★This 'Embark' Greenie or St. Patrick's Day kit is designed
to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun
Care Package.The Box Flap Designs &
Printables have over 39 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy
from the Missionary Box Moms.
★This kit includes a 20-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables.
For Ideas to help you put together the perfect
Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print
General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!
begin (a course of action, especially one that is important or demanding).
Serve Him With Your Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength: ~ What a Great Idea for a Missionary Greenie Care Package or a St. Patrick's Day Box! D&C 4:2 "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." This turned out to be a really fun and spiritual way to start our Missionaries off on the right foot! And, because St. Patrick's Day was coming up we wanted to add in a Little Bit of the Irish just for fun - it really was easy to find lots of 'GREEN' things!
For An Adventure!!! 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 the 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 then trim to fit. To decorate the
flaps for the ‘Embark’ Box I used two pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper from BoBunny in their 'Life in Color' collection line entitled 'Discovery' plus two pieces of solid red scrapbook paper for backing.I then printed the MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out, and attached it all to the box with Glue Dots for durability.
O Ye that Embark!!! 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. I often wondered if our missionaries realized how comprehensive we were in our themes! It honestly might have been just as much fun for us to build these boxes as it was for them to receive them! 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 items that were just for 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 messaged 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 ho 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! To dress up the envelopes in our Embark theme we used our printable and added it to a plain white envelope. Print out the following:
How to 'Be' a good Missionary Companion
Indeed one of the greatest
secrets of missionary work can be the effort that goes into getting along with
your companion. From planning your daily activities, to preparing meals, to
teaching, missionary work is very much a joint effort. And while you’ll have to
overcome your peccadillo's (a small mistake or fault that is not
regarded as very bad or serious) once you do
so, the reward of having a unified companionship will far exceed any troubles
that you went through. Ultimately, you won’t have any control over who
your companion is but, you will certainly have control over what you make of
Things You Can Do to
be a FABULOUS Companion:
1. Be Open: First and foremost - walk into your mission
with an open mind especially when it comes to your companion.Be optimistically open, you never know who
your soul mate companion will be.
2. Learn Something From Your
Companion:You will have all sorts of companions - so the best
thing you can do is to let them teach you something. That’s how you learn how
to respect them.If nothing else
learning from someone helps you be more humble. We should all approach every
companionship as an opportunity to learn something new, something that we may
need help with. It’s like they say, “ Often times the Lord blesses us through
3. Learn to Laugh At
Yourself: Laugh, laugh a lot. Smile, you will make
mistakes.When things get rough,just laugh and remind yourself that practice
4. Put Things into
Perspective: When times get rough - remember
to remind yourself that this mission that seems so long, and this transfer that
is eternal alongside your not so favorite companion will come to an end sooner
than you think. You won’t be able to go back and set things right, so set them
right now. Hold your tongue when you don’t have anything nice to say. Don’t
harbor ill feelings, because you don’t want any regrets when you go home.
5. Do Comp Inventory: You may not feel you need to do comp inventory,
but you aren’t your companion. Do it and be sure to be open and listen.
6. Speaking of Listening,
LISTEN: Often times when
things aren’t really going as we think they ought to be in our companionships
it’s because we aren’t listening to what our companion is trying to tell us.
Just because they aren’t talking doesn’t mean they don’t want to. You may just
be chattering too much to let them get a word in. So be considerate, wait for
your companion to say something before you do even if it means silence for a
7. Build Memories: While you are
learning traditions or taking pictures - build memories. Bring out and
encourage your companions wonderful qualities.Love your companion - do things with them that let them know how special
they are. Contact to Krispy Kreme, workout to EFY music, do pedicures, it
doesn't matter - just do something together.
8. LIVE this Moment:Allow your
companionship to have things that are unique to just you. Don’t spend your time
talking about what a wonderful area your last one was, or what an amazing
companion your trainer was. Focus on the now, and creating this your most
wonderful transfer. Every companion is a wonderful opportunity!
9. Be the B’s:Grateful, True, Humble, Positive, Kind, Courteous, Thoughtful, Considerate, Clean and
10. Be Clean:Be tidy. Just
because you don’t mind mess, doesn’t mean your companion won’t either. Wash
your dish, clean your area, especially common areas. Companions can forgive
your desk being cluttered but not the sink. If you see your companion cleaning
something up, join them, dust another area, vacuum another room. This isn't
your house, and they are not your mother. This is the Lord’s time and place and
your companion’s too.
11. Stop Thinking You're
a Mind Reader: If your
companion does or says something off beat. Don’t take it personally or assume
they are trying to offend you. Don’t presume to have a 7th sense
that can get into their mind and read and interpret what they are thinking.
Sometimes it is better to ask and then just listen. They may be having a bad
day, they may be worried, you should always care enough to find out.
