Many wards and branches lack members with music skills, so you may find yourself leading the music and playing the piano, even if your skills are rusty or almost non-existent. Do take CDs of Church music, especially primary and young women’s music to help you support your members.
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.
Senior Missions: What to Expect and How to Prepare would make a great Father’s Day gift! You can get a copy at Deseret Book or Barnes & Noble, or you can order a copy from Amazon.com.
Some common spices in the U.S., such as cream of tarter or taco seasoning, are not available in other countries. Since these spices weigh very little, it may be wise to take them with you on your mission. Check with your mission office or search online to see which spices are not available in your mission.
You should apply for your mission four to six months before your availability date, and be aware that if you serve a foreign mission, you may not actually leave for the field for many more months because of visa delays.
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.
Prescriptions for medicine usually won’t be accepted in other states or countries. You will need to find a local doctor to issue your prescriptions.
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.
It is embarrassing when missionary couples argue or criticize each other in public. Practice now treating your “companion” with respect and courtesy. Members will look to you as an example of healthy Latter-day Saint marriages.