Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Missionaries Under Construction/Instruction Box

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 get building!!!

Remember to Flap!!!  It’s always so fun to see the pictures our missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of box is. 

Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X8 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap. 

We chose to mail the Large U.S. Postal Service Size of box simply for economy - since all but one of our 8 missionaries were serving outside of the U.S. - it was just a few dollars more to send a large box vs. a medium box. 

For the ‘Construction’ box Carol used two pieces of 12X12 Bright Orange Scrapbook Paper - cut in half then trimmed to fit the box flaps.  She then attached classroom bulletin borders in a construction theme around the tops of the flaps that she found at Utah Idaho Supply then embellished with Construction Tags (provided below) printed on photo paper and attached with glue dots. It turned out very bright and fun! 

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
12. Gloves
13. Walkie Talkie
14. Tape Measure
15. Blue Prints/Plans/Maps
16. Road Signs/Signs
17. Straight Ruler
18. Flashlight
19. Eraser
20. Fuel/Gas/Power
21. Shovel
22. Rocks/Debris
23. Safety Instructions
24. Building Materials
25. Construction Machinery

 Above printable from 

 Purpose: Things to help with Personal Instruction for our  Missionaries or to help our Missionaries with Instructing others. 

1.Caution Tape

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 

Warn, Warning
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 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 Wooded Box with Latch
Small Lock and Key Set
Miniature Bible
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. 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.”
Galations 5:22-23
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 (P
hilippians 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.)
Missionary Apron

   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

8. Safety Glasses
Exercise Jump Rope for the Missionary
Childs 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.’

Eye, Eyes - The Guide to the Scriptures - In the scriptures, the eye is often used as a symbol of a person’s ability to receive the light of God. Symbolically, a person’s eye also shows spiritual condition and an understanding of the things of God. 
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
Water Bottle
Neosporin Ointment
Band Aides
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
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
Dust Mask
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:

T- True
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 

12. Gloves
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

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)

·  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 

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

 These two printables are on

General Conference October 1976: Which Road Will You Travel by President Thomas S. Monson  

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 

18. Flashlight
Mini Flashlight w/ Batteries

This one below is  from Chipsofftheoldblockblogspot 

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

Ensign August 2007: Turn Off Your Flashlight by Kevan Clawson 
Friend August 2013: A Light in the Dark by David Dickson 

19. Eraser
Hand Sanitizer
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

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 

20. Fuel/Gas/Power
Power Aid Energy Bar
Squeeze Juice Water Enhancer

Liquid Fuel
“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 

21. Shovel
Plastic Shovels
Cellophane Construction Party Sacks
Milk Duds
Junior Mints

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 

22. Rocks/Debris
Choco Rocks Chunks of Milk Chocolate Candies
Silver Nugget Choco Rock Candies 

New Era June 2010: A Tent on a Rock by Brian Robins 

Ensign October 1991: Trapped on the Mountain by Clarence E. Anderson 

23. Safety Instructions
Print-Out of Missionary Safety Instructions

Safety tips for LDS missionaries

1) Obey the missionary handbook.

The handbook has several general safety tips for all missionaries (including some on this list).

2) Obey your mission president.

Your LDS Mission President may be inspired to give you specific safety guidelines.  Before the Chilean earthquakes, at least one Mission President in Chile was inspired to visit each apartment in the mission and make sure they were prepared in the event an earthquake should happen.

3) Avoid dark pathways at night.

I lost one of my ties to a drunk Argentinian because my companion and I walked on a dimly-lit path one night.  Luckily the man didn’t take anything else from us and we were able to safely leave the situation. As I’ve interviewed dozens of returned missionaries, I’ve noticed a common theme- almost all dangerous encounters happen in the evening.

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.

It’s my opinion people are less likely to give you problems when a native member is with you.

6) Lock your apartment doors.

There were one or two times on my mission I was very grateful our outside doors were locked.  Specifically I recall hearing what seemed to be someone shaking our outer door trying to get in one night.  I was grateful we locked the door that night.

7) Change the paths you travel each day.

This makes it harder for strangers to predict where you will be at any given moment. If an ill-willed individuals know exactly where the missionaries go every day, they could attempt to harm them if they chose to.

