things You Can Do to be a FABULOUS Companion:

1. Be Open: First and foremost - walk into your mission with an open mind especially when it comes to your companion.  Be optimistically open, you never know who your soul mate companion will be.

2. Learn Something From Your Companion:  You will have all sorts of companions - so the best thing you can do is to let them teach you something. That’s how you learn how to respect them.  If nothing else learning from someone helps you be more humble. We should all approach every companionship as an opportunity to learn something new, something that we may need help with. It’s like they say, “ Often times the Lord blesses us through others.”

3. Learn to Laugh At Yourself:  Laugh, laugh a lot. Smile, you will make mistakes.  When things get rough,  just laugh and remind yourself that practice makes perfect!

4. Put Things into Perspective: When times get rough - remember to remind yourself that this mission that seems so long, and this transfer that is eternal alongside your not so favorite companion will come to an end sooner than you think. You won’t be able to go back and set things right, so set them right now. Hold your tongue when you don’t have anything nice to say. Don’t harbor ill feelings, because you don’t want any regrets when you go home.

5. Do Comp Inventory:  You may not feel you need to do comp inventory, but you aren’t your companion. Do it and be sure to be open and listen.

6. Speaking of Listening, LISTEN:  Often times when things aren’t really going as we think they ought to be in our companionships it’s because we aren’t listening to what our companion is trying to tell us. Just because they aren’t talking doesn’t mean they don’t want to. You may just be chattering too much to let them get a word in. So be considerate, wait for your companion to say something before you do even if it means silence for a bit.

7. Build Memories:  While you are learning traditions or taking pictures - build memories. Bring out and encourage your companions wonderful qualities.  Love your companion - do things with them that let them know how special they are. Contact to Krispy Kreme, workout to EFY music, do pedicures, it doesn't matter - just do something together.

8. LIVE this Moment:  Allow your companionship to have things that are unique to just you. Don’t spend your time talking about what a wonderful area your last one was, or what an amazing companion your trainer was. Focus on the now, and creating this your most wonderful transfer. Every companion is a wonderful opportunity!

9. Be the B’s:  Grateful, True, Humble, Positive, Kind, Courteous, Thoughtful, Considerate, Clean and speaking of...

10. Be Clean:  Be tidy. Just because you don’t mind mess, doesn’t mean your companion won’t either. Wash your dish, clean your area, especially common areas. Companions can forgive your desk being cluttered but not the sink. If you see your companion cleaning something up, join them, dust another area, vacuum another room. This isn't your house, and they are not your mother. This is the Lord’s time and place and your companion’s too.

11. Stop Thinking You're a Mind Reader: If your companion does or says something off beat. Don’t take it personally or assume they are trying to offend you. Don’t presume to have a 7th sense that can get into their mind and read and interpret what they are thinking. Sometimes it is better to ask and then just listen. They may be having a bad day, they may be worried, you should always care enough to find out.

12. Compromise: You may feel your investigator needs to see your Plan of Salvation, but your companion really likes their version. Who cares, meet in the middle, use theirs this time and yours the next. Talk about it together so that it does not become an issue between you.

13. STAND UP for You:  If your companion has a disobedient moment, be brave and stand up for what is right. This mostly applies to breaking rules, not matters of opinion; For example, if you don’t see eye to eye with something your companion said during the lesson it is usually best to wait it out and discuss it after the appointment. There is a huge difference between being a good companion and being a push over, or dictator. Now, if your companion wants to do something not fitting into the mission rules, this IS the time to knock some sense into them and explain that it’s not the brightest idea. Never compromise the sanctity of YOUR call.

14. Love Your Companion Now- So what if they are totally different from all of your previous companions. They have a hard time getting up in the mornings. Not much of a planner. Guess what, the Lord wants you two together. So suck it up and love them for that reason alone, you’ll see how quickly you love them for all the things they are different for. Love your companion now, not tomorrow when they get up on time, not when they stop singing in the shower, today, now, just as they are.

