Missionary Moms

Of the 419 missions (as of March 19, 2016) in the world, some are very expensive, some are very cold, some hot, some humid, some dry.

But some are just plain DIRTY.

This list is by no means comprehensive and doesn’t mean that there are unsanitary conditions even in some of the mission apartments in Provo, Utah. Ahem…P-day cleaning! However, we wanted to come up with a list to help missionaries who are preparing to serve in some of the least sanitary countries so that they can know what to look out for and how they might avoid getting sick.

If an elder shakes hands with 20 people per day (on average) and has a 23 months in the mission field (after their time in the MTC), they have shaken hands with 13,800 people by the time their mission ends. For sisters thats 10,200! That’s a lot of hands! We don’t want to make moms nervous or anyone nervous for that matter, but there are things you can do to make sure you are keeping yourself healthy during your mission. But first, here are the missions in the countries with the least overall sanitation:

The Least Sanitary Mission Countries

  1. Brazil (There are 34 Missions)
    • I listed Brazil as #1 because not because there are 39 million people without proper sanitation, but because there are 34 missions. That’s more missions than any other country other than the US (124 missions) and Mexico (tied at 34), but both the US and Mexico have much better sanitation than Brazil.
  2. India Banaglore and India New Delhi Missions
    • 818 million people in India don’t have access to a toilet connected to a septic tank. That’s a lot of squatters. Toilet paper? I don’t think so. And without a toilet are there places to wash hands?
  3. The 6 Nigerian missions (Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt)
    • 103 million people in Nigeria don’t have access to proper sanitation
  4. Indonesia Jakarta Mission
    • 109 million people lack access to sanitation in Indonesia
  5. Vietnam Hanoi Mission
    • 22 Million don’t have access to proper sanitation in Vietnam
  6. All the Philippines Missions (There are 21)
    • 22 Million don’t have access to proper sanitation in the Philippines
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo (3 Missions)
    • 50 Million don’t have access to proper sanitation in DR Congo
  8. Ghana (4 Missions)
    • 20 million in Ghana don’t have access to proper sanitation
  9. Kenya Nairobi Mission
    • 27 Million in Kenya don’t have access to proper sanitation

This information came from takepart.com (see the infographic at the bottom of the article).

What can you do to stay healthy in these missions?

  1. Keep your hands clean with HAND SANITIZER.
    • PureBioGuard is the best hand sanitizer we have found. In countries where running water is not clean or is not available, hand sanitizer is absolutely key. PureBioGuard is way inexpensive and one pack can last an entire mission (per missionary). You can read more about it here. With just one use, it is engineered to keep your hands clean all day long no matter how many hands you shake and even if you wash your hands. PureBioGuard is alcohol-free, Triclosan-free, non-toxic, and completely safe for kids, pets, and the environment. It will last 12+ hours and has been proven to maintain effectiveness through up to 10 hand-washings! It will then shed naturally as the skin regenerates a new layer. This brand is actually used by many missions around the world already who buy it in bulk (but is not officially endorsed by the Church).
  2. Just say NO to meals that are not sanitary.
    • Be kind to members who cook, but if it comes down to it, it really is okay to say no to a meal that you know was not prepared with properly sanitized hands or in a sanitized home. This can be very difficult because you don’t want to offend the members or investigators. However, remember that over 10,000 hours of proselyting time were lost in just 4 months (according to one study from the BYU department of health sciences) because of illness/injury. Prayer does work, but God expects us to be as wise as serpents so we shouldn’t eat food that we know is not clean.
  3. Keep YOUR apartment clean.
    • Even in these countries, mission presidents do all they can to find apartments that are in good places and that have access to sanitation. Take advantage of that! You don’t have to live like the people to come to love the people. Yes, the Lord will bless you, but you need to do all you can to be part of the answer to your parents’ prayers to keep you safe and healthy. Do your laundry, shower, keep the mission rules about hygiene.
  4. Exercise!
    • Obedience. Yes. It works. If you take the time to exercise each day, your immune system will be much more prepared to fight off anything you do pick up while shaking hands or using a random bathroom while in a pinch in your area.
  5. Pray
    • Yes, please keep asking for help to stay healthy and strong. You are being prayed for in every temple around the world. You are being prayed for in your family’s and friend’s and ward’s prayers. Add your prayers to theirs.

