- Work part time or full time before your mission call—Helps you learn to manage money and get used to working long hours.
I went to hair school before my mission. I left at 7:30 am and get back at 7:30 at night. I think it helped me a lot to have a rigorous schedule and be on my feet working everyday.
- Live away from home for a period of time before leaving for the mission field—Will help you adjust to being independent (laundry, making food, etc.) Plus less homesickness 🙂
It helped me to go live in the dorms at college for a semester before my mission.
- Practice meeting and talking to others.
I would suggest going up to people in your ward you have never talked to and introduce yourself and get to know them.
- Resolve any emotional concerns before going on a mission—try to resolve things like OCD, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
They will probably just get worse on your mission.
- Practice living a balanced life. Follow a schedule of waking up and going to bed at a certain time, exercising, eating three meals a day, etc.
Try living the missionary daily schedule for a week and see how it goes. Plan at least one time a week where you can go and do service.
Missionary Daily Schedule*
6:30 a.m. Arise, pray, exercise, and prepare for the day.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Personal study.
9:00 a.m. Companion study.
10:00 a.m. Begin proselyting. Missionaries learning a language study for 30 to 60 minutes.
Schedule lunch and dinner to fit best with proselyting.
9:00 p.m. Return to living quarters. Write in journal, prepare for the next day, pray.
10:30 p.m. Retire to bed.
* See “Preach My Gospel,” page viii.
- Find ways to let out stress— watching tv or looking at pinterest won’t be options anymore
Try turning to the scriptures and prayer, talking out your concerns with someone, exercising, etc. My personal favorite is taking deep breaths :
- Learn to view your weaknesses as opportunities to grow—Your weaknesses will be shown to you as you serve, while learning a language or getting along with a companion.
Turn to the Lord. I like to look to “Preach My Gospel” chapter 6 and find an attribute to improve on. Try doing the Attribute Activity on page 126 of “Preach My Gospel.”
- Learn to put trials in perspective— little things might appear bigger on your mission.
I like to try to make each day the best day it can be. Even if things don’t work out you can feel good knowing you tried your best.
“Missionary service is emotionally demanding. Your support system is going to be withdrawn from you as you leave home and go out into the world. . . . There will be days of rejection and disappointment. Learn now about your emotional limits, and learn how to control your emotions under the circumstances you will face as a missionary.”—Elder L. Tom Perry
One last suggestion is to get an Adjusting to Missionary Life booklet and read through it. You can find the source
This was adapted from the Ensign article “Preparing Emotionally for Missionary Service.”
Sister Rachel Jorgensen is our Spiritual writer. She will be returning from her Oakland, California mission on Aug. 24, 2016.