Missionaries Under Instruction/Construction Kit
“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing.” (D&C88:119.)
Doctrine and Covenants 38:30 —if we are prepared, we shall not fear.
Don’t Worry! Heavenly Father’s Not Finished With Me Yet! It doesn’t matter how long a Missionary has been serving in the field – it is always fun for them to learn new things and receive help with new ideas to serve the people in their Mission Area! This box could be sent at any time of year since it is pretty easy to find lots of items within the Construction or Instruction Theme.
So let’s get BUILDING!!!
We LOVE Missionaries and we LOVE sending Care Packages! This ‘Box’ was a riot to put together and our kiddos got a real kick out of our Construction Instruction theme!
This Listing Includes a 34-Page High-Quality PDF file Download for DIY Printables:
✔ 2-Pages Introduction Letter with Easy to Follow Instructions to Help you put together the Perfect Care Package.
✔ 3-Pages of Custom Designs to use for your 4 Box Flaps. (You can cut these to fit any mailing size box you choose!)
✔ 1-Page to Print as a Box Introduction Letter to be placed in your Box right before you tape it up.
✔ 2-Pages of Unique Envelope Designs that you can adhere to the front of your Letter to your Missionary and their Companion! (One for Elders and One for Sisters.)
✔ 2-Pages of Custom Missionary Letters to include with your Letter to your Missionary. (One for Sisters and One for Elders.)
✔ 24-Pages with 136 Custom Tags and ideas that Can Be Used to put together your Missionary Construction Care Package.
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 messages 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 how 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!
Let’s Build!!! 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. With this ‘Box’ we just had a blast because there are so many construction things in almost every store that I’m sure it was just as much fun for us to ‘Build’ it as it was for our missionaries to receive it!
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 that were just for fun!
Missionaries Under Construction Box Ideas:
We split up the list below between our 8 Missionary Moms – so each of us brought 3 small things for our Construction Care Package. If doing this on your own you could include or delete any of the items.
1. Caution Tape
2. Safety Vest
3. Flashing Safety Barricades
4. Orange Safety Cones
5. Tool Box
6. Hard Hat
7. Tools/Tool Apron/Tool Belt
8. Safety Glasses
9. First Aid Kit
10. Ear Plugs
11. Dust Mask/Towels
13. Walkie Talkie
14. Tape Measure
15. Blue Prints/Plans/Maps
16. Road Signs/Signs
17. Straight Ruler
22. Safety Instructions
23. Building Materials
24. Construction Machinery
Purpose: Things to help with Personal Instruction for our Missionaries or to help our Missionaries with Instructing others.
Caution Tape Tie (Elders)
Caution Tape Earrings (Sisters)
Caution Duck Tape Wallet or Bag
Mini Caution Sign to put in their Missionary apartments
Again I have a caution and a promise. The caution is that sorrow will come from failure either to love or to bear witness. If we fail to feel and show honest concern for those we approach with the gospel, they will reasonably distrust our message. But if out of fear of rejection we fail to tell them what the gospel has meant in our lives and could mean in theirs, we will someday share their sorrow. Conference Talk October 1996: Witnesses for God by Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
To give notice or caution. Prophets, leaders, and parents warn and teach others to be obedient to the Lord and his teachings.
Jacob warned the people of Nephi against every kind of sin: Jacob 3:12;
The voice of warning is to all people: D&C 1:4;
Let your preaching be the warning voice: D&C 38:41;
This is a day of warning: D&C 63:58;
Every man who has been warned should warn his neighbor: D&C 88:81;
I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving you this word of wisdom: D&C 89:4;
2. Safety Vest
Tie – Elders
Scarf – Sisters
God always provides safety for the soul, and with the Book of Mormon, He has again done that in our time. Remember this declaration by Jesus Himself: “Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived” and in the last days neither your heart nor your faith will fail you. Conference Talk October 2009: Safety for the Soul by Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Heavenly Father has not left us alone during our mortal probation. He has already given us all the “safety equipment” we will need to successfully return to Him. Conference Talk October 2009: Hold On by Ann M. Dibb – Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
3. Flashing Safety Barricade
Mini Safety Barricade w/Quote
Vitamin C Tablets
Fluorescent Reflector Strips
New Era May 2012: The Tail of the Dragon by Bill Henrie
LDS.org Youth: This Way to Safety by President Thomas S. Monson
4. Orange Safety Cones
Mini Orange Safety Cone
Candy Corn Candies
Keep the commandments; keep the commandments!