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. With missionaries having access to Facebook it will be even more important to keep your address private.  You might consider never posting your address online and setting your privacy settings high.

9) Don’t fearfully avoid groups of delinquents.

I think 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.  Once there was a drunk man asking us for money while waving a butter knife in the air.  Eventually one of our friends (a delinquent) told him to stop bothering us and he did.

11) Listen to and follow the Spirit.

I think 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. I’ve heard several stories of when missionaries were placed in an unsafe situation, because they didn’t heed an impression of the Spirit.

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. In many countries it is often more dangerous near bars, dance party locations and run-down neighborhoods.

14) Be back to your apartment by 9 p.m. or no later than 9:30 p.m. (if you are in a lesson).

This is a mission rule for most LDS missions.  Some missions may require sisters to be home sooner (before dark) and some missions may allow missionaries to proselyte a little longer than 9 p.m..

15) Practice expanding your safety vocabulary.

You might 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.  One of my old roommates heard a lady yell “rape,” in Spanish and was able to help protect the lady.

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 the valuable (I used to hide my digital camera under my pant leg, underneath my sock).

18) Have some spare cash to give.

In Argentina they recommended having 5-10 pesos on hand to give someone if they tried to rob you.  Once they get what they want, the robber may be more likely to leave you alone.

19) Don’t resist being robbed.

If you resist you could put the safety of your companionship and future companionships in jeopardy.

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.

I think a strong football player worries less about safety on the mission and for good reason.  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 a lot of countries there are stray dogs on the streets.  In Argentina I sometimes found myself surrounded by 5-10 dogs.  I noticed if I didn’t show fear they usually wouldn’t bother me for very long.  I once had a new companion on the mission who always attracted barking dogs (I believe) because he would move away from the dogs and act startled when they barked. Despite the thousands of barking dogs I saw on my mission I was only bitten by 2-3 dogs on my mission and the bites weren’t very painful. Another trick to deter dogs is to bend over and pick up a rock (not throw it- the mere act of bending over is enough to scare most dogs away).

23) Be careful with gas heaters and stoves.

I heard about a few missionaries in my mission who died years ago because they turned up the heat in winter and sealed off door and window cracks.  One day there was too much gas inside the apartment and the missionaries fell asleep and didn’t wake up again. In South America there are many deaths each year of people who use gas stoves and heaters and seal air openings.  Also, gas heaters and stoves can become explosive if you let the gas run before the flame is lit.

24) Avoid heated conversations in person and online.

Almost all physical violence is preceded by argument.  I’ve found that if someone wants to argue with them, it usually is not an ideal teaching opportunity.  If someone tries to debate or argue online, I might recommend kindly declining to argue and if they continue, you might consider blocking the person.

25) Look up crime reports for your mission

If you serve a stateside 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!

In some countries there is the driver mentality of the biggest dog gets the road.  If you are on a bike, drivers may not pay much attention to you.  Biking can be especially dangerous on roundabouts.  One of my friends who served in Texas biked around a lot and occasionally was harassed by people in vehicles.  For example, once as he was biking a big slurpee flew right over his head.  Another time, a different elder felt the fist on someone in a car driving by clip his ear while he was riding his bike.

27) Wear a helmet while cycling

One of my friends who served his mission in Jamaica was hit in his helmet while he was on a bike.  A boy used his sling to throw a rock at him.  The rock made a hole in his helmet.  If he had not been wearing his helmet, the rock might have injured his head.

28) Don’t visit someone you feel you shouldn’t

It’s better safe than sorry! In Russia there was an instance when a sketchy man told the missionaries to stop by an apartment.  One of the missionaries didn’t want to go.  They went anyway and we beaten and held hostage for a long time. Even if someone acts interested in your message, don’t visit them if the Spirit gives you any feeling of hesitation or danger.

29) Avoid wearing a backpack in public

For some reason backpacks are like thief-magnets in certain parts of the world.  THe only time someone tried to rob me and my trained happened when he decided to wear a backpack. Besides giving the impression that you might have something of value n your backpack (such as a laptop or camera), double-strapped backpacks give thieves something to grab if they want to hold you from running away.  A single-strap bag makes it much easier to get away from a dangerous situation and does not call as much attention.

