“Physical and mental preparation should begin at least two years before a full-time mission. . . .

“Today about 3 percent of missionaries have their missions shortened by either physical or mental health problems. Losing three out of 100 missionaries may not seem like very many–but to the individual and his or her family, having a mission cut short is a significant event!

For more than a year, I have served in a calling in which I observe the health problems missionaries encounter. Based on my experiences in this assignment, I would offer the following information to help young people who are preparing to become missionaries reduce the likelihood of developing these health problems.

Fortunately, many of the health problems that missionaries encounter are preventable with proper preparation. . .”

This is an excerpt from an excellent article written by Donald B. Doty, M.D., Chairman, Missionary Department Health Services.

To read his tips about how to prepare physically for a mission, click here.