|Lord's Promise To You||What you must do||Reference|
1. I promise you that the time you spend in the mission field, if those years are spent in dedicated service, will yield a greater return on investment than any other two years of your lives.
2. You will come to know what dedication and consecration mean.
3. You will develop powers of persuasion which will bless your entire life.
4. Your timidity, your fears, your shyness will gradually disappear as you go forth with boldness and conviction.
5. You will learn to work with others, to develop a spirit of teamwork.
6. The cankering evil of selfishness will be supplanted by a sense of service to others.
7. You will draw nearer to the Lord than you likely will in any other set of circumstances.
8. You will come to know that without His help you are indeed weak and simple --but that with His help you can accomplish miracles.
9. You will establish habits of industry.
10. You will develop a talent for the establishment of goals of effort.
11. You will learn to work with singleness of purpose.
What a tremendous foundation all of this will become for you in your later educational efforts and your life's work. Two years will not be time lost. It will be skills gained.
12. You will bless the lives of those you reach and their posterity after them.
13. You will bless your own life.
14. You will bless the lives of your family, who will sustain you and pray for you.
15. And above and beyond all of this will come that sweet peace in your heart that you have served your Lord faithfully and well.
16. Your service will become an expression of gratitude to your Heavenly Father.
17. You will come to know your Redeemer as your
in time or eternity. You will realize that through His
sacrifice He has opened the way for eternal life and an exaltation
and beyond your greatest dreams.
18. If you serve a mission faithfully and well, you will be a better husband, you will be a better father, you will be a better student, a better worker in your chosen vocation. Love is of the essence of this missionary work. Selflessness is of its very nature. Self-discipline is its requirement. Prayer opens its reservoir of power.
|Serve a Mission||President Gordon B. Hinckley - General Conference - Sat., Sept. 30, 1995 "Of Missions, Temples, and Stewardship"|
19. “One of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work. If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people; and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for all time and talents and interests are centered on the work of the ministry. That’s the secret—work, work, work. There is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.”
|Work hard on your mission.||President Ezra Taft Benson, quoted in "What I Want My Son to Know Before He Leaves on His Mission" - President James E. Faust, CR, April 1996|
20. "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."
|Serve a Mission||D&C 84:88, quoted by President Monson at Mission President's Seminar June 28, 1997|
21. "...the harvest of blessings you have tasted because of your mission: the joy of service; an appreciation for integrity, discipline, and hard work; the value of worthy companionships; the strength and peace from prayer; the power of love; the ability to act on faith; a heightened capacity to discern the promptings of the Spirit; and a love for the Savior and appreciation for His atonement."
|Serve a Mission||Richard G. Scott - Fireside Address at BYU, June 3, 1990|
|Lose yourself in missionary service||"What I Want My Son to Know Before He Leaves on His Mission" - President James E. Faust, CR, April 1996|
“The Lord has told us that our sins will be forgiven more readily as we bring souls unto Christ and remain steadfast in bearing testimony to the world."
|"Bring souls unto Christ and remain steadfast in bearing testimony to the world."||President Spencer W. Kimball -
Oct. 1977, p. 5.) quoted by M. Russell Ballard, “Write Down a Date,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, 15
In the Doctrine and Covenants we
read: “For I will forgive you of your sins with this
you remain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of
in bearing testimony to all the world of those things which are
|"Remain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of prayer, in bearing testimony to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you.”|| (D&C 84:61)
quoted by M. Russell Ballard, “Write Down a Date,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, 15