30) Wear comfortable walking shoes

If you are a sister it might be a good idea to steer clear from any high heels.  High heels have a provocative connotation in some men’s minds. Also, 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

If you cannot find an apartment with a bolt lock you might consider asking your landlord for permission to install a bolt lock on your outer door(s).  I’ve learned that it is extremely easy for people to pick a door lock.  All it requires is a little bar and a little pick to push up the pins on your door.  If you have a bolt lock that can only be unlocked from the inside, it will make it much hard to break into your apartment.  Any extra security you add to your entrances will act as deterrents against break-ins.  On my mission in Argentina break ins were very common and some people had several bolt locks on their main door and a metal gate over their front door and bars over their windows.

32) Carry a changed 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) Beware of potential gas leaks

It’s good to be aware of any gas in your apartment. It’s not uncommon for the flame in a water heater to go out and for the water heater to leak harmful gas into an apartment.  It’s important to make sure you turn off all gas stoves, ovens and heaters when you are not using them.  It’s also very important to have a well-ventilated apartment- especially in the winter.  In my mission there was a missionary companionship who passed away about 20 years ago because it was cold- so they sealed all their windows and doors- to keep in the heat.  There was a gas problem and the missionaries both passed away in their sleep because their apartment did not have sufficient ventilation.  One sign of breathing in odorless harmful gas is feeling drowsy.

34) 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.

35) 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.  One Saturday on my mission my companion and I approached a man walking with his two young daughters.  In my mind we were being very friendly.  However, in the man’s mind he saw two six-foot Americans dressed in suits quickly advancing on him and his daughters.  When I said enthusiastically “Good morning! How are you?” he gave me a deathly stare and punched me in the face.  I’m still not positive why he punched me, but I think it was because he may have felt intimidated.

36) Don’t walk into the middle of a dangerous situation

There are some buildings that will freely let you in, but you should avoid at all costs.  These buildings may include bars, brothels and gang hideouts. Once on my mission I was eagerly seeking to enter as many new homes as possible. I saw a house at the end of a long drive way.  As we approached we saw several young adults walk in and out of the door.  We thought “this will be easy- we’ll just walk in and start teaching them!” Little did we know we walked straight into a gang hideout.  As we talked with them they told us they were a gang and that they liked to kill Mormons. Eventually we saw a couple of vehicles pull up and we thought we might be in for trouble.  The ring leader asked us to leave and we did. I learned from that experience that just because some doors are open, doesn’t mean that you should enter them, if they are spiritually or physically dangerous.

37) 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.

38) Learn to whistle with your fingers

While this skill may take you awhile to learn, it will be very valuable to you both during and after your mission.  If you take a couple hours and learn how to make a loud whistle by putting your finger tips in your mouth (at the tip of your tongue), you will feel as if you always have a loud whistle you can use in the event of any emergency situation.  A loud whistle can often travel farther than a yell.  You may also learn to make unique whistle sounds to signal different messages.

39) Don’t play near oceans or rivers

In Doctrine and Covenants 61:15 the Lord says “the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters.”  At least one missionary has died by playing too close to the ocean.  If there is a storm- don’t go closer to the danger.  There is a reason missionaries are not allowed to swim while on their mission.  Oceans can have terrible riptides- when I was younger I felt the force of a riptide almost pull me into the ocean as I clawed at the sand hopelessly.  Rivers also have powerful currents- much more powerful than they seem.

40) 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
Boxed Candy
Wood Design Scrapbook Paper
Helamon 5:12

25. Construction Machinery
Toy Mini Trucks
Art Sketch Book
Plastic Pencil Case w/ Snap Closure
Sketch Pencils

Lean Mean Zion Building Machine
Book of Mormon Readers

Conference Talk April 1993: Back to Gospel Basics by Elder L. Tom Perry 

Shopping List

Grocery Store
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 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)

1. Yellow or Orange Crinkle Paper
2. Ribbon in Florescent Orange/Yellow, Road designs, Caution Tape design

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.

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)

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) 

Deseret Industries
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 

Amazon – 
1. World's smallest Walkie Talkie

“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing.” (D&C88:119.)
Doctrine and Covenants 38:30 —if we are prepared, we shall not fear.

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