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(NOTE:  I received this in the late 70's.  Some of them may have changed due to "Missionary Discussions - #4".  But I thought it still is a valueable teaching aid for prospective missionaries.)

The "average missionary" required 4-6 months to make the transition from self-centered John or Mary  Smith to "turned-out", genuinely-interested-in-others, spiritual Elder or Sister Smith.

It is my opinion, any Elder or Sister who will follow these 21 suggestions will save 3-4 months of this transitional adjustment as he/she begins his/her mission.

 1.    Read the Book of Mormon at least 3 times (once during final 30 days).
 2.    Read the New Testament, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price.
 3.    Read Marvelous Work & A Wonder, Jesus the Christ, Articles of Faith.
 4.    Memorize the 1st Discussion (Restoration?) completely (2nd if possible).
 5.    Pray vocally 10 minutes both morning and night (3 months).
 6.    Attend 3-4 temple sessions, minimum.
 7.    Split-off once each week during the last 3-6 months prior.
 8.    Bear testimony weekly in some way to non-members last 3 months.
 9.    Slow-down dating, or stop last 30 days (avoid being alone).
10.    Learn to control thought process.  Expel evil thoughts & acts.
11.    Turn off car radios and home stereos last two weeks.
12.    Fast (for specifics) twice during last 30 days (not Fast Sunday).
13.    Omit sex-oriented, course languaged movies, concerts, dances.
14.    Rise at 6:00 a.m. and retire at 10:30 p.m.  for 60 days. (D&C 88:124)
15.    Study scriptures 1-2 hours for 60 days (6-8).
16.    Learn buying, cooking, ironing from Mom.
17.    Develop a 10-minute exercise program.
18.    Read "The Joseph Smith Story" 4 times.
19.    Ask the "Golden Questions" dialy, 30 days
20.    Write your personal testimony in 6 copies of the Book of Mormon and give them to non-member friends, relatives, etc.
21.    Start your Missionary Journal 30 days prior to departure.  Record feelings and events.


2nd Nephi 32:3
    "Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do"

D&C 88:63
    "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you."

D&C 4:5 (entire section)
    "An eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.