In this there is safety; in this there is peace.
He will send blessings; He will send blessings.
Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments.
In this there is safety and peace.
The patterns and truths found in the Book of Mormon are clear and instructive, plain and precious. When we begin with righteousness and obedience, we will end with blessings and joy. Ensign December 2012: The Safety and Peace of Keeping the Commandments by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson – Presiding Bishop.
5. Tool Box
Small Wooden Box with Latch
Small Lock and Key Set
Miniature Book of Mormon
* Find a wooden box at your local thrift store. Inside put a miniature copy of the Book of Mormon, a miniature Bible, Family Picture, Hearts, I Love You Note. Lock it with a small metal lock. (You can purchase locks at any store that sells hardware – even some grocery stores have them.)
We take what we think are the tools of spiritual transformation into out own hands and try to sculpt ourselves into robust Christ like specimens. But spiritual transformation is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the Master Sculptor.
If you could peek inside the devil’s toolbox, you’d see precision instruments for leading people astray, as well as a few well-worn tools that are obviously among his go-to gear. LDS.org Youth Article: We Need Christ’s Church by David A. Edwards – Church Magazines
Friend June 2002: Dad’s Toolbox Printable by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki
– Consider the Fruit of the Spirit like a Toolbox –
Inside are tools for every situation. You wouldn’t use a hammer to do the job of a screwdriver, nor would you attempt to saw a board with a wrench. Likewise, when you enter into challenging relationships and situations, choose the part of the fruit that is most effective for that difficulty. To do so, you will need to learn the ‘Fruit’ and practice it. Only then will you become proficient in its application.
As we take Christ’s name upon us, it is expected that we strive to emulate His attributes and change our character to become more like Him each day. The Savior, admonishing His disciples, said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” If we “come unto Christ, … deny [ourselves] of all ungodliness; … and love God,” then through Christ’s grace the day will come when we may be perfect in Him.
“Christlike attributes are gifts from God. [These attributes] come as [we] use [our] agency righteously. …With a desire to please God, [we have to] recognize [our] weaknesses and be willing and anxious to improve.”
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
As you study the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ you will develop your own working definitions for each part. You could try making a list of the various relationships you encounter and prayerfully consider which tool best suits the challenge in that relationship. For example, perhaps you need patience or mercy with your companion, and love for those you teach. Keep those ideas in the forefront of your mind as you engage in that particular relational challenge. If someone is disrespectful, ask yourself how you can best demonstrate patience in this context. Now depend upon the Holy Ghost’s leading to enable you to do so. Love is a sacrificial choice (1 John 3:16) of words accompanied by actions (1 John 3:18) regardless of attraction or response (Romans 5:8) generated by God not by oneself (John 21:15-18). Joy is a pre-determined attitude (Philippians 4:4) of praise for God’s goodness (Psalms 5:11) by maintaining an eternal focus (Psalms 16:11) in the midst of difficulty (Hebrews 12:2). Peace is a settled confidence of mind (Philippians 4:7) from a right relationship with God (Philippians 4:9) unaffected by circumstantial change (4:11). Patience is a learned attitude (Colossians 1:11) revealed through a joyful willingness (James 1:2) to remain under difficulty (James 1:3-4) in order to learn God’s lessons (James 5:11). Kindness is a tender spirit purposefully expressed (Romans 2:4) sacrificially given (Ephesians 2:7), especially to the undeserving (Titus 3:4). Goodness is focused resolve (2 Thessalonians 1:11) that drives us to become actively involved in the life of another (2 Chronicles 24:16), consistently expressed through generosity (Nehemiah 9:25). Faithfulness is a promise (Romans 3:3; Lamentations 3:23) to keep one’s word and do one’s best (1 Thessalonians 1:3) with a servant–attitude focused on the Master’s approval (Matthew 25:21). Gentleness is an attitude of humility (James 1:21) stirred by grateful spirit (Numbers 12:3; Ps. 90:15) revealed in a tenderness to others (Ephesians 4:2) sustained by a growing trust in God (Matthew 5:5). Self-control is the growing realization that one’s desire to please self was crucified with Christ and replaced with a desire to glorify God (Galations 2:20).