12. Compromise: You may feel your investigator needs to see your
Plan of Salvation, but your companion really likes their version. Who cares,
meet in the middle, use theirs this time and yours the next. Talk about it
together so that it does not become an issue between you.
13. STAND UP for You: If your companion has a disobedient moment, be
brave and stand up for what is right. This mostly applies to breaking rules,
not matters of opinion; For example, if you don’t see eye to eye with something
your companion said during the lesson it is usually best to wait it out and
discuss it after the appointment. There is a huge difference between being a
good companion and being a push over, or dictator. Now, if your companion wants
to do something not fitting into the mission rules, this IS the time to knock some
sense into them and explain that it’s not the brightest idea. Never compromise
the sanctity of YOUR call.
14. Love Your Companion
Now- So what if they are
totally different from all of your previous companions. They have a hard time
getting up in the mornings. Not much of a planner. Guess what, the Lord wants
you two together. So suck it up and love them for that reason alone, you’ll see
how quickly you love them for all the things they are different for. Love your
companion now, not tomorrow when they get up on time, not when they stop
singing in the shower, today, now, just as they are.
15. Share your Talents: Use your strengths to build your companion. Whatever it is that you are good at or that
you enjoy - share it with your companion.
16. Finally, Trust in the
LORD and have fun: If you don’t
remember any of these tidbits, remember to turn to the Lord for help, TRUST
HIM. Take what you can handle, and trust that the Lord will take care of the
is always new, free of mistakes
Make a Missionary Folder - Print Off the Following Conference Talks and Stories:
I printed extra copies of the tags I used for the Box Flaps and attached
them to a manilla envelope for both my missionary and one for his
companion. Then I included the following Conference talks and stories
plus some printables and bookmarks inside.
D&C 4:2 “O ye that embark…” The part of this scripture I like the
most is the admonition to “…serve him with all your heart, might, mind,
I put together four badges that you could use to emphasize these four important qualities while on a Mission. I decided to keep “might” and “strength” separate. They overlap, of
course, as all four of these qualities inevitably do. I think you could
emphasize the importance of consistency, effort, and focus for a
disciple of Christ during a study of “might.” Strength could be more
about muscular Christianity and the power afforded followers of Christ.
**Keep every single rule - every single
time! Show the Lord (and your mission president) that you can be trusted to
always do what’s right.
**Pray as if everything depended on God and work
as if everything depended on you.
**Be an example to every missionary - even those
who have been there longer than you.
**Be dedicated and devoted to your study time.
It will make a HUGE difference in how much you grow spiritually the next two
**Things may be hard sometimes. But that’s OK…. because
YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!
**Remember: things always look brighter in the
**Support your mission president in everything
he does. Imagine if he were your Dad… and remember… he is doing the very best
**Write LONG emails home to your family. Tell us
every detail. We need to hear from you… it keeps us going!
**Just look at everything as a big adventure.
Enjoy the journey!
**Believe in yourself. Whom the Lord calls, the
**Be loyal to your mission president FIRST - your
companion second. If your companion (or any other missionary) is doing
something wrong, you have an obligation to tell the mission president.
**If you ever get robbed, do NOT be brave. Just
give them everything you have.
**Avoid the missionaries who will pull you down.
The Spirit will tell you who they are.
**Forget yourself - that is the quickest way to
adjust on a mission.
**Start a list of your favorite scriptures and
read over them often.
**Don’t look too far ahead. Just look at today.
YOU CAN DO TODAY!!
**If your thoughts are turned outward (towards
others) and not inward (towards your own needs, feelings, etc.) your mission
will FLY by.
**Trust your instincts. You’ll know what to do
in different situations. Your instincts are really the Holy Ghost… pay
attention to those inner feelings.
**If anything is wrong or if you aren’t happy,
don’t just let it fester. Email me. Talk to your mission president. Do
something about it so it doesn’t grow and get worse.
**Things will be hard sometimes. But you are a
strong person. You have a strong spirit. You can do it!
**Be yourself as your serve the Lord, but also
remember to be the missionary the Lord wants you to be.
**Sustain your mission president. Don’t second
guess his rules. Believe me, he has a very good reason for every rule he makes,
even if you might not know what it is. You don’t have to know the reason for
everything. You just have to be obedient.
**I remember interviewing a missionary when he
first got to Boston.
He said, “President, I don’t care where I serve or who I serve with. Just put
me wherever you feel the Lord wants me to be. I’m here to work. I’m not here to
mess around.” That was about the best thing a mission president could hear.
Have that attitude when you have your first interview with your mission
president. He will love you forever!
**Be nice to girls in the ward and the Sister
missionaries, but don’t get too friendly. Just a little attention and they will
think you are flirting—and so will your mission president. Keep your distance.
Make sure your companion does, too.