15. Share your Talents: Use your strengths to build your companion.  Whatever it is that you are good at or that you enjoy - share it with your companion.

16. Finally, Trust in the LORD and have fun: If you don’t remember any of these tidbits, remember to turn to the Lord for help, TRUST HIM. Take what you can handle, and trust that the Lord will take care of the rest.

Tomorrow is always new, free of mistakes


Make a Missionary Folder - Print Off the Following Conference Talks and Stories: 

I printed extra copies of the tags I used for the Box Flaps and attached them to a manilla envelope for both my missionary and one for his companion.  Then I included the following Conference talks and stories plus some printables and bookmarks inside.

General Conference October 2008: O Ye That Embark by President Henry B. Eyring

Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Section 4 - O Ye that Embark

New Era September 1985: The Success Formula of Section 4 by Elder Sterling W. Sill Of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Emeritus

General Conference April 2013: Come, All Ye Sons of God by President Thomas S. Monson

General Conference April 1974: Missionary Work: A Major Responsibility by Ezra Taft Benson President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Ensign January 2009: Treasuring the Doctrine and Covenants by Elder Steven E. Snow of the Presidency of the Seventy

Ensign November 1984: Why Do We Serve? by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Ensign April 1984: Extending Our "Blessing Years" by Lettice O. Rich

Ensign February 2013: A Word for the Hesitant Missionary by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

D&C 4:2 “O ye that embark…” The part of this scripture I like the most is the admonition to “…serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength…”
I  put together four badges that you could use to emphasize these four important qualities while on a Mission.  I decided to keep “might” and “strength” separate. They overlap, of course, as all four of these qualities inevitably do. I think you could emphasize the importance of consistency, effort, and focus for a disciple of Christ during a study of “might.” Strength could be more about muscular Christianity and the power afforded followers of Christ.

I found four talks that coordinate well with each of the four qualities:
Heart: Serve the Lord with Love by Thomas S. Monson, Feb 2014
Might: Lift Where You Stand by Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 2008
Mind: First Observe, Then Serve by Linda K. Burton October 2012
Strength: Personal Strength Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by Richard G. Scott October 2013


D&C 84:88

  • Doctrine and Covenants
And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. 

"And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see."
Doctrine & Covenants 19:29

"And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man - Every herb [and] every fruit in the season thereof...yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving..."
Doctrine & Covenants 89:10-12

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and their shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."
Revelation 21:4

"Be strong and be of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest."
Joshua 1:9

"Therefore, gird up thy loins for the work.  Let thy feet be shod also, for thou art chosen, and thy path lieth among the mountains, and among many nations."
Doctrine & Covenants 112:7

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

"He hath filled the hungry with good things..."
Luke 1:53

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"
Isaiah 52:7

"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
Ephesians 5:27

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be."
Revelation 1:19

"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."
Psalms 24:4-5

                      FLASHLIGHT / HEADLAMP / NIGHT LIGHT
"The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."
Proverbs 4:18

" the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."
Proverbs 27:7

"And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing."
Doctrine & Covenants 28:16

"And speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing, crying - Hosanna, hosanna, blessed be the name of the Lord God!"
Doctrine & Covenants 19:37

"For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads."
Doctrine & Covenants 25:12

"And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them withersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand."
Doctrine & Covenants 38:33

"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
Proverbs 25:25

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly father knoweth that ye have need of these things."
Matthew 6:27-32

"Let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you."
Alma 34:27

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

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This Printable is by Tip Junkie:

Advice From Other Missionaries

**Keep every single rule - every single time! Show the Lord (and your mission president) that you can be trusted to always do what’s right.

**Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.

**Be an example to every missionary - even those who have been there longer than you.

**Be dedicated and devoted to your study time. It will make a HUGE difference in how much you grow spiritually the next two years.