Elders and sisters, please, be wise. The Lord needs you to be healthy and strong and you can do your part by staying clean. We hope this helped you.

Top Countries Without Sanitation
Via: TakePart.com

Infographic and information from Takepart.

My dad wasn’t a member of the LDS church. In fact, I’m not sure he was actually a member of any church. He was, however, a man of great faith, who thought that all churches had some truth to them, and enjoyed listening to their various sermons. On any given Sunday, he might attend one or two different churches in our small town in upstate New York.

After I was baptized as a teenager, and as I began to understand gospel principles more fully, I could see that the life philosophy of my father had prepared me in many ways to not just accept the restored gospel, but to understand how to live it.

Before I ever read the scriptures or had heard of living prophets, I was learning the philosophy of my dad, and after all these years, the great lessons he taught me still guide my life.

1. Sit Quietly and the Answer Will Come to You

My father was a building contractor, and a mechanical engineer. He was also an optimistic, inventive man, who, after pondering a problem for a while, seemed to have the ability to see the solution in his mind. The fact that he didn’t know all the steps to get him from where he was to where he wanted to be never seemed to slow him down.

Full story at LDS Living.

The Bonsrahs, Ghanaian triplets, just returned from three separate missions

Here at LDSMissionaries.com, We come across thousands of missionaries through our website and Facebook page and this set of Ghanaian triplets really stood out to us. They reached out to us (and sent us a cute picture) and we just had to publish their story on our blog.

Here is what they said:

“We are triplets and we just finished serving in 3 Nigerian missions. I feel it will be fun and above all we want to share our testimony with the world.”

So we asked them these questions, and got the following responses:

1. What are all your names, left to right?

Dicken, Dickson, Dick (Bonsrah)

From left to right Dicken, Dickson and Dick Bonsrah Ghanaian triplets who just returned from serving missions in Nigeria
From left to right Dicken, Dickson and Dick Bonsrah Ghanaian triplets who just returned from serving missions in Nigeria

2. What missions you served in, and your hometown?

Dicken served in the Nigeria Eunugu Mission

Dickson served in the Nigeria Porthacourt Mission

Dick served in the Nigeria Lagos Mission.

We are Ghanaians from eastern region of the country from a small town named Obosomase. We now stay in Adenta, a suburb of the capital Accra in the Adentan stake and we worship in Adenta Ward.

3. How did your parents, (particularly your mother), feel?

Our parents are not members of the church but our mum was very happy for our decision to serve our Heavenly Father.

4. Share with us your testimony.

“Our testimony is that we know fully and truly that there is a God in heaven and he loves us and the Book of Mormon is also another testament and the prophet Joseph Smith was called of God.

“So we found about the church through our guardians the Opare family. We came to school in their school and through that we became members. We knew everything about the church was true. I loved the plan of salvation. I had never heard of it so when I heard of it I was happy. My parents gave us the consent to be baptized. Like earlier said, our mentor has been the Opare family. I wanted to first broaden my knowledge or testimony about Jesus Christ and his church and I had the desire to share the restored gospel. My mother’s first name is Doris. Dick Bonsrah’s (favorite) scripture is king Benjamin. Dicken’s is also king Benjamin and Dickson’s is Moroni. Dick’s favorite scripture is Jacob 2:17-19. Dickson’s favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:41 and Dicken’s favorite is 2 Corinth 4:8-10.”

We were so glad to hear that they were strong in the faith and that they have returned with gratitude in their hearts and the fire of testimony.


21 Questions to ask on your Mothers Day Missionary Phone

Are you excited to talk to your missionary on Mother’s Day!?? Well, you should be. So what are you going to say on your missionary phone call? What will you ask your missionary? How can you spend your time best? What can you talk about without making them too homesick?

