Preparation Day

hand sanitizer for missionaries

It’s currently used in operating rooms, nursing homes, schools, “clean” laboratory rooms, doctors’ offices, and other places where the amount of germs in an environment must be kept to a minimum.  Now it’s available in a convenient form for LDS missionaries to use, worldwide.

“A number of LDS missions have called us up and have ordered PureBioguardTM in bulk,” says Dr. Tadmor Asaaf, Director of Innovation for PureBiologixTM.  “Many missions, particularly those in regions that are prone to flu outbreaks or have limited sanitation, have tried it and wholeheartedly approve of it.  One mission reported that their number of missionary sick days has dropped by almost 80% when they instituted the use of this product mission-wide.

PureBioguardTM is a small spray-bottle of hand sanitizer– or so I thought when I opened the package.  But when I micro-sprayed it on, I noticed that it felt like more like lotion and smelled pleasant, not a thing like alcohol-based sanitizer.

The company has spent more than twenty years developing this product for ultra-clean surfaces.  Their aim was to overcome the limitations of alcohol, which evaporates quickly.  The bottle’s instructions say to rub it all over your hands until dry.  The difference:  this stuff isn’t evaporating, it’s actually bonding with the outermost layer of your skin.

It creates a long-lasting barrier to germs and it can last up to 20x as long as traditional sanitizer, because it’s not alcohol based.

The micro-spray is also exact.  You use less, because you can spray it exactly where you want to.

Best Missionary Hand Sanitizer
The three key components to its effectiveness

“Based on feedback from the missions we have re-tooled the size,” says Assaf.  “The individual spray bottle is small enough for missionaries to carry around in a pocket or bag, and durable enough to take a lot of varied situations in the field.  Missionaries can also use it to clean surfaces and questionable items such as toilet flush-handles. That is, of course, what it was originally designed for.”

We haven’t been able to say enough good things about this spray bottle from PureBiologixTM.  As we build our own e-store for missionaries, it will be one of the first items we stock. Until the store is built, you can get the spray for your missionaries by clicking here.

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.

5 Topics to Avoid Writing Your Missionary About
via my mylifebygogogoff.com

Because of the drama surrounding letters and emails, P-day became a day of mixed emotions when I was serving my mission. Some missionaries loved getting emails and letters, but others dreaded emails and letters. Why did some love letters and others dread them?

Because some emails and letters are full uplifting messages from family and friends. But some emails and letters were full of bad news, or drama that stressed us out or made us homesick.
In one of my areas, we joked about skipping emails altogether! Because of all the negativity that came from the letters we talked about how we wished everyone would stop emailing us about certain things. Here are the 5 Topics To Avoid Writing Your Missionary:

1. “When You Get Home”

When a missionary gets near the end of their mission they are trying super hard to focus on the work, and not get “trunky”. The closer it gets the harder it becomes. It is extremely hard to do so when you’re getting emails that keep pulling your thoughts to “When you get home…” At one point on my mission, it got so bad I replied. “I am a missionary now, I’ll talk about home when I get home.”

I knew many missionaries that the last 2 transfers they just gave up, they got “Trunky”. They mentally were home, but physically on the mission still. It was just awful. The work would stall, and everyone was hurt due to trunky missionaries. Please help us focus, don’t email us about when we come home, ask us about the area! You should plan for things like college ahead of time.

Read the rest at My Life By GoGo Goff

 

7 Popular Workouts for Missionaries on Pinterest
(Image via ahealthieryoumag.com)

Missionaries get 30 minutes in the morning for a little physical fitness. Using this time for a quick workout helps missionaries feel better, inside and out. What are some workout regimes that can be done on a mission, with limited time and resources?

We turned to Pinterest for a few quick ideas. Future sister missionaries on Pinterest LOVE to create boards with ideas for their missions. (Pinterest is getting more popular with guys, but it’s still mostly gals) These boards include scripture study tips, quotes from prophets, suitcase packing advice, modest cute fashion ideas, and workout plans! Below are a few workouts that came up frequently in our searches.

Although these workouts aren’t specifically designed for missionaries, they can be done in 30 minutes or less, and don’t require equipment or a gym. These can also be done inside the apartment, which is helpful if your companion isn’t up for going on a run or walk outside.

Yes, we discovered these on Pinterest, but they’re not just for sisters! Elders will find these helpful too. Which one is your favorite?