**Things may be hard sometimes. But that’s OK…. because YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!

**Remember: things always look brighter in the morning.

**Support your mission president in everything he does. Imagine if he were your Dad… and remember… he is doing the very best he can.

**Write LONG emails home to your family. Tell us every detail. We need to hear from you… it keeps us going!

**Just look at everything as a big adventure. Enjoy the journey!

**Believe in yourself. Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.

**Be loyal to your mission president FIRST - your companion second. If your companion (or any other missionary) is doing something wrong, you have an obligation to tell the mission president.

**If you ever get robbed, do NOT be brave. Just give them everything you have.

**Avoid the missionaries who will pull you down. The Spirit will tell you who they are.

**Forget yourself - that is the quickest way to adjust on a mission.

**Start a list of your favorite scriptures and read over them often.

**Don’t look too far ahead. Just look at today. YOU CAN DO TODAY!!

**If your thoughts are turned outward (towards others) and not inward (towards your own needs, feelings, etc.) your mission will FLY by.

**Trust your instincts. You’ll know what to do in different situations. Your instincts are really the Holy Ghost… pay attention to those inner feelings.

**If anything is wrong or if you aren’t happy, don’t just let it fester. Email me. Talk to your mission president. Do something about it so it doesn’t grow and get worse.

**Things will be hard sometimes. But you are a strong person. You have a strong spirit. You can do it!

**Be yourself as your serve the Lord, but also remember to be the missionary the Lord wants you to be.

**Sustain your mission president. Don’t second guess his rules. Believe me, he has a very good reason for every rule he makes, even if you might not know what it is. You don’t have to know the reason for everything. You just have to be obedient.

**I remember interviewing a missionary when he first got to Boston. He said, “President, I don’t care where I serve or who I serve with. Just put me wherever you feel the Lord wants me to be. I’m here to work. I’m not here to mess around.” That was about the best thing a mission president could hear. Have that attitude when you have your first interview with your mission president. He will love you forever!

**Be respectful.

**Be nice to girls in the ward and the Sister missionaries, but don’t get too friendly. Just a little attention and they will think you are flirting—and so will your mission president. Keep your distance. Make sure your companion does, too.

**A mission is designed to focus your dependence on the Lord. It is the reason you leave your family and friends and also leave the world, so to speak. Go to Him often. He listens. He answers prayer. A mission forges a relationship between you and the Lord like nothing else.

**See the bright side of things. See the funny side of things. There is always a silver lining.

**A mission is about 99% attitude. It is exactly what you make of it.

**A missionary in Boston once asked President Boyd K. Packer, “What is the most important thing I can learn on my mission?” President Packer answered, “Obedience. If you don’t learn obedience your mission will never start. When you learn obedience, your mission will never end.”

**Shine your shoes.

**Work to keep new members strong. Keep them focused on going to the temple.

**Learn the language of the Spirit—the way the Holy Ghost speaks to you. Once you hear it, have the courage to follow it.

**Sometimes there is nothing you can do in the hard times except to wait them out. Just try to relax and don’t worry about so many things (companion, district, etc.)

**When times are hard, just think of it all as an exciting adventure that you will remember the rest of your life.

**If you have a companion that doesn’t want to work, just drop hints and keep giving suggestions. If it becomes a problem, though, you need to tell your mission president.

**Don’t worry about numbers of baptisms. Measure your success by how hard you work and how tired you are at night. The best feeling in the world is coming home after a hard day of work…all sweaty…taking a shower…putting your P.J.'s on and sitting around with the other Elders or Sisters and talking about your day.
**Just be yourself. Don’t carry on a conversation out of a grammar book. As you talk to people, think more about the quality of your conversation. If the quality of your conversation isn’t good, they won’t take you seriously.

**It is a little awkward at first to talk to people, but you just have to force yourself to do it. That’s how you progress—by constantly pushing yourself to do things that are uncomfortable.