Ensign November 2013: Be Meek and Lowly of Heart by Elder Ulisses Soares
6. Hard Hat
Plastic Hard Hat with Elders or Sisters Name (Fill w/Treats)
Bubbles Construction Guy With Hard Hat (Dollar Tree Store)
Ensign April 2012 Receiving and Retaining a Mighty Change by Elder Wilford W. Andersen
“Tears immediately began to roll down my cheeks as men in hard hats and boots, with chainsaws of all shapes and sizes, appeared out of the debris. It was absolutely, unequivocally, one of the most supreme sacrifices that has ever happened to me personally.” General Conference April 2006: Tender Hearts and Helping Hands by H. David Burton – Presiding Bishop
BYU Speeches November 1996 ‘The Holy Ghost: Our Infallible Guide’ by Sally Taylor
BYU Speeches June 1981 ‘The Purpose of Life’ by Franklin D. Richards
7. Tools/Tool Apron/Tool Belt
Tool Apron filled with Chocolate Tools
Edible Power Bar (Power)
Hubba Bubba Gum Tape (Measuring Tape)
Squeeze Juice Water Enhancer (Fuel)
Swiss Army Knife or Multi Purpose Tool (These are surprisingly handy for a Missionary and can be used for many things.)
Swiss-Army Knife or multi-purpose tool = Spiritual Gifts
Urim and Thummim: An ancient instrument or tool prepared by God and used by Joseph Smith to aid in the translation of the Book of Mormon. God provided a Urim and Thummim to His prophets in ancient times (see Exodus 28:30; 1 Samuel 28:6; Ezra 2:63).
Alma 29:9 You have unique testimony or tools that may be able to touch someone’s soul that others can’t.
Our Spiritual Tool Belt
On this journey we must travel wisely
Keeping our lanterns lit and clean
Watching our steps as we walk each day
For some things are not the way they seem
There are paths that’s full of craftiness
And sometimes deceit plays a part
It comes in the good as well as the bad
That tries to enter into one’s heart
But, then we have that spiritual bag
Filled up with Spiritual advice
So when we need it just pull it out
For every word of God is nice
Whenever hate and jealousy rear its head
We have, the gift of love, to intervene
And when malice and strife wants to pop up
Forgiveness and mercy will surely redeem
No carnal weapons are in this bag
And no damaging devices will be found
Just peace and joy that will pick you up
When troubles try to get you down
This bag of goodies hold a many of treats
That will offset the wars within
Plus it covers everything that we encounter
To help bring them all to an end
So whenever you need an uplift
Look into the word that’s fully stacked
Bagged with what is needed on this journey
And believe me it is truly stacked
BYU Women’s Conference Address Friday, April 29, 2011: “By Small and Simple Things Are Great Things Brought to Pass” by David A. Bednar.
8. Safety Glasses
Exercise Jump Rope for the Missionary
Child’s Jump Rope to give away
Postcard of ‘Ascent’ print by David Linn
Glasses or Contact Lens replacements
For Safety Glasses I included a jump rope made into the Shape of Safety Glasses. This will help you to keep your body strong as you exercise your physical body throughout your mission. I also included a picture that is called ‘Ascent’. I love this picture because as you look at it you see the people ascending the rocks and you see them helping each other up the rocks as they climb out of the darkness of the world into the light of truth. I know that there are many people blessing your life each day on a Mission. I know as you grow and progress with your testimony that you will be able to see things more clearly. I know the angels are with you and are protecting you each day.
You are so loved!
Linn explained, ‘We help one another climb upward out of the darkness of the world into the light of truth.’
Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Ensign May 1998:The Lord Keeps Pouring out Blessings by LaRene Porter Gaunt
Ensign November 2012: Of Regrets and Resolutions by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
9. First Aid Kit
Life Savers Gummie Candy
Firey Dart Object Lesson
Temporal First Aid and Spiritual First Aid
I have include a small First Aid kit for your Temporal First Aid and for your Spiritual First Aid I have include a postcard titled ‘Called to Serve’ by Don O. Christensen. I love this picture of two young missionaries preparing themselves to teach the gospel. While one ties his tie, the image in the mirror reveals him putting on the Armor of God, a metaphor of the importance of being both physically and spiritually prepared. You will also notice Christ watching as a reminder of His constant companionship.
Called to Serve by Don O. Christensen
I also include a fiery dart object lesson. The Armor of God can protect you and provide First Aid for the Soul.
“We have the responsibility to stand strong with a shield of faith against the fiery darts of the adversary. We are role models to the world, protecting God-given, inalienable rights and freedoms. We stand in defense of our homes and our families. How will you resist (Satan’s) aggressive tactics? Put on the Whole Armor of God.”
Elder Robert D. Hales
· First Aid Kit = Faith
General Conference April 2013: Stand Strong in Holy Places by Elder Robert D. Hales Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” – Matthew 9:22
I have been nipped a time or two and on occasion have needed some spiritual first aid, but have been otherwise saved because I have been warned. Fortunately, there is spiritual first aid for those who have been bitten. The bishop of the ward is the guide in charge of this first aid. He can also treat those who have been badly morally mauled by these spiritual crocodiles—and see them completely healed. General Conference April 1976: Spiritual Crocodiles by Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
10. Ear Plugs
Air Head Candies
Ear – The Guide to the Scriptures – In the scriptures, the ear is often used as a symbol of a person’s ability to hear and understand the things of God.
…service, spiritual experiences will increase our faith, and we will find great joy. Our understanding of the essential doctrines and eternal truths that have been restored will become a firm foundation of our faith. General Conference April 2000: How Is It with Us? By M. Russell Ballard Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Liahona November 2006 Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation by Robert D. Hales.
11. Dust Mask/Face Wipes or Towels
Microfiber Hand Towel
Sport Cooling Tool
White Handkerchiefs (Can be moistened and worn under a white shirt collar to reduce core temperature in hot climates)
Attach This Quote to the Dust Mask
Before you Speak Think – Is it:
H – Helpful
I – Inspiring
N – Necessary
K – Kind
There is no doubt that the life one leads, and the thoughts one thinks are registered plainly in his face. General Conference April 1975: To Bear the Priesthood Worthily by President Spencer W. Kimball
General Conference April 1999: Repent of (Our) Selfishness by Neal A. Maxwell Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
DeWalt Gloves in Glove Thermal Work Design (For Service Projects)
New Era December 1975: The Gloves by Barbara A. Lewis
Friend December 2013: Gloves for a Shepherd by Sara K.
13. Walkie Talkie
Miniature Walkie Talkie Set
· Radio – The Gift of the Holy Ghost
“3 And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn. 4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.”- 3 Nephi 11:3-5
General Conference October 1988: Christlike Communication by L. Lionel Kendrick Of the Seventy
New Era February 1976: I Was Saved by the Book by Robert N. Wallace as told to Dora Flack
14. Tape Measure
Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape Gum
Mini Toy Tape Measure or Small Tape Measure
“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask. Yet they will obtain something Greater and more Glorious than they had dared to ask.”