Found on tipsforsistermissionaries.blogspot.com

Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via tipsforsistermissionaries.blogspot.com

 

Found on mommieswithstyle.com

Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via mommieswithstyle.com

 

Found on ahealthieryoumag.com

Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via ahealthieryoumag.com

 

Found on fitmommydiaries.blogspot.com

Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via fitmommydiaries.blogspot.com

 

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Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via @BestProFitness on twitter.com

 

Found on wholeheartedlyhealthy.com

Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
Image via wholeheartedlyhealthy.com

 

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Most Popular Missionary Workouts from Pinterest
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LDS Temple Socks for Missionaries
Washington D.C. Temple Socks

Need a gift for your missionary? Want to send them something to make them smile? These temple socks are perfect for every missionary’s preparation day activities.

Temple socks are a perfect conversation starter while missionaries are doing service in the community to give them something to naturally talk about while helping other people. They get to wear their name tag on their shirt and their temple on their socks!

To get some, click here or on any of the pictures of socks in this article.

LDS Temple Socks for Missionaries
Temples on socks: Provo, SLC, Manti, Mesa, SLC, Provo, Rexburg, San Diego

With 9 different temple designs, and 12 different color combinations, there is a temple sock for everyone! Check out the pictures below and click here if you would like to buy some socks for yourself. We think these socks are amazing and we hope you do too!

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Mesa Temple

True Crew Socks was created by Roger Bird when his kids asked for a pair of Seattle city socks for Christmas. He thought, “Man these city socks are awesome. Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could buy a pair with an LDS temple on it?…” And True Crew Socks was born.

LDS Temple Socks for Missionaries
Los Angeles Temple

True Crew Socks was launched in the summer of 2014 and made their first appearance at a booth in the shadow of the Manti Temple at the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Their fan base quickly grew as athletes bought their socks in their school colors, missionary moms (and girlfriends) sent temple socks in care packages, and word spread through social media posts like this one. Now, True Crew Socks are showing up at ward activities, stake BBQs, youth temple trips, family vacations, EFY, church basketball and even inside a wedding gift or two.

Quoted from their website:

“We love to see the temple, we love to go to the temple, we love to wear the temple. Stride righteous!”

Get some temple socks here.

LDS Temple Socks
Seattle Temple

Sock Info

9 Temples and 12 Color Combinations (see website for details)

  • Los Angeles Temple
  • Manti Temple
  • Mesa Temple
  • Rexburg Temple
  • Provo Temple
  • Salt Lake Temple
  • San Diego Temple
  • Seattle Temple
  • Washington DC Temple

True Crew Socks are high quality athletic socks, made of 80% Acrylic and 20% Nylon-Elastic blend. Each sock has arch support on the foot and mesh top to wick moisture. One size fits most, Size 7-11. Will tighten/shrink up a bit in the dryer.

Click here to order your pair.

LDS Temple Socks
Salt Lake Temple

Want some socks from a different temple?

Do you want a temple that we have not designed yet?  Do you want a design in a different color? If you order 50 pair or more we can custom a design for you. The process takes about a month.

LDS Temple socks for missionaries
Manti Temple

 

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post paid for by True Crew Socks. 

5 Things To Never Write Your Missionary About
image via mylifebygogogoff.blogspot.com/

On my mission Pday become a day of mixed emotions. Because for some missionaries they loved getting uplifting emails, and letters. But others dreaded  emails, and letters. Why did they dread  them? Because instead of uplifting messages from home, they got emails that stressed them out, made them home sick. In one of my areas we joked about skipping emails because of all the negativity that came from it. We talked about how we wished everyone would not email us about these 5 things.

1st. Financial issues.

 Trust me, enough missionaries worry about their family back home and their financial situation. Emailing about a job loss, or how money is tight it putting undue stress on your missionary. I saw countless missionaries worried sick about their family because on Pday, they had gotten an email about money problems.
I know that for me, personally, it was always hard to hear about my dad losing his job, or my brother getting laid off. Or how money was running out. I was already stressed with the Lords work. I did not have any capacity to deal with more.

2nd. Health Problems.

On my mission when I heard my dad had a small heart attack it worried me so bad. Every time our phone went off and it read “President” I was afraid I was getting a call that he had died. Spare your missionary that stress. Don’t email them about health problems. What can we do about a broken leg? Other than worry about it? God has already promised to bless our families. So please help us focus on the Work of the Lord.

3rd. Girlfriends (or Boyfriends)

Read the rest at My Life By Gogogoff

Im Yours Missionary Parody
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You may have seen the plan of salvation rap a few days ago. Here is another companionship sharing their talents and creativity to testify of the Savior and #Sharegoodness online. Let us know what you think!

Favorite line: “we can get there in this life, by sayin ‘I’m yours’ to Christ.”

Listen to the words of their song. It’s not what you think…