**Always try to do things you don’t know how to do. Be willing to embarrass yourself.

**Be friends with the people you meet.

**Don’t hold back or be self-conscious. The best thing is to just dig in and get going. The sooner you do that, the sooner you will feel comfortable.

**Don’t get discouraged when you look at missionaries who are, say, a year ahead of you. You will be able to do all that they do by the time you’ve been out as long as they have. Don’t let them intimidate you.

**The most important thing in the MTC is getting along with other missionaries and being friends. Just be friendly and nice to everyone.

**Everything you do, look at it as a big adventure. Imagine you are in a movie or something.

**Laugh at yourself. Every situation will be bearable, but will even be easier if you keep a sense of humor. Don’t let anything get you down to the point that you forget how to laugh!

**Accept people’s idiosyncrasies. No one will be just like you and that’s OK.

**DON’T LOOK TOO FAR AHEAD! Just take one day at a time.

**Don’t try to be “cool”…just leave the world behind…give up on the style. Don’t be afraid to look like a nerd.

**Throughout your mission—sometimes even at the end—you are out of your comfort zone. You are constantly adapting to new situations. But learning to do this make you more able to handle that when you get home. It makes you more able to get along will all kinds of different people.

**A mission is a lot of hard times with some really great moments mixed in that really keep you going. I had a companion who used to quote Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It is one extreme and then the other. But as you go through these extremes, you find yourself.

**Sometimes you might not think you can do it. Sometimes you might even feel like crying. But you CAN do it. You just have to wait it out and things will get better.

**I know it’s hard, but you have to try not to think about home. You can’t be worried about what is happening at home. You might think there’s all this fun stuff going on at home. Be careful not to build it up too much in your mind because there really isn’t anything exciting going on at home. There isn’t anything that you’re missing at all! Sometimes you have this image built up in your mind that when you get home there will be elves throwing candy up in the air or something. You are not missing ONE THING by being on your mission. After you actually do go home, after a couple of weeks you think, “Well…this really isn’t so great after all.”

**Mom used to tell me: “This too shall pass.” Just concentrate on studying and working. The bad times will pass. Your mission will go so fast. Just enjoy it!

**Some missionaries think the fun thing to do is to go hang out at member’s houses and watch their kids play Nintendo and try to avoid working. Those are the longest days. They really aren’t fun at all. I remember trying to work 70 hours one week. That was so fun! It made the time go fast and it made us all feel so good to work so hard.

**The best days are the ones you come home and say, "I really did something meaningful today."

**When teaching people, focus on their needs. Listen to the spirit. Don’t just try to get through a discussion so you can say you did it. Ask yourself (and the Lord) what this particular family really needs from you.

**Hard things help you grow. They really shape who you are. You just have to face them with a good attitude and realize they are making you a better person, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

**Be bold but not overbearing. You want to leave a good impression with them about the church. You must find the middle ground between being bold and having common sense.

**If you know someone who is breaking rules that could get them sent home, you have to talk to the mission president about it or you’ll be in just about as much trouble as they will be. If you feel uncomfortable being around your companion after you’ve had to tell the president something about him and you really can’t handle it, tell the mission president and ask him what to do or if he can transfer you.

**Make working hard the cool thing to do.

**Remember—working hard makes your mission go faster.

**Keep your mind occupied with good things all the time.

**Do things that make your day different than yesterday was—go on splits, etc. Find ways to bring variety into your days.

**Focus on baptizing—not just planting seeds. Be bold.

**Don’t become a robot---be yourself!

**Be friends with everyone.

**Make it your goal to be every one of your companion’s FAVORITE companion.

**Become interested in others—that’s the way to get to know them the fastest. The best way to show them that you are interested in them to ask them questions.

**Be fearless...why not? You have nothing to lose.

**There is peer pressure on a mission too. You cannot care what others think as long as you are doing the right thing.

**You can get sent home for something someone else did if you knew about it and didn’t tell your mission president. Don’t keep any secrets from him.