Well here are some great questions to help you help you help your missionary to keep their mind on the mission. This might help so that you don’t just cry the whole time and make them homesick.:)

***For some technology tips on how NOT to waste precious time with technology and a way to record your entire video call for free, click here. You may have seen also our 21 Questions to ask on your Christmas Missionary Phone Call. This article is our Mother’s Day version. 

1. When was the last time you laughed with your companion and why? What makes you laugh in your area? How do you stay light hearted?

2. What has your mission president been doing to inspire the mission? What do you love about your mission president?

3. Tell us in person about the last miracle you witnessed…When was the last time you saw an answer to prayer?

Missionary phone call questions

4. What do you like about your companion? Do have fun in the work together? What time of day do you enjoy your companion most?

5. Are there any inside jokes in your mission? What is your current mission theme right now?

Missionary Christmas Phone Call

6. How are your clothes holding up? How are your feet?

7. Have you found any new investigators from your past investigators in your area book?


8. What was your favorite meal from members during the mission so far?

9. Are there street vendors in your area? Do they offer good food? Do you snack during the day between lessons?

10. What has been your favorite P-day activity so far?


11. Do you do a lot of service in your area? What service projects have you done?

12. How many progressing investigators do you have right now? Any new ones since the last email?


13. How much do you work on retention in your area? Are there a lot of less active members?

14. What is your favorite smell in your area right now? Least favorite?

15. How often do you do laundry? When was the last time you washed your sheets? 🙂 Are there cleaning checks in your mission apartments?


16. What is music like in your ward? Does everyone sing? Does it sound good? Have you had to help with music?

17. What are some of the local sayings and interesting things people say in your area? (if they are in a foreign mission)

18. What’s the scariest thing that has happened to you so far where you have felt protected as a missionary?


19. What do most people do for work in your area or is it pretty mixed?

20. Share with us how has your testimony grown since leaving home? (In your mission language if you want). How has the atonement strengthened you as a missionary?

21. What should we do to be better missionaries at home while you are gone?




What are some other great questions that you will ask your missionary?



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Just over two years ago, Teresa Wang and her three children — Jill, 23; Christian, 20; and Cole, 20 — simultaneously embarked on missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Now, after returning from their respective missions, the Wangs are grateful for those who made it possible for them to serve at the same time and for the lessons they learned.

“Just knowing that we all gained that knowledge and were able to come home having served honorable missions is a great strength because, for me, I know that what we did is the right thing, even though it seemed impossible at first,” Christian Wang said.

As her children approached the age at which they could serve, Teresa Wang was ecstatic. But then, reflecting on her LDS mission to Japan in her youth, she began to consider serving another mission, and she couldn’t shake the idea.

Read the full article at Deseret News.

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Each week, the letters start coming in on Sunday night. First from Sister Chelsea Dunn who is serving in the Philippines Cauayan Mission. Several hours later on Monday, Sister Holli Dunn who serves in the California Arcadia Mission, Sister Lindsay Dunn who serves in the Arizona Tucson Mission, and Elder Taylor Dunn, a Spanish-speaking missionary in the Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission, follow suit.

“Monday is the greatest day of the week,” said Chris Dunn. “You definitely get a unique perspective on a lot of different places. It’s interesting because they all just really love and appreciate the people wherever they are. They love that part of their mission.”

Ever since the announcement of the missionary age change for men from 19 to 18 and women from 21 to 19, many families have had multiple children serving missions at the same time. David and Chris Dunn of the Eagle 2nd Ward, Eagle Idaho Stake, not only have four children serving at the same time, but these children are quadruplets.

Read the full article at Deseret News.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a historically complicated relationship with the doctrine of Mother in Heaven. On one hand, the Church is unique in its bold teachings of Her existence, and prophets, apostles, and hymn writers have all testified of Her reality.

However, Church leaders have also been historically tight-lipped on the subject, mostly because little about Mother in Heaven has been revealed to the Church as a whole. A few quotes have appeared here and there — including in Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s most recent general conference address “Behold Thy Mother” — but not until recently has the Church released an in-depth essay on Heavenly Mother.