General Conference October 1998: The Measure of our Hearts by Marvin J. Ashton
New Era May 1994: Measuring Up by Chris Crowe
Liahona September 1996: Measuring Up by Lloyd Newell
15. Blue Prints/Plans/Maps
T-Shirt with the Plan of Salvation Diagram printed on it (Great Conversation Starter on P-Day) Available from LDS Happiness
· Map – The Scriptures
“3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” – 2 Nephi 32:3
Ideas for Items:
1. Mission Map
CES Devotional January 2014: What is the Blue Print of Christ’s Church by Elder Tad R. Callister Of the Presidency of the Seventy
General Conference April 1995: Apostasy and Restoration by Dallin H. Oaks Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Ensign May 2013: A Sure Foundation by Bishop Dean M. Davies – Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Relief Society: Pursuit of Excellence
The Gospel and the Productive Life Teacher Manual Religion 150, 2004: Setting Goals and Managing Time
16. Road Signs/Signs
Laminated Road Sign Lesson Plan
Laminated Eternal Road Lesson Plan
General Conference October 1976: Which Road Will You Travel by President Thomas S. Monson
Liahona November 2012: Beware Concerning Yourself by Elder Anthony D. Perkins Of the Seventy
General Conference April 1998: In Harm’s Way by President Thomas S. Monson
Primary 3 Lesson:Commandment Road Signs – The Commandments Help us Choose the Right
Your Eternal Road Trip
As you travel the road of life, watch for the signs that will help you live righteously amid pressures.
‘Stop’ dressing immodestly. When you are dressed modestly you invite the companionship of the spirit. Never lower your standards for any occasion or reason!!!
Always ‘keep right’ thoughts and good language. Foul language harms your spirit and degrades you. Choose friends that don’t do this and help others to stop.
Doing drugs and alcohol is always the ‘wrong way’. Never use tobacco in any way and remember that any form of alcohol is harmful to your body and spirit. Alcohol also weakens your judgment and can cause you to do things you’ll later regret.
Be sure that ‘you turn’ and run away from any situation where the spirit can’t dwell.
In spite of worldly pressures and trying circumstances you can choose to live righteously, knowing that Heavenly Father will always be there to sustain and bless you.
‘Do not enter’ into temptation. Satan may try and tempt you to rationalize sexual intimacy before marriage, but you have been given clear guidelines that will help and protect you: -no passionate kissing -stay in safe areas -no lying down -no touching private sacred parts of the body with or without clothing.
‘Yield’ to the spirit. Make sure that you are doing the things that will allow you to have the Lord’s spirit with you. As you exercise self discipline you will strengthen your spirit’s control over your body. Your ability to control your thoughts and actions will increase each time you make a right choice.
Your future happiness is ‘under construction’. Decide what you want to become and set goals to help you succeed. Remember that you are trying to become temple worthy daughters of our Heavenly Father, future missionaries, college students, and mothers.
You Can Live Righteously in an Unrighteous World
“She was the only member of the Church in her class in school. She was a popular young lady with the boys, and had many opportunities to go out on dates. The boys in her class did not live by the standards she had been taught in our Church. She made the decision to tell every boy who asked her for a date what standards she lived by. If she were to date them, they would be expected to conduct themselves in accordance with her standards. She would get such a commitment from them before she accepted a date. One day the big campus football hero came up to her before the most special dance of the year and said, ‘You know, I would ask you to go to the dance with me if you would lower your standards just a little.’
“There was no hesitation in her voice as she replied, ‘If I would go out with you, I would be lowering my standards.’ Be strong enough to make your decisions not to follow worldly ways.”
(L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1979, p. 51; or Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 36)
17. Straight Ruler
“For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.” (D&C 3:2.) General Conference October 1990: The Straight and Narrow Way by Joseph B. Wirthlin Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Mini Flashlight w/ Batteries
And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world (D&C 84:46).
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12
New Era May 2013: Step into the Light by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Ensign May 1999: For I Was Blind, but Now I See by President Thomas S. Monson
Ensign November 2014: Sharing Your Light by Neill F. Marriott Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
Ensign August 2007: Turn Off Your Flashlight by Kevan Clawson
Friend August 2013: A Light in the Dark by David Dickson
Mini Pack of Erasers
The above photo was found @ The Golden Seven Blogspot
“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It’s wonderful that you have strengths. And it is part of your mortal experience that you do have weaknesses. God wants to help us to eventually turn all of our weaknesses into strengths, but He knows that this is a long-term goal. He wants us to become perfect, and if we stay on the path of discipleship, one day we will. It’s OK that you’re not quite there yet. Keep working on it, but stop punishing yourself. …many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others. Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself.” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Ensign November 2011: Forget Me Not by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
New Era April 1994: A Needed Eraser by Casey Sullivan.