**When you get to the mission field, you have to change your mindset and let your primary motivation be the fact that you want to help people and change people’s lives.

**It’s hard at first. Hang in there—it gets better. It even gets fun!

**In the MTC, get involved in anything you can (choir, etc.) It will break up your day and be more fun than you think it will.

**Don’t let yourself feel inferior to any missionaries at the MTC… everyone is new there! Some of them may have been there a few weeks longer than you have and try to make you feel like you aren’t as smart as them or something. Just ignore it.

**Let people who aren’t like you just entertain you. Don’t worry if you don’t relate perfectly to other missionaries, companions, etc… just find something humorous about things they do and say.

**When things don’t go just right, or when you are in an uncomfortable situation, just step outside yourself and look at things and say to yourself, “This is hilarious.”

**Being happy on your mission is all about perspective and attitude.

**Be outgoing and it will be more fun. 

**Missions are so much more fun than you think.

**Be willing to be a dork. 

**Us the time you have to grow spiritually. Being obedient is the fastest way to feel the Spirit and the quickest way to grow spiritually.

**Every day, try to make one memory. When something is hard, just laugh at it. Those will sometimes be your fondest memories when your mission is over.

**Meet people in your wards and branches and find out interesting things about them. It’s really fun to have those friends when you come back home at the end of your mission.

**Remember: stressful things eventually become funny. Don’t let them effect you in a negative way. You’re going to laugh about them later anyway…why not just laugh about them when they happen?

**Take time to teach the members, as well. A lot of them will do things differently than you’re used to. Don’t criticize them. Just patiently teach them the right way to do it.

**The best way to deal with stress is to get outside and talk to people. Just talk to everyone you see. You can’t believe how much that helps.

**Find ways to break up your day. Write in your journal. Draw. Do things to give you some variety in your day.

**Don’t punch anyone in the face (ha ha)

**Be creative about the way you contact people. Be real and genuine. Talk to them. Don’t give rehearsed speeches at people’s doors.

**Feeling the Spirit is the best way to deal with homesickness. If you are feeling homesick, do something that will immediately bring the Spirit—read the scriptures, pray, teach someone the gospel.

**Tell your mission president everything. Don’t try to protect missionaries that are doing things that are wrong.

**If your trainer is sleeping in…if he isn’t showing you how to be a good missionary…you HAVE to tell the mission president. He needs to know! He has trusted this Elder to train you. If he isn’t doing it, the president needs to know.

**Be yourself.

**Remember: you CAN be happy and obedient at the same time.

**Your main goal---ALWAYS---is to serve people. If you always look at your mission that way, you will always have something to do.

**Be bold but don’t care if you get denied. So what.

**Have fun. It really will go SO fast.

**Look forward to small things…zone conference, splits, district meetings, transfers. Don’t look at two years. It’s too much. Just have small things out in the future to look forward to. It will make the weeks and months and years fly by.

**The cure all for anything hard on a mission: WORK. Talk to people.

**Every missionary will have one word that pretty much defines them to other missionaries. Happy. Funny. Hard Working. Goof-off. Decide what you want YOUR word to be and then live up to that. The best reputation to have is that you are a missionary who talks to everybody. THAT’S what you want to be known for.

**Make yourself important to people. Make an impact on their lives.

**Take pride in being obedient. 

** Look ahead to the last day of your mission. Every day, ask yourself: What will I want to see? Will I be sad from regret? Or will I be happy for what I have done?

**Being disobedient is NEVER cool.  Disobedience NEVER looks cool to anyone.  Other missionaries, no matter what they say, always look down on the disobedient missionaries.

**Create your own identity. Decide the kind of missionary you want to be and BE IT.

**You may not believe it at first, but it's ALWAYS true---leaving your mission will be one of the hardest, saddest things you''ll ever do.

**You aren't missing a thing at home...when you get home and look at the guys who haven't served missions and where they are in their lives, you'll realize they've just wasted those two years. If you were here, you'd be wasting them too.

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