In case you missed it, here are five outstanding quotes from the Church’s new Gospel Topics essay “Mother in Heaven”:

1. Our heavenly parents work together for the salvation of the human family.

President Harold B. Lee taught in 1964 that “we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother who are even more concerned, probably, than our earthly father and mother, and that influences from beyond are constantly working to try to help us when we do all we can.”

Find the rest of the article at Utah Valley 360

Pre mission pornography problem

On a recent trip to the temple, a newly called missionary and his parents sat a few rows ahead of me in the chapel. The young man slid over so his parents could sit next to each other and then waited reverently for the session to begin. As I sat by myself in an otherwise empty pew, I was surprised by the picture that came to my mind. My son would someday sit in that temple next to me. My son. The one who is addicted to pornography.

My son is a warrior so I must be a warrior’s mother. I am a Warrior Mother.

What, you might ask, is a Warrior Mother? She’s a mother like YOU, who loves her family, loves the Lord, and is seeking guidance for a child who is facing tremendous challenges. She is a mother who fights for her family.

Have you ever wondered if your son is battling an addiction to pornography and/or sexual compulsions? This is a scary thought and a very lonely one. You are worried that your son may have his mission delayed, or worse yet, be unable to serve a mission entirely. Looking a few years ahead, you—ten times more than his father or your bishop— know how much pain it will cause your son’s wife if he doesn’t overpower this addiction before he is married.  Most of all, your heart aches for HIM.

What did you do wrong? NOTHING. What is wrong with your son? NOTHING!

Instead, think of it this way. Your son has been correctly identified by the adversary as a “noble and great one,” a future leader in the Kingdom of God. A battle with pornography is a sign of how big an army Satan is sending to thwart the Plan of Salvation in the last days. Why is he attacking your son? Because he is afraid of your son’s potential for good. Your son is a WARRIOR who is facing the battle of his life! YOU, his dear mother, are a Warrior Mother, a “Mother Who Knows.” You have taught your son about the redeeming love and mercy of Jesus Christ. All you want to know now is, “What can I do to help my son?”

Please know you are not alone. You are not the only mother who is worried, your son (or daughter) is not the only one struggling. I invite you to learn how you and your child can fight back…and win.

My son is enrolled in an online Sons of Helaman program through Life Changing Services. This service has been an answer to my prayers. My son’s heart is changing as he has learned tools and techniques that train him to fight back against temptation “as if with the strength of God” (Alma 56:56).

Picturing my son in the temple was surprising not because I could picture him there, but because in picturing him there, I wasn’t surprised.

There is hope. If you are looking for help for your son or daughter and don’t know what to do, start with one of the ten things I have been doing with my son. Perhaps you will find hope and healing through the programs offered by Life Changing Services just like we did.

Yours in the Fight,

A Warrior Mom

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Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Life Changing Services. 

Glasses for Peru: By Small and Simple Means, Great Things are Brought to Pass
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I remember the day clearly…

My oldest son had been serving in South America for almost fourteen months, and his brother was really struggling in his absence. They were best buddies, confidants, partners in crime. I’d been praying and wondering what it would take for my younger son to snap out of his gloomy place.

Glasses for Peru: By Small and Simple Means, Great Things are Brought to Pass
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Then one day a missionary name tag arrived in a dirty, crumbled envelope from Peru. That name tag, and the letter that came with it, changed everything.

My elder told his brother about the joy he’d found serving the Lord and the people of Peru. He explained that his name tag had gotten too worn out and he’d received a replacement, but he couldn’t bring himself to get rid of it because it symbolized the love, sweat, and tears that he was so grateful to have been able to experience. He said his name tag represented what was most important to him in the whole world – the Lord, His gospel, and eternal families.

Glasses for Peru: By Small and Simple Means, Great Things are Brought to Pass
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The day my elder’s name tag arrived in the mail was a turning point for my younger son. It was simple, but it changed things for him in a powerful way. That tag and what it meant was motivating and inspiring. Most of all, it was a little reminder of his brother that he could look at every day, confirming for him that their time apart was worth it!

(Fast forward about 8 weeks… : )…

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