**A mission is designed to focus your dependence
on the Lord. It is the reason you leave your family and friends and also leave
the world, so to speak. Go to Him often. He listens. He answers prayer. A
mission forges a relationship between you and the Lord like nothing else.
**See the bright side of things. See the funny
side of things. There is always a silver lining.
**A mission is about 99% attitude. It is exactly
what you make of it.
**A missionary in Boston once asked President Boyd K. Packer,
“What is the most important thing I can learn on my mission?” President Packer
answered, “Obedience. If you don’t learn obedience your mission will never start.
When you learn obedience, your mission will never end.”
**Shine your shoes.
**Work to keep new members strong. Keep them
focused on going to the temple.
**Learn the language of the Spirit—the way the
Holy Ghost speaks to you. Once you hear it, have the courage to follow it.
**Sometimes there is nothing you can do in the
hard times except to wait them out. Just try to relax and don’t worry about so
many things (companion, district, etc.)
**When times are hard, just think of it
all as an exciting adventure that you will remember the rest of your life.
**If you have a companion that doesn’t
want to work, just drop hints and keep giving suggestions. If it becomes a
problem, though, you need to tell your mission president.
**Don’t worry about numbers of baptisms. Measure
your success by how hard you work and how tired you are at night. The best
feeling in the world is coming home after a hard day of work…all sweaty…taking
a shower…putting your P.J.'s on and sitting around with the other Elders or Sisters
and talking about your day.
**Just be yourself. Don’t carry on a
conversation out of a grammar book. As you talk to people, think more about the
quality of your conversation. If the quality of your conversation isn’t good,
they won’t take you seriously.
**It is a little awkward at first to talk to
people, but you just have to force yourself to do it. That’s how you
progress—by constantly pushing yourself to do things that are uncomfortable.
**Always try to do things you don’t know how to
do. Be willing to embarrass yourself.
**Be friends with the people you meet.
**Don’t hold back or be self-conscious. The best
thing is to just dig in and get going. The sooner you do that, the sooner you
will feel comfortable.
**Don’t get discouraged when you look at missionaries
who are, say, a year ahead of you. You will be able to do all that they do by
the time you’ve been out as long as they have. Don’t let them intimidate you.
**The most important thing in the MTC is getting
along with other missionaries and being friends. Just be friendly and nice to
**Everything you do, look at it as a big
adventure. Imagine you are in a movie or something.
**Laugh at yourself. Every situation will be
bearable, but will even be easier if you keep a sense of humor. Don’t let
anything get you down to the point that you forget how to laugh!
**Accept people’s idiosyncrasies. No one will be
just like you and that’s OK.
**DON’T LOOK TOO FAR AHEAD! Just take one day at
**Don’t try to be “cool”…just leave the world
behind…give up on the style. Don’t be afraid to look like a nerd.
**Throughout your mission—sometimes even at the
end—you are out of your comfort zone. You are constantly adapting to new
situations. But learning to do this make you more able to handle that when you
get home. It makes you more able to get along will all kinds of different
**A mission is a lot of hard times with some
really great moments mixed in that really keep you going. I had a companion who
used to quote Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
It is one extreme and then the other. But as you go through these extremes, you
**Sometimes you might not think you can do it.
Sometimes you might even feel like crying. But you CAN do it. You just have to
wait it out and things will get better.
**I know it’s hard, but you have to try not to
think about home. You can’t be worried about what is happening at home. You
might think there’s all this fun stuff going on at home. Be careful not to
build it up too much in your mind because there really isn’t anything exciting
going on at home. There isn’t anything that you’re missing at all! Sometimes
you have this image built up in your mind that when you get home there will be
elves throwing candy up in the air or something. You are not missing ONE THING
by being on your mission. After you actually do go home, after a couple of
weeks you think, “Well…this really isn’t so great after all.”
**Mom used to tell me: “This too shall pass.”
Just concentrate on studying and working. The bad times will pass. Your mission
will go so fast. Just enjoy it!
**Some missionaries think the fun thing to do is
to go hang out at member’s houses and watch their kids play Nintendo and try to
avoid working. Those are the longest days. They really aren’t fun at all. I
remember trying to work 70 hours one week. That was so fun! It made the time go
fast and it made us all feel so good to work so hard. **The best days are the ones you come home and say, "I really did something meaningful today." **When teaching people, focus on their needs. Listen to the spirit. Don’t just try to get through a discussion so you can say
you did it. Ask yourself (and the Lord) what this particular family really
needs from you. **Hard things help you grow. They really shape
who you are. You just have to face them with a good attitude and realize they
are making you a better person, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
**Be bold but not overbearing. You want to leave
a good impression with them about the church. You must find the middle ground
between being bold and having common sense.
**If you know someone who is breaking rules that
could get them sent home, you have to talk to the mission president about it or
you’ll be in just about as much trouble as they will be. If you feel
uncomfortable being around your companion after you’ve had to tell the
president something about him and you really can’t handle it, tell the mission
president and ask him what to do or if he can transfer you.