Young Women Manual 1: Lesson 22 Repentance
General Conference April 2006: You Have a Noble Birthright by Julie B. Beck – First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
Power Aid Energy Bar
Squeeze Juice Water Enhancer
“Faith is a Fuel to the Engine of Our Soul”
“Be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom” (D&C 33:17). The Parable of the 10 Virgins March 2009 Ensign
Ensign August 1979: Fuel Oil, Rebellion, and Warm Bricks by Brent D. Cooper
Church News August 2012: The Power of Prayer by Jenny Svendsen
General Conference April 1993: Faith Yields Priesthood Power by John K. Carmack
Ensign June 1999: Return with Honor by Elder Robert D. Hales
Teachings of Presidents: Ezra Taft Benson – Chapter 10: Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon.
21. Rocks and Debris and Shovel
Plastic Shovels or Shovel-Shaped Spatula
Cellophane Construction Party Sacks
Milk Duds (They look like Rocks!)
Junior Mints Candy (Also looks like Rocks – wrap with shovels)
Choco Rocks Chunks of Milk Chocolate Candies
Silver Nugget Choco Rock Candies
Cadbury Milk Chocolate Rocky Road Bar
Road Block Rocky Road Candy
New Era August 1980: Of Weeds, Snow Shovels, and Someone Who Once Sang by Carolyn Campbell
Ensign February 1985: Granddad’s Snow Shovel by William L. Steen
New Era June 2010: A Tent on a Rock by Brian Robins
Ensign October 1991: Trapped on the Mountain by Clarence E. Anderson
General Conference April 2013: It’s a Miracle by Elder Neil L. Andersen
Ensign February 2002: Living as Women of Virtue
23. Safety Instructions
Print-Out of Missionary Safety Instructions – (This list is included in the MBM kit.)
Safety tips for LDS missionaries
1) Obey the missionary handbook.
2) Obey your mission president. Your Mission President may be inspired to give you specific safety guidelines.
3) Avoid dark pathways at night.
4) Stay with your companion at all times. This is essential and will protect you physically and spiritually.
5) Ask ward members to accompany you. People are less likely to give you problems when a member is with you.
6) Lock your apartment doors.
7) Change the paths you travel each day. This makes it harder for strangers to predict where you will be at any given moment.
8) Don’t give out your address to people on the street or online. Really, there’s no reason for anyone but your mission and your ward members to know exactly where you live.
9) Don’t fearfully avoid groups of delinquents. Gangs feed off of fear – if you act calm while near them, they may be less likely to bother you.
10) Consider forming positive acquaintances with gang members. You’ll have to use your judgment and the Spirit on this one, but sometimes it may be beneficial to go up to gang members and meet them. If you can form a positive acquaintance with them, they may be less likely to rob you, etc. They may even protect you from other delinquents.
11) Listen to and follow the Spirit. This is the most important safety tip you can follow. If the Spirit tells you to avoid a street, avoid it. If the Spirit tells you not to enter a home that invites you in, don’t enter. Even if you don’t know the reason for the prompting or it doesn’t seem to make sense to you, follow it.
12) Walk with determination. It’s harder to bother missionaries who are moving at a good pace. It may be wise to foresee oncoming dangerous individuals and cross the street and walk quickly (without acting too unnatural or frightened).
13) Avoid dangerous areas. When you arrive to a new area, your missionary companion and ward members will likely know what parts of town are dangerous and in general are good to avoid. Your area book may also have some guidelines as to where to avoid.
14) Be back to your apartment on-time as per your missions rules.
15) Practice expanding your safety vocabulary. Consider learning to recognize a few words relating to safety and crime, including: help, fire, stop, come, gun, knife, rob, steal, kill, fight, rape, run, gang, etc.
16) Get to know ward members in areas you visit. This way ward members will be more likely to keep an eye out for you and you’ll feel comfortable going to their homes if you ever need to leave a dangerous situation on the streets. Your friends can become a sort of on-call help.
