As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints we are Missionary minded. Always teaching and preparing our youth to service full time missions. To serve a mission you must complete the criteria and submit forms to Church headquarters. From there a mission is chosen for you based on your information and just a few months later your are whisked away to another part of the world to preach and share the gospel. This year for youth conference we used the them Mission Island Park. Since I live in Idaho we have the amazing opportunity to go stay at a cabin in Island Park. Our kids had this amazing opportunity to hear from others about serving a Mission for the LDS church.
Our kids started off the night with a wonderful dinner and Mission calls. We chose missions that we could have a representative from. Ours were Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa and the Philippines. After being divided up we had the opportunity to hear from an past Mission President and his wife. He spoke of mission rules, experiences and what they can do know to prepare for a mission. The night was filled with the spirit and inspiration. Truly inspiring even for me as an adult.
We finished our night with games, treats and karaoke. The kids stayed up all night and had fun.
The next morning was breakfast and classes. The kids rotated through all the missions to hear stories and experiences of return missionaries.
In the evening our Bishop shared ways to prepare for a mission. He called it Are you my Mother. Each mission was set as a team. Each person in the team had to compete in one of the challenges. The challenges were:
* Remove a stain- Handkerchiefs had large ink stains. Each youth was given one in a basin with different ways to remove it and a bottle of water. We used shaving cream, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap and
*How many can you eat- Youth had to eat as many green olives as possible in 1 minute. Olives were in vinegar and still had the seeds.
*Find a scripture: Use the scripture to answer a common missionary question.
*Tie a Tie: Who can tie s proper tie the fastest
*Follow the Rules: Using the Mission handbook, youth had to find the answer to questions missionaries may have when following rules.
*Make a menu- Youth had to plan 7 different breakfast meals they could eat in less than 1 minute. Each had to be healthy and balanced.
At the end of the competition our bishop talked about taking the responsibility of earning skills that will help them to prepare for full time missions. Not to mention college, marriage, and life in general. Take the time to learn the skills. Get over not liking something like cleaning a bathroom.
In the end he gave us 7 things we can do know to prepare. I made it into a small printable they can put in their scriptures, hang on a mirror or on a bedside to remind them to be mission minded. I laminated mine because I like to. But can totally do what you like!
I love each and everyone of these key points. I totally love and need everyone of them. I think we all need a little reminder now and then to keep us on the right path.
Missionary prep challenge
To print 7 things you can to to prepare for a mission click the link below and download. Print on your own printer or at your local printer. This is for personal use only.