**Make working hard the cool thing to do.
**Remember—working hard makes your mission go
**Keep your mind occupied with good things all
**Do things that make your day different than
yesterday was—go on splits, etc. Find ways to bring variety into your days.
**Focus on baptizing—not just planting seeds. Be
**Don’t become a robot---be yourself!
**Be friends with everyone.
**Make it your goal to be every one of your
companion’s FAVORITE companion.
**Become interested in others—that’s the way to
get to know them the fastest. The best way to show them that you are interested
in them to ask them questions. **Be fearless...why not? You have nothing to lose.
**There is peer pressure on a mission too. You
cannot care what others think as long as you are doing the right thing.
**You can get sent home for something someone
else did if you knew about it and didn’t tell your mission president. Don’t
keep any secrets from him.
**When you get to the mission field, you have to
change your mindset and let your primary motivation be the fact that you want
to help people and change people’s lives.
**It’s hard at first. Hang in there—it gets
better. It even gets fun!
**In the MTC, get involved in anything you can
(choir, etc.) It will break up your day and be more fun than you think it will.
**Don’t let yourself feel inferior to any
missionaries at the MTC… everyone is new there! Some of them may have been
there a few weeks longer than you have and try to make you feel like you aren’t
as smart as them or something. Just ignore it.
**Let people who aren’t like you just entertain
you. Don’t worry if you don’t relate perfectly to other missionaries,
companions, etc… just find something humorous about things they do and say.
**When things don’t go just right, or when you
are in an uncomfortable situation, just step outside yourself and look at
things and say to yourself, “This is hilarious.”
**Being happy on your mission is all about
perspective and attitude.
**Be outgoing and it will be more fun.
**Missions are so much more fun than you think.
**Be willing to be a dork.
**Us the time you have to grow spiritually.
Being obedient is the fastest way to feel the Spirit and the quickest way to
**Every day, try to make one memory. When something
is hard, just laugh at it. Those will sometimes be your fondest memories when
your mission is over.
**Meet people in your wards and branches and
find out interesting things about them. It’s really fun to have those friends
when you come back home at the end of your mission.
**Remember: stressful things eventually become
funny. Don’t let them effect you in a negative way. You’re going to laugh about
them later anyway…why not just laugh about them when they happen?
**Take time to teach the members, as well. A lot
of them will do things differently than you’re used to. Don’t criticize them.
Just patiently teach them the right way to do it.
**The best way to deal with stress is to get
outside and talk to people. Just talk to everyone you see. You can’t believe
how much that helps.
**Find ways to break up your day. Write in your
journal. Draw. Do things to give you some variety in your day.
**Don’t punch anyone in the face (ha ha)
**Be creative about the way you contact people.
Be real and genuine. Talk to them. Don’t give rehearsed speeches at people’s
**Feeling the Spirit is the best way to deal
with homesickness. If you are feeling homesick, do something that will
immediately bring the Spirit—read the scriptures, pray, teach someone the gospel.
**Tell your mission president everything. Don’t
try to protect missionaries that are doing things that are wrong.
**If your trainer is sleeping in…if he isn’t
showing you how to be a good missionary…you HAVE to tell the mission president.
He needs to know! He has trusted this Elder to train you. If he isn’t doing it,
the president needs to know.
**Remember: you CAN be happy and obedient at the
**Your main goal---ALWAYS---is to serve people.
If you always look at your mission that way, you will always have something to
**Be bold but don’t care if you get denied. So
**Have fun. It really will go SO fast.
**Look forward to small things…zone conference,
splits, district meetings, transfers. Don’t look at two years. It’s too much.
Just have small things out in the future to look forward to. It will make the
weeks and months and years fly by.
**The cure all for anything hard on a mission:
WORK. Talk to people.
**Every missionary will have one word that
pretty much defines them to other missionaries. Happy. Funny. Hard Working.
Goof-off. Decide what you want YOUR word to be and then live up to that. The
best reputation to have is that you are a missionary who talks to everybody.
THAT’S what you want to be known for.
**Make yourself important to people. Make an
impact on their lives.
**Take pride in being obedient. ** Look ahead to the last day of your mission. Every day, ask yourself: What will I want to see? Will I be sad from regret? Or will I be happy for what I have done? **Being disobedient is NEVER cool. Disobedience NEVER looks cool to anyone. Other missionaries, no matter what they say, always look down on the disobedient missionaries. **Create your own identity. Decide the kind of missionary you want to be and BE IT. **You may not believe it at first, but it's ALWAYS true---leaving your mission will be one of the hardest, saddest things you''ll ever do. **You aren't missing a thing at home...when you get home and look at the guys who haven't served missions and where they are in their lives, you'll realize they've just wasted those two years. If you were here, you'd be wasting them too.