17) Keep valuables in the apartment or out of sight. Wearing a backpack, a watch or carrying a cell phone on the streets can attract people who want to steal. If you need to carry a valuable in public you may want to hide it somehow.
18) Have some spare cash to give. Having a small amount of money on hand to give someone if they tried to rob you might be good. Once they get what they want, the robber may be more likely to leave you alone.
19) Don’t resist being robbed. Things are just not worth your safety.
20) Learn how to whistle with your fingers. Learning to make a loud whistle by making a “V” with your fingers may be useful on your mission and after to signal to others if you are lost or in danger. The loud whistle will likely travel farther than a yell.21) Do regular exercise. Having good cardio will help you to run from danger if necessary. Having more strength will give you an increased ability to defend yourself and your companion if it were ever necessary.
22) Don’t react to barking dogs. In the case of joggers, runners, bikers, etc., it’s because the motion of the person triggers their prey drive.
23) Be careful with gas heaters and stoves.
24) Avoid heated conversations in person and online. Almost all physical violence is preceded by argument.
25) Look up crime reports for your mission. If you serve a mission in the United States, you will be able to look up crime reports for areas of your mission. By looking at several cities’ crime reports you will begin to see some patterns of crime in your mission. Perhaps knowledge of crime patterns in your mission will help you to recognize potential dangers in your areas.
26) If you have a bike, watch out for vehicles!
27) Wear a helmet while cycling or a seat belt while driving.
28) Don’t visit someone you feel you shouldn’t.
29) Avoid wearing a backpack in public. Backpacks tend to be a magnet for thieves.
30) Wear comfortable walking shoes. wearing comfortable walking shoes will make it easier to run away from a dangerous situation if the time should ever arise. It’s almost always safer to run from a dangerous situation than to confront one.
31) If possible find an apartment with a bolt-lock.
32) Carry a charged cell phone, on vibrate mode. If you are allowed to use a cell phone you might want to make sure it’s charged before leaving in the morning. If you are ever concerned about your safety you may want to call someone in your ward or district. Ward members will be happy to give you a ride home at night, if you ask them. Also, in some parts of the world people may be less likely to bother you if you are talking on the cell phone with someone, because they don’t want other people to know about crimes they would commit. It may be wise to carry your cell phone on vibrate mode so that you can still tell when someone has called but yet not attract undue attention in public when someone calls.
33) Don’t wear immodest clothing. Tight or revealing clothing can draw undue attention from the wrong crowd. This is especially so for sister missionaries. The more modestly you dress the more likely you will not have evil-minded individuals entertaining inappropriate thoughts and bothering you. When in doubt, be more modest in your dress.
34) Don’t scare or intimidate others. Never try to intentionally scare or intimidate someone. When you do scare someone you risk having that person make a violent reaction.
35) Don’t walk into the middle of a dangerous situation.
36) Start knocking at the top of the stairwell. If you will be knocking doors at apartment buildings, make it a habit to start knocking from the top, down. The reasoning behind this is that if someone were to decide to do something violent to you, you would be more able to run down the stairwell away from the danger. If you start at the bottom and hallway up the stairwell someone from beneath you decides to chase you up the stairwell, it’s not nearly as easy to escape.
37) Learn your area extremely well. If you learn your area well it will help you be more easily directed by the Spirit and also you will be less likely to get lost. The more you can familiarize yourself with your surroundings the more you will be able to recognize danger and the more easily you will be able to find a path to avoid it. If may also be useful to learn what dangerous animals or insects frequent your area.
Mormon Newsroom Article January 2006: This Work Will Continue to Go Forward by Elder M. Russell Ballard
24. Building Materials
Wood Design Scrapbook Paper
Ensign April 2016: Jesus Christ: Our Firm Foundation by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom Of The Seventy
Ensign May 2000: The Creation by Elder Russell M. Nelson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
25. Construction Machinery
Toy Mini Trucks
Art Sketch Book
Plastic Pencil Case w/ Snap Closure
Lean Mean Zion Building Machine
Book of Mormon Readers
Conference Talk April 1993: Back to Gospel Basics by Elder L. Tom Perry
1. Candy Corn Candies Package
2. Life Savers (6.25oz Bag)
3. Power Bar
4. Squeeze Juice Water Enhancer (Multiple brands and flavors)
5. Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape
If you are putting this together during the Christmas season or around Father’s Day you can find chocolate tools at the grocery store too.
