LDS Senior Mission Tip of the Week: Holidays

It’s difficult to miss uniquely American holidays such as Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July when you are serving in a foreign country. However, if you celebrate American holidays in noisy or expensive ways, local people can feel resentful. Best to keep your American celebrations subtle and quiet.

LDS Senior Mission Tip of the Week: Video Streaming

Video streaming systems such as Roku don’t work well in foreign countries because the broadband system is too slow to stream. Moreover, if you use a lot of streaming time, the provider will charge you greatly increased fees.

LDS Senior Mission Tip of the Week: DVDs

Foreign countries have a different DVD format that the US does, so bringing DVDs is a waste of space unless you also bring a US DVD player. If you plan to rent DVDs from a store, buy your player after you arrive on your mission. Frequently, your apartment will already have a local DVD player that a previous senior couple purchased and left.

LDS Senior Missions Tip of the Week: Paying for Your Mission

You pay your mission living expenses to your home ward using a donation slip. The online donation slip will have your name listed under Ward Missionary Fund. Just click the Select a Missionary box, select your own name, and pay your regular monthly mission expense.

LDS Senior Missions Tip of the Week: Passports

If you want to serve your mission in a foreign country, apply for a passport as soon as you can. Passports last many years, so applying early won’t cause you any trouble and will save you the stress of waiting for a delayed passport.

 

LDS Senior Missions Tip of the Week: Family Emergencies

If you have a family emergency while you are on your mission, you can request a short leave of absence to return home. You will, however, need to pay for the transportation costs you incur. Family emergiencies do not include family reunions or vacations to Disneyland, though.

LDS Senior Missions Tip of the Week: Companions

Being together all day, every day can put stress on your marriage. Before you leave on your mission, practice doing projects together, such as gardening, cooking, or studying, and discuss what you learn from your experiences.

LDS Senior Missions Tip of the Week: Library Card

It is often very difficult and expensive to get books written in English in a foreign country. Before you leave for your mission, set up an online library account with your local library. Test the account before you leave to make sure you can check out online books, and then make sure to bring your library card with you on your mission.