Freshman George Wieldand wished he had a better knowledge of the scriptures. (Emily Rose Perkins, Scroll Photo)

What I wish I knew before my mission

Summer is here, and school is almost over. During this time, there are a lot of BYU-Idaho students preparing to serve full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

With all the excitement building up and all the uncertainties that lay ahead, it is hard to know what to do to best prepare yourself for the mission field.

Returned missionaries shared some advice they wish they had known or done prior to their missions:

Aileen Dalton, a freshman studying agronomy, said she wished she had a stronger testimony that she was a daughter of God.

“It is very important to have a testimony about it and know that you are important so other gospel principles may come into your heart,” Dalton said.

Ethan Rollins, a senior studying accounting, said he wished he had gone out with the missionaries more so he could better understand how a day is for missionaries.

Kayla Niska, a sophomore studying elementary education, said she would have studied the Preach My Gospel lessons more.

“Learning the Preach My Gospel lessons, memorizing the outlines of it, will help a lot,” Niska said.

Niska said the MTC prepares missionaries to teach those lessons, but they do not spend much time at the MTC. She said that in her case, she was only there 12 days, so she wished she knew the lessons better prior to going.

George Wieland, a freshman studying computer science, said he wished he had a better knowledge of the scriptures.

Walter Rodriguez, a freshman studying biology, said keeping the missionary schedule before the mission, like waking up at 6:30 a.m. and having time to study the scriptures and Preach My Gospel, will help missionaries get used to it faster.

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