1. Mini Safety Barricade (In Over the Hill Birthday Favor Section)
2. Mini Toy Tape Measure (In Construction Birthday Favor Section)
3. Construction Party Horn Blower (In Construction Birthday Favor Section)
Bennion Craft Store
1. Yellow or Orange Crinkle Paper
2. Ribbon in Florescent Orange/Yellow, Road designs, Caution Tape design
Utah Idaho Supply
1. Bulletin Board Strips – Construction Design (60ct. $2.00) (For Flaps)
2. Construction Bulletin Board Animal Characters w/ Hard Hats (For Flaps)
3. Flag Stickers (For Cover of Sketch Book)
4. Orange Book Pockets (For inside of Sketch Book front cover)
1. Plastic Construction Hat – In Construction B-day Party favor Section
2. Construction Treat Box (8 in each Pack) – In B-day Party Section
3. Miniature Flashing Barricade – In B-day Party Section
4. Choco Rocks Chunks of Milk Chocolate Candies – in Party Favors
5. Silver Nugget Choco Rock Candies – in Party Favor Construction B-day
Sporting Goods Store
1. Exercise Jump Rope
1. Water Bottle in Camping section
2. Fluorescent Orange Duck Tape
3. Small lock and key set (For Wood Box)
4. Neosporin tube
5. Band Aides
6. Life Saver Gummies Candy
7. Ear Plugs
8. Air Head Candies
9. Milk Duds Candies
10. Junior Mints Candies
11. Any Box Candy for the ‘Wood’ Building Materials
Church History Museum Book Store or Deseret Book
1. Postcard of ‘Ascent’ by David Linn
2. Postcard titled ‘Called to Serve’ by Don O. Christensen.
Dollar Tree Store
1. Construction Worker Bubbles – In the toy section
2. Bar Bath Soap
3. One pkg. Children’s Erasers – In the School Section
4. Small Plastic Orange Safety Cones – It says ‘Excellent’ on it
5. You could buy a Toy Jump Rope here if you don’t want to send
an adult work out jump rope for the Safety Glasses.
6. Hand Sanitizer
7. All –In-One Tool
8. Whoopee Cushion – If you’re not teaching with the spirit its just hot air. D&C 50:17-18
9. Cellophane Construction Party Sacks
10. Pack of 3 Plastic Shovels
11. Tiny White New Testament (KJB) in plastic wrap (In book section)
12. Plastic Ruler
13. Mini Flashlight
14. Mini Toy Construction Truck
15. Play-Doh Mini 8 Packs
16. Vitamin C Bottle
17. Fluorescent Yellow Color Strips
18. Pack of White Wash Clothes
1. ‘Artist’s Loft’ Cork covered Fashion Journal w/ White Chevron Design $4.99 (I added a strip of Florescent Orange Duck Tape Around the front cover – then added the Country or State flag of the area each Missionary was serving in)
2. ‘Artist’s Loft’ Fundamentals Sketching and Drawing Set $4.99 (Includes: 12 Pencils, 2 Stumps, 2 Erasers, Double Metal Sharpener, No. 2 Tortillon)
1. Plastic Pencil Case Box w/ Snap Closure
(I added stickers to the outside that I purchased at Hobby Lobby
in the Party Favor Construction Section)
1. Small Wooden Box (Make sure it has a little metal loop on the latch so that you can add a lock & key to it.)
2. Can find tiny Bibles or New Testaments to put in the wood boxes sometimes.
3. Book of Mormon Readers in the Book Section
1. Tool Apron
2. Nylon Orange Home Depot Carry-All Bag
3. Dust Mask
4. DeWalt Gloves in Glove Thermal Work Design
1. World’s smallest Walkie Talkie